We chose this cruise because New Orleans is easy for us to reach from our home in Southeast Missouri. We stayed the night before at the Quality Inn and Suites in Gretna on the Westbank. They offered a cruise and park room. We were able to stay for the night and the had a shuttle that took us to the port the next morning. They also offered a shuttle to the ferry that took you from Algiers on the West bank to the River Walk area of the French Quarter. This was free for pedestrians. It was nice to get to enjoy that area without the worry of driving and parking.
In New Orleans we explored the River Walk, and also found a carriage ride that took us through the French Quarter. The driver was very knowledgeable about the many different building and the history behind them. We even saw Brad and Angelina's house :)
Embarkation was easy. We were on board around 12:15 and our room was ready at 12:30. We were on Deck 7 (Empress) room 23. It was a great standard room with a window. It was located close to elevators and the atrium.
The food was very good all week. We had anytime dining, but ate close to the same time each day. We had the same waitress 4 out of 5 days. Natalia and her team were great. They took great care to know what my boys liked and worked very hard to make them happy.
Camp Carnival was also a treat for my boys. One was in the 2-5 group and one was in the 6-9 group. They always had great things to tell us when we picked them up.