Has anybody taken off from New Orleans in the month of December? How is the weather? We like it warm and would be disappointed if we had to wear jackets on board. I know it varies, but just in general do you think the cruise would feel tropical?
You never know in New Orleans. I have spent many a New Years Eve in NO and sometimes worn a winter coat because it was in the 20s and sometimes just a sweater because it was in the 60s. It has been in the 60s-70s for Christmas in recent memory, but don't count on it!
I cruised out of NO on the Inspiration back in 12/01. The ship did not arrive at the port until 4 pm and we had gotten to NO around 10am (some medical emergency in Cozumel caused the delay). So we had plenty time to waste. It was very warm weather. Warm enough for jeans and t-shirt.
SailinBuddy, I see you went on the Conquest last Sept. We are going around the same time this Sept. How was the weather, both in NO and on the islands? How were the seas, (rough, smooth?. Can you give me some idea of parking at the harbor? I have heard a lot about Fulton Street Garage. Is it best to park and take the shuttle, rather than drop off your luggage and family and then park the car (hoping to avoid traffic)?
Last year New Orleans was overcast and a little chilly when the sun went down. On board in the evening, heading down the Mississippi, if we were outside on deck it was cool enough for a sweater but when we got up the next morning we were in the Gulf of Mexico and were putting on our shorts and tees.
If you intend to park at the port get there early. We arrived at 11:00 and waited in line appx 45min. Parking was filled up , but valet parking was available. We did use valet parking for same price,(plus gratuity of course). Our vehicle was waiting for us when we debarked and we had no problems.
i was just sailing out of new orleans 3 weeks ago, and i froze my butt off. Mind you- the weather is unpredictable there. But its not like you will be there all week. its just a few hours until you set sail.
In December you may have to wear a jacket while you are in the Gulf of Mexico. Once you are in the Caribbean Sea, it is time to pull out the sun tan oil! I own a travel agency and sailed in January. Have a GREAT time!