September 8. Carnival Cruise Line has agreed with the New Orleans and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide Carnival Glory for first responders housing through Sept. 18. Related to this announcement, Carnival will cancel Glory’s cruise scheduled to depart on Sept. 12 and will plan to restart its guest operations with the ship from New Orleans on Sunday, Sept. 19. Carnival had already canceled the Sept. 5 departure for Carnival Glory.
Carnival Glory arrived at the Port of New Orleans on Friday and underwent a required U.S. Coast Guard inspection. The ship began provisioning food, water and materials to prepare for up to 2,600 hospital workers, first responders, city and utility workers and other emergency personnel to board. Carnival Glory will stay in port and serve as emergency housing for frontline workers directly involved in the city’s infrastructure recovery and healthcare needs.
“While we want to provide the city of New Orleans with an economic boost by restarting guest operations, we want to first provide this critical housing support to address emergency needs and to get power restored to the region,” said Carnival President Christine Duffy. “We appreciate the understanding of our guests, who we know love New Orleans as much as we do.”
Source: Insider Travel Report