Some years ago, instead of taking a cruise OUT of N'Orleans around Mardi Gras (which a lot of the locals do to get away!) we took a cruise from Galveston TO N'Orleans for Mardi Gras. Our ship actually arrived the day before and overnighted, so the ship was our hotel and we could experience all the Mardi Gras activities without worrying about an expensive room! Maybe somebody is doing that this year? Have your Travel Agent check it out.
Check out our trip report and pictures at
Mardi Gras Trip Report and Pictures