Getaway - IT Conference and Getaway

Choose a Weekend, a Cruise or an 8 Day Getaway!

You're free to choose or combine your preferred schedule:

  • 3-Day French Quarter Conference - 3-Day Weekend of French Quarter Conference
  • 5-Day Caribbean Cruise - Caribbean Cruise with Relaxed Daily Seminars
  • 8-Day Getaway Week Full Conference - New Orleans roundtrip to Caribbean, all events 

Most technology conferences offer too much or too little to make sense of bringing your spouse or taking a holiday as you go.

Relax. Both conferences start from that premise. It's all going on at once. Designed to deliver the maximum value for your business needs, the experiences in professional networking and technology content, yet all in a setting to let you kick back and enjoy a break along the way.

French Quarter Conference, Cruise Seminar Getaway

For 2010 our conference returns to the Astor Crowne Plaza French Quarter Hotel, a luxury hotel and conference venue strategically ovelooking Bourbon Street, in the French Quarter. The first year our conference was in this hotel and the convenience was excellent, one step out the door and you have all the action and vibrance of the French Quarter shops and entertainment in view.

Each night in New Orleans we will give you a different taste of the city life, from Bourbon Street balconies to riverside relaxation, the nightly entertainment events are worth the trip alone. The spouses were unanimous in celebrating the weekend in the city last year, definitely make it a break for the two of you!

Restaurant, entertainment, shopping, art, museums and unique characterics of New Orleans roll right down the street to the French Market, Royal Street Galleries, Jackson Square and Riverwalk, all within a few blocks of the door. And if Harrah's Casino is on your list, it's just across the street!

After the 3-day weekend conference and parties, sleep in a bit on Monday morning, but don't miss the boat! We can ride over to the Carnival Triumph Cruiseship just a couple blocks upriver from our hotel. We'll transfer your luggage and get you onboard for a week of lazy days with just enough business and technology to get you thinking about your career and path ahead. The Triumph takes us for a 5-day trip to the Caribbean with stops in Progreso and Cozumel, Mexico. Daily conversations and gorgeous views. It couldn't be much easier. You are back to New Orleans by Saturday morning with the option to play through the weekend or head for home.

Events Overview for Attendees and Guests

French Quarter
Conference

2-days

Friday
Night
Reception

Arrival for the Friday night Welcome Party to be set for the weekend sessions. We’ll start up the early night atmosphere with music and wet your appetite with a sample of the fantastic New Orleans food that awaits you. Meet everyone for the Second Line Jazz Reception and you can take care of conference registration and orientation details so you can sleep in a bit more on Saturday morning. Pay no attention to anyone who says you have to get a lot of rest the first night in, it never happens! Just remember to set an alarm for the morning sessions.

Saturday
thru
Sunday

 
 
Saturday and Sunday are a full agenda of scheduled sessions, yet within a break you could literally step onto a balcony or take a quick stroll out the door to review the daytime charm of what awaits beyond Bourbon and Iberville Streets. In just a few steps you could be shopping on Royal Street just one block away. Looking for the ultimate New Orleans restaurant or music? Some of the best cuisine and entertainment in the country is waiting for you! You’ll have all the time you make available for yourself at night, or better yet if you stay over in the city a few days.

Celebration
for
Everyone

Sunday Night French Quarter Party

Sunday as the French Quarter Sessions are closing out and the buzz builds for the Monday afternoon Caribbean Cruise departure, its guaranteed Sunday night will not pass quietly! Don’t you know there’s going to be a huge Sunday night celebration. We be starting you out with our “Come Dressed like a Tourist Party”, and the night ends whenever and wherever you decide to Laisse le bon temp rouler in New Orleans!

Bon Voyage

New Orleans

Monday

Memorial Day

Monday morning the lobby fills with a lot of familiar faces passing through a transition as our conference hump day unfolds. The conversation doesn’t stop, we just changes venues from New Orleans View Carre to a Caribbean Cruise with “sunsets views”. You have plenty of time to relax or shop, just a few blocks away at the foot of Canal Street and the Mississippi River dock, boarding begins at 1:30pm and the boat sails at 4pm. You will want a great seat on the upper decks as the ships eases away with the New Orleans backdrop into the horizon and the spectacular views unfold as the ship weaves 90 miles down the meandering Mississippi River. Between the natural beauty along the river and the scars on the landscape post-Katrina, our journey down to the mouth of the Mississippi and the blue water of the Gulf of Mexico waiting beyond is unforgettable.

Caribbean Cruise Conference

5-days

New Orleans
Costa Maya Cozumel

New Orleans

Monday
thru
Friday

A reception and orientation mixer Monday night is when we lay out the leisurely pace of sessions for Tuesday through Friday. A blend of on-topic and off-topic geek activities will provide a casual and inspired agenda. Look for periodic meetings and wandering sessions scattered among the shipboard distractions.
We enjoy a day of sailing each way to Mexico, and two days port of call in Costa Maya and Cozumel. Decide on the way if you seek out the beach, dive on the reef, relax in cafes or hit the marketplace!

Friday

Moonlight River Party
If Friday night ever comes, before you get that last night of rest in your cabin, you have one last spectacular sight to enjoy. On a clear night under the stars, you will want to be on deck around midnight to celebrate as we navigate past the dramatically lit offshore oil rigs and ships at anchor in the Mississippi Sound leading back to the river and docking back at New Orleans for Saturday sunrise in port.
New Orleans

Saturday

As we dock with our group events concluded, you aren’t back in the real-world yet if you don’t want to be. Transfer to the airport and back home if you must, or stay through the weekend to have more fun, food and groove in the city. The locals call it the Crescent City and the world knows us as the Big Easy, but you will know it as a second home for the rest of your life.