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Letting the good times roll on a New Orleans cruise-and-stay trip

A trip to the musical hub of New Orleans is the perfect accompaniment to a Carnival Valor Cozumel Plus cruise, as Jo Kessel discovers on a cruise-and-stay itinerary with her music-loving daughter

Imagine watching Adele perform in the lounge at a house party – that’s how good the concert I’m at is. Only it’s not Adele, it’s a jazz band playing at a famous live music venue in New Orleans: Preservation Hall.


The space is so intimate that my feet – which are centimetres away from the trumpeter’s tapping toes – pulse from the beat of the drums and the saxophone’s swoops and slides are so sublime that I’m brought to tears.

Joining me is my 16-year-old daughter Nathalie – an aspiring singer/songwriter whose music has bluesy undertones. Her dream was to visit the birthplace of jazz, and now here we are in the Big Easy, being welcomed by candy-coloured Creole facades, Southern hospitality and French signposts.

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