The Mardi Gras cruise is all over for this year, but I think everyone had a great time. The Nordic Empress docked right at the street car line that takes you to French Quarters. It is also close to parades. It was so nice to be able to go back to ship whenever you needed a short break. We figured the cost of driving, moteling, and eating and a cruise comes out cheaper.
The great Mississippi River WAS CLOSED due to fog and we missed our trip to Progreso, but because of this we were able to spend eight hours of daylight on the river. (We thought that was a good trade off .)