Carnival Cruise Line becomes first to resume New Orleans cruises



The Carnival Glory is scheduled to depart from the port of New Orleans today, making it the first ship to leave The Big Easy since March 2020, when the entire cruise industry was shut down due to the pandemic.

Departing from the Erato Street Cruise Terminal, this first seven-day trip will take passengers to three beloved Bahamian destinations: Bimini, Freeport and Nassau. To celebrate the occasion, the company today hosted a ‘Back to Fun’ event in the aforementioned terminal, which included a groundbreaking ceremony by Carnival Vice President of Guest Operations Sarah Beth Reno, Captain Nicola Iaccarino from Carnival Glory and the Port of New Orleans. President and CEO Brandy D. Christian, who personally greeted the first guests on board.


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“Carnival Cruise Line has been a part of the New Orleans community for over 25 years and we are absolutely delighted to offer our guests the opportunity to return to the fun, while supporting the local economy in one of our most popular home ports. ” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, noted. “Carnival is New Orleans’ premier cruise operator with the widest variety of cruise and itinerary choices, and we’re excited to bring our unique brand of fun back to this fantastic city.”

The 2,980-passenger Carnival Glory is one of the first ships in the fleet to sport the line’s new red, white and bull hull design, designed to reflect a broader maritime tradition and Carnival’s legacy as “American cruise line”.

Starting November 1, Carnival Valor will join Carnival Glory to navigate its old schedule of short cruise, four and five day cruise itineraries in Mexico, which have proven to be very popular in the past. With this pair of vessels operating continuously, Carnival Cruise Line plans to carry 400,000 passengers per year from New Orleans, which is more than any other line.

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Carnival Cruise Line’s “Back to Fun” event at the Port of New Orleans, September 19, 2021. (photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Current New Orleans Carnival offerings include:

—Six, seven and eight day cruises to the Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexico.

—Four and five day cruises in Mexico.

—14-day carnival tours, including partial Panama Canal transit and visits to popular Caribbean destinations.

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