Katrina Update: Port Closures

September 4, 2005
The Port of New Orleans is closed until further assessment of damage is complete.

An initial assessment was made Monday by SUV and Tuesday by boat, according to a press release from the Port of New Orleans. While many of the wharfs suffered heavy damage, the Julia Street Cruise Terminal appears to have held up fairly well: "The roof had sections missing. All windows at the terminal appeared to be intact. The new passenger jet way appeared intact as well but will need to be inspected. The auxiliary jet way appeared intact with the canopy still attached. The draft alongside was between 31 feet to 36 feet."

NOTE: Guests parked at the pier in New Orleans will not be able to access their cars until there has a complete assessment of the area. Once all citizens are given the green light to return to the city, more information will be made available via the port's toll-free hotline (866-476-7866).

Carnival has announced that it will indefinitely relocate its New Orleans-based ship, Carnival Conquest, to Galveston as a result of hurricane-related damages. The new Galveston program will commence on September 11; the ship is currently in dry dock for previously scheduled maintenance.

Mobile reopened Saturday, September 3 when Carnival's Holiday set sail at 4 p.m. However, the ship will be pulled from service on September 8 -- along with Ecstasy and Sensation -- and chartered to the U.S. government to serve the Hurricane Katrina relief effort through March 2006.

Gulfport, which served as a temporary home to Carnival Conquest in the past, also took a severe beating.