As New Orleans marks 10 years of recovery since Hurricane Katrina,Carnival Cruise Line expects a record year sailing from the Big Easy.

The No. 1 cruise line from New Orleans, Carnival expects to carry a record 400,000 passengers from the city this year, and next year will welcome its 3 millionth passenger at the Port of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

Carnival pioneered year-round cruising from New Orleans in 1994 and now operates two ships offering more than 125 four- to seven-day departures on an annual basis.

Following Hurricane Katrina, the cruise line resumed service in New Orleans in October 2006 — just 14 months after the storm — with one year-round ship, Carnival Fantasy, carrying less than 16,000 passengers that year. The company gradually increased its capacity and next year expects to carry 450,000 passengers from New Orleans.

Currently, the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream offers seven-day Caribbean cruises, and the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation sails four- and five-day cruises to Mexico.

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