Carnival becomes first to resume sailings from New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — Carnival Cruise Line was the first line to sail from New Orleans since the start of the pandemic, with the Carnival Glory setting sail from Erato Street Cruise Terminal this past weekend.

To commemorate the occasion, a ‘Back to Fun’ event was held in the terminal on Sept. 19, just prior to the ship’s voyage to Bimini, Freeport and Nassau in The Bahamas. Carnival’s Vice President of Guest Operations Sarah Beth Reno, Carnival Glory Captain Nicola Iaccarino, and Port of New Orleans President and CEO Brandy D. Christian were all in attendance to cut the ceremonial ribbon and officially welcome guests onboard.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said that the company was “absolutely thrilled” to be back in New Orleans, where it has been sailing to for more than 25 years.

“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,” she said.

On Nov. 1, Carnival Valor will join Carnival Glory in New Orleans and resume its popular short cruise schedule of four- and five-day cruises to Mexico. With both sips, Carnival Cruise Line expects to carry 400,000 passengers annually from New Orleans, more than any cruise operator.

Offerings from New Orleans include:

  • Six-, seven- and eight-day cruises to the Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexico
  • Four- and five-day cruises to Mexico
  • 14-day Carnival Journeys featuring a partial transit of the Panama Canal and visit to popular Caribbean destinations

Carnival Glory is among the first in Carnival’s fleet to feature the line’s new red, white and blue hull design that pays homage to maritime tradition. Popular features on the ship include Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri; BlueIguana Cantina, the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar; and a WaterWorks aqua park.

Carnival Cruise Line is operating vaccinated cruises as defined by the CDC. In addition, as of Sept. 13, the CDC requires pre-cruise testing for vaccinated guests to be taken within two days prior to the sailing date. For more information on Carnival’s operational protocols, click here.