From this article in Travel Weekly, it sounds like cruiselines are thinking about lending a helping boat or two:
- Carnival Cruise Lines said Aug. 31 that it had received an â€initial inquiryâ€ from the federal government about using cruise ships for Katrina relief efforts.
â€Although to undertake such an endeavor would involve many complicated issues, we are actively taking a look at it,â€ the line said in a statement. â€We are immensely saddened and concerned for the people of the Gulf Coast who have been devastated by this storm.â€
Royal Caribbean Cruises CEO Richard Fain told TravelWeekly.com that his company had been in contact with the government: â€We are looking at it and talking to both state and federal [agencies],â€ he said, â€to see if thereâ€™s some way to make a difference.â€
I wonder if they'd want to invite the unruly victims on board, or just the relief workers. Really, either is fine, but it's the victims who really need a place to stay. Somehow, I don't see that happening, though.