Carnival Considering Proposal to Use Cruise Ships as Shelters

MIAMI (AP) - Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines says it is considering a federal request that the company use some of its cruise ships as emergency shelters or help in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in some other way.

The world's largest cruise line says doing so would be complicated, but that the company is actively taking a look at the proposal.

Carnival operates 21 ships. Each carries anywhere from about 1,500 to 3,000 passengers. Carnival is owned by Carnival Corporation.