Carnival Corporation & plc expects to receive a record 400,000 passengers from the Port of New Orleans this year on Carnival Cruise Line. The company also forecasts that it will welcome aboard its three millionth passenger from the port since New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Carnival is the port's largest cruise operator. The cruise line resumed service in October 2006. By next year, it expects to carry 450,000 passengers. The cruise industry contributes 8,000 jobs and $400 million to the Louisiana economy, according to numbers cited in a study by the Cruise Lines International Association.
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