NOLA Lovers, What Say You? Your best “to-do”, “not to miss” tips for my 1st visit to New Orleans?

It’s a busy week for us as I’m getting all of my ducks in a row before heading down to New Orleans to do some “boots on the ground” travel research and to learn some Louisiana History directly from the locals.  With almost 10 years behind us since the devastation brought to a huge section of that entire Southern region of our country, I think I am long overdue for a proper introductory visit.

Most of the world, in shock and disbelief, witnessed New Orleans bearing some of the worst after effects of Hurricane Katrina’s August 2005 punch.  Many of us also monitored the daily/monthly/yearly volunteer efforts, which I believe may still be going on at some level, to not only help this popular city to get back to living up to its tourist title of being, “The Big Easy” but more importantly to assist its residents with returning to some normalcy of daily living.

Norwegian Cruiseline, Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruiseline have committed to doing their part at helping to increase tourism to/thru New Orleans with confirmed Cruise itineraries in 2015 and 2016. There are currently a total of 4 large passenger cruiseships available for sailing from the Port of New Orleans.

  1. Norwegian Dawn: Offering 7-day Western Caribbean sailings on departing on Sundays – *Note: Find out about Harvest Caye is NCL’s new private 2-adjoining islands making up 75 acres in Belize.
  2. Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas: 7-Day sailings departing on Saturdays
  3. Carnival Dream – Sailing Sundays on a 7 day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
  4. Carnival Elation: Sailing alternating 4-day/Thursdays and 5-day/Monday and Saturday itineraries.

Carnival’s ships depart from the Erato Street Cruise Terminal while NCL and RCI’s ships leave from the Julia Street Cruise Terminal.  Both have easy access to, including if traveling on the Riverfront Trolley Line.  Also worth mentioning is that there are several other Cruiselines offering smaller/shorter cruising options for you to enjoy.  TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises is promoting Cruising from New Orleans with Pre/Post Cruise packages available for travelers to experience this exciting city before or after their Cruise.

New Orleans Map

New Orleans Map

Now that we have designated New Orleans as one of “THE” places to be in 2015, I need to get up close and personal to find out what #NOLA is really all about!  I’ve done lot’s of research and read a myriad of reviews!  My “to-do” list is now so long but my time is short so I welcome suggestions from New Orleans lovers; What and/or where would you recommend as a “must-do”, “don’t miss this” for a first timer in #NOLA??  GO… – #NCTina -aka- #TLC


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