Cruise passengers surpass 1 million in New Orleans

Posted on: January 13 2015

By: Natalie Chandler, Managing Editor, City Business

More cruise ship passengers traveled through the Port of New Orleans last year than any other time in history, port officials said today.

Just more than 1 million passengers embarked and disembarked during 2014, an increase of more than 2.6 percent over 2013.

Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange said it’s a 180 percent increase in cruise passengers since 2001, when the port began seriously marketing itself as a “premier cruise destination.”

Four ships homeport in New Orleans. Two are with Carnival Cruise Lines and one is with Royal Caribbean. Norwegian Cruise Lines recently put a larger ship at the port that will offer cruises through April.

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