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  1. Casino opens very shortly after departure. Gambling is legal in Louisiana, so no need to wait until you reach international waters. Cruise ships spend most of the last night cruising upriver to New Orleans. I have never stayed up late enough to see when the casino closes.
  2. This is not first-hand, but from a friend. Uber has a marked pickup site at the terminal. Service was fairly quick.
  3. I pass that lot all the time, and have never seen it full, even on weekends.
  4. 2021, the last time I checked. Traffic in the area is more congested than usual, so allow some extra time to get from the hotel to the port.
  5. Not like a weekend, but there are always lots of people, even on a week night.
  6. Rouse's, at 800 Baronne Street, about five blocks away. A safe walk, especially during the day. Good selection and good prices.
  7. There is a service at the cruise terminal called Advance Checkin. They will take your luggage, store it, and transport it to the airport. Lots cheaper than what Carnival offers. As above, just a short walk to the Quarter from the terminal.
  8. Mardi Gras 2020 is on 2/25. If you are coming in on 2/16 you should have no problem parking. NCL uses the Whale lot on Convention Center Boulevard, and I have never seen it full. There will be some night parades on 2/16, but you will be parked and on the ship by then.
  9. New Orleans is all about music. For current listings: www.wwoz.org It lists venues by location and genres.
  10. If you are not dropping off luggage, just drive down Convention Center Blvd. and enter the Whale lot at the entrance indicated in the photo. That is the only vehicle entrance to the lot. You will avoid the congestion at the Erato Street and Julia Street terminals and save a good bit of time. There is construction going on along CCB right now that will make this trip a bit confusing, so just be patient. After you park, head towards to covered walkway you see crossing the railroad tracks. There are two options to getting to the terminal. You can take a right after you cross the tracks and walk along Port Of New Orleans Place to the terminal, about a block. You will be walking against traffic and there are signs telling you not to do this, but it is the quickest route. You can also take the escalator or elevator up to the Riverwalk mall. To your left you will see an elevator that will take you directly into the terminal. Your choice. Do a dry run when you are here at Christmas. It is actually less complicated than it sounds.
  11. Every ship I have ever seen docked at the port of NO has been with the right side toward the city. It would be really inefficient to have the ship do a 180. There's not much to see of the city from the ship anyway.
  12. Just do a Google search for "Louisiana Alligator Farm." They are out there.
  13. We have lots of experience with both, and Uber/Lyft comes out on top every time. Uber knows who we are and we know who the driver is. Better drivers, better cars and a good bit cheaper, even with a tip. Cabs are a crap shoot.
  14. Do a Google search for "New Orleans With Kids." Lots of choices there, depending on what you and the kids like to do. Some are free, others are guided tours. I would look for a hotel in the Warehouse District. There are lots of them with larger rooms, free breakfasts and other amenities, roomier and less expensive than French Quarter/Canal Street hotels. They are in walking distance of the French Quarter and other attractions, and close to streetcar and bus lines. www.norta.com. Also very close to the cruise terminal. You won't need a car unless you plan to go outside the city. For shorter trips there are cabs/Uber/Lyft. www.nomenu.com is a good source for restaurant ideas, including many within easy walking distance in the Warehouse District. This site lists restaurants by area, cuisine and price. If you are coming in around Mardi Gras, there are also parades, and online sources that will show the schedules and routes. You can download apps that will follow the progress of the parades.
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