Cruise lines alter sailings as Hurricane Katrina hits Gulf Coast

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Katrina prompted Carnival Cruise Lines to reposition several cruise ships before the storm slammed into the Gulf Coast near New Orleans and Gulfport, Miss., Aug. 29.

The Carnival Conquest, which sails from New Orleans on Sundays, was redirected on Aug. 28 to Galveston, Texas, and remained there overnight in order to facilitate transportation for passengers still onboard.

The ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance this week and did not embark new passengers.

The ship, on its current four-day cruise, was to arrive in Tampa Aug. 30 and remain docked there until noon on Aug. 31. Passengers can disembark the Holiday on the morning of Aug. 30 or the morning of Aug. 31; Carnival said it will provide complimentary bus transportation to the Tampa airport.

The Sept. 1 and Sept. 5 voyages of the Sensation, meanwhile, will depart from Galveston instead of New Orleans. The itineraries for both voyages remain unchanged.

   

And passengers on the Carnival Miracle and the Inspiration caught their cruises at Fort Lauderdale on Aug. 28 and Aug. 29, respectively. Carnival provided complimentary bus transportation between Tampa and Fort Lauderdale.

To contact reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].

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