Cruise liners visit a number of destinations around the world. (Photo: cruise ship image by itsallgood from Fotolia.com )
If you are heading to the Big Easy to embark on your next ocean voyage, Carnival Cruise Lines offers several excursions to exciting ports of call. The cruises run year-round from the historic Port of New Orleans, which has been welcoming ships since the early 1700s. Carnival Cruise ships departing from New Orleans feature state-of-the-art facilities and a wealth of entertainment options.
Carnival Cruise Lines has been an industry-leader since launching in 1972. The company is the world’s largest cruise operator and the originator of the “Fun Ships” concept, which allows passengers to visit exotic destinations aboard glitzy, floating resorts. The cruise liner was initially known for its party atmosphere. However, it has since transitioned into a more family-friendly cruiser that offers amenities for travelers of all ages. Carnival Cruise Lines offers multi-day voyages from New Orleans to destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico aboard the Conquest and Triumph cruise ships.
The Carnival Conquest is an 110, 000-ton ship that debuted in 2002. The ship is used for six-, seven- and eight-day excursions to Belize; Cozumel, Mexico and Nassau, Bahamas. The Carnival Conquest features an Italian Impressionist decor and it has been refurbished and fitted with several additions, including teen-friendly arcades, dance clubs and the Seaside Theatre, a 270-foot LED screen that is perched above the main pool. The ship accommodates 2, 974 guests in a range of staterooms that feature deluxe bedding, flat panel TVs, interior or ocean views and private bathrooms. Guest suites offer larger living areas, king-sized beds, renovated bathrooms and balconies with ocean views.
The Carnival Conquest’s main boulevard is its centerpiece, providing central access to multiple bars, dance clubs, the casino, video arcades and the Toulouse-Lutrec lounge which features Vegas-style reviews. Recreational amenities are highlighted by the “City Sports Park” which offers a nine-hole mini golf course, volleyball and basketball courts and a padded jogging track. Additional recreation amenities include a fitness center, spa, aerobics classes, swimming pools, spiral water slides and a sun deck. Dining facilities consist of four restaurants: the Point Steakhouse, a stylish Manhattan-themed eatery, the Monet and Renoir dining rooms which serve gourmet cuisine and the Cezanne Restaurant that features international cuisine on the Lido deck.