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pridevacation September 24th, 2004 04:19 PM

New Orleans Update
The Louisiana Bond Commission voted to give the Port of New Orleans a $3.3 million line of credit to develop a new cruise terminal in the city's Bywater neighborhood. The financing includes $500,000 to complete a study, $300,000 in engineering costs and $2.5 million in construction costs. Four cruise ships currently call New Orleans their home port, the cruise industry generates about $97 million in direct spending in the city, and cruise passengers spend $19 million on New Orleans hotel stays. Louisiana's Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, who heads the state's tourism office, said expanding New Orleans' cruise handling capacity is a top economic priority.


tigerslp September 24th, 2004 04:39 PM

Re: New Orleans Update
Good! Maybe we'll get a few more ships and better options to cruise from NO.

BigD September 24th, 2004 10:21 PM

Re: New Orleans Update
that's cool i hope the two terminals bring other cruise lines 2 new orleans

David W September 25th, 2004 05:50 AM

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Thats great ! I'm hoping New Orleans will attract more cruise ships, and become a mega port like Florida. It would be so nice to do a Eastern Carribean from New Orleans.

I don't understand why Mississippi don't do something like that. The gulf coast handled one of the largest cruise ship afloat last year. I hear the port handled it well.

Happy cruising;

hb September 25th, 2004 08:40 AM

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My husband and I are going on the Carnival Conquest from New Orleans to Montego Bay, Jamaica , Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico Oct. 10 -17th. I have read that Grand Cayman will not be a stop due to hurricane damage. Does anyone know what other port we will go to? Thanks hb

Yuyi64 September 25th, 2004 08:46 AM

Re: New Orleans Update
The Poland Street cruise terminal (Bywater neighborhood) mentioned in this thread is being planned with Holland America particularly in mind. The gameplan is to finish the temporary terminal in time for Holland to bring one of their ships ( most likely the Statendam) to New Orleans in 2006. I'm sure other cruise lines will be sought out once the terminal is up and running. Don't forget the new Erato Street Cruise terminal (next to the existing Julia Street terminal) is scheduled to open in November 2005, providing additional berths for cruise ships.

Post Edited (09-25-04 15:11)

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