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 15th
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 16th
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 16th
12:45 p.m. – 4:30 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.

Mardi Gras World Tour
Thursday, May 16th 
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This tour gives you the opportunity to see firsthand what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life year after year. Walk through the hard work and extensive planning that goes into this grand event when you tour Blaine Kern Studios, an operating workshop that has created breathtaking floats for Mardi Gras and other parades around the world since 1947. On the tour, you’ll be paired up with a knowledgeable guide who takes the mask off of Mardi Gras. This all-access opportunity winds you through the massive studio, where artists and architects build Mardi Gras floats from the ground up. You’ll learn about the history of this unique and festive tradition, going beyond its reputation to get a deeper understanding of the REAL Mardi Gras. This New Orleans tour is an experience you’ll want to document. There are so many photo opportunities in front of floats, with props, or wearing a traditional Mardi Gras costume, so don’t forget to bring your camera! And bring your appetite, too: every tour comes with a slice of King Cake (which is a real delicacy, as it’s hard to find out of season!). $25 per person.

Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery Walking Tour (FULL)

Thursday, May 16th 
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 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. 

World War II Museum Tour

Thursday, May 16th 
12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world. Through exhibits, multimedia experiences, and thousands of personal accounts, the Museum takes visitors on an immersive tour of World War II in every theater of war.

This exclusive, small-group experience includes an official museum tour guide taking us through the chronological
narrative of each theater of combat, bringing to life the drama, sacrifices, personal stories, and strategies of America’s
campaign to defeat the Axis powers and preserve freedom. Our tour guide will also highlight several artifacts, displays, and exhibits during the tour. Our group will also attend a showing of Beyond All Boundaries in the Solomon Victory Theater. $50 per person. 

Dinner Jazz Cruise on the Creole Queen Riverboat

Thursday, May 16th
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: Victorian Style

Thursday, May 16th
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join us in the French Quarter at Bloody Mary’s Haunted Museum for a Victorian Style Séance. We’ll have the Victorian visual of a séance: sitting around a table holding hands, table tipping and summoning ethereal manifestations ready and waiting for your call. This tried and true method is still as much of a valid way of connecting with the other side today as it was historically in the old New Orleans Spiritualist movement days. When group minds collect together to connect with loved ones, it is still a wonderful way to contact the other side, but remember, it is up to the ghosts how and when they show!

Our séance will be led by Bloody Mary herself. Born on the bayou, Bloody Mary was raised in the Crescent City. She is known publicly as a Priestess, storyteller, celebrity historian, author, psychic medium, ghost hunter and owner of the famous Bloody Mary's Tours. Bloody Mary is featured on hundreds of international documentaries about her hometown and her Voodoo paranormal. Her haunted houses are on TLC Paranormal Lockdown, Buzzfeed Unsolved, Haunted History and Ghost Adventures.  $80 per person.

Plantation Mansion Tour (taking place on Friday, May 17th)

11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy a narrated journey through scenic cypress swamps with a professional historian. Hear of a land of Creoles, pirates, slaves, and voodoo. View Evergreen, Whitney, Felicite’ Columbia, St. Joseph, and Laura plantations before touring the treasure of the Old South, the magnificent antebellum Oak Alley mansion. With 28 three century old oak trees lining its entrance, Oak Alley is an exquisite reminder of a bygone era, an era now “Gone With The Wind.” Note that lunch is not provided; however, there is a snack and gift shop at Oak Alley where you can purchase refresh­ments. $70 per person. 

Many other activity suggestions can be found on the Hotel Information page under Things to Do.