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About New Orleans

With its atmospheric French Quarter, New Orleans oozes character quite unlike any other American city or cruise port. It is the sort of place where anything seems to go - that is why Americans love to call it the "Big Easy".

Its melting pot of influences; African, French and Caribbean, give this city on the Mississippi River a unique vibrancy, not least after dark when the music clubs and bars strike up with authentic jazz and blues sounds. Preservation Hall is only the best known of its many late-night music haunts. The diverse cultural mix also adds spice to its famous Creole and Cajun cuisine.

Although a relatively small city, especially by US standards, walking will not get you around all of its sights so why not climb on board one of its historic streetcars, the oldest continuously operating system in the world?

Jackson Square in the heart of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter) is a good daytime starting point to explore the area's late 18th century houses with their magnolia-draped balconies and hidden courtyards.

 

Shore excursions in New Orleans

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

French Quarter Walk

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Duration: 3 hours

The famous French Quarter of New Orleans is best discovered on foot.

During your stroll around town, you’ll see the original French and Spanish influences in the beautiful and unique architecture.

You’ll pass by famous landmarks such as the Pontalba buildings (one of America's first apartment dwellings) and the Saint Louis Cathedral, flanked by the Cabildo and Presbytere. Pass the wonderful Jackson Square, with its old world flavour and colourful art colony. Take a step back in time as you stroll down Rue Royal, while your guide tells fascinating tales of pirates, priests, haunted houses and voodoo queens.

During your French Quarter walk, you’ll discover some of the earliest and best examples of American architecture in this region.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There will be approximately 2½ hours of walking during this tour. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Passengers wishing to remain in the French Quarter after the tour must inform the guide and will be responsible for their own return to the ship.

 

A selection of cruises to New Orleans

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