Carnival Cruise Line out of New Orleans sails on a wave of record sales, the cruise operator plans to greet 3 millionth guest in 2016.
The company is currently offering 7-day Caribbean cruises and 4 to 5-day cruises to Mexico departing from New Orleans. Carnival Elation, which holds 2,052 passengers and sails regularly to Mexico, will be replaced in the spring of 2016 with Carnival Triumph.
The Carnival Triumph is being put into service to increase passenger capacity on the shorter cruise trip excursions. The Carnival Dream, which holds 3,646 passengers, regularly makes trips to the Caribbean Isles.
Carnival has been New Orleans’ biggest cruise operator since 1994, when it initiated cruising year-round. Since that time, two Carnival ships have been regularly setting sail on 4 to 7-day departures every year. More than 125 cruises are scheduled each year out of the “Big Easy.”
Carnival, the number one cruise line in New Orleans, anticipates serving 400,000 passengers in 2015 alone. The company expects to see its three millionth customer set sail in 2016.
Company Projects Record Year a Decade after Katrina
The projected figure includes the number of passengers that have set sail from the New Orleans shore since August 23, 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck the city. Following the storm, Carnival resumed serving customers in October 2006. The cruise line, as well as other cruise operators at the port, currently provides 8,000 jobs to local area residents.
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