Port of New Orleans Cruises

Port of New Orleans Cruises
The Port of New Orleans is one of the busiest in the world, handling millions of tons of cargo every year. It is also the home base to several cruise ships, which transported hundreds of thousands of passengers before Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. Most of the operations are again fully functional, carrying cruise passengers to destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and the Bahamas. Riverboat cruises also offer dinner, jazz and harbor excursions on the Mississippi River.

Norwegian Cruise Line

The Norwegian Cruise Line sails out of the Port of New Orleans, offering seven-day cruises with a "freestyle" structure, featuring no set schedules and a variety of activity options. Its Norwegian Spirit vessel sails from New Orleans to destinations such as Costa Maya, Cozumel and Belize. Special features of this ship include four outdoor hot tubs, two Aquaswim water treadmills and a kid's area with water slides, a paddle pool and hot tub. They also cater to teens with their own section of the boat called "Celebrity Teen Disco."

Norwegian Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival is the largest cruise ship operator in the world, and two of its vessels call the Port of New Orleans their home port. The Fantasy vessel offers year-round service to destinations in the Western Caribbean, with durations of four and five days. The Triumph also sails from New Orleans year-round, with four-, five- and seven-day cruises to the Western Caribbean and to the Bahamas.

Carnival Cruise Line

American Canadian Caribbean Line

The American Canadian Caribbean Line operates a yacht called the Niagara Prince that calls into the Port of New Orleans at least once a year. The American Heartland River Cruise offers travelers the opportunity to travel across eight rivers on 14-day journey between Chicago and New Orleans. Their U.S. Historic Rivers Cruise is a three-part journey that begins in New Orleans and sails to Knoxville, Nashville, and Chicago. Passengers can choose one or all legs of the journey. The boat's capacity is 84 guests, with 42 cabins available, as well as a dining room and lounge.

American Canadian Caribbean Line

New Orleans Paddewheels

New Orleans Paddlewheels operates the Creole Queen riverboat, which is powered by a paddlewheel that is 24 feet in diameter. It accommodates 1,000 passengers and offers three private dining rooms, offering daily dinner cruises and private charters. Specialty excursions are scheduled year round, with themes including jazz, fireworks and battlefield tours. They also take passengers through the Louisiana swamplands in their swamp boat and airboat.

New Orleans Paddlewheels

New Orleans Steamboat Company

The New Orleans Steamboat Company operates riverboat cruises on the Mississippi River with the Steamboat Natchez, the only authentic steamboat in New Orleans. The company offers dinner jazz cruises nightly and two-hour harbor cruises in the daytime that depart from the Toulouse Street Wharf in the French Quarter. Many include concerts, and optional Creole cuisine is prepared fresh on board.

New Orleans Steamboat Company

Article Written By Wendy K. Leigh

Wendy K. Leigh is a travel writer and photojournalist from Seattle. She is the Editor of "Islands America," a travel website for visiting islands within the United States. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington.

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