Port of New Orleans Boasts Record Cruise Passenger Numbers

By ,   February 2, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

A record 1.15 million passengers boarded cruises through Port of New Orleans last year. Port officials expect an increasing demand the city adds more cruise lines and ships, including a new itinerary of Royal Caribbean in December.

According to a news release, the record of 2017 marks the 4th consecutive year cruise terminal traffic at city's port reached or surpassed 1M travelers. The cruise facilities at the port include Erato Street and Julia Street cruise terminals situated on the riverfront behind Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Port of New Orleans

A number of major cruise lines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian will be relocating their ships to New Orleans in 2018-2019.

According to the news release, roughly 80% of passengers sailing on voyages from New Orleans come from outside Louisiana. More than 50% of travelers spent an average of 2 days in New Orleans either prior to or after the cruise.