Royal Caribbean returns to New Orleans

Royal Caribbean International returned to home port in New Orleans on December 2, when Grandeur of the Seas sailed in with western Caribbean itineraries on her roster. The 2,400-passenger ship’s return will help to boost local tourism—and spirits—as the local economy recovers from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

“Royal Caribbean’s return to New Orleans means a lot for the cruise line, and hopefully for the city and its people as well,” said Adam Goldstein, president of Royal Caribbean International. “The impact of Hurricane Katrina was overwhelming, but we are confident that the return of cruising to New Orleans will help bring back the ‘Big Easy,’ reinforcing the city’s legacy as being a truly world-class destination.”

Through April 28, 2007, Grandeur of the Seas will sail to Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Grandeur is part of the Vision-class series of ships, known as “ships of light” and characterized by thousands of windows and stunning glass canopies. The ship comes equipped with a full-service spa, six whirlpools, an outdoor jogging track and a wide variety of bars and restaurants. In addition, Royal Caribbean’s Explorations! program gives Grandeur’s guests the opportunity to explore New Orleans’ history and culture with a guided city tour of the French Quarter, the Garden District and other celebrated neighborhoods in the “Big Easy.”