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About New Orleans

With its atmospheric French Quarter, New Orleans oozes character quite unlike any other American city or cruise port. It is the sort of place where anything seems to go - that is why Americans love to call it the "Big Easy".

Its melting pot of influences; African, French and Caribbean, give this city on the Mississippi River a unique vibrancy, not least after dark when the music clubs and bars strike up with authentic jazz and blues sounds. Preservation Hall is only the best known of its many late-night music haunts. The diverse cultural mix also adds spice to its famous Creole and Cajun cuisine.

Although a relatively small city, especially by US standards, walking will not get you around all of its sights so why not climb on board one of its historic streetcars, the oldest continuously operating system in the world?

Jackson Square in the heart of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter) is a good daytime starting point to explore the area's late 18th century houses with their magnolia-draped balconies and hidden courtyards.

 

Shore excursions in New Orleans

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Snapshot of New Orleans

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

New Orleans blends it’s past and present together beautifully: this tour introduces you to the variety of sights on offer.

Embark on a drive to the fringes of the French Quarter, before heading down historic Esplanade Avenue, where you’ll see the mansions of Creole merchants nestled among 100-year-old oak trees. New Orleans is renowned for its styled cemeteries, and a visit to the Louis III Cemetery will show you the many elaborate above ground tombs.

You’ll have an opportunity to see the New Orleans Museum of Art, which is located at the end of a tree-lined avenue and the entrance to City Park. This neo-classical building was designed by Chicago architect, Samuel Marx. Here, a short stop will be made to enjoy the surroundings and perhaps purchase a drink.

Afterwards, your drive will continue towards Lake Pontchartrain and through the old town of Carrollton. At St Charles Avenue, you’ll follow the streetcar route to Tulane and Loyola Universities, and Audubon Park with its beautifully restored mansions. This narrated tour will also include a glimpse of the spectacular Superdome, before heading back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. To derive full enjoyment from this tour some walking is required. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. There are some gravel paths at the Cemetery. Please be advised that an alternative cemetery may be visited in the event that Louis III is crowded.

An Evening of Dixieland Jazz

Activity lowMeal included

Duration: 4 hours

Sample a truly traditional evening in the French Quarter, enjoy some classic Creole cuisine and a lively Dixie jazz band.

Palm Court Jazz Café is the focal centre for live traditional jazz in the French Quarter. This historic building has been the home of many aspiring jazz musicians throughout its many years.

Dine in the elegance of old New Orleans. Palm Court Jazz Café is an opulent setting with its high ceilings, classic mahogany bar, mosaic tiled floors and beautiful Steinway grand piano. Enjoy a lively atmosphere as jazz musicians play flamboyant, joyful jazz sets whilst you dine on a 3 course classic Creole menu.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the dress code is relaxed and casual. Coffee, tea and water only are included. Passengers may purchase additional drinks if required. Please remember to bring local currency.

French Quarter Bar Walk and Cocktails

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Enjoy the bustling French Quarter, stopping at 3 popular bars along the way to sip cocktails and listen to some jazz.

Setting off from the pier, you’ll take a short drive to the bustling French Quarter. Here, your guide will take you on a walk through this popular area, which is the heart of New Orleans and offers some of the best sights and sounds. Admire the original French and Spanish influences in the beautiful and unique architecture.

At Maison Bourbon, you can enjoy live jazz and a cocktail, before moving onto Jean Lafitte Blacksmith Shop. Considered to be the oldest bar in the American South, here you’ll enjoy your 2nd cocktail. For your final cocktail and to round off your evening, you’ll visit Pat O’Brien’s, home of the famed Hurricane cocktail.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers must be 21 years of age and over to participate in this tour. This tour is predominantly on foot, flat, comfortable shoes are essential. At each venue seating cannot be reserved and is on a first come first served basis, passengers may be required to stand. The dress code is casual. The live jazz will only be experienced in Maison Bourbon. Approximately 1 hour is spent at each bar and one cocktail per person will be served in each of the 3 bars. Please remember local currency if wishing to purchase additional drinks. The venues are may be subject to change.

French Quarter Bar Walk and Cocktails

French Quarter Walk

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

The famous French Quarter of New Orleans is best discovered on foot.

During your stroll around town, you’ll see the original French and Spanish influences in the beautiful and unique architecture.

You’ll pass by famous landmarks such as the Pontalba buildings (one of America's first apartment dwellings) and the Saint Louis Cathedral, flanked by the Cabildo and Presbytere. Pass the wonderful Jackson Square, with its old world flavour and colourful art colony. Take a step back in time as you stroll down Rue Royal, while your guide tells fascinating tales of pirates, priests, haunted houses and voodoo queens.

During your French Quarter walk, you’ll discover some of the earliest and best examples of American architecture in this region.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There will be approximately 2½ hours of walking during this tour. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Passengers wishing to remain in the French Quarter after the tour must inform the guide and will be responsible for their own return to the ship.

Louisiana Swamp Tour

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy a journey by boat Cajun-style, into the heart of Louisiana's natural swampland.

Aboard the canopied boat, travel deep into the meandering bayous lined with moss-draped cypress trees, fascinating plant life and see the creatures that make these swamps their home. Your guide, a native of South Louisiana and Cajun Country, will share with you the legends and lore of Louisiana’s still untamed wilderness.

Hear tales of how notorious pirate, Jean Lafitte, raided Spanish ships in the Gulf and retreated to the dense swamps with his treasures. Now, a more natural type of wildlife inhabits the area. Nature permitting, you may see alligators, egrets, mink, nutria and other inhabitants who enjoy the dank and eerie bayou environment.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on boat. A degree of agility is required when boarding the boat and passengers must negotiate a small ramp. Passengers must be able to negotiate the steps onto and off the coach. Sightings of alligators and other wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

 

A selection of cruises to New Orleans

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