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I have been in New Orleans Port but only for a port of call and it was many years ago.


I have some questions if anybody can help truly appreciate it:


1- What is the distance from the airport to the port?


2- What is a nice high end hotel to stay three nights before that isn't far from the port?


3- Is it easy to get to the port or will we find a lot of traffic?

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Distance from airport to port is about 15 miles, about a 30 minute cab ride.


The Hilton Riverside connects to the Riverwalk Marketplace, an outlet mall. If you aren't carrying a lot of luggage it is a fairly easy walk through the mall to the cruise terminals, maybe two blocks.


Most cruises leave on the weekend, when traffic is light to moderate, and usually not a problem.


It takes about seven hours to reach the Gulf Of Mexico, but the casino, shops, etc. open shortly after the ship leave the dock.

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Have cruised out of NOLA about 9 times. The casino is usually open within 2 hours of the beginning of the trip. It takes 7-8 hours to reach the Gulf.

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