Cruises - Industry Resources
Welcome to the Port of New Orleans and the
Crescent City! We hope to make your cruising experience as memorable
New Orleans offers a myriad of opportunities for
visitors from exciting nightlife and casino action to historical tours
and world-class attractions. This resource aims to offer our cruise
passengers a one-stop shop for planning shore-side itineraries. So
come a little early or stay a little longer and enjoy all that New
Orleans has to offer.
Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise ship operator, currently
homeports its Carnival Elation for year-round four- and five-day Western
Caribbean cruises and its Carnival Conquest for seven-day Western Caribbean cruises.
Norwegian Cruise Lines, homeports its Norwegian Spirit from
October through April in New Orleans for seven-day Western Caribbean
cruises. NCL offers its free-style cruising experience to passengers
Royal Caribbean Lines, homeports its Voyager of the Seas
from October through April for seven-day Western Caribbean cruises
Louis Armstrong International Airport has a helpful web site to
plan your trip.
Hotels and Lodging
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau web site
offers a comprehensive listing of hotels, attractions and events.
New Orleans Marketing Corp. web site offers an extensive list of
accommodations and events to plan your trip to the Big Easy. This is
New Orleans’ official tourism site.
If an intimate bed and breakfast is more your
Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association web site offers a
comprehensive list of members in the New Orleans area and throughout
Destination Management Inc. can satisfy your needs, arrival to
departure. DMI is part of a family of companies, which owns and
operates an array of equipment and resources including Airport
Shuttle, New Orleans Tours, New Orleans Paddlewheels and two swamp
tour companies. DMI can also provide assistance with restaurant
reservations and concierge service.
Hotard Destination Services customizes tour programs to make a
lasting impression. New Orleans offers European charm, southern
hospitality, a colorful history, diverse cultural roots, serene
landscapes, round-the-clock excitement and tantalizing cuisine. From
downtown New Orleans or the French Quarter, your group will be less
than an hour away from alligators and antebellum plantations.
Gray Line Tours offers everything from tours of antebellum homes
and Louisiana swamps to haunted history jaunts and paddlewheel
New Orleans is filled with history, some happy,
Haunted History Tours offers a wide variety of tours focusing on
Louisiana Swamp Tours and High-Speed Airboat Adventures offers a
unique perspective of Bayou Country.
Pinnacle Events creates unmatched memories of your stay
in New Orleans through custom Tour Programs and magnificent Special
Events for your Incentive, Corporate or Destination Wedding groups
both pre and post-cruise. Our fresh approach to planning memorable
programs, creativity and unparallel attention to detail makes us the
leading Destination Management Company in New Orleans.
Harrah’s New Orleans offers 24-hour casino action and 115,000
square feet of gaming space. It also features nightly comedy shows at
The Improv at Harrah’s and world-class dining at Besh Steakhouse and
Riche by Todd English. Harrah’s opened its new hotel in September of
2006 offering 450 oversized rooms and suites.
Treasure Chest Casino offers Las Vegas action New Orleans style.
Located in Kenner, La., just 20 minutes from downtown New Orleans,
Treasure Chest is a favorite of local gamblers. It offers more than
950 slots and all your favorite table games with fine dining and
Boomtown Casino is the largest riverboat casino in south
Louisiana, located just across the Mississippi River from downtown New
Orleans. It’s three floors offer 1,500 slots and video poker machines
and more than 50 table games, including a 24-hour live-action poker
Audubon Zoo is one of the country’s
top-ranked zoos. It
blends the exotic excitement of animals from around the globe
with the serenity of its lush gardens. With innovative natural habitat
exhibits and an animal collection ranging from the unique white
alligators to the extraordinary white tigers, Audubon Zoo has become
one of the Gulf South’s favorite family gathering spots.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
is located just minutes away from the Port of New Orleans cruise
terminal along the Mississippi River. It offers an underwater look at
sea life from the Gulf of Mexico, an exotic penguin exhibit and
numerous other attractions.
Entergy IMAX Theater offers exciting year-round entertainment for
the entire family. Located adjacent to Aquarium of the Americas the
IMAX Theater’s programs takes visitors from the depths of the world’s
oceans to the eye of approaching hurricanes.
New Orleans Museum of Art, located in City Park, is the city's
oldest fine arts institution and has a magnificent permanent
collection of more than 40,000 objects, valued in excess of $200
million. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in
French and American art, photography, glass, African and Japanese
works, continues to grow. The five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff
Sculpture Garden at NOMA is one of the most important sculpture
installations in the United States, with 50 sculptures situated on a
beautifully landscaped site amongst meandering footpaths, reflecting
lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, mature pines,
magnolias, camellias, and pedestrian bridges.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art is home to the largest and most
comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world, and a unique
and innovative destination to "See the South." It is located just
minutes away from the Port’s cruise terminals in New Orleans’
National World War II Museum is now designated by Congress as the
country’s official World War II Museum. This remarkable attraction
illuminates the American experience during the WWII era with moving
personal stories, historic artifacts and powerful interactive
displays. From the Normandy invasion to the sands of Pacific Islands
and the Home Front, the Museum brings to life the teamwork, optimism,
courage and sacrifice of the men and women who won the war and changed
Memorial Hall, located adjacent to the Ogden Museum of Southern
Art, contains the second largest collection of Confederate memorabilia
in the world and is the oldest continually operating museum in
Oak Alley Plantation, located on the Mississippi River between the
historic Louisiana cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, has been
called the “Grande Dame of the Great River Road.” Nowhere else in the
south will you find such a spectacular setting! The quarter-mile
canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old,
forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style
Louisiana’s River Road, a 70-mile corridor between New Orleans and
Baton Rouge, which is home to some of the South’s most famous
antebellum homes. Visitors can use this web site to plan itineraries
and preview the famous homes.
Louisiana Tourism: See all the Bayou State has to offer by
visiting this site. From Shreveport to Thibodaux, this site has
See Mardi Gras come alive year round at
Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. Located adjacent to the
cruise terminals Mardi Gras World runs a convenient shuttle just for
cruise passengers. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Mardi Gras is
The Cabildo, home of the Louisiana State Museum and the site of
the Louisiana Purchase.
Built in 1835, the
Old U.S. Mint is the only building in America to have served both
as a United States and a Confederate Mint. President Andrew Jackson
advocated the Mint’s establishment in order to help finance
development of the nation’s western frontier.
Louisiana Children’s Museum is New Orleans’ most playful and
educational place for children and families! Discover more than 30,000
square feet of hands-on, interactive exhibits that invite and engage
children and families as they explore art, music, science, math, and
health, and role-playing environments. Learning has never been more
New Orleans Museums web site lists all of the historic collections
the Crescent City has to offer. From voodoo and religious museums to
antebellum homes and niche galleries – browse this site to learn
Riverwalk Marketplace offers local and national retail shops and a
food court just steps away from the Port of New Orleans cruise
Magazine Street offers shoppers six miles of antiques, furniture,
clothing, jewelry, dining, gifts and more.
French Quarter isn’t just for partying. Visit unique shops, art
galleries, photography studios, antique galleries and retailers.
Explore all the French Quarter has to offer before your
visit by clicking
Shops at Canal Place offers world-class shopping at the foot of
Canal Street, adjacent to Harrah’s New Orleans.
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is New Orleans’ biggest celebration.
The pre-Lenten event includes more than two weeks of parades and
pageantry. Often called the Greatest Free Party on Earth, hundreds of
thousands of visitors descend on the Big Easy each year to celebrate
in the streets.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is a world-class music
festival celebrating New Orleans music with local, national and
international artists. The two-week event is held annually around the
last weekend in April and first weekend in May.
French Quarter Fest is held each April and is a free music
festival celebrating all local music genres. Stages and food booths
are set up along the Riverfront, Jackson Square and throughout the
French Quarter. The group also sponsors the Satchmo Summer Fest each
August and Christmas New Orleans Style.
Essence Music Festival
is held annually around the Fourth of July weekend, attracts
musical artists from around the world. The festival also
features panel discussions and famous speakers.
Louisiana Superdome is the crown jewel of the New Orleans skyline.
Home of the NFL’s
New Orleans Saints and the
Tulane University Green Wave, the Superdome has hosted NFL Super
Bowls, NCAA Final Fours and is home to the annual Sugar Bowl. Daily
tours are also available.
New Orleans Arena is home to the NBA’s
New Orleans Hornets. Opened in 1999, it is a state-of-the-art arena for
everything from basketball games and concerts to festivals and
The Fairgrounds Racecourse offers live Thoroughbred racing weekly
from November through March and an off-track betting parlor. Owned by
Churchill Downs, it is the nation’s third-oldest Thoroughbred racing
facility. It has been in operation since 1872 and is home to the
annual $600,000 Louisiana Derby.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2007,
Zephyr Field - "the Shrine on Airline" - has become the focal
point for family entertainment in the Greater New Orleans area. Over
four million fans have attended a variety of events at the stadium
since it first opened April 11, 1997. Zephyr Field features 10,000
chair-backed seats with cup-holders, plus seating for nearly 1,000 on
The Levee in center field. The Zephyrs have drawn more than 320,000
fans in each of their nine seasons on Airline
From Preservation Hall to Tipitina’s each night
in New Orleans offers a wide variety of live music from jazz to funk
to zydeco and rock-n-roll. Search OffBeat Magazine’s daily listings
here or try NOLA.com’s music listings
New Orleans has some of the best authentic
Creole and Cajun restaurants in the world. Search
New Orleans Restaurants.com or search NOLA.com’s restaurant guide