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JerJan
09-02-2005, 01:16 PM
You MUST call CARNIVAL to book this deal, it's not available on their website! :banana:
Due to damage from Hurricane Katrina, Carnival Cruise Lines has moved their "Carnival Conquest" ship from New Orleans to Galveston, TX. The ship is mostly empty, and they are reportedly selling cabins for a 5-night cruise which departs September 5 for as low as $80/person (double occupancy) for an interior room and $179/person (double occupancy) for an ocean view. Great deals may be available for other lightly booked cruises in the near future as well. Ports of call include Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cozumel. This deal is not listed on their website, you must call them (1-888-CARNIVAL) to book this.

kelleigh1
09-02-2005, 01:38 PM
If I was a wealthy person, I would book it for a couple victimized by Katrina. Then they'd at least have a place to stay for a few days and be able to get away from it all.

angiedora
09-02-2005, 01:59 PM
You MUST call CARNIVAL to book this deal, it's not available on their website! :banana:
Due to damage from Hurricane Katrina, Carnival Cruise Lines has moved their "Carnival Conquest" ship from New Orleans to Galveston, TX.
My parents want to go. What airport is closest to Galveston? Thanks

moonvine
09-02-2005, 02:02 PM
My parents want to go. What airport is closest to Galveston? Thanks

Houston is closest to Galveston. There are two airports in Houston, Hobby and Intercontinental. I would fly into whichever I could get a better deal going into, but if they plan to go at the last minute the expensive airfare might make it not so worth it.

Personally I can drive to Galveston, but I can't get time off work with this short notice.

SamIAm21
09-02-2005, 02:05 PM
Houston-Hobby is the closest airport to Galveston.

Pamlur
09-02-2005, 02:13 PM
I thought that ship was going into drydock; what happened?

MMPC123
09-02-2005, 02:37 PM
If I was a wealthy person, I would book it for a couple victimized by Katrina. Then they'd at least have a place to stay for a few days and be able to get away from it all.

I can't help but keep thinking that this would be a really great idea but would need some help to get it to happen. I could not afford to send a couple of peolpe but i could manage 1 person or at the very least the $40.- if someone would split it with me. Just think... 5 days with food, heat/AC, running water/toilet and a quiet comfortable place to sleep. It does not look like those at the convention centers have any of thoses things.

How would someone go about organizing this? Any ideas?

KCMiller
09-02-2005, 02:41 PM
Well, I just got off the phone with Carnival - went up to a supervisor, even - and they had no idea where this price came from. The cheapest fare they have for the 9/5 sailing is just a hair under $500.

Sorry!

KC :sunny:

michellejed
09-02-2005, 03:53 PM
It was probably $80 per night/per person!

Better yet, why doesnt Carnival offer a ship for the people to use, maybe a few more cruise lines can follow! Would be much better then sitting in the dome!

marcyinPA
09-02-2005, 04:42 PM
It was probably $80 per night/per person!

Better yet, why doesnt Carnival offer a ship for the people to use, maybe a few more cruise lines can follow! Would be much better then sitting in the dome!
Boy, wouldn't that be a nice thing to do!! :goodvibes

DMRick
09-02-2005, 05:14 PM
Carnival and the government is trying to work out the logistics of doing just that. It's been on CNN several times today.

RichNKatHolly
09-02-2005, 08:18 PM
Carnival and the government is trying to work out the logistics of doing just that. It's been on CNN several times today.

Wow, that would be something!

rockyroad
09-02-2005, 08:57 PM
It was probably $80 per night/per person!

Better yet, why doesnt Carnival offer a ship for the people to use, maybe a few more cruise lines can follow! Would be much better then sitting in the dome!

Please consider that Sensation,the smaller of the two Carnival ships that were sailing out of New Orleans and just moved to Galveston, employs 900 people. Most of these people work primarily for tips, 10 to 12 hours per day, 7 days per week for 7 months at a time. Taking Sensation out of service would eliminate the primary support for nearly 900 families somewhere.

This time last week, my family was on Sensation heading toward New Orleans. The water was getting rough and people were starting to watch the weather reports. So much has happened in less than a week. Last Saturday morning New Orleans seemed so normal.

Anyway, for an example, the lovely young lady who was our assistant waiter was the sole support for her 4 year old daughter and her mother in Eastern Europe. You can bet that she would not be away from her child for 7 months at a time and work those kind of hours if she didn't really need the job.

I think the ships being discussed for housing are ships that are not currently in service.

DMRick
09-02-2005, 09:17 PM
I think the ships being discussed for housing are ships that are not currently in service.
I don't think anyone mentioned any certain ships on CNN or here, and with the expense of feeding and caring for all these people, as well as the expense of the ship workers, I'm pretty sure the government wasn't looking for Carnival to do it for free.

MMPC123
09-03-2005, 08:23 PM
I just read the news story that Carnival is indeed offering 3 of her cruise ships to house those in New Orleans. I think this is GREAT!

jennifer293
09-03-2005, 09:03 PM
I just read the news story that Carnival is indeed offering 3 of her cruise ships to house those in New Orleans. I think this is GREAT!

Yes I saw that on the news and they are offering 3 cruise ships which will give over 7000 people temporary housing. I think it is wonderful that they are going to do this.

rockyroad
09-03-2005, 09:33 PM
Yes I saw that on the news and they are offering 3 cruise ships which will give over 7000 people temporary housing. I think it is wonderful that they are going to do this.

It is nice, but they are being paid 249 million dollars for the use of Ecstacy, Sensation, and Holiday plus a car ferry for six months. Ecstacy and Sensation will be pulled from service Monday; Holiday will be pulled Thursday. All cruises on those boats have been cancelled.

Apparently, FEMA was moving too slow, so they turned over procurement of the ships to the navy, who got it done right away.

It seems that Ecstacy and Sensation will be in Galveston and Holiday in Mobile.

It will be housing, but it will make for difficult living conditions. The cabins sleep four, two twins and two bunk beds that pull out of the ceiling and need to be put back up in the daytime to protect one's head. There is one small wood chair,a small built in desk with several small drawers, a small open space for hanging garments, a small cupboard, a small console for life jacket storage, a wall mounted tv, a small bathroom with a small shower, low ceilings, and none of the interior cabins have a window.

2angelsinheaven
09-03-2005, 09:42 PM
I would much rather be on the ship than in a regular shelter.

skiwee1
09-03-2005, 10:19 PM
Carnival isn't doing this for free. They are getting paid a lot to lease their boats.

J&D
09-04-2005, 12:01 AM
I had called earlier in the week about the cruise that was leaving on 9/1. It was $99 as stated on our local news, but by the time I had called those rooms were already sold out.

2angelsinheaven
09-04-2005, 09:22 AM
I'm wondering who will pay for the food, etc. Will Carnival provide this or the government on top of the $.... Actually it seems Carnival is about breaking even in this deal I was looking at some numbers and it seems like Carnival would have made around $215 million during these six months in cruise fares and that's only basing the amount off the inside room rates, not even figuring in the $$$ for the suites, etc.

RichNKatHolly
09-04-2005, 09:23 AM
I read on Carnival's site that 2 of the ships has cancelled all cruises to and including March 6, 2006, and the other to the end of this year. That's a long time, I would think that even with the federal $$ they will take a hit with customers whose trips were cancelled.

Of course, I know they should not complain, but we know how it is. Your trip gets cancelled, people will get upset when it's right or wrong.

I guess it's better than a shelter, but I would be interested in the logistics of how and who will be going to say onboard, who gets what rooms, etc. There may be some chaos.

CheapMom
09-04-2005, 09:31 AM
Carnival article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/03/AR2005090300690.html)

Regardless of compensation they may receive I think this is charitable on the part of Carnival. 7000 people will be given shelter because of this.

S'sMom
09-04-2005, 12:50 PM
Even with them beng compensated for the use of them. No other cruise lines that I know of have stepped up so good for Carnival.

My only questions, and this may seem weird but, like one of the other posters. what about the food. I know that they will provide the food and basic needs, but will the boat be operational just as if it were going on the sea? Like the pools, will they be aloowed to use them? That would be good for the children that were caught up in this for them to sort of get away from it all and have some fun. Also, what about the casinos surely there wont be any need for them, and the alcohol.

These are just some basic questions going through my head. But again, THANK YOU TO CARNIVAL!! Them in addition to Texas, Northern Lousiana, and other states for stepping up and helping these people. IN a blink of an eye we could be inthe same situation. Maybe not from a hurricane but from other things such as Tornadoes, earthquakes, etc...

:grouphug:

michellejed
09-04-2005, 12:59 PM
The ships will probably be used for emergency people who will be getting the city back in shape, fire, police etc.

RichNKatHolly
09-05-2005, 02:32 PM
The ships will probably be used for emergency people who will be getting the city back in shape, fire, police etc.


Yes, that is true. My DH is on the FDNY and about 300 firemen were sent down south. They expect to stay on one of the ships. That is probably the best idea to avoid problems over rooms, food, etc.

LakeAriel
09-05-2005, 02:49 PM
Indeed Carnival is NOT doing any of it for free!! As much as the refugees need immediate help (they were abandoned by this government) this is a recipe for disaster. Is it not a fact that cruise ships harbor viruses and bacteria and spread disease throughout ships due to the lack of air circulation? Throw into that equation thousands of people who have been exposed to every possible water borne illness, sewage, and dead bodies.
Someone in Infectious Disease please tell me how this will work?
The news is reporting the ships are for the homeless.

RichNKatHolly
09-05-2005, 02:53 PM
Indeed Carnival is NOT doing any of it for free!! As much as the refugees need immediate help (they were abandoned by this government) this is a recipe for disaster. Is it not a fact that cruise ships harbor viruses and bacteria and spread disease throughout ships due to the lack of air circulation? Throw into that equation thousands of people who have been exposed to every possible water borne illness, sewage, and dead bodies.
Someone in Infectious Disease please tell me how this will work?
The news is reporting the ships are for the homeless.

Seems the refugees won't be on the ships, but the emergency workers. I would imagine there is going to be some protocol for "disinfecting" workers when they come back aboard.

I guess, we just won't know for sure until it happens. All the news reports are conflicting. I just heard first hand from the FDNY that workers will be housed on the ships, but who knows. :confused3

LakeAriel
09-05-2005, 03:28 PM
Housing relief workers onboard would certainly be safer. Meanwhile please give as much as you can and donate blood, there is an urgent shortage!!