Carnival Cruise Line already has more than half of its fleet back, which increases even more with the Carnival Courage becoming the second ship to restart operations from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Carnival Valor resumes service from New Orleans
Carnival Courage becomes the 15th ship in the fleet to sail since suspensions began in March 2020. The ship also becomes the second to retake from New Orleans. Guests are back on board today by the ship’s cruise director, Marty Pitts, along with many happy crew members, bringing back the fun.
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The ship will depart Port Nola later this afternoon on a five-day Western Caribbean itinerary that includes stops in Cozumel and Progreso, both located in Mexico. The Conquest-class ship will then return to New Orleans on November 6, 2021.
Carnival Courage will continue to make four- and five-day trips from Louisiana for the remainder of 2021 and through 2022. There will also be a 6-day New Years Cruise departing on December 31, 2021, with visits to Mexico.
The new look of Carnival Valor!
The Carnival cruise ship has been waiting to restart cruises since returning to the United States on September 1. The ship arrived in Miami, Florida after completing a dry dock upgrade that took place in Marseille, France, and was completed towards the end of July. 2021.
During the dry dock, Carnival Courage received the new red, white and blue livery, a new illustration of the hull that is deployed across the entire fleet. So far, eight Carnival ships have received the new livery during the dry dock with the new Mardi Gras. Sun Carnival will become the ninth.
In addition to the new livery added to Carnival Courage, there was routine hotel maintenance and cosmetic changes. This includes updates to carpets, tiling and minor updates to specific services around the ship.
Two New Orleans Carnival Ships
There will now be two Carnival cruise ships departing from Port Nola as Carnival glory was the first to resume operations from the port on September 19, 2021. This followed a one-week delay after the cruise line agreed with city officials to house first responders due to Hurricane Ida’s electricity recovery efforts .
With Carnival Courage and Glory departing from New Orleans, the cruise line expects to carry 400,000 passengers per year, more than any other cruise operator. Carnival Cruise Line began sailing from the city in 1994 and has since increased its capacity and operations from the port carrying up to 4.5 million passengers.
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The NOLA port is the sixth largest for cruises in the United States, and in the coming months even more ships will start from the Big Easy. Norwegian escape will begin cruises from the city later this month, and Disney Cruise Line will return in February 2022.