I am a “Family” Cruise Travel Consultant for Nola Dream Cruises. My mission is to attract people to New Orleans to experience a little of our culture before setting sail for their Caribbean destination.  Here is another excursion that I found would be a fun and excellent way to learn and see a lot of our great city before embarking.

I often see the double decker buses riding through the city, carrying tourist around town. Where do they go and what do they see? I decided to take this ride to discover fro myself what the tourists see.

The cost to ride for 1 day is $39.00 for adults and $10.00 for children.  There is also a 3-day ticket, $49.00 for adults and $10.00 for children.

Hop On Hop Off routes is 2 hours long with 18 stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cemetery and the Garden District. The open-top double-decker buses provide unobstructed views of the city of New Orleans while experiencing the most exciting and educational commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’. 

The tour begins at Jackson Square, Canal Street, or any of the other 18 stops on the route. You can grab a seat on the comfortable climate-controlled lower deck or on the open-air upper deck for the best views.

 You have the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary and pace with the structure of strategically placed stops. There are pickups every 30 minutes with fun, informative onboard commentary from a professional guide.

With your full‐day pass, you can hop on and off the double‐decker bus at any of the route’s locations. As you ride, you learn about New Orleans’ history, from its rapid transfer of colonial hands over the last 300 years to its architectural diversity and the vibrancy of its present‐day ‘cultural gumbo’.

 Explore the museums and eclectic shops along Canal Street; check out the local vendors and unique flora in Jackson Square or meander through the French Market. Between stops, stroll through New Orleans colorful neighborhoods, absorbing the city’s unparalleled character. 

Your hop-on-hop-off pass has a bonus feature! Show your ticket for discounts at the Basin Street Station gift shop and guided walking tours through the beautiful French Quarter and opulent Garden District, where you’ll see gems of New Orleans architecture. No reservations are needed for these historic tours, which depart four times per day. More independent explorers may choose the complimentary self‐guided Cemetery tour.

To end your New Orleans adventure, you can get off at any stop along the route, any time you like. The final tour of the day departs from Jackson Square at 5:30pm.

Below is the current Hop On Hop Off itinerary.

STOP 1. Jackson Square (Jax Brewery – Decatur and St. Peter Street)
STOP 2. Historic French Market (N. Peters St. and Ursuline Ave.)
STOP 3. Esplanade (Barracks Street and N. Peters Street)
STOP 4. Treme (Rampart and Gov. Nicholls St.)
STOP 5. Basin St. Station (501 Basin St.)
STOP 6. Canal Street (500 Canal St)
STOP 7. Riverfront at Harrah’s Casino (Convention Center Blvd & Poydras)
STOP 8. Central Business District (Poydras & Carondolet)
STOP 9. Louisiana Superdome – Hyatt Regency (601 Loyola Ave)
STOP 10. National WWII Museum (945 Magazine St)
STOP 11. Jackson Avenue and Magazine Street
STOP 12. Garden District (Magazine Street and Washington Ave)
STOP 13. Magazine Street and Louisiana Ave
STOP 14. St. Charles Ave (Louisiana Ave and St. Charles Ave.)
STOP 15. St. Charles Ave (2020 St. Charles Ave)
STOP 16. Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Place)
STOP 17. Arts District (Corner Julia Street and S. Peters Street)
STOP 18. Harrah’s Casino on St. Peters St. (S. Peters Street and Poydras Street)

If you are embarking in New Orleans for your cruise, this is definitely a “must see” before you set sail.

For more information about cruises embarking from New Orleans and the many excursions available, please visit NolaDreamCruises.com.