A group of Mississippi evacuees moved out of Red Cross shelters and stepped aboard a Carnival Cruise ship in neighboring Mobile.
It's a temporary home in their frantic recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency leased the 1,452-passenger holiday and two other vessels from Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines for six months for $192 million.
Spokeswoman Lynne Keating said the new Katrina passengers volunteered to leave the shelters in the Pascagoula area.
About 150 arrived Sunday, but it's unclear how many more will come.
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