New Orlean’s newest and largest based ship, the Carnival Dream, set sail on her inaugural sailing from the port yesterday afternoon. The inaugural sailing will call on Costa Maya, Roatan, and Cozumel, before returning to the Big Easy to kick off her new season of weekly Caribbean and Bahamas sailings from the port.
The Carnival Dream is the largest cruise ship to ever homeport in New Orleans and will be based at the southern port for the next year. While based in New Orleans, the Carnival Dream will offer three unique seven night sailings to the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Ports of call among the three sailings will include Montego Bay, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman; or Roatan, Belize and Cozumel; and Key West, Freeport and Nassau.
“New Orleans is one of our most popular homeports and Carnival Dream provides vacationers with a spectacular ‘Fun Ship’ cruise option from the Big Easy offering an incredible array of on-board innovations,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO. “Further, the arrival of Carnival Dream significantly expands our capacity in New Orleans, which is a direct result of the combined efforts of port and local officials and our valued travel agent partners who have been instrumental in supporting our New Orleans cruise program,” he added.
In anticipation of the Carnival Dream’s arrival in New Orleans, the city recently completed a $2.3 million upgrade at the Erato Street Cruise Terminal to accommodate the 130,000 GRT Carnival Dream.
Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange stated, “The arrival of the Carnival Dream is the culmination of a lot of hard work and a strong commitment by Port of New Orleans officials, tourism leaders and Carnival Cruise Lines to build strong cruising demand from the Crescent City. The ship’s amenities and features are second to none. We’re thrilled to welcome the Carnival Dream as a year-round resident of the Port and City of New Orleans.”