I have never taken a cruise out of the Port of New Orleans but I have visited there many times. New Orleans is a great city! If you do decided to go on a cruise from there you must do a pre or cost cruise stay. The French Quarters is near the Port and there are wonderful hotels, restuarants, and sights to be seen. Please stop by Pat O'briens and have a Hurrican for me. Be careful they are very stong ; > !