First, the cruises offered by ACL are geared towards mature audiences - 60's and up, although there very people much younger on this cruise. Actually who's on the cruise really doesn't matter to me, as long as people are enjoying their experience.
I have taken 7 ocean cruises and on rivercruise (20 years ago). If you are expecting in your face activities and craziness, pick something other than a river cruise.
This was a celebration cruise for my husband and I, and when greeted when boarding the boat, we were congratulated and on the second day, after returning from a shore excursion, we found champagne and strawberries in our cabin!
Our cabin was a balcony cabin on the 2nd deck. The cabin was spacious, had a "real" bathroom - hot water all the time, excellent quality of the shampoo, etc. Cabin was serviced twice a day, and if you needed anything, you just had to ask. Due to the weather being a little chilly, we did not use the balcony as much as we would have liked - you can order room service breakfast, also,
Added at the last minute due to the change of itinerary. They did a great job and it seemed seemless. Took the excursion to Rosedown, Tami the tour guide and Stanley the driver were a hoot! Stopped in town for a "gift shop" break. In the afternoon, took the excursion to the Myrtles. There was also a continuous shuttle from the boat into the town.
First thought was "why would you stop here?" Most attractions are closed on Sundays and Mondays. We took the USS Kidd tour, and then the last minute added "Meander with Mike" walking tour which was an excellent addition. He is the on board historian and took us through two beautiful neighborhoods you would never know existed. This defintiely changed our opinion of this port. A bus tour to Houmas house was also offered (one of the orignal ports we could not get to because of the high waters).
We arrived back in New Orleans about a half day early. They offered the tour to Oak Alley and also a walking tour by Mike of the French Quarter and the WWII museum.