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Port, Norwegian Cruise Line ink new pact

December 3, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Norwegian Cruise Line and the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans have signed a new four-year berthing deal that keeps at least one ship sailing from the city through 2018.

The port, in a statement Tuesday, said the agreement includes three, one-year options that gives the port the ability to extend the agreement through 2021. The cruise line has sailed from New Orleans since 2003.

The agreement follows the Norwegian Dawn’s maiden voyage to New Orleans on Nov. 21. The 2,340-passenger ship began sailing seven-day itineraries to Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Roatan Bay Islands, Honduras; and Costa Maya, Mexico on Nov. 23 from the Julia Street Cruise Terminal.

Cruise Lines International Association ranks New Orleans as the sixth largest cruise port in the United States.

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