French Quarter to Caribbean Cruise - one exciting week!

Departing from New Orleans, our trip onboard begins mid-afternoon on Sunday at the dock, but you have more options to make this trip your own. Come early, stay later, extend this week as you wish. The French Quarter Conference will be a totally different kind of event because it's packed with full-days of sessions. Blending both will be a full experience without repetition.

The cruise conference is a chance to have a great group of people to relax with and share your vision, inspirations and war-stories together, and to gain some very extended discussion with the experts who will be along. The schedule is light by comparison to the weekend conference or a typical conference day event of any kind. We will aim to spread the content of one typical full conference day of events by spreading it over four days of general interaction with everyone in the group.

A cruise like this provides the opportunity to blend business and distractions and to get to know everyone on a level you just can't reach in the fast-paced setting of a weekend conference. Probably more important, this is a chance to bring the context of the business and social events beyond just technology, to add imagination and a setting comfortable to bring your spouse or a friend along.

Sailing on the Funship Conquest

Carnival Conquest
Now calling New Orleans home!

Total Staterooms 1487
Decks 13
Passenger capacity 2,974
Total crew 1,150
Officers nationality Italian
Ship size Large
Tonnage 110,000
Ship length 953 ft
Registry Panama

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Fun before you Sail!

Why not get an early start on your getaway or even combine your own unique vacation plan with an extended stay in New Orleans? You still get leverage a great luxury hotel, the Astor provides us a rooftop pool. Of course, our attendees will be in sessions on Friday and Saturday, so this is the option for spouses to cool in the pool after shop til you drop or take a tour in the French Quarter!

Our "spouse track" has gained quite the reputation over the last several years as one of the most fun you can have making new friends and enjoying the exceptionally varied tour and sightseeing options of New Orleans. For the fare of a streetcar you can ride the full trip up St. Charles Avenue to see the Garden District, or jump off at the Audubon Zoo. It's also a quick way to get to the World War II Museum, or the Contemporary Arts Center right next door near Lee Circle. Walking the French Quarter is always a lazy day passtime, and whether you want to learn about architecture or cooking, the Crescent City has many ways to relax and learn about our culture.

Sunday: Bon Voyage from New Orleans

 From our hotel we are just a few of blocks from the cruise wharf. Sunday morning you will have time for relaxed breakfast and some shopping or sightseeing in the city before we are onboard for the sunset cruise down the Mississippi river! We will transfer all our cruisers and their luggage to the cruise terminal, travelling as a group together to ensure you get onboard the fastest possible way.

Gulf of Mexico to Caribbean

There's so much to do onboard the ship, you won't likely have a chance to check out the entire ship before the trip is over. If you bring a friend or a spouse with no interest in our seminar discussions, they won't lack for entertainment on ship or on shore! If anything, it's likely our discussions will rapidly wander beyond the meetings.

Our transit each way from New Orleans round trip to Jamiaca, Grand Cayman and Cozumel provides us three days at sea and three days in port. The tropical ports offer a chance to explore or choose the extensive shore excursions for whatever suits your taste for excitement or relaxation.

Conference Events

During the days we sail, you can expect an uncomplicated schedule of events organized and arranged daily to blend into the pace of our week. There will be one daily seminar session structured for interaction with both serious discussion topics and flexibility to follow the interests and preferences of the group attending. In keeping with the overall goals of this week, these sessions will be arranged to bring topics up for discussion and debate with room for everyone to contribute as well as learn from each other and the experts in attendance. We will have some panel discussions, and likely some case studies covered.

Shore Day Excursions

You can choose how to spend your day in port without complications from the organized conference interfering. With one of the strengths of a cruise based conference to bring people together for networking and brainstorming, don't expect a Powerpoint lecture to interrupt your chance to circulate among new friends and colleagues all about the ship.

Plan to enjoy your options, take time to blend the business of the seminars with time on the side either on topic or off. You will have plenty of time to spend with family and without distractions.

Group Receptions at Sea

Our group will have dinner together each night, and a few cocktail receptions, if only as a plan to meet for dinner at a certain location. As it is the group remains relatively small, so we will arrange private events to ensure everyone gets a chance to meet with each other each day.


Gliding back up the Mississippi River

The final night of the cruise is a spectacular sight when the moon is out and it's clear as you approach the mouth of the Mississippi River from the gulf. The ship glides amid the offshore oil rigs lit up like Christmas trees, and the ships at anchor outside the channel makes a truly memorable event. We'll have a party to celebrate together as our cruise comes to an end the next morning once again at the dock in New Orleans. We arrive before sunrise and the weekend is just getting started with your chance to head for home, or take some more time in the city on your own.

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