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.
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
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.