(4:50 p.m. EST) — For the second time in less than a week, fog has caused cruise ship delays at the port of Tampa, which is closed until conditions improve. As a result, Carnival Paradise is unable to dock for the conclusion of its current five-day sailing, and embarkation for the subsequent sailing has been pushed back by one day.
Carnival Paradise’s January 23 cruise began late due to fog and will end late for the same reason, pushing embarkation for the ship’s January 28 voyage to January 29.
According to a statement from Carnival, the four-night January 28 sailing with a scheduled call on Cozumel will be shortened to a three-night cruise to nowhere. Those choosing to sail the modified itinerary will receive a 50 percent refund and a 50 percent discount on a future cruise.
(Note: As of Jan. 1, cruises to nowhere are no longer allowed, so we’re awaiting clarification from Carnival.)
Cruise Critic member OHIOHAWKSDAD, who’s booked on the January 28 sailing, said “We were turned away at port. Went and got a hotel room.”
However, there’s been no word on the message boards from passengers currently on the ship.
Meanwhile, Tampa’s Terminal 3, where Carnival Paradise is schedule to dock, is currently occupied by AidaVita, a ship that sails for German Carnival Corp.-owned cruise line Aida. The vessel has been moored there since yesterday when the port shut down.