Cruises from New Orleans offer a variety of ports of call as well as destinations that include Mexico, Key West in Florida, Bahamas, Belize, Aruba, and Boston. From New Orleans of Louisiana; cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Norwegian operate of which the latter two offer cheap cruises. However, no matter which one you choose from among these cruises from New Orleans; prices tend to change widely as per the cabin choice, duration of travel, and travel date. Among the cabin options, you can choose interior, suite, balcony, or ocean view type. However, the cruise prices do cover the meals, room, and basic drinks; while additional charges apply to the alcohols as well as shore excursions. Listed below are some of the itineraries scheduled for the cruises from New Orleans.
Cruise for four days
This is the offer by the Carnival cruise line, which features a four-day tour from New Orleans to the Western Caribbean from Thursday to Monday. Via the journey on the fascinating Carnival Triumph, you can explore Cozumel and Mexico before returning back to the starting point. As of 2010, this cruise was available from $289 per person.
Cruise for five days
This is also offered by the Carnival cruise line and that too by the same ship as well as price as mentioned above. From Monday to Saturday or from Saturday to Thursday, the ship offers a tour for five days to take you to the Western Caribbean from New Orleans. Expect Progresso/Yucatan, Cozumel, and Mexico stops along the way.
Cruises for seven days
I have purposely mentioned ‘cruises’ as seven-day tours are offered by two cruise lines: Carnival and Norwegian. Both of them offer two different options making a total of four choices for you to pick from. I will first start with the cheapest one and this one is offered by the Carnival. Both the options of it start from $379 per person. One of them is the Carnival Western Caribbean cruise – Carnival Triumph – that departs from New Orleans (Saturday to Saturday). It then sails to Cozumel, Belize, and Isla Roatan, includes 3 days for sea excursions, and brings you back to New Orleans. On the other hand, the Carnival Eastern Caribbean cruise – Carnival Triumph – takes you to Key West, Florida as well as Nassau and Freeport in Bahamas before turning towards New Orleans.
While you are on board, there is much to do for you: nine-hole mini-golf course, sauna, fitness center, salon, theater, Internet café, waterslide and pools, and unlimited dining at sushi bar, pizzeria, and gourmet room. Once you are out for adventure, options are the Hemingway House full of 60 cats, beach fun, golfing, exploring the America’s southernmost tip, a glass-bottom-boat tour, and shopping.
Coming to the Norwegian lines, the Norwegian Exotic Western Caribbean cruise – Norwegian Spirit (Sunday to Sunday) – from New Orleans takes its passengers to Belize, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Santo Tomas de Casilla before coming back to New Orleans. On the other hand, the Norwegian Western Caribbean cruise – again via the Norwegian Spirit (Saturday to Saturday), from New Orleans runs to Belize, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Isla Roatan. No matter which from the two you choose, the starting price as of 2010 is $479 per person.
While you are on the Spirit, enjoy its 14 eateries, lounges, fitness center, spa, hot tubs, comedy club, special activities like auction, art galleries, pools, dance lessons, and water treadmills. You can also upgrade to some cabins like the deluxe penthouse that feature a dining area, balcony, butler, whirlpool bathtub, and concierge. Off the ship, you get a chance to stroll the Mayan jungles, dive off the Belizean Reef, and walk the Yucatan paths.
Cruise for 12 days
With the price starting from $694 per individual, this cruise is offered by the Norwegian cruise line as the Western Caribbean cruise. After leaving New Orleans, it takes it passengers to Costa Maya, Aruba, Curacao, Santo Tomas de Castilla, and Boston, Massachusetts that is last point with no round trip. The ship is the same – the Norwegian Spirit.
So, I hope this helps you in deciding the best ship that depart from New Orleans. For more information, you can visit the respective cruise line’s Web site.