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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Triumph replaces Elation
The big news from Carnival Cruise Lines is that they have finally replacing the Carnival Elation which has been sailing from New Orleans for several years now. Before that it was her sistership, the Carnival Fantasy.
Her replacement is the Carnival Triumph which is a much larger and newer ship. She is a 'balconey ship" which means that most of here ocean facing cabins are balconies. This makes them more affordable and, in some cases, less expensive than a standard oceanview stateroom. On the older Elation and Fantasy, you have to book a suite to get a balcony.
This is good news for those Gulf Coast cruisers looking for a shorter cruise vacation from New Orleans. The Triumph will continue to offer the 4- and 5-day cruises to Mexico, but in much better fasion. And altough prices are higher on the newer, bigger, badder ship, it will well wroth the increased and make the 7-Days Cruises seem more affordable in the end.
Dawn on the Horizon... Again!
Once again Norwegian Cruise Lines will bring a ship back to New Orleans for the 2016/2017 Caribbean Cruise Season.
After a 14-Night Repositioning Cruise from Boston which sails on October 28th, The Norwegian Dawn will arrive at her Julia Street Dock on November 11, 2016. Her first Cruise out of New Orleans, which will sail later that afternoon, is a special 9-Night Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise. After that, she will begin her series of 7-night Exotic Western Caribbean Cruises sailing every Sunday afternoon through May 1, 2017. There are several Special Sailings scattered through out the 2016/2017 season as well - including the usual repositioning sailing at the end of Her season in NOLA.
Carnival to Return to Mobile!
After being gone for more than 3 years, Carnival Cruise Lines and the City of Mobile announced that the Carnival Fantasy will begin a year long schedule of 4- and 5-Day Cruises to Mexico starting in November 2016.
Azamara Club Cruses to Sail
from New Orleans
Here's something new for 2016. This fall, Azamara Cub Cruises has planned a 16 Night Circle Caribbean sailing from New Orleans which will end in Miami. The Voyage is scheduled to set sail on October 26th aboard their 5-Star Azamara Quest.
For those that are unfamiliar with Azamara Club Cruises, the company is owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International, who until recently has been sailing from New Orleans as well. Azamara is the next step up in cruising, offering more extended and exotic voyages in a casual more relaxed atmosphere - much like that of your local country club or yacht club. In fact, the company even incorporates that idea into it's name.
The Voyage itself will visit Gerogetown-Grand Cayman, Port Antonio-Jamacia, La Romano-Domincan Republic, Willemsted-Curacoa, Gustavia-St. Barths, Charlestown-Nevis, Philipsburg-St. Maarten, and Virgin Gorda-British Virgin Islands. It's a really good itinerary which does not repeat a lot of ports which are normally visited by those ships sailing from New Orleans.
Starting Prices begin at $2800 per person, but if you book early there are incentives including low cost return air from Miami.
5-Star Crystal Cruises will also sail from New Orleans
And that's a fact Jack! Next November, the award winning cruise line, Crystal Cruises, will bring the line's Crystal Serenity to New Orleans for three 14-night Caribbean Cruises. This will give local cruisers (3) opportunities to sail with Crystal Cruises - a truly wonderfull experience.
The first sailing, "Caribbean Kalidascope", begins on November 8, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale and will arriving in New Orleans on Novmeber 22nd. The Serenity will then overnight in New Orleans, and set sail on her 14 night "Flavores of the Caribean" cruise which will arrive back in New Orleans on December 6th. Following another overnight, it's a 14 night "Bourbon Street to South Beach" Caribbean Cruise which will end on December 20th in Miami.
Cruise prices begin around $3700 per person which comes to a daily cost of around $600 per couple. That's a good deal for a 5-Star All-Inclusive Caribbean Vacation. If you don't think so, get a couple quotes on Luxury Caribbean Resort prices so that can compair for yourself.
Introducing Norwegian's ~ Harvest Caye
When you sail with Norwegian from New Orleans, you'll get a chance to visit a brand new port of call called Harvest Caye in 2016 and 2017. Harvest Caye is $100 million private island development in Belize off shore from Placenica.
In addition to offering all the Watersports activities, the beach area features enclosed, air-conditioned, villas with lounges, dining areas, showers and exclusive dining and beverage options. There's also a 15,000 sq. ft. pool with Palapa Bars and pool cabanas. A nearby 130-foot-tall lighthouse structure facilitates zip lining, suspension bridges and free-fall jumps.
Harvest Caye operates a half a dozen dining/bar option including the Landshark Bar & Grill. There is also casual "street style" dining available in Shopping Village.
Unlike other "private island" experiences, including NCL's Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, all the dining options at Harvest Caye are not including in the price of the cruise ticket and are "a la carte" for now. But you can expect there will be feature promotional offers, on selected sailing dates, that will include the dining at Harvest Caye.
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