My family and I just returned from our 5 day cruise on the Sensation that went to Costa Maya and Cozumel. It was our 5th cruise and our boys (11 and 13) first.
The embarkation went very quickly at the New Orleans Port. The parking deck at the pier is under construction so you have to park off site. We parked at the lot at Tchoupitoulas (don't ask me how to pronounce that one!)We had an oversizes SUV so we couldn't park at Fulton Street Garage. It was $70 for 5 days which I thought was a bit high since it was just an outside fenced lot, but they did shuttle you over to the port. Once at the port you were met by a man who would make sure your bags got to your room. The checking in process went quickly and with in 20 minutes we were on the ship.
The ship was very nice considering it's age (1993). They have maintained it quite well. Very colorful. There was always someone cleaning somewhere on the ship.