This will be out first time to New Orleans. I had always wished to visit this city. We have seen that the RCCL has 4 sailings out of New Orleans in January 2013 during Mardi Gras. I would like some help in deciding which cruise date to book that would be the best view of Mardi Gras parade if we stay 1 or 2 nights either end of our cruise. Also where should we stay within a modest budget that we would get the best view of the parade. We will be flying in to New Orleans and will not be renting a vehicle. We are seniors so wish to be in a safe area, perhaps not too far from the cruiseship terminal? I will give you the dates of the cruises available. Sailings leave New Orleans:
Jan. 5-12 return a.m.
Jan. 12-19 return a.m.
Jan. 19-26 return a.m.
We will either stay 1or 2 nights either end or both is necessary to fit in a nice parade. It may also depend on what I can find for good hotel rates on parade nights. Please any help would be more than appreciated as I wish to get our cruise booked.