Cruise Companies Watching Oil Spill

MIAMI (AP) -- Cruise companies are monitoring the oil spill
closely in case there is a need to change the courses of ships in
the Gulf of Mexico.

Carnival Corp. has the Triumph ship that arrived in New Orleans Saturday morning, disembarked its passengers and took on a new
group before sailing out that evening without problems.

Carnival's Fantasy ship was scheduled to sail out from Mobile, Ala., on
Monday.

There were no issues reported in Tampa, Carnival's only Florida port operating on the Gulf side.

Norwegian Cruise Line spokeswoman Courtney Recht said there were
no ships scheduled to leave New Orleans until the fall and the
company had not fielded any phone calls from worried vacationers.

A phone message was left for a Royal Caribbean Cruise spokeswoman.


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