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Old 03-12-2003, 11:02 AM
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I just read somewhere (will try to find the link) that the cruise terminal in New Orleans has closed to the rising levels of the

The cruise terminal now is in Gulfport Mississippi if i'm recalling correctly (will check and post a.s.a.p.)

So if you fly into New Orleans you will then have to drive to Gulfport.

Anybody else read this same info? Or is it just a rumor???
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Old 03-12-2003, 11:22 AM
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Finally! Here's the link ...


And here's a quote ....

shifted its cruise ship Carnival Conquest from its current
homeport of New Orleans to Gulfport, Mississippi, for at
least the next six weeks. The repositioning is
necessitated by rising water levels in the Mississippi
River, which combined with low hanging power lines
down river from the Port of New Orleans, pose a
potential safety issue for the Carnival Conquest. The Carnival Conquest is the newest and
largest ship in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet and entered year-round seven-day Caribbean
cruise service from New Orleans in November 2002. Up until now, the 110,000-ton ship, which
is 207 feet tall from the water line to the top of its mast, has been sailing under the Entergy
Corporation’s power lines at Chalmette by hugging one side of the river. However, the
seasonal rise in the level of the river, combined with strengthening currents, is making it
increasingly challenging to navigate under the lines. Gulfport is approximately an hour and
15 minutes from New Orleans. Guest embarkation and debarkation began taking place at
Gulfport this past Sunday, March 9. Complimentary shuttle service from New Orleans is
provided. “We are extremely disappointed that we have reached this juncture and the
responsible parties have not been able to find a means to resolve this situation in a manner
that would allow us to continue to operate the Carnival Conquest from New Orleans,” said Bob
Dickinson, Carnival president. “As much as we cherish the New Orleans community and are
saddened at the economic loss it will experience, we simply cannot compromise the safety of
our guests, employees and vessel and are now regrettably forced to take this action despite
this issue having first been raised more than three years ago.”

(end quote)

I have no idea whether any other ships are affected besides the Carnival Conquest!
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Old 03-12-2003, 01:21 PM
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"Carnival Conquest" is the only ship affected. Carnival offers a complimentary shuttle to Gulfport. All other cruise ships continue to use New Orleans, i.e. the terminal there is not closed.

Best regards,

Raoul Fiebig
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Old 03-13-2003, 07:44 AM
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Ah! Thanks for clearing that up!
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