Carnival Cruise to Stay in New Orleans: Inks New 5-Year Extension

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The Port of New Orleans and Carnival Cruise Lines signed a new agreement that will keep the world’s largest cruise line sailing at least two ships year-round from New Orleans through 2019.

The new agreement supersedes a 2013 three-year extension and offers three one-year options that could guarantee Carnival homeports at least two ships of equal or greater size than the Dream Class and Fantasy Class ships sailing from the Port through 2022.

“This is a clear demonstration of Carnival’s belief in New Orleans as one of its top home ports,” said Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange. “We look forward to helping Carnival grow its business in the Crescent City for the long-term.”

“Our guests – particularly those from Louisiana – love cruising from the Crescent City and we look forward to continuing our New Orleans program for many years to come,” Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines.

The new agreement began July 1, 2014.