Welcome to New Orleans
Land at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and enjoy a private transfer to the Windsor Court Hotel. This afternoon, meet others in the group during a private hospitality reception at the hotel before departing for a special reserved screening of Beyond All Boundaries at The National WWII Museum. Afterward, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at BB’s Stage Door Canteen and a private performance from the Victory Belles, the Museum’s own 1940s-style vocal trio, before heading back to the hotel.
Windsor Court Hotel (R, D)
Exploring the Museum
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for an early morning start at the Museum. Enjoy a VIP experience of the Museum’s newest pavilion, Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters, with Assistant Director of Education Walt Burgoyne. Enjoy an included lunch at The American Sector Restaurant + Bar before an afternoon and evening at leisure, taking in the historic sites and famous restaurants of New Orleans. Guests who booked the Patron Party upgrade package in advance enjoy the afternoon at leisure and return to the Museum this evening for the Patron Party.
Windsor Court Hotel (B, L, R*)
*Additional reception included for guests with optional American Spirit Awards Patron Party upgrade
PT-305 Ride and the American Spirit Awards
Have breakfast at the hotel before boarding a private transfer to the PT-305 boathouse on Lake Pontchartrain, where PT-305 began her maritime life more than 70 years ago. Enjoy a ride on the only combat-veteran, fully restored PT boat in operation, before lunch at Messina’s at the Lakefront. Relax this afternoon before the night’s festivities—the American Spirit Awards Gala, a lavish party celebrating individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during World War II. Gala proceeds support Museum educational programs.
This Year's ASA Recipients: David McCullough & David M. Rubenstein
This Year's ASM Recipients: James L. Barksdale, Captain James A. Lovell Jr., & Phyllis M. Taylor
Past Recipients: Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose, Senator Howard H. Baker Jr., Ambassador Corinne “Lindy” Boggs, Tom Brokaw, President George H.W. Bush, Senator Robert Dole, Tom Hanks, Secretary of State George Shultz
Windsor Court Hotel (B, L, D)
Southern Food and Beverage Museum & The Arsenal of Democracy
Following your morning breakfast at the hotel, an optional cultural excursion is offered to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Immerse yourself in the history and traditions of Southern cuisine with a tour, lecture, and cooking class. Visit sites and shops you may have missed during a final afternoon at leisure before heading back to The National WWII Museum for a reception and the grand-opening ceremony of the Museum’s newest permanent exhibit, The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front.
The optional cultural tour is $89 per person and includes:
Taste of New Orleans Menu – remoulade salad with fresh vine-ripened tomatoes; jambalaya with vine-ripened tomatoes, chicken, and andouille; and bananas foster with vanilla ice cream. French bread, water, ice tea, punch, red wine, and white wine are included. A guided tour is also complimentary.
Windsor Court Hotel (B, R)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport for flights home.
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