Carnival bringing larger cruise ship to New Orleans; the name may be familiar

Posted on: March 2 2015

By Ted Griggs, The Advocate

Carnival Cruise Lines announced Monday that it is increasing its cruise capacity in New Orleans by replacing the smaller Carnival Elation ship with the Carnival Triumph.

Carnival Triumph will shift from Galveston to New Orleans to launch year-round four- and five-day cruises to Mexico beginning April 4, 2016. On this route, four-day “long weekend” cruises depart Thursdays and call at Cozumel while five-day cruises depart Mondays and Saturdays and visit Cozumel and Progreso.

Carnival Triumph will join Carnival Dream which operates year-round seven-day cruises from New Orleans. Together these two ships are expected to carry 450,000 guests annually from New Orleans.

Carnival Triumph became somewhat notorious in February of 2013, when it lost power in an engine-room fire some 150 miles off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. While the fire was extinguished quickly and no one was injured, loss of power made for five days of misery for the ship’s 4,200 passengers, who endured overflowing toilets, food shortages and foul odors before the ship could be towed to Mobile, Ala.

Recently, Carnival Triumph has undergone an extensive dry dock that added such amenities as Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri, poolside watering holes BlueIguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar, the BlueIguana Cantina Mexican eatery, cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, and Cherry On Top, a “candy and more” store. Carnival Triumph features more than 500 staterooms and suites with private balconies that are not generally available on other short cruises.

“New Orleans is one of our fastest-growing cruise markets and deploying Carnival Triumph not only expands capacity on this highly attractive short cruise program but also provides our guests with a variety of on-board innovations and our valued travel agents with an exciting new choice to market to their clients,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president.