Carnival Triumph has arrived in New Orleans to embark on a new series of cruises to the Western Caribbean.
The 101,509 ton Carnival Triumph replaces the earlier Carnival Elation. With a passenger capacity of some 3,140 passengers, she represents something like a thirty four per cent capacity increase on the line’s short, four and five day cruising programme out of the Louisiana port.
Slated to sail from New Orleans through until 2018 at least, these Carnival Triumph itineraries will complement the seven day sailings from the same port of the larger Carnival Dream. Between them, the two ships are expected to embark a staggering 450,000 passengers per annum through the recently renovated Erato Street passenger ship terminal.
Typically, the four night sailings will make for the Mexican stalwart port of Cozumel, while five night itineraries will also add Costa Maya to the mix
Built in 1999 as the second of the original Destiny class- the first generation of mega cruise ships to exceed the 100,000 ton mark- the Carnival Triumph achieved notoriety in 2013 when she was left adrift for some hours after a fire in her engine room. There were no casualties in the incident, and the ship was subsequently repaired and returned to cruise service.
The arrival of such a large ship in New Orleans for at least two years can be seen as a serious statement of intent on the part of Carnival. While many eyes are on China and the Far East, the company is quietly taking care of business at home by bolstering it’s key departure points in the year round, hugely lucrative Caribbean trade.
Stay tuned for updates.