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Explore New Orleans, LA

Discover the charm of the Crescent City on Carnival cruises from New Orleans, Louisiana. The New Orleans French Quarter is as romantic as ever, with restaurants serving up heaping helpings of savory Creole cuisine, and nightclubs and street musicians playing the kind of jazz that gets your toes tapping. Time your New Orleans cruise right, and you can step out with the parades of Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras.

  • Eat, drink, and revel in the lively French Quarter.
  • Spot mansions peeking out from lush greenery in the Garden District.
  • Dunk sugary beignets in your café au lait at Café du Monde.
  • Celebrate the history of Mardi Gras before you cruise from New Orleans.
  • Swing into the night at a live jazz club.

Things To Do

Local Attractions

Get into step with the city’s nonstop streetlife parade before your Carnival cruise from New Orleans sails, or after your return. Whether you’re whooping it up in the bars on Bourbon Street, listening to the trumpeters at Jackson Square, or hearing the ghosts whisper at eerie St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, compact New Orleans has unique sights and sounds on every corner.

  • Take a moonlight cemetery tour.
  • Hang out in Jackson Square, where skilled jugglers, musicians, and artists entertain.
  • Dine on Creole classics étoufée and gumbo in French Quarter restaurants.
  • Toast your cruise from New Orleans at a rowdy Bourbon Street bar.

Fun Facts

  • New Orleans is the home of America’s first cocktail, the Sazerac: a mix of rye whiskey, Herbsaint or Absinthe, bitters, simple syrup, and a lemon twist.
  • The 10-day New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) is a celebration of the city’s musical history in April, and one of the most popular festivals in New Orleans.
  • The first Mardi Gras celebration in America was in Mobile, Alabama, back in 1703.

Within Walking Distance

Start your city tour before your Carnival cruise from New Orleans departs in the exuberant French Quarter, walking down narrow cobblestone streets beneath magnificent cast-iron balconies. Carriage tours depart from Jackson Square—the central green—where street entertainers and fortunetellers show off their tricks. The Square’s Cabildo building is where the Lousiana Purchase title was signed. Next door, the Presbytére building has a colorful exhibit on the masks, krewes, and parades of the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration. Mardi Gras—or Fat Tuesday—is the last Tuesday before Lent, usually in late February or March. Parades, parties, and festivities get the city rocking the weekend leading up to Fat Tuesday. Across from the square is Café Du Monde, best known for its perfectly-fried beignets, topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar, served with a café au lait.

Around the Port Area

The fascinating collection at the New Orleans Pharmacy includes all manner of tiny antique bottles, potions, and cosmetics, displayed in an apothecary from 1823. At the foot of the Quarter right by the Mississippi River, you can touch a cownose ray and watch sea otters play at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. In the nearby Warehouse District, the exhibits at the National WWII Museum concentrate on the amphibious landings of D-Day and life during wartime at home and abroad.

Beyond the Port Area

The graceful mansions of the Garden District are another big draw of New Orleans, Louisiana. As you wander along these picturesque streets, you’ll pass Italianate and Victorian mansions hidden behind the beautiful drapes of hanging Spanish moss. The scenic ride on the St. Charles Streetcar runs through the district to the Audubon Zoo and its adjacent park of leafy trees.

Beyond Port Area

New Orleans’s atmospheric "Cities of the Dead," such as the city’s oldest, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, make for an intriguing stroll. Among the crumbling tombstones are the burial places of local figures like voodoo practictioner Marie Laveau. For something even more atmospheric, a nighttime ghost tour tells the spooky legends of New Orleans history.

Dining in New Orleans

When you book a New Orleans cruise, expect to indulge in the best Creole cuisine in the Deep South. Commander’s Palace and Galatoire’s are two venerable kings of the French Quarter. Their shrimp remoulade, turtle soup, gumbo, and étouffée are just a few Creole favorites. On the casual side, munching a meat-stuffed muffuletta sandwich from Central Grocery is an essential experience.

Travel Tips


  • Carnival cruises from New Orleans depart from the Erato Street Terminal, right on the east bank of the Mississippi.
  • The French Quarter, at the city center, is quite compact and walkable.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana lies in a subtropical zone, and the weather is mostly agreeable year-round, though summers have high humidity and frequent heavy but short, rain showers.