In the business section of today's local paper was an article regarding the schedule for the Port of New Orleans cruise schedule
today - The Delphin Renaissance (for one night)
Oct 26, 2006 - Sensation returns
Conquest - no committment given to return to New Orleans.."Carnival is examining avenues for full resumption of cruise service from New Orleans..It does continue to be our intention to bring a seven day product back to New Orleans. We're still analyzing fleet deployment plans going forward, but we haven't decided which ship will go back there (N.O.)"....I'm betting that they are chatting with the city and the port to bring the Carnival Freedom here for it's debut in Feb 2007..From a political and public relations perspective, this would be the home run for the city and generate tourism and Carnival...
Dec 2nd, 2006 - Grandeur of the Seas
Nov - Norwegian Sun
Feb 9th-11th - The Arcadia
Feb 22-24- Swan Hellenic Cruise Line - The Minerva will stop for Mardi Gras
It is hard watching the local news to determine exactly what condition downtown New Orleans is in. I see pictures of people walking through the Quarter and apparently some bars and restaurants are open.
Then they switch to shots of the various neighborhoods which were devasted.
Is downtown open and running with business as usual ? What about the hotels in the Quarter and on Canal ? Is the Hyatt open ?
Are any famous downtown restaurants still closed ?
Kuki..my offer is still open to host a New Orleans style pre cruise party when you do the group cruise in a traditional Creole format...if guest who visit our city just go to the French Quarter they are missing some of the real gems of our city...I can also arrange a 9th ward tour, which hopefully by then will be back to life
Tide Pride...what you are seeing is correct..the French Quarter and uptown were not damaged (did not have water) so it is alive and well and planning on hosting Mardi Gras...It's the Lakeview section, lower 9th ward and New Orleans East that has received the damage
The Hyatt hotel is open and doing business primarily with FEMA relief workers so if you are thinking about coming to visit soon, you might consider another place
I think if you have the opportunity in the next month or so, to come see it with your own eyes, you will have a better understanding of the devastation that tv cannot effectively portray
When i was there for Halloween last year, my first visit, I fell in love with the city. There were about 800+ of us in town that weekend, along with a motorcycle gathering, some from Houston, Texas, the Vampire ball..etc. Anyway, I was on the river walk at the Hilton, we went to the infamous Pat O'Brien's. A friend worked at the Emeril's there, not certain which one.
How are those places? When the CM cruise goes out of N.O. I WILL
Skymaster...you can keep the Grandeur, and maybe Royal Caribbean will put a larger ship in New Orleans
CruisinK ...Fire and Ice (which is actually in the Metarie, which is a superb) was awesome...I believe of the other two, one is open and one is not, but I'll double check to let you know since I'll be in town this weekend
Thanks Venice,,,I'll take the Grandeur! I wish we could get larger ships into port here in Tampa, but about 70,000 Tons is the maximum we can get under the Skyway Bridge. Yep, Grandeur is old, but she sure looked good here in port with the Legend of the Seas this month. Actually, I like that size ship, very comfortable cruise. :o
See you aboard,
If CruiseMates does a group from New Orleans I will definately consider that. I have not been back there for more than a day at a time since my daughter was born there in 1970. She now lives in Houma so that is as near as I have been. It would be great to book a cruise from there and fly down a day or two ahead. Even better if it were with Carnival, my favorites!!!