Earlier this week, Carnival Cruise Lines held press conferences in Mobile, Ala., and New Orleans to announce the deployment of newer, larger ships to those markets.  The press conferences were met with outstanding response, attracting a variety of local print and broadcast outlets, along with dignitaries, travel agents, port and government officials, and community leaders.


The press conference in Mobile was held on Monday during which Carnival’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Planning Terry Thornton announced that the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy would replace the 1,452-passenger Holiday on year-round four- and five-day cruises in November 2009 – a capacity increase of 42 percent.


A day later, Thornton was at the Port of New Orleans to announce that Carnival would expand capacity at the port by 34 percent when the 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph replaces the Carnival Fantasy on year-round departures from the Big Easy beginning in November 2009.  Additionally, Carnival Triumph will introduce new seven-day eastern and exotic western Caribbean departures from New Orleans to complement the line’s popular four- and five-day cruises to Mexico from that port.