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Jul 7, 2013 5:03 PM by AP

Carnival ship diverted to Alabama Cruise Terminal

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Carnival Cruise Lines officials say a ship has been diverted from the Mississippi River in New Orleans to the Alabama Cruise Terminal after a tugboat sank on Saturday.

Officials say the ship, named the Carnival Conquest, arrived at the terminal Sunday afternoon as U.S. Coast Guard officials continued investigating the tugboat incident on the river.

Officials say the Conquest's next trip to the Bahamas has been shortened to a six-day voyage, scheduled to depart Mobile Monday evening. Guests scheduled to sail on the shortened trip are being offered a one-day pro-rated refund, or a full refund if they decide to cancel their trip.

Carnival officials say they're monitoring Mississippi River conditions and are forming a contingency plan for a second ship - Carnival Elation - if the river remains closed.

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