A new paddlewheeler is set to start offering Mississippi River trips this month in New Orleans. The Associated Press was given the first look at the boat, called the City of New Orleans.The paddlewheeler is coming full circle, back to the state where it was built in 1991. For years it operated as a casino boat in Rock Island, Illinois, until the mid-1990s. But after that state legalized onshore casinos, the boat became obsolete, said Matthew Dow, project manager heading the vessel’s renovation. The then-named “Casino Rock Island” sat unused for years until it was purchased by the New Orleans Steamboat Company in 2016."We instantly fell in love with the boat," Dow said. "We saw the potential in her and knew that we could do her justice and bring her back not only to her former glory but well beyond that."Dow said the vessel already looked the part of a New Orleans riverboat, with its curved decks, plentiful windows, decorative fleurs de lis and giant … [Read more...] about City of New Orleans paddlewheeler to start cruising this month. See inside.
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The first four-day Disney cruise sold out in just an hour, and more cruise lines are about to launch bigger ships and longer cruises from the Port of New Orleans.Disney announced in September that cruises out of New Orleans would start in early 2019.When tickets went on sale, “You wouldn’t believe the people that jumped on that,” said Brenda Walker. She and her husband Billy Walker own Coast Cruises and More, a Cruise Planners franchise, and are American Express Travel representatives.The day Disney opened reservations to the general public, she was on the website trying to book cabins. Mickey, Minnie and Disney Cruise Lines headed to N.O. port for first time Disney Cruise Line is headed to — and from — New Orleans. “It sold out in one hour. The whole cruise,” she said. “It just shows you how eager people are to cruise local.”More varietyNow, more cruise lines are “testing the waters,” she said, … [Read more...] about Disney cruise line from Port of New Orleans sells out in an hour; more cruises following suit
Leigh Guidry Lafayette Daily Advertiser Published 12:10 PM EDT Sep 27, 2018 Disney Cruise Line announced Thursday that you can set sail with Mickey and Minnie from New Orleans for the first time ever beginning in 2020. The limited-time Disney Cruise Line voyages will take travelers to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Baja, the Panama Canal and the Pacific Coast. The first voyage from New Orleans is set for Feb. 14, 2020, and will take through Mexico, Grand Cayman and Jamaica over seven nights. Advance booking windows are open now before reservations open to the general public Oct. 4. MORE: Places to explore in South Louisiana … [Read more...] about You can take a Disney cruise out of New Orleans soon
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No cruise line likes to be associated with the Titanic, but a viral video of a water line break on the Carnival Dream looked eerily like scenes from the 1997 film.While the incident that took place on May 3 was quickly dealt with by Carnival Cruise Line, video from passenger Marla DeAnn Haase got the attention of the world as the hallway on Deck 9 looked to be under several inches of water.The post, which is no longer visible, went up Friday saying “Um....FB folks.....this is a rare moment of internet connection ....we are flooding on a cruise, we heard the violins and the silverware all came crashing down. What in the world....say a prayer for is [sic] all.”The ship that currently sails out of New Orleans was in the middle of a 7-night western Caribbean cruise, and has since returned to the port. Carnival Cruise Line said in a press release the water main break had no effect on the safety of the ship.“Both our crew and our guests were amazing during this … [Read more...] about Flooding on Carnival cruise ship like scene out of ‘Titanic’