Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
They should call it Police Party Cruise 2009, they could sell tickets and make up some of that $76 million spent. Luxury cruise ships? Why not just rent an aircraft carrier? They’ll need a secure platform for their borrowed drone patrols.
Allan Dowd, Phil Berlowitz, Reuters
April 21, 2009
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 21 (Reuters) – Canadian police have struck a C$76 million ($61 million) deal with two units of cruise line operator Carnival Corp (CCL.N) to house security personnel during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Carnival’s Holland America and Carnival Cruise Lines units will supply a total of three ships to serve as floating hotels in Vancouver harbor during the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, according to police officials.
Police decided to use cruise ships for temporary housing and food service because of a shortage of regular hotels during the Games, and say the docked vessels will also give them easy access to the venues needing protection.
Planners have said up to 7,000 police officers from across Canada may be brought to Vancouver as part of C$900 million security plan that will also include military personnel and 4,000 private security guards.