Nearly 1.2 million passengers boarded cruises in New Orleans in 2018, a new high for the city.Total traffic was up 2.3 percent compared with a year ago, boosted by a surge in interest in Mississippi River cruises, according to a Port NOLA news release. Port officials noted the city’s cruise traffic is poised for continued growth in 2019 and 2020 as the city welcomes several new ships, including Norwegian Breakaway, the city’s largest to date.The port tracked 235 calls to New Orleans in 2018, up from 229 in 2017, the release said. New Orleans remains the 6th busiest cruise port in the country, behind the Port of New York and New Jersey, and the Port of Galveston in Texas. Miami holds the title for busiest cruise port in the world.The 2018 passenger count included nearly 30,300 riverboat cruisers, up 23 percent from 2017, the release said. New Orleans is home port to five riverboats, including two operated by American Queen Steamboat Co. and American Cruise Lines.The … [Read more...] about New Orleans saw a record number of cruise passengers in 2018
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A new paddlewheeler is set to start offering Mississippi River trips this month in New Orleans. The Associated Press was given the first look at the boat, called the City of New Orleans.The paddlewheeler is coming full circle, back to the state where it was built in 1991. For years it operated as a casino boat in Rock Island, Illinois, until the mid-1990s. But after that state legalized onshore casinos, the boat became obsolete, said Matthew Dow, project manager heading the vessel’s renovation. The then-named “Casino Rock Island” sat unused for years until it was purchased by the New Orleans Steamboat Company in 2016."We instantly fell in love with the boat," Dow said. "We saw the potential in her and knew that we could do her justice and bring her back not only to her former glory but well beyond that."Dow said the vessel already looked the part of a New Orleans riverboat, with its curved decks, plentiful windows, decorative fleurs de lis and giant … [Read more...] about City of New Orleans paddlewheeler to start cruising this month. See inside.
The first four-day Disney cruise sold out in just an hour, and more cruise lines are about to launch bigger ships and longer cruises from the Port of New Orleans.Disney announced in September that cruises out of New Orleans would start in early 2019.When tickets went on sale, “You wouldn’t believe the people that jumped on that,” said Brenda Walker. She and her husband Billy Walker own Coast Cruises and More, a Cruise Planners franchise, and are American Express Travel representatives.The day Disney opened reservations to the general public, she was on the website trying to book cabins. Mickey, Minnie and Disney Cruise Lines headed to N.O. port for first time Disney Cruise Line is headed to — and from — New Orleans. “It sold out in one hour. The whole cruise,” she said. “It just shows you how eager people are to cruise local.”More varietyNow, more cruise lines are “testing the waters,” she said, … [Read more...] about Disney cruise line from Port of New Orleans sells out in an hour; more cruises following suit
Leigh Guidry Lafayette Daily Advertiser Published 12:10 PM EDT Sep 27, 2018 Disney Cruise Line announced Thursday that you can set sail with Mickey and Minnie from New Orleans for the first time ever beginning in 2020. The limited-time Disney Cruise Line voyages will take travelers to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Baja, the Panama Canal and the Pacific Coast. The first voyage from New Orleans is set for Feb. 14, 2020, and will take through Mexico, Grand Cayman and Jamaica over seven nights. Advance booking windows are open now before reservations open to the general public Oct. 4. MORE: Places to explore in South Louisiana … [Read more...] about You can take a Disney cruise out of New Orleans soon
The opening date for New Orleans' new airport terminal will be delayed until May 2019 thanks to a sinking sewer line that will require repairs in coming months. The terminal previously had been set to open in late February. The New Orleans Aviation Board on Thursday (Sept. 20) approved the new opening date after receiving an update on the $1 billion, 35-gate terminal currently under construction on the north side of the existing airport property. The reason for the delay? Contractors need time to fix roughly 2,000 feet of 12-inch sewer line compromised by sinking lands. The official opening date will now be May 15, 2019. Doug Thornton, a senior vice president of SMG, which manages the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and a member of the aviation board, sought to assure the public that the problem has been identified, is fixable and is under control. The terminal building itself is solid and moving forward as expected, he said. "We're not sinking into oblivion," Thornton … [Read more...] about New Orleans’ new airport terminal opening delayed to May 2019