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Overview

New Orleans, also known as the "Big Easy" and the "Crescent City," is one of the most well known cities in the United States. New Orleans is particularly famous for its annual Mardi Gras celebrations, and is also very well known for its historic buildings and rich music culture.

Because New Orleans is such a famous city, many travelers like to take a cruise from New Orleans and combine that with a pre- or post-cruise hotel stay. However, cruises departing from New Orleans are most popular among those that live close enough to the port that they can avoid flying.



Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from New Orleans, Louisiana:
Caribbean (Western)
River Cruises



Cruise Lines Departing Here

Carnival Cruise Lines
Majestic America Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
Peter Deilmann Cruises



Currency
The official currency of the United States is the dollar.


Language
The official language is English.


Tourist Attractions
New Orleans is probably most well known for its Mardi Gras celebration, which is a large carnival that takes place annually on Fat Tuesday.

The French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré, is the oldest (and most famous) region of New Orleans. Because it houses a lot of significant historic buildings, the French Quarter is actually considered a National Historic Landmark. "The Quarter" is a very popular nightlife spot, as it is one of the few locations in the United States where you can drink alcoholic beverages while walking on the street. This only applies to this specific region of New Orleans, not the entire city.

Probably the most well known street in the French Quarter is Bourbon Street, because of its wide range of (somewhat notorious) drinking establishments. Aside from its bars and clubs, the French Quarter also features many dining venues (ranging in type from formal to casual). The most well known cuisines in New Orleans are Creole and French.

Jackson Square, also known as Place d'Armes, is a historic park in the French Quarter. This area was the original center of New Orleans, prior to its expansion. Named after Andrew Jackson, a statue of him (on a horse) sits in its center. Live music is frequently featured in this area.

The Cabildo, located along Jackson Square, is one of the most historic buildings in New Orleans. In fact, it's a National Historic Landmark. It's in New Orleans' French Quarter and was built in the late-1700's, to serve as the site of the New Orleans city council. It is currently part of the Louisiana State Museum. Located nearby the Cabildo is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, an important religious and social center.

The Aquarium of the Americas, located in the French Quarter, is a state-of-the-art aquarium, featuring a wide range of aquatic creatures and various exhibits.

A popular attraction for families with young kids is the Louisiana Children's Museum. This museum features puppet shows, art and science exhibits, and various other exhibits geared towards learning. The New Orleans Museum of Art, located in beautiful City Park, is another popular New Orleans area for learning. There are almost 40,000 paintings within this museum.


Port Location & Parking Fees
The Port of New Orleans is located about 15 miles from New Orleans International Airport, with a driving time of about 30 minutes (depending on traffic).

Taxis are available at the airport, at an average cost of about $25 per person each way (subject to change). Another option is to purchase ground transfers through the cruise line.

Address:
Port of New Orleans
980 Port of New Orleans Place
New Orleans, LA 70130

Parking Fees (subject to change):
$10 per day for regular sized vehicles.
 
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The Cabildo
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Aquarium of the Americas
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