Caribbean singles cruise departs
from New Orleans
Colorful strands of pearls and streamers adorning both sides of the hull add striking flair to the high-energy Norwegian Pearl. This ship revolutionizes cruising with the industry’s first onboard bowling alley. The four lane, ten-pin bowling alley is part of the sports bar and nightclub complex Bliss, which also features air hockey, foosball, arcade games and multiple flat screen televisions. There are also enclosed nets where golfers can practice their drive. By nightfall, Bliss converts to a sleek and modern lounge complete with a spacious dance floor, full bar, and mood-lit bowling.
Other features on the Pearl include Norwegian’s first rock-climbing wall and thalassotherapy pool, two 535 square feet Deluxe Owner’s Suites and The Haven, an exclusive set of staterooms located at the top of the ship. The Norwegian Pearl boasts 12 other bars and lounges, such as the Stardust Theater, Magnum's Champagne & Wine Bar, Corona Cigar Bar and the Java Cafe. Passengers can take advantage of Norwegian's Freestyle Dining concept in one of 10 restaurants, including Cagney's Steakhouse, La Cucina Italian, Mambos Latin/Tapas Restaurant and Lotus Garden Asian Restaurant. The Pearl features a variety of other public areas and amenities, and each stateroom offers a television, telephone and 24-hour room service.
New Orleans, LA
Located on the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, New Orleans lies about five and a half hours east of Houston, TX, and is within a two-hour drive of Baton Rouge, LA. While there are many sectors within the city, the French Quarter is the most visited area, and is known for its delicious Creole cuisine and toe-tapping street musicians. Grab a beignet at Café du Monde, or head out to tour the mansions that can be seen over the greenery of the Garden District. NOLA is also the home of Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, so plan your trip at the right time of the year to join in the festivities of these celebrations.
In addition to these large festivals, the “Big Easy” of Louisiana has many other small celebrations throughout the year. While it is mostly recognized as an adult oriented city, there are opportunities for families with children to enjoy a visit as well. The wealth of culture and art found around the Crescent City provide something for everyone to love. Whether you are having a good time down Bourbon Street or looking out for ghosts at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, a visit to New Orleans is guaranteed to leave you with memories you won’t forget.
Just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula sits the island of Cozumel, draped in lush, tropical vegetation. The reefs that fringe the island beckon divers and snorkelers. The most popular shore excursions include snorkeling on famous Palancar Reef or a beginner's dive at Paraiso Reef. A land tour will provide a nice taste of Mexico -- Cozumel has done much to retain its Mexican character. Tourists also may want to take a short trip inland to visit the great pyramids and temples of the Mayas.
Floating 30 miles off the Caribbean coastline of Honduras, in the Bay Islands, Roatan is 29 miles long and two miles wide. Reefs surrounding the islands are teeming with marine life and offer some fantastic scuba-diving and snorkeling opportunities. Idyllic beaches also lure visitors.
Costa Maya, Mexico
Mysterious ruins rescued from the jungle, monkeys announcing themselves from the trees, incredibly beautiful and rare birds, pristine beaches and a magnificent coral reef are just some of the attributes of the Costa Maya. This southern section of the Yucatan coast stretches 80 miles from Xcalak, a fishing village on a finger of land reaching out to Belize. The reserve's untouched forests and wetlands are home to a wide variety of birds, crocodiles, jaguars and monkeys as well as numerous Mayan sites.
Harvest Caye, Belize
Spread across two islands, the 75-acre Harvest Caye is the only port in Belize to feature a cruise ship pier. The port also caters solely to Norwegian Cruise Line passengers. Travelers will experience the renowned natural beauty of Belize while also enjoying all they could want from such a tropical destination. The focus of Harvest Caye is its seven acres of pristine white sand beach surrounded by crystal clear waters. Those who prefer to spend their day inland can visit the 130 foot tall Flighthouse. It is the jumping point for various aerial activities such as zip lining, free fall jumping, suspension bridges, and a ropes course. A journey across the zipline offers visitors the perfect bird’s eye view of the verdant hills on the mainland, as well as other glimpses around the island. If flying through the air isn’t for you, Harvest Caye also has water sports activities available like paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing through the shallow lagoon area.
The island also offers plenty of dining and bar options for guests to enjoy. While there is a variety of cuisine options, those interested in authentic Belizean cuisine should visit the shopping village for a bite. In addition to dining options, the village offers items for sale by local Belizean craftsmen, as well as shops from popular name-brand retailers. Guests hoping to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife will have plenty of opportunity as Harvest Cay is an eco-destination rich in plants and animals. From manatee observation tours, to the island’s Aviary, to other various educational tours, the island has something to offer for all types of wildlife enthusiast. It is the perfect eco-tourism site that provides plenty of diverse terrain including jungles, rainforests, swamps, coral reef, and more for each visitor to explore.