Caribbean Port Of Departure - New Orleans
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1) Introducing New Orleans

New Orleans, the biggest city in the state of Louisiana, is located on the Mississippi river. The city winds along the river in a curved shape, hence its nickname, ‘The Crescent City’.

The city started life as a strategic port, established in 1718 by Jean Baptiste La Moyne , a Frenchman. The new township, on a piece of land reclaimed from swamp, was sited at the Place d’Arms, now called Jackson Square. New Orleans, with the French colony of Louisiana, was given to the Spanish Empire in the Treaty of Paris (1763), and remained under Spanish rule for almost 40 years. Nearly all of the characterful 18th century architecture of the Vieux Carre hails from this Spanish era. In 1801 Napoleon added Spain to the French Empire and Louisiana reverted to French ownership. Then in 1803 the colony was sold to the US in the Louisiana Purchase.

The population of the city rose sharply in the early part of the 19th century and by 1850 New Orleans had become wealthy as a result of the export from its port of rice, cotton and sugar cane cultivated with extensive slave labor on the Deep South’s plantations.

In the early 20th century, the rising business and railroad hubs of the Midwest overtook the city both in terms of size and commercial strength.

Throughout its history New Orleans has relied on its levees, both natural and man made, to defend the city from flooding. But catastrophe struck in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina brought category 3 winds and a strong tidal surge, breaking over the levees, resulting in widespread flooding. The city is yet to fully recover from the hurricane’s damaging effects.

Today the visitor to New Orleans will find a city that boasts an Old World charm, world-famous jazz, tasty cuisine, and a romantic Creole origin.

2) New Orleans Cruise Port

At first constructed for the 1984 World's Fair, the New Orleans cruise center has been upgraded often to keep up with the growing size of cruise ships. The port boasts two separate cruise terminals.

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Julia Street Cruise Terminal

Since its inauguration in 1991 the Julia Street cruise terminal has been transformed by four major renovations in order to be able to service the ever changing size of cruise ships. The Julia Street cruise terminal is utilized by by NCL and Royal Caribbean. Facilities include a snack bar, souvenir shop, elevated passenger loading ramp, baggage handling, check-in desks, customs screening, air-conditioning and an ATM. Cruisers departing from the Julia Street terminal can park at the nearby Whale parking area, off Convention Center Blvd.

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Erato Cruise Terminal

Construction of the Erato cruise terminal began in 2004. After setbacks caused by hurricane Katrina, the terminal finally opened in October 2006. The Erato Street cruise terminal is utilized by Carnival. Facilities comprise check-in desks, customs clearance, baggage area, elevated passenger loading bridge, a refreshment stand, a drive-in/drop-off area and souvenir kiosk. The top four floors of the terminal building are a parking garage for over 1000 vehicles.

See cruises from New Orleans for a complete list of cruises available.

For the port authority see Port Of New Orleans.

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3 Out And About In New Orleans

Jackson Square

Jackson Square is at the heart of the French Quarter, one of the foremost historical districts in America. The Quarter still shows a strong French and Spanish influence. Several interesting buildings are found on the square, including the 1850 house, completely furnished with fittings and fixtures of the time, the 1791 Presbytére, now the Hurricane Katrina museum and the 1795 Cabildo, the place where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.

Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street is the most popular street in the French Quarter, with eateries, shops, live jazz clubs and bars, though many consider it tacky and prefer visiting Royal, Decatur and Chartres Streets.

Moonwalk

It’s easy to access the Moon Walk path along the west bank of the Mississippi river from Jackson Square. Walk up the short flight of steps to Washington Artillery Park, a small park with an elevated square. Stroll down the other side of the levee to the riverbank promenade. You can rest on one of the many iron benches to enjoy the sweeping views across the river.

St Charles Streetcar

The St Charles streetcar is a pleasurable way to see another area of the city apart from the French Quarter. The line begins at Canal Street, runs down St Charles Avenue, then turns into Carondelete Avenue. The streetcar stops at some premier visitor attractions such as Audubon Park, the Confederate museum, the World War II museum and the Garden District.

4) Traveling To New Orleans Cruise Port

By Car

Take I-10 south. Take exit 234A onto US90. Continue along US90, then take exit 11C. Merge with Calliope St. Turn right onto Religious St. Then turn left onto Henderson St.

For Whale parking lot. Turn left off Henderson St into Convention Center Blvd. Head straight for three-quarters of a mile to reach the car park.

For Erato St terminal parking. At the end of Henderson Street turn left into Port of New Orleans Place. Continue for half a mile to reach the terminal.

From The Airport

The Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) is around 18 miles from the cruise terminals. Pick between the shuttle bus, or a cab.

5) Other Information

Language English
Timezone CST
Currency USD

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