Port Officials Say ‘New Orleans is Open for Business’

Not even Hurricane Isaac could keep New Orleans down. Port officials are reporting  minimal damage to the area and port operations should be getting back to normal in no time. “New Orleans is open for business and there are no impediments to reach our cruise terminals,” said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO. “Most of […]

Carnival Elation Passengers Urged to Monitor Website

UPDATE 6PM: Carnival Elation will stay at sea on Thursday (8/30) and return to Mobile, Alabama on Friday (8/31). Please see the revised statement here. The Port of New Orleans shut down on Monday afternoon because of Hurricane Isaac, since then Carnival has issued a statement on their website for passengers on the 8/30 (Thursday) […]

Port of New Orleans Shuts Down, No Cruises Affected

The Port of New Orleans shut down at 5pm Monday afternoon to brace for upcoming Hurricane Isaac. The local river pilots ceased operations and the river is closed to all deep draft vessels until the all-clear is given. This port closure is not expected to affect cruise traffic (as of now). Carnival Conquest left on […]

Mississippi River Drought Affects Paddlewheeler

You would not really think that the drought in the Mississippi River would affect cruise traffic, but it is. The American Queen Steamboat Company had to revise itineraries on their American Queen paddlewheeler this week because of low waters on the Mississippi, according to Travel Pulse. These changes are “due to the record low water […]

Queen of the Mississippi Paddlewheeler Officially Underway

American Cruise Lines brand new 150-guest Queen of the Mississippi paddlewheeler embarked on its first seven-night round trip sailing from New Orleans’ Julia Street Cruise Terminal on Saturday. The sold out sailing will make stops in Natchez, Vicksburg, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Oak Alley before returning to New Orleans on Saturday. The 2012 season […]

Riverboat cruise packed with amenities, nostalgia

The Great American Steamboat Company recently christened the steamer American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built at the revitalized Beale Street Landing in its homeport of Memphis, Tennessee by Godmother Priscilla Presley. Presley and the Great American Steamboat Company share a common passion towards the city of Memphis, a theme for the afternoon, which included […]