Carnival Expands Cruise Program in New Orleans

By ,   March 4, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Carnival Cruise Line will expand by 34% the capacity on its 4- and 5-day short cruises from New Orleans after Carnival Triumph replaces the Elation on this schedule in 2016 spring.

Carnival Triumph will shift to New Orleans from Galveston to launch year-round short cruises to Mexican Riviera beginning April 4, 2016. Four-day “long weekend” voyages depart on this route Thursdays and call at Cozumel. Five-day cruises depart Saturdays and Mondays and visit Progreso and Cozumel.

The Triumph ship will join Carnival Dream, operating year-round 7-day cruises from New Orleans. The two vessels are expected to accommodate 450,000 passengers annually - the most of any operator.

Two weeks after Carnival set off a chain series of ship redeployments, with scheduled relocation of Carnival Breeze and Carnival Liberty to Galveston in 2016, the reshuffle continues. The New Orleans-based Elation will be repositioned to Jacksonville, the Jacksonville-based Fascination - to San Juan.

Carnival Fascination will offer 7-day Caribbean voyages starting April 24, next year, while Carnival Elation will sail 4- and 5-day cruises from Jacksonville beginning April 23, 2016.