Big Easy Welcomes back Ships

The Big Easy has welcomed back its first oceangoing cruise ship in over 18 months, with the return of Carnival Cruise Lines and the Carnival Glory.

Carnival Glory has set sail on its first seven-day cruise from the Erato Street Cruise terminal making its long-awaited return to New Orleans since March 2020.


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The Glory’s first sailing includes visits to three cruise favourite destinations in the Bahamas including Freeport, Nassau and Bimini.

To commemorate the occasion, a “Back to Fun” event was held in the terminal during which Carnival’s Vice President of Guest Operations Sarah Beth Reno, Port of New Orleans President and CEO Brandy D Christian and Carnival Glory Captain Nicola Iaccarino. Christian cut the ceremonial ribbon and officially welcomed the first guests onboard.

Photo: Carnival Cruise Line

In a statement provided by Christin Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line.

“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”

Carnival Glory sailing from the Big Easy is amongst the first Carnival ships in the fleet to feature the head-turning new red, white and blue hull design that pays homage to maritime tradition and its legacy as America’s Cruise Line.

Carnival Cruise Line originally launched the first year-round cruise program from New Orleans back in 1994 and over the years has increased the number of ships sailing from the port together with increasing capacity. Since 1994 Carnival has carried upwards of 4.5 million guests from the Big Easy.


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Starting on November 1st, Carnival Valor will join Carnival Glory in New Orleans and resume its short schedule with a mixture of four and five-day cruises.

Carnival’s 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 visits to popular Caribbean destinations.

Carnival’s operational protocols exceed the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  For more information on our protocols, click here.