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13 Day New Orleans & Cajun Country with 7 Day Western Caribbean Cruise


Escorted Tour & Cruise Package Includes

  • Round trip flights NYC-New Orleans
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights New Orleans
    • 2 nights Baton Rouge
    • 1 night Lafayette
    • 7 nights Serenade of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International®
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers
  • 28 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 2-6)
  • Services of local guides in all major cities (Days 2-6)
  • Entrance fees per itinerary (Days 2-6)

Special Features


This escorted tour and cruise package includes the services of a tour manager for Days 2-6. The tour manager will not accompany passengers on the cruise

DAY 1, Monday - Arrive in New Orleans
Arrive in New Orleans and transfer to your hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation
Overnight: New Orleans
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2, Tuesday - French Quarter Tour
This morning join a half day tour of the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans and perhaps most well known for the famed Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras festivities. The tour includes entry to the Cabildo – State Museum, detailing the entire history of Louisiana, on the edge of Jackson Square, named after General Andrew Jackson. The French Quarter remains a cultural focal point of the city, blending its traditional past with modern elements to create a captivating and lively district. Take the afternoon to explore more of the city independently
Optional: Half Day Laura Creole Plantation (PM)
Overnight: New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Wednesday - New Orleans City Tour, Baton Rouge City Tour
After breakfast, continue touring some of New Orleans' more distinctive neighborhoods. Drive through the Garden District to view a beautifully preserved collection of historic mansions dating back to the early 19th century. You will have the opportunity to see some of the continuing efforts of the Katrina Discovery. The city sits on the bank of the Mississippi River and as a result sections of it have unfortunately succumb to massive flooding over the years. However, the region is still popular with landmarks such as the Industrial Canal and the Doullut Steamboat houses. After the tour head to Baton Rouge, arriving in time to enjoy lunch downtown. Spend the afternoon visiting the State Capitol building, the Louisiana State Museum and the political museum housed in the building of the former State Capitol
Overnight: Baton Rouge
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Full Day in Baton Rouge
Spend the day independently exploring downtown Baton Rouge. There is no shortage of history and culture in this city built on the hunting grounds of Native American people and settled by French explorers. Blending together Spanish, French, Creole and Cajun cultures results in a delicious combination of restaurants to chose from for lunch and dinner. Consider joining a full day excursion to the village of Natchez in Mississippi
Optional: Full Day Natchez
Overnight: Baton Rouge
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Atchafalaya Basin En Route to Lafayette
Depart this morning for the city of Lafayette with a full day of sightseeing along the way, starting with an adventurous swamp tour on the Atchafalaya basin, the largest wetland and swamp in the Unites States. Coast along this distributary of the Mississippi and try to spot some of the native alligators that live in the swamp basin. Continue on to Vermilionville to enjoy a delicious Creole-flavored lunch at La Cuisine de Maman. Visit this reconstructed historical village and learn about life in the 18th and 19th centuries among the settlers and Native Americans of southern Louisiana and view artisans demonstrating the crafts of the time. Before dinner, visit Martin Accordions for a presentation by the Martin Family on the process behind making their famous Cajun accordions and the history of Cajun music. The family will also treat you to a lively performance, including Cajun and Zydeco music. From here, the tour continues to Lafayette. This Evening, savor a farewell dinner at Randol's, a local Cajun restaurant that offers wonderful locally sourced food, including its own raised crawfish and crabs
Overnight: Lafayette
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Avery Island En Route to New Orleans, Embark Cruise
Today drive back to New Orleans, stopping in Avery Island, known as the source of Tabasco sauce. From the Visitor Center, enjoy a tour of the pepper sauce factory to learn how the sauce is made, aged, bottled and packaged, complete with tastings, samples and free recipes. Continue to New Orleans for embarkation
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - At Sea
Enjoy a day at sea aboard the ship as you sail south through the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Take the chance to explore the amazing amenities of your ship. Spend the day relaxing at the onboard spa, scale the rock climbing wall, or try your luck at the casino this evening
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - At Sea
Enjoy another day at sea as you sail toward Jamaica
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Falmouth, Jamaica
At 9:00 am arrive at Falmouth, Jamaica, once a hub for the sugar, molasses and rum trade. Stroll the city's streets lined with beautiful Georgian architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, or perhaps join a tour to the island's scenic interior to visit a rum factory. Be sure to visit a local restaurant to taste the island specialty, Jamaican Jerk, a spice mixture and cooking technique used for every kind of meat and seafood. At 6:00 pm set sail for Grand Cayman
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - George Town, Grand Cayman
At 7:00 am, arrive in George Town, part of the Cayman Islands. Sun lovers will want to kick back and relax on the world famous Seven-Mile Beach, while the more adventurous will not want to miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Stingray City Sandbar. Here visitors will not only have the chance to snorkel with the local Caribbean stingrays, but also to feed and pet these gentle animals. This afternoon set sail at 4:00 pm for Mexico
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Cozumel, Mexico
Arrive in Cozumel at 9:00 am, and begin a fun filled day of exploration under the Caribbean sun. Water sport enthusiasts will not want to miss the secluded coves of Cozumel's beaches which make for some of the finest snorkeling in the world. If you are looking for a break from the beach, perhaps join a tour to the nearby Mayan ruins of Tulum. Dating back to 600 AD, these ruins are a breathtaking example of the precise architectural skills of this lost civilization. Set sail at 5:30 pm for New Orleans
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - At Sea
Enjoy a day at leisure aboard the ship. Challenge your traveling companions to a round of miniature golf, or soak in one of the hot tubs as you take in the amazing ocean views
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Return Home
This morning, arrive in New Orleans at 7:00 am. Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Half Day Laura Creole Plantation

    Day #2 01 Oct 2013 - 30 Apr 2015         $59
    The Laura Plantation delivers a unique and involved view of daily life on an 18th and 19th century plantation; A complete cultural history of Louisiana's Creole population, and a dramatic, in-depth look at one Creole family. Your tour will begin at Maison Principale, built in 1805, into its raised basement and galleries, and into men's and women's chambers & offices, service rooms and common rooms. This portion of the tour spotlights the charmed but tragic lives of the plantation's inhabitants, viewing the heirlooms and personal effects of the family. You will be introduced to numerous Creole traditions and examine the skilled craftsmanship of enslaved artisans. The visit continues to the main grounds of the plantation, surrounded by sugarcane fields and main buildings, including the Jardin Français, the kitchen garden, and Laura's new BananaLand. This places visitors at the exact locations where stories recalling the sobering events of human slavery happened. You will continue on to see a series of 1840s slave cabins where sugarcane workers lived until 1977 and where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin, better known as the legendary rascal Br'er Rabbit, were recorded.

    Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

    Full Day Natchez

    Day #4 01 Oct 2013 - 30 Apr 2015         $79
    Today offers a taste of the antebellum grandeur of Louisiana's historic mansions. The first stop is Longwood. This eight-sided mansion is as unique inside as it is out. While the first floor contains much of the original furnishings from the late 1800's, the upper floors remain unfinished, work having been abandoned at the onset of the Civil War and never completed. Next visit Stanton Hall, a mid 19th century Greek Revival style mansion. The home features elaborate ornamentation and detail, as well as many original furnishings and antiques from the Natchez area. Lunch included.

    Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    *Not Included:
    Royal Caribbean Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses, optional tours, shore excursions, and gratuities.

    Royal Caribbean International® reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement on all guests if the price of West Texas Intermediate fuel exceeds $65.00 per barrel. The fuel supplement for 1st and 2nd guests would be no more than $10 per guest per day, to a maximum of $140 per cruise; and for additional guests would be no more than $5 per person per day, to a maximum of $70 per cruise.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passengers disembarking to the airport should select flights that depart no earlier than 11 am.

    Reservations may only be completed for one cabin. Customers requiring multiple cabins will require one reservation per cabin.

    Shore excursions may be booked in advance online or by phone with Royal Caribbean International®. Alternatively, tours can be purchased onboard and are subject to advance booking restrictions and availability.

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    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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