Carnival Cruise Ship Departs Ala. Monday Afternoon

Carnival Cruise Ship Departs Ala. Monday Afternoon

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MOBILE, Ala. -

The Carnival Conquest cruise ship is due to depart Mobile about 4 p.m. Monday.

Carnival diverted the ship from New Orleans to Mobile on Sunday because the Mississippi River was closed to ship traffic due to a tugboat sinking.

The ship had been scheduled to unload Sunday in New Orleans and depart the same day with a new load of passengers. Instead, Carnival says it has shortened this week's cruise to six days and is busing passengers from New Orleans to Mobile for departure.

The 953-foot Conquest is the largest cruise ship to ever dock in Mobile. Carnival last used the port of Mobile in February when tug boats towed in the disabled Triumph.

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