Welcome to the city of Jazz! New Orleans (The Big Easy, or NOLA) is one of the main cities and the busiest ports in the world. It's also one of the top tourist destinations in the US, which means it's bursting with attractions. Cruises from New Orleans means everything is at your fingertips before you embark. Sample delicious creole and cajun cuisine, smooth music, historical landmarks and its annual celebrations and festivals like Mardi Gras. The energy and vibrancy of this 'swingin' city will have you grooving to your next cruise destination.
When your time is up, cruise out of New Orleans towards the glorious Caribbean for more culturally-rich experiences.
We offer several New Orleans cruises around the Caribbean.
• Norwegian Cruise Line - When you sail with Norwegian CruiseLine, you're cruising on an innovative and accommodating fleet. The freestyle cruising was designed to give passengers freedom and flexibility while on the seas. Choose your ship, choose your destination and step aboard for unforgettable memories at sea.
• Carnival Cruise New Orleans - Carnival is one word, FUN. This cruise line has options for all ages and is a fantastic family option. If you're looking for a getaway that's entertaining and full of things to do, on a ship that 'doesn't take itself too seriously, get onboard with a Carnival cruise from New Orleans.
• Royal Caribbean New Orleans - Royal Caribbean's commitment to friendly customer service and fantastic facilities make it a favourite with all cruisers.
Cruise Vessels Visiting New Orleans
Cruise from New Orleans on our range of NCL sailings from NOLA to the Caribbean.
• Norwegian Getaway - If there is a ship that oozes Miami, then Getaway is it. Featuring delicious Latin inspired cuisine and bars, cosy accommodation and incredible musicals.
• Norwegian Breakaway - This stunning ship offers guests 17 decks worth of stellar dining experiences, activities and the ability to cruise 'your' way with NCL's freestyle cruising.
New Orleans Cruise Port
Cruises at New Orleans port are visiting one of the busiest (6th largest cruise port in the US) and most historic ports in the United States. The Port of New Orleans has two modern cruise terminals with secure parking, restrooms and it’s conveniently located in the middle of the city. Nearby is the French Quarter, which has plenty of food, shopping, attractions and hotels.
The New Orleans port sits in the Mississippi River Delta, about 168 kilometres away from the Gulf of Mexico.
Popular Cruises Out Of New Orleans
From the port of New Orleans, you're in a prime position to begin exploring other nearby hot cruising destinations. Popular cruises out of New Orleans are the Western Caribbean sailings with Norwegian. With over 700 islands within the region, 'there's plenty of exotic destinations like Cozumel, Costa Maya and Roatan on your Caribbean escape. Begin your round trip cruise in New Orleans, visit some stunning Caribbean destinations and return to NOLA for more exciting experiences.
We hope you've got plenty of time for exploring because if not, you're going to be back to New Orleans. If you're exploring NOLA during a cruise port day, we recommend hitting the following attractions.
• Visit the world-renowned French Quarter where you'll find antique stores, yummy cafes and restaurants and gorgeous brightly coloured homes.
• Visit one of the nearby Plantations to learn about some of the histories of Louisiana.
• The Bonaventure Cemetary is an eerily beautiful cemetery famous for its incredible headstones and stunning surroundings. Pro tip: take bug spray!
• Carnival is the most popular celebration in New Orleans, often viewed as Mardi Gras.
• The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is the largest of the 'city's festival. In general, it called Jazz Fest.
A cruise can provide cool sea breezes but once you hit New Orleans, it can get real humid in the southern states. During summer and spring, you’ll get the highest temperatures. We recommend visiting between April and May to escape some of the heat. Before the festive season begins, and as summer disappears in September and October is another good time to visit this part of Louisiana.
New Orleans hosts Carnival and the Jazz Festival, two significant events which mean the city gets bustling and prices can soar. If you're cruise visits NOLA during these events make sure you book early to secure accommodation and activities.
Transport Around New Orleans
From the cruise port, you're within a short walking distance to the famous French Quarter, and NOLA is an easy flat grid of a city to explore.
If you want to visit attractions further away, then a shuttle bus or taxi may be a better option - even if it's just for the air conditioning!
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