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New Orleans is a city known for its nightlife, live music scene, and local cuisine (especially Gumbo!). Most of our New Orleans cruises will travel all the way up to Minneapolis, and there are also round trips starting in New Orleans itself. While on your cruise, you can expect to tour many main cities on the southern Mississippi River, like Baton Rouge and Vicksburg, and you will be able to appreciate the beauty of the southeastern United States on these multi-state cruises. Contact our travel specialists to start planning your river cruise today!

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Creole Cuisine

Creole cuisine is a unique blend of different cultural foods that originated right here in Louisiana that combines West African, French, Spanish, and Amerindian influences. 

Jambalaya - a Creole dish with meat, vegetables and rice, usually including crawfish or shrimp.

Gumbo - authentic to New Orleans as anything else, gumbo is a dish the features stock, meat/shellfish, and celery, bell peppers, and onions.
Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" and is celebrated the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. 

New Orleans is home to the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, featuring parades and parties for the whole week. 

This celebration, aptly known as "Carnival", invites people of all backgrounds and creeds to enjoy the best that the city has to offer.

Don't forget to bring your beads!
Cruise Ports by New Orleans

New Orleans will definitely be a highlight of your Mississippi River cruise experience, but it won't be your only exciting destination. In addition to NOLA, you will also explore the other major port towns on the Mississippi, like: 
NOLA's got Soul!

Music is the spice of life and in New Orleans, there is music on every corner. 

Known as the birthplace of Jazz, the musicians who call New Orleans home are some of the best in the world. 

Step into a club to experience unique shows - no two shows are ever the same. 

Let the rhythm take you away. Of course, Jazz isn't the only music you'll encounter - blues and soul music also owe their roots to the Mississippi River region, born out of cultural expression.
 

FAQs: New Orleans

Is New Orleans dangerous for tourists?

While New Orleans does have some areas and neighborhoods that should definitely be avoided, in general the tourist areas of New Orleans are pretty safe, as long as you know how to carry yourself and protect your belongings. Make sure to travel with others and not alone, especially after dark. When touring the popular areas like the French Quarter, Vieux Carre and Bourbon Street, be aware of pickpockets and scammers. Antitheft backpacks and money belts are a safer way to bring along your belongings. Fortunately, on Adventure Life cruises, you will almost always be with expert local guides who will help keep you in the safe areas. 

What should I visit in New Orleans?

While you're in New Orleans, you must try the local Creole dishes like Gumbo, experience the Jazz music scene, and explore the cultural areas like the French Quarter, Vieux Carre and Bourbon Street.

What is New Orleans known for?

New Orleans is best known for Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest and it is the cradle of Jazz music as the home to great clubs and the most talented musicians. It is also known for its rich Creole culture and the delicious cuisine known as gumbo.

What ships cruise the Mississippi River to New Orleans?

We feature three of the best Mississippi River cruise boats visiting New Orleans - the luxurious and classic paddleboats American Duchess, American Queen, and American Countess

How much do Mississippi River cruises cost to visit New Orleans?

Mississippi River cruises that visit New Orleans generally start around $1,800 per person and go as high as $5,000 per person, but for the average 9-day itinerary, you can expect to pay around $2,100-$2,500 per person.

When is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a major celebration that happens in the days right before the Lent season begins in the early spring season. Several of our Adventure Life cruises do travel the Mississippi River during this time, visiting New Orleans. 

Why is New Orleans called NOLA?

NOLA is just an acronym that stands for New Orleans, Louisiana (LA is the abbreviation for the state). 

When is hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico?

New Orleans, located in the Gulf of Mexico, has a hurricane season from the beginning of June through the end of November. July, August, and September traditionally see the worst weather, while February-May is probably the best time to visit when temperatures are cooler and NOLA is more lively.

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