Cruises From New Orleans
Take a relaxing cruise from New Orleans on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Carnival Cruise Lines. Choose from 4,5,7 or 9 night cruises. There are also repositioning cruises to Europe typically in the Spring. Cruises from New Orleans are offered year round and include destinations such as the Caribbean, Mexico, Key West, Roatan Honduras and the Bahamas. Some of the Royal Caribbean 9 day cruises include calls at their private island of Labadee. This exotic island is the picturesque Caribbean destination you have always dreamed of. You can view a video of Labadee at the bottom of this page.
Because of the proximity to the Western Caribbean – most cruises from New Orleans offer itineraries to those ports. One of the newer ports to most cruise lines is Roatan Honduras. Roatan is a long island, measuring almost 40 miles in length and with a total landmass of 49 Square miles. The island has a mountainous backbone and is totally surrounded by coral reefs, offering superb diving as well as excellent fishing. Watch the Caribbean Informational Video at the bottom of this page to see more on Roatan and much of the Western Caribbean.
You can cruise from New Orleans on the Carnival Elation or the Carnival Dream to Montego Bay Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The Elation is home ported in New Orleans and offers year round cruises. Montego Bay has beaches, restaurants and a great Jamaican Vibe – Mon! It is also home to 4 championship golf courses and a variety of shore excursions including waterfall tours.
Some of the cruises from New Orleans stop at Key West, the southernmost point in the Continental US. This popular port of call combines Caribbean charm and laid back island living along with deep rooted history and plenty of arts and culture. Key West offers plenty to see and do whether you want to venture out on the crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico or take in some of the many historic sites within a short walk of where you your cruise ship will dock.
Walking is the preferred means of transport in Old Town Key West but you should consider taking advantage of some of the available shore excursions to really maximize on your Key West experience. Popular tours and sites are the Conch Tour Train, Mel Fisher Museum, Key West Lighthouse, Butterfly Museum and the Hemmingway House but there are many, many more available for you to enjoy.
Some people simply like to soak up some of the Key West atmosphere and mix with the locals while taking in some live music at one of the many Key West bars such as Sloppy Joes, Captain Tony’s or the Hog’s Breath, where Kenny Chesney recently performed a free, impromptu concert with local musicians.
Everyone should visit Key West at least once in their lifetime and there is no better way to check out the magic of the infamous Duval Street and Old Town area than during your cruise from New Orleans.
Port of New Orleans Map and Driving Directions
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Travel Time: 16 miles from the New Orleans International Airport; travel time is approximately 40 minutes.
DIRECTIONS TO THE PORT From Interstate 10 (I-10 East or West)
Exit at US 90 Business Westbank, also known as Pontchartrain Expressway. Proceed to Tchoupitoulas Street/South Peters Street exit. Turn right on Tchoupitoulas Street. Turn left on Henderson Street. Turn left on Port of New Orleans Place to Julia Street Terminals, Berths #1 and #2. PARKING: $12 per day (rates subject to change by the Port Authority)
Patrolled, fenced and lighted outside parking lot adjacent to the terminal. Full payment due upon entering the parking lot Accepted forms of payment: U.S. Dollars. No advance reservations required. Large vehicles pay according to number of spaces occupied
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