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Royal Caribbean pulling out of Port of New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Miami-based Royal Caribbean International will end cruise ship service from the Port of New Orleans next year.

The company made the announcement on Tuesday.

The announcement comes despite an increase in cruise passenger traffic to the port in recent years.

Janet Diaz, a spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean, said in a state that the company does not have any ships planned for New Orleans in the winter 2015-16 season once Serenade of the Seas departs in April 2015.

Port president and CEO Gary LaGrange said Royal Caribbean had signed a two-year berthing agreement with two one-year options to renew in 2011. He said that contract will expire at the close of the 2014-2015 season.

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