NOLA..the port I love to hate....

https://neworleanscitybusiness.com/blog/2021/01/25/more-cancellations-for-carnival-amid-jumbled-vaccine-rollout/

THEY claim they can survive the year...mebbe...all I know is if the port of NOLA gets any more decrepit, it'll sink into The River....cruised out of there many times...social distance?? NOLA? no way Jose....

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Never cruised out of NOLA but have cruised into NOLA some years ago on NCL Dawn. We did the self debark and it was basically a free for all with a huge long line up to get out or just to get a taxi. Took about an hour to get out and that was with a smallish ship. I would hate to try that with some of the larger ones.

I was supposed to go out of NOLA on the Majesty.. was looking forward to it :(

I was scheduled to sail on Majesty from there next year. I'm pretty disappointed. Hopefully RCI decides to homeport another ship there.

Also, does anyone else think that Carnival is really missing a huge marketing opportunity by NOT home porting Carnival Mardi Gras at NOLA??

Love the city, the port, not so much. Cruised out of there 3 times.

I think that the NOLA port was unable to meet the fuel and size of the ship requirements. But I agree from a marketing standpoint. I enjoyed our sailing from NOLA, but there were a lot of extra pluses for that cruise. We sailed with a large group of friends, it was our first Diamond level cruise and there were "practice" parades for Mardi Gras!

Once onboard, we've enjoyed "almost" every cruise out of anywhere, including NOLA...and even the ones that didn't quite measure up to OUR expectations, we learned to make the best of it///thats what experienced cruisers do. The City of NO (the place not the train heheh) can be a hoot...if you take the time to do it right (pre-covid obviously) The port itself, from parking to embarcation to debarcation is wretched....there are tricks to minimize the angst...but this isn't the place for it, besides, my fingers would get tired and it was obvious the port authority had no interest in doing any kind of serious upgrade....and they're certainly not going to do it now or the foreseable future.

That sounds a bit like Terminal J in Miami. We only embarked from there, but the experience was absolutely awful, starting with the fact we were told Terminal G, and then had to walk, with luggage, from the North side to the south side of Dodge Island

An embarkation port that is on my list to do should I ever get the chance.

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