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7 Amazing Destinations to Visit When Sailing from New Orleans

When planning your next escape, consider a cruise from New Orleans! The Big Easy is a convenient port with plenty of old world charm and the perfect place to kick start your trip in style. Check out these seven amazing options for your next cruise from New Orleans to the Caribbean:

two carnival ships at the cozumel port

1. Cozumel

Located in the crystal clear waters off the coast of Mexico, the island of Cozumel is one of the world’s top destinations for diving and snorkeling. Embrace your adventurous side on the Adventure Jeep, Snorkel and Tequila Tour at Punta Sur.

You’ll get to drive through the Mexican jungle, take a guided underwater snorkeling tour of Punta Sur Marine Park, and wrap up the day with a snack buffet and tequila tasting. Non-alcoholic beverages are available as well, making this a wonderful opportunity for the whole family.

dolphins jumping into the water as part of an aquatic show at an aquarium

2. Montego Bay

Montego Bay is synonymous with laid-back Jamaican fun and is a stellar destination for hitting the beach, relaxing or participating in some of the most popular activities in the Caribbean. The Bobsled Jamaica and Dunns River Falls Tour packs three activities into one incredible day.

Climb up the terraced rock steps of Dunn River Falls or soar above the jungle on the Sky Explorer chair-lift. Finish your adventurous day with a trip on a Jamaica bobsled to get back down to the beach.

little girl splashing at dunns river falls

3. Belize

When taking a family cruise from New Orleans, consider the hidden gem of Belize. This tiny, gorgeous country has a lot to offer, including the sacred crystal caves of the ancient Mayan people. The best way to see these unique geological formations is on a Private Crystal Cave Tubing and Zipline Tour, where you’ll soar above tropical trees and float through an amazing cave.

There’s also a swimming hole and lunch is included, making this the perfect experience if you’re looking for a well-rounded adventure that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

a group of people cave tubing in belize

4. Grand Cayman

In the heart of the Caribbean you can find Grand Cayman, a natural wonderland of fine sand beaches and incredible sunsets. It’s also a special place to get up close and personal with sea creatures. On the Dolphin Swim and Stingray City Excursion, you can ride a boogie board pushed by a friendly dolphin.

Your adventure continues as you cruise to Stingray City, where you can interact with stingrays as they glide by you. This is an excellent way to relax and feel more connected to the marine life on your trip.

woman paddle boarding across the oceans of grand cayman

5. Mahogany Bay

Looking for a cruise destination that’s off the beaten path? Mahogany Bay in Honduras might be the best-kept secret in the Caribbean.

The name “Honduras” in Spanish means deep waters, and what better way to explore those waters than by sailing on the Jolly Roger Catamaran? On this balmy, breezy trip to Isla de Roatan, you can snorkel around the reef and explore the beach before enjoying a buffet lunch. With music, dancing, and an open bar, this is a party you won’t want to miss!

couple sitting on the edge of a catamaran in the caribbean

6. Costa Maya

Costa Maya, located on the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula, is a beautiful destination steeped in rich history. The Mayan people built their civilization here, and today many of their pyramids and other architectural feats are hidden in the lush jungle.

You can see and climb a few steps of the ruins just like the early explorers did when you take a tour of the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins. The site is largely not excavated, so you’ll have a chance to experience the thrill of discovery.

ancient mexican ruins in costa maya

7. Yucatan

When you cruise to the Yucatan peninsula, get ready to explore its vibrant culture and warm hospitality! Make sure to stop by Merida, a major cultural center and prime example of Spanish colonial city planning, Merida is at the heart of it all.

One of the best ways to experience Merida is on a Mexican Beer Tasting and Pub Crawl Tour, where you’ll get to see how local beer is made and sample some tasty hand-crafted beers as you walk through town. This is a great way to taste the local flavors and sip brews that are exclusive to the region.

a glimpse into a beach on the yucatan peninsula

Ready to set sail from New Orleans? It’s time to book your trip! Explore Carnival cruises to the Caribbean to get an idea of all the fun you can have when you sail out of New Orleans. From world-class dining to adrenaline-pumping shore excursions, you’re sure to have a memorable vacation on a Carnival Cruise ship!