Carnival Valor docks in Gulfport

As ports across the country fill up due to the suspension of cruise line operations, the Port of Gulfport is taking a few of those ships in.

Yesterday, the Carnival Valor docked at the Port of Gulfport, which will take in the Carnival Freedom today and Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas on Wednesday.

Valor and the rest of the ships have no passengers on board and the crews of the vessels will be restricted to the ships and not granted shore leave at this time.

Port Director Johnathan Daniels says the port has been working in coordination with federal and state agencies as they prepare to accommodate the ships.

Daniels says the Carnival ships will remain for around 30 days while the Majesty of the Seas will anchor near Ship Island and come to port temporarily to resupply. “We did not make this decision in a vacuum. It’s being made at a time when there’s some concern in the industry, and certainly throughout the world because of this pandemic.”

Carnival Valor and Majesty of the Seas are typically homeported in New Orleans, while Carnival Freedom is homeported in Galveston, Texas.

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