Arkcruisers and Averrette - Thank you so much for your replies. I have a question on the Lido Deck (which is where we're staying), I have heard that it is the "place where everything happens" is that true? Our suite is on the fore section close to the bridge wing. I've read reports that it's pretty quiet on that end of the ship, but how far is it from food/entertainment areas?
I will be sure to give a review of the NOLA port. Our train leaves at 1:26 a.m. Saturday and we got a superliner roomette, which means that our meals (thankfully) will be covered on the way down. We looked into flying, but it would have been a $740 round trip flight compared to the $540 for the train (roomette included).
We've done the whole driving thing, we drove 13 hours for a vacation to Universal Studios Florida a couple of years ago, and said never again. I hear the train is an interesting experience too.