Carnival continues to expand its presence at the port and expects to carry a record 400,000 passengers from New Orleans this year. Next year the line will also welcome its three millionth passenger at the Port of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
Following Hurricane Katrina, the cruise line resumed service in New Orleans in October 2006 – just 14 months after the storm – with one year-round ship, Carnival Fantasy, carrying less than 16,000 passengers that year. Next year Carnival expects to carry a record 450,000 passengers from New Orleans.
Ships in New Orleans
- 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream, offering seven-day Caribbean cruises
- 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation sailing four- and five-day cruises to Mexico
- 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph replaces Carnival Elation next spring
- More than 8,000 jobs
- Excess of $400 million in direct purchases annually
Carnival pioneered year-round cruising from New Orleans in 1994 and over the past two-plus decades has become the port’s largest cruise operator with two ships offering more than 125 four- to seven-day departures on an annual basis.