Jun 23, 2010 8:39 PM by Chris Welty
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Carnival Cruise Lines says it will return to
pre-Katrina capacity levels at the Port of New Orleans when it
positions two of its ships there to operate year-round starting
Officials say the 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest and
2,052-passenger Carnival Ecstasy will be moved from their current
berths in Galveston, Texas, to New Orleans for departures beginning
in fall 2011.
Carnival's president and chief executive, Gerry Cahill, said
Wednesday that the move is a positive indicator of the city's
continued growth and recovery since Hurricane Katrina struck Aug.
29, 2005. He says the ships are projected to carry nearly 340,000
passengers annually from New Orleans - more than any other cruise
Cahill says they will move the line's current New Orleans-based
ship, the Carnival Triumph, to Galveston.