New Orleans and Dream 8/16/15 Review

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#1
TX
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I am still recovering from our awesome 10 day vacation in NOLA and then on the Dream to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. This is our third cruise and first one out of New Orleans. While we loved NOLA, the ship, and our ports, we'll probably return to cruising out of Galveston just because it's a drive up port for us.

We left the Friday before to spend a weekend in the French Quarter. When I booked the cruise, we initially planned to drive over Saturday but after considering it, decided since we'd never been to NOLA this was a perfect opportunity to experience it! New Orleans did not disappoint! Even with a 12 year old boy with us, we still had a great time see this amazing corner of our country. From the architecture and food, to the music and friendliness of the locals, it was a great experience.

We stayed at the Le Richelieu hotel on the out skirts of the FQ and it was a beautiful hotel. Historical, on point, and very friendly and helpful staff. It was also very affordable and I highly recommend a stay there. It's rumored to be haunted but we didn't experience anything (and have at other haunted hotels).
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#2
TX
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The food was excellent in NOLA, but expensive! Most plates were $15-22 regardless of where we went so if you plan to make a weekend out of the French Quarter, increase your budget. We probably went over our budget by $200 easily. While we were there, we did a swamp tour and visited the aquarium. The swamp tour with Cajun Encounters was well worth the price and drive to Slidell. The aquarium was ok but over priced. 1505435_10207401303536727_1063565814389093755_n.jpg

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#3
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#4
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We did visit Bourbon Street like any good tourist should do. We went during the evening, grabbed a drink, and just enjoyed the people watching as we slowly worked our way back to our hotel. Had we been childless, we would have stayed longer/later. Regardless, we still managed to enjoy ourselves!
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#8
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Actually, we didn't find it crowded it all. During Elegant Night, it did get a little crowded because of the photographers and lines but over all it wasn't bad.

TIP: AFT elevators are less crowded/busy than the forward and atrium. We routinely walk to the AFT elevators (even though we're closer to the atrium and forward ones) to get to places faster.
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#9
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We were on the Valor and the lido buffet always had repetitive food, how's the Dream do they mix it up and is the MDR open for breakfast and Lunch, I couldn't remember if it was on the Breeze.
#10
Plymouth County, MA
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Good to know about the AFT Elevators. We will be in the L-Shaped Stateroom and my Sister & BIL will be in the Wrap-around next to us. Can't wait for December! This will be our 2nd time in NOLA at the Drury Hotel & Suites.
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#11
TX
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Originally posted by NOSaints1
We were on the Valor and the lido buffet always had repetitive food, how's the Dream do they mix it up and is the MDR open for breakfast and Lunch, I couldn't remember if it was on the Breeze.
The lido was ok. I didn't care for it. I cruise for the customer service so I'm not crazy about standing in line for my food. Breakfast was pretty much always the same and the eggs were horrible. The MDR was open for brunch. For lunch, we usually had a hamburger or a slice of pizza. Those were pretty good.
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#12
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Looking forward to your review. Thanks for posting it
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#14
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Did you try Pasta Bella? Here it's a good place to go on embarkation day, usually not very crowded.
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TX
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Pasta Bella was excellent! We went on the last sea day and it was not crowded at all.
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#17
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Originally posted by txponycruiser
The lido was ok. I didn't care for it. I cruise for the customer service so I'm not crazy about standing in line for my food. Breakfast was pretty much always the same and the eggs were horrible. The MDR was open for brunch. For lunch, we usually had a hamburger or a slice of pizza. Those were pretty good.
so is MDR NOT open for breakfast and lunch? My kid wakes up early. And I don't do buffet foods anymore, I like to be waited one...
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#19
Paris IL
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Originally posted by Gardeneroflove
so is MDR NOT open for breakfast and lunch? My kid wakes up early. And I don't do buffet foods anymore, I like to be waited one...
From what I've read, the MDR does a great brunch on Sea Days. Not sure if it is open for breakfast/lunch on port days. There is also a Seaside BBQ on the Lanai deck for lunch, but once again, not sure if it is open during port days.
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#20
Colorado
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Joined Jun 2001
Too bad on the MDR breakfast, we really enjoyed the Eggs Benedict and smoked salmon. I agree with the other poster who said they like to be served. Do they still have an omelette station at the breakfast buffet?
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