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About New Orleans

You can't keep New Orleans down. After weathering economic turmoil in the post-Hurricane Katrina years, the city is not only back ... it's on a roll, with an influx of artists and entrepreneurs drawn to its brassy music, savory cuisine, historic architecture and cultural diversity. Mardi Gras continues to draw massive crowds of revelers, the city remains a favorite for meetings and conventions, and it seems like there's a festival just about every weekend, regardless of the season. (While Jazzfest is the big one, taking up extended weekends in April and May, Essence Fest, French Quarter Fest and even Voodoo Fest have their devotees.) And New Orleans remains a favorite with cruisers; according to Port of New Orleans officials, 60 percent of cruise passengers spend two days or more in the city before or after they board their ships.

Whether you have an afternoon in port or a few days to explore, here's some advice: Don't take the easy way out when discovering the Big Easy. There is so much more than Bourbon Street honkytonks to this gorgeous city, with its leafy garden district avenues, wrought iron balconies and gastronomic gems. New Orleans represents a gumbo of cultures, from African and Spanish to Cajun and French, a melding over the past three centuries that delivers dining, music and art so diverse it truly stands alone.

A major early port for products from the Caribbean, New Orleans was also home to a significant community of Creoles, a term that originally denoted locals with Spanish and French blood. Over time, the term has morphed to include persons of mixed ethnicity, often with Caribbean, African and Native American bloodlines. Yet its early ties to France are perhaps the strongest influence, as evidenced by the ubiquitous fleur-de-lis signet synonymous with the original French Quarter, not to mention the NFL's New Orleans Saints. The French Quarter, with its cobblestone streets and Creole cottages laced with ironwork, is the heart and soul of the town.

That said, if you have a few days or it's a repeat visit, take time to explore some of New Orleans' other neighborhoods. Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood is the hub of the city's music scene, with jazz clubs and restaurants lining either side of the street (many with no cover charges). The funky Bywater neighborhood has gone beyond its beginnings as an artist enclave, with noted restaurants joining the gallery scene. You could spend a day wandering the shops of Magazine Street, which stretches through the Garden District and Uptown before it reaches leafy Audubon Park. Take a pilgrimage to Congo Square in Treme, arguably where jazz music was born. Even the city's Warehouse District and Central Business District have a number of clubs, sports bars and restaurants, many anchored by New Orleans celebrity chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Donald Link and John Besh.

There is so much to do, you could return again and again and never be bored. You'll find yourself adopting the New Orleans slogan: Laissez les bon temps rouler! "Let the good times roll!"


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to New Orleans

    Leaving:
    New Orleans
    Visiting:
    Costa Maya, Harvest Caye ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to New Orleans Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New Orleans
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Costa Maya
    • Day 4
      Harvest Caye
    • Day 5
      Roatan
    • Day 6
      Cozumel
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      New Orleans
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    Norwegian Breakaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional variety of restaurants and entertainment

    Cons

    Shore excursions and destination enrichment lacking local flavor

    Bottom Line

    Great, fun, easy-going vibe onboard for all ages

    Reviews

    Norwegian Breakaway Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Cruise Line long has been a pioneer in creating a contemporary cruising experience, m...

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    ReyReyRey
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Not worth it, poor disembarkation lot of time wasted
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    happilymarried1
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    3rd time with NCL
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  • 4 Night
    Cruise to New Orleans

    Leaving:
    New Orleans
    Visiting:
    Cozumel, New Orleans ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    4 Night Cruise to New Orleans Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New Orleans
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cozumel
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      New Orleans
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    Carnival Valor - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    More free than for-fee specialty dining venues

    Cons

    Unusual kids' club location near spa and Serenity deck

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value and fun, comfortable atmosphere for all ages

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    Carnival Valor Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    If you're looking for a fun, affordable cruise with fewer

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    trevorwinalot
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    GREAT 5 DAY CRUISE TO MEXICO FROM NEW ORLEANS
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    danjo65
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Welcome to 1992
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to New Orleans

    Leaving:
    New Orleans
    Visiting:
    Cozumel, Belize City ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to New Orleans Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New Orleans
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cozumel
    • Day 4
      Belize City
    • Day 5
      Roatan
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      New Orleans
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    Carnival Glory - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Quality dining and great service

    Cons

    Despite updates, shows its age in places

    Bottom Line

    Carnival Glory showcases Carnival's "Fun For All" philosophy in a smaller space

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    Carnival Glory Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Glory is the epitome of what Carnival aims to provide on all its cruise ships: fun for al...

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    byrdbrain55
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great cruise
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Food not as good
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to New Orleans

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, Curacao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to New Orleans Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Curacao
    • Day 7
      Aruba
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 10
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 13
      Cozumel
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      New Orleans
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Breakaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional variety of restaurants and entertainment

    Cons

    Shore excursions and destination enrichment lacking local flavor

    Bottom Line

    Great, fun, easy-going vibe onboard for all ages

    Reviews

    Norwegian Breakaway Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Cruise Line long has been a pioneer in creating a contemporary cruising experience, m...

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    NNunez12
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Worst cruise we've ever been on!
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    Jarretl
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    The Banging Nightmare!
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to New Orleans

    Leaving:
    New Orleans
    Visiting:
    Cozumel, Progreso ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to New Orleans Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New Orleans
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cozumel
    • Day 4
      Progreso
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      New Orleans
    Ship Details

    Carnival Valor - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    More free than for-fee specialty dining venues

    Cons

    Unusual kids' club location near spa and Serenity deck

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value and fun, comfortable atmosphere for all ages

    Reviews

    Carnival Valor Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    If you're looking for a fun, affordable cruise with fewer

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    ccand7
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Can a cruise on the Valor get better than great?
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    draggonsgate
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Very, very good cruise. Could've been great...
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to New Orleans

    Leaving:
    New Orleans
    Visiting:
    Progreso, Cozumel ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to New Orleans Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New Orleans
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Progreso
    • Day 4
      Cozumel
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      New Orleans
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    Carnival Valor - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    More free than for-fee specialty dining venues

    Cons

    Unusual kids' club location near spa and Serenity deck

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value and fun, comfortable atmosphere for all ages

    Reviews

    Carnival Valor Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    If you're looking for a fun, affordable cruise with fewer

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Antioch116
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Good Value
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    brlrph
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Valor Cruise December 2019
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to New Orleans

    Leaving:
    New Orleans
    Visiting:
    Key West, Nassau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to New Orleans Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      New Orleans
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Key West
    • Day 4
      Nassau
    • Day 5
      Perfect Day at CocoCay
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      New Orleans
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    Majesty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Fun-filled, short cruises that tick all the boxes -- sun, sea, sand and booze

    Cons

    Older ship with limited attractions, especially if you're used to newer ships

    Bottom Line

    If you want a good value short-break cruise in the sun, you can't go wrong on Majesty

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    Majesty of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    Majesty of the Seas is the perfect ship for three- and four-night cruises. There's enough to do...

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    Miley_mako
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Not for couples in their 20-30s
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    Mariaanderson
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Terrible disappointment
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