• Leaving New Orleans

On our return to Atlanta, buses will be departing NEW ORLEANS 06:30 AM (CST) (7:30 AM Atlanta Time) from the  Intercontinental Hotel. Please be outside/lobby for pickup at least 30 minutes before departure time. The bus will pick up everyone and will not wait for anyone not at the location. Keep a close eye on the time. Our arrival back in Atlanta should be around 5pm. We will depart sharply to get back to Atlanta at a decent time!!!


  • Break Stops/Refresh

We will make approximately two (2) stops each way. You will have approximately 30-45 minutes to pick up breakfast/lunch; freshen up; change clothes, if needed, etc., before arriving into New Orleans and when we are returning to Atlanta.


  • Drinks on the Bus

COMPLIMENTARY “adult beverages” including soda, water and light snacks will be provided on the trip to/from New Orleans! Please eat before boarding the bus or bring your own drinks/food/snacks. You are allowed to bring ONE small cooler containing your favorite beverages, including alcoholic beverages, as long as it can fit between your seats, above or underneath the seat.  All beverage cups MUST have a sealable top to prevent spillage. We are SOLD OUT, so there is limited space.


  • Luggage

Luggage is restricted to (1) checked bag size and (1) smaller (carry-on size) per person on the bus; not to exceed (2) two pieces of luggage per person. However, all large luggage bags will be stored under the bus in the luggage compartment and will not be accessible until arrival in New Orleans and when returning to Atlanta. So, please ensure you leave out a small bag/tote with your medication, chargers, blankets, and any other necessary items you may need while on the bus and before checking into the hotel. Please limit coolers and small bags to no more than 2 pieces per person including coolers in the cabin area (inside the bus). Remember to bring a blanket or jacket due to cool temperature on the bus.




  • The bus is equipped with Wi-Fi and electrical outlets. So, you may bring your electronics and chargers.

  • Keep in mind that WiFi reception may be slow depending on the number of guests on the network. Password will be given out while on the bus.

  • Due to alcoholic beverages being served on the bus, this will be an ADULT ONLY bus trip and all guests MUST be 21 years or older (I.D.s will be checked upon boarding). Overindulgence of alcohol and/or misconduct/fighting will result in the person(s) being removed from the bus and transportation to your final destination will be at your OWN EXPENSE.

  • Any excessive clean up due to drink spillage, bodily fluids, etc., will be at the expense of the responsible person(s). 

  • Failure to board the bus at the designated times/places will result in you being left and no refunds will be given and transportation will be at your own expense – SO, PLEASE BE ON TIME!!!

  • Platinum Guests – Failure to board the bus in Atlanta, will result in a FULL cancellation, including  hotel check in and any ticketed events, etc., unless previously arranged.

  • We will have raffles, prizes, games (BINGO) and gift giveaways on the buses. So, please bring CASH DOLLARS to WIN some exciting and GREAT prizes! Music and movies will be provided, but, you may bring your own music/movies/games to share in the fun on the bus.

  • Remember…this is a “PARTY with a Purpose” bus trip, so bring your fun, party and Essence spirits!!! 




It's that DAYum Trolley Party!

  • This is a CCE PRIVATE Welcome to the Essence Day Party. This is for our Platinum/Diamond Guests only. Due to the number of participants for this group, seats are limited on the trolley. So, first come, first sit. Once all seats are taken (2-3 per bench), it will be standing room only.  We will provide drinks, to include adult beverages and water. Please see the itinerary for details and pickup times. 

Soul Train at the Essence "Old School Throwback" Party

  • Please wear 70s/80s/90s throwback outfits/costumes. Ca$h Prize for BEST costume! This party will take place in our host hotel (Intercontinental Hotel). Our special guest will be Big Daddy Kane. His appearance time is open. So, get there early and get a seat. Platinum/Diamond guests, your packages include a ticket for open bar, but no reserved seating, unless you purchased a reserved table separately. This is a TICKETED EVENT. All guests MUST have tickets in hand or the bar code on their phone. No tickets will be sold at the door! NO EXCEPTIONS. This event is open to the public.

Boat Party Cruise

  • The VIP on the River is a short walk or taxi/UBER drive away from the host hotels. Please pay close attention to the time (remember New Orleans is 1-hour behind Atlanta’s time). The boats will board and leave the docks sharply at the prescribed times in the itinerary.


  • Although the Boat Cruise is an “All White Party” for our group, you are NOT required to wear all white, but we ask all CCE guests to continue to make this our 9th year "Official All White Party!" Dress comfortable and Fab-U-lous!

It's a Wrap Day Party at the "Zoo!"

  • This is our FINAL HOORAH to wrap up the Essence festivities! Razzoos will be PACKED! This is a FREE event and open to the public! So, be prepared for a line and please WEAR YOUR CCE SHIRTS!  Our photographer will be out scouting for those reppin' their "Classy" Shirts!


Party Passes

  • You must have your tickets/passes when you arrive to any of the parties/events. No tickets will be sold at the door! All party events are a short UBER/Lyft drive or walk from the host hotels.


Concert Tickets

  • If you have not purchased tickets yet, you may purchase at the Superdome Box office when we get to New Orleans. If you choose to purchase from a scalper, Just be EXTRA careful when doing so.

Weather/Items suggested to bring

  • New Orleans Weather is unpredictable, so bring a small umbrella and/or poncho. For those “Essence Newbies” there is a lot of walking because the traffic is TERRIBLE and doesn’t allow ease of car/taxi movement.  So, bring some good walking shoes and comfortable shoes to change into before/after the concerts/parties. Plus, Bourbon Street/the French Quarters is not conducive to walking in those nice “red bottoms” or stilettos.


Please store Classy Creation Events’ Business Cell Number in your Cell Phone:

Princess (Event Coordinator/Owner): (404) 859-9832. TEXTS are allowed and responded to during the trip ONLY!


Atlanta, Georgia 

Office/Mobile: (404) 939-6723











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