Cruising from New Orleans 


In 2012, nine million people visited this unique city to experience Mardi Gras, music festivals, championship sporting events, gourmet meals, fun family activities, AND TO TAKE A CRUISE.

Now it’s your turn to see why cruising from the Big Easy really is like taking two vacations in one.

Three cruise lines offer a variety of western, central and eastern Caribbean itineraries from New Orleans with ports of call including exotic destinations such as Progreso, Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Key West and the Cayman Islands. Carnival Cruise Lines offers four-, five- and seven-day cruises year round. Seasonally, Norwegian Cruise Lines offers seven-day cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines operates seven-day sailings.

New Orleans has experienced an inland and coastal cruise renaissance, with four new vessels sailing itineraries from the Big Easy. Two Victorian-inspired paddlewheelers — the American Queen and the Queen of the Mississippi — offer seasonal multi-day cruises on the Mississippi River. Coastwise and inland cruises by Blount Small Ship Adventures and Travel Dynamics also offer seasonal itineraries.

The Erato Street Cruise Terminal and Julia Street Cruise Terminal are steps away from the French Quarter, art districts, museums, live music and upscale shopping. A short streetcar ride transports you to the historic neighborhoods for a diverse array of local boutiques, restaurants and family attractions such as the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium, museums of every nature, plantation homes and swamp tours. Come before your cruise or stay after and experience America’s Most Interesting City. There are over 35,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the cruise terminals, and a festival every weekend commemorating food, music or both.

Travel to New Orleans is easy. Six major interstates lead to the Crescent City from all points of the nation, and the Louis Armstrong International Airport boasts more than 127 daily non-stop flights to New Orleans. AMTRAK has daily trains arriving from all parts of the country.

Cruising from New Orleans is the Big Easy way to launch your Caribbean adventure. Visit and see why!