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Last updated on June 11th, 2023 at 05:21 pm

Set sail from the vibrant port of New Orleans, Louisiana, and immerse yourself in the soulful energy of the Big Easy. From its iconic jazz music to its delectable Creole cuisine and historic French Quarter, this departure point promises an unforgettable blend of culture, music, and flavors.

920 & 1100 New Orleans Pl , New Orleans , Louisiana, 70130 ,

The Port of New Orleans has two cruise terminals – Julia Street Terminal and Erato Street Terminal. The cruise terminals are ideally located in New Orleans, just 5 minutes from the famed French Quarter and are easily accessible off Interstate ...

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Top Tours & Excursions In New Orleans (Port NOLA) Louisiana

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Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Explore what life was like long ago as you tour this former sugar cane plantation. Experience a glimpse by by-gone Louisiana culture as you wind up the oak-lined lane, see the majestic cypress trees which line the swamp and explore the preserved buildings, as seen in the movie "Interview with a Vampire."...

Duration : 5 Hours

Activity : Easy

Note : Second floor only accessible by stairs

Wheelchair Accessibility : Collapsible Wheelchairs;

Tour Includes: Transportation from French Quarter

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Scandalous Cocktail Hour Tour

Your fun tour guide will lead you on this evening tour to some of the most popular watering holes in New Orleans, where you can drink, shop and hear some fascinating tales of scandal and mystery which always seem to involve organized crime, brothels and Bourbon Street....

Duration : 2.5 Hours

Wheelchair Accessibility : Yes

Food/Beverages: Not Included

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Bayou and Swamp Tour

Explore Southern Louisiana's wildlife up close on this tour through the wetlands, which goes through part of Jean Lafitte National Park. See alligators, water snakes, swamp rabbits and other creatures while learning about the history of the area, conservation, and even how some of the region's tastiest cuisines are made from local seafood. ...

Duration : 3.75 Hours

Wheelchair Accessibility : Collapsible wheelchairs

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The Port of New Orleans’ two state-of-the-art cruise terminals are located in the heart of the city near the historic French Quarter, family attractions, shopping, dining and hotels. Erato Street Cruise Terminal offers more than 1,000 parking spots within the terminal, while the Julia Street Cruise Terminal, right next door to Erato, offers secured parking adjacent to the terminal.

Erato Street Cruise Terminal

1100 port of new orleans place, new orleans, la 70130.

  • Terminal for Carnival Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line.
  • Climate-controlled and ADA-compliant passenger gangway.
  • Centrally located in New Orleans on the riverfront streetcar line, 5 minutes from the French Quarter and only minutes from I-10 access.

Julia Street Cruise Terminal

920 port of new orleans place, new orleans, la 70130.

  • Terminal for Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International.
  • Located between the Erato Street Cruise Terminal Complex and the Riverwalk Outlet Collection.

Driving Directions to Erato and Julia Street Terminals

  • From I-10 East or West, exit at U.S. 90 W (Exit 234A).
  • Exit U.S. 90 W at Tchoupitoulas (Exit 11C). This will be the last exit before crossing the Mississippi River on the Crescent City Connection Bridge.
  • Follow down ramp to ground level and turn right at the second stoplight onto Tchoupitoulas St.
  • Turn left at the next stoplight onto Henderson St. and proceed for two blocks.
  • Turn left onto Port of New Orleans Place after crossing the railroad tracks.
  • The Erato Street Cruise Terminal (Carnival Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line) is located just past the bridge pier. The Julia Street Cruise Terminal (Norwegian and Royal Caribbean) is located just beyond Erato.
  • Do not try to access cruise terminals from the entrances to Port of New Orleans Place at Julia St. or Poydras St.

Veteran Parking

The Port of New Orleans provides free Port and/or Port affiliated parking (up to 7 days) for disabled Veterans that meet certain requirements.

The disabled Veteran must have at least a fifty percent (50%) service-connected disability and prove their status. The disabled Veteran will also need to be sailing on an ocean going vessel. Riverboat cruises are not eligible for free parking, as there is no Port parking option available at this time.

Acceptable documentation can be a VA letter, DV license plate, or other documentation that shows the disabled Veterans percentage. If you are not able to provide the proper documentation upon arrival, the Port will not be able to offer you free parking. Refunds will not be issued if you are not able to show documentation to a parking attendant, PRIOR to parking your vehicle.

Please note, free parking is only available to disabled Veterans and does not apply to families or spouses of the disabled Veteran. The boarding pass will need to show the name of the disabled Veteran AND the disabled Veteran must be present. If you have multiple cars but only one person in your party qualifies, you will only receive one free parking space.

Please note, the Port is the only entity that offers free parking. If you are not able to park in a Port owned and/or Port affiliated facility, you will be charged the rate that specific facility charges.

Viking Cruise Parking

The Port is not able to provide parking at this time. Please contact Viking at 1-877-505-0210 for parking options.

American Queen Voyages Cruise Parking

The Port is not able to provide parking at this time. Please contact American Queen Voyages at 800-510-4002 for parking options.

American Cruise Line Cruise Parking

The Port is not able to provide parking at this time. Please contact American Cruise Lines at 800-460-4518 for parking options.

Parking for Erato Street Cruise Terminal (Carnival Passengers ONLY)

  • The Erato Street Parking Garage opens at 9:00am (CST) and has over 1,000 covered and secured parking spaces.
  • The entrance is located on top of the terminal. It is accessible via a circular ramp that you will see as you approach the building.
  • On the first floor of the garage (third floor of the terminal building) you will receive directions to the offloading area. SeaCaps will take your checked baggage and deliver them directly to the ship.
  • After parking, take the elevator to the first floor check-in and waiting area.
  • Parking rates: $25 per day/flat rate fee. Accepted forms of payment are cash and credit/debit.
  • Please have your boarding information available. You must show it to enter the garage.
  • Maximum height is 8' 4" (limited space) on third floor and 7' 6" on higher floors, and maximum 22 feet in length. Garage is secured, lighted and patrolled.

Parking for Julia Street Cruise Terminal (Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Passengers ONLY)

  • PLEASE NOTE, THE HILTON “WHALE LOT” IS NO LONGER BEING UTILIZED BY THE PORT FOR CRUISE PASSENGERS.
  • Parking is available at the 100 Poydras Garage, located at 100 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA 70130. The 100 Poydras Garage opens at 9:00am (CST) and has over 500 covered and secured parking spaces.
  • Parking rates: $25 per day without reservations and $25 per day plus $1/per day fee for reservations.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line parking reservations can be made here .
  • Please come directly to the 100 Poydras Garage, as a shuttle will be available to take all cruise passengers and their luggage to the Julia St. Cruise Terminal.
  • Please have your boarding information available. You must show it to the parking attendant to enter the facility.
  • Maximum height is 6' 4" and maximum 22 feet in length. Garage is secured, lighted and patrolled.

Parking for Disney Cruise Line will be determined at a later date. Please check back for updates.

Oversized vehicles (rvs, buses and vehicles longer than 22 ft).

Please call Ann Hanks at 504-528-3318 for reservations.

Overflow Parking

Due to high parking demand, it may be necessary to redirect passengers to the overflow parking lots that are conveniently located near the cruise terminals. Shuttle transportation to and from these lots is provided.

If you have additional questions or require additional information on parking, please contact Ann Hanks, Cruise and Commercial Coordinator, at 504.528.3318 or email at [email protected] .

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  • Poydras Street Wharf, New Orleans, LA 70130 ( Directions ) | P: (224) 435-4484
  • Poydras Street Wharf, New Orleans, LA 70130 ( Directions ) P: (224) 435-4484
  • Poydras Street Wharf New Orleans, LA 70130 ( Directions ) P: (224) 435-4484
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown

For reservations and booking support, please call (224) 435-4484 from Monday to Friday between 9am to 8pm EST; or, Saturday from 9am to 6pm EST.

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American Queen Steamboat Company Cruise: American Queen Steamboat Company is proud to offer several voyages departing or docking in New Orleans, currently on two vessels - American Duchess and American Queen. Starting in April 2020, guests will be able cruise on the American Countess. Like New Orleans, each vessel bolsters award-winning cuisine, Broadway-caliber entertainment, and beautiful and historic experiences on the Mississippi. Step back in time on one of these Lower Mississippi River Cruises and experience historic America in modern day comfort.

American Queen Steamboat Company Rooms: The first all-suite paddlewheeler in the country, the American Duchess can carry up to 166 guests in her airy staterooms and luxurious loft suites, featuring full bathrooms, private balconies and spacious lounges. Guests can choose from Veranda, Owners, Loft and Deluxe suites. All rooms come equipped with an in-room safe, minifridge, coffee maker, flat screen TV and much more. Square footage, premium amenities and oceanside view vary by room type.

The American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, offers modern amenities and accommodations within the opulence of the American Victorian era. The Queen can house more than 400 guests at a time on four decks. Guests can choose from inside and outside staterooms, deluxe staterooms featuring open verandas, or Owners Suites. All rooms come equipped with flat screen TVs, full showers, ample closet space and much more. Square footage, premium amenities and oceanside view vary by room type.

Built from an existing hull, the American Countess joins the fleet in 2020 after an extensive reconstruction, including lengthening the boat by 60 feet. Choosing from inside and outside staterooms and deluxe staterooms featuring private verandas, guests can relax in one of 123 staterooms featuring a sleek and modern design. Room features and amenities may vary by room type.

American Queen Steamboat Company Entertainment: Cruising with American Queen Steamboat Company offers award-winning entertainment and an abundance of social activities. The Grand Saloon of the American Queen is two decks tall and resembles the small-town opera houses of the 19th century with details modeled after Ford's Theater. Guests can enjoy nightly performances rich with historical context, swing to jazz or bluegrass performances, and join in a lively piano sing-along.

The Duchess' Show Lounge hosts a diverse lineup of guest historians and top entertainers to bring you Broadway-caliber entertainment.

Night after night, enjoy performances at the American Countess's majestic Theater. Top entertainers come together to offer entertainment worthy of Broadway, relive historical moments or speak of famous river tales.

American Queen Steamboat Company Recreation: Days at sea aboard the American Queen, American Duchess or American Countess allows guests the opportunity to explore the relaxing recreational features of the vessels.

Take some time to pamper yourself during your voyage by experiencing the best in river cruise spas. American Queen offers several spa packages curated for guests to unwind and leave feeling the very best, including express treatments, Swedish and hot stone massages all performed by a professional massage therapist. Or, rebalance your chakras and let your energy flow with a reflexology session.

All three vessels include a contemporary gym complete with treadmills, static bicycles, workout bench and free weights so you can keep your workout routine, even while you're cruising.

American Queen Steamboat Company Dining: Guests will have access to 2 different dining options aboard the Duchess, Queen and Countess. The Grand Dining Room and the River & Terrace Club are the Duchess' dining areas, which feature buffet and traditional dining options, and new menus daily. The Queen's dining areas are the J.M. Dining Room and the Front Porch Cafe. Guests can enjoy early morning coffee at the Front Porch Cafe as well as traditional and buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room. Countess's guests are treated to menus showcasing the varied cultural and culinary influences of the United States amidst the rich ambiance of the Grand Dining Room or a more intimate setting of the River Grill. Breakfast in bed, afternoon nosh or midnight cravings can be satisfied any time of day with 24-hour complimentary room service. Guests can also enjoy the all-inclusive beverage package which affords carefree enjoyment of your favorite spirits, beer and wine by the glass throughout the length of your voyage.

To learn more about the American Queen, American Duchess and American Countess, their features, bookings and more, visit the American Queen Steamboat Company official website here . Whether you're at sea or in the city, make the most of every minute during your American Queen River Cruise.

For more information about the accessibility please visit the Heath & Disability Requirements section available on American Queen Voyages Terms & Conditions page .

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6 Easy Transportation Options to the New Orleans Cruise Port

Are you flying into New Orleans for your cruise? Or maybe you simply don’t want to worry about driving and parking in the city? No matter your reason, there are plenty of ways to get to the cruise terminal without driving your own car.

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As a tourist destination, there is a large industry the revolves around getting out-of-towners around New Orleans. Whether you want to come in and head straight to the cruise ship or if you want to arrive early and experience all that New Orleans has to offer, there are transportation options that have you covered.

Below, we cover all the major ways to get around the city, with a focus on getting from the airport to the cruise port.

Location of Port of New Orleans

Before we dive into your best options for getting around, it’s helpful to have a lay of the land and understand the port’s location to the rest of the city.

The cruise terminal is located near the center of New Orleans on the Mississippi River, just a short distance from downtown and the French Quarter.

Coming from the airport? Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport is about 15 miles from the cruise port. It will take you about 25 minutes to get there.

Here is a map showing the cruise terminal in relation to the airport to give you an idea of the location:

Map of New Orleans cruise port

So how should you get around New Orleans? As we said, there are a number of ways to get to your destination. Below we highlight each one, including our recommendation…

Uber & Lyft (Recommended)

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are approved in New Orleans, offering a great alternative to taxis. We have a full write-up on the services here . Uber and Lyft are wonderful options for convenience and low prices.

Simply pull up the app on your phone, request a ride, and you can be on your way within minutes. Coverage includes everywhere in the greater New Orleans area, including the airport.

So how much does it cost? Estimated fares for either service are about $35-$40 each way between the airport and the cruise port . Given the location of the cruise port near downtown and the French Quarter, roughly the same rate will get you to those popular spots as well.

Keep in mind that this is a rate is for up to four people, unlike taxi fares. Taxis have a flat rate of $14 for one person, or $8 per person for two or more passengers, or the meter fare . Thus, a family of four would expect to pay about $35 using Uber/Lyft to get to the port from the airport, versus at least $32 for a cab.

If you are already in the area (not the airport) and want a ride, we’ve rounded up some estimated costs depending on where you are in the city:

The bottom line is that depending on your level of service and the number of passengers, services like Uber and Lyft can be cheaper than taking a cab. Read more about Uber/Lyft here .

If you’re looking for simplicity, a taxi is a good bet. You don’t have to reserve ahead — just hop in and go. And given their reasonable flat rates from the airport, we think taxis are fairly economical if traveling with two or fewer people.

Taxi rates from the airport to the cruise port are $14 for one passenger . If two or more are riding, it is $8 per person, or the meter fare (whichever is greater). If headed to the Central Business District from the airport, then taxis charge a flat fee of $36 for one or two passengers or $15 per person for three or more.

Cruise Line Shuttles

If you like, you can also book a shuttle provided by the cruise line to take you from the airport to the cruise port. When it’s time to debark after your cruise, the same shuttle can take you back to catch your flight.

If you want to take a cruise line shuttle, it must be booked in advance. While some people opt for this service, we find it expensive and cumbersome.

Instead of going when you’re ready like Uber or a taxi, the shuttles will wait for passengers and are shared vehicles. As well, the shuttles only travel between the airport and cruise port and are only available on cruise day. So if you arrive in town the day before your cruise, then you can’t use the cruise line’s shuttle.

As well, we find the shuttles pricey. Unless you are traveling solo, expect to pay more for a cruise line shuttle than a taxi. For example, Carnival recent rates were $28 one-way per person. So a family of four would pay more than $100 one-way to the cruise port.

If you’re still interested in learning more about cruise shuttles, simply click on your cruise line below:

  • Royal Caribbean

Independent Shuttles

If traveling in a large group (10 or more people), there is a shuttle service that specializes in runs from the airport and can get you to the cruise terminal. Airport Shuttle New Orleans serves the airport and can get you to any hotspot around the city — including the port.

Pricing runs about $400 one-way for up to 14 people, or about $30 per person. 

To our knowledge, there are no independent shuttles at the moment offering rides for smaller groups or individuals. In that case, an Uber/Lyft or taxi seem to be your best option. 

Car Services

Want to arrive to the port in style? Or maybe you are traveling with a large group and need a big vehicle like a passenger bus? In that case you might be interested in a private car service.

There are a number of private companies that offer everything from limousine rides to luxury sedans to vans to shuttle buses. In other words, no matter what sort of ride you need, you can get it.

One thing to keep in mind is that these services are going to be a bit more expensive than just getting a taxi or Lyft to the cruise port. Below we’ve listed a few options for car services in New Orleans.

  • Big Easy Limos — Offers everything from a vintage Rolls Royce to vans to shuttle buses
  • A Regal Limousine Service — Get a ride to the port in a luxury SUV, a shuttle bus or even a Rolls Royce
  • Audubon Coach — Ideal for larger groups, offers buses and limo busses to get you to the cruise port fashionably

Hotels With Shuttles to the Port

One of the nice perks about a city with a booming cruise industry is that hotels in the area roll out the red carpet to cruise passengers. That includes perks including transportation to the cruise port for hotels guests. Not many hotels offer this following the pandemic, but we’ve dug through and found a some that do, along with a number of hotels within walking distance of the New Orleans cruise port.

These shuttles can provide you a convenient ride without headache and hassle.

For more details and a list of New Orleans hotels with shuttles/walking distance to the cruise port, read our article here .

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the least expensive way to get a ride to the port? Looking to save money? If you plan to stay at a hotel the night before your cruise, then we suggest the least expensive way to get to the port is to stay at a hotel with a cruise shuttle.

Not staying at a hotel? In that case you’ll usually find Uber/Lyft or taxi to be the least expensive way to get to the port. It’s about $35 for a ride to the port from the airport for up to four people. Closer locations are even less expensive.

What time should I get a ride back to the airport after my cruise? Most cruise ships arrive back into port early in the morning, often as early as 6-7 a.m. But before you book that flight home, remember that it can take some time to actually get to your flight.

First, it’s normal for it to take 2-3 hours for the entire ship to debark and get through customs and immigration. From there, it’s about half an hour to the airport, not accounting for time waiting for your ride. For that reason, we suggest not booking your departing flight before noon.

What about public transportation options from the airport? Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy way to get from the airport to the cruise port using public transportation. Major lines around the city require one or more transfers — and walking in New Orleans’ famous heat and humidity — to get from a stop to the terminals. 

You can take the 202 Airport Express from the airport into the city. Then you’ll need to transfer over to the Canal Streetcar (48) , which runs to Harrah’s Casino. At that point, you can walk to the cruise terminals, which are about 15 minutes away. One thing to note is that the Airport Express runs only every 1.5 hours, so be prepared for a lengthy wait.

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Cruise industry in New Orleans returns to pre-pandemic passenger traffic

N EW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Tourism and port leaders in New Orleans are celebrating after new numbers show cruise passenger traffic has rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.

It’s a boost to an industry crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic and to the city.

“We are thrilled to report the cruise business is back and it is back in a big way,” said Kimberly Curth with Port NOLA. “We are so excited about these numbers and how the cruise industry is doing right now.”

Curth said the numbers show cruising out of New Orleans is as popular as ever.

“Actually, last March, we set a record for the number of cruise passenger movements we had just in March, which was over 155,000 passengers,” she said. “[That] broke the previous record in February 2020, right before the global pandemic.”

In 2023, Port NOLA reported a total of 1.19 million cruise passenger movements (basically embarkation and disembarkation) versus 2022 which saw a little more than 943,000 cruise passenger movements.

“We know that, for New Orleans, the cruise industry is two vacations in one when you sail out of New Orleans,” Curth said. “People can enjoy our great city, our vibrant city, but also enjoy a cruise vacation.”

Carnival, Norwegian, Disney and Royal Caribbean all either have current sailings or planned sailings out of New Orleans,

American Cruise Lines, American Queen Steamboat Company and Viking operate Mississippi River cruises out of Port NOLA as well.

“We’re not only a cruise port for cruises that go to the Caribbean, but we also are a cruise port, and the only cruise port, for the Mississippi River,” said Mary Beth Romig with New Orleans & Company.

Romig said she’s been in New Orleans her entire life and is grateful to be able to see the growth out of cruising in New Orleans.

“It was really exciting to become a port city for cruises, and to see where it is as we start 2024, it just says New Orleans is back,” Romig said.

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ACL-American Cruise Lines Inc (AmericanCruiseLines.com) is a USA-based travel company founded in 1991 and headquartered in Guilford, Connecticut. Currently ranked USA's largest river cruise company , ACL operates traditional stern-paddlewheel riverboats and also several small-sized oceangoing ships. ACL ships cruise mainly in the USA, including Alaska, West and East Coast, the USA's biggest rivers (Mississippi, Tennessee, Potomac, Columbia, Snake, Hudson), also in Florida (St George River).

The company's current President and CEO is Charles B. Robertson who succeeded ACL's founder Charles A. Robertson (1948-2020).

ACL's management team includes:

  • Dawn Lancaster (Accounts Payable Lead/Groton CT)
  • Kayleigh Yates (Pastry Chef/New Roads LA)
  • Brad Csuka (VP of Marketing/Stratford CT)
  • Susan Shultz (Director of Sales/Guilford CT)
  • Shelly Hartfield (Director of Product Development/New Albany IN)
  • Meghan Sturgeon (Creative Director/Guilford CT)
  • John Foley (Director of Information & Technology/Bethel CT)
  • Makena Hoyt (Travel Coordinator/Salt Lake City UT)
  • Matthew Kelley (First Mate, from Kingston MA)
  • Marcus Lemon (Line Cook/Orlando FL)

In August 2021, ACL announced a major refurbishment project for its entire paddlewheeler fleet. The redesigned boats were renamed "American Splendor" (fka America), "American Heritage" (fka Queen of the Mississippi) and "American West" (fka Queen of the West), and only American Pride retained its name. The refurb project was via partnership with Studio DADO (Miami-based interior design firm) which was commissioned for the American Melody's interior spaces. By this project (completed by March 2022), the ACL paddlewheelrs' staterooms, bars and lounges, dining rooms and public areas were completely redesigned, featuring new color schemes, artworks, furniture, carpets, textiles, accessories.

Since January 2022, all ACL deals with added domestic flights (between airports in the USA, which includes all the company's 19 ports in 16 US states) are with flat-rate priced airfares (fixed/not subject to future changes). ACL river voyages' prices are inclusive of a pre-cruise hotel overnight.

Since December 2022, all ACL deals are inclusive of port charges and fees (commissionable for travel agents).

ACL's main competitors are American Queen Voyages (fka AQSC) and Viking Cruises USA .

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One of the most prominent features of all ACL ships is that they are USA- flagged , which means that the company hires only American citizens as hotel staff and crews, and pays taxes in the USA (on all cruise deals).

ACL deals are not so cheap, and consist of:

  • larger-than-average staterooms (with the first balcony cabins in the US coastal cruise shipping business)
  • spacious public rooms (bars and lounges)
  • gourmet cuisine, highly personalized service
  • hassle-free experiences, complimentary drinks before dinner, intimate, relaxing and friendly atmosphere
  • amazingly charming itineraries sailing the inland waterways and stopping at ports every day (these are smaller ports inaccessible to larger vessels)
  • an evening enrichment program by professional onboard lecturers
  • the cruise ship "Queen of the Mississippi" debuted in 2012 as the largest of all ACL ships. Her sister ship was recently launched (March 2015) under the name "American Eagle".

All ACL ships are USA-built/refurbished, by the shipbuilder Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation (Salisbury, Maryland).

Next infographic of the Queen of the Mississippi (now American Heritage) shows what is what and where on this unique riverboat.

In mid-February, 2020, ACL signed with Vicksburg MS a 20-year deal for preferential berthing rights and ACL investments for upgrading the riverfront docking facility. By the deal, ACL pays the city per-passenger fees and receives priority mooring along the waterfront. ACL also provides shuttle bus services for its customers for land transportation to nearby attractions and popular downtown businesses.

In January 2023 ACL announced the fleetwide introduction of high-speed (Starlink-provided) satellite internet and Wi-Fi services. Starlink's LEO satellites (positioned at low Earth orbit) provide stable and fast internet connections to moving marine vessels and ACL beta-tested the service in 2022. As a promo, ACL offered the Starlink Wi-Fi and the shipboard Room Service complimentary during the entire 2023.

In late-October 2015, ACL announced the start of the construction of a new coastal cruiser (by Chesapeake Shipbuilding/Salisbury, Maryland USA), with scheduled delivery in 2017-Q1. The vessel ( American Constellation ) was followed by the sistership American Constitution (2018).

These boats have passenger capacity 170 and are sized slightly larger compared to ACL's old coastal cruisers. They are fully stabilized (active wing stabilizers by Rolls-Royce Marine) and have the USA river cruising industry's largest and most luxurious staterooms. All cabins are with marble-tiled bathrooms and floor-ceiling glass doors opening to step-out balconies.

Traditionally for large-sized US riverboats, American Song has a fore-located boarding ramp (bow-location on Deck 1) that allows passengers to go ashore at any place along the ship's cruise itinerary route. The ramp has an innovative design being constructed as a retractable gangway (passenger bridge). The technology is often implemented on some of the largest ferries and features an opening bow door.

ACL Modern Riverboat

In November 2016 ACL announced the start of the construction on a 3rd (larger / new-class "Modern Riverboat") vessel with capacity 195 passengers. In late-February 2017 were announced plans for a fleet of 5 newbuilds .

  • The first vessel from the new "Modern Riverboat" series was launched in 2018 ( American Song ). Followed the sisterships American Harmony (2019), American Jazz (2020), American Melody (2021), American Symphony (2022), American Serenade (2023).
  • In mid-June 2021 ACL signed with Chesapeake Shipbuilding the contract for constructing two more units (5th and 6th) of the "modern riverboat" series. Both vessels (yet to be named) are planned for inauguration in 2022 growing the company's fleet to 15 (5x small, 4x paddle-wheelers, 6x modern riverboats).

In January 2022 ACL announced a plan to grow its fleet to 25+ vessels by adding 12 units of a new class (Project Blue), each with max passenger capacity 109 (plus 50 crew), length 241 ft (74 m), beam/width 56 ft (17 m), 56 staterooms (~85% balconied). ACL's Coastal Cats/catamarans are currently planned for launch/inauguration two units per year - in 2023 ( Eagle , Glory ), 2024 ( Liberty , Legend ), 2025, 2026, 2027, and 2028.

ACL catamaran ship (Coastal Cat)

Next video reviews the best features of ACL's 2021-2022-built Modern Riverboats (Melody, Symphony, Serenade).

USA river cruise excursions for free

Any ACL guest booking river cruises on Mississippi or Columbia rivers gets absolutely free shore excursions. This is a year-round deal and the complimentary land tours are offered in each port of call.

The list of tours includes:

  • "Battle of Vicksburg" (in Vicksburg, Mississippi)
  • "Oak Valley Plantation" (in Oak Alley, Louisiana)
  • "Mark Twain Boyhood Home-Museum" (in Hannibal, Missouri)
  • "Mount St Helens" (in Rainier, Washington)
  • "Winery" (in Richland, Washington).

The next YouTube video is the company's official release about the signature "Mississippi River Paddlewheeler" cruising experience.

IN January 2020, ACL signed a 5-year preferential berthing agreement with Port NOLA (New Orleans) for Thalia Street Wharf/riverboat dock. By this deal, ACL also received 2 (optional) 5-year renewals. Preferential homeporting is for at least 50 voyages (guaranteed departures) annually. For 2020, ACL scheduled 68 calls at Port NOLA.

In 2023 (March-December) ACL had its ever-biggest Mississippi program with five ships (Melody, Heritage, Serenade, Splendor, Symphony) and 12 itineraries running between homeports St Paul MN and New Orleans LA. The season featured a new boat (American Serenade) and the new 8-day itinerary "The Tennessee Rivers Cruise" between Chattanooga TN and Nashville TN. ACL's entire Mississippi 2023 program included voyages with a complimentary pre-voyage 1-night hotel.

(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021

Due to the COVID pandemic, ACL suspended its entire fleet's passenger shipping operations (all vessels) canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 14, 2020, through May 2021.

Fleet operations resumed on the following dates (by ship) in 2021.

  • American Independence (May 1 from Charleston SC)
  • MS America (May 4 from New Orleans)
  • Queen of the Mississippi (May 1 from Memphis TN)
  • Queen of the West (May 15 from Clarkston WA)
  • American Star (May 8 from Charleston SC)
  • American Song (May 9 from Clarkston MI)
  • American Pride (May 1 from Portland OR)
  • American Constellation (May 7/Alaska from Seattle WA)
  • American Constitution (May 10 from Boston)
  • American Spirit (May 8/Alaska from Seattle WA)
  • American Harmony (May 1 from New Orleans)
  • American Jazz (May 2 from New Orleans)
  • American Melody (Aug 27/ Maiden Voyage from New Orleans)

Note: Under CERTS (Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services Act), in August 2021 the company received USD 42,7 million (CAD 58,83M / AUD 58,3M / EUR 36,2M) grant from the USA's government. The CERTS provides grants to eligible (USA-based and all American-crewed) passenger transportation companies (motorcoach, school bus, shipping, pilotage) that have experienced 25% or more annual revenue losses due to the COVID crisis.

ACL boats initially operated with reduced (75% of the max) passenger capacity. All affected bookings were fully refunded (100% monetary refund). With rebooking was offered 125% FCC (Future Cruise Credit) based on the fares paid for the canceled cruises. The FCC must be used before December 31, 2021.

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ACL-American Cruise Lines itinerary program includes the USA's Eastern and Western coasts. ACL also offers Alaskan cruises during summer as well as the USA's river cruise regions Mississippi-Ohio (northbound and southbound itineraries) and Columbia-Snake (eastbound and westbound itineraries).

In 2022, ACL ships sailed 35+ USA-only itineraries visiting ports in 31 states.

New itineraries and cruisetours (2024)

ACL's schedule 2024 groups 50+ itineraries across 35 US states, 19 vessels (ships and riverboats) and a total of 125 ports in the USA. The program features two new ports - Sag Harbor (Long Island NYC) and Washington DC .

In 2024, the company also introduced "National Park Cruises", two of which are in Alaska.

  • The 18-day "Grand Alaska National Parks" itinerary offers 11 days for cruising (Glacier Bay NP, Inside Passage, Frederick Sound) plus 7 days for guided tours in Denali NP and Kenai Fjords NP (from Fairbanks to Juneau).
  • The 15-day "Alaska National Parks" itinerary offers 8 days of Glacier Bay cruising plus 7 days for Denali and Kenai Fjords tours (from Fairbanks to Juneau).

In 2024 ACL debuts two more NP cruisetours.

  • The 11-day "Great Smoky Mountains National Park" itinerary is on two rivers (Tennessee and Cumberland) and offers 2 days for land tours (Great Smoky NP) between Knoxville TN and Nashville TN (both ways).
  • The 15-day "National Parks and Legendary Rivers" itinerary offers 8 days for cruising (Columbia and Snake rivers) plus 7 days for guided touring (Glacier NP, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP) between Jackson WY and Portland OR (both ways).

Also new are the three 8-day itineraries "Downeast Maine" (roundtrip from Bangor ME ), "Yankee Seaports" (between Boston MA and NYC) and "Florida Gulf Coast and Keys" (roundtrip from St Petersburg FL, which includes tours in Dry Tortugas NP and Everglades NP).

ACL ships and riverboats' deployment

Follows the list of all ACL ships and riverboats, in brackets (Year Built)

  • American Heritage riverboat/fka Queen of the Mississippi (2015)
  • American West riverboat/fka Queen of the West (1995)
  • American Splendor riverboat/fka America (2016)
  • American Constellation (2017) - the new ship offers 2 new Canada and USA itineraries - "Grand New England" and "Grand Historic South"
  • American Constitution (2018) - the new ship offers 2 new Canada and USA itineraries - "Grand New England" and "Grand Historic South"
  • American Pride riverboat (2015, fka "American Eagle") - 8-day Columbia and Snake Rivers cruises (one-way itineraries) leaving either from Portland Oregon or Clarkston Washington
  • (Modern Riverboat class) - American Song (2018), American Harmony (2019), American Jazz (2020), American Melody (2021), American Symphony (2022), American Serenade (2023)
  • American Spirit (2004) - 7- and 11-day Alaskan itineraries from Juneau AK and Seattle WA
  • American Independence (2010)

ACL's Coastal Cats (Project Blue catamarans) are a separate fleet of 12x newbuilds scheduled for launches in 2023 ( American Eagle , American Glory ), 2024 ( American Liberty , American Legend ), 2025 (TBN), 2026 (TBN), 2027 (TBN), 2028 (TBN).

In 2021, ACL introduced 3x new itineraries - "Cape Codder" (New England/ Cape Cod Canal ), "Music Cities" (American music-themed / 8-day between Nashville and Memphis) and "Alaskan Explorers" (11-day Glacier Bay cruise), also 50x new land tours and more pre-cruise hotel packages (Four Season Hotel deals in select USA river ports).

The classic 10-night "Grand Puget Sound Cruise" itinerary visits Washington's San Juan Archipelago .

In 2023, ACL introduced new for the brand ports - San Francisco and New York City (including Sag Harbor and Port Jefferson on Long Island NY ). ACL's catamaran cruises (2023-2024 schedule) added Florida's Key West , St Petersburg , Key Biscayne and Fort Myers Beach/Estero Island .

ACL itineraries scheduled for the Coastal Cats/catamarans

Next are listed all currently announced/operated itineraries (as themes, lengths, homeports and call ports) scheduled for ACL's Coastal Cats (Project Blue catamarans).

8-day / 7-night " Chesapeake Bay Cruise " is a roundtrip from Baltimore MD . Call ports include Yorktown-Williamsburg VA, Crisfield MD (Tangier VA), Cambridge MD (Oxford MD), St Michaels MD, Annapolis MD.

8-day / 7-night " Cape Codder Cruise " (visiting 8 ports and featuring navigation on the Cape Cod Canal ) is a roundtrip departing from Boston MA . Call ports include Glouchester MA, Plymouth MA, Martha's Vinyard Island MA, Falmouth MA, New Bedford MA, Provincetown MA.

8-day / 7-night "Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise" (visiting 8 ports) is a roundtrip from Portland ME . Call ports include Bar Harbor ME, Belfast ME, Camden ME, Rockland ME, Boothbay Harbor ME, Bath ME.

8-day / 7-night " New England Islands Cruise " (visiting 8 ports) is a roundtrip departing from Providence RI . Call ports include Baltimore MD, St Michaels MD, Norfolk VA, Kitty Hawk NC, Beaufort NC (Morehead City NC), Wilmington NC, Charleston SC, Beaufort SC, Hilton Head SC, Savannah GA, St Simons Island GA, Jekyll Island GA, Amelia Island FL (Fernandina Beach).

8-day / 7-night " Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise " (visiting 8 ports) is a roundtrip departing from NYC/New York City NY . All call ports are in the New York state and include Catskill, Albany, Kingston/Hyde Park, West Point, Sleepy Hollow, and NYC (overnight stay before debarkation).

8-day / 7-night " Historic South and Golden Isles Cruise " (visiting 8 ports) is a one-way itinerary operated between homeports Charleston SC and Jacksonville FL ( Amelia Island ). Call ports include Charleston SC, Beaufort SC, Hilton Head Island SC, Savannah GA, Jekyll Island and St Simons Island (GA), Amelia Island FL (overnight).

8-day / 7-night " Yankee Seaports Cruise " (visiting 8 ports) is a one-way itinerary operated between homeports NYC and Boston. Call ports include Long Island (Sag Harbor/day 2, Port Jefferson/day 3), New London Connecticut (Mystic Seaport/days 4-5 overnight), Newport Rhode Island (day 6), Plymouth Massachusetts (day 7).

15-day / 14-night " East Coast Inland Passage Cruise " (visiting 15 ports) is a one-way itinerary operated between homeports Baltimore and Jacksonville FL/Amelia Island. Call ports include Baltimore MD, St Michaels MD, Norfolk VA, Kitty Hawk NC, Beaufort NC (Morehead City NC), Wilmington NC, Charleston SC, Beaufort SC, Hilton Head SC, Savannah GA, St Simons Island GA, Jekyll Island GA, Amelia Island FL (Fernandina Beach).

Florida Gulf Coast and Keys

In 2023, ACL-American Cruise Lines introduced the 7-night/8-day "Florida Gulf Coast & Keys" itinerary.

The roundtrip from Tampa was specifically designed for ACL's catamarans/Coastal Cats and was introduced with the ship American Glory.

On this ACL ex-Florida voyage, on days 3 and 4 the ship stays in Key West overnight. This allows tourists to explore Key West City on Day 3 (with a complimentary guided tour to the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum) and the Dry Tortugas National Park on Day 4 (visiting Fort Jefferson/Civil War prison)

"The Civil War Battlefields Cruise" (2024)

In May 2023 ACL announced the introduction of the 34-night/35-day "Civil War Battlefields Cruise" visiting all major battlefields from the American Civil War (1861-65) in 13 states.

Starting on May 4, 2024, from New Orleans, the unique itinerary ends in Gettysburg (on June 6th). This is a B2B/back-to-back cruise involving 3x ships (American Melody, American Symphony, American Eagle), cruising on 3x rivers (Mississippi, Tennessee, Potomac), as well as coastal navigation (along ICW-Intracoastal Waterway/East Coast USA, and the Chesapeake Bay).

Prices started at US$24700 per person or US$726 per night. Fares were inclusive of a pre-cruise hotel stay in New Orleans, daily excursions, onboard entertainment/meals/beverages/WiFi/tips/gratuities, all land transportation and hotels between the segments, all port charges.

Next are listed the itinerary's call ports and ships.

American Melody (Days 1 to 8) "The Anaconda Plan and the Vicksburg Campaign" segment from New Orleans to Memphis.

American Symphony (Days 9 to 14) "Major Land Campaigns of the Civil War’s Western Theater" segment from Nashville to Chattanooga.

American Symphony (Days 15 to 17) "Scorched Earth"

American Eagle (Days 18 to 26) "The Union Advantage: a focus on naval power" segment from Jacksonville to Norfolk

American Eagle (Days 27 - 33) "Eastern Theater of the Civil War" segment from Norfolk to Washington (disembarkation) and bus travel from Baltimore to Sharpsburg MD (for Antietam).

(Days 34 to 35) "Battle of Gettysburg: The Turning Point for the North" segment is a Land Package to Gettysburg PA.

  • DAYS 1-2 Pre-Cruise Hotel in New Orleans
  • DAY 3 Houmas House, LA
  • DAY 4 Baton Rouge, LA
  • DAY 5 Siege of Port Hudson | St. Francisville, LA
  • DAY 6 Battle of Port Gibson | Natchez, MS
  • DAY 7 Siege of Vicksburg | Vicksburg, MS
  • DAY 8 The Anaconda Plan | Day of River Cruising
  • DAY 9 Memphis Naval Battle | Memphis, TN
  • DAY 10 Battle of Stones River | Nashville, TN
  • DAY 11 Battle of Fort Donelson | Clarksville, TN
  • DAY 12 Paducah, KY
  • DAY 13 Battle of Shiloh | Savannah, TN
  • DAY 14 Florence, AL
  • DAY 15 The Battles for Chattanooga | Chattanooga, TN
  • DAY 16 Battle of Chickamauga | Atlanta, GA
  • DAY 17 Sherman's March to the Sea | Atlanta to Jacksonville
  • DAY 18 Battle of Olustee | Jacksonville, FL
  • DAY 19 Brunswick, GA
  • DAY 20 Savannah, GA
  • DAY 21 Hilton Head, SC
  • DAY 22 Beaufort, SC
  • DAY 23 Day of Cruising
  • DAY 24 Fort Sumter | Charleston, SC
  • DAY 25 Beaufort, NC
  • DAY 26 Kitty Hawk, NC
  • DAY 27 Battle of the "Monitor" and the "Merrimac" | Norfolk, VA
  • DAY 28 The Peninsula Campaign | Yorktown, VA
  • DAY 29 Battle of Fredericksburg | Washington, D.C.
  • DAY 30 Alexandria, VA
  • DAY 31 St. Michaels, MD
  • DAY 32 First Blood of the Civil War | Baltimore, MD
  • DAY 33 Antietam | Sharpsburg, MD
  • DAY 34 Battle of Gettysburg | Gettysburg, PA
  • DAY 35 Transfer to Airport from Gettysburg

"The Great United States Cruise" (2024)

In late March 2023, ACL announced the 60-day B2B/back-to-back "The Great United States Cruise". The unique itinerary combines 4 rivers and coast-to-coast travel on 3 ships, ranking it ACL's longest-ever domestic itinerary.

"The Great United States Cruise" departs from  Portland OR on August 14, 2024, and visits 20 American states and 4 time zones within the continental USA. It also includes a national parks package visiting Grand Teton NP, Glacier NP, and Yellowstone NP.

The first leg of the itinerary is from the Pacific Coast (Portland OR) for cruising on Columbia/Snake rivers (ship American Jazz ). The second leg is on the Mississippi River (ship American Symphony /from New Orleans to Saint Paul). The third leg is from Maine to New York/up the Hudson River (ship American Independence ).

The 60-day voyage ends in NYC/New York Harbour on October 14th (2024).

Flights from Jackson Wyoming to  New Orleans  and  Saint Paul  to  Portland ME  are included.

The price per person ranges between US$51060-77945. The pricing includes all flights, a pre-cruise hotel stay, hotels between the cruise segments, all meals and beverages, daily land tours, Internet, port charges, and gratuities.

San Francisco Bay Cruise itinerary (2023-introduced)

ACL's 2023 schedule (ship American Jazz) included the company's first-ever California voyage.

The 7-night/8-day "San Francisco Bay Cruise" itinerary (roundtrip from San Francisco ) visits four other Californian ports ( Stockton , Sacramento , Napa , Vallejo ) and ends with an overnight in San Francisco. Overnight port stays are offered in either Sacramento or Napa. A pre-cruise hotel package (inclusive of San Francisco Four Season Hotel overnight stay) is optional.

ACL's San Francisco Bay Cruise itinerary features scenic cruising in San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay (an evening stop in Vallejo), as well as cruising on the Napa River and San Joaquin River.

The voyage includes passing the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Treasure Island. A guided San Francisco city tour visits Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf. The cruisetour's signature experiences also include NASCAR-style driving (at Stockton 99 Speedway) and visiting a Napa Valley Winery (wine-tasting excursion). A guided Old Sacramento tour visits the underground city, the port, and the California State Railroad Museum.

"Grand New England" itinerary

The new 10-night / 11-day cruise itinerary of the company (named "Grand New England") covers New England destinations, among which are charming islands and coastal towns located within the Northeast.

The itinerary visits the following ports of call:

  • Day 1 (Boston MA)
  • Day 2 (Provincetown MA)
  • Day 3 (Newport RI)
  • Day 4 (Martha's Vineyard MA)
  • Day 5 (Kennebunkport ME)
  • Day 6 (Camden ME)
  • Day 7 (Bar Harbor ME)
  • Day 8 (Rockland ME)
  • Before the Rockland arrival, the cruise ship passes through the 10-km / 6-ml Merchants Row passage.
  • The itinerary is operated by the new ACL ships American Constellation and American Constitution .

"Grand Historic South" itinerary

The 10-night / 11-day "Grand Historic South" itinerary is roundtrip from Charleston SC to destinations along southeast USA's Intracoastal Waterway.

The new itinerary visits the following ports of call:

  • Day 1 (Charleston SC / South Carolina)
  • Day 2 (Wilmington NC / North Carolina)
  • Day 3 (Beaufort NC / North Carolina) - horse-drawn carriage ride tour
  • Days 4 and 5 (Savannah GA / Georgia)
  • Day 6 (Sapelo Island GA / Georgia) - Oyster Roast
  • Day 7 (Jekyll Island GA / Georgia) - "Millionaires Village"
  • Day 8 (Fernandina Beach FL / Florida) - Amelia Island
  • Day 9 (cruising)
  • Day 10 (Beaufort SC / South Carolina)
  • Day 11 (Charleston SC / South Carolina)

The itinerary route features architecturally significant traditional homes, grand plantations, wildlife, amazing coastal landscapes. Also included are locally inspired cuisine specialties prepared by the ship's master chef.

"American Revolution" itinerary

The 12-day "American Revolution Cruise" itinerary visits some of the most historically significant port cities along the Chesapeake Bay.

  • The itinerary also includes new ports - Washington DC, Chestertown MD, Mount Vernon VA. In Washington DC, passengers can enjoy private tours of any of Smithsonian Museums or a guided tour of the National Mall. In Chestertown MD, they can visit Schooner Sultana (replica of Royal Navy Frigate Sultana / in the British Navy between 1768-1772). At Mount Vernon VA, the cruise company's expert guides offer an exclusive tour through George Washington's Estate.
  • Passengers also travel to the last battlefield of the Revolutionary War in Yorktown and Jamestown's first English settlement.
  • In addition to the ashore enrichment program, the shipboard expert is Dr. Harold Cones (biology professor, emeritus / retired from professional life at Christopher Newport University).
  • The "American Revolution Cruise" itinerary is leaving roundtrip from Baltimore MD . Voyages started in spring 2018 on the new ship American Constitution . Available departure dates in 2018 include Oct 29, and Nov 8.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Brand-New Caribbean Cruises from New Orleans and Port Canaveral this Fall

Cruise Line to Open for Sale More Fun-in-the-Sun Voyages to the Caribbean from Popular Homeports

Norwegian Getaway to Sail from New Orleans Beginning Oct. 20, 2024, and Norwegian Epic to Offer Round-Trip Sailings from Port Canaveral, Fla. Starting Oct. 30, 2024

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Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel with a 57-year history of breaking boundaries, revealed new Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries for Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Epic from New Orleans and Port Canaveral, Fla. 

As a result of guest demand for warm-weather destinations this fall, the Company is opening for sale new seven-day round-trip cruises to the Western Caribbean from the Big Easy starting on Oct. 20, 2024 aboard Norwegian Getaway , as well as voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Fla. beginning on Oct. 30, 2024 on Norwegian Epic. Returning from Europe following a summer season of Mediterranean and Greek Isles voyages, the ships' new fall itineraries will offer guests more opportunities to island hop and visit multiple crystal-clear waters and sunny skies throughout the Caribbean, including NCL's private destinations, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas and Harvest Caye in Belize . The new cruises will open for sale in February.

“The Caribbean continues to be a hotspot for our guests all around the world, especially during the fall and winter seasons,” said David J. Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are constantly looking to provide our guests with the best vacation possible especially from accessible homeports, and it was a no-brainer to bring two of our largest ships to sail more picturesque, tropical cruises from New Orleans and Port Canaveral, Fla.”

Norwegian Getaway , the second ship in the Breakaway Class, features 40 restaurants, bars and lounges; the Waterfront, a wrap-around walkway to take in sweeping ocean views; the Mandara Spa and Salon with a rejuvenating Thermal Suite; a variety of spacious accommodations; and world-class entertainment. The ship also offers thrilling top-deck activities for families including a sports complex, an open-air ropes course and the Aqua Park which features five multi-story waterslides, two swimming pools, four hot tubs and two drop slides, the Free Fall and the Whip, for the ultimate wet and wild fun.

David J. Herrera,  President of Norwegian Cruise Line

The Caribbean continues to be a hotspot for our guests all around the world, especially during the fall and winter seasons. We are constantly looking to provide our guests with the best vacation possible especially from accessible homeports, and it was a no-brainer to bring two of our largest ships to sail more picturesque, tropical cruises from New Orleans and Port Canaveral, Fla.

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As one of the largest ships in the NCL fleet with a length of 1,081 feet and guest capacity of 4,100, Norwegian Epic boasts 19 bars and lounges; 15 complimentary and specialty restaurants; an expansive Mandara Spa and Salon; the adults-only exclusive oasis, Posh Beach Club; and the thrilling Aqua Park complete with two pools, five hot tubs, three multi-story water slides, the 200-foot Epic Plunge and a kid’s pool. As the first ship to debut the revolutionary Studio Staterooms and the luxury private keycard access only enclave, The Haven by Norwegian ® , Norwegian Epic also features a variety of accommodations as well as show-stopping entertainment every night including guest-favorite “Burn the Floor,” The Cavern Club and Deal or No Deal.

Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Epic’s Caribbean sailings will be available on www.ncl.com in February, and can be booked with NCL’s value-added program, Free at Sea , which provides guests with complimentary amenities including unlimited open bar; free Wi-Fi; specialty dining and shore excursion credits; and free airfare for the second guest on select cruises.

For more information about Norwegian Cruise Line's award-winning 19-ship fleet and worldwide itineraries, or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit www.ncl.com.

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Norwegian Adds Caribbean Cruises from New Orleans and Port Canaveral

  • January 25, 2024

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Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed new Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries for Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Epic from New Orleans and Port Canaveral, Fla, according to a press release.

The company noted guest demand for warm-weather destinations this fall.

As a result, Norwegian is opening for sale new seven-day round-trip cruises to the Western Caribbean from the Big Easy starting on Oct. 20, 2024 aboard Norwegian Getaway, as well as voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Fla. beginning on Oct. 30, 2024 on Norwegian Epic.

Both ships will see their European seasons trimmed.

“The Caribbean continues to be a hotspot for our guests all around the world, especially during the fall and winter seasons,” said David J. Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are constantly looking to provide our guests with the best vacation possible especially from accessible homeports, and it was a no-brainer to bring two of our largest ships to sail more picturesque, tropical cruises from New Orleans and Port Canaveral, Fla.”

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