Carnival Cruise Lines Charters Cruise Ships Sensation and Ecstasy to Federal Government for Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort….

Cruises on These Vessels Cancelled for Next Six Months

MIAMI, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Carnival Cruise Lines has announced that it has chartered its cruise ships, Sensation and Ecstasy, to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the immediate cancellation of those cruises for the next six months.

The Ecstasy, normally homeported at Galveston, Texas, operating four-and five-day cruises, and Sensation, normally homeported in New Orleans operating four-and five-day voyages, will be pulled from service effective Monday, Sept. 5.

Initial plans are for both vessels to remain docked at the Port of Galveston as temporary housing for the hurricane relief effort.

All guests whose bookings have been cancelled will be offered full refunds and will have the opportunity to re-book their cruise on any Carnival ship. Guests whose cruises were cancelled and re-book on any Carnival ship will receive a $100 per person shipboard credit.

Carnival’s Elation, which currently operates seven-day cruises from Galveston, will offer a one-time six-day voyage departing Sunday, 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 cancelled.

Guests originally scheduled to sail on the Ecstasy during the affected six-month period will be automatically moved to the Elation. The Ecstasy and Elation are sister ships with identical layouts. Guests will be assigned to the same cabins on Elation that they had booked on the Ecstasy.

Additionally, Carnival Conquest, which is normally based in New Orleans, will move to Galveston after it completes its current drydock on Sunday, Sept. 11, to operate her original seven-day itinerary to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The 110,000-ton Carnival Conquest entered service in 2002.

In addition to the Sensation and Ecstasy, Carnival is chartering the Holiday to the federal government to aid in the relief effort. Initial plans are for that vessel to be docked at the Port of Mobile.

Additional information and updates are available on Carnival’s web site, carnival.com.

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