The Carnival Glory cruise ship docked at its New Orleans home port on Friday night, the first time the cruise liner has visited the city since the coronavirus pandemic blocked departures in the spring of 2020.
The liner is fully staffed and was set to resume weekly Caribbean cruises from September 5 until Hurricane Ida forced the ship’s operator to postpone the restart.
The cruise liner could now be used to temporarily house some of the workers who have come to the city to help emergency services, fix broken power lines, help take care of vulnerable people, and more, according to one. senior official involved. In the process. Miami-based Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said he was unable to confirm details of emergency housing plans.
The Glory was en route to New Orleans from Miami and was in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico when Hurricane Ida developed. The ship turned west into Mexican waters to wait for the storm to end before arriving in port a week late.
Carnival, the largest cruise operator in the United States, has tentatively set September 12 as a new date for the resumption of cruises, but in the meantime has advised customers who have booked that they can get a refund, reschedule or take advantage of one of his cruises departing from Galveston. , Texas.
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Prior to heading to Miami last month, the Glory was in Marseille to physically prepare for the protocol requirements of the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as distance barriers and disinfection provisions, as well as to filter crew members, many of whom are foreign nationals from countries with lower vaccination rates than the United States
Carnival has resumed restricted navigation as the COVID-19 pandemic resumes. Capacity is capped at 70% of normal levels, which for Glory is typically around 3000.
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The Valor, which is a similar-sized cruise liner and also has its home port in New Orleans, is expected to resume cruises in November.