New Orleans welcomes over one million cruise guests

New Orleans welcomes over one million cruise guests
This marks the fourth consecutive year that over one million cruise guests have visited the port (Image: Port of New Orleans)

The US Port of New Orleans saw 1,150,172 passengers visiting its Erato Street and Julia Street Cruise Terminals in 2017.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that over one million cruise guests have visited the port.

“These year-end results validate the continued appeal of cruising from the Crescent City and reflect our commitment to excellence,” said Brandy Christian, president and CEO of Port of New Orleans. “We expect additional growth in 2018 and will continue to provide high-level service that complements New Orleans’ natural hospitality and vibrant energy. We hold ourselves to high standards and work to exceed expectations.”

Royal Caribbean International will return to New Orleans in 2018 and homeport Vision of the Seas, which will sail seasonal seven-night itineraries in December.

The line will reposition Norwegian Pearl by deploying the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway in November 2018. This will be the largest cruise vessel to sail out of New Orleans. The line will also reposition the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway in New Orleans replacing Norwegian Breakaway in 2019.

Carnival Cruise Line will replace Carnival Triumph with Carnival Valor, a 3,000-passenger ship.

In September 2018, American Cruise Lines will increase its New Orleans homeported inland river cruise vessels with the launch of the 190-passenger American Song, the first in a new riverboat series.

“Homeporting newer and larger cruise ships in 2018 adds to our city’s excitement as we celebrate our 300th birthday,” said Christian. “This is great news for tourists, residents and the region’s hospitality industry.”

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Elizabeth Robinson
By Elizabeth Robinson
Wednesday, January 31, 2018