I hate driving into the area, especially if its a weekday and I am hitting rush hour. Hotels have certainly gone up in the past 5 years, but prices on cruises are pretty good so I do it.
I've been to the French Qtr enough times its no thrill and I have stayed at Quality Inn Westbank with their cruise special the last few times and parked there and had them shuttle me to and from the port.
If you want cruise parking near French Qtr, try Holiday Inn Superdome.
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