Carnival Conquest Alabama Cruise Terminal

Mike Brantley/mbrantley@al.com

Carnival's Conquest cruise ship departed Mobile about two hours late on a shortened cruise to the Bahamas.

   The New Orleans-based ship docked at Mobile on Sunday because the Mississippi River was closed to ships due to a tugboat sinking. It was supposed to depart about 4 p.m. Monday, but it got away about 6 p.m. because a bus carrying baggage arrived late from New Orleans.

   The general manager of Mobile's cruise terminal, Sheila Gurganus, told al.com (http://bit.ly/1bkvztU ) that two workers suffered minor injuries when heavy luggage fell from a forklift.

Carnival Cruise Lines

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.