New Orleans, LA

Closest pre and post cruise hotels, cheap motels near New Orleans cruise passenger terminals (Erato Street and Julia Street).

Best overnight stay nearby in French Quarter, Garden District, close to the airport.

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Where to Stay ?

The cruise port of New Orleans is located in the downtown area, on the Riverfront Trolley line, near the Riverwalk Marketplace shopping mall which is very close the Arts District and the French Quarter. Ships will dock either at the Julia Street or the new Erato Street Cruise Terminal.

There are many reasonable priced and more luxurious hotels within close distance of the port in the downtown business area and French Quarter (Vieux Carré). A cheap taxi to the ship will take less than 5 minutes.

Many cruise passengers choose to stay close to Bourbon Street, Jackson Square and the French Market in the city's French Quarter, where all the action is as far as bars, shops, and restaurants. In the heart of New Orleans' fabled French Quarter you will find many intimate, historic hotel properties perfectly located in the center of everything and close to the port. Other popular areas are the CBD (Central Business district / Convention Center) and Garden District. read more.

When driving to the port, stay for the night in an nearby pre cruise hotel. The next day park you car at one the port parking lots. The Port of New Orleans offers two parking areas: The Erato Street Parking Garage and the Poydras Street Lot for over-length vehicles. Nearby Fulton Place garage is also popular by cruise passengers.

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One of Closest Hotels

Hilton Riverside - Cruise Port

Two Poydras Street, Business District

New Orleans, LA 70130 USA

One of the closest hotels from the NOLA cruise passengers terminals. This 4 star deluxe property is located right on the river, not far from the Riverwalk Marketplace, which features over 140 shops and restaurants. Guests staying here can enjoy free Wi-Fi, Starbucks coffee and pastries at River Blends Cafe, in Riverside Hilton's lobby. Chain: Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Parking is possible. More

Cheap Stay French Quarter

Le Richelieu French Quarter

1234 Chartres Street

New Orleans, LA 70116 USA

Affordable place to stay in the center of the French Quarter, close to Jackson Square. Nightlife and many clubs are on Bourbon Street just 2 blocks away. This cozy hotel features an outdoor saltwater pool and serves a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes. Bedrooms feature free Wifi and are uniquely decorated with wood furniture. Stay in a pre or post cruise king, discounted double room or king suite. More

Motel with airport shuttle

Travel Best Inn - MSY Airport

2240 Veterans Boulevard

Kenner, LA 70062 USA

One of the nearest motels from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. This discount motel offers free airport shuttle service and guest rooms with free Wi-Fi. All guests have free access to the gym and seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Free wifi internet access and public car parking is available on site. Cheaper lodging facility for the budget minded cruise traveller. More

NOLA - Deep South of the United States - Gulf Coast

New Orleans or NOLA is the biggest city of Louisiana in the heart of the Deep South of the United States.

It lies at the legendary Mississippi River with its paddle steamers. The river flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Spend an extra day or two before or after your cruise. It's a great way to experience "The Crescent City" or "Big Easy". Whether you're looking for a cheap motel or luxury 5 star hotel, we can help you find the perfect accommodation for your cruise vacation out of New Orleans LA.

The city of New Orleans LA, also called NOLA, was founded in 1718 by the French, and sold to the US as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Visit the old colourful French Quarter and Bourbon Street with its creole architecture, small boutique hotels and vibrant nightlife. Restaurants serve Cajun and Creole dishes such as gumbo or jambalaya, traditional bars play your favourite jazz music.

Stroll along nearby Royal Street, full of cute antique stores and art galleries. Check out the sidewalk artists or take a horse carriage ride from Jackson Square, which is dominated by the St Louis Cathedral. Take time to visit some of the cities best museums such as the Historic Voodoo Museum or the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Families with kids will love the close by Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Zoo. If you like food, history and biking. A great way to explore NOLA is by bicycle. The Confederacy of Cruisers bike tour company takes you away from the French Quarter. You will have a blast learning about New Orleans history and food, while cruising through neighborhoods you otherwise might not have seen.

Port of New Orleans for Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian

The port of New Orleans consists out of two cruise ship passenger terminals, both located in downtown, near the Riverwalk Marketplace shopping mall and within easy reach of the Arts District and the French Quarter.

Ships will dock either at the Julia Street or the new Erato Street Cruise Terminal.

The Julia Street wharf complex is mainly used by Norwegian Cruise Line NCL and Royal Caribbean International RCL. Vessels from the Carnival Group anchor at the Erato Street wharf complex.

Both terminals can accommodate the largest cruise ships and provide covered and secured parking spaces. Cruises depart from the Port of New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico, Bahama's or Caribbean.

Home Port for Cruise Ships -- currently departing from New Orleans are Royal Caribbean’s ocean liners Serenade of the Seas, Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Dawn and Jewel, Carnival’s Elation, Dream and Sunshine, and American Cruise Line's Queen of the Mississippi.

Julia Street and Erato Street Passenger Pier Terminals

New Orleans LA Cruise Terminals -- the cruise ship terminals in the heart of downtown New Orleans are all on the RiverFront streetcar (trolley) line, with two stops adjacent to the cruise terminals. A 10 minute ride away are the Aquarium of the Americas, IMAX Theater and the French Quarter.

The Julia Street embarkation complex is located within the same building as the RiverWalk Shopping Mall. The Erato Street Cruise Terminal opened in September of 2006 and is located adjacent to the Julia Street Cruise Terminal. The building includes a 1,000-vehicle parking garage and state-of-the-art passenger services.

Both complexes are conveniently situated close to New Orleans hotels and attractions.

Address Julia Street Cruise Terminal Complex (Royal Caribbean RCL and Norwegian Cruise Line NCL)

920 Port of New Orleans Place

New Orleans LA 70130

Address Erato Street Cruise Terminal Complex and Parking (Carnival Cruise Line)

1100 Port of New Orleans Place

New Orleans, LA 70130

phone : (504) 522-2551

Fax: (504) 528-3376

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Nearest airport

New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) -- MSY airport is about 17 miles from the downtown piers.

Airport shuttles, limousines and taxis are available at the airport. Additional cruise line companies offer transportation between New Orleans International Airport and the Port of New Orleans.

Car Parking

Parking -- plenty of safe and secure, car parking lots are located directly at the NOLA cruise passenger piers.

There are additional off-site parking garages, most are short distance away from the terminals and require passengers to take a shuttle back to the pier. Secured parking at the cruise terminals costs $16 per day (subject to change).

Making reservations is not necessary, unless you have an oversized vehicle (oversized vehicles are defined as any vehicle over 22ft in length and/or higher than 8’ 4”). More information e-mail or call 504-528-3318. 

Directions to Erato St. and Julia St. Cruise Terminals

Take I-10 east to New Orleans; follow the signs to the N.O. Business District, US90 West, Crescent City Connection to the West Bank.

Take last exit before crossing the Mississippi river, which is the Tchoupitoulas Street/St. Peter Street exit11C; turn right onto Tchoupitoulas Street, take a left onto Henderson Street(at the red light), proceed down Henderson St. past the railroad tracks and floodwall and turn left onto Port of New Orleans Place.

Follow the signs into the appropriate terminal.

Affordable Lodging with airport shuttle service transport

Pre or Post cruise accommodation with (free) airport or (free) shuttle service to the pier -- many hotels located close to the airport offer a complimentary transport shuttle service to/and from the airport terminal.