New Orleans is an interesting port and starting point for a cruise. If you are flying in, the airport is small and by my observations was not very busy.
Call it ignorance but I had no idea that the city was so far up river from the gulf. We left on RC Grandeur at 6:00 in the evening not to reach the gulf waters until after 10:00 some time.
Unlike leaving the islands, there are things coming into view the entire time during dinner.
Just a little info. from someone living at the opposite end of the river.