While me and my family were on vacation aboard the Carnival Elation that departed from New Orleans, LA, a tropical storm/hurricane, named Isaac, actually impacted our cruise itinerary! We even kept track of Hurricane Isaac from our stateroom here: flickr.com/photos/spiritedstormywgj9254/7935144360
First of all in this video, it shows Hurricane Isaac's influence and impact of our cruise itinerary. Choppy seas and scattered rain showers and breezy winds were all courtesy of Isaac's tail end moisture. This was on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. We had to stay an extra day out at sea around the Gulf of Mexico since the home port in NOLA was still closed to ship traffic. We also saw clouds from the tail ends of Isaac as we continued to cruise northward, cautiously and at a safe distance from the ever-so moving storm. We came from our shore excursions in and around the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. We heard on the announcements while eating our brunch on Lido Deck about the update on our situation with Isaac. We were probably heading to Mobile, Alabama! But yea, we will for sure stay another day at sea. By sunset this day, we saw a solid cloud cover to the northwest. We were really nearing Hurricane Isaac! There was also a couple lightning spotted during the evening and I was lucky enough to take one of the flashes on film.
Later, the video shows what we encountered the next day on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Although we were still at a safe distance from Isaac, we were still feeling its affects. The seas were rough and choppy and winds were blowing anywhere from 30-40 mph. The video shows how choppy the seas were. You can see that the waves were windswept due to the winds blowing outside. We also went through a brief storm cell during the later afternoon hours. Yikes...a storm at sea...my first experience!
As the skies cleared somewhat, with the late afternoon sun shining through the clouds, there was another update on the announcements, coming from the captain, indirectly. It appears that Mobile, AL has their port still closed to ship traffic but the port back in NOLA is looking hopeful for a reopen to ship traffic. They were completing their assessment of the Mississippi River. Hopefully we can finally complete our debarkation process by tomorrow afternoon...
At last on Friday morning, August 31, 2012, we were back in the Mississippi River. We saw trees along the banks have been all "knocked over" in one direction due to the winds of Hurricane Isaac. I also showed the path of Isaac with our cruise path. It was indeed a close encounter! What timing, right? Image of the path of Isaac courtesy of wikipedia.
Once we arrived back to NOLA, we docked and then we got onto a shuttle bus and headed to Kenner, LA to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl Airport. We also saw some more tree damage while along the way on I-10 for the most part. Then the video shifts back to where we were docking with the nice view of Downtown New Orleans...after Hurricane Isaac battered the area. It looks quiet...
Lastly, the video shows us travel around Kenner, LA towards the airport. We were stranded for 21+ hours due to flight cancellations and limited hotel access due to widespread power outages in the city. This was at the New Orleans Intl Airport.
It was definitely a good experience. Us being from California, this was officially our first near encounter of a hurricane in the Deep South! Hope you guys enjoyed the video, stay safe out there.
[Filmed on August 29-31, 2012 aboard Carnival Elation and in New Orleans, LA with my Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH camera]