Carnival Cruise Line has entered into an agreement with the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide the 2,980-guest capacity cruise ship Carnival Glory for first responders housing through September 18.
Related to this announcement, Carnival will cancel the ship’s cruise scheduled to depart on September 12 and will plan to restart its sailings from New Orleans on September 19. Carnival had already cancelled the ship’s scheduled September 5 departure.
Carnival Glory arrived at the Port of New Orleans and underwent a required US Coast Guard inspection on Friday, September 3. 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 join the ship.
The ship will stay in port and serve as emergency housing for frontline workers directly involved in the city’s infrastructure recovery and healthcare needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The Category Four Atlantic hurricane left over 60 people dead as it swept through the south-eastern and eastern United States in late August and early September.
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