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Celebrating Fat Tuesday in New Orleans

Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras, is one of the most exciting celebrations in New Orleans. The city comes alive with parades, music, and colorful costumes, creating an unforgettable experience. It's a time when everyone comes together to celebrate, dance, and enjoy the vibrant culture of New Orleans. For LGBTQ+ travelers, this event offers a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.

This year, we have a special way to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Rainbow Getaways is hosting a 10-night cruise called "A Journey to Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy & Exploring Mystical Ancient Maya." This trip starts on February 14, 2026, and takes us from Miami to amazing destinations like Key West, New Orleans, and the ancient Maya ruins in Progreso and Cozumel. We will also enjoy three relaxing sea days on this luxurious journey.

Our adventure will be onboard the beautiful Explora II, a luxury cruise ship that feels more like a floating hotel. With spacious suites, delicious dining options, and numerous amenities, this cruise promises an unforgettable experience. We'll get to celebrate Fat Tuesday in New Orleans and explore the rich history of the ancient Maya, all while enjoying the comfortable and elegant atmosphere of the Explora II.

Experience the Magic of Fat Tuesday in New Orleans

Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is the highlight of the year in New Orleans. This lively celebration is famous for its parades, music, and colorful costumes. The city is filled with joy as people come together to enjoy the festivities. The streets are packed with floats, beads are tossed, and the air is filled with the sounds of jazz bands. It’s a sight to behold.

During our stay in New Orleans, we can immerse ourselves in the local culture. We can watch parades like the famous Krewe of Zulu, known for its extravagant costumes and festive throws. Walking through the French Quarter, we can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, visit historic sites, and grab some delicious beignets from Café du Monde. The energy of the city during Fat Tuesday is something everyone should experience at least once. With its welcoming vibe, New Orleans is a perfect place to celebrate and feel part of this amazing tradition.

Exploring Mystical Ancient Maya Ruins

Our journey doesn’t end with the excitement of New Orleans. Another incredible part of the trip is exploring the ancient Maya ruins in Progreso and Cozumel, Mexico. These sites are rich in history and offer a glimpse into the ancient world of the Maya civilization. In Progreso, we can visit the ruins of Dzibilchaltún, where we’ll find the Temple of the Seven Dolls. This ancient site is fascinating with its history and mysterious structures.

In Cozumel, we can explore the San Gervasio ruins, which were once a significant religious site for the Maya. Walking through these ruins, we can learn about the ancient rituals and daily life of the Maya people. The ruins are set in beautiful surroundings, making our visit educational and scenic. This part of our trip provides a perfect blend of history, culture, and adventure. It’s a chance to step back in time and appreciate the incredible achievements of this ancient civilization.

Luxurious Amenities Onboard Explora II

Explora II offers a luxurious experience that makes our journey comfortable and memorable. The ship's design feels more like a modern hotel, providing a relaxing and stylish atmosphere. Each suite is spacious and equipped with high-end amenities. Large windows offer stunning ocean views, letting us enjoy the scenic beauty from the comfort of our room.

The culinary experiences onboard are exceptional, with eight different dining venues to choose from. We can enjoy various cuisines, from fine dining to casual bites. In-suite dining is also available, allowing us to enjoy meals in our private space. The ship's mini-bar is stocked with unlimited fine beverages, ensuring we have everything we need for a relaxing time. High-speed Wi-Fi, thermal suite access, and all onboard gratuities are included, making our stay even more hassle-free. These amenities ensure we are pampered throughout our journey.

Exclusive Rainbow Getaways Excursions and Events

One of the highlights of our trip is the exclusive excursions and events arranged by Rainbow Getaways. In Cozumel, we are invited to a special destination experience that gives us a deeper look into the local culture. This exclusive excursion allows us to explore unique spots and enjoy activities tailored just for us.

We also have the opportunity to attend an onboard cocktail party hosted by Rainbow Getaways. This event is a fantastic way to meet other travelers, make new friends, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. These exclusive activities make our journey with Rainbow Getaways extra special and ensure we have unforgettable memories from our trip.


Celebrating Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, exploring ancient Maya ruins, and enjoying the luxurious amenities on Explora II make for an unforgettable experience. This journey is designed to offer us the best of culture, history, and relaxation. With the exclusive excursions and events arranged by Rainbow Getaways, our trip becomes even more unique and exciting.

If you're ready to embark on this incredible adventure, Rainbow Getaways is here to help. Contact us today to book your spot on this amazing journey to Fat Tuesday and beyond. Let's create unforgettable memories together on this fantastic trip!


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