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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Oil spill cruise news

Oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for more than two months. I’ve heard that cruise ships departing from Gulf Coast ports of Galveston, New Orleans, Mobile and Tampa have not been affected by the disaster.

Only Carnival Cruise Lines offers departures from these ports at this time of
year and according to Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO, the impact on his operations have been minimal.

Ships departing from (or returning to) New Orleans and Mobile sail around the oil slick and are inspected each time they return to port. To date, the ships have not had oil on their hulls that would necessitate cleaning prior to entry into the ports.

So don't cancel your western Caribbean cruise plans!