The Carnival Glory became the first ocean cruise ship to depart from the Port of New Orleans in more than 18 months when it embarked on a seven-day Caribbean sailing on Sept. 19. 

The ship is visiting three Bahamas destinations: Bimini, Freeport and Nassau.

"Carnival Cruise Line has been a part of the New Orleans community for more than 25 years, and we're absolutely thrilled to provide our guests an opportunity to get back to fun while supporting the local economy in one of our most popular homeports," said Carnival president Christine Duffy in a statement. 

Related: Cruise ships house first responders in New Orleans

Carnival launched the first year-round cruise program from New Orleans in 1994 and has carried upwards of 4.5 million guests from the city, the line said. On Nov. 1, the Carnival Valor will join the Glory in New Orleans and resume its short-cruise schedule of four- and five-day cruises to Mexico. Carnival expects to carry 400,000 passengers annually from New Orleans, more than any cruise operator. 

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Return of cruising

Travel Weekly is tracking the ships that have re-entered service and the ones yet to return.

Before re-entering service, the Valor was used to house first responders involved in New Orleans recovery efforts from Hurricane Ida.

The Carnival Dream also resumed service on Sept. 19, becoming the third Carnival ship to operate year-round from Galveston. 

The two ships bring to 11 the number of ships Carnival has relaunched (half of its U.S. fleet) since the global cruise shutdown in March 2020.

Beginning with its return to passengers operations on July 3 with the Carnival Vista, the line is operating from seven U.S. homeports: Miami; Galveston, Texas; Seattle; Port Canaveral, Fla.; Long Beach, Calif.; Baltimore and New Orleans. 

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