MIAMI -- Carnival Cruise Lines will shift its 110,000-ton ship, the
Carnival Conquest from New Orleans to Gulfport, Miss., for six
weeks beginning March 9, saying a low-hanging power line over the
Mississippi River poses a potential safety issue for the ship.
Carnival previously threatened to pull the Conquest from New
Orleans because the low-slung lines, coupled with rising river
levels, make it difficult to navigate the 210-foot tall ship under
Carnival president Bob Dickinson said he was "extremely
disappointed" that "reasonable parties have not been able to find a
means to resolve this situation."
The power lines are owned by Entergy Corp., New Orleans' power
company. In December, Entergy officials proposed burying the lines
underground, a process that was expected to take more than 18
months to complete.
The Conquest's new home in Gulfport is about an hour and 15
minute drive from New Orleans; Carnival will provide complimentary
shuttle service from New Orleans.