Hey everyone!!! Going on the Conquest on Sept. 5th. does anybody know what hotels are close to the ship. Right now I am staying at the Fairmont. Is it close? And does anyone know what it cost to park at the terminal? Thanks!!!!
Nor sure where the Fairmont is. If it is close to the French Quarter, it is close to the pier. The Hilton Riverside is very close.
Parking was $10 a day in June 2002. May have gone up a dollar since then. We parked at the Fulton Street Garage. Some hotels let you park in their lots for a fee.
Taxis can be expensive, even to ride for a few blocks.
The Fairmont is a little over a mile away from the terminal. The Hilton on Poydras is connected to the Riverwalk, which is connected to the terminal. It is a great place to stay, but can be pricey. Parking at the terminal is $12 per day, from what our TA told us. The Fulton Street Garage is also $12 per day, but may be easier to get out of.
I have never been on a cruise (going on Conquest 9-26) but have been to New Orleans many times. It is a unique place to visit, to say the very least. Be careful walking around. Make sure you stay on main streets. The Fairmont is located right off Canal Street. Once you cross Canal, and go down a block or two, you will be at Bourbon Street. It's pretty wild on Saturday nights. During the day, Royal Street(one street over from Bourbon) has great antique shops to visit. There are lots of local artists around selling their art. Of course, there is plenty to see at Jackson Square and the French Market. We enjoy going to the piano bar at Pat O'Briens. But you have to get there around dark, or you may not get in. Have a hurricane while you are there. They are great. Also, Pat O's is the only place that has a clean bathroom on Bourbon Street.
I had orginally booked at the Hilton Homewood Suites, but after reading how close the Hilton Riverside is to the pier, I moved our reservation there. I understand that they will allow guests to leave their cars in their garage, but it's as expensive as port parking. We'll probably go ahead and drive ourselves and park at the port. We'll be in no big hurry to get out as we're driving home anyway.