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Royal Caribbean to leave Port of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Miami-based Royal Caribbean International will end cruise ship service from the Port of New Orleans next year.

According to our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, the company made the announcement on Tuesday. The announcement comes despite an increase in cruise passenger traffic to the port in recent years.

Janet Diaz, a spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean, said in a statement that the company does not have any ships planned for New Orleans in the winter 2015-16 season once Serenade of the Seas departs in April 2015.

Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange said Royal Caribbean had signed a two-year berthing agreement with two one-year options to renew in 2011. He said that contract will expire at the close of the 2014-2015 season.

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