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  1. Still going to cruise, this isn't going to affect me making future plans. It's always going to be something, if not COVID-19, something else, unfortunately, and we shouldn't live our lives in a bubble. That being said, we can all learn from this experience. While I, (for many, many years), have always been bringing Clorox wipes for my room, using hand sanitizer, washing hands often, and just being very mindful about being extra diligent about hygiene, sadly, too many people do not incorporate this into their cruise/land vacations or daily life and that his how illness spreads. Hope to see you onboard someday! 🐳🌴🛳️☀️
  2. I also recommend Hilton Riverside, it will be my first choice when I cruise out of NOLA next time. It's right on the river, and it connects to the mall so you can walk through the mall to the port. I did this, and I will do the same next time. I did see people from my room window walking to/from the port on the street that parallels the river...I don't know the name of it. No need for an Uber unless you have a lot of luggage, etc. but Mall is probably easier since I don't think there are sidewalks on that street. I arrived about 11am, and took the $25 upgrade for a room that was ready and riverfront. The streetcar also has a stop right at the hotel. Hint: the streetcars don't give change, so do yourself a favor and download the RTA app to to your phone and purchase a "Jazzy Pass", I believe one day unlimited rides was $3. But they also have multiple day passes as well. Then you just show your pass to your driver and hop on. I awoke very early the morning of the cruise embarkation and of course couldn't get back to sleep after looking out the window 100 times 🤣 to the Dream and the NCL ship in port, so I got dressed and walked up to Cafe' duMonde, it's about a 15 minute walk up the riverfront, and there were only 3 other tables in there besides me. I got there about 7:40am. Great way to get your fix without waiting in the super long lines during the day.
  3. I second Cruiseapril. That location is hard to beat. Publix grocery store is right behind it, wine store walking distance, lots of restaurants, pharmacies, Ross clothing store across the street. Walk down to the water taxi launch under the bridge at Hilton Marina.
  4. YOLO! You'd be crazy for passing that up. Find a laundromat, enjoy NOLA, and board again the next day. You're going to kick yourself forever if you don't go! HAVE FUN!!!!
  5. Carnival Freedom 8292. If you look at the Drag it Decks website the room is under a blank space on the Lido, I think it's the stairs but that blank space is filled with some kind of boiler room or mechanical equipment. The room was perfect every day and night, I never heard a sound, until the last night. It started with what I thought was an obnoxious neighbor slamming their balcony door repeatedly around midnight. I finally called guest services when I realized it was not a balcony door....they called Maintenance. I ended up calling 2 more times because this noise went on for hours. I even went up to the 9th floor to find the noise myself. Maintenance finally showed up and it took them all night to fix it. Not a happy camper, not a great way to end my trip. I now have "blank space" paranoia. 😨
  6. I have always used Carnival transportation. It may be a few more dollars, but I know I won't have anything to worry about, and it's pre-paid, so overall it's just a "less stress" situation.
  7. Look into Free Tours by Foot, they're a tour company that gets wonderful reviews. The tour guides work on tips alone, you don't pay for the tour, just tip your guide. They do ghost tours, cemetery tours, voodoo tours, historical tours. The kids would probably like it. The WWII museum is rated as one of the best in the country, you can also check out the French Market, do a tour of the garden section, or a tour of the bayou.
  8. Embassy is a great location, and has such a nice pool area. Like others have mentioned, it includes a great free, hot, breakfast, and the managers reception happy hour is free the night before. Walking distance to a lot of good restaurants, shops, pharmacies, even Ross if anyone needs an extra shirt or forgot a bathing suit. I vote ES.
  9. 377. It actually sounds not so bad considering I booked in the 700's 🤣
  10. Your reviews are always good, looking forward to this one too! Your video walking through the mall to the port in NOLA was very helpful to me last year 😊 🐳🏝️🛳️☀️
  11. Sail away is a lot of fun, even if you're just going to watch from the higher decks as you pull away and head out of port. Everyone is excited and happy, everyone is chatty and friendly and just enjoying the vacation vibe. The cruise director gets everyone going. Even if you don't think you can dance, or don't know the dance they're doing, don't hesitate to get down there and dance. The majority doesn't really know what the heck they're doing (myself included) but no one cares, everyone is just out there having a great time smiling, singing along, and laughing. It's really a lot of fun. Same goes for the deck parties at night.
  12. No glass bottles, cans are fine. There is a limit, it's either a 6 or 12 pack, can't remember. It's on the Carnival website though.
  13. The rooms in the tower seem to be ok, it's the rooms in the villas (the smaller areas by the pool) that really seem to get the bad reviews.
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