Rumor has it the port of New Orleans (currently under construction) is attempting to lure Disney Cruise Line to the new terminal which will be completed in 2014. Nola.com is reporting this news as of Feb. 19 and while nothing is official and the cruise line hasn't commented, Gary LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, is making no effort to hide his desire to have one of the magical ships call his city home.
Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas, the Carnival Sunshine and the Norwegian Jewel are planning to bring their ships to the New Orleans terminal.
Officials in New Orleans are working hard to show that their city is more than a playground for adults and they have plenty of family-friendly activities to offer. LaGrange stated, "I think it would be good for the city, and it would allow us to put another feather in our cap for what the mantra of New Orleans is, it's not all about Bourbon Street, it's not all about the French Quarter, but those are aspects, but to bring in museums and other aspects."
Disney Cuise Line draws in the largest family audience of any cruise line and Disney docking in New Orleans would put a "seal of approval" on New Orleans as a family friendly destination.
2014 itineraries for Disney Cruise Line have already been released and with new home ports in San Juan and Venice.
Only time will tell if New Orleans becomes a consideration on Disney's radar for the next new home port but New Orleans is working hard to prove themselves to be a family friendly destination with plenty to offer cruisers before and after their cruise.