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A Gaggles New Orleans Extravaganza

Discussion in 'There's More To Life Than Vegas?' started by Gaggles, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. Gaggles

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    Well team, less than 24 hours until the party bus leaves for New Orleans and other fine destinations.

    This trip originated last year when I picked up a CET cruise voucher on an offer while staying in Vegas. I chose the port of New Orleans over others as I hadn't been to NOLA in a couple years and the cruise went to Belize/Honduras and those are places I have not been to. This was a free cruise for two and I booked with the best intentions last year. Alas...some guys play hard to get with the women...clearly I am playing hard to want.

    I swindled two friends however, into attending four nights in Lew Orleans with me so I won't be alone my entire trip. Just the cruise.

    Originally this was to be a three night adventure in NOLA but we added a wrinkle. The gents I am going with are flying to Houston and renting a car a day earlier and driving to NOLA. This seemed like a quick, fun road trip and I was all over it. In lieu of the rains and flooding...it seems like less of a smart idea. We shall stay away from the swamps and flood plains on our way to The Big Easy. And by Big Easy I am not talking about Macker.

    So quick fun road trip, and arrival in NOLA tomorrow around 7-8ish I suspect. I am checked into Harrah's of course but I was stunned to see I could only get two of the four nights comped. In fact rates are through the roof that weekend due to Jazzfest. My Saturday/Sunday are coming in at $129 which seems a steal compared to my friends who are paying $400 a night someplace else. That's nuts.

    By flying into Houston I am saving a good chunk of change. Flights from Calgary to NOLA on the days I wanted were rolling in around $900. A bit high for a North American destination. But...Calgary to Houston was a total of $217 and I used air miles to come home on May 1st (after spending $75 to add a few more miles) so in my mind I am alrady up $600.

    In addition, I scored an all in $84.50 drink package for the cruise. yes...all the booze I can drink for $84.50. I told the booking agent they will be sorry they offered me that deal.....she laughed.

    The only structured item we have is a Pearl Jam concert on Saturday. Literally nothing else planned other than booze, music and some gambling. I suspect due to the pending weather forecast the gambling component of this trip will be front loaded for Wednesday and Thursday.

    Any particular room upgrade etc. I should ask for when I check in? I have been to New Orleans a couple times but I never stayed at Harrah's.

    The boys I am going with are absolute drunkards and gamblers. One of our party may have even passed out and soiled himself while gambling at the Sahara years ago but....I'm told we don't talk about Fight Club.

    I shall give lots of updates here as I go for the Orleans portion to keep you interested and potentially provide an alibi of needed.

    Now...to get through this final day of work....
     
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    Enjoy! I just did that same cruise.....NCL Dawn last week. I also did 1 night before and 1 night after in New Orleans. Harrah's NOLA always seemed to be pretty busy. The casino on the ship was smallish. All staff/crew went out of their way. I had 5 specialty dinners......worth the upcharge IMO.
     
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    Have a great time! I thought there was a new girl in your life?? Gaggles - Mr. Churn and burn!!
     
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    So much good food in NOLA! Enjoy it!
     
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    Agreed! Is EVERYTHING in NOLA deep fried???
     
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    Or blackened! Haha.
     
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    blackened or fried...because the people are already "pickled" ;)
     
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    I just saw Peal Jam up in Greenville, SC. They went for three hours straight and crushed it. Hope you have a blast and do better than I did at Harrah's NOLA this year. I lost 6k or so (hard to tell with all the college funds I donated to) and they would only comp off around $300 of my $1100 stay. Either way, good luck out there!
     
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    Ummm, their may have been some...complications..... But Fun Bobby will be in NOLA!!!
     
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    Okay bits we are on a drunken time out!!!

    Got here last night around 10 pm and hit casino floor around 1130
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    Here is the standard room at Harrahs NOLA. This would be similar to the room that Natedogg's pets would get in Vegas but I will take it!
     
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