Carnival Valor will be the largest ship to sail short cruises from Port of New Orleans (Image: Carnival Cruise Line)
Carnival Cruise Line is to expand capacity on its short cruise programme from the US Gulf Coast in 2019 by repositioning Carnival Valor to Port of New Orleans and Carnival Dream to Port of Galveston.
Replacing Carnival Triumph, the 2,974-passenger Carnival Valor will begin a year-round schedule of four- and five-day cruises from New Orleans to Mexico on 16 May, boosting capacity on the line’s short cruise programme by 10%. Four- day weekend cruises will take guests to Cozumel, while five-day voyages will call at Cozumel and Progreso.
“New Orleans is one of our most popular homeports and Carnival Valor is a wonderful short option that provides a wide array of exciting dining, beverage, entertainment and activity choices that our guests are sure to enjoy,” said Carnival president Christine Duffy.
Carnival Valor will be the largest ship to have ever offered year-round short cruise itineraries from New Orleans.
“The Port of New Orleans is thrilled to welcome Carnival Valor to the year-round cruise offerings from our vibrant and historical city,” said Brandy Christian, Port of New Orleans President and CEO. “We value our long-time partnership with Carnival Cruise Line and we look forward to working together to continue to provide new and varied itineraries and a top-notch experience for our guests.”
Carnival Dream will launch year-round four- and five-day cruises to Mexico from the Port of Galveston in Texas from May 2019, becoming the newest and largest Carnival ship to operate a short cruise programme from Texas.
“Galveston is one of our fastest-growing and most popular homeports and we’re delighted to expand capacity on our short cruise programme with Carnival Dream,” said Duffy. “Not only is Carnival Dream our largest ship to operate short cruises, but it also offers guests some truly spectacular onboard features and facilities following her extensive multi-million-dollar makeover.”
Guests will be able to take four-day cruises to Cozumel, or five-day voyages to Cozumel and Progreso or Costa Maya.
“We have a long-standing relationship with Carnival Cruise Line and we are thrilled that it has chosen to reposition Carnival Dream to Galveston,” said Peter Simons, interim port Director. “Deploying their largest Dream-class ship to operate their short cruise programme demonstrates Carnival’s continued commitment to the Texas travel market. It’s this type of confidence and commitment that has helped the Port of Galveston grow to become the fourth largest cruise port in North America. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Carnival.”