Sunday, September 04, 2005

From Agony to Ecstasy

Sometimes the irony is palpable:

Carnival Sending Three Ships for Refugees

By TRAVIS REED
The Associated Press

Saturday, September 3, 2005; 6:11 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Three Carnival Cruise Lines ships have been pressed into service by the government to provide shelter for as many as 7,000 hurricane victims.

The Ecstasy, the Sensation and the Holiday will be pulled from regular use starting Monday at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The cost of the charters was not disclosed.

The idea of using cruise ships to house the displaced is a good one; how else can you bring thousands of hotel rooms online instantly? But the names of the ships are definitely ironic.