Last year, the Port of New Orleans cruise terminals beat their own record for the fifth year in a row. They had over 1 million cruise passengers pass through – 1,023,700 to be exact. That number was up 1% from 2014, where they had also passed the 1 million mark.
The port is the sixth-largest cruise port in the country, supporting 8,120 jobs. Studies have shown that 80% of passengers are from out of state and 60% spend an average of two nights in the city either before or after their cruise.
Currently, the homeported ships are Carnival Dream and Carnival Elation year-round, and Norwegian Dawn seasonally. Other cruise lines that call in New Orleans include P&O Cruises, Holland America, AIDA Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises. There are three river steamwheelers that sail up the Mississippi River from the city as well, with another on the way this spring. Carnival Cruise Line will increase its capacity in New Orleans in April with Carnival Triumph replaces Elation in the city.
Port officials are expecting another busy year in New Orleans, and we congratulate them on their continued growth and success.
To visit the port’s website, visit portno.com.
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