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Feb 3-10, 2018

Ft. Lauderdale, New Orleans, Cozumel m/s Celebrity Summit
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Commander's Palace, nestled in the middle of the tree-lined Garden District, has been a New Orleans landmark since 1893. Known for the award-winning quality of its food and its convivial atmosphere, the history of this famous restaurant offers a glimpse into New Orleans' storied past and has been the go-to destination for Haute Creole cuisine and whimsical Louisiana charm. The winner of six James Beard Foundation Awards, Commander's Palace has evolved into a culinary legend. A steady parade of renowned chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme, Jamie Shannon, and now Tory McPhail have made Commander's Palace the world-class restaurant what it is today and its leading-edge Haute Creole cuisine reflects the best of the city.

While dining at Muriel's Jackson Square, you'll be enveloped by the rich history of the Vieux Carre while celebrating the life of today. Indulge in the spirits of our Courtyard Bar while Sir Antoine and the spirits of yesteryear dine alongside of you. Embrace the historical ambience, feel the energy, and taste the love in every bite as the flavors dance on your palate while you discover a local treasure. Today you can find locals socializing just as they first did when our city was built. Within Muriel's historic walls, the city of New Orleans was built by citizens that passed through. Today that savor for life can be experienced by our patrons in the award-winning contemporary Creole cuisine we serve.

When Owen Brennan, the beloved proprietor of the Old Absinthe House, was teased by Count Arnaud that an Irishman's culinary skills ended with boiled potatoes, he was determined to prove him wrong. In 1946 he opened Owen Brennan's Vieux Carre Restaurant on Bourbon Street, where Bananas Foster, Breakfast at Brennan's, and history were made in the process. Today, Brennan's is both historic and contemporary, proof that fine dining remains proudly relevant. As other cities lose their traditional restaurants to lifestyle changes in a fast-paced world, New Orleans continues to embrace and support the grand establishments that perpetuate this art. Acclaimed Chef Slade Rushing's menus are rooted in Creole traditions and are bolstered with contemporary New Orleans influences. Marrying classic and modern techniques yields a decidedly innovative approach and enhances our local, seasonal offerings. Brennan's old-world elegance, fanciful decor and pampering service create a unique and sophisticated backdrop for a most memorable meal.

In 1918, a colorful, French wine salesman named Arnaud Cazenave opened the grand New Orleans restaurant that bears his name with a commitment to serving quality Creole cuisine. Arnaud believed, quite simply, that the pursuit of the pleasures of the table is as worthy as anything else one chooses to pursue in life. Sixty years later, in 1978, Arnaud's was acquired by Archie and Jane Casbarian, the second family of proprietors the restaurant has ever known. Casbarian sought to return Arnaud's to the roots from which it had strayed by both restoring the property and reinvigorating the cuisine. In so doing, Casbarian brought world renown and widespread acclaim to Arnaud's.

3 hours ‐ VIP Coach

Louis Armstrong once said, “If you have to ask what Jazz is, you’ll never know.” On our tour, you won’t have to ask, we’ll tell you — and we’ll show you. While starting at Congo Square, where Jazz was literally born, the tour will go by the ghosts of the great Jazz halls of the early years in neighborhoods once called “Back of Town.”

We will pass the contemporary quintessential hubs of New Orleans music, places like Mother-in-Law Lounge, Tipitina’s, and Preservation Jazz Hall. We will also visit New Orleans Musical Legends Park on Bourbon Street to hear some live jazz, eat beignets and take pictures next to the statues of New Orleans jazz greats: Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, the Queen of Soul, Irma Thomas, Fats Domino and more.

The tour ends at the city’s center for live music, Frenchmen Street. The tour will profile New Orleans jazz masters, both historic ones like Bunk Johnson, Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, and, of course Louis Armstrong as well as current stars, Kermit Ruffins, the legendary New Orleans Marsalis family, subject of a recent jazz-themed PBS documentary, and the Batiste family, which includes Jon Batiste who leads the band, Stay Human, the house band of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

2.5 hours ‐ Walking

Walk the historic 300-year-old French Quarter (originally known as the Vieux Carré), where practically every building has a story to tell. You’ll be wowed by the details of New Orleans’ most storied French Quarter streets, its most awesome architecture and famous courtyards. Our expert Tour Specialists will profile famously historic buildings such as the St. Louis Cathedral and Antoine’s (the oldest Catholic Cathedral and restaurant in America, respectively) as well as lesser known but equally worth knowing places like the only brick & mortar vampire store in America and the oldest apartments in the country, the Pontalba apartments, that flank the St. Louis Cathedral. Stories of Tennessee Williams and Louis Armstrong will be accented with lesser known but just as fascinating figures from New Orleans history.

3 hours ‐ VIP Motor Coach and Walking

The identity of New Orleans can undoubtedly be recognized in a cup of gumbo or in a bit of jazz music, but New Orleans’ identity is also etched into the intricate designs of the homes that line its streets. The shape of New Orleans’ homes reflect the city’s economic history; the style of their columns reflects ethnic identities; the porches reveal cultural practices and the balconies evoke memories of European homelands. The details of New Orleans homes speak loudly about the history and culture of its people.

New Orleans Tricentennial Tours invites you as our guest inside one of these majestic homes. By the end of the tour you’ll know the difference between creole cottages, shotgun houses, Doric and Ionic columns and what they all mean to the culture of New Orleans.

3 hours ‐ VIP Motor Coach and Walking

African life in early New Orleans was hugely different than anywhere else in America. French rule, gave slaves Sundays off which allowed slaves to keep alive their religious practices, Voodoo, and musical traditions. Under Spanish rule, slaves could buy their freedom.

Before the Civil War, a full 20% of the city’s population were former slaves living in full freedom. This illuminating tour will shed light on not only pre-American African traditions but also the rich history of primarily black neighborhoods like Treme, the oldest African American neighborhood in the U.S. and from where the first black newspaper was published, and most importantly, the home of the creation of jazz in Congo Square.

The New Orleans Tricentennial African Roots Tour will include a visit to St. Augustine Church, the nation’s second-oldest African-American Catholic church, and the home of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. The tour will stop for a quick drink where you’ll hear about our jazz founders: Buddy Bolden, King Oliver, Bunk Johnson, etc., and current musical icons, Kermit Ruffins, and the Marsalis and Batiste families.

27 Hours in New Orleans! It doesn't sound like a lot of time, but, if you join us, you can have a ball…. and more. Recently, we visited New Orleans and spent parts of three days working with NOCCI (New Orleans Convention Company, Inc.), probably the foremost event planning organization in New Orleans. NOCCI will be both our consultant for planning our events, but will also be there to help us execute.

Entertainment Cruise Productions will be working side by side with NOCCI, selecting the venues, planning the events and executing our excursions. Entertainment Cruise Productions will not include any fees for ourselves in any of these programs. Our only goal is to make your 27 hours in New Orleans as memorable as possible. Here is what we are offering:

The Jazz Cruise docks in New Orleans at 4:00 pm CST. In addition to other jazz entertainment on the ship, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will board our ship and perform twice that night (6:30 pm and 9:15 pm). Our suggestion for the night is to enjoy dinner in New Orleans and see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which you can do in one of two ways:

Plan A - Monday Night Early Dinner/Late Show Option ($175 per person)

You will depart the ship and board 20-person mini-buses and have dinner at 5:45 pm at either Commander's Palace (Menu) or Arnaud's (Menu). Commander's Palace is in the Garden District of the city and is a destination in and of itself, whereas Arnaud's is squarely in the middle of the French Quarter. We experienced both restaurants and found them to be wonderful experiences. Since it is likely that the evening schedule will not allow for ample free time, your choice of restaurants should depend upon your taste. For some, since Tuesday will feature a lot of time in the French Quarter, perhaps dinner at Commander's Palace makes sense, but, for others, you may wish to enjoy the ambiance of the French Quarter at night, which would suggest dinner at Arnaud's. Our transportation will have you back at the ship in plenty of time for the 9:15 pm show of Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Plan B - Monday Night Early Show/Late Dinner Option ($175 per person)

For those interested in dining later, you can see the 6:30 pm Preservation Hall Jazz Band show and then head out to either Commander's Palace (Menu) or Arnaud's (Menu). We are estimating that you would be at your restaurant before 9:00 pm.

Whether you choose Plan A or Plan B, your package includes the following:

  • Transportation to and from the Ship
  • Dinner/Beverage Selections as offered (see menu link above)
  • Musicians from The Jazz Cruise as your honorary hosts
  • All taxes, gratuities, etc.

Transportation is wheelchair/scooter friendly but some walking is necessary

The Jazz Cruise departs New Orleans at 5:00 pm, so we have a full day to explore the city. Our suggestions are as follows:

The Jazz Cruise Ultimate Day in New Orleans ($250 per person)
(limit: 300 people)

8:15 am: Breakfast at Brennan's

(Menu)

The classic way to start a morning in New Orleans. We have reserved the entire Brennan's restaurant for The Jazz Cruise! We will need to start early, so you will board our mini-buses at 8:15 am for the 15-minute drive to Brennan's (also located in the heart of the French Quarter). You will be choosing one of the various rooms at Brennan's, each of which will have one or two honorary hosts from our amazing lineup of jazz stars!

10:30 am Tours

From our French Quarter Transportation Center (near Brennan's), you may select any of our amazing 2 hour tours:

The Jazz Cruise Ultimate Day in New Orleans INCLUDES:

  • Breakfast at Brennan's
  • Your choice of a Tour
  • All gratuities, transportation and taxes

Transportation is wheelchair/scooter friendly but some walking is necessary

Alternatives to The Jazz Cruise Ultimate Day in New Orleans

Lunch at Muriel's Jackson Square (Menu) (1:00 pm) ($145 per person)
Muriel's is a beautiful restaurant with balconies that look out over Jackson Square where every afternoon is filled with music and people. Lunch at Muriel's is a quintessential way to spend the afternoon in New Orleans.
This package includes the following:

  • Transportation to and from the Ship
  • Meal/Beverage Selections as offered
  • Musicians from The Jazz Cruise as your honorary hosts
  • All taxes, gratuities, etc.

Transportation is wheelchair/scooter friendly but some walking is necessary

Map of the venues

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