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Cruises To and From New Orleans

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The Crescent City is a unique, worldly city that offers endless attractions for the whole family, so it’s no wonder that more and more visitors consider cruising from New Orleans to be like taking two vacations in one.

The Port of New Orleans broke the million-passenger milestone for the third year in a row in 2016, handling over a million passenger movements at its two state-of-the-art cruise terminals. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, 80 percent of cruise passengers embarking from New Orleans are from out of state and 60 percent spend an average of two nights in the city either before or after their cruise.

With increasing demand for cruises from the Crescent City, cruise lines are responding by home-porting newer and larger ships at the Port of New Orleans. In 2016, Carnival Cruise Line expanded capacity on its year-round, four- and five-day itineraries by 34 percent when the Carnival Triumph replaced the Carnival Elation, while the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream sails year-round, seven-day itineraries to Caribbean destinations.

Norwegian Cruise Line will replace the Norwegian Dawn with the 1,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl in November 2017, offering seasonal seven-, eight- and nine-day itineraries to Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Grand Cayman Island. Norwegian has also signed an agreement that will keep at least one Norwegian cruise ship sailing seasonally from New Orleans until 2018, with an option to extend the deal through 2021.

The Port of New Orleans is also host to several unique port calls from a variety of cruise lines such as Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, AIDA Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises.

Beyond the open seas, the Port is fast becoming the river cruise capital of the U.S. In response to increased demand, American Cruise Lines has added a second riverboat, the 185-passenger America, to be home-ported in New Orleans. Along with the company’s Queen of the Mississippi vessel, the America will offer various seven-day itineraries on the Lower Mississippi between New Orleans and Memphis, Tennessee.

New Orleans is also the homeport to the American Queen Steamboat Company’s 436-passenger American Queen and, in August 2017, the 166-passenger American Duchess will be added to the company’s line.

Beginning in late 2018, Royal Caribbean International will return to the Port of New Orleans with a seasonal home-based cruise ship, the 2,514-passenger Vision of the Seas, offering seven-night itineraries to the Caribbean and Yucatan Peninsula.

Here is a rundown of the cruises originating and terminating in New Orleans:

  • Carnival Cruise Line Dream
    Year-round 7-day cruises to the Caribbean. Erato Street Cruise Terminal.
  • Carnival Cruise Line Triumph

Year-round 4- and 5-day cruises to Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico. Erato Street Cruise Terminal.

  • Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Pearl (Starting November 2017)
    7-, 8-, & 9-day cruises to Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Grand Cayman. Julia Street Cruise Terminal.
  • American Cruise Lines Queen of the Mississippi
    7-day, year-round, round-trip cruises from New Orleans to Vicksburg, Mississippi and one-way cruises from New Orleans to Memphis, Tennessee along the Mississippi River.
  • American Cruise Lines America
    7-day, seasonal, round-trip cruises from New Orleans to Vicksburg, Mississippi and one-way cruises from New Orleans to Memphis, Tennessee along the Mississippi River.
  • American Queen Steamboat Company American Queen
    5- and 9-day seasonal cruises on the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis, Tennessee
  • American Queen Steamboat Company American Duchess

9-night seasonal cruises on the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis Tennessee

Here are more details about the cruises and their parent companies:

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Conquest
Carnival Elation

Carnival Cruise Lines, one of the largest cruise companies in the world with 24 ships sailing all over the globe, has two of its major vessels home-ported year-round in New Orleans – the Carnival Triumph and the Carnival Dream.

The Triumph specializes in 4- to 5-day excursions to the Western Caribbean (particularly the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico). The Dream offers 7-day cruises to various ports in the Caribbean.

All Carnival ships depart from the Erato Street Cruise Terminal with a convenient parking garage above the terminal.

For more information about fares, itineraries, amenities, departure dates, etc. visit the Carnival website at and type in the information you are requesting.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line operates one cruise ship out of the Port of New Orleans. In November 2017, the Norwegian Pearl will replace the Norwegian Dawn, offering 7-, 8- & 9-day cruises to the Caribbean during the winter sailing season (November to April).

The Norwegian Pearl will depart from the Julia Street Terminal, just behind the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center.

For more information about the Norwegian Pearl, see here. For information about Norwegian Cruise Line see here.

American Queen Steamboat Company

The American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is the owner and operator of the U.S. flagged American Queen, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim, she is a marvel of modern engineering. With a capacity of 436 passengers, the American Queen offers 5- & 9-night cruises. The ship offers numerous amenities, including fine cuisine, live music and other entertainment and stops at scenic and historic sites along the Mississippi and its tributaries.

The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on a U.S. river. The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all of the features guests have come to expect on other American Queen Steamboat Company cruises.

For more details about the American Queen and American Duchess, including voyages, price ranges, accommodations, amenities, reservations and other key information visit their website here.

American Cruise Lines

Queen of the Mississippi
Queen of the Mississippi
Queen of the Mississippi
Queen of the Mississippi

American Cruise Lines is the largest U.S. cruise company and operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships on more than 35 itineraries around the country. The line is known for working closely with guests and travel agents before, during, and after a cruise to create a highly personalized cruise experience. Long established and deeply experienced in cruise travel, American Cruise Lines has most recently received world-wide recognition as the first line to revive paddlewheel river cruising in America.

Built in 2015, Queen of the Mississippi offers an authentic paddlewheeler experience with all the comforts of home. With a 150-passenger capacity, guests can enjoy large staterooms with private balconies, hotel-style bathrooms, complimentary room service, WiFi, and more. Experience breathtaking scenery from the privacy of your stateroom as the Queen of the Mississippi makes its way down the legendary river.

Launched in 2016, America is one of the finest Mississippi paddlewheelers ever built, introducing features never before seen on the Mississippi. America embodies a casual ambiance and relaxed atmosphere while providing panoramic views of the passing scenery. With only 185 guests, fellow guests will quickly become new friends.

For more information about the Queen of the Mississippi, American Eagle and American Cruise Lines visit their website here.

Cruise Terminal Directions and Parking Map

For parking and other portside information about any of the cruises arriving in or departing from New Orleans call the Port of New Orleans at 504-522-2551or visit their website

New Orleans Cruise Parking

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Driving Directions

From Central Business District:
Convention Center Blvd. to Henderson St., left on Henderson St. continue to Port of New Orleans Place, left on Port of New Orleans Place to Erato or Julia St. Terminals.

Exit at Business 90W/Westbank (locally known as Pontchartrain Expressway). Proceed to Tchoupitoulas St./South Peters St. exit, continue to Convention Center Blvd., right on Convention Center Blvd. continue to Henderson St., left on Henderson St. continue to Port of New Orleans Place, left on Port of New Orleans Place to visitor parking lot on right.

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