On Sunday (September 19), Carnival Glory departed from the Port NOLA/New Orleans, Louisiana USA) for a week-long voyage and became the first ship to embark from the port city since the offset of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
The liner departed from Erato Street Cruise Terminal and is scheduled to make calls at the Bahamian destinations of Freeport, Nassau, and Bimini.
In a ceremony dubbed "Back to Fun," Carnival Vice President of Guest Operations Sarah Beth Reno, Carnival Glory Capt. Nicola Iaccarino and Port of New Orleans President & CEO Brandy D. Christian cut a ceremonial ribbon and welcomed the first passengers onboard.
Christine Duffy, president of CCL-Carnival Cruise Line, said:
"Carnival Cruise Line has been a part of the New Orleans community for more than 25 years and we're absolutely thrilled to provide our guests an opportunity to get Back to Fun, while supporting the local economy in one of our most popular homeports.
"Carnival is the number one cruise operator from New Orleans with the greatest variety of cruise choices and itineraries and we are so happy to bring our unique brand of fun back to this fantastic city."
On November 1, Carnival Valor is expected to join Carnival Glory in New Orleans and resume her popular short cruise schedule of 4- and 5-day voyages to Mexico. With Glory and Valor, Carnival intends to carry ~400,000 passengers per year from New Orleans.
Carnival Cruise Line’s offerings from Port NOLA include:
- 6-, 7-and 8-day cruises to the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Mexico
- 4- and 5-day cruises to Mexico
- 14-day Carnival Journeys with a partial Panama Canal transit and visits to popular Caribbean destinations.