Cruise from New Orleans

Straight up: If you've never been to New Orleans, you are missing out, plain and simple.

The reasons to visit are long and well trodden. It's beautiful — walk the Garden District on a cool spring morning and you'll know why. It's delicious — from high-end to hole-in-the-wall, the city eats a lot and eats very well. The local creole specialties are not to be missed. It's fun - the drinks are strong, the bands are great and there's no discernible closing time.

But the key to New Orleans, what truly makes it great, is the people: Their commitment to a good time — and welcoming visitors to the party — in light of all they've been through leaves a lasting impression. Visit New Orleans and you'll leave knowing one thing: Life's great.

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