April 14, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- New Orleans' largest year-round cruise ship, the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream, will depart on its inaugural six-day cruise from
this afternoon, further solidifying Carnival's distinction of the port's largest cruise operator with two ships carrying more than 400,000 passengers annually – the most of any cruise line.
The special six-day voyage, visiting Costa Maya, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), and
, will depart from the newly refurbished Erato Street Cruise Terminal, which has undergone a
upgrade to accommodate a ship as large as the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream.
, Carnival Dream will launch year-round seven-day service from
offering three distinctly different itineraries – western
; or Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan),
; and a
route calling at
and Nassau. Carnival Dream joins Carnival Elation which sails year-round four- and five-day cruises to
A study by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) found that spending by Carnival and other cruise operators in
in 2012, generating 7,548 jobs and
in personal income. CLIA also ranked
the sixth largest cruise port in the U.S.
The 1,004-foot-long Carnival Dream offers a host of on-board innovations, including WaterWorks featuring a 303-foot-long Twister water slide – among the longest at sea – as well as a luxurious 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, a half-mile outdoor promenade with whirlpools that extend out over the ship's sides, and more than two dozen bars, restaurants and lounges, including the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar.