UPDATE 10:20 AM
According to people posting to a Carnival Fantasy Facebook group, the Captain announced the vessel would be back to Mobile by 11 AM tomorrow. That’s if everything goes right. They expect another update from the bridge by 5 PM this evening.
UPDATE 9:40 am
City of Mobile Spokesperson Laura Byrne said they believe the ship would return Tuesday morning at the earliest. She did not have a general window of arrival at this time. We’ll await further updates from Carnival and the City of Mobile.
UPDATE 8:40 am
The return of the ship is still unknown at this time. Carnival spokesperson Jennifer De La Cruz sent this e-mail to News 5 in response to questions:
The Fantasy has had to slow down significantly for the benefit of guest comfort given the strong weather conditions in the Gulf. The ship is en route back to Mobile but its arrival is undetermined at this time. It will depend on how much speed the ship can make relative to the wind and currents. It was originally supposed to have arrived this morning. Guests are being kept informed on board and those scheduled to sail on the next voyage are being kept informed via email and text message. Consumers who want to receive the text updates can send a text with the message CCL11 to CRUISE
People claiming to be on board have been posting to a Carnival Fantasy Facebook group describing high surf making the boat rock side to side. The National Weather service is reporting that a cold front and winds and churning up the surf. Some waves are reportedly as high as 20 feet.
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It looks like the Carnival Ship Fantasy will be delayed in its return to Mobile this Monday morning. The ship was expected back today, Monday, January 23rd. The ship usually arrives by 6 AM but the disembarkation process takes a couple hours.
Family members of people on board say their loved ones told them the ship had to spend extra time at sea to avoid the threat of severe weather. Everyone on board is fine but it was reportedly a necessary precaution to delay the ship’s return until the storm threats had passed.
According to an image of a letter posted online, the ship may not return to port until Tuesday morning. Passengers should know more about the exact date and time for a return later this morning.
Weather delays aren’t uncommon for big ships. Last week the Fantasy’s return to Mobile was delayed due to fog.