Cruises From New Orleans Wide Variety Cruise Ship Choices – In the Gulf of Mexic0 region of the United States, for years, people had a choice of one Carnival ship out of Mobile, Alabama and two Carnival ships out of New Orleans, Lousiana.
Now, five cruise lines are offering Caribbean cruises from four Gulf of Mexico cruise ports: New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama; Galveston, Texas and Tampa, Florida.
This is especially important during a severe weather event, when cruise lines may need to redirect ships to other Gulf of Mexico ports at the end of a cruise, other than the original embarkation port. Your ship may embark from one port, but may return to one of three other Gulf ports. The cruise line will shuttle you via land back to the affected port, during a significant event preventing the ship’s return to the port.
New Orleans History
As a port, New Orleans played a major role during the antebellum era in the Atlantic slave trade. The port handled commodities for export from the interior and imported goods from other countries, which were warehoused and transferred in New Orleans to smaller vessels and distributed along the Mississippi River watershed.
The river was filled with steamboats, flatboats and sailing ships. Despite its role in the slave trade, New Orleans at the time had the largest and most prosperous community of free persons of color in the nation, who were often educated, middle-class property owners.
New Orleans was originally settled on the river’s natural levees or high ground. After the Flood Control Act of 1965, the US Army Corps of Engineers built floodwalls and man-made leveesaround a much larger geographic footprint that included previous marshland and swamp. Over time, pumping of water from marshland allowed for development into lower elevation areas. Today, a large portion of the city is at or below local mean sea level. Evidence suggests that portions of the city may be dropping in elevation due to subsidence. Being that the motion of the earth’s surface is shifting downwards relative to sea level.
New Orleans is world-famous for its abundance of architectural styles that reflect the city’s multicultural heritage. Though New Orleans possesses numerous structures of national architectural significance, it is equally, if not more, revered for its enormous, largely intact (even post-Katrina) historic built environment.
Twenty National Register Historic Districts have been established, and fourteen local historic districts aid in preservation. Thirteen of the districts are administered by the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC), while one—the French Quarter—is administered by the Vieux Carre Commission (VCC). Additionally, both the National Park Service, via the National Register of Historic Places, and the HDLC have landmarked individual buildings, many of which lie outside the boundaries of existing historic districts.
Cruise Lines Offering Gulf of Mexico Caribbean Cruises
- Disney Cruise Lines has six cruises scheduled from New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Norwegian Cruise Lines is sailing from New Orleans aboard the Norwegian Breakaway and from Tampa with Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Pearl on 5, 7, 11, 12 and 14 day Caribbean cruises.
- Royal Caribbean Cruise Line will have Caribbean cruises from New Orleans and Brilliance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas will sail from Tampa.
- Carnival Cruise Line is offering 4, 5 and 8 night cruises from Mobile, Alabama and Carnival Legend, Carnival Miracle and Carnival Paradise sail from Tampa, Florida.
- Holland America Line‘s Rotterdam sails from Tampa with 7, 14 and 21 -day Caribbean cruises
- Gulf of Mexico Cruise Ship Tracker
- Carnival Cruise Ship Cameras
- Norwegian Cruise Line Cameras
- Royal Caribbean Cruise Cameras
- Cruise Ship Weather – Caribbean
- Webcams in Louisiana
- New Orleans – Wikipedia
- Hurricane Katrina Category 5 New Orleans Landfall
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