Carnival Expands Short Cruise Program from New Orleans
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Carnival Cruise Line will increase capacity by 34 percent on short cruises from New Orleans in April 2016 when it moves the Carnival Triumph from Galveston to the Big Easy.
The 102,000-ton, 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph will replace the smaller 70,367-ton Carnival Elation, which accommodates 2,052 guests on a double-occupancy basis and will move to Jacksonville, Fla., for year-round four- and five-day cruises.
The Triumph will operate year-round four- and five-day cruises from New Orleans. It will join the 130,000-ton, 3,646-passenger 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, the most of any cruise operator.
Carnival last month announced that the 110,000-ton, 2,974-passenger Carnival Liberty will replace the Triumph in Galveston in 2016, but didn’t reveal where the Triumph was heading until now.
The shift gives cruisers sailing from New Orleans a ship that has undergone the Fun Ship 2.0 improvements that include the burger eatery developed with Food Network star Guy Fieri, poolside watering holes BlueIguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar, the BlueIguana Cantina Mexican eatery, the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, and more. Carnival Triumph also has more than 500 staterooms and suites with private balconies that generally are not available on short cruises and are highly coveted, the cruise line said in a press release.
Carnival Triumph will launch year-round four- and five-day cruises to Mexico beginning April 4, 2016. The 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 also operate a three-day cruise from New Orleans April 8-11, 2016.
“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 onboard innovations and our valued travel agents with an exciting new choice to market to their clients,” Carnival President Christine Duffy said.
“This news means roughly an additional 800 passengers sailing from New Orleans every four or five days on a ship with the latest amenities, including 500 private balconies and expanded restaurant and lounge offerings,” said Gary LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans.
Reservations are open for the Carnival Triumph’s departures from New Orleans.
Carnival is the only cruise line to operate two year-round ships from New Orleans. Norwegian Cruise Line in December signed a four-year berthing agreement with the Port of New Orleans with three one-year options. The agreement will keep at least one Norwegian cruise ship sailing seasonally from New Orleans through 2018 with the ability to extend the agreement through 2021.
Royal Caribbean International's Serenade of the Seas will leave New Orleans in April and hasn't announced any future plans for New Orleans yet. "However, we are confident RCCL will return in the near future," according to a Port of New Orleans spokesman.
Meanwhile, when Carnival Elation moves to Jacksonville, it will operate year-round four- and five-day cruises beginning April 23, 2016. In turn, Carnival Fascination will reposition to San Juan to operate year-round seven-day Southern Caribbean cruises beginning April 24, 2016.
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