Disney Cruise Line offers unforgettable vacations no matter which port your cruise ship leaves from. But since Disney recently announced new Disney Cruise Line itineraries leaving from New Orleans, we thought we’d share what makes these trips in particular so special.
Live out your Princess and the Frog dreams
The Disney Wonder is the Disney Cruise Line ship that offers itineraries from New Orleans in 2020 and 2021. So that means you can dine at Tiana’s Place, the restaurant themed after The Princess and the Frog, while on vacation aboard the ship. This restaurant is immersive and includes several delicious dishes, not to mention the atmosphere transports you to the world of the animated film.
The Princess and the Frog takes place in New Orleans, so if this is one of your favorite movies, you will love immersing yourself in Tiana’s backyard and exploring the city of New Orleans and the bayou before the Disney Wonder sets sail. Finally get a taste of those authentic beignets Tiana and Lottie are always chatting about, or
Celebrate the magic of Mardi Gras
Departures of the Disney Wonder from New Orleans begin during Mardi Gras season, which New Orleans is known for. If you’re lucky, you could plan to be in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday — February 25, 2020 — for all the festivities. But no matter what time of year your cruise itinerary takes place, the magic and spirit of Mardi Gras is all around you in New Orleans. And when you dine at Tiana’s Place onboard the Disney Wonder, you’ll definitely get a taste of it!
Stay in New Orleans before or after the trip
There are so many places to explore and things to try in New Orleans that you’ll definitely want to stay in the city before or after your cruise departs. Disney Cruise Line recommends a couple of hotels for you to choose from, the InterContinental New Orleans and the Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue. You can book a stay at one of these hotels if you want one with Mickey’s stamp of approval, but you can always book your own (either way, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner can take care of booking your accommodations).
Disney has provided a full list of experiences they recommend trying when you visit New Orleans for your Disney Cruise Line vacation onboard the Disney Wonder. Here’s some of what New Orleans has to offer, courtesy of the Disney Cruise Line website:
Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral
Named for the 3 bronze statues of Andrew Jackson located at its center, Jackson Square is surrounded by the St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, the Presbytere, state museums and apartments whose lowers floors are filled with shops and restaurants. It’s also home to an open-air artist colony, with art on display outside the iron fence. Watch the passersby from the Café due Monde in the French Market while you enjoy authentic coffee and beignets. While you’re there, visit the oldest cathedral in the United States and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. Its towering center spire is flanked by 2 smaller ones and creates an opening to the plaza, which has been depicted in paintings, photographs and films as the iconic symbol of New Orleans.
Four lines of street cars originate in downtown New Orleans and can take you through the French Quarter and many other places where you’ll discover fine old mansions and experience the moods of this quaint city.
Enjoy this most popular destination in New Orleans. A historic open-air market, the French Market features shops, live music and spectacular dining at food stands, restaurants and outdoor dining venues. Originating as a Native American trading post in 1791, it became a hub for French and Spanish colonists who opened it up to traders from around the world. Its structure was designed in the 19th century by Joseph Abeilard, one of America’s first African American architects.
Take a boat down the Mississippi River for a special way of enjoying the lazy river and soaking in the ambiance of New Orleans.
Featuring over 2,000 animals in their natural habits, this is one of the top zoos in the U.S. See the zoo’s famous white alligator along with jaguars, gorillas, giraffes and more.
Louisiana Children’s Museum
Kids enjoy hands-on fun in 30,000 square feet of imaginative, interactive displays. Offering a diverse set of activities, the Museum teaches through interactive play across many disciplines including reading, math and architecture.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
One of the country’s most celebrated aquariums, this extraordinary museum features 15,000 sea life creatures—nearly 600 species! See rare and endangered species along with sharks, jellyfish, penguins, otters and more. Visit the Aquarium’s Amazon rainforest exhibit for an up-close look at exotic birds and giant anaconda snakes.
Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium
Experience insects like you never have before. The largest group of animals on earth, these creatures are fun to encounter in this insectarium, with animation and immersion theater to help explain their mysterious ways.
The National WWII Museum
Explore WWI through personal stories, rare artifacts, writings, photos, film and more. Understand better why this world-changing war was fought and what lessons can be learned from it.
The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint
This museum celebrates jazz in its birthplace through performances, interactive exhibitions and educational programming.
Horse and Carriage Tours
Step back in time and see the city in a special way when you travel the streets in a horse-drawn carriage.
This renowned musical venue is located in the French Quarter. Rich in history, it’s dedicated to preserving New Orleans jazz as well as being the premier current-day venue for live jazz performances.
New Orleans boasts over 1,499 restaurants and is considered one of the finest cities in the world for culinary exploration.
Select your perfect itinerary leaving from New Orleans
In 2020 and 2021, you can choose from a variety of fantastic itineraries for your trip aboard the Disney Wonder leaving from New Orleans. We’d recommend any of the itineraries listed below, but you can see for yourself which one appeals the most to you. All of them offer some pretty spectacular ports of call (and the fact that they leave from New Orleans makes them even more appealing).
- 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans sailing to Cozumel, Mexico
- 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans sailing to Progreso, Mexico and Cozumel, Mexico
- 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans sailing to Cozumel, Mexico, George Town, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth, Jamaica
- 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans sailing to Cozumel, Mexico, and George Town, Grand Cayman
- 7-Night Bahamian Cruise from New Orleans sailing to Key West, Florida, Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney Castaway Cay
- 14-Night Westbound Panama Canal Cruise from New Orleans ending in San Diego sailing to Cozumel, Mexico, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cartagena, Colombia, Panama Canal, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and San Diego, California
You can even book Port Adventures for your vacation, some of which can be experienced in the city of New Orleans itself. You can call Disney Cruise Line to add these Port Adventures to your trip, or your Authorized Disney Vacation Planner can take care of the booking for you.
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