We went out of New Orleans on Voyager a few months ago-the port was under construction (the buildings, not the water area), so give yourself plenty of time getting onboard (in other words, don't expect it to be quick). The Traffic was worse than Chicago at rush hour..... However, the start and end of the cruise was really cool in that the ship travels down the river and back to/from the Gulf for probably 7 hours each way, and the views are really amazing! I'm 65, and have a great time anytime I'm on a RCL ship, and so will you. Have a Great time with your family and friends!!