Holiday Inn Superdome, best pre cruise rate, and free shuttle within 3 mile radius. (includes cruise terminal & French Quarter)
As far as meals go .... way too many options.
Depends on if you want walking distance, shuttle distance, places in the Quarter, etc. I personally like Margaritaville in the Quarter, the Cajun Burger is WONDERFUL! But then again it's all in what you're looking for (fancy or simple)
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also booked: 10/10/13 Carnival Victory B2B, 01/12/14 Carnival Sunshine
One of my most favorite cities. The food is great just about anywhere, but here are a few cant miss Jockomos is terrific, the red fish, acme osyster company is great fun, and for more upscale dining any of the brennan restaurants or nola. Watch the areas you pick for hotels. Stay in the french quarter as it is near the port, but avoid bourbon street hotels as they can be very noisy if your room faces the street. There are other great options on the surrounding streets. Hope this helps.
We are booked on the Spirit sailing 1-25-09. There must be some kind of convention in town that weekend because there were lots of hotels already booked solid that weekend. We got a room in the Quarter at Chateau Lamoine (*spelling?) close to Bourbon but far enough from the noise.
We sailed from NO before on RCL Grandeur of the Seas and had a great time - lots of fun people. We've never been on the Spirit and the last time we sailed on NCL was many years ago. Needless to say we are looking forward to having a great time in NO and on Spirit!!!
I'm sure you'll have a great cruise if you end up booking!
I can tell you where not to eat. We had dinner at Crescent City Brewpub and it was disappointing. Go with some recommendations from locals online. Look in Yahoo Answers and Tripadvisor. I had great meals in New Orleans YEARS ago, but not sure if some of them still hold the test of time. For a pre-cruise lunch, grab a po boy at Mother's. It's near the cruise terminal (about 4 block walk Northeast? of the casino). It's a real lunch-counter hustle-bustle, messy po-boy experience, but it's legendary. And Cafe du Monde has a location in the Riverwalk (at the terminal), so a breakfast of coffee and bengniets is easy to get!
Oh, and if anyone is planning a cruise around Mardi Gras.......plan your travel to the pier accordingly! It was INSANE! Lots of delays for cabs. Some people having to walk blocks upon blocks with their luggage. The parade routes cut right near the terminal and everything shuts down.
Also, the boarding at the terminal was a bit sloppy. No signs. Drop your bags with the porters to the back (near the ship-remember to tip-we forgot in the confusion), then to the right there is a door where they'll let you enter when time. You'll go upstairs, go through screening, then they'll direct you to a line for registration. Then it's off to the ship!