New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans and Mexico Cruise Aboard the Celebrity Equinox
13 Days | April 20 - May 2, 2020
Starting At $2079
Join a rich New Orleans tradition when you sail to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Each day of the festival will bring different renowned jazz legends and headline performers. Onboard, sip New Orleans themed cocktails while musicians perform New Orleans style jazz. Celebrate the best of New Orleans with good food and jazz paired with outstanding wines.
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Per Person Prices:
Interior: $2079 Double…..$3679 Single
Oceanview: $2549…..$4609 Single
Balcony: $2769 Double…..$5049 Single
April 20 – Arrive Ft Lauderdale
Today arrive at your hotel in Ft Lauderdale. After check-in, the rest of the day is at your leisure.
April 21 – Embark on the Celebrity Equinox
After breakfast, transfer to the Port of Ft Lauderdale and board the Celebrity Equinox. The Celebrity Equinox captures the very essence of premium cruising. With new amenities not available on any other Celebrity ship, prepare to have your expectations exceeded as soon as you step on board. Delight in your choice of ten exceptional dining venues. Enjoy a craft beer and comfort food in the new Gastrobar and sip refreshing frozen cocktails on the pool deck at Slush. A unique experience at sea, feel grass beneath your feet at the relaxing Lawn Club. Every imaginable comfort complimented by Celebrity’s unrivaled guest services promises an unsurpassed cruise experience.
Day 3 – Key West, Florida
Ernest Hemingway made wild, colorful Key West his home, and you will want to do the same. Home to modern-day adventurers, artists, and poets, the island’s charming Old Town teems with restaurants, bars, and unique shops. Add pristine coral reefs, coconut palms and a laid-back attitude that’s truly contagious, and it’s easy to see why so many visitors to Key West never leave.
Day 4 – At Sea
Cruising in Style while relaxing at sea, Modern Luxury Lives here
Day 5 – New Orleans, Louisiana
In April of 1970, Mahalia Jackson, often called the greatest gospel singer, returned to her hometown to appear at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. While attending the Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square (then known as Beauregard Square), she and Duke Ellington, who also appeared at the event, came upon the Eureka Brass Band leading a crowd of second-line revelers through the Festival grounds. George Wein, the producer of the Festival, handed Ms. Jackson a microphone, she sang along with the band and joined the parade… and the spirit of Jazz Fest was born. This spontaneous, momentous scene—this meeting of jazz and heritage—has stood for decades as a stirring symbol of the authenticity of the celebration that was destined to become a cultural force.
April 24, 2020, marks the first day of the 2020 New Orleans Jazz Festival. Arrive in style aboard the Celebrity Equinox and spend almost 3 full days enjoying the sights and sounds this popular jazz festival brings. (Please remember tickets to the festival must be pre-purchased at an additional cost).
Day 6 – New Orleans, Louisiana
Today enjoy another day in New Orleans. Take a little time to explore the French Quarter — romantic as ever, with restaurants serving up heaping helpings of savory Creole cuisine, and nightclubs and street musicians playing the kind of jazz that gets your toes tapping. Whether you’re whooping it up on Bourbon Street, listening to the Jackson Square trumpeters, or hearing the ghosts whisper at eerie St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, this city is definitely unique and full of charm.
Day 7 – New Orleans, Louisiana
Take in the last day of New Orleans. The ship will depart at 2:00 p.m.
Day 8 – At Sea
Cruising in Style while relaxing at sea.
Day 9 – Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
Costa Maya boasts beautiful beaches on the Caribbean Sea, which is ideal for divers and snorkelers alike who enjoy exploring the beautiful Banco Chinchorro coral reef that lies just off the coast. History buffs will surely love exploring the lesser-known Mayan ruins, Cacchoben and Kohunlich; meanwhile, there’s something for everyone at the new shopping mall, which, while great for shopping, also features a central plaza with saltwater pools and ‘swim-up’ bars.
Day 10 – Cozumel, Mexico
Amid the largest coral reef in the West, this Caribbean island lures anglers, divers, snorkelers, and beachgoers. Fish the flats or head out to blue water to hunt for big game—mahi-mahi, marlin, sailfish, and more. Bring your dive card with you on your cruise to Cozumel and witness all the natural wonders waiting below the surface, like neon tropical fish, swaying sea fans, and vibrant coral colonies. Or, go snorkeling to see the show without a dive card. Curl up on the beach in a hammock with a cold one. At Playa Mia, you can even fly down Twin Twister waterslides.
Go shopping for beautiful Mexican silver, amber, and other artisanal gifts in San Miguel. Or, hop a ferry to charming Playa del Carmen, on the mainland, and stroll along la Quinta Avenida for more inviting restaurants, bars, and shops. Down the coast from Playa, you can explore the ancient Maya city of Tulum, perched impressively on a cliff, overlooking the brilliant sea and powdery beach below. Cozumel cuisine means fresh seafood. Savor the catch of the day served on a banana leaf, or enjoy it marinated in lime juice, cilantro, onion, and tomato. Of course, this is the place for Mexican classics like tacos, guacamole—and margaritas.
Day 11 – Georgetown, Grand Cayman
No destination blends global finance with the Caribbean lifestyle quite like the Cayman Islands. This upscale destination offers world-class restaurants, designer boutiques, and duty-free shopping, plus white sand beaches, brilliant blue waters, and teeming coral reefs. Enjoy postcard views of George Town, Seven Mile Beach, and West Bay from the custom-designed Cayman Explorer. You can step down easily into shallow waters to interact with the welcoming stingrays.
Launch your snorkeling adventure from a luxurious catamaran. Swim right through the World War II naval vessel USS Kittiwake, now a shallow artificial reef. Finish with leisurely sunbathing and cool cocktails. Swim with the denizens of Stingray City in the crystalline waters of Coral Reef Gardens. After snorkeling with the graceful rays, recharge with an island barbecue on Seven Mile Beach. You’ll shop till you drop in the duty-free boutiques of George Town. Find gifts for everyone—including yourself—like china, crystal, jewelry, antiques, and resort wear by renowned designers.
Conch shells were the homes of tasty mollusks. Try Cayman conch in salads, chowders, and fritters. Cruises to Grand Cayman Islands are not complete without a sample of the rich Caribbean curries and don’t miss the fresh produce: coconut, cassava, and plantains. For dessert, have some rum cake.
Day 12 – At Sea
Cruising in Style while relaxing at sea.
Day 13 – Arrive Ft Lauderdale
Today arrive back into Ft Lauderdale and depart for home.