Although the sessions, education and designation ceremony are all important components to the Claims Education Conference, we like to offer plenty of opportunities for social gatherings and networking where the casual exchange of ideas can be very valuable to the learning process. We hope you will consider joining us for some of the activity options that follow.

Experience Emeril’s New Orleans!
Wednesday, May 13th
5:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The recognition and awards chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse has garnered have made him known to food-loving Americans everywhere. His restaurants consistently win critical praise and top ratings.

We have reserved a limited number of tables for our group to dine at Emeril’s with three different seating times available: 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00. We will be able to order directly off the menu and enjoy signature dishes such as New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp, Andouille Crusted Redfish and Banana Cream Pie. Click here to view the menu – this is an event your tastebuds will not want to miss! Experience true New Orleans flavor and join us for this very exclusive dining experience. 

No fee to sign up. Meals, drinks and gratuity will be paid for by each participant. 

Thursday Afternoon Activity Options


New Orleans School of Cooking 
Thursday, May 14th
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cook & eat an authentic Louisiana meal! In this highly interactive class, groups actually cut, season and saute a complete dinner with one of the expert chefs, and afterwards you will be able to sit down and enjoy the meal you have just created.This class is not limited to foodies - all skill levels are welcome to join in on the fun! $160 per person. 

Airboat Adventures Swamp Tour
Thursday, May 14th
12:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join us for a high speed Airboat Ride and Louisiana swamp tour.  You’ll be touring 20,000 acres of tidewater cypress swamp. It’s a dynamic ecosystem supporting many types of aquatic and moist-soil vegetation, as well as a diverse wildlife population. You will be immersed in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as you go through the swamp and into the bayous lined with moss-draped cypress and tupelo-gum trees. During your nearly two-hour tour you’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibis, and sometimes hawks, owls and bald eagles. $80 per person.

Garden District Walking Tour

Thursday, May 14th 
1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The Garden District was originally developed between 1832 and 1900 and is considered one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions in the Southern United States. Originally the area was developed with only a couple of houses per block, each surrounded by a large garden, giving the district its name.

The afternoon will be spent exploring memories of New Orleans’ antebellum past, gazing at secluded mansions,
wandering down the brick lined sidewalks. Originally settled by the Americans who migrated here to make fortunes after the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, it is now the neighborhood of Sandra Bullock, John Goodman and the Manning football family.

This leisurely, guided stroll also includes a stop at the historic Lafayette Cemetery #1 which is the most filmed cemetery in New Orleans. Most recently scenes from The Originals on the CW Network and NCIS: New Orleans have been filmed here. $40 per person. 

Dinner Jazz Cruise on the Creole Queen Riverboat

Thursday, May 14th
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Step back into the glamour and romance of the riverboat era with a jazzy dinner cruise. Experience the lively sounds of the amazing Sullivan Dabney, Jr. and the Muzik Jazz Band while enjoying a lavish Creole Buffet in the elegantly appointed dining rooms. After dinner, and maybe a little dancing, enjoy a classic New Orleans cocktail and sweet Mississippi River breezes on the promenade deck as the city skyline slips by under a canopy of stars. This dinner cruise is pure New Orleans! $79 per person, includes dinner, cash bar available.

Live Seance

Thursday, May 14th
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Participate in a live séance! Join us in a séance at a local historic location where the lines between life and death are blurred. Who knows what spirits you will connect with! $80 per person. 

Many other activity suggestions can be found on the Hotel Information Page.