Carnival inks 5-year deal with Port of New Orleans

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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 new deal, which went into effect July 1, supersedes a three-year extension negotiated in 2013.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports 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.

New Orleans currently serves as the home port for two Carnival ships – the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream and the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation. Together, the two ships carry more than 400,000 passengers each year from New Orleans.

The new deal comes a month after Royal Caribbean International announced it was ending its cruise ship service from the port next year.

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