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Port of New Orleans Gears Up For Busy Cruise Year

The Port of New Orleans is anticipating a big comeback for cruising. 

The port first opened up to river cruising back in March, and in September, Carnival Cruise Line started sailing with Carnival Glory, followed shortly after by Carnival Valor. Over the weekend, Norwegian Breakaway started sailing from the big easy. 

Every year, cruise passengers make up 300,000 of the city’s hotel nights and bring in around $125 million to the local economy. The port is expecting 285 cruise sailings in 2022. 

STORY: Norwegian Cruise Line Resumes Sailings From New Orleans

Emeril Lagasse Formally Opens Onboard Restaurant

Chef Emeril Lagasse,  who is currently sailing a Thanksgiving cruise on Mardi Gras, has officially opened Emeril’s Bistro 1396.

The line held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to celebrate Lagasse’s first bistro at sea. The New Orleans-style eatery is an a la carte specialty venue that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Throughout the week, Emeril is mingling with passengers and teaching a cooking class in the ship’s Carnival Kitchen cooking studio. 

Crystal Cruises Launches Submersible on New Expedition Ship

And guests aboard Crystal Cruises’ expedition ship got to experience an excursion like no other. 

While in Antarctica, the vessel launched its submarine with cruise guests and went down to the ocean floor. While down there, they got to experience all kinds of sea life including coral and a giant octopus. 

Crystal Endeavor is on the first in a series of eight roundtrip 11 to 19-night sailings to Antarctica.

And in case you’re wondering, the price of the submarine excursion is $599 per guest — and no special training is required. 

STORY: Under the Sea: Cruisers Take Submarine Excursion in Antarctica [PHOTOS]

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