They may still be sweeping up the beads from this week’s New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, but that doesn’t mean there’s any lull in the city’s celebration schedule.  This year sees the Big Easy marking 300 years since its founding, so its famous joie-de-vivre will be in overdrive with festivities and events.  Catch the city at its most colourful with North America specialist Bon Voyage, which pairs New Orleans with Memphis and a relaxing Caribbean cruise.

Cafe du Monde © Paul Broussard
Cafe du Monde © Paul Broussard

Start with a three-night stay in Memphis and explore such attractions as Graceland (Elvis Presley’s legendary home), the Museum of Rock ‘n Soul, live blues music and the Deep South’s finger-lickin’ cuisine before boarding the City of New Orleans train for a journey across the Mississippi Delta.

A three-night stay in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter provides ample time to fully experience its vibrant culture along with a city tour and a voyage on an authentic paddle steamer.

Then board the luxurious Norwegian Pearl and unwind on a seven-night cruise to Mexico, Belize and Honduras (with premium drinks package included – handy for continuing the party vibe) before returning to New Orleans for the flight home.

Passing through Mexico? Discover Campeche Mexico with Mike East.

The package (available on various dates until April) costs from £2,669 per person and includes flights from London, Manchester or Glasgow, six nights’ quality accommodation (room-only), city sightseeing and attractions, and a seven-night cruise (full board) on Norwegian Pearl.

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