Has anyone cruised out of New Orleans? Is it an easy port to cruise from? How does it compare to Miami or Fort Lauderdale?
I think it's easy. I have flown in once and drove many times. Parking is a little pricey compared to Galveston. I can't compare to Fort Lauderdale or Miami as it has been years since I have departed from there.
I have cruised out of New Orleans twice and Ft. Lauderdale once. I haven't had a problem with either location. I like cruising out of NO because it is a nice pre/post cruise location. I always make time for the beignets and the pralines.
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.
I'm going on the Conquest in September. I'll be staying in the French Quarter and will have three full days pre cruise and the debarkation day to explore. I'll have two half day travel days to explore......so looking forward to it...could have booked the Breeze, but Conquest's prices are so much cheaper and NO.....chop one city off the bucket list...
2007 Victory & Triumph
2008 Conquest & Liberty
2009 Valor, Freedom, and Splendor
2010 Glory and Liberty