Carnival Cruise Lines announced today that they will charter three of their ships to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) to serve as temporary housing for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The ships in question are the Ecstasy, Sensation and Holiday.
Cruises on the Sensation and the Holiday will be canceled for the next six months.
All guests whose bookings have been canceled will be offered full refunds and will have the opportunity to re-book their cruise on any Carnival ship. Guests who re-book on any Carnival ship will receive a $100 per person shipboard credit. Carnival is protecting travel agent commissions on canceled cruises.
In order to accommodate some of the guests on the Ecstasy, Carnival will redeploy the Elation, resulting in cancellations for guests originally booked on that ship.
The Elation, which currently operates seven-day cruises from Galveston, will offer a one-time six-day voyage departing Sept. 4, then take over the Ecstasy’s four and five-day Galveston program effective Saturday, Sept. 10. Guests on the Elation’s six-day voyage will receive a 15 percent refund and a $50 per person shipboard credit. The Ecstasy’s five-day cruise of Sept. 5 has been canceled.
All guests originally scheduled to sail on the Ecstasy during the affected six-month period will be automatically moved to the Elation.
Additionally the Carnival Conquest, which is normally based in New Orleans, will move to Galveston after it completes its current drydock on Sept. 11, to operate her original seven-day itinerary to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
Affected Carnival guests will be notified of the canceled and modified sailings this afternoon.
For additional information and questions, guests can contact their travel agent or call Carnival at 1-800-CARNIVAL.