Carnival Conquest has returned to “The Big Easy” following her two-week multi-million dollar ‘Fun Ship 2.0’ makeover in The Bahamas.
She features a host of new amenities including; ‘Guy’s Burger Joint’, ‘Alchemy Bar’, ‘RedFrog Rum Bar’, ‘BlueIguana Tequila Bar’ and the ‘EA Sports Bar’.
In celebration of the ship’s return to New Orleans, Carnival Cruise Lines donated USD$15,000 to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, which will go towards rebuilding the lives and communities of the St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes following Hurricane Isaac in August.
“Because of Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac, August 29th is indelibly etched in our minds as a day of heartache and heroes,” United Way of Southeast Louisiana president and CEO Gary Ostroske said.
“We thank Carnival for being a corporate hero. With Carnival’s support, United Way can help more people in more ways than any single charity.”
Carnival Cruise Lines senior cruise director John Heald was on hand in New Orleans to present the cheque.
“Today’s reception went very well and what an honour it was to present a check for $15,000 to the United Way of South east Louisiana,” Mr Heald wrote on his Facebook page.
“Invited guests had a brilliant time and enjoyed a taste of 2.0 cocktails and food.
“Most importantly, the ship looks fantastic and with her 2.0 upgrades she has a new exciting feeling about her.”
Carnival Conquest will sail on seven-day Caribbean cruises out of New Orleans while her sister, Carnival Elation, will sail on four- and five- day cruises to Mexico.
The next ship in the fleet to be given the ‘Fun Ship 2.0’ makeover will be Carnival Destiny when she enters a 49-day dry dock next year.
Her USD$155 million makeover will be the line’s most ambitious yet, with the addition of all of the ‘Fun Ship 2.0’ features, 182 new cabins and a new name,Carnival Sunshine.
She too will be based out of New Orleans from November 2013.
“We continue to invest in our New Orleans-based cruise program and recognise the major economic driver the cruise industry is for the region,”
Carnival Cruise Lines president and CEO Gerry Cahill said.