Port of New Orleans reports stellar cruise year

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Carnival ship at the Port of New Orleans. (photo: Port of NOLA)

2011 was a record year for the cruise port of New Orleans, seeing 736,908 cruise passengers, beating the previous record set in 2004 of 734,643 passengers. The direct local economic impact was $132.1-million or $937,000 per cruise ship, creating 3,000 jobs.

“New Orleans is a hugely popular cruise port and cruise lines are taking notice and investing larger and newer ships in their New Orleans itineraries,” said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO. “This year we will be knocking on the door of the 1-million-passenger mark.”

Three new cruise ships sailed from New Orleans in 2011: Carnival Elation, Carnival Conquest and Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas.  Norwegian Cruise Line’s 2,018-passenger Norwegian Spirit was already home-ported there.

Source: Port of New Orleans

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