Setting sail from Southampton on Fred Olsen’s flagship Balmoral, in February 2017, this 46-night cruise (adults only) offers 18 ports of call, plus 3 full days and 2 overnights in New Orleans, allowing plenty of time to soak up the carnival atmosphere.
This unique carnival-themed cruise visits some of the most beautiful destinations in Caribbean, North and Central America. In Road Town Tortola Fred Olsen’s guests can take a ride on a Jeep Safari tour and enjoy the rugged landscapes, or swim with dolphins in the island’s warm, crystal-clear waters.
In the USA, enjoy a 2-night stay in New Orleans and join in with the fun and festivities at the annual Mardi Gras Carnival. Be sure to collect the symbolic colourful beads, as ‘Krewes’ parade their hand-crafted floats and costumes through the city; dance and drink the night away on Bourbon Street; and delve into delicious ‘King Cakes’ at this fabulously extravagant festival.
Fred Olsen is offering a range of shore excursions to enhance the Mardi Gras experience, including prime positions in the parade-viewing stands (downtown NOLA). From here, guests will be able to enjoy a variety of food and drink from the many street vendors and will be in the ideal location to watch the colourful parade and catch some of the free gifts and treats that are thrown into the crowds from the floats.
There is also the opportunity for guests to attend the ‘Orpheuscapade Black Tie Ball’ in New Orleans – something rarely experienced by tourists. This ‘formal event is held in the Convention Centre and features live music, dancing and the chance to get up close to the gigantic carnival floats, as a local celebrity leads the parade directly through the Convention Centre.
In Florida, there is the chance for guests to visit Tampa on Fred. Olsen’s maiden call, and to sample the diverse culture and atmosphere of Miami, before sailing north to Port Canaveral. Located on America’s Space Coast, this is home to two awe-inspiring space rocket launch sites – the Kennedy Space Centre and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Details of Fred Olsen’s Mardi Gras cruise in February 2017 are as follows:
- 46-night L1703 ‘Central America & the Mardi Gras’ cruise, ex Southampton on 4th February 2017 (adult-only). Prices start from GBP 3,449 pp (based on 2 adults sharing a twin-bed Superior Interior Room). Pricing includes accommodation, all onboard meals and entertainment, port taxes.
- Ports of call: Southampton – Funchal Madeira – Bridgetown Barbados – Castries St. Lucia – St John’s Antigua – Road Town Tortola BVI – Falmouth Jamaica – Banana Coast (Trujillo), Honduras – Belize City – Cozumel Mexico – New Orleans (2-nights) – Tampa FL – Key West FL – Miami FL – Port Canaveral FL – Jacksonville FL – Charleston SC – Hamilton Bermuda – Ponta Delgada Azores – Southampton.