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  1. www.nola.com and www.theadvocate.com both have Mardi Gras sections that includes specific information on parade times and routes for the weekend. There are also a few parade tracker apps( I use the parade tracker apps from two local tv stations,WWL TV and WDSU ) if you would like to get more specific info. If you are staying near the port, downtown or in the French Quarter, you should be within easy walking distance to the parade route. On the 24th when you depart, I would allow yourself PLENTY time to get to the pier due to parade traffic (3 parades beginning at 11am). My recommendation would be to arrive in the 10:00 -10:30 am timeframe to beat any street closures. I will be happy to answer any other specific questions you have. Enjoy your cruise and your visit to my hometown!
  2. When is your sail date from New Orleans? From 1/6 - 2/21, there are only a few smaller parades/marching groups and these typically occur on Saturday evenings. Beginning Friday, 2/22 there are larger parades throughout the weekend that will likely impact travel to/from the port. Then, there are parades every night, Wednesday 2/27 - Tuesday 2/5 with multiple parades that Saturday - Tuesday. I will be happy to share some links for specific parades/traffic etc. based on your arrival and departure from New Orleans.
  3. Is there any update on the Breakaway Concierge and Butler info? We sail March 31, 2019 out of New Orleans in a Haven Aft Suite and look forward to another great cruise!
  4. The drop-off location to inside the terminal is not a very long walk at all. My mom has used wheelchair assistance on previous cruises and was easily able to move from the drop-off point to within the terminal. Enjoy your trip!
  5. Gretna is a short ride across the Mississippi from New Orleans. If you have a rental car, you may take either the Crescent City Connection or the Westbank Expressway/Hue P. Long bridge over. As with any city, be aware of your surroundings at all times. The French Quarter at night is not for teens or children, but adults can have a really great time as there is so much to see, music to hear, and great food to taste. The Cabildo and Presbytere museums are at Jackson Square next tot he Cathedral and are wonderful. Our Aquarium is right on the river and spectacular! Your ability to see any parades will depend on when you arrive. I recommend checking out Nola.com. They have a section devoted entirely to Mardi Gras where you can see the parade schedules and route maps. Traffic and be crazy getting to and from the parades, so plan ahead. Uber and Lyft are great options as well, but there is a surge pricing for getting you super close to the routes. Enjoy our city and your cruise! We are on the Breakaway just a few weeks after your trip.
  6. We cruised last November on the first trip out of San Juan after Hurricane Maria. The terminal then was Pan American Pier. There was a suite and Haven check-in line and a separate seating/waiting area with some beverages and pastries. And, we did have priority boarding as well. We loved the Dawn! If you like the Bimini bar back above the pool, look for waiters Ronaldo and Ida. They were fantastic!
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