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NAHA March 1st, 2012 10:51 AM

All Things NOLA!
 
Hello fellow cruisers! This thread has been started to give all of us a place to share our information about visiting New Orleans, LA! Royal Caribbean is returning to New Orleans as a departure port and I thought it would be a good idea to have a special place to go to discuss the ins and outs of visiting this unique city.

So please come and visit and read and share any of your thoughts! :)

NAHA March 1st, 2012 12:13 PM

If any cruisers have been to NOLA recently, what one thing did you do that you would consider a "must do"?

Our group will be in New Orleans 2-4 days after our cruise and would like tour info, hotel info and restaurant/food recommendations.

Thanks for any information that you share!:D

flames March 1st, 2012 05:06 PM

Hi Mary, I have not been to New Orleans yet but I am hoping to hear from people that have been there before and can give us good info the the City;)

We will be staying for 3 or 4 days after the cruise and hope to do some real good tours, if anyone can tell us about the tours they have been on that would be a help for us to choose one:cool:

Mary, thank you for getting this started and I hope we will get lots of people helping us with our visit to New Orleans:)

Carol:)

Host Corkey March 1st, 2012 06:55 PM

Hi Mary - Flames Carol....

Thanks for starting this thread Mary - I want to know as much as i can about NO too - I haven't been there in over 20 yrs so it'll be a brand new thing for us as well - I have the NO App on my Ipad..

looking forward to being with all of you - now, I need to get myself on the Navigator thread - I was gone and when I got back, I had jet lag so badly - finally woke up after a month!! call my Sleeping Ugly!!!

Corkey Carol

NAHA March 1st, 2012 07:58 PM

Hello, Carol and Carol! Good to see you.

Yes, tours are def on the list of "to do" things. Ghost Tour, Plantation Tour, Cemetery Tour, there are many vendors and tours to check out ~ but we do have a bit of time! I think we will not have such a rush for tours because we are staying after...

Also, does anyone know the name of that grocery store that makes the original muffalata?

barnismom March 1st, 2012 11:19 PM

Here We Come!
 
Patrick and I visited this lovely city the year before Hurricane Katrina; it was our 5th anniversary.

We have so many wonderful memories of our long-weekend and want to share this and look forward to the new experiences with all of you. We went to: the French Market, Jackson Square, visited and strolled through the French Quarter, went to Preservation Jazz Hall and experienced an intimate performance, rode the St. Charles streetcar, did a wonderful overview city tour of NOLA through Grey Lines, and even gambled at Harrah's; there was a large marketplace linked to the Hilton too. We ate at: Cafe du Monde, Emeril's and Brennan's and had a famous hurricane at Pat O'Briens.

What we loved about "NOLA" included the food and the people! At Brennan's I had a personal escort to the ladies room if you can believe that!

NOLA will never be the same after our visit!


NAHA March 2nd, 2012 12:07 AM

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Originally Posted by barnismom (Post 32687398)
Patrick and I visited this lovely city the year before Hurricane Katrina; it was our 5th anniversary.

We have so many wonderful memories of our long-weekend and want to share this and look forward to the new experiences with all of you. We went to: the French Market, Jackson Square, visited and strolled through the French Quarter, went to Preservation Jazz Hall and experienced an intimate performance, rode the St. Charles streetcar, did a wonderful overview city tour of NOLA through Grey Lines, and even gambled at Harrah's; there was a large marketplace linked to the Hilton too. We ate at: Cafe du Monde, Emeril's and Brennan's and had a famous hurricane at Pat O'Briens.

What we loved about "NOLA" included the food and the people! At Brennan's I had a personal escort to the ladies room if you can believe that!

NOLA will never be the same after our visit!


Oh, Janice, I would love to try Brennan's! Steve also mentioned Emeril's. I think that is Emeril's first location, isn't it?

Grey Lines is the tour company Steve and I used when we went to Mt. Rainier in Washington. We were very, very pleased with the tour and the service.

We will definitely do the town right!

NAHA March 2nd, 2012 12:14 AM

Found it~the original muffelata is made at the Central Grocery Store on Decatur Street. :D

barnismom March 2nd, 2012 02:31 AM

Established Restaurants
 
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Originally Posted by NAHA (Post 32687927)
Oh, Janice, I would love to try Brennan's! Steve also mentioned Emeril's. I think that is Emeril's first location, isn't it?

Grey Lines is the tour company Steve and I used when we went to Mt. Rainier in Washington. We were very, very pleased with the tour and the service.

We will definitely do the town right!

Mary, Brennan's invented the bananas foster which we did have for dessert! It is very close to Pat O'Briens too. The service was stellar as was the hospitality!

Emeril's was in close proximity to the Embassy Suites. However, if you look he has other NOLA restaurants too. I have heard and read a lot about Commander's Palace too.

The thing about the Grey Lines tours is you know what you are getting...however, Chef Peg made a wonderful recommendation which we should also explore.

barnismom March 2nd, 2012 02:34 AM

Muffelta
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NAHA (Post 32687995)
Found it~the original muffelata is made at the Central Grocery Store on Decatur Street. :D

Mary, that's one thing we never tried...in fact we cannot remember where we had lunch! Oh we have to also visit Aunt Sally's for the praelines which is near the French Market! Oh, I do remember that you can walk around NOLA with your drinks of choice!

Host Corkey March 2nd, 2012 06:23 PM

I can't wait to go to Aunt Sally's altho' you can send for the pralines online - we also went to O-Brien's... the Narchez river tour, and I can't remember what else altho' we did a lot of walking around the French Qtr... this thread is going to be great reading about all the places we will be able to see there... Corkey Carol

flames March 3rd, 2012 12:59 AM

Hi Everyone, I have been very busy this week but I will try and be here tomorrow ;)

I am excited on going to NOLA, and that is my mother's name, I wish I could have told her as she passed away 2 years ago this August:(

Catch you all tomorrow;)

Carol:)

barnismom March 3rd, 2012 03:11 AM

Plantation Tour
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by corkey (Post 32698525)
I can't wait to go to Aunt Sally's altho' you can send for the pralines online - we also went to O-Brien's... the Narchez river tour, and I can't remember what else altho' we did a lot of walking around the French Qtr... this thread is going to be great reading about all the places we will be able to see there... Corkey Carol

Corkey Carol, a must for me this trip is a tour (& lunch) at one of the plantations. Oh of course for those who have never been the cemetery tour is so unique. Initially the thought of walking around "dead people" was creepy but the mausoleums are such work of art. Patrick and I also walked through the Audubon Zoo area (after riding the St. Charles Streetcar) and caught a ferry (or sometning) back down the Mississippi back to the Hilton area with the shops. Oh this brings back such special memories except what we did for LUNCH!

Host Corkey March 3rd, 2012 04:19 AM



Janice...
We did a plantation tour in Baton Rouge....it was so interesting...I even bought a book that is a novel re: a plantation...forgot if it is fiction or non...I even I had the book til now. A worker at Dow Chemicals from that area gave narce a book that has ghost stories...cuz went several times on business there.

Can 't wait to go.....carol

NAHA March 3rd, 2012 07:52 PM

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Originally Posted by barnismom (Post 32703810)
Corkey Carol, a must for me this trip is a tour (& lunch) at one of the plantations. Oh of course for those who have never been the cemetery tour is so unique. Initially the thought of walking around "dead people" was creepy but the mausoleums are such work of art. Patrick and I also walked through the Audubon Zoo area (after riding the St. Charles Streetcar) and caught a ferry (or sometning) back down the Mississippi back to the Hilton area with the shops. Oh this brings back such special memories except what we did for LUNCH!

I have heard from several people that the plantation tours are really wonderful. Janice, I remember some of the pics you sent of the cemeteries, the grave markers are very beautiful sculptures, I would love to see them. Carol B. and I would love to go on a ghost tour, Corkey Carol and Janice, are you guys up to that too? So glad we are staying a few days, we will have plenty of time to see many things.

How do you all feel about staying at a hotel in the French Quarter? Is it a little too loud to be restful at nite? I like the Embassy Suites, but I will be watchful on price on the hotel....

NAHA March 3rd, 2012 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by corkey (Post 32703972)

Janice...
We did a plantation tour in Baton Rouge....it was so interesting...I even bought a book that is a novel re: a plantation...forgot if it is fiction or non...I even I had the book til now. A worker at Dow Chemicals from that area gave narce a book that has ghost stories...cuz went several times on business there.

Can 't wait to go.....carol


Corkey, what were some of your favorite things about the plantation tour?

NAHA March 3rd, 2012 07:55 PM

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Originally Posted by barnismom (Post 32688839)
Mary, Brennan's invented the bananas foster which we did have for dessert! It is very close to Pat O'Briens too. The service was stellar as was the hospitality!

Emeril's was in close proximity to the Embassy Suites. However, if you look he has other NOLA restaurants too. I have heard and read a lot about Commander's Palace too.

The thing about the Grey Lines tours is you know what you are getting...however, Chef Peg made a wonderful recommendation which we should also explore.

Not a big banana person, but I would certainly try a bite!!;)

Host Corkey March 4th, 2012 01:18 AM

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Originally Posted by NAHA (Post 32713495)
Corkey, what were some of your favorite things about the plantation tour?


The ballrooms - furniture- decorations - kitchen-- of course the gardens were beautiful and I love the guides cuz of the stories re: the people who lived there - I must look into books re: stories of plantations. corkey c.

barnismom March 5th, 2012 12:28 AM

Ghost Tour
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NAHA (Post 32713483)
I have heard from several people that the plantation tours are really wonderful. Janice, I remember some of the pics you sent of the cemeteries, the grave markers are very beautiful sculptures, I would love to see them. Carol B. and I would love to go on a ghost tour, Corkey Carol and Janice, are you guys up to that too? So glad we are staying a few days, we will have plenty of time to see many things.

How do you all feel about staying at a hotel in the French Quarter? Is it a little too loud to be restful at nite? I like the Embassy Suites, but I will be watchful on price on the hotel....

Mary, Patrick and I are game for a ghost tour. I think we saw the people lining up (across the street) when we were waiting to get into the Presevation Jazz Hall performance. It looked like a small intimate group that night!

I think Patrick and I went to that store later...I bought some voodoo dolls for souvenirs at the French Market one day and some beautiful slate artwork that I managed to bring home in one piece.

NAHA March 5th, 2012 01:12 AM

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Originally Posted by corkey (Post 32717173)
The ballrooms - furniture- decorations - kitchen-- of course the gardens were beautiful and I love the guides cuz of the stories re: the people who lived there - I must look into books re: stories of plantations. corkey c.

This sounds like an interesting tour, I really enjoy history and seeing a real plantation would be quite an experience...and a mint julep wouldn't hurt!:D


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