New Orleans with Lance & Kelly McAlister

Experience the vibrant charm of New Orleans, starting with a stay in the heart of the French Quarter. Delight in the local cuisine and explore it’s historic neighborhoods, either on foot or via a guided motorcoach tour to iconic sites and beautiful mansions. Enjoy a jazz brunch while savoring a local beverage and take a fascinating cruise through Louisiana swamps to observe the unique wildlife. Discover the city’s dynamic culture at your own pace, from antique shops to street performers. Enhance your culinary skills with a hands-on Creole cooking class, immersing yourself in the flavors and rhythms that define New Orleans.

Meet Your Host: Lance McAlister

He insists he has the best job going… and who can argue? He gets paid to talk about the teams he grew up with in Cincinnati. He painted his face for the Freezer Bowl and watched Pete get hits 3,000 and 4,192 in person. His broadcast career began with weekly calls to WLW Sports Talk, where he could talk circles around Bob Trumpy. When he wasn't bugging neighbor Marty Brennaman to sign his 1976 Reds Greatest Hits album, he played for Cincinnati's 1977 dynasty Little League team, Wicks Good Food and Booze. Being cut from his high school baseball team as a left-handed shortstop opened the door to doing radio at his high school station.

After graduating from Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana, in 1984, it was on to Butler University. His TV sports anchor career began at WSBT-TV in South Bend and took him to CLTV in Chicago. The highlight of his broadcast career was winning a Midwest Emmy for his Chicago Bulls coverage. Eventually, he left to do radio with Norm Van Lier at WMVP AM 1000 in Chicago. Then, it was back home to Cincinnati in 1997. He resides in Northern Kentucky. His wife, Kelly, was his intern in Chicago (insert your own joke here). He has two children, Casey, 17, and Peyton, 14. In 2003, Casey received a bone marrow transplant that saved his life after being diagnosed with AML leukemia.

Lance is the proud owner of the St. Pete Roses, his fantasy baseball team for the past 27 years. In 2006, he played on the Reds Baseball Heaven Championship team with his father. Despite an injured hamstring that limited him to a DH role, he hit a crisp .500 (14 for 28) for the week. In November of 2008, after fainting in the emergency room, Lance's heart stopped, and he flatlined for 60 seconds. That day he received the ultimate conversation starter, a pacemaker. Like the watch, he keeps on ticking today.

Per Person Double Occupancy
$2,999 $2,799

Single Supplement: $899
(Limited Availability)

February 23 – 27, 2025

5 Days / 4 Nights


Sunday, February 23, 2025

Arrive New Orleans
Welcome to the “Jazz Capital of the World,” where the phrase “pass a good time” is used by New Orleans natives when they feel it’s time to start having a good time. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel on the famous Bourbon Street, in the heart of the French Quarter. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a taste of delicious New Orleans cuisine at your welcome dinner in a local restaurant. (D)

Monday, February 24, 2025

New Orleans
This morning, choose to tour New Orleans your way! Take a walk along the historic streets of the French Quarter with a local guide to learn about New Orleans’s rich history and discover where jazz was born. -Or- Travel by motorcoach with a local guide to explore the city and its outskirts. Drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain, see St. Louis Cemetery, which opened in 1854, and tour St. Charles Avenue, taking you past its stately mansions and its famous Tulane and Loyola universities. Regardless of your tour choice, we’ll make a special stop at Café Du Monde to treat your taste buds to beignets and café au lait, a New Orleans tradition. Use the remainder of the day to explore New Orleans parks, squares, museums, riverfront, entertainment, shopping, and dining establishments. (B)

Tuesday, February 25, 2025

New Orleans
Your day begins with a jazz brunch at the historic Court of Two Sisters, where you’re certain to enjoy a sumptuous array of dishes while listening to jazz music played by first-class musicians.
Then, explore the authentic Louisiana swamp on a cruise narrated by your captain. Learn the story of the Bayous and New Orleans swamplands while keeping an eye out for wildlife and possibly the opportunity to get up close and personal with alligators. (Brunch)

Wednesday, February 26, 2025

New Orleans
Take the day to explore New Orleans on your own. There is so much more to see and do, and you’ll have time to discover even more of it today. Maybe cruise along the Mississippi River on a steamboat, peruse the antique shops and jewelry stores on Royal Street, or take a stroll along Decatur Street where you’ll find shops, restaurants, street performers, and jazz. Tonight, you’re in for a treat when you take your seat for an entertaining and informative cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Get ready to learn and eat! Meet a lively local chef and learn the fundamentals of preparing classic Creole dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines. Then dig in and sample these delicious creations. After dinner, discover for yourself why New Orleans is the “Birthplace of Jazz” during a roaring jazz revue. (B, D)

Thursday, February 27, 2025

Depart New Orleans
Bid farewell to the vibrant and culturally rich city of New Orleans. (B)

613 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 New Orleans, LA



  • Economy Class Roundtrip Domestic Airfare from Cincinnati (CVG)*
  • Premium Hotel Accommodations Located on New Orleans Historic Canal Street**
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Expert Guides
  • 6 Meals (3 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 2 Dinners)
  • Gratuities for Drivers, Local Guides, and Tour Director
  • Taxes and Fees as of 6/21/24
  • Complete Services of Cruise & Tour Including Tour Director

*Other gateways may be available upon request. Additional charges may apply.
**Hotels may be substituted due to unforeseen circumstances.

Extraordinary Experiences

  • Get to know your host, Lance McAlister, during a Q&A session.
  • Jazz brunch at the historic Court of Two Sisters.
  • Watch, learn, and eat a classic Cajun/Creole meal at the New Orleans School of Cooking.
  • Tour New Orleans’ oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods with a local expert.
  • Cruise the authentic Louisiana swamp in search of alligators and local wildlife.

Not Included

  • Increases in Taxes, Fees, or Surcharges after 6/21/24
  • Travel Insurance
  • Air Upgrades
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Items of a Personal Nature



Activity Level 2

As this tour requires average physical activity, participants should be in overall good health, standing for periods of time, climbing stairs, and able to walk longer distances over level and uneven surfaces.



First time touring with Cruise & Tour and what a great experience. They did an exceptional job of making a tour of this type so enjoyable and easy to manage. Well-coordinated and fun to participate in the activities.
- Jerry
The whole tour went very smoothly from booking to return home. Our first time with Cruise and Tour and were very impressed with the follow-through of booking, staff responses, and tours.
- Michelle


New Orleans Marriott
Accommodation Details


Per Person Based on Double Occupancy
$2,999 $2,799
Single Supplement (Limited Availability)
Travel Insurance
Quoted at time of Booking



      • A $700 per person deposit is required with your reservation.
      • Final payment due 10/25/24.
      • All payments can be made by credit card or check.


      • Your initial $700 deposit is refundable through 10/25/24, less a $350 per person cancellation fee.
      • After 10/25/24 or non-appearance on departure day, 100% of the cost of your travel arrangements is forfeited.


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How to Book

  1. Call Cruise & Tour at (800) 383-3131 or REQUEST A CALL
  2. Ask to have a place held on this trip
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Travel Insurance Information

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Please Note: Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion will be waived if you purchase the protection plan within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment. Options such as Cancel for Any Reason or Interrupt for Any Reason must also be purchased within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment.

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Covered events for trip
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