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New Orleans cruise pax movements to reach metro population's size

Brandy Christian - Port on track for record cruise volumes seventh year in a row Brandy Christian - Port on track for record cruise volumes seventh year in a row (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

The Port of New Orleans is on target to surpass 1m cruise passenger movements for the fourth consecutive year in 2017 and hit record volumes for the seventh year in a row, president and CEO Brandy Christian said in her state of the port address Thursday.

Carnival Cruise Line continues to sail year-round with Carnival Dream and Carnival Triumph. In 2018, Norwegian Cruise Line will deploy Norwegian Breakaway, the largest cruise ship in length and passenger occupancy to ever sail from New Orleans. Royal Caribbean International will return to the Crescent City in 2018 with Vision of the Seas.

Additionally, river cruises account for 2% of total cruise revenue and continue to grow with the introduction several months ago of American Queen Steamboat Co.'s American Duchess.

'One million passengers happens to be the equivalent of the population of six parishes in metro New Orleans area, including Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. James and St. John the Baptist,' Christian said.

'After Norwegian Cruise Line doubles their guest capacity with the newer and larger ship in 2018, we can add the population of St. Tammany Parish to that list,' she continued. 'The Port of New Orleans’ annual passenger movements will equal the population of the entire metro New Orleans area.'

Posted 10 November 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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