We selected this cruise since it was leaving New Orleans a few days before Mardi Gras and we had never been to New Orleans. We stayed on Magazine St at the Country Inn & Suites. Great location that was walking distance to parades, French Quarter, Bourbon St. and close to the port. Nice hotel. We arrived at port @ 11:30am. Check in was easy but then had to wait @ 20 min to get on the ship. It was pouring rain after we arrived and 2 suitcases got wet. One got soaked but luckily it was our shoes and I had them in zip lock bags anyway. The other suitcase had a few wet things in it but they dried in the room. Our 3rd suitcase was dry.
Room: We had a balcony room - 6322. Very clean and comfortable. Bed was a little firm but most nights we slept very well. Typical bathroom with glass rounded doors and plenty of storage for what we had. Stateroom attendant took good care of us. Dale was his name. Rather serious, but spoiled us.
Dining Room: Lots to choose from, though I am a beef or chicken person. Quality was OK, but you do have to keep in mind the number of people that are getting served every day. We certainly did not go hungry. We did eat at Johnny Rockets 1 night. Had a great time there.
Windjammer: Great selection, but don't eat too late in the AM as they do run out of certain items. We party late so we don't get up early. Never tried the dining room for breakfast since it closes at 9:00am.
Promenade Cafe: Since we ate a late breakfast but had 8:00pm seating for dinner, we were able to get a sandwich to hold us over till dinner. Had a ham & cheese croissant that we liked. Also have desserts and pizza. Open 24/7.
Room Service: We had room service coffee most mornings. When I would call to order it, they would say 40/45 min. Then they would be at the room within 15/20 min. Coffee very strong so we added some tea water to it and then it was great!
Scoreboard: Smoking allowed so it was a favorite bar. Bartenders were very attentive and we chatted with many nice folks there.
High Notes: Smoking allowed in small section of this bar. Great dance band "Synergy" played there as well as at Cleopatra's Needle. Great views of the pool and ocean from High Notes as it was on Floor 14.
Cleopatra's Needle: Non smoking but close to the cigar room. Saw Synergy there too. Great time!
Casino: Old fashioned coin machines, but I like them especially when you win. Love to hear then clang of dollar coins falling :) My husband was playing Black Jack and I joined. Never played before and the dealer was very helpful and patient. My husband was winning and tipping him so that may have made a difference! Same at the craps table.
Overall we enjoyed the ship. Danced more on this cruise then any other because of the band Synergy that was on board. Towards the end of the cruise there was a weird odor in the stairwell. Not sure what it was. Staff were very friendly and helpful throughout the cruise. It was a school vacation week and there were many kids running around.
Leaving the ship was a breeze. We were on a tour so left at 8:00am. Got right down to the luggage and through customs no problem. They did have a dog checking luggage. Guess that's because we had been in Jamaica.