Drove to New Orleans from Birmingham for a seven-day cruise with six friends from around the country. All of us enjoyed it.
A few notes:
Embarkation: Very easy; we arrived Saturday at about noon and walked right onto the ship. By 1 p.m., all the staterooms were available for occupancy.
6670 ... Beautiful view from the balcony, lots of storage space, comfortable bed. Only problem? A little bit of a walk to get there -- not near elevators or stairs.
Didn't appear to be a port where you'd want to get off the beaten path. Shopping was OK, but vendors were too aggressive.