New Orleans Industry Back From Katrina
Docked at the newly renovated Julia Street Cruise Terminal is Royal Caribbean's mammoth Voyager of the Seas. Voyager is one among several cruise ships that will now call New Orleans their home port. Also sailing out of the Crescent City are the Norwegian and Carnival lines. This marks the first time since Hurricane Katrina that the cruise industry has reached this size. It is also estimated the Royal Caribbean’s presence alone will account for 75,000 additional visitors to the City yearly. In total it is expected that nearly 1 million cruise passengers will set sail from our port in 2012 helping to affirm New Orleans' position as a top 10 cruise port in the United States. What better place to begin and end your cruise than New Orleans? New Orleans, is an ideal choice for cruise patrons to combine some extra time sightseeing, dining and antique shopping.
The Voyager accommodates 3,114 passengers in complete luxury as it sails on its seasonal 7 day western Caribbean adventure to exotic ports of call. This is one of the most feature filled and largest ships in the world. Imagine ice skating or rock climbing while at sea. The ship features a three level main show lounge featuring elaborate Broadway-style productions, dancers, singers, comedians and much more. Truly something for everyone. You can also enjoy the spacious casino, 9 hole mini golf course, shops, internet café and the list goes on. What about wining and dining? Voyager offers many bars, lounges and even a champagne bar. The main dining room is a three tiered masterpiece that is sure to please even the most particular diner. There are also several specialty dining venues for your pleasure as well as 24 hour room service.
The Spirit offers 7, 12, and 15 day cruises. It has 10 bars and lounges and many restaurants including a steakhouse and an Asian themed eatery. There are tons of entertainment options, spas, casinos and more. They also offer a freestyle cruising concept which allows you to eat where you want, when you want and with whomever you want. Spirit was refitted this past September with the addition of WiFi, flat screen TVs added to guest staterooms, new carpeting and upgrades to the Stardust Theater and the buffet restaurant, Raffles. As if all this isn’t enough how about three karaoke rooms, a basketball court and a golf driving net.
The Elation is one of two Carnival Ships available. The Elation offers 4 and 5 day cruises. There's instant gratification the moment you step aboard and view the 6 story atrium! The Italian officers and international crew boasts that this is the ultimate cruising experience. There is even a padded running track to help you control your caloric intake. The Galleria Shopping Mall offers hours shopping as do the three duty free stores. A casino and card rooms are offered for those who like to gamble. There are six whirlpools and three swimming pools as well as a children’s pool. In addition to the running track you can enjoy the fully equipped fitness center and aerobics room as well as the enormous nautical spa and health club. Other attractions are the 9 hole mini golf course, the barber shop and the beauty salon. Your dining experiences can vary from supplicated to a supper club atmosphere. Casual dining is, of course, available as is a 24 hour pizzeria. Want to try a European-style café or a sushi bar, no problem. As far as entertainment is concerned, have no fear. There are lounges, bars and clubs to fit every taste. In the lavish Las Vegas-style showroom no two shows are ever the same so you can go every night and be entertained anew.
The other Carnival ship is the Conquest that offers a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise. It is more than three football fields in length with 60% of the staterooms featuring ocean views and 60% of those offering balconies. It is said that getting lost on this sea going colossus is half the fun since you will discover all the ship has to offer. Just like all of the ships highlighted, the Conquest offers all of the standard amenities one would expect plus several surprises of her own. There are four swimming pools with one offering a 214 foot long water slide. It has a 15,000 square foot health and fitness facility, basketball and volleyball courts, arcades and a teen coffee bar and dance club.
If you have a penchant for river cruising, there's the Delta Queen, the Mississippi Queen and the American Queen all sailing on the Mighty Mississippi River and leaving out of New Orleans for your nautical pleasure.