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
web : www.portno.com
Cruise Ships of Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian
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 (Cozumel Mexico).
New Orleans has become a very popular departure port for Carnival Cruises, as well as Galveston in Texas. Main US cruise ports are Miami in Florida and Ft Lauderdale Port Everglades, where you find plenty of hotels within easy reach of the port.
Cheap Hotels and Motels near Port of New Orleans LA
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.
Cheap Hotels in New Orleans
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.
Nearest Airport and Car Parking
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.