Royal Caribbean International and the state Of Louisiana Throw A Celebration 200 years in the making

Royal Caribbean International has joined once again with the State of Louisiana to offer travelers a unique opportunity to enjoy the tastes, sounds and history of the state. The Official Cruise Line of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Celebration, Royal Caribbean is wrapping up the anniversary year with a special sailing timed to correspond with the state`s official re-enactment of the Louisiana Purchase signing.
Guests onboard the special Dec. 13 commemorative cruise will enjoy performances by local legends Irma Thomas and Harry Connick, Sr., as well as Zydeco master Terrence Simien. Cruisers will also have a chance to immerse themselves in the history and culture of the state during the Mardi Gras Under the Stars celebration and Louisiana Film Festival. In addition, Royal Caribbean`s team of international chefs will offer special menu items throughout the week that reflect the region`s world-renowned cuisine.

Cruisers return to New Orleans on Saturday, Dec. 20, in plenty of time to head to the Cabildo—the historic site of the Louisiana Purchase ceremonies in 1803 - where VIPs and dignitaries will re-enact the historic transaction that reshaped the nation
“It has been an honor to be the official cruise line of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Celebrations and we are excited to cap off the year of exciting events by offering this unforgettable experience,” said Dan Hanrahan, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, for Royal Caribbean International.

“From its flawless kick-off cruise in January, Royal Caribbean has lived up to its designation as the official cruise line of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Celebration,” Lt. Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said. “Royal Caribbean has fulfilled all of our expectations and then some. It has been an economic boost for New Orleans and a partner in making our cruise industry one of the strongest in the nation.”
The special, seven-night Western Caribbean cruise departs on Dec. 13, 2003, from New Orleans with stops in Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Costa Maya, Mexico. Prices start at US$539 per person, double occupancy.
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