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Old August 11th, 2009, 09:45 AM
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Just booked our 4th cruise. This time we chose a four-day outta New Orleans on the Triumph. I have heard nothing but good things about this ship and have no doubt that a great time will be had. Some questions about the port- I believe they are just getting back to using NO since Katrina. Is this true and who can tell me about what to expect as far as ease of boarding/terminal efficiency etc..?

Also, will be looking into flying down there a day early and would love some info on affordable hotels. Ideally if we can find a hotel w/ airport and/or cruise port transfers that we be sweet. Thanx for any info!
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Old August 11th, 2009, 03:11 PM
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Check out the Holiday Inn Superdome on Loyola. While not a great hotel it was certainly adequate for one night and the price was right. They offer free shuttle to Harrahs Casino and the French Quarter as well as free shuttle to the ship. 8)
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Old August 11th, 2009, 08:39 PM
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We stayed in New Orleans before and after our cruise in April and I bid on Priceline and got the Intercontinnental for 69.00 and it was great. The rooms are large, the service is great and the location is very close to the French Quarter, Harrah's, and the Riverwalk. I don't know of any hotels that are close to the port that offer shuttle service from the airport it is about a 20 minute drive. The port employees are fine the customs employees were very rude when we were getting off the ship.
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The port area did not sustain that much damage. The land along the river and French Quarter is relatively high compared to the rest of the city. The port actually received the first cargo ship within days after Katrina, although the river was only open during the day, and the only electricity was being supplied by generators.

The first cruise ship visited New Orleans just a few months after Katrina. The first ship home ported there returned in October, 2006, so they have been open for business for some time.

Much of the devastation in residential neighborhoods is still quite apparent, but the French Quarter and most tourist areas bounced back quickly. There are now more restaurants open in New Orleans than before Katrina.

The old cruise terminals are still there, but there was a new adjacent terminal that opened October, 2006.

Here are pictures of the terminal from a Nov, 2006 cruise, and it is still the same today.

http://www.zydecocruiser.com/ncl_sun...erato_term.htm

I think it is a great place to cruise out of, and you can't beat the food!
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We sail out of N.O. once or twice a year. The port after Katrina is much improved over the old one. Parking is much better, but that won't affect you since you're flying.

The cruise personnel are very friendly and as efficient as anywhere else. As for the immigration/customs folks - jeez, they're federal employees what do you expect? But in actuality, I've not had any problem with them at the pier - the airport, yeh, but not the pier.

I was raised in NO and now live close enough that I just drive in so I can only recommend that you follow others' recommendations for hotels. You might want to check the board about hotel accomodations for specifics.
For a nice remembrance of NO be sure to check out Cafe du'Mond for coffe and begneits. Great place for breakfast (or anytime really). One is across the square from St. Louis basillica in the quarter, the other is at the River Walk near the terminal.

I personally like to roam one of the great cemeteries and ride the street car through uptown. Of course, you gotta' have gumbo and bar b qued shrimp, and a muffelotta at Central Grocery on Poydras and . . . wait you gotta book more than one night for all of this!
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We sail out of N.O. once or twice a year. The port after Katrina is much improved over the old one. Parking is much better, but that won't affect you since you're flying.

The cruise personnel are very friendly and as efficient as anywhere else. As for the immigration/customs folks - jeez, they're federal employees what do you expect? But in actuality, I've not had any problem with them at the pier - the airport, yeh, but not the pier.

I was raised in NO and now live close enough that I just drive in so I can only recommend that you follow others' recommendations for hotels. You might want to check the board about hotel accomodations for specifics.
For a nice remembrance of NO be sure to check out Cafe du'Mond for coffe and begneits. Great place for breakfast (or anytime really). One is across the square from St. Louis basillica in the quarter, the other is at the River Walk near the terminal.

I personally like to roam one of the great cemeteries and ride the street car through uptown. Of course, you gotta' have gumbo and bar b qued shrimp, and a muffelotta at Central Grocery on Poydras and . . . wait you gotta book more than one night for all of this!
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I would just bite the bullet on transportation from the airport to a convenient, nice, hotel and then for a cab from the hotel to the port.

My personal favorite hotel in New Olreans is Iberville Suites in the French Quarter. Sometimes they have specials and/or check hotels.com.

A lot of people like Drury Inn, but much of that is for the cruise parking deal.

Pictures of Iberville can be found here:
http://www.zydecocruiser.com/Blog_20.../indexPre1.htm

I've also stayed at the Intercontiental and liked it. It is often a mystery hotel on bookit.com besides being on priceline.

Pictures from Intercontinental can be found on this page:
http://www.zydecocruiser.com/fantasy_07/nola/nola3.htm

Speaking of muffulettas!



and some more food ideas (all open)
http://www.zydecocruiser.com/nola/food/food.htm
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to try something different, NO has several excellent B&B on St Charles avenue which is not that far from the pier
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