Showing off our family-friendly cruise destination

Message from the CEO

At the Port of New Orleans we all know the jewel that is the Crescent City. Recently, Travel + Leisure Magazine ranked New Orleans the second-best city to visit in the U.S. and Canada, and No. 7 in the world!

The magazine called New Orleans “a liberal, epicurean island in the middle of the Conservative South, but spend any amount of time here and it’s obvious that there’s a cultural depth that extends way beyond the hedonistic frivolity of Bourbon Street.”

The message Travel + Leisure wrote to its readers is on point with the message the Port recently delivered to top cruise line executives attending the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) meetings held in New Orleans in June.

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As the 6th-largest cruise port in the United States, New Orleans is much more than to-go cocktails and Bourbon Street. It’s a city rich in culture, art and activities for the whole family. Just steps away from the Port’s cruise terminals are the Aquarium of the Americas, National World War II Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World and the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk to name a few.

Our FCCA convention guests enjoyed eco-tours in the Louisiana swamp, the 4-D Tom Hanks-produced movie at the National World War II Museum and the artist float builders at Mardi Gras World. Tourism leaders tout the city’s renaissance with numerous new boutique hotels, award-winning restaurants and family-friendly activities that abound throughout the region, such as the Audubon Zoo and Louisiana Children’s Museum.

Tourism plays a major role in the New Orleans economy and our cruise guests typically spend a night or two here either before or after their cruise. It’s like two vacations in one.

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New and larger cruise ships deployed to the Port of New Orleans have pushed passenger totals to new heights the last five years, as we’ve topped 1 million passengers the last two years. Year-round 4- and 5-day cruises, along with week-long eastern and western Caribbean cruises allow for a variety of itineraries for families to choose from.

As the Port’s cruise industry grows, we want to showcase New Orleans as a family-oriented destination where there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We believe our friends from the FCCA would agree.

Gary P. LaGrange, PPM
President and CEO

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