New Orleans – Not just a Port

Not only is New Orleans a destination that is worthy as a vacation destination in its own right, but it also happens to be a cruise port and is the perfect addition to your cruise vacation. Here you will find fascination from a land steeped in history with a cultural mix of the French, Caribbean, Africa making it a true American tapestry woven of rich vibrant colors. Come to explore its people and be amazed by the warm hospitality, delight in the historic architecture that is the French Quarter or party with your friends in an atmosphere where an average evening is more electric than New Years Eve – and that is even when it is not Mardi Gras time.


New Orleans School of Cooking

ChefThis is an entertaining and informative cooking class located in a renovated molasses warehouse in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Learn the basics of Louisiana cooking from professional chefs and learn how to make classic New Orleans specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya and pralines. Enjoy a delectable meal accompanied by complimentary beer, iced tea and coffee, and take the recipes home with you! When I told my husband this was on our itinerary, he just rolled his eyes. As we walked in and found our seats, he sat quiet, pensive, looking like a small child that has just be given the task of writing a paper on the life-cycle of the blow fly. But within minutes of meeting Chef Kevin we were both enthralled with his warm style, sharp wit and complete mastery of his profession, this class turned into a highlight of our day. Even if you are not a foodie, I highly recommend you spend a few hours at the New Orleans School of Cooking, and don’t forget to pick up some of Chef Kevin’s Bayou Seasoning!

Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour

How could you possible go to New Orleans and not take a swamp tour? Don’t miss this! Nowhere is Louisiana’s wildlife more abundant than in the swamps and bayous of New Orleans. After crossing the Mississippi River, you will take a boat ride through these swamps and bayous, be on the lookout for alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles and native birds. Hear stories from your guide about local Cajun culture and the mysteries of the swamp. To get your adrenaline in high gear, go for the air boat tour!

New Orleans French Quarter Segway Tour

For something different, learn about the rich and vibrant history of the French Quarter on a Segway! Explore the area, cruise along the Mississippi River, stop by Louis Armstrong Park, visit Jackson Square. You will have a guide the to explain about the city’s architecture, history and folklore. Both two and three hour tours are available.Jackson Square

Haunted History Ghost Tour

Best experienced at night, New Orleans ghost tours will show you the grim and ghastly deeds of the old French Quarter. Secret and sinister, most of these events occurred a very long time ago, but more than just legends remain. Ghosts and Spirits still haunt the legendary Vieux Carre. Escape into the past as your offbeat, theatrical New Orleans tour guide provides you with an eerie, chilling yet fun-filled adventure!

Audubon Aquarium of the AmericasSeaLife DC1400 Many of the aquariums I have visited around the country left me feeling, well, disappointed. Maybe it is the location, maybe it is just nice to take a break from the heat of the day and spend several hours gazing at the fish, but whatever the reason a trip to New Orleans always means a stop at this aquarium. This is a great addition to your New Orleans trip.


We can not only book your hotel, flights and car rental, Midwest Travel Solutions is your full service Kansas City Travel Agency – -we can book these fun additions to your New Orleans vacation, pre or post cruise stay.

Think it sounds like fun, but not sure what a cruise is like. Give Midwest Travel Solutions a call and we can help you pick out a cruise that fits your budget, but more importantly the line that is best suited to you, your tastes and your traveling companions.

Who sails out of New Orleans?
• Royal Caribbean
• Norwegian Cruise Lines
• Carnival Cruise Lines
• Great American Steamboat Company
• American Cruise Lines
• Blount Small Ship Adventures

Midwest Travel Solutions can help you plan your perfect cruise out of New Orleans, and offer you an unbeatable price on all Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, and the Great American Steamboat Company sailings. We are a preferred agency and as such, we can meet or beat any price that you can book yourself.

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