I had read so much about the problems on the two previous departures from New Orleans that I was expecting major problems. Thankfully we were the only ship in the port that day. There were supposed to be up to 200,000 extra people in New Orleans for the Bayou Classic football game. Actually it was one of the easiest embarkation we have ever experienced. That may be because we got there so early. One self important person in the terminal told us we had to get out but another (apparently higher level) person told us to wait against the wall. We were in the first 30 or so processed and got out Sea Pass. We were on the ship by 1030.
There was one thing that really ticked myself and a lot of people off on this cruise. The RCCL website listed the Meet and Mingle at 10:00 AM on the Sunday morning. We made our way to the location to find that the M&M had been reschedule for Thursday at 4PM. No one had notified anyone that it had rescheduled and no one from RCCL showed up on Sunday morning to explain who changed the day or why. Some people went to the help desk to find out what was going on. There were no messages on the interactive TV, no nothing. To me it seems ridiculous to have a M&M after we had finished up the ports.
I called and spoke to the lady in charge of the M&M and was told that the Cruise Director, the Activities Director and herself had decided we may miss too much on Sunday (sea day) so they moved it to Thursday. She had no answer when I asked why no one had been notified of the change. When I spoke to the Cruise Director he stated he had no knowledge of a change. I just can't understand why if they wanted or needed to change the date that they couldn't have at the least notified the people signed up for it.
Our inside cabin 7334 had plenty of room for us and was very quiet. The library was not far from our cabin and was it was good location since we utilized it. The room steward did an excellent job keeping the room clean, etc.
We walked around and had lunch at Poncho's Backyard Cafe. Very good food
Very clean in the port area, lots of shops from low end local things to high end jewelry.