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United States | Pre- or Post-Cruise Stay in Vibrant New Orleans

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United States, Lousianna, New Orleans

Trip Duration

2 nights / 3 days

Before or after your enchanting sea voyage, enhance your vacation further with an enriching pre- or post cruise stay in New Orleans. With the bountiful bayou, grand architecture and the sounds of jazz, discover this French-inspired region and its vivacious gusto for life. Experience rich history, lively festivals, private transfers and more to compliment your exciting port city getaway.

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Day 1: New Orleans |

Upon arrival in New Orleans, pick-up your full-size rental car from Hertz and be on your way to the swanky W French Quarter. Located in the heart of the lively French Quarter, embrace the spirit of The Big Easy for two nights in a balcony courtyard guestroom with New Orleans-inspired decor, Whatever/Whenever service and W Signature Bed. Enjoy WET courtyard pool, exceptional dining at SoBou and cutting edge cocktail program.

After you are settled in, venture out and discover the city on your own with all its magical wonders. With a remarkable history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, food and music. You'll find the enticing sounds of jazz, historic neighborhoods with tales of ghost stories and voodoo, and tantalizing festivals throughout the year. Bask in the Big Easy's charm during Mardi Gras, delve into the swamp lands to spy alligators or delight in the street performers on Bourbon Street. Excitement awaits!

Day 2: New Orleans |

Spend your day immersed in this exciting city. Learn about the iconic Mardi Gras traditions and history with a visit to the unique Mardi Gras museums or check out the countless art, music, film and culinary festivals that happen each month Explore famous plantations, historic homes and elaborate cemeteries for a taste of the genteel bygone era or climb aboard a traditional streetcar for great way to see the charm and romance of this southern city.

Day 3: New Orleans |

For a real taste of New Orleans, tempt your palette with the most popular southern fare. Sample an overstuffed po-boy sandwich, a bowl of spicy jambalaya, seafood gumbo, Cajun or creole classics or try a savory crawfish etoufee. From quaint courtyards, bistros and nightclubs, formal dining venues and celebrity chef restaurants, there's something for everyone. After return your Hertz car rental, head to your cruise port or homebound flight.

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