Carnival Triumph to launch new cruises from New Orleans

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Carnival Triumph to launch new cruises from New Orleans

City Business Up to the Minute

By CityBusiness staff reports

November 6, 2009

The largest cruise ship based in New Orleans year-round, the 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph, will launch four-, five- and seven-day departures from the Crescent City starting next week.

The 102,000-ton Triumph will kick off the new program Tuesday at the Erato Street Cruise Terminal, and at 4 p.m. it will depart on its first cruise from New Orleans.

Four-day cruises departing Thursdays visit Cozumel, five-day cruises departing Mondays and Saturdays visit Cozumel and Progreso and seven-day cruises departing Saturdays call on Belize, Roatan and Cozumel or Key West, Freeport and Nassau.

The 893-foot-long Triumph features 13 decks, four restaurants, 18 lounges and bars, a miniature golf course, four swimming pools and a 214-foot-long waterslide, among other things.

Port of New Orleans spokesman Chris Bonura said the new service is a “milestone” because Carnival hasn’t offered week-long cruises since Hurricane Katrina.

“It’s the ongoing recovery of the cruise industry,” Bonura said. “There was a lot of pent-up demand for it.”