The cruise ship was scheduled to take a four night cruise to the Western Caribbean with a port stop in Cozumel, Mexico. Due to the delay, the ship will no longer be able to make the port stop in Cozumel.
Passengers were given the choice of either getting off for a free refund, or staying on board and receive a 50% refund, $50 in onboard credit, and a 50% discount off a future cruise. The cruise line asked authorities for special permission so the ship can take a cruise to nowhere since they will no longer be able to stop in a foreign port. The ship was given clearance for the special sailing and departed Mobile late last night.
A little over a year ago, cruise lines stopped sailing cruises to nowhere when they became aware that the cruises were in violation of U.S. laws.
Carnival Fantasy is scheduled to arrive back in Mobile on Monday morning.
Cruise Fever will continue to monitor the developments in Mobile and will have all updates when they become available.