NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A new cruise ship is coming to New Orleans, offering more "long weekend" cruises to Mexico.
The Carnival Elation returned to port early Monday morning, but next spring that ship will sail to a new home.
Carnival Cruise Lines announced that Elation will be replaced by Triumph, a ship currently departing from Galveston, Texas.
"New Orleans is one of our fastest-growing cruise markets and deploying Carnival Triumph not only expands capacity on this highly attractive short cruise program but also provides our guests with a variety of on-board innovations and our valued travel agents with an exciting new choice to market to their clients," said Christine Duffy, Carnival's president.
Triumph, along with the Carnival Dream which moved to New Orleans last year, will be able to carry around 450,000 cruise passengers annually from New Orleans.
Triumph will offer four and five-day short cruises from the Port of New Orleans.
The four-day trips will depart Thursday, stopping in Cozumel. Five day cruises will leave Monday and Saturday with stops in Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.
Carnival Triumph will shift from Galveston to New Orleans to launch year-round four- and five-day cruises to Mexico beginning April 4, 2016.