Tropical storm Barry was beginning to wreak havoc on the US Gulf Coast Friday, as it inched toward New Orleans and the Mississippi River.
The storm, which could become a hurricane, forced Carnival to reroute one ship away from New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama.
Other ships scheduled to arrive and depart the city have not yet seen their routes altered, but changes could be on the way.
Read Business Insider’s full storm coverage here.
At least one cruise ship has been rerouted as companies and cities along the US gulf coast brace for Tropical Storm Barry’s landfall, expected as early as Friday.
Carnival’s Valor ship, which can carry up to 2,900 passengers, was diverted to Mobile, Alabama, earlier in the week from its originally scheduled port of New Orleans ahead of the storm.
According to AL.com, approximately 100 buses were enlisted to transport the passengers to New Orleans Thursday morning from a four-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera Maya.
Another Carnival ship, Freedom, is currently headed to Galveston, and was off the southern tip of Florida on Friday. It’s unclear if the ship will have to alter its route at all in order to avoid the storm.
“Our Fleet Operations Center continues to monitor the path of the storm for other ships in the region and we will make any changes as needed,” a Carnival spokesperson told Business Insider. The company’s Glory ship is scheduled to depart Cozumel for New Orleans at 5 p.m. local time on Friday.
“Carnival sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciates our guests’ cooperation and patience,” the statement continued.
Disney Cruises, which operates ships from New Orleans’ port, said it had no ships affected.
A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean, which does not have any ships currently in New Orleans or on the way to the city, said it was monitoring the path and progress of the storm: If we make any itinerary changes we will update our guests and travel partners,” the spokesperson said.
The Port of New Orleans shut down its cargo operations on Thursday, Nola.com reported, as it prepares for the oncoming storm. Reopening the Mississippi River floodgates, about 200 of which were closed ahead of the storm, will depend on conditions over the weekend.
As the storm sat south of the Louisiana coast, hundreds of ships steered around the system.
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