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New Orleans USA Cruise Port Guide


The Erato St. Cruise Terminal and the Julia St. Cruise Terminal of New Orleans are adjacent to each other. The Port also has plans to further expand its cruise facilities into the ByWater area of the city, adjacent to the lower end of the French Quarter, with a cruise facility at the Poland Avenue Wharf.

The Riverwalk shopping and dining complex is just a few minutes walk, the French Quarter a little further.

The airport is located about 17 miles from the port, but allow 45 minutes of driving time just in case.

Airport Shuttle- $20/ person, Taxis- There is a flat fee of $33 for two passengers, $14/ person for three or more passengers plus a $1 fuel surcharge per trip.

Parking at the port is $16 a day.

Hotels near the Cruise Terminal

Printable map to take along.

Cruise calendar for this port.

Check here for festivals and events in New Orleans when you are in port.

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Port Location on Google Maps

Monthly Climate Averages for New Orleans USA



The cultural riches, sensual indulgences and unparalleled service that define the New Orleans experience continue to flourish, as they have for centuries. The most celebrated and historic core of the city – including the Faubourg Marigny, French Quarter, Central Business District, Warehouse and Arts District, Magazine Street, Garden District, Audubon Park and Zoo and St. Charles Avenue – is thriving.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

New Orleans Hop On Hop Off Tour

The cruise terminals are all on the RiverFront streetcar (trolley) line, with two stops adjacent to the cruise terminals. For $1.25 per ride you can take a ten minute trip to the Aquarium of the Americas, IMAX Theater, Harrah's Casino or the French Quarter for a few hours of entertainment before or after your cruise.

It pays to compare your cruise line tours here.

Nearby Places:

Shopping and Food

The Julia Street Cruise Terminal Complex is located within the same building as the RiverWalk Shopping Mall, a world class mall with everything from a food court to Victoria's Secret, Gap and Limited. Shop until it's time to board the ship.

Discover treasures tucked inside hundreds of shops and boutiques along Magazine Street.


The official U.S. currency is the United States dollar (symbol: $). ATM's everywhere.

Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely used and accepted, even for transactions worth only a few dollars. In fact, in some cases, it may be the only way to make a transaction. Note to overseas visitors: Prices of goods and services always seem lower than they really are, as taxes and gratuities are seldom included.

Most states have a sales tax, ranging from 2.9% to nearly 10% of the retail price; 4-6% is typical. Sales tax is almost never included in posted prices (except for gasoline, and in most states, alcoholic beverages consumed on-premises), but instead will be calculated and added to the total when you pay.

Tipping in America is widely used and expected. While Americans themselves often debate correct levels and exactly who deserves to be tipped, generally accepted standard rates are:

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The U.S. has no official language at the federal level, but English is by far the standard for everyday use. Several states have declared their official state language as English. Spanish is also official in the state of New Mexico, where it is widely spoken; French is official in Louisiana and the Hawaiian language is official in Hawaii, but neither approaches the use of English and are official for primarily historical reasons.

There is Wi-Fi in both the Julia Street and Erato Street terminals.

Emergency 911

Opening Hours and Holidays:

In major metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles, many drugstores and supermarkets are routinely open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, while department stores, shopping centers and most other large retailers are typically open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and often with shorter hours on Sundays - generally 11 a.m. or noon to 5 or 6 p.m. On holidays, the tendency is to remain open (with the exception of the most important holidays like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day where stores are generally closed)

Holidays in the USA

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