New Orleans CruisesNew Orleans is like no other city in the United States. It is a city that takes immense pride in its rich history and regularly pays homage to all things that make New Orleans a wonderfully unique and diverse place. Discovered by the French in 1682, New Orleans was passed back and forth between the French and Spanish during its first century as a European Colony. As a result of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, New Orleans became part of the United States. Even today, over 200 years later, French and Spanish influences can still be seen throughout the city. New Orleans is a city that revels in Sun Set View of New
The French Quarter of New OrleansThere is so much to do and see while in New Orleans that vacationers may plan on arriving in the city a few days early prior to their ships' departure or prolong French Quarter in New Orleans their trip once the ship returns to port. Whether you are a drinker or not, the French Quarter is a must see for anyone exploring New Orleans for the first time. World famous Bourbon Street is exploding with cafes, bars, shops and clubs. Tourists crowd the streets taking in the sights and sounds around them. Wildly entertaining street performers regularly put on shows, showing off their various and often unique talents. Jazz
Beautiful New Orleans Neighborhoods and Historic SightsA great way to see other areas of the city is a ride on the St. Charles Streetcar. Riders can sit back, relax and truly take in all of the beauty encompassing New Orleans. Beginning in the Central Business District at Canal Street, the streetcar travels through the magnificent Garden District. Magnolias, stately oak trees and palms line the streets and fill the yards of historic homes. Gorgeous homes with wraparound houses, Tulane University and Audubon Park are some of the sights to be seen. Anne Rice, whose novels cast New Orleans as a main character, has two homes in the Garden District. The trip ends at Palmer Park and takes approximately an hour and a half. New Orleans was also home to the esteemed writer William Faulkner. His old home has been turned into a very inviting bookshop that sells many of Faulkner's first editions. Lovers of literature will take great pleasure in visiting this place that was the sight of so much creativity. New Orleans has always had a love affair with the Mississippi River. Various boat rides are offered down this mighty river. A visit to New Orleans will leave a lasting imprint in the minds of travelers of a city that walks to the beat of their own drummer and makes no apologies for it.
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