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Record passenger numbers for Carnival from New Orleans

Since the Port of New Orleans began promoting itself as a premier cruise destination in 2001 it has experienced a 180 per cent growth – and a key part of that has been the involvement of Carnival Cruise Line.

In total during 2015 the line expects to carry a record 400,000 passengers from New Orleans. Carnival launched year-round cruising from New Orleans in 1994 and has continued to increase capacity year by year apart from a 14-month hiatus following Hurricane Katrina.

Carnival has become the port’s largest cruise ship operator, offering in excess of 125 departures a year on its two vessels, the 3,646-passenger ‘Carnival Dream’, (seven-day Caribbean cruises) and the 2,052-passenger ‘Carnival Elation’ (four and five-day cruises to Mexico). The ‘Carnival Elation’ will be replaced by the 2,758- passenger ‘Carnival Triumph’ in spring 2016, boosting capacity still further. In 2016 the line expects to carry 450,000 passengers from New Orleans.