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Royal Caribbean to leave New Orleans next year


Royal Caribbean announced yesterday that it will end cruises from the Port of New Orleans next year.

Janet Diaz, Royal Caribbean spokeswman, made this comment regarding the decision, "At this time, we do not have any ships planned for New Orleans in the winter 2015-16 season once Serenade of the Seas departs in April 2015."

The move comes despite higher cruise passenger traffic in the port in recent years.

Serenade of the Seas had been Royal Caribbean's ship serving the port since it replaced Navigator of the Seas.  Serenade of the Seas offered seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

According to Port president and CEO Gary LaGrange, Royal Caribbean had signed a two-year agreement with two one-year options to renew in 2011. That contract will expire at the close of the 2014-2015 season, he said.

For fans of cruising Royal Caribbean from New Orleans, it's worth mentioning Royal Caribbean previously pulled out of New Orleans in 2010 but returned a year later.