Do not be surprised if over the next few months Carnival and Royal Caribbean announce a joint effort with the city and the federal government to build a new state of the art cruise terminal that will accomodate both more cruise ships and larger ships (including the Freedom of the Seas), which will mean more jobs to help towards the recovery of our local ecomony, both in the construction of the terminal and the jobs that come with supporting the ships (supplies, hotels etc)
Do not be surprised also if Carnival bases one of it's smaller ships in Gulfport (remember they did that with the Conquest when it first came here when there was a problem with the power lines on the Mississippi)..and put a larger ship in Mobile
The city has been trying to figure out prior to the hurricane how to expand it's ability to handle more and bigge ships and was looking at different options, since the current buidling was a converted warehouse.
Sometimes God works in strange ways and out of tragedy there is hope and the cruise industry will be one of the leaders in this effort for our local economy which is largely tourism based.
I have followed these boards in the discussion of the wisdom of Carnival providing three ships for short term housing and whether or not they would be making $$$ or not. It doesn't matter to me because the symbolism of their efforts and their future committment to the people by providing real jobs will go a long way to being both the right decision to do and a good business decision.
Cruise ships are a big boom for any local economy and thats what we need now to help rebuild people's lives
Venice, That is great news. Do you know how long it will take to get the workers on building it? How long would they have a job? Hopefully we start hearing good news like this, and we will see the light at the end of the tunnel. How are the levees coming? Any word on how long it will take to repair?