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New Orleans (Port NOLA, Louisiana)

Cruise Port schedule, live map, terminals, news

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Region
Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time
2019-11-18 11:07

Address
Port of New Orleans, Julia Street Cruise Terminal and Erato Street Terminal, New Orleans, LA 70130

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NOLA New Orleans is a major USA cruise port located in Louisiana. The Gulf of Mexico is approx 180 km (110 ml) from the port. NOLA port itself is between Lake Pontchartrain and Mississippi River. New Orleans City is Louisiana's largest, with population over 390,000 (metro over 1,3 million). Note: CruiseMapper's digital map shows the location of Julia Street Cruise Terminal.

New Orleans City attracts many US and international tourists with its architecture, cultural heritage, cuisine and the annual Mardi Grass festival.

Port NOLA New Orleans

Port NOLA's cruising business has a significant impact on Louisiana State's economy, accounting for 8000+ local jobs, USD 129+ million (annual economic impact) and USD 400+ million (direct purchases annually). Port's statistics show that cruise passengers spent 2 nights (on average) pre- or post-cruise. Currently, Port NOLA is ranked USA's 6th largest cruise port and supports 21,700+ Louisiana State jobs. Port's largest liner (so far) is NCL's Norwegian Breakaway (LOA length 326 m, GT 145650 tons, max capacity 4800 pax plus 1600 crew).

Port NOLA (New Orleans) cruise port

Between 2001 and 2015, port's cruising business grew by around 180%. Year-round homeported here liners include Carnival Dream and Carnival Triumph (both since 2017), Norwegian Breakaway and Vision of the Seas (both since 2018), as well as American Queen Steamboat Company's new paddlewheel riverboat American Duchess (launched 2017). PortNOLA's cruise schedule includes mainly 4-, 5-, 7-day itineraries to Eastern or Western Caribbean destinations. Most visited call ports on these roundtrips are in Mexico (Cozumel, Progresso, Costa Maya) and Belize.

In 2017, Celebrity Equinox became one of the biggest luxury cruise ships ever docked in PortNOLA. On Feb 26, the ship berthed at Julia Street Cruise Terminal, just in time for the 2017 Mardi Gras carnival's finale. Celebrity Cruises Equinox ship (LOA length 317 m / 1041 ft) also made its first ever call at NOLA port, remaining in port for 2 overnights (through the Mardi Gras Day - Feb 28).

New Orleans Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest in 2017 were scheduled as “Signature Event Sailings” in Celebrity Cruises 2017 program. Key global events in that program were also "The French Open" (Roland Garros) in Paris France, "New Year’s Eve in Dubai", "Carnival in Brazil" (Rio de Janeiro), "Pingxi Lantern Festival" (Taipei City Taiwan). Each of these signature itineraries offered as optional unique shore excursions and themed onboard events and shows.

In 2015, Carnival announced a record year with over 400,000 passengers booking cruise out of NOLA. In 2016, Carnival welcomed its 3 millionth cruise passenger at Port New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina (2005). Carnival pioneered year-round departures from NOLA in 1994. The company operates year-round roundtrips with cruise vessels and around over 125 departures annually on 4- to 7-night itineraries.

Port NOLA's cruise shipping sector continues to grow. For season 2016 was reported 4,5% passenger increase (over 2015), with total handled 1,070695 million pax. Cruise industry expenditures totaled USD 406 million. Port's cruising business provided USD 324 million in personal income. Port studies showed 80% of all cruise ship tourists are from Louisiana, and 60% spend an average of 2 nights in New Orleans (before and after the cruise).

On October 4, 2016, Louisiana state (delegation of 50 officials) and PortNOLA (via its CEO) signed in Havana a MoU with Cuba to expand shipping trade and commerce opportunities.

In 2017, Louis Armstrong International Airport launched 2 new direct international flights (to Germany and UK) operated by the airlines Copa, Condor, and British Airways. In early-May 2017, RCI Royal Caribbean announced that for winter 2018-2019, Vision of the Seas will be homeported in NOLA. Beginning December 15, 2018, the 2500-passenger liner offers 7-day roundtrips to Western Caribbean (Yucatan Mexico) and Bahamas. In 2018-2019 (December 15 through March 2), RCI homeported Vision OTS (max capacity 2514 pax plus 765 crew) for 7-day roundtrips to Florida-Bahamas (Coco Cay, Nassau, Key West FL) and Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Costa Maya, Grand Cayman). The ship was only seasonally deployed, relocated for the winter from Galveston TX.

In 2017, PortNOLA reported a record year for its cruise business - with handled 1,15 million passengers at both terminals (Erato Str, and Julia Str). In 2018, Port NOLA celebrated its 300th anniversary and also surpassed the 1 million cruise tourist threshold (for 4th consecutive year) hitting a record volume for 7th year in a row.

In September 2018, ACL American Cruise Lines added to the company's NOLA homeported fleet the new riverboat American Song. In November 2018, NCL Norwegian Cruise Line replaced Norwegian Pearl (max 2873 pax) with PortNOLA's ever largest cruise ship - Norwegian Breakaway (max 4819 pax, 1595 crew). In 2019, Breakaway will be replaced by sistership Norwegian Getaway.

For FY2018, Port NOLA reported a container shipping record with handled 591,253 TEUs (+12,3% over 2017). 2018 was also the 5th consecutive year with handled over 0,5 million TEUs. Port's dedicated facility (Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal) can handle world's largest boxships and is operated by New Orleans Terminal and Ports America. In 2019 started construction works on Barbours Cut Container Terminal, which included demolition of the existing structures, replacing the old pavement with new asphalt (~23 acres / 9,3 hectares), construction of 2 buildings, new electrical and drainage systems and utilities. For the project (USD 39,7 million) was contracted Archer Western Construction (subsidiary of Walsh Group).

As of 2019, Port NOLA's container terminal serves 11 weekly lines from 3 major global shipping alliances with worldwide connections to 58 seaports (direct) plus 450+ other (indirect). PortNOLA handles ~70% of all TEUs moved through US Gulf of Mexico. Imports and exports are driven mainly by petrochemical and resin markets. In September 2019, the 2M Alliance (Maersk and MSC) started a new Transpacific service with Houston as first call port after the Panama Canal crossing.

NOLA's multi-purpose terminals are at City Docks, Woodhouse, Jacintoport.

Cruise port's season 2018 ended with a record of 235 ship calls (229 in 2017) and handled 1,182111 million passengers (+2,3% over 2017). Mississippi River cruise passengers increased 23%.

In 2019, Carnival Cruise Line increased its homeporting capacity by replacing Carnival Triumph (max 3310 pax) with Carnival Valor (max 3581 pax). In Spring 2020, for the first time from New Orleans, Disney Cruise Line scheduled a total of 5 roundtrip itineraries on the homeported here 2700-passenger Disney Wonder.

New Orleans cruise terminal

PortNOLA (New Orleans cruise port) is approx 5,5-hour drive from Houston TX, 2-hour drive from Baton Rouge LA and 3-hour drive from Jackson MS. New Orleans Airport is approx 26 km (16 ml) from the cruise terminal.

New Orleans (Louisiana) cruise port map (printable)

PortNOLA has two terminals serving cruise ships (liners and riverboats) - Julia Street Cruise Terminal, and Erato Cruise Terminal, with combined wharf length (2 berths) 792 m (2600 ft).

Julia Street Cruise Terminal

Port's first cruise terminal building was opened in 1991. The facilities include baggage area, refreshment stands, check-in desks, elevated loading ramp for passengers, ATMs, souvenir kiosks. Terminal's parking (Whale Parking) is off Convention Center Blvd.

NOLA Julia Street cruise ship terminal

Julia Street Terminal serves the companies NCL-Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean.

Erato Cruise Terminal

Port's second (new) cruise terminal was opened in 2006 and has capacity to handle two large cruise vessels simultaneously.

NOLA Erato Street cruise ship terminal

Building's facilities include waiting halls, baggage handling area, elevated loading ramp, customs clearance, souvenir shop, check-in desks. Terminal's dedicated parking (4-storey building) has capacity over 1000 vehicles. Parking costs $14 per day (Port Authority subject to change).

Erato Street Terminal serves Carnival Cruise Lines.

(NEW) Poland Avenue Cruise Terminal

In May 2017, NOLA port commented about converting Poland Avenue Wharf into a new cruise ship terminal facility. In 2016, port officials met with Bywater residents to comment on the proposal. In 2017 the port announced that RCI Royal Caribbean starts turnaround operations (NOLA roundtrip departures) after a 3-year hiatus. The news rekindled the new passenger terminal project.

Poland Ave is port's best area for a large-sized cruise terminal, but there is still docking capacity at the existing terminals Erato Street and Julia Street. RCI liners dock on Saturdays at Julia Wharf as scheduled in company's NOLA cruise program 2018 (based on Vision of the Seas).

The new passenger terminal's building is expected to cost over USD 50 million. The project has no official timeline or funding. It would also need an environmental review - the process could take years.

New Orleans tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Jackson Square: located at the French Quarter neighborhood center. This area is with Spanish and French atmosphere. Near the square are sights including the Cabildo, the Presbytére (Hurricane Katrina museum) and the St Louis Cathedral.
  • Artillery park: few steps after Café Du Monde, you will see amazing view of the river Mississippi.
  • Bourbon Street: the busiest French Quarter street. Popular places to visit are Pat O’Brien’s bar, Galatoire’s Restaurant, the Old Absinthe House and Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop.
  • Moonwalk: the famous walk runs along Mississippi river, its west side. It will take you from Jackson Square to Canal street. It is named after mayor Maurice Moon Landrieu.
  • St Louis Cemetery #1: the rest place of Ernest Dutch Morial, Marie Laveau, Homer Plessey, Etienne de Bore and more famous New Orleans citizens. Be aware of weird sounds, inexplicable happenings and unreal apparitions.
  • St Charles St Streetcar: it will take you from the French Quarter through the St. Charles Avenue, a great way to enjoy the beautiful architecture of the city.

Port New Orleans cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from New Orleans, Port NOLA, Louisiana. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
2 November, 2019
Saturday
American Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineQueen of the Mississippi23:00
2 November, 2019
Saturday
American Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineAmerica23:00
3 November, 2019
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Glory08:0015:00
4 November, 2019
Monday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Valor08:0015:00
5 November, 2019
Tuesday
American Queen Steamboat Company Cruises cruise lineAmerican Duchess
8 November, 2019
Friday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Getaway07:0016:00
9 November, 2019
Saturday
American Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineAmerican Harmony
9 November, 2019
Saturday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Valor08:0015:00
10 November, 2019
Sunday
American Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineQueen of the Mississippi
10 November, 2019
Sunday
American Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineAmerica
10 November, 2019
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Glory08:0015:00
14 November, 2019
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Valor08:0015:00
16 November, 2019
Saturday
American Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineAmerican Harmony
17 November, 2019
Sunday
American Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineQueen of the Mississippi
17 November, 2019
Sunday
American Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineAmerica
17 November, 2019
Sunday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Getaway07:0016:00
17 November, 2019
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Glory08:0015:00
18 November, 2019
Monday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Valor08:0015:00
19 November, 2019
Tuesday
American Queen Steamboat Company Cruises cruise lineAmerican Queen
19 November, 2019
Tuesday
American Queen Steamboat Company Cruises cruise lineAmerican Duchess
23 November, 2019
Saturday
American Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineAmerican Harmony
23 November, 2019
Saturday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Valor08:0015:00
24 November, 2019
Sunday
American Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineAmerica
24 November, 2019
Sunday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Getaway07:0016:00
24 November, 2019
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Glory08:0015:00
26 November, 2019
Tuesday
American Queen Steamboat Company Cruises cruise lineAmerican Duchess
28 November, 2019
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Valor08:0015:00
30 November, 2019
Saturday
American Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineAmerican Harmony
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