The New Orleans Voyager of the Seas departure was smooth & simple 12/3/2011.
We easily parked at Fulton Place Parking Center http://fultonplaceparking.com on Convention Center Blvd. The parking structure takes up the whole block from Fulton to Convention & you can enter from a few sides. Cruise parking is $84 paid in advance & they accept credit cards. (Condo Parking Services, (504) 566-7275 was on our receipt.) After 11a, there are guys holding signs with a picture of the boat trying to direct you. You can park anywhere in New Orleans. I found the price reasonable for the week.
They have shuttle service to the ship & guys to help with luggage, if needed. If you have special needs, this location is helpful.
We had an interior lower level stateroom, room 6639. We decorated our door with a Nutcracker Soldier, making it easy to find.
Loved, loved, loved our cabin & it's location. Chad kept calling it a closet, but I've seen smaller dorm rooms. Yes, the shower is what I'd envision a time capsule might look like, just don't drop the soap. Ladies, bring a shower cap.
We didn't plan to spend much time in our room & the best deals are on the small interior rooms. We were just around the corner from the stairs to everything. It was quiet - no neighbor noise above, below or on our sides. Below us was a dining area & above us, staterooms.
The library is one flight up on the 7th & 8th floor. Pick up your daily Sudoku. The Promenade & Guest Services are down one flight on the 5th floor. The buffet dining hall, the Windjammer is up, up, up on the 11th floor. We never had to go to the front of the ship if we were lazy.
I read about fans, but one was not needed. The thermostat worked fine. I am pre-menapausal & no one can make it cold enough for me at night. So, I can't complain that I couldn't create small snow flurries. Turning the thermostat all the way to cold should please most.
Chad thinks being low & toward the back of the ship really diminished the 'roll'/turbulence/waves. We slept wonderfully - except for the sinus challenges I had. I think the recycled air was tough on my sinuses. Fortunately I came prepared for anything allergy/sinus related.
I would book the same room again. And, our room attendant was excellent. The room was very clean when we arrived & I'm a snob about cleanliness.