This will last until Sept. 18, so Carnival Glory's Sept. 12 sailing is canceled, with the ship planned to restart guest operations Sept. 19. Carnival had already canceled the Sept. 5 departure.
Housing for up to 2,600 emergency personnel
Carnival Glory arrived at the Port of New Orleans Friday and underwent a required US 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 come aboard.
Staying in port, Carnival Glory will serve as emergency housing for frontline workers directly involved in the city’s infrastructure recovery and healthcare needs.
First things first
'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,' Carnival President Christine Duffy said. 'We appreciate the understanding of our guests, who we know love New Orleans as much as we do.'
Added Brandy Christian, president and CEO Port of New Orleans, 'Port NOLA appreciates Carnival’s deployment of Carnival Glory to New Orleans. Her berths will accommodate the hardworking first responders and essential personnel working on storm recovery efforts in our region. Port NOLA, our federal, state and local partner agencies all support those who are quickly restoring critical infrastructure in the city and helping to get cargo moving again.'