920 and 1100 Port of New Orleans Place
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 (920 Port of New Orleans Place) or the new Erato Street Cruise Terminal (1100 Port of New Orleans Place).
If you want to stay close to the port, nearest hotels are located across the street from the Morial Convention Center in CBD, Central Business District/Convention Center. Popular are the Hampton Inn and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Embassy Suites. The district is right across the street from the French Quarter. A cheap taxi to the ship will take less than 5 minutes.
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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.
Another popular area is the Garden District, home to beautiful historic homes. Hotels in this area are more budget-friendly, some offer car parking as well. It’s a more laid back and quieter area of the city. St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, which offers transportation to New Orleans city centre and the French Quarter, is within easy reach.
Louis Armstrong International Airport is located just over 15 miles from the port. Downtown is 20 minutes away. In this area you will many less expensive establishments, which offer you a free complimentary shuttle to/from MSY airport.
When driving to the port, stay for the night in an nearby pre cruise hotel with car parking. 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.