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Cruise ship stuck at sea for seven extra hours due to fog

TAMPA — A cruise ship on its way into Tampa was stuck at sea for about seven extra hours because of heavy fog Monday morning, according to vessel traffickers from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Carnival Inspiration planned to head toward land overnight, but low visibility forced the ship to stay out in Tampa Bay until about 11:30 a.m. said Anthony Gibson, of the Coast Guard's commercial vessel trafficking division.

That was one of several porting delays. At one point, at least seven ships were stuck at sea, according to the Coast Guard.

"They don't move ships when the fog's completely closed out like that," Gibson said.

The rest of the inbound ships were cargo and container vessels, he said.

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Cruise ship stuck at sea for seven extra hours due to fog 12/14/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 14, 2009 1:56pm]

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