NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least two Carnival Cruise Lines ships will continue sailing out of the Port of New Orleans year-round through 2019, according to its new five-year contract extension.
The deal, which went into effect July 1, supersedes a three-year extension negotiated in 2013. In addition to the five-year guarantee, the pact comes with three, one-year options that could keep Carnival operating out of the port through 2022.
“We greatly value the professionalism of our partners at the port, the ease of operating from New Orleans and the tremendous support we receive from the local community,” Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival, said in a statement.
New Orleans currently serves as the home port for two Carnival ships. Together, those ships carry more than 400,000 passengers each year.
“This is a clear demonstration of Carnival’s belief in New Orleans as one of its top home ports,”port president and CEO Gary LaGrange said.
The new deal comes a month after Royal Caribbean International announced it was ending its cruise ship service from the port next year.