BATON ROUGE, La. -- The
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will likely move some or
all of the cruise ships it chartered from Carnival Cruise Lines to
ports closer to New Orleans, where they will be used to shelter
evacuees in the area, local emergency personnel and relief workers.
FEMA had chartered three
ships -- the Sensation and the Ecstasy to Galveston, Texas, and the
Holiday to Mobile, Ala. -- and had made the ships available to
people arriving from hurricane-torn cities like New Orleans and
But a plan to move
people onto the ships was scuttled earlier this week due to lack of
interest from the evacuees.
Some of them have
decided the cruise ships on water are too traumatic, a FEMA
spokesman said. Or theyre finding family and friends and relatives
and so they dont want to leave [the shelters] to go to the
Meanwhile, a Carnival
spokeswoman said the contract of the three-ship charter was for
$192 million. An additional $44 million can be utilized for cruise
line expenses, such as fuel.
The contract ... was
designed to be impact-neutral to Carnival, a Carnival spokeswoman
said. In other words, the objective was to reach a contract number
that results in Carnival not making anymore money than we think we
would have made keeping these ships in service in a post-Katrina
She added the $192
million is the value of the charter deal, but that doesnt mean
thats money in the companys coffer. We have a lot of
reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].