I am sailing out of New Orleans Port in January 23rd,2007 and was wanting any feed back about the port from anybody that has sailed out of it. I live about 2 hours from N.O. and My husband and me have decided to have someone drive us to the port the day of the sailing, is this a good idea or should we find a hotel next to the port the night before we sail out. Any info would be great. If anybody is wondering which cruise line we are sailing with it is NCL Sun.
For a two hour drive, you might as well save the money and drive that morning. Plan on getting there by 10:30 to 11AM. Yes, that's earlier than the stated boarding time, but most times they allow early boarding and if you are there early, you can get on board and "cruising" sooner. I go for max cruise hours on my trips.
At a 2 hour drive, you don't have to leave that early in the morning to arrive at a good time. We are 5 hours from our port and we have left that morning but doing so mean we are up at 4:30 AM or so and then you are tired that first day. So this next one, we are doing the night in the hotel (which we do whenever we are flying into a port anyway.. That way we are not rushed on the first day.
The other option is to drive yourself and park the car at the cruise terminal. It should only cost $50 to $70 (depending on how long your cruise is) and then you don't have to trouble someone to drive you and pick you up. If you do have someone drive you, it would be a nice thing to get them a hotel room for that day so they are not driving all day...
Thanks Jim C. for the advice our TA told us to arrive at 2:30 to board the ship but I would love to get there sooner to start our vacation. The deal with someone driving us it my brother in law and I have driven him and my sister to N.O. and Mobile to fly out for there trips so I think I am due for the favors. LOL Have you ever left from N.O. and if so what is the boarding experence like.
Don't listen to your TA. If you wait and plan on getting there at 2:30, you WILL be waiting in line and you probably won't get on board until 3:30 or so. If you follow my plan, you are "worst case if they don't board early" on by 1PM. Best case you are in the buffet having lunch by 12. I would much rather have the extra time to relax than standing in a line looking at the ship.
Sorry, we cruise out of Galveston or Houston, that's only a 5 hour trip for us. We have thought about leaving from N.O. but, Katrina kill that idea until recently. We could still do it with a car trip, but that is pushing it.
It depends on what the cruise lines start offering from there. But, I have boarded cruise ships in Miami,Galveston, Vancouver... so far they have been fairly similar. You arrive, the porters take your luggage (Keep a carry on with a change of clothes and bathroom stuff with you) You go wait in line. When they start boarding, you go to an agent, you fill out your sign and sail credit card authorization and such (about 5 to 10 mins) then you get you sign and sail card (assuming CCL here) they take your picture to put digitally onto the card and onto the ship you go. If you are in the first 100 or so people to board, then this process happens fairly quickly. If you wait until 2:30, you will be creeping along in a line with a bunch of other people.
Hi Jim C,
I know you are going on a NCL Cruise next month the cruise we are going on is Jan 23rd,2007 we got a balcony room for a 5 day cruise for 499.00 a person with all the other charges it came out to around 1200.00. Our TA said it was the best price for a balcony room that he had ever seen. Thanks for the advice I will keep everything on my mind and make sure I right them done in my cruise book that I have started.
Wow, that is a great price for a Balcony cabin. How many people in your party? Sounds like just 2 of you. We were pleased by the low price for ours too. We have an oceanview and there are 4 of us (2 kiddos). I think the total was $1350 or $1400.
My concern is the old phrase "You get what you pay for". I hope the level of quality on the cruise is not reflected by the price. We will see.