Published on : Saturday, March 29, 2014
$2.3 million in renovations, expansions and upgrades are nearing completion at the Port of New Orleans’ Erato Street Cruise Terminal ahead of the arrival of the Port’s largest home-port cruise ship to date – the Carnival Dream.
The 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream is scheduled to begin sailing seven-day, yearroundeastern and western Caribbean itineraries April 14 from the Port of NewOrleans’ Erato Street Cruise Terminal, replacing the 3,006-passenger CarnivalSunshine, which will be repositioned to Port Canaveral, Fla.
The 130,000-ton Carnival Dream is from the cruise line’s newest and largest class of
ships and offers an array of on-board facilities and features and represents a 22 percent
increase in passenger capacity for Carnival’s seven-day cruise program from New
The 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation will continue to sail year-round fourand
five-day itineraries to Progreso and Cozumel, Mexico. Carnival is the only cruise
line to operate two, year-round cruise ships from the Port of New Orleans and will
carry more than 400,000 guests annually from the Crescent City.
“The Port’s investment to expand and upgrade amenities in the Erato Street Cruise
Terminal underscores Carnival’s confidence in the strength of the New Orleans cruise
market,” said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO.
“These upgrades will make an
already first-class cruising experience even better.”
Many of the improvements were to accommodate the increased capacity of the
Carnival Dream, LaGrange said.
The terminal improvements included relocating and expanding embarkation counters to maximize passenger flow; additional X-ray and screening machines to accommodate the increase in passengers and luggage; newly painted drop-off areas and ticketing areas to update the terminal’s decor; relocating, renovating and tripling the size of the terminal’s Captain’s Lounge; and the installation of state-of-the-art audio/video way-finding and information systems to facilitate passenger flow.