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New Orleans Cruise Guide

New Orleans is a popular departure port for cruises sailing to the tropical islands of the Caribbean, and the historic Panama Canal. Nicknamed “Big Easy” for its vibrant jazz and street music scene, this is a lively city to explore before embarking on a Carnival, Crystal, Disney, Norwegian or Royal Caribbean cruise, which all port here.

If you’re lucky, you can catch a cruise before or after the two-week festivities of Mardi Gras, that typically occur between February and March, 47 days before Easter. Mardi Gras is the biggest carnival of the year that shows off the city’s rich traditions, with crazy costumes, intricate masks, and 'throws' to catch and collect. If you’re missing it, don’t fret - there’s always something going on in the city. Carnival season begins on January sixth and hundreds of festivals follow, so you’re almost guaranteed to be part of the action.

If you’re interested in learning about the city of New Orleans and its origins, there’s a wide assortment of tours, from the eccentric Cemetery tours to the historical Creole Plantation tours. There are also various culinary and cocktail tours, as New Orleans is the city that invented the cocktail. Whether you’re on a tour or exploring on your own, the French Quarter has hundreds of Jazz Cafés, Italian restaurants, Steakhouses, traditional Vietnamese joints, and more. Be sure to try classic Creole cuisine, like Gumbo, Beignets, Crawfish, Pralines, Banana Foster, and even Alligator Cheesecake. The food scene here is rich, so be sure to bring your appetite.

When you’re done exploring the lively New Orleans, continue the party onboard a cruise, available all year round from this port.

Pre and Post Cruise Hotels in New Orleans

Historic Streetcar Inn

Historic Streetcar Inn

2 out of 5
1509 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130
Stay at this hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions National World War II Museum and Smoothie ...
3.2/5 (994 reviews)
"***BEWARE***We recently stayed at the Historic Streetcar Inn New Orleans while spending a couple days in New Orleans waiting to depart on a Cruise for our daughters Wedding. Now I “get” the New Orleans “Historic Charm” but was beyond that! Just plain dirty. Our first room had some sort of something ..."

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Historic Streetcar Inn
Holiday Inn Express New Orleans - St Charles, an IHG Hotel

Holiday Inn Express New Orleans - St Charles, an IHG Hotel

3 out of 5
936 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $119 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3-star boutique hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.8/5 Good! (405 reviews)
"Location..."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Holiday Inn Express New Orleans - St Charles, an IHG Hotel
Crescent Palms Motel

Crescent Palms Motel

2.5 out of 5
Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard,, 3923, New Orleans, LA, 70130
Stay at this hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (684 reviews)
Great Hotel
"The rooms are large and i loved the water pressure. It is located off the Main Street and parking is included. The staff was polite and saw to all your needs. I felt safe staying there and will return."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2018

Crescent Palms Motel
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Super 8 by Wyndham New Orleans

Super 8 by Wyndham New Orleans

2 out of 5
6322 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA, 70126
The price is $76 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this motel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (990 reviews)
"Everything was just ok. Not to far out of the city, but the city transportation was quite confusing and kind of a sketchy part of New Orleans, that's for sure"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2022

Super 8 by Wyndham New Orleans
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Pearl River/Slidell

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Pearl River/Slidell

2.5 out of 5
63537 Highway 1090, Pearl River, LA, 70452
The price is $98 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Pearl River. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (970 reviews)
"The staff was excellent!!!"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Pearl River/Slidell
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