Major cruise line makes New Orleans home

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 11:43am

NEW ORLEANS, LA (FOX8) - After a three-year absence, the City of New Orleans has been trying to lure the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line back.

Well, the wait is over and not only is Royal Caribbean back, but it is making a statement with a really big, state of the art Cruiseliner.

It's luxury vacationing at its best and for thousands of passengers aboard Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas, it's been a long trip.

The ship recently docked from Barcelona, Spain.

The Voyager of the Seas will now call New Orleans home for the next five months.

It's the largest cruise ship ever to dock at the Port of New Orleans boasting basketball, ice skating and mini golf course.

The Cruiseliner left the City in April 2007 which caused its ships to deploy to other ports.

But the Port of New Orleans and Convention and Visitor's Bureau worked tirelessly for years to lure Royal Caribbean back to help continue to re-grow the post Katrina tourism industry.

The Port of New Orleans spent $17 million renovating the Julia Street terminal and building a larger terminal to accommodate the 3100 guests.

Work on the terminal was completed at 3 a.m. Saturday, just in time for the ship's arrival.

With four cruise ships now calling the Port of New Orleans home, it's expected they'll bring in $300 million in economic impact.

In addition to the royal treatment aboard the ship, you can also expect lots of happy cruisers to keep returning to the Big Easy.

The Voyager of the Seas will offer 24, seven night Caribbean cruises out of New Orleans now through April of next year.

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