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OceanDreaming2
March 19th, 2011, 09:59 AM
Please post info on the port of New Orleans here.

kparker
March 19th, 2011, 10:22 AM
Barry's two restaurants and some great music!

K- Pauls http://www.chefpaul.com/site.php

Mothers http://www.mothersrestaurant.net/HOB

(House of Blues) http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/neworleans/

Karen & Gary's Favorites!

Mr. B's Bistro http://www.mrbsbistro.com/
Acme Oyster Bar for those who like them http://www.acmeoyster.com/
Muriels - Cajun restaurant http://www.muriels.com/
Gumbo Shop http://gumboshop.com/index.php

Tours in New Orleans!

There are so many great ones. I've taken several of those listed here. I posted the entire link because there are so many things to do. This website explains many of them.

Tours in NO Click on the link!

http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/tours/

alrose251
March 19th, 2011, 01:55 PM
Barry's two restaurants and some great music!

K- Pauls http://www.chefpaul.com/site.php

Mothers http://www.mothersrestaurant.net/HOB

(House of Blues) http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/neworleans/

Karen & Gary's Favorites!

Mr. B's Bistro http://www.mrbsbistro.com/
Acme Oyster Bar for those who like them http://www.acmeoyster.com/
Muriels - Cajun restaurant http://www.muriels.com/
Gumbo Shop http://gumboshop.com/index.php

Tours in New Orleans!

There are so many great ones. I've taken several of those listed here. I posted the entire link because there are so many things to do. This website explains many of them.

Tours in NO Click on the link!

http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/tours/

Being from NOLA, I can vouch for some of your favs!

Acme Oyster House has great seafood of all kinds! It also has many non-seafood items. I love shrimp, so that is what I usually get! Another favorite is the "Boo fries". A very large order of fries with roast beef gravy and cheese on top:D!

Also, Muriels is excellent. It would be considered fine dining!

I like Mother's, but we have some many just as good poboys resturants;)

*Luv2Cruz*
March 19th, 2011, 03:33 PM
Being from NOLA, I can vouch for some of your favs!

Acme Oyster House has great seafood of all kinds! It also has many non-seafood items. I love shrimp, so that is what I usually get! Another favorite is the "Boo fries". A very large order of fries with roast beef gravy and cheese on top:D!

Also, Muriels is excellent. It would be considered fine dining!

I like Mother's, but we have some many just as good poboys resturants;)I'm not a big seafood guy but the Boo fries, roast beef and gravy sound great!:D Thanks!:cool:

on the ridge
March 20th, 2011, 11:47 AM
We call fries smothered in gravy and cheese, Poutine (or a heart attack in a box) here in Canada and you can even buy it at Burger King.

*Luv2Cruz*
March 20th, 2011, 07:39 PM
We call fries smothered in gravy and cheese, Poutine (or a heart attack in a box) here in Canada and you can even buy it at Burger King.Now I don't know which is scareyer?:confused: The heart attack in the box, or you can get it at Burger King!:eek::eek:

KNJforFun
March 24th, 2011, 01:54 AM
Living in the French Quarter, we have found sooooo many really good resturants. One that is different and in a great location is Galvez. It is in Dutch Alley next to Cafe du Monde. They serve full dinners or tapas size dishes. The food is real Spanish (from Spain not Mexico) with a New Orleans twist. They make their own white and red sangaria (yummy). The food is really good, but the location is fantastic. They are on the second floor of the building right next to the river. You have a great view of the bridge and all the ships traveling down or up the Mississippi.

For a top of the line dinning experience, make reservations at Stella's. The food is great and service is like being waited on as a King. This is an expensive but very impressive place to eat.

For chargrilled Oysters, you have to go to Drago's. It is in the Hilton that is across the street from Harrahs (casino).

Tommy's and Irene's excellant Italian food.

There are so many more. If anyone is looking for a certain kind of food, just ask and I will scout it out for you.

Joy and Ken

Arzeena
April 7th, 2011, 05:40 PM
Any suggestions for two history buffs?

Travel Junkie Judy
April 9th, 2011, 05:20 PM
Try Irene's Cuisine 539 Saint Philip St. if you have time. It's off the beaten path, but is a local favorite. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif You should have a reservation for dinner (504) 529-8811). It's toward the river (almost to Decatur St.). Saint Philip St. is between Dumaine St and Ursuline Ave. It is hard to find, but worth the effort. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/images/smilies/cool.gif *Just my opinion of course! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

Judy

Uniall
April 10th, 2011, 12:06 AM
So far, we have enjoyed two of Emeril Lagase's restaurants. We would go back to either in a minute.

Pre Cruise: Spring 2009

Emeril's Restaurant (http://www.emerils.com/restaurant/1/
Emerils-New-Orleans/)

warehouse district

800 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans - (504) 528-9393


New Years Eve 12/31/07

Emeril's Delmonico Restaurant & Bar (http://www.emerils.com/)

Garden district

1300 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans - (504) 525-4937

Travel Junkie Judy
April 10th, 2011, 12:24 AM
In January we stayed in NOLA before our cruise on the Spirit. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. Parking is free for the length of the cruise. It was a good deal, but it isn't the greatest hotel. The room was clean, but it is an older hotel & not very big. For a Holiday Inn, I'd say it is at the lower end. We only stayed one night, so we didn't mind.
We had friends take us to the port and then return us to the Holiday Inn after the cruise, so it was a win-win for us.
If you are parking for the 14 days plus the night before, this is a real bargain.
We've stayed at some nice private places that we found on VRBO dot com when we went to NOLA for a small vacation there.
Crescent City Guest House in very nice & is about a block and a half from the Quarter. It is four rooms off of a large great room. They have a nice back yard with a hot tub. They provide fruit, cereal, toast, bagels & snacks. It is one of the nicest B & B's we've ever used. Four couples could rent the entire place & probably save a few bucks. The rooms are fairly large, very clean and the hosts are awesome - 2 gentlemen. It is on a quiet residential street.
Judy

Uniall
April 10th, 2011, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by kparker http://boards.cruisecritic.com/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=28693993#post28693993)
Enjoy the festivities! We sure wish we could be there to celebrate with you. Have a Cafe au lai and Beignets for me from Cafe Du Monde, and a Hurricane and Po Boy sandwich for dessert (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif) from whichever restaurant you think makes the best. Most important.....have fun!

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Originally Posted by TRTampa http://boards.cruisecritic.com/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=28696384#post28696384)
Please go to the Acme Oyster House and have a dozen Char grilled oysters and a pint of Abita Amber! Thank you for asking!http://boards.cruisecritic.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

Yum!

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Originally Posted by big green http://boards.cruisecritic.com/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=28705668#post28705668)
Right across the street from the Acme nearby is a restaurant called Felix's which has been a French quarter landmark for years--they have a great Oyster bar that I have used many many times.

Bud

TRTampa
April 11th, 2011, 06:38 PM
any way Irene's is ok if you like New Orleans style Italian food--I much prefer cajun or creole cooking that can be had in some very fine restaurants like Cochon and Luke's. A great alternative to the Acme house is Deanie's Seafood---great place and I think better overall seafood than the Acme house---and usually no lines--a lot of locals eat here--check the web site.

Great recommendation from BG!

big green
May 17th, 2011, 02:15 PM
From the New Orleans Convention Bureau:


"25 Free Things to Do in New Orleans

Thomas Jefferson paid $15 million for the entire Louisiana Territory, or about four cents an acre. That means New Orleans went for about seven bucks. More than 200 years later, New Orleans is still a great deal.

1. Get jazzed.
Stroll along Bourbon, Frenchmen and Fulton, where jazz pours out onto the street, or duck into a club for the full experience. Many clubs don’t even charge a cover.

2. Dive deeper into our musical heritage.
Take a ferry to the Jazz Walk of Fame, a collection of commemorative lampposts located at the Algiers Point. Download a free audio tour or call 504-613-4062.

3. Browse art throughout the city.
It seems like you can find art in every corner of New Orleans — and you can. Check out the galleries on Julia and Royal, Jackson Square vendors and the Mid-City and Bywater art markets.

4. Experience our parks.
Walk among the centuries-old oaks of City Park, picnic in picturesque Audubon Park or enjoy views of the Mississippi River at Woldenberg Park.

5. Attend a free festival.
There’s almost always a festival going on in New Orleans, and many of them are free — French Quarter Fest, Satchmo SummerFest, Po-Boy Preservation Festival, Wednesdays at the Square and, of course, Mardi Gras.

6. Immerse yourself in New Orleans history.
Stop by the Historic New Orleans Collection at 533 Royal Street for a crash course on the city’s history, which spans almost 300 years.

7. Spend a day at the track.
Experience the thrill of live thoroughbred racing at the New Orleans Fair Grounds from early November to late March. Grand stand admission is free.

8. Bike along the levee.
Bring your bike (or rent one) and go for a ride along the levee while taking in the sights and sounds of the mighty Mississippi River.

9. Eat for free.
Oysters, gumbo, crawfish boils — many of these feasts are free at local music clubs for those who are there buying a few drinks.

10. Shop for mansions on St. Charles Avenue.
Come on! You don’t have to be in the market to appreciate these jewels on the Avenue.

11. View the architecture of the French Quarter.
I spy wrought-iron balconies, a cornstalk fence, a hidden courtyard...

12. Tour the oldest restaurant in the French Quarter.
Ask for a tour of the historic Antoine’s that has hosted dignitaries, presidents and notable historic figures in its 160 years. Make sure to peek into the endless wine cellar.

13. Catch a free summer show at Tipitina’s.
This uptown venue pays homage to the jazz legend Professor Longhair with free shows on Fridays during the summer months.

14. Eat some pralines.
This gooey, nutty treat is a New Orleans snack staple. Candy shops throughout the city offer enough free samples to fill you up — and tempt you to bring some home.

15. See haute art.
The fashionable Warehouse District also doubles as the art district. The first Saturday of every month, walk down Julia Street and peruse local artwork in the diverse galleries.

16. Look for ghosts.
Experience paranormal activity and visit haunted sites such as the Hotel Monteleone, one of the most spirited locations in the French Quarter.

17. Spend Saturday morning at the farmers’ market.
Learn a bit about the famous New Orleans cuisine with free cooking demonstrations at the Crescent City Farmers Market.

18. Roll up a cigar.
The New Orleans Cigar Factory is one of just a handful of U.S.-based cigar rolling outfits. Located right in the French Quarter, the store is a walk-in factory with a half-dozen experts rolling tobacco at any given time.

19. Haunt our “Cities of the Dead.”
Visit our famous aboveground tombs at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in the Garden District or St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 on Basin Street, believed to be the final resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Knock three times on her crypt and make a wish.

20. Take a self-guided literary tour.
See where Tennessee Williams (722 Toulouse), William Faulkner (624 Pirate’s Alley), Truman Capote (711 Royal), Thornton Wilder (623 Bourbon), Walker Percy (1820 Milan) and Anne Rice (1239 First) lived.

21. Jam at the Square.
During the spring, the Young Leadership Council sponsors free concerts Wednesdays in Lafayette Square. During the fall, Second Harvest hosts the party.

22. Ride the river.
The free Canal Street ferry offers some of the best views of the New Orleans skyline and drops you in historic Algiers.

23. Be moved by our spectacular churches.
The large Catholic population of New Orleans gave rise to breathtaking churches such as St. Louis Cathedral, St. Augustine and Our Lady of Guadalupe.

24. Discover the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
Located amid the beauty of City Park, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden features one of the most impressive collections of contemporary sculpture in America.

25. Be a “voluntourist.”
Though New Orleans is thriving, there are parts of the city that could still use some help following Hurricane Katrina. Just a few hours of volunteering"


Bg

kparker
May 17th, 2011, 02:23 PM
From the New Orleans Convention Bureau:


"25 Free Things to Do in New Orleans

Thomas Jefferson paid $15 million for the entire Louisiana Territory, or about four cents an acre. That means New Orleans went for about seven bucks. More than 200 years later, New Orleans is still a great deal.

1. Get jazzed.
Stroll along Bourbon, Frenchmen and Fulton, where jazz pours out onto the street, or duck into a club for the full experience. Many clubs don’t even charge a cover.

2. Dive deeper into our musical heritage.
Take a ferry to the Jazz Walk of Fame, a collection of commemorative lampposts located at the Algiers Point. Download a free audio tour or call 504-613-4062.

3. Browse art throughout the city.
It seems like you can find art in every corner of New Orleans — and you can. Check out the galleries on Julia and Royal, Jackson Square vendors and the Mid-City and Bywater art markets.

4. Experience our parks.
Walk among the centuries-old oaks of City Park, picnic in picturesque Audubon Park or enjoy views of the Mississippi River at Woldenberg Park.

5. Attend a free festival.
There’s almost always a festival going on in New Orleans, and many of them are free — French Quarter Fest, Satchmo SummerFest, Po-Boy Preservation Festival, Wednesdays at the Square and, of course, Mardi Gras.

6. Immerse yourself in New Orleans history.
Stop by the Historic New Orleans Collection at 533 Royal Street for a crash course on the city’s history, which spans almost 300 years.

7. Spend a day at the track.
Experience the thrill of live thoroughbred racing at the New Orleans Fair Grounds from early November to late March. Grand stand admission is free.

8. Bike along the levee.
Bring your bike (or rent one) and go for a ride along the levee while taking in the sights and sounds of the mighty Mississippi River.

9. Eat for free.
Oysters, gumbo, crawfish boils — many of these feasts are free at local music clubs for those who are there buying a few drinks.

10. Shop for mansions on St. Charles Avenue.
Come on! You don’t have to be in the market to appreciate these jewels on the Avenue.

11. View the architecture of the French Quarter.
I spy wrought-iron balconies, a cornstalk fence, a hidden courtyard...

12. Tour the oldest restaurant in the French Quarter.
Ask for a tour of the historic Antoine’s that has hosted dignitaries, presidents and notable historic figures in its 160 years. Make sure to peek into the endless wine cellar.

13. Catch a free summer show at Tipitina’s.
This uptown venue pays homage to the jazz legend Professor Longhair with free shows on Fridays during the summer months.

14. Eat some pralines.
This gooey, nutty treat is a New Orleans snack staple. Candy shops throughout the city offer enough free samples to fill you up — and tempt you to bring some home.

15. See haute art.
The fashionable Warehouse District also doubles as the art district. The first Saturday of every month, walk down Julia Street and peruse local artwork in the diverse galleries.

16. Look for ghosts.
Experience paranormal activity and visit haunted sites such as the Hotel Monteleone, one of the most spirited locations in the French Quarter.

17. Spend Saturday morning at the farmers’ market.
Learn a bit about the famous New Orleans cuisine with free cooking demonstrations at the Crescent City Farmers Market.

18. Roll up a cigar.
The New Orleans Cigar Factory is one of just a handful of U.S.-based cigar rolling outfits. Located right in the French Quarter, the store is a walk-in factory with a half-dozen experts rolling tobacco at any given time.

19. Haunt our “Cities of the Dead.”
Visit our famous aboveground tombs at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in the Garden District or St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 on Basin Street, believed to be the final resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Knock three times on her crypt and make a wish.

20. Take a self-guided literary tour.
See where Tennessee Williams (722 Toulouse), William Faulkner (624 Pirate’s Alley), Truman Capote (711 Royal), Thornton Wilder (623 Bourbon), Walker Percy (1820 Milan) and Anne Rice (1239 First) lived.

21. Jam at the Square.
During the spring, the Young Leadership Council sponsors free concerts Wednesdays in Lafayette Square. During the fall, Second Harvest hosts the party.

22. Ride the river.
The free Canal Street ferry offers some of the best views of the New Orleans skyline and drops you in historic Algiers.

23. Be moved by our spectacular churches.
The large Catholic population of New Orleans gave rise to breathtaking churches such as St. Louis Cathedral, St. Augustine and Our Lady of Guadalupe.

24. Discover the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
Located amid the beauty of City Park, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden features one of the most impressive collections of contemporary sculpture in America.

25. Be a “voluntourist.”
Though New Orleans is thriving, there are parts of the city that could still use some help following Hurricane Katrina. Just a few hours of volunteering"


Bg

Great information BG....thanks for posting!

Travel Junkie Judy
May 17th, 2011, 04:09 PM
Thanks BG!

I've been to NOLA many times, but you've come up with some new ideas for us! :D Everyone should scour through this list. It is great.

Judy

big green
May 17th, 2011, 07:07 PM
From the New Orleans Convention Bureau:

Quote:
"7 Ways to Tour New Orleans

With so much to do and so many tour options in New Orleans, where should you start? Begin with a tour on a topic that intrigues you. Here are seven types to choose from:

1. History Tours
From Jackson Square to jazz to the Louisiana Purchase, a history tour will introduce you to the landmarks, traditions and lore that make this Southern city the cultural treasure it is. Whether you choose a walking tour or bus tour, you’ll have a chance to learn about the city’s Creole roots, discover bustling areas like the French Market and visit hallowed spaces like St. Mary’s Church and the Old Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley.

2. Culinary Tours
With French, Creole, Cajun and other cuisines mingling together, the Big Easy is a melting pot of culinary influences and regional ingredients. Choose a culinary tour, where you can indulge in fare from classic New Orleans restaurants while learning the history behind the cuisine. Looking to actually get into the kitchen? Try a hands-on approach at one of the city’s cooking schools where you can discover the secrets behind New Orleans’ most famous dishes like barbecued shrimp, jambalaya, and corn-and-crab bisque. Hungry?

3. Ghost and Cemetery Tours
New Orleans is known as America’s Most Haunted City. Get the chills with a nighttime adventure, where you’ll hear about the city’s most infamous spirits and explore French Quarter locations known for their paranormal activity. Trying to find a genuine haunted house? Spot spooky apparitions at the Haunted Mortuary, a sprawling, neo-classical mansion built in 1872, which boasts nine resident ghosts. Or, be guided through historic cemeteries where the city’s unique aboveground tombs, stone sarcophagi and massive headstones mark burial sites for New Orleans’ deceased. Take a combined cemetery and voodoo tour to learn about the religion of voodoo: its West African origins, Catholic influences and modern-day practice. Be sure to tour St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 where you can make an offering at the final resting place of New Orleans’ most powerful Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

4. Carriage Tours
Whether you’re looking to add a bit of romance to your trip or want to experience the Old World ambiance of New Orleans, a carriage tour is the perfect way to take in the sights and learn about the city’s intriguing history. Enjoy the clip-clopping of hooves while meandering through the streets of the French Quarter, viewing Jackson Square, Bourbon Street and other iconic landmarks. Or, head uptown into the Garden District to admire the amazing collection of live oaks and antebellum mansions. You can arrange for a pickup at your hotel or bed and breakfast, or head to Jackson Square where you’ll easily find carriages ready and waiting on Decatur Street.

5. Riverboat Tours
Step aboard the regal Creole Queen or Steamboat Natchez for a paddlewheel ride down the Mississippi River. Choose from a romantic evening with a dinner and jazz cruise, or experience riverfront history with the Chalmette Battlefield cruise, which disembarks at the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans and tours historical combat sites.

6. Cocktail Tours
New Orleans has a long lineage of libations, from the Sazerac to the French 75 to the Hurricane. Learn about local cocktail culture and heritage on a walking tour where you’ll taste-test alcoholic creations from the French Quarter’s best watering holes. Or go right to the source with a tour and tasting at Celebration Distillation, the oldest premium rum distillery in the United States.

7. Hollywood South
Hop on the Original New Orleans Movie Tours bus and experience the city through its filmmaking legacy. Visit New Orleans' historic landmarks and other locations beloved by filmmakers in neighborhoods across the city. You’ll get the inside scoop on productions such as David Simon’s “Treme” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” starring Brad Pitt. Maybe you'll get to see a movie being filmed right before your very eyes!"unquote

BG

Travel Junkie Judy
May 18th, 2011, 12:56 AM
Another great post from BG!

I will definitely check back here when it gets closer to cruise time. I love the idea of some of these tours. :D

Judy

kparker
May 18th, 2011, 07:24 AM
From the New Orleans Convention Bureau:

Quote:
"7 Ways to Tour New Orleans

With so much to do and so many tour options in New Orleans, where should you start? Begin with a tour on a topic that intrigues you. Here are seven types to choose from:

1. History Tours
From Jackson Square to jazz to the Louisiana Purchase, a history tour will introduce you to the landmarks, traditions and lore that make this Southern city the cultural treasure it is. Whether you choose a walking tour or bus tour, you’ll have a chance to learn about the city’s Creole roots, discover bustling areas like the French Market and visit hallowed spaces like St. Mary’s Church and the Old Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley.

2. Culinary Tours
With French, Creole, Cajun and other cuisines mingling together, the Big Easy is a melting pot of culinary influences and regional ingredients. Choose a culinary tour, where you can indulge in fare from classic New Orleans restaurants while learning the history behind the cuisine. Looking to actually get into the kitchen? Try a hands-on approach at one of the city’s cooking schools where you can discover the secrets behind New Orleans’ most famous dishes like barbecued shrimp, jambalaya, and corn-and-crab bisque. Hungry?

3. Ghost and Cemetery Tours
New Orleans is known as America’s Most Haunted City. Get the chills with a nighttime adventure, where you’ll hear about the city’s most infamous spirits and explore French Quarter locations known for their paranormal activity. Trying to find a genuine haunted house? Spot spooky apparitions at the Haunted Mortuary, a sprawling, neo-classical mansion built in 1872, which boasts nine resident ghosts. Or, be guided through historic cemeteries where the city’s unique aboveground tombs, stone sarcophagi and massive headstones mark burial sites for New Orleans’ deceased. Take a combined cemetery and voodoo tour to learn about the religion of voodoo: its West African origins, Catholic influences and modern-day practice. Be sure to tour St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 where you can make an offering at the final resting place of New Orleans’ most powerful Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

4. Carriage Tours
Whether you’re looking to add a bit of romance to your trip or want to experience the Old World ambiance of New Orleans, a carriage tour is the perfect way to take in the sights and learn about the city’s intriguing history. Enjoy the clip-clopping of hooves while meandering through the streets of the French Quarter, viewing Jackson Square, Bourbon Street and other iconic landmarks. Or, head uptown into the Garden District to admire the amazing collection of live oaks and antebellum mansions. You can arrange for a pickup at your hotel or bed and breakfast, or head to Jackson Square where you’ll easily find carriages ready and waiting on Decatur Street.

5. Riverboat Tours
Step aboard the regal Creole Queen or Steamboat Natchez for a paddlewheel ride down the Mississippi River. Choose from a romantic evening with a dinner and jazz cruise, or experience riverfront history with the Chalmette Battlefield cruise, which disembarks at the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans and tours historical combat sites.

6. Cocktail Tours
New Orleans has a long lineage of libations, from the Sazerac to the French 75 to the Hurricane. Learn about local cocktail culture and heritage on a walking tour where you’ll taste-test alcoholic creations from the French Quarter’s best watering holes. Or go right to the source with a tour and tasting at Celebration Distillation, the oldest premium rum distillery in the United States.

7. Hollywood South
Hop on the Original New Orleans Movie Tours bus and experience the city through its filmmaking legacy. Visit New Orleans' historic landmarks and other locations beloved by filmmakers in neighborhoods across the city. You’ll get the inside scoop on productions such as David Simon’s “Treme” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” starring Brad Pitt. Maybe you'll get to see a movie being filmed right before your very eyes!"unquote

BG

This is great BG....definitely will review when I start thinking about "what to do" in NO. Having been there several times, we have taken a few tours and loved all of them. There is no place like NOLA! Thank you for taking the time to share!

Uniall
June 20th, 2011, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by pdoeringer http://boards.cruisecritic.com/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=29512311#post29512311)
I have an idea about New York & New Orleans. We plan to fly in on Friday and that is an all day flight as we would fly out of Los Angeles. Our plane will probably get in about 5-7 PM. We plan to sight see on Saturday and then go to the ship about 11 AM on Sunday.

If we do the group hotel accomodations that is being thought about, why not look into chartering busses for a city tour of New York? They could pick us up at the hotels and drop us back there. I checked Gray Line and they will not pick anyone up and you need to be at their terminal to pick up the tours. This is just an idea and might even be cheaper.

This could also be done in New Orleans and combine the Katrina and city tour in one.

The group that is going to look for hotels could also do this arrangement.

Pete & Gretchen


Great suggestion. I'll repost it on the Big Apple to Big Easy Forum's sister threads for both the New York pre cruise and New Orleans post cruise activities.


John

pabi
July 15th, 2011, 11:33 AM
Hi all:
I will post the information under the hotels for NOLA but right now I just wanted to get everyone's input for the following....
We will be able to get a group rate at the Hampton Inn ( near the port ) but only for Nov. 4. They are completely booked for dates after the 4th due to a convention. Included is a free hot breakfast and free internet, and free shuttle pick up from the port to the hotel..
We were quoted a group rate of 139 USD for our stay in April so I would assume the rate would be similar . Right now we need to know if anyone is interested so we can have them put a set of rooms aside for the group.
None of the other hotels are offering a group rate at this point...they will not do it until 11 months prior so this opportunity of the group rate at the Hampton was a fluke because we are also booking there in April...
If anyone is interested please let me or CDKUCYT know... we can then ask them for the code to book the rooms ( everyone will book individually using the code to get the discount)

OceanDreaming2
July 15th, 2011, 11:38 AM
Hi all:
I will post the information under the hotels for NOLA but right now I just wanted to get everyone's input for the following....
We will be able to get a group rate at the Hampton Inn ( near the port ) but only for Nov. 4. They are completely booked for dates after the 4th due to a convention. Included is a free hot breakfast and free internet, and free shuttle pick up from the port to the hotel..
We were quoted a group rate of 139 USD for our stay in April so I would assume the rate would be similar . Right now we need to know if anyone is interested so we can have them put a set of rooms aside for the group.
None of the other hotels are offering a group rate at this point...they will not do it until 11 months prior so this opportunity of the group rate at the Hampton was a fluke because we are also booking there in April...
If anyone is interested please let me or CDKUCYT know... we can then ask them for the code to book the rooms ( everyone will book individually using the code to get the discount)

I already responded on the main thread -- we're interested!

pabi
July 15th, 2011, 12:05 PM
I already responded on the main thread -- we're interested!
Thanks Mary....I figured I would post on the main thread to get everyone's attention. It is too bad they don't have more than one night available....but one night is better than none and that we can hold the rooms now is a plus...

Uniall
July 15th, 2011, 01:56 PM
Hi Maria

Put us down for one night and we'll try to get two more later on or change hotels.

John

*Luv2Cruz*
July 15th, 2011, 04:26 PM
We'd prefer at 2-3 night option so we won't have to switch hotels so please put us down as tentative or we may have to do a switchero when more options may come available!:) Thanks!

pabi
July 15th, 2011, 04:45 PM
Now we know that there is going to be a convention in NOLA is nice to know that at least we can get the first night...and who knows maybe they'll have cancellations and open up for the 5th and the 6th. As soon as we get the discount code from them we will post it so everyone can book...

98Charlie
July 15th, 2011, 05:43 PM
To get back on topic from poster's original question regarding New Orleans as a port city:

Please post any great ideas for things to do in the Crescent City here for those of us coming to the great city soon.

Dianne

Uniall
July 15th, 2011, 11:45 PM
To get back on topic from poster's original question regarding New Orleans as a port city:

Please post any great ideas for things to do in the Crescent City here for those of us coming to the great city soon.

Dianne

Dianne

I think you posted on this Forum in error. This is part of the "NEW" Cruise Critic FORUM threads that are set up as auxilliary threads for a specific Cruise Critic Roll Call Cruise.

This FORUM thread is being used to plan post cruise activities by the Members of the Roll Call for the NCL Star Oct. 21, 2012 sailing from New York (Big Apple) to New Orleans (Big Easy).

As the keeper of the CC Events Lists, I don't recognize you as having joined our Roll Call. Am I correct in that belief?

The FORUM threads are a brand new idea which may explain your mistake.

John

lcmdir
August 23rd, 2011, 12:43 PM
We took the NCL post cruise tour, May, 2011, after our cruise on the Spirit. It was perfect for us: AC bus, stopped at two places where we could get out, delivered us and luggage to the airport afterwards (they also dropped off at 1 or 2 downtown hotels). Our guide was fascinating as he showed us old/new New Orleans and also the terrible effects of Katrina in the 9th Ward. The buses were very close to the cruise terminal exit (handy for us geezers). If you like this sort of tour (we do!) I recommend this one.

Anna

kparker
October 20th, 2011, 07:44 PM
Thanks to Judy for the suggestion.

I know some of you may not want to try this, but I use "vacation rental by owner dot com" in NYC and stay in private apartments that are conveniently located near my son's apartment in the upper east side. We've done this 7 or 8 times & always had a great experience. I've never paid more than $120 per night and I paid only $75 per night for one of the nicest ones!. We've met some pretty amazing people in the process also. Another option is bed and breakfast dot com. There are some in NYC that are pretty good. Oh, I've used the first one mentioned (vrbo) in NOLA also. We stayed in a great place. Not expensive either. And there are nice bed and breakfast places in NOLA. Just some thought for you....
Judy

UandMe4Ever
November 13th, 2011, 02:02 PM
We took the NCL post cruise tour, May, 2011, after our cruise on the Spirit. It was perfect for us: AC bus, stopped at two places where we could get out, delivered us and luggage to the airport afterwards (they also dropped off at 1 or 2 downtown hotels). Our guide was fascinating as he showed us old/new New Orleans and also the terrible effects of Katrina in the 9th Ward. The buses were very close to the cruise terminal exit (handy for us geezers). If you like this sort of tour (we do!) I recommend this one.

Anna

Hi, we're not yet booked on this...but these types of day tour post-cruise sound great if we go and decide not to stay over in NOLA....Do you remember the costs? we'd have to see what flight we can arrange before we decide about post-cruise tour...We're still working on this sailing.

Thanks in advance.
Safe travels always!

Travel Junkie Judy
November 13th, 2011, 05:02 PM
Hi, we're not yet booked on this...but these types of day tour post-cruise sound great if we go and decide not to stay over in NOLA....Do you remember the costs? we'd have to see what flight we can arrange before we decide about post-cruise tour...We're still working on this sailing.

Thanks in advance.
Safe travels always!

You need to get this booked - if you like to have lots of fun!
The cruise will probably be the best one ever!
Worry about the details later....:)
Judy

Uniall
February 27th, 2012, 07:16 AM
15 Things You Didn’t Know About New Orleans

Between voodoo, Mardi Gras, the music, and the food—oh, the food—New Orleans has a heritage few American cities can match. But how does your knowledge of the city measure up?

By Ryan Murphy, Monday, Feb 13, 2012, 4:30 PM

Reprinted from BudgetTravel.com

1. NOLA is the Brithplace of: Jazz
With more than 300 music venues inside the city limits—that's one for about every 1,000 residents, you could hit a different joint each night, hearing everything from soul ensembles to honky tonk bands to dueling DJs. But it's jazz—born in the early 1900s of elements of blues, ragtime and African drumming—that defines New Orleans as a music town and serves as the soundtrack to the city. Heck, they even named the airport (http://flymsy.com/) after local jazz hero Louis Armstrong. Preservation Hall (http://www.preservationhall.com/), a tiny time capsule of a tavern in the French Quarter, stages nightly jazz performances in homage to the city's homespun rhythms (admission $15), while Tipitina's (http://www.tipitinas.com/)—a favorite among locals since 1977—offers new takes on the old classics and hosts contemporary acts like the Mountain Goats and They Might Be Giants (tickets from $8). And don't forget the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (http://www.nojazzfest.com/), which is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course and draws some 400,000 attendees annually; many say the springtime event (April 27-May 6) is the best time to visit the city (tickets from $45).

2. NOLA is not famous for Pork Barbeque but is famous for Gumbo, Crawfish, and Alligator
Pork barbecue
Plenty of American cities and states claim their own signature riffs on pork
barbecue—Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, the Carolinas—but New Orleans is not one of them. And that's fine by New Orleanians. The city's wholly unique culinary melting pot incorporates French, Spanish, Creole, and Cajun influences (to name a few), and its most beloved dishes are inextricably linked with the local landscape. The bayous and the Gulf surrounding the city provide the crab and shrimp for the popular (and fiery) seafood gumbo at Mandina's (http://www.mandinasrestaurant.com/) in midtown (from $5.25), as well as the crawfish for étouffee (eh-too-fay), a thick stew that makes use of the "holy trinity" of Cajun and Creole cuisine (bell peppers, onions, and celery). Try it at Bon Ton Cafe (http://www.thebontoncafe.com/) in the Central Business District ($24.50). Adventurous eaters should head upriver (that's "uptown" in local parlance) to Carrollton, where Jacques-Imo's Cafe (http://www.jacquesimoscafe.com/) cooks up savory shrimp-and-alligator-sausage cheesecake ($7.50). And finally, for a fresh spin on a quintessential New Orleans meal, try Yang's Po-Boys (http://www.yangspoboys.com/), an upstart sandwich joint that serves its specialty roast beef on crispy, local Leidenheimer French bread ($8.50).

3. NOLA is NOT called "The River City" but IS called: "Crescent City", "Big Easy" and "NOLA"
Like any historic city, New Orleans has earned its share of nicknames over the years. To many on the inside it is simply NOLA: New Orleans, Louisiana. For visitors drawn to the city's laid-back culture, New Orleans is "The Big Easy." And it's the "Crescent City" for its shape, carved out by the curves of the Mississippi River, which has guided the city's development since its founding near the turn of the 18th century. In fact, the Mississippi's influence on the city's history is so deep, it's surprising New Orleans hasn't added the River City to its list of monikers. Even today, one of the top attractions in town is an old-fashioned sunset jazz cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez (http://www.steamboatnatchez.com/)—a pitch-perfect replica powered exclusively by 1920s steam engines and topped with an antique steel whistle—just like the riverboats Mark Twain himself used to pilot down the "Big Muddy" in the late 1850s ($41 for a two-hour cruise, children 6-12 half-price).

4. NOLA public transit includes buses, ferries, and world famous street cars.
New Orleans's streetcars are not only a cheap, convenient way to travel; they're also genuine artifacts—by law, the cars on the St. Charles Avenue route are preserved in their early-1900s state, down to the mahogany seats. Taking a ride on one is easy—the streetcars operate like a bus system, with predetermined stops; a one-way fare is only $1.25, and a three-day, unlimited-ride Jazzy Pass costs $9 and can be bought from any conductor. (See the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (http://www.norta.com/) website for schedules and maps.) The St. Charles cars run through the heart of the Garden District, a historical neighborhood noted for its oak-lined boulevards and stately homes—some of which have recently been converted into chic boutiques and B&Bs. The adults-only Green House Inn (http://www.thegreenhouseinn.com/), a Greek Revival townhouse on Magazine Street, has nine understated-but-cozy rooms, a lending library stocked with books, and a tropical garden surrounding a clothing-optional saltwater pool (doubles from $119). For more family-friendly lodging options, see Budget Travel's citywide listings (http://www.budgettravel.com/hotels/destinations/neworleans/).

5. NOLA has a Culinary dialect all its own.

Thanks to its gumbo of ethnic influences, New Orleans has a culinary dialect all its own. To keep things straight, here's an abridged regional dictionary:

BEIGNET (ben-yay)—a fried doughnut, usually piled high with powdered sugar. If you try only one, make sure it's from the original open-air Café du Monde (http://www.cafedumonde.com/) in the French Quarter, which opened in 1862 and serves the doughnuts around the clock ($2.65). But arrive early to avoid the breakfast rush: The café fills up quickly, and competition for tables is fierce.

LAGNIAPPE (lan-yap)—A little something extra; a freebie or gift added to a purchase at many New Orleans shops, restaurants, and hotels. Be nice to the staff at the Buttermilk Drop Bakery in the Tremé, for example, and they just might toss in an extra one of their signature deep-fried pastries (504/252-4538, $6 for a dozen).

ROUX (roo)—The base for gumbos, étouffee and various other Cajun and Creole foods, it's made from flour and fat.

MUFFULETTA—A popular (and traditionally gigantic) New Orleans sandwich made with a variety of Italian meats and a thick layer of olive salad. The Central Grocery (http://www.centralgroceryneworleans.com/) in the French Quarter claims to have invented the sandwich in 1906, but it can be found all over the city—including in the Central Business District at Cochon Butcher (http://www.cochonbutcher.com/) ($12).

Place names can also be tricky—many are derived from French but have long since evolved into something uniquely New Orleanian. Sound like a local when you mention Chartres St. (char-ters), Lake Pontchartrain (pahn-chuh-train) and the Tremé (truh-may).

6. NOLA has Pro Sports Teams in Basketball, Football and Arena Football but not in Soccer.
Sports run deep in the south, and the New Orleans Hornets (http://www.nba.com/hornets/) NBA club and the VooDoo (http://www.arenafootball.com/team/new-orleans-voodoo) arena football team have no shortage of ardent supporters. But for sheer sports-induced agony and ecstasy, no other local team tops the Saints football franchise (http://www.neworleanssaints.com/). Once a source of acute shame for New Orleanians—during the team's darkest days, dismayed fans nicknamed them the "Aints"—the Saints rose to superstar status with their 2010 Super Bowl win, an event that served as a sorely needed morale booster during the city's long post-Katrina recovery. The stadium's been sold out in perpetuity since 2006, but you can still get into the gameday spirit at Cooter Brown's (http://cooterbrowns.com/main.html), an Uptown sports bar with its own devoted fan base.

7. NOLA Population: Pre Katrina 455,000 - Post Katrina 200,000
The Category 3 hurricane turned hundreds of thousands of New Orleanians into refugees, scattering them all across the country—but the city's population has risen steadily since the storm, and rebuilding continues in the areas hit worst by the disaster. For a firsthand look at how historic neighborhoods are bouncing back, visitors can join a Ninth Ward Rebirth Bike Tour (http://ninthwardrebirthbiketours.com/), a four-hour cruise through the battered-but-not-beaten Lower Ninth Ward—with plenty of stops for resting (outside Fats Domino's longtime home), refueling with Po' Boys (at a local sandwich shop), and meeting area residents and community figures ($55). Ten percent of the tour fees goes to the Lower Ninth Ward Village community center and other charities. Or for an even more hands-on experience, sign up online (at least a week in advance) to volunteer with a local organization such as Rebuilding Together New Orleans (http://www.rtno.org/), a nonprofit dedicated to rehabilitating structures in Katrina-damaged neighborhoods.

8. NOLA's infamous pirate Jean Lafitte has a National Park named for him.
Honoring a buccaneer with his own national park might seem like a puzzling decision, but Jean Lafitte was no run-of-the-mill marauder. The early 19th-century Lafitte repeatedly clashed with the United States government—what he termed privateering, they called smuggling—but he earned his reprieve by contributing to the American effort in the War of 1812. Today, his legacy survives in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (http://www.nps.gov/jela), a multi-site park that includes several cultural centers, the 23,000-acre Barataria nature preserve, and the Chalmette Battlefield, where he helped young America triumph over the British. You'll also see Lafitte's name pop up on less staid attractions around the city, including the venerable Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop (http://www.lafittesblacksmithshop.com/Homepage.html), a bar and music venue whose building predates the pirate himself, and Cafe Lafitte in Exile (http://lafittes.com/), purportedly the country's oldest gay club.

9. NOLA has many famous neighborhoods: "French Quarter", "Garden District", "Ninth Ward". The "Treme" is presently the subject of a current HBO television series.
Set and filmed in the historic Tremé neighborhood just northwest of the French Quarter, HBO's Treme (now taping its third season) follows the lives of a diverse cast of both locals and out-of-towners—buskers, cops, businessmen, and chefs—in the months following Hurricane Katrina. Naturally, the show has been subject to intense scrutiny from residents. (The local Times-Picayune newspaper runs a regular feature explaining the show's insider references—and pointing out its rare missteps.) Still, the show has won fans for its depiction of post-storm New Orleans and for featuring some of the city's most treasured spots, such as Angelo Brocato's (http://www.angelobrocatoicecream.com/), an ice cream shop opened in 1905 that still sells gelato and lemon ice alongside Italian torrone candy ($9.25). At Bullet's Sports Bar in the Seventh Ward, visitors can get a double dose of Treme: The bar was used as a filming site and features weekly performances by Kermit Ruffins, a local trumpeter who plays himself on the show.

10. Pat O'Brien's bar in the French Quarter is famous for inventing the "Hurricane Cocktail."
Drive-through daiquiri shops and the anything-goes attitude of Bourbon Street may have given the city a certain reputation, but the cocktail culture in New Orleans is anything but cheap. From Pat O'Brien's (http://www.patobriens.com/patobriens/) fruity, rum-based Hurricane ($8), invented here in the 1940s, to the Absinthe Frappe, minted in the 1860s and still drawing customers at the Old Absinthe House (http://www.oldabsinthehouse.com/) on Bourbon Street (from $16), the creative spirits run deep in New Orleans, and the specialty-drinks scene continues to evolve with every passing year. At upscale newcomer Oak (http://www.oaknola.com/), libations like the bourbon-and-bitters Satchmo—named for the city's favorite son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong—and the Lagniappe, made with locally-produced rum, lemon and lime juices, and brandied cherries, pay tribute to tradition without being stuck in the past (cocktails from $8).

11. Marie Laveau is remembered as NOLA's VooDoo Queen.
As the story goes, the French Quarter-born Laveau, daughter of a white planter father and a Creole mother, gained access to the city's elite through her work as a hairdresser in the early 1800s, becoming known for her spiritual advice and, eventually, her talents in the black arts. (Voodoo rites began to spread in the 1700s, with the influx of enslaved Africans brought to the state by wealthy French and Spanish landowners from the Caribbean.) Today, Laveau is the mascot for many of the city's tourist-oriented ventures, such as Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo (http://voodooneworleans.com/) on Bourbon Street, where gris-gris (gree-gree) charms promise protection against life's ills, and her burial site in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 has become an attraction in its own right.

12. NOLA's landmark St. Louis Cathedral was originally built in the 18th century.
The city's preeminent religious symbol, St. Louis Cathedral (http://stlouiscathedral.org/) has stood watch over the French Quarter's Jackson Square—a popular gathering place for artists, tarot readers, and live music performers—for over 200 years. In fact, it's one of the oldest continuously functioning cathedrals in the nation, and visitors are welcome to explore inside when services are not being held (donations are accepted). The adjacent Louisiana State Museum (http://www.crt.state.la.us/museum/), headquartered in the former Spanish municipal government building (completed in 1799), focuses on the city's early history, displaying such artifacts as Native American artworks and the death mask of Napoleon Bonaparte (adult admission $6, children 12 and under free).

13. The Zulu Mardi Gras parade is famous for tossing coconuts into the crowds. (city law waives liability from injuries)
The Zulu tradition of lobbing decorated coconuts dates to at least 100 years ago. The various "krewes" (parade groups) are distinguished by their throws—some create custom-minted doubloon coins with a new design each year—but nothing can compete with the Zulu coconuts, which are traditionally hand-embellished with gold paint and glitter. Other parades have their own twists: Each year Rex (http://www.rexorganization.com/) crowns the "King of Carnival"—often a locally-sourced celebrity—and many parades feature performances by marchers waving flambeaux, torches that light the way for the parade floats. Can't decide which parades to watch? If you're looking for spectacle, grab a spot at Endymion, Orpheus, or Bacchus, whose elaborate floats and superstar guests showcase New Orleans at its most decadent. If you're just seeking swag, try one of the "truck parades," which roll with simpler floats but darken the skies with flurries of beads, toys, candy, and other Fat Tuesday paraphernalia. As the holiday approaches, check local newspapers like the Times-Picayune (http://www.nola.com/t-p/) for parade routes and schedules.

14. NOLA's 1,300 acre City Park is larger than the combined area of the National Mall in D.C. and New York's Central Park.
Packed with walking trails, lagoons, playgrounds, and sports fields, New Orleans City Park (http://neworleanscitypark.com/) is one of the country's largest urban parks. It's also home to the New Orleans Museum of Art (http://noma.org/), a five-acre sculpture garden with works by Henry Moore and Louise Bourgeois (entry to museum and sculpture garden $10 for adults, $6 for kids ages 5-12), and the 12-acre New Orleans Botanical Garden ($6 entry fee, $3 for kids 5-12). There, you'll find themed orchards (the Yakumo Nihon Teien Japanese Garden, which displays examples of bonsai and ikebana), a butterfly walk, and the largest stand of Spanish moss-draped live oaks in the world.

15. NOLA has been the setting of many movies.
Enticed by the city's evocative scenery and historic architecture, film directors have given New Orleans frequent billing on the silver screen. The elaborate, above-ground tombs of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the city's oldest burial ground, made an appearance in the 1969 film Easy Rider, starring Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda. The 1973 Bond flick Live and Let Die opened with a stealth assassination—disguised as a Dixie funeral procession—on Chartres Street in the French Quarter. And more recently, the city had a starring role in 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, part of which was filmed at the Lanaux Mansion B&B (http://www.lanauxmansion.com/), a Victorian vision of ornate, cast-iron balconies and delicate floral wallpaper (from $169).

Travel Junkie Judy
February 27th, 2012, 06:50 PM
I love your list about NOLA John. :p
I hope folks come here & read all of this information.

Judy

pabi
February 28th, 2012, 12:49 PM
John I'm going to print all the information ( amazing information !!) you posted and keep it. Thanks ;):)
Wishing everyone a good day

ESCARGO
March 20th, 2012, 08:50 AM
What's the one thing you have to do when we get to Nola?

1. Cafe Du Monde

pabi
March 20th, 2012, 03:21 PM
What's the one thing you have to do when we get to Nola?

1. Cafe Du Monde
where one can rest the feet while enjoying a cup of coffee and a beignet ;)

Travel Junkie Judy
March 20th, 2012, 03:34 PM
What's the one thing you have to do when we get to Nola?

1. Cafe Du Monde

I totally agree, and I might add a stop at Pat O'Brien's if you've never been there.

Oh my......we can't forget Joy's Art Gallery, KEZIC GALLERY, at 427 Royal St.
It is the home of Tango Dog and Downtown Cat. Check it out on Facebook & you can see what I'm talking about!
Judy


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ESCARGO
March 21st, 2012, 07:29 AM
What's the one thing you have to do when we get to Nola?

1. Cafe du Monde
2. Pat O'Brien's
3. Kezic Gallery

OceanDreaming2
April 1st, 2012, 03:34 PM
I posted this info on the main Roll Call board the other night but forgot to put it here. As of today (4/1/12), just one of the units is available.

We have just been informed of two Vacation Rental by Owner studio units (sleep 2) which have vacancies for November 4-6. My husband knows the owner personally and he's offering these units at a great price. They are right in the heart of the French Quarter. The address is 734 A & B Royal Street (1st floor), just a block or two from all the great restaurants, jazz entertainment, groceries, etc. Each unit even has 2 bicycles! Special for our cruise members is $154/night, plus a $35 cleaning fee. See the reviews - each one rates the units as 5 stars!

http://www.vrbo.com/354202

Only one unit is shown on the website as the other is being remodeled/redecorated.

The owner's email is listed on the website. We've cancelled our Hampton Inn reservation and are staying in one of the 2nd floor units. Both 734 A & B are available as of this evening (3/28/12). (edit 4-1-12 one has been rented)

If you contact the owner, let them know Richard and Mary sent you!

OceanDreaming2
April 20th, 2012, 11:43 AM
Here's an interesting website: http://www.aviewoncities.com/neworleans.htm

Rockapulco
June 1st, 2012, 12:52 PM
Does anyone know if we decide to take the st charles street car round trip from the Hampton Inn downtown corner to the last stop and back (and pay 2 fares) will we be in somewhat safe areas? We will travel during the daytime but would prefer to stay out of known 'bad" areas. Fran

pabi
June 1st, 2012, 02:03 PM
Does anyone know if we decide to take the st charles street car round trip from the Hampton Inn downtown corner to the last stop and back (and pay 2 fares) will we be in somewhat safe areas? We will travel during the daytime but would prefer to stay out of known 'bad" areas. FranWe have done that and it was just fine

Uniall
June 2nd, 2012, 12:20 AM
Please Post Your Preferences for NOLA Tours on this Sister Thread:

1. Tour Preference:
Discount General Public Tour
OR
Private Cruise Critic

2. Tour Day:
Sunday
OR
Monday
OR
Sunday and Monday

3. Discounted General Public Tours
A) Oak Alley $49.30 pp

B) City Tour $36.55 pp

C) Swamp Tour $41.65 pp

D) Harbor Cruise with Lunch $21.25 pp

E) Dinner Cruise $57.75 pp

4. Private Tours
A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise

B) Monday Afternoon & Evening: City Katrina Tour followed by Ghost or Cocktail Tour

Uniall
June 2nd, 2012, 12:42 AM
Tour Preferences: John (Uniall)

Private Tours
Sunday Oak Alley w Jazz Dinner Cruise
AND
Monday: City Katrina Tour w/ Ghost Tour

..

ESCARGO
June 2nd, 2012, 03:07 PM
With so many things to do in NOLA, I'll just have to extend my stay there!:D These 2 sound great!

A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise

B) Monday Afternoon & Evening: City Katrina Tour followed by Ghost or Cocktail Tour

cruzin pink princess
June 2nd, 2012, 09:06 PM
WE would be interested in option A- Sunday afternoon /evening. I will mention to our gang, I suspect we will have a few more interested in this option..

pabi
June 2nd, 2012, 10:03 PM
We would also be interested in Option A...Oak Valley followed by Jazz dinner cruise

pabi
June 2nd, 2012, 10:20 PM
For anyone who is still looking for a hotel post cruise, we have a group rate at the Hampton Inn Downtown for up to 3 nights post cruise for 129 USD per room per night.
Guest room reservations are to be made by individual calling 1-800-292-0653 and request the group coded MAC

Uniall
June 4th, 2012, 04:27 AM
Please Post Your Preferences for NOLA Tours on this Sister Thread:

1. Tour Preference:
Discount General Public Tour
OR
Private Cruise Critic

2. Tour Day:
Sunday
OR
Monday
OR
Sunday and Monday

3. Discounted General Public Tours
A) Oak Alley $49.30 pp

B) City Tour $36.55 pp

C) Swamp Tour $41.65 pp

D) Harbor Cruise with Lunch $21.25 pp

E) Dinner Cruise $57.75 pp

4. Private Tours
A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise

B) Monday Afternoon & Evening: City Katrina Tour followed by Ghost or Cocktail Tour



Interest Levels To Date

Private Tours
A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise
John & Sharon Rae(Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)
Catherine & Dave (CDkuckyt)
Maria & Paulo (Pabi)

RUNNING TOTAL: 7

B) Monday Afternoon & Evening: City Katrina Tour followed by Ghost or Cocktail Tour
John & Sharon Rae (Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 3

Travel Junkie Judy
June 4th, 2012, 09:10 AM
Hi John,

I prefer (A) Sunday afternoon & evening - private.

Thanks

Judy

jim53
June 4th, 2012, 09:42 AM
We would be interested in option A.

Jim and Dottie

pdoeringer
June 4th, 2012, 05:00 PM
Hi John,

We would like to sign up for some New Orleans tours.

The private tour to Oak Alley and then the Natchez Dinner on Sunday.

The private City Tour with Katrina, but we are not interested in Ghost or Drinking Tours. I do not need a tour director to show me how to drink.

We would be interested in the Swamp Tour for Tuesday.

If there are not enough people for the private tours we would be interested in the Oak Alley Tour (Greyline does that on Monday), The City Tour with Katrina, Swamp Tour, and the Natchez during the daytime.

Pete

Canisteo
June 4th, 2012, 07:14 PM
Hi John,

We would like to sign up for some New Orleans tours.

The private tour to Oak Alley and then the Natchez Dinner on Sunday.

The private City Tour with Katrina, but we are not interested in Ghost or Drinking Tours. I do not need a tour director to show me how to drink.

We would be interested in the Swamp Tour for Tuesday.

If there are not enough people for the private tours we would be interested in the Oak Alley Tour (Greyline does that on Monday), The City Tour with Katrina, Swamp Tour, and the Natchez during the daytime.

Pete
Hi John,
We are interested in the same as above!
Thanks,
Canisteo Ron & Vivian

cavmom
June 4th, 2012, 11:09 PM
A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise


Please count us in for these!
Marianne and Dirk

Uniall
June 5th, 2012, 02:45 AM
Interest Levels To Date

Private Tours
A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise
John & Sharon Rae(Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)
Catherine & Dave (CDkuckyt)
Maria & Paulo (Pabi)
Judy & Rol (TravelJunkieJudy)
Jim & Dotte (Jim53)
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Marianne & Dirk (Cavmom)

RUNNING TOTAL: 17


B) Monday Afternoon & Evening: City Katrina Tour followed by Ghost or Cocktail Tour
John & Sharon Rae (Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 3


C) Monday Afternoon Only: City Katrina Tour
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 4

Uniall
June 5th, 2012, 02:50 AM
Hi John,

We would like to sign up for some New Orleans tours.

The private tour to Oak Alley and then the Natchez Dinner on Sunday.

The private City Tour with Katrina, but we are not interested in Ghost or Drinking Tours. I do not need a tour director to show me how to drink.

We would be interested in the Swamp Tour for Tuesday.

If there are not enough people for the private tours we would be interested in the Oak Alley Tour (Greyline does that on Monday), The City Tour with Katrina, Swamp Tour, and the Natchez during the daytime.

Pete

Hi John,
We are interested in the same as above!
Thanks,
Canisteo Ron & Vivian

Pete & Ron

I have not listed your interest in any of the non Private Tours,. You will note that the original post regarding tours gives discounted prices for general public tours and a phone to make the bookings.

I'm only going to keep track of interest in our booking a private tour.

By the By, the eveniong Ghost Tour is NOT just a pub crawl, it's a tour that visits purported haunted locations.

John

alrose251
June 5th, 2012, 10:58 AM
If anyone is interested in renting a scooter in NOLA, see this groupon link

http://www.groupon.com/deals/big-easy-scooters-1?c=button&sid=11189312&utm_medium=email&s=body&utm_campaign=big-easy-scooters-1&utm_content=all-deals_new-orleans&division=new-orleans&date=20120605&pt=3T82gYE_S5mD8Az863OzoNzL17eFu1ZyF&utm_source=newsletter&p=1&addxe=cmxhbWJAY3VzdG9taW1wcmludHNvbHV0aW9ucy5jb20=&user=8302faa528f185baea306cb409efb9c8eda352c2c1f34 7e7ce0dfd80b87bc91a

Not sure how long you have to purchase the offer, but you have till December 31, 2012 to use it.

I will also post this in the NOLA thread.

onlysister
June 5th, 2012, 10:37 PM
So much to do.....There is a Swampfest on Sunday at the Audubon Zoo. It has Cajun, Zydeco and Country music. There will be all sorts of food available, alligator, boudin, and the usual New Orleans fare. You can also shop since they will have arts and crafts available there. Here is the website if you want to check it out. http://artsneworleans.org/events_framed/detail/7401/Swamp-Fest#.T73Jd2Yfi0Q.facebook

I would like to do an Oak Alley tour and possibly a swamp tour.

We will be leaving on tuesday on the train to Chicago so will need to squeeze a lot in in a short period of time.

Uniall
June 6th, 2012, 02:28 AM
Interest Levels To Date

Private Tours
A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise
John & Sharon Rae(Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)
Catherine & Dave (CDkuckyt)
Maria & Paulo (Pabi)
Judy & Rol (TravelJunkieJudy)
Jim & Dotte (Jim53)
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Marianne & Dirk (Cavmom)
Dawn (OnlySister)

RUNNING TOTAL: 18


B) Monday Afternoon & Evening: City Katrina Tour followed by Ghost or Cocktail Tour
John & Sharon Rae (Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 3


C) Monday Afternoon Only: City Katrina Tour
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 4

cruzin pink princess
June 6th, 2012, 10:47 AM
John, Can you add Marilyn(suds53), Sharon & Denise(cdkuckyt2) to option A

Uniall
June 7th, 2012, 03:43 AM
Interest Levels To Date

Private Tours A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise
John & Sharon Rae(Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)
Catherine & Dave (CDkuckyt)
Maria & Paulo (Pabi)
Judy & Rol (TravelJunkieJudy)
Jim & Dotte (Jim53)
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Marianne & Dirk (Cavmom)
Dawn (OnlySister)
Marilyn (Suds53)
Sharon & Denise (cdkuckyt)

RUNNING TOTAL: 21
Mininbus Maximum: 32


B) Monday Afternoon & Evening: City Katrina Tour followed by Ghost or Cocktail Tour
John & Sharon Rae (Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 3


C) Monday Afternoon Only: City Katrina Tour
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 4




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cruisingsherry
June 7th, 2012, 04:09 PM
;)Add us to the following tours!
Private Tours
A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise

Pete & Sherry

:)

Uniall
June 8th, 2012, 04:23 AM
Interest Levels To Date

Private Tours A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise
John & Sharon Rae(Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)
Catherine & Dave (CDkuckyt)
Maria & Paulo (Pabi)
Judy & Rol (TravelJunkieJudy)
Jim & Dotte (Jim53)
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Marianne & Dirk (Cavmom)
Dawn (OnlySister)
Marilyn (Suds53)
Sharon & Denise (cdkuckyt2)
Pete & Sherry (CruisingSherry)

RUNNING TOTAL: 23
Mininbus Maximum: 32


B) Monday Afternoon & Evening: City Katrina Tour followed by Ghost or Cocktail Tour
John & Sharon Rae (Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 3


C) Monday Afternoon Only: City Katrina Tour
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 4




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BuffaloBob
June 9th, 2012, 07:23 AM
Please add us to your "A" and "C" tours.

Thanks for doing the work to set these up.

Regards,

Bob&Mary

Arzeena
June 9th, 2012, 10:10 AM
We are interested in the Oak Alley tour.

Uniall
June 10th, 2012, 05:28 AM
We are interested in the Oak Alley tour.

Arzeena

As of now, you must sign up for the Afternoon Oak Alley Tour AND the Evening Dinner with Jazz River Boat, not one without the other.

Is that what you wanted to do?

Uniall
June 10th, 2012, 05:31 AM
Interest Levels To Date

Private Tours A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise
John & Sharon Rae(Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)
Catherine & Dave (CDkuckyt)
Maria & Paulo (Pabi)
Judy & Rol (TravelJunkieJudy)
Jim & Dotte (Jim53)
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Marianne & Dirk (Cavmom)
Dawn (OnlySister)
Marilyn (Suds53)
Sharon & Denise (cdkuckyt2)
Pete & Sherry (CruisingSherry)
Bob & Mary (BuffaloBob)

RUNNING TOTAL: 25
Mininbus Maximum: 32


B) Monday Afternoon & Evening: City Katrina Tour followed by Ghost or Cocktail Tour
John & Sharon Rae (Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 3


C) Monday Afternoon Only: City Katrina Tour
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Bob & Mary (BuffaloBob)

RUNNING TOTAL: 6





__________________

TomJac
June 10th, 2012, 08:08 PM
We are interested in the Sunday afternoon Oak Alley tour and Jazz Dinner Cruise.

Tom and Jackie

Uniall
June 10th, 2012, 08:31 PM
John & Sharon (Uniall)

Oak Alley Tour: No Lunch
Dinner Cruise 6 pm seating

Uniall
June 10th, 2012, 08:37 PM
Interest Levels To Date

Private Tours
A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise

Private OAK ALLEY Plantation Tour:
$66.00 pp without lunch
$99.00 pp with lunch.
(includes gratuity for the driver and guide)

NATCHEZ: $51.00 pp.
The dinner cruise is a buffet ( with plenty of items to choose)
Two Dinner Seating: 6pm and 7:45.
Board: 6pm - Depart: 7 pm - Return: 9pm

PLEASE POST ON SISTER THREAD YOUR PREFERENCE
www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1381687

PLANTATION TOUR WITH OR WITHOUT LUNCH

DINNER SEATING AT 6 pm (dockside) OR 7:45 pm (sailing)

John & Sharon Rae(Uniall) No Lunch - 6 pm dinner
Ted (Escargo)
Catherine & Dave (CDkuckyt)
Maria & Paulo (Pabi)
Judy & Rol (TravelJunkieJudy)
Jim & Dotte (Jim53)
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Marianne & Dirk (Cavmom)
Dawn (OnlySister)
Marilyn (Suds53)
Sharon & Denise (cdkuckyt2)
Pete & Sherry (CruisingSherry)
Bob & Mary (BuffaloBob)
Tom & Jack (TomJac)

RUNNING TOTAL: 27
Mininbus Maximum: 32


B) Monday Afternoon & Evening: City Katrina Tour followed by Ghost or Cocktail Tour
John & Sharon Rae (Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 3


C) Monday Afternoon Only: City Katrina Tour
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Bob & Mary (BuffaloBob)

RUNNING TOTAL: 6








__________________

Travel Junkie Judy
June 10th, 2012, 08:46 PM
Interest Levels To Date

Private Tours A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise
Private OAK ALLEY Plantation Tour:
$66.00 pp without lunch
$99.00 pp with lunch.
(includes gratuity for the driver and guide)

NATCHEZ: $51.00 pp.
The dinner cruise is a buffet ( with plenty of items to choose)
Two Dinner Seating: 6pm and 7:45.
Board: 6pm - Depart: 7 pm - Return: 9pm

PLEASE POST ON SISTER THREAD YOUR PREFERENCE
www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1381687 (http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1381687)

PLANTATION TOUR WITH OR WITHOUT LUNCH

DINNER SEATING AT 6 pm (dockside) OR 7:45 pm (sailing)


John & Sharon Rae(Uniall) No Lunch - 6 pm dinner
Ted (Escargo)
Catherine & Dave (CDkuckyt)
Maria & Paulo (Pabi)
Judy & Rol (TravelJunkieJudy)
Jim & Dotte (Jim53)
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Marianne & Dirk (Cavmom)
Dawn (OnlySister)
Marilyn (Suds53)
Sharon & Denise (cdkuckyt2)
Pete & Sherry (CruisingSherry)
Bob & Mary (BuffaloBob)
Tom & Jack (TomJac)

RUNNING TOTAL: 27
Mininbus Maximum: 32


B) Monday Afternoon & Evening: City Katrina Tour followed by Ghost or Cocktail Tour
John & Sharon Rae (Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 3


C) Monday Afternoon Only: City Katrina Tour
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Bob & Mary (BuffaloBob)

RUNNING TOTAL: 6







__________________


John,

For us, I would say the Plantation tour without lunch. We'd rather eat light & $33 per person for lunch seems steep if you want to eat light.

We vote for the first seating at 6 PM for dinner while we are docked. That way, we can watch the scenery while we are on the move. Standing around from 6 to 7:00 at the dock (without eating) sounds boring. Also, the food should be at it's freshest at 6 PM.

Thanks, Judy :)

TomJac
June 10th, 2012, 08:48 PM
John,

Please change the name from Jack to Jackie. We prefer the Oak Alley Tour without lunch and the 6 pm seating for the Jazz Dinner Cruise.

Thanks,
Tom and Jackie

cavmom
June 10th, 2012, 10:19 PM
Marianne and Dirk 6 PM seating///no lunch

Uniall
June 10th, 2012, 10:51 PM
Interest Levels To Date

Private Tours
A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise

Private OAK ALLEY Plantation Tour:
$66.00 pp without lunch
$99.00 pp with lunch.
(includes gratuity for the driver and guide)

NATCHEZ: $51.00 pp.
The dinner cruise is a buffet ( with plenty of items to choose)
Two Dinner Seating: 6pm and 7:45.
Board: 6pm - Depart: 7 pm - Return: 9pm

PLEASE POST ON SISTER THREAD YOUR PREFERENCE
http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/s....php?t=1381687 (http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1381687)

PLANTATION TOUR WITH OR WITHOUT LUNCH

DINNER SEATING AT 6 pm (dockside) OR 7:45 pm (sailing)

John & Sharon Rae(Uniall) No Lunch - 6 pm dinner
Ted (Escargo)
Catherine & Dave (CDkuckyt)
Maria & Paulo (Pabi)
Judy & Rol (TravelJunkieJudy) No Lunch - 6 pm dinner
Jim & Dotte (Jim53)
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Marianne & Dirk (Cavmom)
Dawn (OnlySister)
Marilyn (Suds53)
Sharon & Denise (cdkuckyt2)
Pete & Sherry (CruisingSherry)
Bob & Mary (BuffaloBob)
Tom & Jackie (TomJac) No Lunch - 6pm dinner
Marianne & Dirk (CavMom) No lunch - 6 pm dinner

RUNNING TOTAL: 29
Mininbus Maximum: 32


B) Monday Afternoon & Evening: City Katrina Tour followed by Ghost or Cocktail Tour
John & Sharon Rae (Uniall)
Ted (Escargo)

RUNNING TOTAL: 3


C) Monday Afternoon Only: City Katrina Tour
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Bob & Mary (BuffaloBob)

RUNNING TOTAL: 6

pabi
June 10th, 2012, 11:29 PM
John kindly add us to Oak Valley - no Lunch and to the 6 p.m. dinner. Thanks

jim53
June 11th, 2012, 08:17 AM
John: Jim and Dottie also prefer no lunch and 6pm dinner. Thanks, Jim

TomJac
June 11th, 2012, 11:06 AM
Karen or John,
Could you tell me the the time our Oak Alley tour will begin and end?
Jackie

cruzin pink princess
June 11th, 2012, 07:12 PM
John, Can you remove Dave & I from the list for the private plantation & jazz cruise. We have morning plans & don't believe we would be ready for a noon pick up. Have an awesome tour. Hopefully we will catch up with the gang on the dinner cruise. Thanks or your efforts

TomJac
June 11th, 2012, 09:31 PM
John,

Please remove Tom and Jackie (TomJac) from the list of people interested in the private Oak Alley/Jazz Dinner cruise tour. Like Kathrine and Dave we also have plans for the morning and lunch commitments. Hope you all have a wonderful tour.

Thanks,
Tom and Jackie

Vacations Are Fun
June 11th, 2012, 10:07 PM
We are interested in the Sunday afternoon Oak Alley tour and Jazz Dinner Cruise.

Betty and Artie ( Vacations Are Fun)

Uniall
June 12th, 2012, 07:02 AM
We are interested in the Sunday afternoon Oak Alley tour and Jazz Dinner Cruise.

Betty and Artie ( Vacations Are Fun)

I can find no record of you having joined our Roll Call. This post cruise tour is only available to our Roll Call members. If I've made a mistake, please advise me ASAP.

John

Uniall
June 12th, 2012, 07:10 AM
Private Tours
A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise $117

Private OAK ALLEY Plantation Tour: $66
(includes gratuity for the driver and guide)

NATCHEZ: $51.00 pp.
The dinner cruise is a buffet ( with plenty of items to choose)
Two Dinner Seatings: 6pm and 7:45.
Board: 6pm - Depart: 7 pm - Return: 9pm

PLEASE POST ON SISTER THREAD YOUR PREFERENCE
http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/s....php?t=1381687 (http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1381687)

PLANTATION TOUR & NATCHES DINNER & JAZZ CRUISE
DINNER SEATING AT 6 pm (dockside) OR 7:45 pm (sailing)

John & Sharon Rae(Uniall) No Lunch - 6 pm dinner
Ted (Escargo)
Maria & Paulo (Pabi)
Judy & Rol (TravelJunkieJudy) No Lunch - 6 pm dinner
Jim & Dotte (Jim53)
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Marianne & Dirk (Cavmom) No Lunch - 6 pm dinner
Dawn (OnlySister)
Marilyn (Suds53)
Sharon & Denise (cdkuckyt2)
Pete & Sherry (CruisingSherry)
Bob & Mary (BuffaloBob)

RUNNING TOTAL: 23
Minimum Required For Tour: 25
Maximum Seats On Mini Bus: 32

After 32 reservations : Wait List to replace reservations that are not prepaid by July 31, 2012

jim53
June 12th, 2012, 12:47 PM
John:

Please remove Jim and Dottie from the plantation and river boat tour. After seeing the details, this schedule does not mesh with other things we want to do. Thanks for all of your efforts.

Jim

pabi
June 12th, 2012, 02:33 PM
John I have also posted on the main thread ...we are opting out of the Oak Plantation tour ( found it rather expensive ) but we still are in for the Dinner cruise with a 6 pm dinner. Thanks for all your organization of these events...truly appreciated:)

Vacations Are Fun
June 12th, 2012, 08:38 PM
John,
I just posted to to added to the roll call list.
On the planation tour we will not do lunch.
Are you staying at the Hampton Inn Downtown or is it just the meeting place?

Uniall
June 13th, 2012, 12:22 AM
John,
I just posted to to added to the roll call list.
On the planation tour we will not do lunch.
Are you staying at the Hampton Inn Downtown or is it just the meeting place?

Some of us are at the Hampton Inn downtown.

Uniall
June 13th, 2012, 12:25 AM
Private Tours
A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise $117

Private OAK ALLEY Plantation Tour: $66
(includes gratuity for the driver and guide)

NATCHEZ: $51.00 pp.
The dinner cruise is a buffet ( with plenty of items to choose)
Two Dinner Seatings: 6pm and 7:45.
Board: 6pm - Depart: 7 pm - Return: 9pm

PLEASE POST ON SISTER THREAD YOUR PREFERENCE
http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/s....php?t=1381687 (http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1381687)

PLANTATION TOUR & NATCHES DINNER & JAZZ CRUISE
DINNER SEATING AT 6 pm (dockside) OR 7:45 pm (sailing)

Judy & Rol (TravelJunkieJudy) No Lunch - 6 pm dinner
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Marianne & Dirk (Cavmom) No Lunch - 6 pm dinner
Marilyn (Suds53)
Sharon & Denise (cdkuckyt2)
Pete & Sherry (CruisingSherry)
Bob & Mary (BuffaloBob)

RUNNING TOTAL: 16

Minimum Required For Tour: 25
Maximum Seats On Mini Bus: 32

cruzin pink princess
June 13th, 2012, 09:33 AM
Marilyn asked me to confirm their attendance for Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise $117

Marilyn L.(suds53) no lunch & dinner 6pm
Sharon H. & Denise D.(cdkuckyt2)no lunch & dinner 6pm

Marilyn will call & book as per your instructions ...thanks for all your work John!

onlysister
June 16th, 2012, 05:08 PM
Just wanted to verify.....Natchez dinner cruise...we will sign up by ourselves? sounds good. There will be 2 of us signing up for the 6pm meal. That time works best for med time. I keep trying to get my friend to sign up here, but she keeps putting it off. Silly thing, I keep telling her she is missing out on great info.

Uniall
June 17th, 2012, 08:21 AM
Just wanted to verify.....Natchez dinner cruise...we will sign up by ourselves? sounds good. There will be 2 of us signing up for the 6pm meal. That time works best for med time. I keep trying to get my friend to sign up here, but she keeps putting it off. Silly thing, I keep telling her she is missing out on great info.

Hi

You are correct about making your own reservations. I will post the contact info below.

John

Uniall
June 17th, 2012, 08:25 AM
Gray Line Tours Discount Prices

Here’s what I can offer on any of our regular public tours.

Oak Alley: $49.30 (Regular Rate is $58.00)
City Tour: $36.55 (Regular Rate is $43.00)
Swamp Tour: $41.65 with transportation (retail is $49.00)

Harbor Lunch Cruise: $21.25 day cruise/$30.50

Dinner Cruise: $57.75 (retail $68.00)

Hope this helps.


Dane Bono
New Orleans Steamboat
Gray Line New Orleans
Visit New Orleans DMC
800-365-2628 Ext. 484
Fax: (504) 569-1462
Dane@glnosc.com (Dane@visitneworleans.com)

400 N. Peters St., Suite 203
New Orleans, LA 70130 -1037

onlysister
June 18th, 2012, 12:25 AM
Thanks John. Don't know what we would do without you....Thank you for all you, and the rest of the persons running things, do for us.

Uniall
July 10th, 2012, 10:48 AM
Grey Line Tours and Natchez Belle Dinner & Jazz Cruise Tours


Sun Nov 4: NOLA City Tour and/or Natchez Dinnner Cruise

Mon Nov 5: NOLA City Tour and/or Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Tue Nov 6: NOLA City Tour and/or Laura Plantation Tour



DIY Booking Link


http://www.neworleanssteamboat.com/2012/CruiseCritics/reserve.html (http://www.neworleanssteamboat.com/2012/CruiseCritics/reserve.html)

aussie cruzer
August 5th, 2012, 05:06 PM
Suggestions for Nola Tour Airport drop off

Grayline has a city tour that leaves at 9.00 am downtown.
http://www.graylineneworleans.com/super-city-tour.html

There is a courier company in the port building that will send your bags to the airport.

$25 for 4 bags...You could drop bags and do a two hour tour of Nola.
http://www.advancecheckin.com/about.html

I contacted tours by Isabelle a few months ago...they have some interesting tours.

They don't do airport drop off...would need to catch a taxi back to airport & collect luggage.
http://www.toursbyisabelle.com/

Uniall
August 5th, 2012, 05:13 PM
Suggestions for Nola Tour Airport drop off

Grayline has a city tour that leaves at 9.00 am downtown.
http://www.graylineneworleans.com/super-city-tour.html

There is a courier company in the port building that will send your bags to the airport.

$25 for 4 bags...You could drop bags and do a two hour tour of Nola.
http://www.advancecheckin.com/about.html

I contacted tours by Isabelle a few months ago...they have some interesting tours.

They don't do airport drop off...would need to catch a taxi back to airport & collect luggage.
http://www.toursbyisabelle.com/

I googled new orleans van service airport and found several limo services that have vans with room for 10 people and luggage.

You might want to hire one to give you a 2 hour tour of NOLA and then to the airport.

One that I found was www.bonolimo.com (http://www.bonolimo.com)
Check it out. It may fill all your needs at a good price.
I sent them an email requesting a price quote.

John

aussie cruzer
August 5th, 2012, 07:53 PM
I googled new orleans van service airport and found several limo services that have vans with room for 10 people and luggage.

You might want to hire one to give you a 2 hour tour of NOLA and then to the airport.

One that I found was www.bonolimo.com (http://www.bonolimo.com)
Check it out. It may fill all your needs at a good price.
I sent them an email requesting a price quote.

John

Thanks John

Will have a look at what's available.

DUCHESSRN
September 13th, 2012, 08:34 PM
The tour and airport drop off interests us if it is on Sunday when we dock ,I see NCL has one that leaves the dock at 9am $49 per person. As we lived in Louisiana for 10 years we have seen most of it .American just delayed our flights 2 hours GRRRR....... departure now 4pm.

Rockapulco
September 18th, 2012, 07:01 AM
I signed in to Hampton Inn's website to print out our reservation information.Top of their web page has this: " The hotel is currently undergoing renovations to the exterior and interior of the building" Yikes :eek:. I'm hoping the construction takes less than 1 month to complete! Fran

Uniall
September 18th, 2012, 09:07 AM
I signed in to Hampton Inn's website to print out our reservation information.Top of their web page has this: " The hotel is currently undergoing renovations to the exterior and interior of the building" Yikes :eek:. I'm hoping the construction takes less than 1 month to complete! Fran

It will take more than a month to complete the renovations.

As of now they have not started the exterior work. For now, they are only renovating bathrooms and are doing it one floor at a time.

OceanDreaming2
September 18th, 2012, 09:22 AM
I signed in to Hampton Inn's website to print out our reservation information.Top of their web page has this: " The hotel is currently undergoing renovations to the exterior and interior of the building" Yikes :eek:. I'm hoping the construction takes less than 1 month to complete! Fran

Happy we switched to a VRBO property. I believe there is still one available.

Rockapulco
September 19th, 2012, 05:59 PM
Where is the Wyndham Riverfront located in relation to the Natchez cruise departure/ meeting location? Still considering the evening jazz cruise with dinner. Very exciting.... Fran

onlysister
September 19th, 2012, 06:52 PM
From what I understand this hotel is across the street from Harrah's. I have had good luck with this brand. Such yummy cookies at the front desk. Also has breakfast in the morning. Waffles, sausage, eggs. 500 ft from Mothers. (what is it that Mother's is known for?)

I also see that any of the Audubon places (zoo, aquarium, insectarium) are all closed on Mondays. :(:(:( I am gonna have to make sure to get to the zoo on Sunday then. Which is good since it has music and crafts that day.

nosteamboat
September 20th, 2012, 12:29 AM
Where is the Wyndham Riverfront located in relation to the Natchez cruise departure/ meeting location? Still considering the evening jazz cruise with dinner. Very exciting.... Fran
If you walk along the riverfront it is about two blocks walk. A very nice walk I might add. You will have your eyes on the ship the whole walk. Can't miss that big red paddlewheel. Around 5:40 PM you will hear the calliope playing till 6:00. Boarding starts at 6:00.
If you don't want to walk...catch the RED streetcar at Canal Street and get off at Toulouse Street (which is the second stop by JAX's Brewery).

OceanDreaming2
September 20th, 2012, 12:30 AM
Happy we switched to a VRBO property. I believe there is still one available.

Property #354202 is available

tomtravel
September 21st, 2012, 07:28 PM
John, I did not book anything yet---I was wondering if your group was going to OAK Plantation on Sunday (option A) and can I get on the standby list.

When I went on the Gray Line Link, the tour listed for Sunday is NOLA City Tour and Natchez Dinner cruise----but I am confused because this was not option A----now I know I am late in the game--but if the Oak plantation is filled--I will just make the dinner reservation.


Thanks-confused in Brooklyn.

Uniall
September 21st, 2012, 08:30 PM
John, I did not book anything yet---I was wondering if your group was going to OAK Plantation on Sunday (option A) and can I get on the standby list.

When I went on the Gray Line Link, the tour listed for Sunday is NOLA City Tour and Natchez Dinner cruise----but I am confused because this was not option A----now I know I am late in the game--but if the Oak plantation is filled--I will just make the dinner reservation.


Thanks-confused in Brooklyn.

Tom

We cancelled the idea of having a group tour, too many people with too many ideas kept changing their minds. So, we went to a a Do It Yourself with a special rate for our members.

I spent 20 hours back and forth between conflicting CCers ideas and the tour company's pricing. This was close in time when a few folks were extremely demanding of me on the Main thread. I finally threw in the towel. *


Grey Line Tours and Natchez Belle Dinner & Jazz Cruise Tours

Sun Nov 4: NOLA City Tour and/or Natchez Dinnner Cruise

Mon Nov 5: NOLA City Tour and/or Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Tue Nov 6: NOLA City Tour and/or Laura Plantation Tour

DIY Booking Link

http://www.neworleanssteamboat.com/2012/CruiseCritics/reserve.html

* This was a textbook example of the old adage: "No good deed goes unpunished."

tomtravel
September 22nd, 2012, 11:19 AM
Thanks John---will book on my own but will see you guys on some of these. That Sambuca is VERY tricky. Careful my friend.

Uniall
September 22nd, 2012, 12:46 PM
Thanks John---will book on my own but will see you guys on some of these. That Sambuca is VERY tricky. Careful my friend.

Tom
I know of eight who are booked for the Sunday dinner cruise and we chose the 6 pm seating (eat while still dockside)

Four of us are booked for the Monday Oak Alley Plantation tour

tomtravel
September 22nd, 2012, 11:35 PM
We just booked the dinner cruise and TYPED big apple to big easy---so I hope they put us near you. We rented a car for WED so we will do both Plantations on Wed. Thanks--hope you can rest a little now that the deadline is done.

tomtravel
September 22nd, 2012, 11:38 PM
From what I understand this hotel is across the street from Harrah's. I have had good luck with this brand. Such yummy cookies at the front desk. Also has breakfast in the morning. Waffles, sausage, eggs. 500 ft from Mothers. (what is it that Mother's is known for?)

I also see that any of the Audubon places (zoo, aquarium, insectarium) are all closed on Mondays. :(:(:( I am gonna have to make sure to get to the zoo on Sunday then. Which is good since it has music and crafts that day.

Dawn--we will do this Zoo and Festival on Sunday also, we will leave enough time to get back for Dinner cruise. Tom and Bernadette.

pdoeringer
September 26th, 2012, 10:06 AM
We just booked the dinner cruise and TYPED big apple to big easy---so I hope they put us near you. We rented a car for WED so we will do both Plantations on Wed. Thanks--hope you can rest a little now that the deadline is done.
Tom, The Grayline charges $47.50 for the tour. It is going to cost $20.00 to get into the plantations on your own. I was going to rent a car also as I thought it would be cheaper but then I found out about the steep entrance fee.

Pete

pabi
September 26th, 2012, 12:50 PM
We just booked the dinner cruise and TYPED big apple to big easy---so I hope they put us near you.
We will be there for dinner too...hopefully they will set aside a few tables for us...

deladela
October 6th, 2012, 02:16 AM
Private Tours
A) Sunday Afternoon & Evening: Oak Alley followed by Jazz Dinner Cruise $117

Private OAK ALLEY Plantation Tour: $66
(includes gratuity for the driver and guide)

NATCHEZ: $51.00 pp.
The dinner cruise is a buffet ( with plenty of items to choose)
Two Dinner Seatings: 6pm and 7:45.
Board: 6pm - Depart: 7 pm - Return: 9pm

PLEASE POST ON SISTER THREAD YOUR PREFERENCE
http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/s....php?t=1381687 (http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1381687)

PLANTATION TOUR & NATCHES DINNER & JAZZ CRUISE
DINNER SEATING AT 6 pm (dockside) OR 7:45 pm (sailing)

Judy & Rol (TravelJunkieJudy) No Lunch - 6 pm dinner
Pete & Gretchen (pdoeringer)
Ron & Vivian (Canisteo)
Marianne & Dirk (Cavmom) No Lunch - 6 pm dinner
Marilyn (Suds53)
Sharon & Denise (cdkuckyt2)
Pete & Sherry (CruisingSherry)
Bob & Mary (BuffaloBob)

RUNNING TOTAL: 16

Minimum Required For Tour: 25
Maximum Seats On Mini Bus: 32
Can I still get discount by calling to make a reservation? Is the cost for the dinner cruise $51 the other amount I saw in a different post? Sorry about being late to the party. :o It always feels like these cruises are so far away, then they sneak up on me!

pabi
October 6th, 2012, 09:08 PM
Can I still get discount by calling to make a reservation? Is the cost for the dinner cruise $51 the other amount I saw in a different post? Sorry about being late to the party. :o It always feels like these cruises are so far away, then they sneak up on me!
Laura either call them or go to their web site...as far as I know there are already about 25 to 30 people booked for the 6p.m. dinner. I paid 57.75 for each with the discount...if you get it for 51.00 that is a better deal ( and I got the discount for Cruise Critic Star Roll call )...if I remember orerctly they would charge 51 but it had to be booked as a group with a minimum and added to other tours etc etc....Everyone just did their own booking so that is why I believe the price became 57.75

deladela
October 6th, 2012, 10:17 PM
Laura either call them or go to their web site...as far as I know there are already about 25 to 30 people booked for the 6p.m. dinner. I paid 57.75 for each with the discount...if you get it for 51.00 that is a better deal ( and I got the discount for Cruise Critic Star Roll call )...if I remember orerctly they would charge 51 but it had to be booked as a group with a minimum and added to other tours etc etc....Everyone just did their own booking so that is why I believe the price became 57.75
Thanks! I just wanted to make sure I understood correctly before i tried to book. If I book through the website does it give me the discount price?

pabi
October 6th, 2012, 10:49 PM
Thanks! I just wanted to make sure I understood correctly before i tried to book. If I book through the website does it give me the discount price?
geez I can't remember how I did it...their email is cruises at neworleanssteamboat dot com.... send them an email and ask how to do it...it's better that way to make sure you get a discount

deladela
October 6th, 2012, 10:51 PM
geez I can't remember how I did it...their email is cruises at neworleanssteamboat dot com.... send them an email and ask how to do it...it's better that way to make sure you get a discount
Will do...thanks, Maria!