French Quarter Colorful Architecture, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Cruise from New Orleans, Louisiana

It’s easy to get lost in the magic of New Orleans. With its Old World charm, stately Creole-style architecture, world-class food scene and impromptu parades, this loud, colourful city makes for a great start to any adventure. If you cruise from New Orleans, you should definitely plan to spend a few days exploring the city’s French Quarter, famous for its nightlife, jazz clubs, street performers and iconic balconied buildings. Make sure to try some of New Orleans’s famous sweet beignets and chicory café au lait at some point during your visit, but save room for heartier fare – New Orleans is known around the world for its cooking, and you’re going to want to dig in to steaming bowls of jambalaya, crispy po-boys and savoury muffalettas. If you visit New Orleans, you should also pencil in a ghost tour – the city is famous for its haunted history, and local tour guides do a great job bringing all the hair-raising details to life.
National Language English
Currency Accepted US Dollar (USD)

Things To Do in New Orleans

Jackson square church in New Orleans, Louisiana

EASY STREETS

Jackson square church in New Orleans, Louisiana

Jackson square church in New Orleans, Louisiana

EASY STREETS

No visit to New Orleans is complete without a walk through the French Quarter. Start at St Louis Cathedral in historic Jackson Square. Stroll along the Mississippi River and through the French Market. Then pass the bohemian charms of Royal Street before topping off with the buzz of Bourbon Street.

St. Charles streetcar trolley in New Orleans, Louisiana

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St. Charles streetcar trolley in New Orleans, Louisiana

St. Charles streetcar trolley in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Hop on the historic St Charles tram – the world’s oldest in continuous operation – for a relaxing ride from bustling Canal Street to the oak-lined Garden District. You’ll pass city centre scenes and antebellum mansions en route to Audubon Park, a beloved green space and home to the city zoo.

Bench by Turtle Swamp in New Orleans, Louisiana
Bench by Turtle Swamp in New Orleans, Louisiana

SWAMP ROMP

Venture 20 minutes outside the city to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve to explore southern Louisiana swamplands during your New Orleans cruise. Airboat and sightseeing boat tours offer an up-close look at vast wetlands, plus its local residents – alligators, turtles and snakes included.

Sugar sprinkled beignets, treats found in New Orleans
Sugar sprinkled beignets, treats found in New Orleans

LOCAL CUISINE

New Orleans is world-renowned for its seafood and spicy Creole flavours. Here they eat sugar-sprinkled beignets for breakfast. Lunch means fried seafood po’ boys and meaty muffulettas. Gumbo, jambalaya and boiled crayfish are savoury dinner options – and you must try an authentic NOLA sno-ball for dessert. 'America’s first cocktail', the bourbon-based Sazerac, was also created here.

new orleans louisiana antique shop
new orleans louisiana antique shop

SHOPPING

Magazine Street spans six miles of boutiques and antique shops. Cruise from New Orleans and pick up fine art and funky works in the galleries along Royal Street in the French Quarter. And with six blocks of shops, the French Market is your best bet for Louisiana cookbooks and hand-painted items displaying the city’s fleur-de-lis emblem.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 When asking for directions, locals don’t refer to south, east, west or north. Instead, they’ll direct you to Downtown, Uptown, Riverside or Lakeside or refer to 'wards'.
2 Buy a one-day Jazzy Pass to enjoy unlimited rides on the bus or tram. The fare is USD 3 and can be purchased at a number of shops, including any local Walgreens.

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