Posted on: July 9 2014 | Posted in: Latest NewsBy Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
At least two Carnival Cruise Lines ships will continue sailing out of the Port of New Orleans year-round through 2019, according to a new five-year contract extension between the two entities.
The new agreement, which went into effect on July 1, supersedes a three-year extension negotiated in 2013. In addition to the five-year guarantee, the agreement comes with three one-year options that could keep Carnival operating out of the port through 2022.
"This is a clear demonstration of Carnival's belief in New Orleans as one of its top home ports," port president and CEO Gary LaGrange said.
"We greatly value the professionalism of our partners at the port, the ease of operating from New Orleans and the tremendous support we receive from the local community," Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival, said in a statement.
New Orleans currently serves as the home port for two Carnival ships - the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream and the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation, both of which dock at the port's Erato Street Terminal. Together, the two ships carry over 400,000 passengers each year from New Orleans, more than any other cruise line.
News of the agreement comes a month after Royal Caribbean International decided to end its cruise ship service from the port next year. In April, Royal Caribbean's 2,360-passenger Serenade of the Seas, which now docks at the Julia Street Terminal, will relocate to Europe and offer cruises to Russia and Scandinavia.