Ida delays departure of new Mobile cruise ship

MOBILE, AL (WBRC) - Tropical Storm Ida delayed Tuesday's inaugural departure of the new Carnival cruise ship "Fantasy" from Mobile.

In a statement on its website, Carnival Cruise Lines said the 6-day cruise scheduled to depart on Tuesday was changed to a 5-day cruise departing on Wednesday. Carnival said the scheduled call in Progresso was canceled but the calls in Counsel and Costa Maya would be operated as scheduled.

Carnival said guests that sail on the 5-day cruise will receive a one day pro-rated refund of the cruise fare paid for the 6 day cruise.

The "Fantasy" was scheduled to leave Tuesday on its first voyage from Mobile. The ship was not in port Monday and was not expected to arrive in port until Tuesday evening.

Carnival said celebration plans scheduled for Tuesday would be rescheduled for a later date.