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  • The Ultimate Summer Destination - New Orleans

    5/26/2021 1:38:00 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    There’re endless reasons to book a trip to New Orleans in the summer. There are things to do for every type of traveler - the solo traveler, the festival lover, the foodie, the family. Summer is the unofficial season of deals & discounts in the Crescent City - from hotel bargains to month-long restaurant specials, it’s possible to do an extravagant summer vacay in NOLA on a budget.


    EAT LIKE ROYALTY FOR A BARGAIN


    There’s no better time to try out some of NOLA’s most legendary restaurants than during the summer. Kick off summer with Restaurant Week New Orleans from June 21-27, where diners can enjoy a two-course lunch for $25 or less or a three-course brunch or dinner for $45 or less. So, you can eat at a historic, elegant French Quarter restaurants like Arnaud's or Garden District culinary landmarks like Commander’s Palace for a steal. Later in the summer, COOLinary will launch, which follows a similar model. Restaurant Week and COOLinary are both a must if you enjoy fancy food without fancy prices.


    ATTEND A SUMMER FESTIVAL


    Hogs for the Cause, June 4-5. Enjoy the best of barbecue while raising funds for families of children with pediatric brain cancer the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, NOWFE, from June 8-13. During the week, participate in wine dinners, labs, tastings and other one-of-a-kind experiences unique to the festival. Go from sampling sweet indulgent dessert wines or participating in an oyster workshop to checking out the French Quarter’s most impressive wine cellars.
    Satchmo SummerFest, the French Quarter festival dedicated to music legend Louis Armstrong, is scheduled for July 30-August 1.
    Other festivals typically held in the summer, such as Essence Fest, will remain virtual this year.


    ESSENCE Festival 2021


    Traditionally held over Fourth of July weekend every summer in New Orleans, we look forward to Essence Fest all year for its one-of-a-kind celebration of Black culture. This year, the festival has gone virtual with two back-to-back weekends of music, entertainment and empowerment from June 25-27 and July 2-4. Performances, webinars and guest speakers will be a part of the fun. The best part – it’s all FREE! Just be sure to register on the festival website in advance


    EXPLORE NOLA’S GREAT INDOORS


    Anyone who wants a behind-the-scenes glimpse into making Mardi Gras happen should head to Mardi Gras World, too. JAMNOLA is one of New Orleans’ newest attractions that offer a glimpse into the music, art and culture of New Orleans through various interactive and highly-Instagrammable exhibits.


    HAVE FAMILY FUN


    Coming with kiddos? To many visitors’ surprise, it’s easy to make a NOLA vacation fun for grown-ups and kids. Spend a day at Audubon Zoo (and cool down at Cool Zoo), the Audubon Aquarium or the Louisiana Children’s Museum, located conveniently in New Orleans' City Park. City Park is home to Storyland, gondola rides, City Putt mini golf, and lots of green space & other family attractions. Be sure to treat the fam to sno-balls at Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, too.


    New Orleans summers provide tons of opportunities to snag great rates wherever you go. Receive free admission to various museums and attractions depending on the day of the week, like the New Orleans Museum of Art on Wednesdays. Check out New Orleans 35 Free Things to Do this Summer. Additionally, be on the lookout for temperature drinks, a program that many restaurants follow: when the temperature spikes past a certain point, ice cold cocktails dip in price.


    Plan the ultimate getaway to New Orleans with tours, museums, family activities and more right at your fingertips. Visit world-class attractions like the Audubon Zoo and National World War II Museum, take a historic tour on foot, bike, or Segway. Come see why New Orleans was recently called the #1 destination in the world to visit by the New York Times. For more information visit https://bit.ly/3ixZZRQ.


  • REAL ID Deadline Extended

    5/17/2021 2:58:05 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    The deadline to obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license to fly domestically has been extended again. Beginning May 2, 2023, every traveler 18 or older must have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license to fly within the U.S.


    The deadline was extended from Oct. 1, 2021 to May 2, 2023 due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the April 27 announcement from Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The announcement also says that the pandemic has significantly impacted states’ ability to issue REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards, with many driver’s licensing agencies still operating at limited capacity.


    “Protecting the health, safety, and security of our communities is our top priority,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card.”


    If your ID is not REAL ID-compliant, you must present a different form of ID, like a valid passport or U.S. military ID, to the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) agents to board a plane. If you don’t have a REAL ID-compliant form of identification or any other acceptable form of ID, you won’t be allowed to fly. Seriously. TSA and DHS are not joking around with this.


    To get a REAL ID, you must go to your state’s driver’s license agency (aka the Department of Motor Vehicles or DMV) and bring documentation that proves who you are and where you live. Check with your DMV to be sure you bring the right things before you go. Many DMV websites have checklists for you to follow.


    For example, if you got married and your current last name is different than the one on your birth certificate, you should bring :


          U.S. birth certificate
          Marriage certificate
          W2 with your current name and social security number
          Valid driver's license with current address


    All U.S. states and territories, except for American Samoa, are now issuing REAL IDs.


    Travelers without a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card by May 2, 2023 can still fly domestically, but they must have a valid passport to board the plane. But anyone planning to travel in the U.S. should just go get one so you don’t have to think about REAL ID anymore.


  • Special Invitation to Explore America’s Last Frontier with Royal Caribbean

    5/11/2021 8:41:32 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    Join Abe Hughes & Brendan Halcomb with Royal Caribbean for an engaging look at cruising the southeast coastline of Alaska, and touring the interior of the Last Frontier.


    Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7pm


    This is a Last Frontier webinar you won't want to miss!


    To register click here


    Please include the following reservation ID upon registering for the webinar: 4169144


    Plus, Receive an Exclusive Alaska cruise offer for attending the Broadcast


  
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