We arrived in New Orleans two nights early. If you are debating coming early, let me just say "DO IT" you won't regret it! I want to return for a longer stay as we just couldn't cram enough into two days. We stayed at the Drury Inn and it worked out very well for our group of four couples. The evening happy hour included three drinks per person and a nice buffet of snacks, salad, soup, hotdogs, potatoes, and nachos. Drury is walkable to French Quarter. Two tours I would highly recommend are "The Original New Orleans Movie Tour" and "French Quarter Culinary History & Tasting Tour". Thanks to the tour guide on the Movie Tour, we ended up on Bourbon St Friday envening watching a filming with Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman. This was right outside the Funky Pirate, so we went in there to sit down and enjoy some music and drinks. Big Al is very entertaining!
Our embarkation was delayed a few hours as they were cleaning the ship after the previous cruise experienced some noro virus outbreak. The delay created some confusion and long lines, but most people expected as much and we definately wanted the ship clean!
Our first Sea Day was Super Bowl Sunday. Game was shown on Big Screen in the Ice Arena. They had two buffets going of hot dogs and nachos for during the game. We'd been on a Super Bowl cruise before and the casino had done some game gambling which we were looking for this year. Not to be found. Previously the entertainment staff had also been more active in some friendly rivalries, but this was lacking as well.Cozumel port day: We had contacted a private snorkeling trip. Formal night with a Temptations Tribute show by the Platters was better than expected.
We made arrangements for a snorkeling trip with Mystic Snorkeling with Roswitha. Great snorkeling, but ran into some baby pink jelly fish. Vinegar worked well on the tiny bites. Port shopping on way back to ship was enough for me. Very friendly people very anxious to please and dependent on tourist dollars.
My husband was on the hunt for Seven Fathoms Rum Distillery which was an easy walk from the pier. There's easy access snorkeling right there as well. Typical port shopping.
New port, so everything looks like a Disney type of port, clean and sanitized.
We took a ship's excursion here - golfing at Cinnamon Hill. Loved it! We will do it again! We were a bit hesitant as they provide the clubs and you rent shoes, but it was very nice. We thought we might be intimidated by having a caddy, but Logan was personable and helpful. Beautiful course right on the ocean. Loved it!