Carnival will home port two year-round cruise ships in New Orleans returning the line’s presence in the city to pre-Hurricane Katrina levels.
Carnival Conquest and Carnival Elation will offer 125 voyages annually to the western and eastern Caribbean along with Mexico.
The announcement was made during a VIP ceremony onboard Carnival Elation, where the line donated USD$25,000 to the ‘Reconcile New Orleans Workforce Development Program’, which offers training programs for adolescents to prepare them for a career in the hospitality industry.
“Carnival is New Orleans’ number one cruise line and we are thrilled to now have two ships dedicated year-round to what is one of America’s truly great cities,” Carnival president and CEO Gerry Cahill said.
“Carnival Cruise Lines strives to be a good citizen in our homeport communities, and this donation to Reconcile New Orleans is a reflection of our commitment to continue supporting the revitalisation of this city.”
The 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest will offer three alternating week-long Caribbean itineraries including a new western Caribbean itinerary taking in Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
An eastern Caribbean itinerary will call into Key West, Freeport and Nassau while the third option visits ports including Belize, Mahogany Bay and Cozumel.
The 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation will offer four-day cruises departing Thursdays visiting Cozumel and a five-day voyage will depart Mondays and Saturdays and call into Cozumel and Progreso in Mexico.
“We are thrilled Carnival has returned to its pre-Katrina service level in New Orleans. We have worked diligently with our partners at Carnival to ensure the cruising public knows New Orleans is better than ever,” New Orleans Port president and CEO Gary LaGrange said.
“Carnival’s new cruising itineraries to the eastern and western Caribbean give potential passengers more choices than ever when sailing from New Orleans.”