A cruise ship that was to dock at the Port of Charleston Saturday will stay at sea another day because of Hurricane Matthew.
According to the Post and Courier, the South Carolina State Ports Authority is closing the Port of Charleston’s terminals for the rest of this week.
The decision means the Carnival Ecstasy’s arrival in Charleston will not happen until Sunday, meaning passengers will have to scramble to make alternate travel plans. It also means Ecstasy passengers will see their cruise become longer by a day, while those who were supposed to leave on Saturday for the Bahamas will lose one day.
Passengers on Ecstasy’s current cruise were slated to go to the Bahamas, but instead were diverted to Cozumel, Mexico.
The State Ports Authority said it will not charge those passengers for parking those days that port is closed.
The Ecstasy is one of two ships so far that have been diverted from the Port of Charleston because of the hurricane. A container vessel was also diverted. The Coast Guard established Port Condition “XRAY” for Charleston on Wednesday evening. That condition means all ocean-going commercial vessels and ocean-going barges greater than 500 gross tons should make plans to depart the port, since it is not considered safe haven from worsening weather conditions.