Carnival Cruise Line's largest and newest line of ships are coming to New Orleans. Carnival announced Thursday, strong performance and growing consumer demand prompted the move.

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The 3,006 passenger Carnival Sunshine will be deployed to New Orleans Nov. 18, replacing the 2,984 passenger Carnival Conquest. She will sail regular seven-day western and eastern Caribbean itineraries from New Orleans through April. Carnival will then re-position the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream from Port Canaveral, Fla. to the Crescent City. The Carnival Dream will sail year-round, seven-day cruises from New Orleans. The Carnival Sunshine will then re-deploy to Port Canaveral, Fla. The CJ & Debbie Ray Sailaway 2014 may be the best ever.