Recent statistics concerning cruise passenger traffic underscores the ripple effect Hurricane Katrina continues to have on the Gulf region, months after the disaster struck.

According to a report from the U.S. Maritime Administration, Gulf ports saw a 27 percent decline in cruise passengers in the third quarter of 2005. Particularly affected was New Orleans, which had been one of the fastest-growing ports for cruises, the report states. It experienced a 46 percent decline in cruise passengers.

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