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Carnival ships to hold

most guests

Carnival Corp. unveiled more information about some of its previously announced new ships on order Monday including one giant detail: Four of those ships will hold more guests than any other vessel in the world.

The world's largest cruise ship company finalized a "multi-billion dollar" with German ship builder Meyer Werft for four new ships that will accommodate 6,600 travelers when all available berths are filled. That's a few hundred more than Royal Caribbean International's Oasis and Allure of the Seas, which can hold a maximum of 6,318 passengers. At double occupancy, which is a more traditional measure of capacity, the Carnival-owned vessels will hold more than 5,000. Harmony of the Seas, by comparison, will accommodate 5,479.

Carnival's new ships won't be the largest by size, however. The vessels will "exceed 180,000 gross tons," the company said in a news release. By comparison, Oasis-class ships encompass more than 225,000 gross registered tons.

United Cerebral Palsy to hold job fair Tuesday

SARASOTA -- United Cerebral Palsy Sarasota-Manatee Inc., which serves the community by providing services and resources to individuals with disabilities and their families, is interviewing for multiple openings for direct support staff, $9-10/hour. Candidates must be able to work flexible shifts and have their own transportation. Email resumes to zora@ucpsarasota.org. The employer will conduct local and level II background checks and drug screening. Career Source Suncoast is sponsoring the job fair from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at Sarasota Career Center, 3660 N. Washington Blvd. Call 941-358-4200.

Gas prices still running higher than expected

Motorists across the country saw increases at the pump last week, but that trend is not likely to continue. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on Sunday is $2.80; 5 cents more than last week, but 86 cents cheaper than this time last year.

The average price for gas in Florida is $2.71; a half cent more than last week, but 86 cents lower than this time last year.

Reports show the average price of gasoline from June 1-Aug. 31 should be $2.60 -- the lowest since 2009. The average price through the end of 2015 is forecast to be $2.47.

"Gas prices should already be falling, but are still adjusting to minor bumps in the oil market," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "There is plenty of oil to go around, but speculators are latching on to any hope for a recovery in prices. Despite the volatility, motorists are still enjoying the cheapest summer gas prices in five years, saving nearly $15 for a full tank of gas."

-- Herald wire services

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