GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - Gretna and state officials Friday joined French America Lines to announce that a luxury cruise ship will soon operate from the Gretna Ferry Terminal.
The start-up riverboat cruise line, which offers premium tours along America's waterways, announced the establishment of its corporate headquarters on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish.
A 150 passenger vessel recently renamed the "Louisiane" is making its way to Gretna from Oregon in whats expected to be a four week journey.
Reservations of French America Line's riverboat cruises will be provided by affiliate, Uncommon Journeys, which specializes in high-end travel and tours throughout North America.
French America Line offers five-to-ten- day cruises on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, and Red Rivers with stops at major U.S. cities along the way. The boutique riverboat will offer 75 suites and staterooms, two restaurants, three lounges, a full-service spa and nightly entertainment.
French America Line and Uncommon Journeys anticipate the creation of 94 direct jobs within the community; 64 positions will be created aboard the Louisiane and 30 new jobs will be added shore-side.
The first trip from Gretna will be October 1, and will be a round trip to Minneapolis.