There are several cruises from New Orleans to choose from and there is no city like New Orleans from which to begin your Caribbean or river cruise. When planning your cruise think of New Orleans as the crown jewel of the Caribbean and as your first and last ports of call. Arrive in the Crescent City a few days early, stay in a Historic French Quarter Hotel, and enjoy all that New Orleans has to offer; the diverse and delicious cuisine, the music, the varied tours, the plantations, the museums, the swamps, and the areas unlimited shopping opportunities. On the day you are scheduled to cruise from New Orleans you can leisurely board the cruise ship and sail on to your second port of call. New Orleans cruises range from four to seven nights and visit exciting ports of call such as Costa Maya, Belize City, Rotan, Cozumel, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Progreso and MORE! The cruise terminals are located on the Mississippi River in the Warehouse District just blocks from both the New Orleans CBD and the French Quarter. Their location makes them easily accessible from hotels in the Warehouse District, CBD, and the French Quarter via walking or taxi. They are also easily accessible to guest driving to New Orleans or transferring from the airport. You will find several parking lots close to the terminals that are especially for cruise ship guests. These lots are secured, lighted and patrolled. So pick a cruise, come on down to the Crescent City and cruise out of New Orleans
Carnival offers 7 Day Caribbean Cruises Year Round
Sail away to your favorite Caribbean Island with Carnival Cruise Lines ! They now offer 7 Day Eastern Caribbean cruises and 7 Day Western Caribbean cruises aboard the 3,646 passenger cruise ship Dream. Come on down; cruise out of New Orleans and make New Orleans your first port of call. Then board the Carnival Cruise Lines Conquest and experience the ultimate in relaxation and adventure. With delicious food, bars and entertainment, Carnival Conquest has a scene for everybody.
- 7 day Westerm Caribbean Cruise with 3 ports of call. Western Caribbean ports of call may include: Montego Bay, Jamaica * George Town, Grand Cayman * Cozumel, Mexico *; Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras * Belize City, Belize. See Carnival Cruise lines for your actual ports of call.
- 7 day Eastern Caribbean Cruise with 3 or 4 ports of call. Eastern Caribbean ports of call my include: Key West, FL * Freeport, the Bahamas * Nassau, the Bahamas * Grand Turk Island * La Romana, Dominican Republic * Tortola, British Virgin Islands * Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. * San Juan, Puerto Rico. See Carnival Cruise lines for your actual ports of call.
Norwegian offers 7 Day Caribbean Cruises Nov - April
Escape to the beautiful Caribbean with Norwegian Cruise Lines. They offer a 7 night Western Caribbean cruise out of New Orleans aboard the Norwegian Dawn. This week long cruise - Sunday through Sunday - offers 3 ports of call which may include Montego Bay, Jamaica * George Town, Grand Cayman * Cozumel, Mexico * Belize City, Belize * Roatan (Isla Roatan), Bay Islands, Honduras * Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico. See Norwegian Cruise lines for your actual ports of call. While aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn, you will enjoy:
- fun freestyle cruising for the whole family from kids clubs to lounges.
- This giant floating luxury resort features swimming pools, hot tubs, a health club, casino and tons of things to do.
- Past guest rave about the numerous dining options, fun activities and engaging staff members.
- Choose from 12 international restaurants including French Mediterranean, Asian fusion, Japanese Teppanyaki and an all-American steakhouse.
Carnival offers 4 & 5 Day Caribbean Cruises Year Round
Explore the mysterious Caribbean Islands with Carnival Cruise Lines. They offer 4 & 5 Days Western Caribbean cruises to Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico and Cozumel, Mexico aboard the cruise ship Elation. The design of the Carnival Elation is a celebration of the muses who inspire the arts, and the ship will inspire you… to have fun! The cruise ship Elation is a 2,052 passenger cruise ship with many on board activities such as a waterslide, mini-golf course, Internet café, camp Carnival designed for guests 2 – 11 years old, casino, spa, shopping and more. Come on down; cruise out of New Orleans and make New Orleans your first port of call.
- 4 day Western Caribbean Cruise with 2 ports of call. Cozumel, Mexico and NEW ORLEANS.
- 5 day Westerm Caribbean Cruise with 3 ports of call. Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico.
*I recommend this Royal Caribbean cruise*
Royal Caribbean offers 7 Day Caribbean Cruises Nov - April
Let Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines sail you away to the exotic Caribbean Islands. They offer a 7 night Western Caribbean cruise and 7 night Bahamas cruise from New Orleans aboard the Serenade of the Seas. This week long cruise - Saturday through Saturday - 3 ports of call to Falmouth, Jamaica * George Town, Grand Cayman * Cozumel, Mexico. The 962-foot-long Serenade has 1,055 cabins and suites with a capacity for 2,501 guests. Explore countless destinations aboard Serenade of the Seas without ever going ashore. With its hundreds and hundreds of windows, nearly half the ship is made of glass; there are even glass elevators facing the sea. The Serenade of the Seas is very family oriented. There are special areas for teens and younger kids, and plenty of activity and entertainment options for adults. This ship only cruises to the Western Caribbean from New Orleans during the months of November to mid April.
American Queen Steamboat Cruises of the Lower Mississippi
Depart from New Orleans and journey 8 days through the antebellum south to Memphis, TN aboard the American Queen Steamboat. At one time hundreds of steamboats plowed the waters of the Mississippi river. Now you too can relive the past in the comfort and luxury of the modern American Queen Steamboat. Stops include Oak Alley Plantation, St Francisville LA, Natchez MS, Vicksburg MS, Helena AR, and of course Memphis TN. You’ll enjoy hassle-free access to some of the most historically and culturally significant attractions in America’s Heartland. Your cruise fare includes a one-night luxury hotel stay, signature shore excursions, narrated tours on American Queen Steamboat’s fleet of hop-on hop-off Motorcoaches®, complimentary bottled water and soft drinks, complimentary wines and beers with dinner, and a Captain's Champagne welcome reception. American Queen Steamboat tours are only offered between November through March. For more information about the Lower Mississippi cruise please visit the American Queen Steamboat Cruise Lines web site or call a cruise specialist at (888) 749-5280
American Cruise Lines offer Mississippi River Cruises Year Round
Let American Cruise Lines help you discover the national history, lively culture and unforgettable beauty of the Mississippi River. You will cruise from New Orleans on an eight-day voyage along the iconic Mississippi River aboard the Queen of the Mississippi Steamboat. Beneath her gleaming woodwork and brass fixtures is a framework of modern cruise ship technology that provides passengers with the most comfortable vacation imaginable as we cruise the Mississippi. The Queen of the Mississippi features the most spacious staterooms in the industry and provides more space per passenger than any other river cruise ship. Attention is paid to every detail and the all-American crew offers carefully personalized service. As on all true riverboats, a stage and bow ramp will give the ship access to the many interesting ports without docking facilities. For details on the best Mississippi River experience aboard the finest riverboat in the world please call an American Cruise Lines cruise specialist at 800-460-4518.
- 8 day Lower Mississippi River Cruise from New Orleans, LA to Memphis, TN. Cruise Highlights: New Orleans, Oak Alley, Baton Rouge, St. Francisville, Natchez, Helena, and Memphis
- 8 day Mississippi River Paddlewheel Cruise from New Orleans, LA. Cruise Highlights: New Orleans, Natchez, Vicksburg, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Oak Alley, LA
Cruise Tip #1: If I do not possess the proper documentation could I be prevented from boarding the cruise ship.
YES, YES, YES!!!!! This happened to my sister, she had a hospital issued birth certificate. On the day of the cruise after hours of pleading she was turned around at the gate. NO CRUISE * NO REFUND. Be sure you have the proper documentation to board your cruise ship!!!!
Cruise Tip #2: Let your credit card company know you are going on Caribbean cruise
and that you might be making purchases in New Orleans and the Caribbean. Credit card companies look for out of your ordinary activity and your vacation purchases could be flagged as fraud, causing your credit card to be frozen. Imagine relaxing on the beach in Rotan and sipping....water, or shopping in Grand Cayman and buying....nothing.
Cruise Tip #3: Arrive in New Orleans at least ONE day before your cruise ship sails
Remember, you don’t want to be left behind and the cruise ships waits for NO ONE. You don’t have control over the weather or other travel problems; flights may be canceled, trains may be delayed or other situations could develop where you could end up missing the boat. Take a few days before your cruise to Explore New Orleans, America’s most unique city.
Cruise Tip #4: Dont let sunburn ruin your Caribbean cruise
Once you are on board the cruise ship be sun careful, getting sun burned early in the cruise can ruin the rest of your cruise.