Carnival Cruise Line supports New Orleans after Hurricane Ida
The shipping firm announced that it has an agreement with the city of New Orleans and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make Carnival Glory available to first responders until September 18
In connection with this announcement, Carnival will cancel Glory's cruise scheduled to depart on September 12 and plan to restart its guest operations with Carnival Glory from New Orleans on Sunday, September 19. Carnival had already canceled the September 5 outing for Carnival Glory.
Carnival Glory arrived in the port of New Orleans on Friday and underwent a required inspection by the US Coast Guard.The ship began provisioning food, water and materials to prepare up to 2,600 hospital workers, first responders, workers from the city and utility and other emergency personnel to join the ship. The ship will remain in port and serve as emergency accommodation for frontline workers directly involved in the recovery of the city's infrastructure and healthcare needs.
"While we want to give the City of New Orleans an economic boost by restarting guest operations, we first want to provide this vital housing support to address emergency needs and restore power to the region," said Christine Duffy, President. by Carnival. Cruise line. "We appreciate the understanding of our guests, who we know love New Orleans as much as we do."
Added Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO of Port NOLA and CEO of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad. "Port NOLA appreciates Carnival Glory's deployment in New Orleans. Its berths will accommodate hard-working first responders and essential personnel working in storm recovery efforts in our region. Port NOLA, our federal, state and local partner agencies all support those who quickly restore critical infrastructure in the city and help get the load moving again".