Evacuees On The Holiday

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Evacuees could board Carnival Cruise Lines' Holiday in Mobile as soon as today. But federal officials are still trying to decide where to dock the ship while it serves as shelter for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Plans for the massive one-thousand-452-passenger cruise ship have changed several times since the Federal Emergency Management Agency first chartered the Holiday and two others from Carnival two
weeks ago.

Officials say the Holiday could house evacuees in Mobile for up to a month before sailing to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Carnival's Sensation and Ecstasy cruise ships docked in New Orleans on Sunday and are housing relief workers from the area who also lost their homes.

The government is paying Carnival 192 (M) million dollars to charter the ships for six months. A Carnival spokeswoman says the hurricane and its aftermath will likely hurt the company's earnings.