ROL Cruise recommends…
A jazz explosion
No one can come to New Orleans without listening to jazz music. Whether it’s from the street performers you’ll find performing all night long on Frenchmen Street or a show in a music club, this city’s passion for music knows no ends. Learn about some of the most spectacular musicians from the area at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.
Enjoy a festival
New Orleans plays host to over 130 festivals each year, so it’s likely your trip might just match up with one. Whether a festival celebrating fried green tomatoes or music, there is something happening in this frenetic city almost every weekend. Do some research before your trip and find out what you could be taking part in!
Eat Creole cooking and fresh beignets
Powering the city’s culture is its cooking. Traditional Creole food is abundant here, which combines a blend of influences to create punchy, soul-warming dishes. Sample the likes of gumbo, jambalaya, po-boys and fried catfish, as well as some of the freshest seafood available. For sweet, sample beignets, although available worldwide they are thought to have been perfected here. These pillows of choux pastry are covered with powdered sugar and served warm all around the city.
Wander the French Quarter
The lace-balconied buildings you’ll see whilst walking the French Quarter encompasses everything you would have heard or seen about New Orleans before your visit. Extravagant hanging baskets drip down over brightly coloured buildings and below the streets are alive with life. The history in these streets is something special, but amidst it, you’ll find something new and the combination is an electric neighbourhood that always feels like a party.