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Old November 11th, 2002, 12:58 PM
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Help again We will sail on the carnival conquest(can hardly wait) in December. The ship departs at 6:00 pm from New Orleans. How early should we be there to board. We live in Baton Rouge,La which is about an hour away. Should we get there early in the day. I have been to New Orleans so I won't need to see the sights. How early will they let us board. I thought of spending the night in New Orleans at one of carnivals hotels and cut thru the red tape and not have to stand in line. My daughter can stand but not for long lengths of time. Suggestions.
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Old November 11th, 2002, 02:55 PM
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Usually the docs will indicate the boarding time. I've sailed on 3 Carnival ships and depart was 4pm with boarding at noon. If anything call your agent. Boarding I thought always went fairly quick. Just make sure your docs are all correct, you have all the requirements on hand and your paperwork is completed. Happy Sailing!
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I'd try to arrive at the pier in NO around noon. You should be able to board shortly after that if not before. A lot depends on how quickly they can disembark the ship earlier in the day.

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Old November 11th, 2002, 06:00 PM
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First order of business should be finding a secure place to park your car, especially in New Orleans.
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Old November 11th, 2002, 06:38 PM
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Thanks,
I haven't gotten the docs yet,so maybe that info will be on there. Also you are right about finding a secure parking space. I am really thinking about letting my daughter take us and drop us then pick us up the next Sunday.
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Old November 11th, 2002, 11:11 PM
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Cassbeth since you live so close to Nawlins I would highly recommend having someone drop you off and pick you up. I don't know what the port parking is like but I do know what the city is like.
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Old November 12th, 2002, 07:42 AM
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True,True the city is kinda rough. I would think with New Orleans becoming a town thats wants cruise ships to depart from that port they would or should offer some kind of SECURE parking.
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Old November 12th, 2002, 10:35 AM
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I would think so too. But I have moved away from there 10 years ago and I remember when they had only 1 cruise ship but can't really remember what the parking was like. Altho since 9/11 it could have changed as the cruises we were on they just let us thru the gate to park but when we went to Port Everglades back in April there were guards there with guns and they asked your business and to see the cruise docs. I don't know if that is the case in NO. However you are within close enough vicinity to be dropped off. I think the biggest factor that changed the city for the worse was the casinos. It was always bad but I walked around there and felt ok and my sister worked in the Quarter but it seems after the casinos came in it really got bad. It's sad because I loved living there more than anywhere I have lived in period and would go back in a heartbeat but things changed so drastically. You might want to do a search online and see if the port has a website and find out what kind of security they have there. Good luck.
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Old November 12th, 2002, 11:38 PM
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We drove to NO from Mobile last year. We parked in a fenced in lot right there at the pier. I think it cost about $7 per day. Everything was safe when we returned, so we at least had a good experience. Out biggest problem was finding the pier! We could see the river but somehow kept missing the entrance to the pier area. Drove around for about an hour before we stumbled on it - and this was with the map we printed off internet. Had a problem getting back on I-10 coming home too. The streets are confusing. I'd recommend that you buy a map of the city before you try to find the pier.
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Oh! I forgot to say that we could board at l:30 ( the best I can remember). We ended up getting there about 3:00. There was a LONG, LONG line to go through. It was 4:45 before we got to our cabin. There is a mandatory firedrill at 5:00 even though you don't sail until 6:00. So I'd suggest that you get there as early as they will let you board. That gives you time if you get lost like we did too.

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I think that from your reference to your daughter and standing that you qualify for special attention and preboarding from Carnival. Contact them direct and ask about this service.

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Old November 13th, 2002, 08:23 AM
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I do like New Orleans at times. Compared to Baton Rouge ,New Orleans is the big city. I don't go there very often, just for concerts and shows and to eat. But when friends come to town that is where they want to go. Can't beat New Orleans for food. My youngest daughter is there all the time partying.
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Old November 13th, 2002, 08:27 AM
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Hello,
Thanks LindaE for the info. You mean you can't board at the riverwalk mall. I guess not,that would be one heck of a crowd. Also thanks sdl, I will contact carnival to see if I may get special boarding for my daughter. She walks with a cane and if the state gives her special priveleges maybe carnival will. She is disabled but does not need a wheelchair.
I can hardly wait to sail.
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Old November 13th, 2002, 08:50 AM
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Linda I know exactly what you are talking about. The maps off the internet are very bad when it comes to directions. I know as my husband is a truck driver and he would call me to run a route to compare with what the company told him and sometimes he would get lost because the directions are so bad. They would say sometimes "start at a local road". It was crazy. However they have recently (at least I program I use) updated these maps and they are much better now. I can tell because they make more sense and my street which was done over 3 years ago finally came up on the new updates.
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Old November 13th, 2002, 05:48 PM
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Thanks sdl. I contacted Carnival direct and they said they will have a wheelchair for my daughter. Just to ask a representative when we arrive at the pier and she won't have to stand in line. She also asked if I needed a room for special needs and to let the purser know when I get on board about my daughter. I am sure glad you gave me this info.
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