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What to Know When Cruising Out of New Orleans

Be prepared to set sail out of New Orleans with answers to these FAQs

You have booked a cruise out of Port NOLA and you can’t wait to sail away. Whether your destination is the Caribbean or Mexico, here’s a few helpful tips when cruising out of New Orleans.

Rebecca Todd
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Where can I store my luggage?

Have some time to explore before boarding? Enjoy services like Stasher where you can store you luggage at a local hotel or shop, sight see and then grab it before embarking on your cruise. Storage in New Orleans cost 6 dollars per item for 24 hours, plus 5 dollars for any additional day.

Let someone else worry about your bags with Advance Check In. Whether you are flying in or checking out of a hotel, Advance Check In will pick up your bags and deliver straight to the cruise terminal. Your luggage will be checked onboard the ship and delivered to you cabin. All luggage must have cruise ship luggage tags completed and attached to each bag. Advance Check In also offer Port on Site Storage once you return the port.

Both services require reservations and can be booked online.

What deals and discounts are available to cruise passengers?

Check out these great cruise coupons for deals at our attractions, restaurants and more. Several of the area’s hotels also offer special cruise packages that could be the perfect fit for your next pre-sailing experience. Talk to a travel professional to find the right package for your family.

What are the most and least expensive times to cruise out of New Orleans?

There is never a bad time to cruise out of PortNOLA. However, to make the most out of your cruise vacation, check our calendar of events to see what is happening in the city. There may be a festival or celebration perfect for your vacation. Please note that area events effect hotel rates.

How do I get to the cruise terminal from the airport?

It is about 16 miles from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to the various cruise terminals. We suggest estimating 30 minutes of travel time to get to and from the destinations by taxis, Uber or Lyft.

Where do I board cruises in New Orleans?

Your cruise ship will determine where you board:

What time should I board my cruise?

We recommend being on the PortNOLA premises at least 30 minutes before your assigned check in time.

How do I check in for my cruise?

Arrive to the cruise terminal with your luggage tags and all boarding information. You will be directed accordingly from there. Be sure to check the Cruise Line’s website for exact instructions, additional information and tips.

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