Shore Excursions 101... Plan on an Early Start : NOLA Cruise Blog
The Crescent City Cruise Guide, also know as the NOLA Cruise Guide, is the Online Cruise Guide for everything consumers need to know about cruising from New Orleans and other Gulf Ports as well. Here you can find out what Cruise Lines sail from New Orleans.  Currently they have only one cruise line in New Orleans year round which is Carnival Cruise Lines.  Carnival has two ships in New Orleans which are the Carnival Conquest and the Carnival Elation.  The Carnival Conquest 7 night cruise itineraries include the Eastern Caribbean (the Bahamas & Key West), the Classic Western Caribbean Cruise (Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel), and the more Exotic Caribbean Cruise (Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya, and Cozumel).  In November, the Conquest will be replaced with the Carnival Sunshine. The Carnival Elation features shore getaway cruises from New Orleans with her 4 & 5 night cruises to Cozumel, Mexico and the 5 night cruise adds a call at Progresso. From Progresso passengers have easy access to many of the Mayan Ruin sites or the Old Mexican town Madera. Seasonally, there are two other Cruise Lines that base a ship out of New Orleans from about October to April of each year.  Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Jewel will arrive in New Orleans in October.  The Norwegian Jewel will feature an Exotic Western Caribbean Cruises with stops in Belize City-Belize, Roatan Island-Honduras, Costa Maya-Mexico, and Cozumel-Mexico.  The Norwegian Jewel will also do several Classic Western Caribbean cruises with stops in Montego Bay-Jamaica, George Town-Grand Cayman, and Cozumel-Mexico.
Royal Caribbean International has also been positioning a ship in New Orleans during the Caribbean Season (Oct-Apr).  For the 2013/2014 season, Serenade of the Seas will make the Big Easy her home port.  The Serenade of the Seas will make several Eastern Caribbean runs to Nassau and Coco Cay in the Bahamas with a stop in Key West as well.  The Serenade of the Seas’ primary Classic Western Caribbean cruise includes: George Town-Grand Cayman, Falmouth-Jamaica, and Cozumel-Mexico. During the switch over from the Carnival Conquest to the Carnival Sunshine in November, as well as the inbound Norwegian Jewel, and Serenade of the Seas, there are many Special Cruises from New Orleans that will be available to both local in and around the New Orleans area as well as visitors who which to visit the city of New Orleans as well. In addition to the New Orleans Cruise Ships, you can also find out about: Cruising for Groups, Cruise Discounts, Sales and Promotions, get the Complete Cruise Calendar (Cruise Almanac), get Cruise Tools and Additional Information and Supplier Links, get information on the Port of New Orleans, pier locations, parking and more. You can also find out about important Passport & Visa Requirements for Cruising from New Orleans expanded shore excursion options, trip insurance options. There are also many links to New Orleans City Guides, Events, Pre & Post Cruise Options in New Orleans and lots more.

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Shore Excursions 101... Plan on an Early Start

by Chuck Brown on 09/04/13

One of the unique advantages of cruising is that it gives passengers an opportunity to see several destinations on one vacation. The down side is that you do not have much time in each of the ports that you visit.  On most cruises out of the Gulf Coast, your shore time is only about 5 to 8 hours so you will want to try and get off the ship as soon as possible and make the most of it.  Although it is difficult on a cruise, with so many late night activities going on, getting a good nights sleep before a day in port is highly advised. Save those late night shenanigans for the nights that precede a long day at sea, when lying by the ships pool in a deck chair being served frozen concoctions makes the most sense.  In some ports, like Grand Cayman, the ship will not actually dock and passengers must take one of the ships tenders ashore.  Unloading 2000+ passengers on to tenders in a rocky-rolly sea takes time so you will want to be first in line to board.  Finally, don not wait until the morning you go ashore somewhere to decide what you are going to do when you do go ashore.  Have a plan, or a pre-arranged shore excursion, and enjoy your day ashore.  To find out more about pre-arranged shore excursions on cruises from New Orleans visit www.shoretrips.com.

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