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May/June 2016 Issue

Port of New Orleans logs another great year

The Port of New Orleans cruise terminals handled more than 1 million passengers in 2015. It marks the fifth consecutive record-setting year, and new ships are on tap for 2016, according to port officials.

“Year-end numbers illustrate how popular the port and the City of New Orleans are with cruise passengers throughout the nation,” said Gary LaGrange, port president and CEO. “The fact our cruise partners are investing in new and larger ships here bodes well for the industry for years to come.”

In April, the Carnival Triumph will replace the Carnival Elation in New Orleans, resulting in a 34-percent increase in capacity. The ship will offer four- and five-day cruises from New Orleans.

In addition, American Cruise Line will add a third riverboat, America, to its New Orleans-based fleet. The 185-passenger America will offer Mississippi River cruises starting this spring.

Last year, the European river cruise line, Viking, announced New Orleans would be its first North American port, with six new ships scheduled to sail beginning in 2017.

The Port of New Orleans ranks as the sixth-largest cruise port in the United States, according to Cruise Lines International Association. About 80 percent of cruise passengers are from outside Louisiana, and the majority spent an average of two nights in New Orleans either before or after their cruise.

Your AAA Travel agent can book your cruise from New Orleans. View a list of branches.


The Triumph in port at Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Carnival Cruise Line


Attend a travel event

Set your imagination free at one of these AAA Travel events and plan your next vacation with AAA Travel.

AAA Bentonville and Fayetteville branch offices will present “Travel Talk with AAA” at 2 p.m. on April 28 at Bella Vista Village, Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Drive in Bella Vista, Ark. RSVP to the AAA Bentonville office at (479) 254-9223, Ext. 102.

Rocky Mountaineer presents a program about rail travel through Canada at 6:30 p.m. on May 24 at The Burgundy Hotel (1501 Merrill Drive) in Little Rock, Ark. RSVP to the AAA Little Rock branch office at (501) 223-9222, Ext. 111.



Revamped Hilton ready for summer

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in South Walton near Destin, Fla., is showing off its three-year, $30 million renovation for the summer. The AAA Three Diamond beachfront hotel has renovated its public and meeting spaces, restaurants, and 602 rooms. The resort offers the AAA Four Diamond Seagar's Prime Steaks and Seafood for fine dining.

Visitors this summer might consider the Independence Day getaway package that includes access to a beach waterslide, poolside cookout and live entertainment, poolside movie, carnival, crafts, and more.

Hilton Sandestin has been part of the northwest Florida Gulf Coast for more than 30 years. It is the largest full-service beachfront resort in northwest Florida.

For more information, visit or see your AAA Travel agent.



New ship coming for Uniworld in ‘17

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises will launch the 128-passenger Joie de Vivre next year on France's Seine River.

Part of the Super Ship class, the new ship will sail the “Paris & Normandy” itinerary and dock in the heart of Paris. Sailings will highlight French food, wine, art, and music. The Joie de Vivre is set to launch in northern France in March 2017. See your AAA Travel agent for more information.


Uniworld unveils the Joie de Vivre next March. Featuring 10 suites and 54 staterooms, the ship's interior design by Red Carnation Hotels will feature French-inspired handcrafted furniture, antiques, art, and gilded and wrought-iron accents. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

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