New Orleans, French Quarter – a great Cruise Port Guide

New Orleans is situated on the Mississippi River in Louisiana.

It is famous for its colourful nightlife, jazz clubs and of course the Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras happens in late winter and is world-famous for its costumes and parades and street parties. It is legal to take alcoholic drinks out on to the streets, so as you can imagine the atmosphere is very merry!!! If you are lucky enough to dock in New Orleans during Mardi Gras you are in for a treat. Unfortunately, most of the first day can be spent in immigration if it is the first port you arrive at in the USA. It is a laborious business with no short cuts. Luckily everything stays open very late so even if you miss some of the day time if you are staying overnight there is still plenty of time to take in the sights and party.

The great thing is that everywhere is walking distance from the ship and easily accessible. You can easily walk to the French Quarter which is the heart of the city. Bourbon Street is famous for its jazz clubs but be aware that unless you prebook you will probably have to queue as everyone wants to experience the music that New Orleans is famous for.

You can also stroll to the famous French Market where you can buy hand made souvenirs and local crafts, and at the end of the French Market, you will come to the Jazz Museum.

In Jackson Square which is close by you can see street performers and of course St Louis Cathedral, the oldest Cathedral in North America, founded as a Catholic Parish in 1720. In September 1987 Pope John Paul II visited the Cathedral and the plaza directly in front of it was named in his honour. At the rear of the Cathedral, there is a statue of Jesus in the St Anthony Garden. He has his arms held up and at night floodlights project an impressive shadow of the statue on to the Cathedral which is an amazing sight to see.

Apart from the jazz and the festival, voodoo is another thing that New Orleans is famous for. There are plenty of voodoo and Occult shops to visit and there is a Voodoo Museum in the French Quarter.  If you are brave you can have your fortune told. Voodoo was brought to New Orleans by the enslaved Africans from West Africa in the 1700’s and the celebrated priestess Marie Laveau’s remains are in the St Louis Cemetery No.1. The Marie Laveau  House of Voodoo is number 739 Bourbon st in the French Quarter.

The famous Mardi Gras festival is In February or March. The last day of the carnival season falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. There are festive celebrations and parades throughout the whole city. Parades such as Endymion, Bacchus Zulu, Rex and more. People stand on their balconies and watch and dance and drink and often throw beads so you have to be careful not to get hit on the head!

Creole cooking in New Orleans is also world-famous and there are so many restaurants to choose from. We had to queue for about half an hour to get in,

but the people in the queue were very friendly and the wait didn’t seem that long. Needless to say, the food was delicious.

The exciting cruise stop where you need more time. The only thing that makes leaving bearable is the red sunset behind the Sunshine Bridge. The film was made during a cruise stop, with an overnight. We manage to show all the main walkable things to see. It acted as a great memory for us to look back on when writing the fourth cruise crime novel, CRUISE SHIP ART THEFT.

New Orleans is music, it is jazz in some places, it is voodoo shops and cemetery tours.

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