Sail Date: December 2008
New Orleans: We found the Riverwalk Streetcar easily and rode it into the French Quarter. We grabbed lunch at Johnny's Po-boys and everything was delicious! We then met up with our Voodoo & Cemetery Tour. Our tour guide had a lot ... Read More
New Orleans: We found the Riverwalk Streetcar easily and rode it into the French Quarter. We grabbed lunch at Johnny's Po-boys and everything was delicious! We then met up with our Voodoo & Cemetery Tour. Our tour guide had a lot of personality and was very knowledgeable about the cemetery. We learned a lot about the people and history of NOLA. Unfortunately, the voodoo portion of the tour was quite lacking. We'd recommend the tour to anyone interested in the cemetery but if you're looking for a voodoo experience, you need to find a different tour. Afterward, we did some exploring and shopping in the French Quarter before walking (15-20 min) to our hotel for a quick nap. We decided to go to Cajun Cabin on Bourbon Street for dinner. The food was good and the service was excellent. From there, we took the Canal Streetcar to and from City Park for the Celebration of the Oaks, a Christmas festival of sorts. The lights and decorations were phenomenal and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We were back at the hotel around 10:30 and went straight to bed after a long day and a lot of walking. Our plan for the next morning was to visit Mardi Gras World. We found the ferry to Algiers easily and from there were met with a shuttle. This was one of the highlights of our brief visit to NOLA. The tour was very informative, and we learned about the history of Mardi Gras, but our favorite part was seeing all the different floats. We also posed with tons of props and wore some outrageous costumes. The tour took about 2 hours. We returned to the French Quarter post-cruise for a guided history tour provided by the National Park Service. It was about an hour long and very informative, though I felt like walking added nothing to the tour since nothing was pointed out along our route - it was more like a lecture that we happened to walk during. Regardless, we liked it. Since we ended in Jackson Square, we thought we would grab some beignets for a snack but the line at Café du Monde was about 100 people long so we ditched that idea and instead bought coffee at another place to keep our hands warm as we walked to the St. Charles Ave Streetcar. We took the streetcar uptown to the Garden District. It was interesting to look at the mansions and the different architectural styles along the way. After about a 30 minute ride, we got off at Audubon Park to go to the zoo. My sister is a zoo-aholic so this was a must-see for her. I thought the zoo was nicely laid out and the swamp and jungle exhibits in particular were wonderfully designed. We spent about 2.5 hours there, and saw the place thoroughly. We walked through a bit of the park afterwards and then grabbed a late lunch before taking a cab to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
We had a blast in New Orleans both before and after our cruise. It was the beginning of Mardi Gras parades the Saturday before and we got back on Super Bowl Sunday. We had never been there before, and let me tell you, it was the most fun I ... Read More
We had a blast in New Orleans both before and after our cruise. It was the beginning of Mardi Gras parades the Saturday before and we got back on Super Bowl Sunday. We had never been there before, and let me tell you, it was the most fun I have ever had. I won't go into details, because what happens in new Orleans, stays in New Orleans! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
We spent an extra day to tour around in NOLA before the cruise. The temps were barely past freezing during the day...and we were unprepared. We did the city tour from NCL after the trip...great and relaxing was to get more views outside of ... Read More
We spent an extra day to tour around in NOLA before the cruise. The temps were barely past freezing during the day...and we were unprepared. We did the city tour from NCL after the trip...great and relaxing was to get more views outside of the downtown/French Quarter area. We got to see the Katrina ravished areas. Then a drop at the airport made this a great addition to a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
We stayed 2 nights at Harrahs hotel. The hotel is beautiful. You can walk to Bourbon St. and the French Market from there. The shopping on Canal Street is great and also the RiverWalk. You can't miss having beignets and cafe au lait ... Read More
We stayed 2 nights at Harrahs hotel. The hotel is beautiful. You can walk to Bourbon St. and the French Market from there. The shopping on Canal Street is great and also the RiverWalk. You can't miss having beignets and cafe au lait at the Cafe DU Monde in the French Quarter. Also not to be missed is the raw oysters or the char grilled oysters at Drago's restaurant in the Hilton Hotel. New Orleans is still a very romantic city and the people of NOLA should be recognized for their acheivements and recovery after hurricane Katrina. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
This is my favorite embarkation port. It is an easy drive for us and check-in is a breeze. What a festive atmosphere to begin and end a cruise! We booked this cruise last minute on the last weekend of Mardi Gras, so I was unable to find ... Read More
This is my favorite embarkation port. It is an easy drive for us and check-in is a breeze. What a festive atmosphere to begin and end a cruise! We booked this cruise last minute on the last weekend of Mardi Gras, so I was unable to find an affordable room pre-cruise. We stayed in Covington which was an easy 30 minute drive. We stayed at the Holiday Inn on Royal Street before we headed home, which gave us a little New Orleans time to unwind before heading back to home, work, and real life! The Holiday Inn is not the most fabulous hotel, but is conveniently located within walking distance to many things and has parking available. Make sure to visit the Acme Oyster Bar, and Johnnie's Po-Boys. Fabulous music is on every corner...it's the vacation before and after the vacation! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
As I opened with, the best vacation spot in America. The best food, the best music, the best drinks, and the friendliest people in America. Make sure you spend some time here, check out a festival if you can and go to K-Pauls, the best ... Read More
As I opened with, the best vacation spot in America. The best food, the best music, the best drinks, and the friendliest people in America. Make sure you spend some time here, check out a festival if you can and go to K-Pauls, the best restaurant in the world period! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We embarked from here and spent 3 days pre-cruise. We were in New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival which was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the food and music of New Orleans. The embarkation experience was great and the location ... Read More
We embarked from here and spent 3 days pre-cruise. We were in New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival which was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the food and music of New Orleans. The embarkation experience was great and the location on the River Front cannot be beat. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
We think this is one of the greatest cities in the country. We love eating breakfast at Mother's restaurant on Poydras. We also like Drago's in the Hilton for the grilled oysters. Also, Deannies has great food.
We think this is one of the greatest cities in the country. We love eating breakfast at Mother's restaurant on Poydras. We also like Drago's in the Hilton for the grilled oysters. Also, Deannies has great food. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
Had never been to New Orleans but was pleasantly surprised. The city is somewhere every American should visit to see how, with hard work, a disaster can be, if not erased, at least dealt with. And all that is said about Bourbon Street is ... Read More
Had never been to New Orleans but was pleasantly surprised. The city is somewhere every American should visit to see how, with hard work, a disaster can be, if not erased, at least dealt with. And all that is said about Bourbon Street is true. The food alone is worth the trip. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
Didn't have to much time to check out NOLA. The port itself was fine. No complaints really. We arrived in enough time to wait. Late boarding kinda stunk but I guess the previous people had to get off for us to get on.
Didn't have to much time to check out NOLA. The port itself was fine. No complaints really. We arrived in enough time to wait. Late boarding kinda stunk but I guess the previous people had to get off for us to get on. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
What better port than going a day or two pre cruise than NOLA. Quality Inn & Suites on O'Keffe, If still highly rated by Tripadvsior will stay their again.
What better port than going a day or two pre cruise than NOLA. Quality Inn & Suites on O'Keffe, If still highly rated by Tripadvsior will stay their again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
It was a little confusing. Not well marked with signs nor was anyone offering any direction to get thru the process. I think if this was not our 10th cruise, we would have been very confused.
It was a little confusing. Not well marked with signs nor was anyone offering any direction to get thru the process. I think if this was not our 10th cruise, we would have been very confused. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
If you want a party you can always find one here. If you want good food, the same. If you want good music, same. Just find your way to the Quarter or Harrahs and you will find some fun.
If you want a party you can always find one here. If you want good food, the same. If you want good music, same. Just find your way to the Quarter or Harrahs and you will find some fun. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
We parked at the Fulton Parking Garage, and a very nice older gentleman made sure our luggage was taken to the right spot to be picked up. The young men on the shuttle bus were very helpful and made sure our luggage was taken to the right ... Read More
We parked at the Fulton Parking Garage, and a very nice older gentleman made sure our luggage was taken to the right spot to be picked up. The young men on the shuttle bus were very helpful and made sure our luggage was taken to the right spot at the terminal. We were probably one of the first of about 100 people to board. On our return, the same gentleman remembered us and again took very good care of us and our luggage to get us on our way home as quickly as possible. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2012
We intended to fly to New Orleans, stay overnight, get on our cruise, return, and stay another three nights. Each event went like "clockwork" and the experience was terrific. The Iberville Suites and the St. James Hotel were fab, ... Read More
We intended to fly to New Orleans, stay overnight, get on our cruise, return, and stay another three nights. Each event went like "clockwork" and the experience was terrific. The Iberville Suites and the St. James Hotel were fab, the former being our hotel of choice. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
A little confusing to navigate. We never saw where we could drop off luggage so we didn't have to carry it all on. We asked the staff, but no one seemed to know.
A little confusing to navigate. We never saw where we could drop off luggage so we didn't have to carry it all on. We asked the staff, but no one seemed to know. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2012
Extremely friendly staffs at all areas of the port. Debarkation was slow due to U.S Customs..but that is to be expected.
Extremely friendly staffs at all areas of the port. Debarkation was slow due to U.S Customs..but that is to be expected. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
In New Orleans we stayed at the Marriott in the French Quarter. Very nice hotel. Parking is like 35 bucks but everywhere in the quarter you pay a nice price. We ate at a place called Oceana down off Canti Street ..kind of a hole in the ... Read More
In New Orleans we stayed at the Marriott in the French Quarter. Very nice hotel. Parking is like 35 bucks but everywhere in the quarter you pay a nice price. We ate at a place called Oceana down off Canti Street ..kind of a hole in the wall (its down in the french quarter). We had some great seafood there at decent prices! We of course went to Cafe Du Monde and had coffee and the beignets :) That is a must! We went shopping in the quarter and seen some very interesting things & people but thats what makes it New Orleans..New Orleans i guess?? We did not stay out past 10 pm lol.. we went back to our hotel. Its a fun port of call though! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
Some ports (like New York and Miami) are not only difficult to navigate, but are uninteresting as well. Getting around New Orleans is easy, the traffic isn't bad, and the food is great. We spent time before and after in rural towns ... Read More
Some ports (like New York and Miami) are not only difficult to navigate, but are uninteresting as well. Getting around New Orleans is easy, the traffic isn't bad, and the food is great. We spent time before and after in rural towns which are safer and more interesting but still offer superb independent restaurants and lots of history. See Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and consider staying in Slidell rather than New Orleans. Read Less

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