The airport is about 17 miles North of Downtown New Orleans. They have shuttles and cabs that are about the same price ($20-$25) that take you directly downtown or to the pier. I've gotten a lot of info from www.neworleanscvb.com
. It's a great site-maps, travel info, etc. The Carnival site also has directions to the port-look under info for booked guests. Also...please come back and let us know how it goes. I'm booked on the 1/4/04 cruise. Thanks!