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“Awash with Color:…

Feb 7 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

18th Annual Dr.…

Feb 7 - Mar 31, 2016
Join us for the opening reception for the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King… more

2016 Mardi Grad…

Feb 7 - 9, 2016
Mardi Gras - 2016 Parade Schedule Sat,… more

Bacchus Bash

Feb 7 - 7, 2016
Bacchus Bash, the annual Mardi Gras extravaganza, returns Sunday, February 7.… more

Mama's Music

Feb 07, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Mardi Gras Balcony…

Feb 7 - 9, 2016
MARDI GRAS BOURBON STREET BALCONY TICKETS 6 HOURS OPEN BAR, LOUISIANA BUFFET… more

Patriot, Planter,…

Feb 7 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

The Foundation…

Feb 7 - 28, 2016
*Opening Reception: January 15, 2016 - 6pm-10pm The Foundation Gallery will be… more

The Historic New…

Feb 7 - May 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

The Photography of…

Feb 7 - Mar 1, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

Feb 7 - 21, 2016
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the… more

Ultimate Louisiana…

Feb 7 - 9, 2016
This is a three-day festival from Feb 7th-9th, 2016. The Human Circuit plays… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 08, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Krewe of Orpheus -…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Experience a side of Mardi Gras seldom seen by New Orleanians or visitors, and… more

Krewe of Orpheus…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Join us for the Orpheus Parade. Founded in 1993, the Krewe of Orpheus takes its… more

Lundi Gras at the…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Join our Lundi Gras Celebration– kid style! Decorate your own king cake.… more

Mardi Gras Bourbon…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
LIMITED VIP Mardi Gras Bourbon Street Balcony Tickets! Being "above the… more

Monday Blues

Feb 08, 2016 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

The Irish House…

Feb 08, 2016
This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see… more

The Maison Presents -…

Feb 08, 2016 - Jul 31, 2017
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing… more

“Awash with Color:…

Feb 7 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

Port Welcomes Two New Home-Port Cruise Ships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Matt Gresham
504-528-3255

Port Welcomes Two New Home-Port Cruise Ships

Sets Weekend Record for Passengers

NEW ORLEANS - The Port of New Orleans welcomed two new home-ported cruise ships over the last eight days and set a new Port record for passenger embarkations and disembarkations during a two-day span, as 24,705 passengers either boarded or disembarked four cruise ships and two sternwheelers Nov. 17-18.

"New Orleans is a favorite destination for the cruise industry and one of the fastest growing cruise ports in the United States," said Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange. "We market cruising from New Orleans as two vacations in one and passengers respond by staying an average of two days here either before or after their cruise."

On Nov. 11, Norwegian Cruise Line's 965-foot, 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star replaced the 2,018-passenger Norwegian Spirit as the cruise line's home-ported ship in New Orleans. The newer and larger vessel docks at the Port's newly renovated Julia Street Cruise Terminal. On Nov. 17, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line invested in a newer vessel in New Orleans as its Navigator of the Seas replaced the Voyager of the Seas. The 1,020-foot cruise ship has a capacity of 3,114-passengers and is the largest cruise ship ever to call on the Port. The Navigator of the Seas also calls on the Julia Street Cruise Terminal.

In addition to the two new seasonal cruise ships operated by RCCL and NCL, Carnival Cruise Lines operates two year-round ships from the Port's Erato Street Cruise Terminal - the Carnival Elation and Carnival Conquest - sailing four, five and seven-day cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean. American Cruise Line's sternwheeler Queen of the Mississippi embarked on a Mississippi River cruise from the Port Nov. 17 - sailing to inland destinations between New Orleans and Vicksburg, Miss., along with Great American Steamboat Company's American Queen, sailing a seven-day itinerary to Memphis, Tenn.

A recent study by Cruise Lines International Association, found the cruise industry accounted for $280 million in direct spending in Louisiana last year, up 35 percent compared to 2010. That impact generated 5,512 jobs and $211 million in income to the State of Louisiana. In 2011, the Port handled a record 736,908 passengers, which puts New Orleans in the top 10 of all cruise ports in the United States. Port officials expect the ranking and economic impacts to rise next year, as the Port is on pace to handle 1 million passengers by the end of 2012.

Recently, Port officials completed a transfer agreement with the U.S. Maritime Administration - transferring two berths at the Poland Avenue Wharf for construction of the Port's third cruise terminal just downriver from the historic French Quarter.

For more information on cruising from New Orleans, please visit the Port's web site at www.portno.com

 

Port of New Orleans Cruise Ships

Carnival Elation
Year-round: 2,052 passenger; four- and five-night cruises; Cozumel and Progreso

Carnival Conquest
Year-round: 2,974 passengers; seven-day cruises; Key West, Freeport and Nassau (eastern Caribbean); Belize, Roatan and Cozumel (western Caribbean); Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel (western Caribbean)

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star
November-April: 2,348 passenger; seven-day cruises; Costa Maya, Cozumel, Roatan, Bay Islands and Belize

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Navigator of the Seas
November-April: 3,114 passengers; seven-day cruises; Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel

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