CCL-Carnival Cruise Line announced that it had an agreement with the city of New Orleans and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to provide its Carnival Glory ship for first responders housing through September 18.
Related to this announcement, the line cancelled Glory’s sailing scheduled to depart on September 12 and plans to restart passenger operations with Carnival Glory from New Orleans (Port NOLA, Louisiana) on Sunday, September 19. Carnival has already cancelled the September 5 departure for the liner.
Carnival Glory arrived at Port NOLA on Friday, September 3, and underwent a required USCG inspection. The vessel began provisioning water, food, and materials to prepare for up to 2,600 first responders, hospital workers, city and utility workers, and other emergency personnel. Carnival Glory will stay in port to serve as emergency housing for frontline workers involved in infrastructure recovery and healthcare needs of the city.
CCL's President Christine Duffy said:
“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.
“We appreciate the understanding of our guests, who we know love New Orleans as much as we do.”
Brandy D. Christian, President & CEO Port NOLA and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, added:
“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.”
For other Carnival Glory accidents and incidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.