ESSENCE Festival 2018: "Take It Away, GIRLFRIENDS Getaway!"

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Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Sugarbowl Drive

New Orleans, LA 20904

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The Essence Festival, known as "The Party With a Purpose", is an annual music festival which started in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. Today, it is a much-attended event for everyone and


Your trip through the heart and soul of Louisiana starts at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans. Enjoy timeless elegance and southern refinement at this genuine Bourbon Street establishment with its traditional gabled windows, French Doors and wrought-iron lace balconies. Each of the 483 residences offers laid-back, luxurious comfort complete with world-class amenities with lush tropical courtyards just beyond the doors. Step outside and immerse yourself in local flavors from Cajun and Creole to coffee and fresh seafood. Hit our club for some jazz–voted best in New Orleans for French Quarter hotels. Or unwind with a cocktail and cigar at our bar lounge LeBooze.

Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter on one of the world’s most famous entertainment corridors, Bourbon Street. The hotel is within walking distance to the Mississippi Riverfront, the Central Business District, and world famous visitor attractions.

PLEASE NOTE: The Minimum Check-In Age: 21


#1 The Diva Package: No Party Bus

This package is perfect for Divas to Experience & Explore New Orleans on their own terms--with NO RULES! With so much to see and do in this Lively City of Culture, Music, and Food; it's no wonder why this is our Most Popular package!!

  • 4 Night Stay in the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, French Quarter
  • Deluxe King Room -- DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ONLY
  • Registration Meet & Greet at time of Check-in
  • BigNCute Welcome Gift Bags w/T-Shirt

#2 The Grand Dame Package: with Party Bus

This package is our Grandest of all and well suited for the Lady who wants it all!! Immediately upon arrival, you will luxuriate in your surroundings, take in the sights, sounds and smells of New Orleans and truly immerse yourself in a Total Essence Experience!!

  • 4 Night Stay in the Roayal Sonesta New Orleans, French Quarter
  • Deluxe King Room -- DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ONLY
  • Registration Meet & Greet at time of Check-in
  • BigNCute Welcome Gift Bags w/T-Shirts
  • 3 Day StreetCar Trolly Pass
  • A White Jean & Bling Party Bus Affair



Roundtrip Airfare can be added for an Additional cost. Airfare WILL NOT be included in your payment plan packages and must be paid-in-full at the time of booking.

If 10 or more individuals are departing/returning from the same airport location, a payment plan may be available. As long as 10 or more individuals ae flying from one specific location to a single destination with the SAME itinerary. If that requirement is not met, passengers will be considered as individual travelers and booked at the lowest available rate. BOOKED AIRFARE ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE.

Tours: Cemetary, Swamp, Carriage, Hurricane Katrina, Walking, and/or Plantation Tour:

Prices will be based on the Total number of Guests booked for these tours. Once booked, tickets will be NON-REFUNDABLE. Please specify in the "Additional Information Box" located within your Registration if you are interested in any of these events.

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is highly recommended. Purchasing travel insurance will protect your investment in case of an unforeseen emergency. Email or annotate on your registration if you are interested in adding insurance to your travel package. We will provide you with a copy of the insurance information.

Payment Methods:

The following Credit/Debit Cards are acceptable:

Final Payment MUST be received NO LATER THAN March 15, 2018

You will receive an INVOICE from BigNCute Travel upon 1) Successful Registration for yourself and/or Group and, 2) Successfully Pay your INITIAL DEPOSIT. IF YOU OPT FOR OUR PAYMENT PLAN, subsequent Invoices will be sent, to the email on record within 1-2 Business Days. Subsequently, ALL FUTURE Payments received will be applied toward your remaining balance, per schedule, and treated the same.

Failure to routinely check your email OR keep your contact information up to date with BigNCuteTravel that results in your missing payment reminders or important updates can cause your Reservation(s) to be canceled immediately--NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.




EXCLUSIVELY for our First 20 Tickets PURCHASED, Our Guests that will reserve their "Take It Away GIRLFRIENDS Getaway" Package will receive a 3-day | 2-night Vacation Travel Certificate valid at over 22 Locations. You must make your INITIAL DEPOSIT of $150 on/before September 1, 2017 and make your final payment by the Due Date specified below, to complete eligibility.


If you Missed the EARLY BIRD Special, you can still Submit your INITIAL DEPOSIT. To reserve your "Take It Away GIRLFRIENDS Getaway" Package, YOU MUST Make a deposit of $150 on/before September 16, 2017 AND MAKE your FINAL Payment by the Due Date specified below.


$150 (or more) per person - October 15

$150 (or more) per person - November 15

**WAIVED** - December 15 (due to the holidays, this payment is optional)

$150 (or more) per person - January 15

$150 (or more) per person - February 15


If you have found our travel package after payments have begun, you may still register as long as there is space available. After the payment plan has started, you must be prepared to pay what is needed to bring your payments current at the time of registration.

THE FINE PRINT: Policies, Payments, and Fees: (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

  • Securing your Reservation for any of our "Take It Away GIRFRIENDS Getaway" Packages indicate your acceptance of our NO REFUND Policy and all Terms and Conditions.


  • Registration MUST be made in the EXACT Name shown on your Government Issued ID.

  • ALL DEPOSITS will be assessed a One (1) Time Service Processing Fee of $9.99 for the Administration/Setup of your Payment Plan. This Fee is In Addition to and WILL NOT be deducted from your balance.

  • Payments MUST be made by the 15th of each month to keep your reservations secured. ANY PAYMENT(s) NOT RECEIVED BY the 16th of each month will be considered a Non-payment and subject to a late fee of $20.00. Two (2) or more late payments WILL result in the cancellation of your hotel and forfeiture all funds paid. This will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.

  • PLEASE SELECT YOUR ROOMMATES WISELY! It is your responsibility, not the responsibility of BnC Travel, to ensure that all Roommates are making timely payments. If any Roommate(s) cancel Reservation or alters the registered room occupancy; the remaining occupant(s) will be required to pay the revised rate at the rate of the new occupancy. (i.e., if you book under the quad or triple room rate and either roommate cancels, the remaining parties will be required to pay the triple or double room rate occupancy.) NO EXCEPTIONS!! NO PORTION OF FUNDS WILL TRANSFER TO ANOTHER TRAVELERS’ ACCOUNT!

  • All roommates must make their initial deposits within 48 HOURS of receiving the 1st roommate’s deposit. If all deposits are not received, your accommodations will be confirmed based upon the number of deposits received. (i.e., if quad occupancy is selected and deposits have only been received from 2 listed roommates, your accommodations will be confirmed as a Double occupancy.)

  • All parties occupying in the same room must book under the same package rate (i.e., if the first roommate selects the Deluxe booking, all parties MUST select Deluxe). We CANNOT accommodate for split package rates for the same room if one party wants hotel only and the remaining party wants the deluxe package.

  • For the Group Leader or person booking on behalf of others: it is EXTREMELY important to fill out the registration form accurately. List everyone’s email addresses and phone contact numbers. This information will be used to keep you up-to-date on information regarding our Itinerary, any changes/updates on the Essence Music Festival, and any other essential travel related matters. If you need further assistance with the registration process, please feel free to contact us.

  • Upon check-in to the Royal Sonesta, a credit/debit card will be required for incidentals. A minimum parking fee of $41.00 per room, per day, per vehicle, will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. This fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees that they may be responsible for but is not a guarantee of the final amount due.

  • General HOTEL Policies:

    Check-in Policy - the Royal Sonesta Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization for incidentals. Please be advised that this will be done upon check-in for incidentals; AND will place a hold on your funds.

    Pet Policy - Pets are Allowed

    General Information - Room taxes are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

  • It is best to pay your Initial Deposit as soon as possible to guarantee that you are locked in at the current rates.

  • Name Change requests received after the final deposit deadline will incur a $75 Administrative NAME CHANGE FEE (NO EXCEPTIONS).

  • If initiating a booking after the final deposit deadline, the total cost DUE must be paid in full at the time of registration. There will not be an option for a payment plan for this new booking.

  • A $100 late fee will be imposed for all payments received after the final payment deadline. Additionally, there will be a $45 fee will be imposed for ALL RETURNED CREDIT/DEBIT Card Payments for Non-Sufficient Funds.

  • BigNCute Travel reserves the right to use all client images or likeness in connection with still photography and/or recorded video. Attendance at any BigNCute Travel events gives us expressed consent to be photographed for use in all print and electronic publicity on the internet and all social media sites.

  • Reservations NOT Paid-in-Full by the Final Due Date of March 16, 2018 WILL be assessed a $75 late fee and/or subject to automatic cancellation WITHOUT A REFUND!!

Note: BigNCute Travel is a licensed professional Travel Company based in the Washington, DC area. We are Certified Travel Consultants and provide Vacation Packages, Travel options, and Events for everyone to enjoy! Any and all copyrights, trademarks, trade names used in this advertisement are for informative purposes only. We are not members of or acting on behalf of Essence, the Essence Festival, Eventbrite and/or any of their affiliates or associates.

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