New Orleans - Destination: New Orleans

Conference Venue: Astor Crown Plaza Hotel

World famous address of Canal Street and Bourbon is where you find our stay for the weekend conference and the point of departure for the cruise. Energy and adventure night and day.

Enjoy a luxury business class hotel right in the heart of the action whether you mean business, leisure, or a getaway to the tourist attractions of the city. A new hotel with old world style provides the comfortable rooms and the conveniences you expect.

Everything within easy walking distance could keep you busy for a month if you could stay that long. Over 20 famous local restaurants surround the first few blocks from our door, yet you donít even have to go outside for fantastic dining experience. Real New Orleans food offered by a famous local name is right past the lobby in Dickie Brennanís restaurant and the Oyster Bar. Both are just begging you to grab a seat at the bar or a tasty dinner looking out on historic Rue Iberville and Bourbon Street. The action flows by the windows and draws you out for a look around.


A tourist's Dream Awaits at the Door

Looking for a wider view? Step through the front lobby to Canal Street and you are looking at the Aquarium, Harrah's Casino blocks away, with Spanish Plaza or the Riverwalk festival mall waiting to be discovered next. Shop and eat where you can watch huge ships slide down the river. Need more? Shop Upscale at Canal Place or souvenier browse at Jax Brewery. Hip, chic or silly lures you down Royal Street. The eclectic art galleries, jewelry shops and untold collectibles for all ages line each block. Seriously, I have walked down Royal countless times but always am inspired to look for something to take home. Besides, as long as Iím just down the block to the Napoleon House, grab lunch or bar drinks in the courtyard garden.


Canal St and Riverfront Streetcars

Rather ride than walk? No problem. Midway across Canal Street at the hotel you can catch a few blocks of the Canal St Line streetcar south to the river, or a few miles north out to the mid-city area. Surrounding the famous cemeteries or museums you get a look at stunning remnants of areas badly damaged and recovering from Katrina, right in the middle of the city. The tourism areas of New Orleans are in great shape and needing your visit and gracious souvenir spending, but sadly, the heartbreaking work in the city neighborhoods will take a decade to heal over.


Minutes away to everything

Hail a cab to ease over to the Marigny side of the quarter on Frenchman St. and the jazz and latin beat. Maybe you head uptown to dinner at Commanders Palace, or to Emerilís in the warehouse district. If you crave a funky local club outside the quarter, itís no problem and little time to get thereÖother than deciding which show to head to!

Midnight at the hotel and still up for more? Indeed New Orleans doesnít close. Nearby and jumping includes House of Blues or Preservation Jazz Hall. Yes, you can even get from the hotel to Pat OíBrienís on footÖitís a quick couple of blocks down Bourbon if you keep your eyes front and donít get distracted!

More than a Conference, itís a family Getaway!

French Quarter Hotel on Bourbon Street shifting attention next to a Caribbean Cruise to Mexico, plus a Memorial Day Holiday in the middleÖdo I have to remind you this isnít entirely about the geek focus of technology and business?

Don't forget the location and give yourself some extra days if possible... thereís a nearly endless offering of food, music, clubs and restaurants, plus tourist entertainment and shopping options that start literally when you step out the hotel. Without even crossing the street, and yet to stretch around the block and for blocks beyond thereís so much to see and do!

Explore the French Quarter, French Market, the riverfront and the rich history of New Orleans and the area surrounding, and it all starts within a minute of walking from your comfortable luxury class hotel room! Bring a companion and they wonít be bored, but you may be jealous of their stories if you donít leave time to explore together.

New Orleans is a Small Business Town

Walking through the French Quarter, you get a true sense of the entrepreneurs, people who are the soul of this city, like the shopkeepers and their staff. Musicians and waiters are walking to work. Practically everything in this city is based upon small business ownership and locals working to get back from the wake of Katrina. Donít be surprised, virtually anyone you meet in any shop, restaurant or sidewalk setting is happy you are hereÖmore than happy. Everyone here knows what it means to their life that you choose to invest in this cityís comeback. You won't believe the stories you will hear when you ask someone 'how did you make out from Katrina'?

Come rediscover New Orleans, get a sense of the enthusiasm and gratitude from the locals trying to come back from incredible odds of misfortune. There is no better setting than New Orleans to put your mind on track for what the stakes are in small and large scale when a catastrophe strikes at the heart and energy of one business or one city, and all that could be done to prepare unwinds with still more to be done.

New Orleans French Quarter is 300 years in the making!

The Crescent City

Viewed from the deck of a cruise ship as it makes that bend at the French Quarter, this is what you observe. The site stands upon three hundred years of industry, riverboat commerce and cultural history. The birth of the largest share of the United States owes the river access and resource distribution from the Mississippi to this city, and this unique location.

The history winds up and down every street, and itís still standing. New Orleans provides a glimpse of the past and the future as so many communities struggle with preserving style and scale of small-town experiences in an expanse of urban sprawl. New Orleans remains a snapshot of itís past while it invests in a new future.

The Culture of History

New Orleans was twice under the rule of France and unto Spain in between before joining the United States, only to then be attacked by the British!

Stepping foot into Jackson Square, you are in a city preserved against all odds and exposure. Originally laid out in 1721, you are gazing at the St. Louis Cathedral that dates back to 1794, flanked by the Cabildo Museum (circa 1799) and the Pontalba Apartments (circa 1845). By that time the population rank for New Orleans was forth largest in the United States.

Come to Our Home

Stop watching New Orleans on television, stop wondering what happened to this grand old lady founded centuries ago, this is a visit for you to come put your feet on the street.

Come feel the rhythm, listen to the jazz bands, browse the shops, bathe in the culture, jump and jive in the club of your choice. New Orleans is a town for visitors and always has been.



French Quarter or Caribbean Cruise... both conferences bring you to New Orleans!

Whether you have only a weekend to spare or an entire week to enjoy, your opportunity is to wrap the conference experience you prefer with extended time in New Orleans or from a spectacular cruise round trip out and back to Costa Maya and Cozumel including two days of blue water sailing! You will feel the exuberant welcome to New Orleans from the city who back in business and wants you as a visitor with fond memories, or here for your first time.

French Quarter Hotel Reservation & Pricing
Qty Type of Registration Room Rate Room Night Extended Total
  Astor Crown Plaza Hotel
French Quarter Hotel and Conference Venue
  • Conference rate available for the 3-days of the French Quarter Conference, plus to extend an additional 3-days on either end of your reservation!
  • Located at corner of Bourbon St. and Canal St.
Rate Per Night 1-2 Person $119