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This post explains how to get from the Cruise Ship Terminal at Julia Street to the top neighborhoods, listed below, in New Orleans. We provide directions via public transportation and walking. We also suggest the best locations to meet an Uber or Lyft if you decide to use those services.
When leaving the ship, you will be exiting from either the Upper Deck or Lower Deck. If you are leaving from the Upper Deck, you will be guided directly into the shops at the Riverwalk. If you are on the Lower Deck, there will be an elevator that can take you to the Upper Level and shops.
You can walk through the shops to the right and then through the Hilton hotel. When you exit the Hilton at Poydras Avenue, walk upstairs to the right into Waldenburg Park ,which is one block from Canal Street to the left and the French Quarter.
As of late, there has been a free shuttle transporting cruise passengers from the terminal to Canal Street and Convention Center Blvd.
If you exit the Lower Level you will cross over the streetcar tracks see the escalators and signs for the free shuttle.
If you exit the Upper Level, walk through the shops to the exit directly across from where you enter the building. There will be escalators downstairs to the free shuttle.
The streetcar is not always running to the cruise terminal, but that is likely to change soon. If it is running you will be guided off the ship with signs indicating the streetcar is below.
The fare is $1.25 each way. If you get a transfer you can receive a return trip at the same cost.
Walk down the steps from the gangway and hop on the car at the #9 stop. You will see stop #8 ahead of you and that will be the right direction to go.
This car will go all the way to the Marigny. The French Quarter Stops are #6 through #1.
The Audubon Aquarium can be accessed by stop #6. Stop #1 will be Esplanade Avenue at the border of the French Quarter and the French Market.
By Uber, Lyft or Taxi
Any of these options would be about $6-7 dollars. If you have luggage or a large party, this is a great option. You can catch them where you catch the shuttles or on Convention Center Blvd, just 50 feet beyond the shuttles. A good drop-off location in the French Quarter are the Shops at Canal Place.
The walk from the terminal to the Garden District is exactly 2 miles. When you exit the Upper and Lower decksof the terminal via the shops at the Riverwalk, you will be on Julia Street.
Walk straight 7 blocks to Camp Street, turn left on Camp. After you cross under the interstate, Camp St. will become Prytania Street to the right. Follow Prytania for 1.5 miles until you arrive at 2727 Prytania Street.
Still Perkin Coffeeshop is a great place to take a rest. It is also where our pay-what-you-wish Garden District tour begins.
When you exit the Upper and Lower decksof the terminal via the shops at the Riverwalk you will be on Julia Street.
Walk 8 short blocks to St. Charles Avenue. Catch the streetcar on the opposite side of the street traveling South/Left.
The streetcar is $1.25 and they take cash only. If you would like to get off in the Garden District get off at Washington Avenue.
To get an authentic sense of New Orleans, we suggest visiting the Mid-City neighborhood. You will find restaurants that locals enjoy and an additional Cafe Du Monde location where you can get beignets!
This area is a little far from the Cruise Terminal, so we do not encourage walking.
Hop on the free shuttle transporting cruise passengers from the terminal to Canal Street and Convention Center Blvd.
If you exit the Upper Level walk through the shops to the exit directly across from where you enter the building. There will be escalators downstairs to the free shuttle.
If you exit the Lower Level you will cross over the streetcar tracks see the escalators and signs for the free shuttle. The shuttle will drop you off at the intersection of Canal Street and Convention Center Blvd.
Follow Canal Street and the streetcar tracks away from the river and Aquarium. You will begin to see the Canal streetcar stops; they will say “Car Stop”.
The streetcar will cost $1.25 for a one-way ticket. Make sure you hop on the car that says “MUSEUMS/CITY PARK”.
The Mid-City neighborhood will begin after you cross over Claiborne Avenue and under the I-10 overpass. Consult your destination and choose your stop, as there are many.
If you want to catch the World Famous ReBirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf or eat at delicious Jaquemo’s, then you want to visit the Carrollton neighborhood. It is easy to get there with the St. Charles streetcar.
When you exit the Upper and Lower decksof the terminal via the shops at the Riverwalk you will be on Julia Street. Walk 8 short blocks to St. Charles Avenue.
Catch the streetcar on the opposite side of the street traveling South/Left. The streetcar is $1.25 and they take cash only.
Stay on the streetcar for about 25 to 30 minutes. You will pass the Garden District, Tulane University, Audubon Park and Zoo, and finally make a right hand turn onto Carrollton Avenue.
Take the 2nd stop once you are on Carrollton. The driver will holler out “Oak Street!”
Once off the car, you can find a lot of restaurants and bars. If you walk left to Oak Street, you will find the Maple Leaf and Jaque-Mos’s.
By Uber, Lyft or Taxi
Pick up your car at the corner of Julia St. and Convention Center Blvd. We suggest Camelia Grill, 626 S. Carrollton, as a centralized location as a drop-off stop. This ride will be at least $20.
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NEW ORLEANS HAUNTED TOURS
New Orleans is rumored to have a strong presence of ghosts and spirits. The city’s reputation for its connection to the supernatural has led authors like Anne Rice (“Interview with the Vampire”) to set their stories here.
Some episodes of the hit series “True Blood” take place in New Orleans and for those old enough to remember, the James Bond classic “Live and Let Die” weaved the Voodoo culture of New Orleans into its plot.
When you are in New Orleans, you can do more than read a book or see a movie to experience the macabre. You can take a tour and get up close and personal!
New Orleans offers a variety of tours focusing on Louisiana’s haunted past. These tours take you to some pretty spooky places where your guide will tell you chilling tales about the city’s dark history.
In the calendar below, we have listed our tours plus a few other paid tours that have reasonable prices and good reviews. Beneath the calendar, we detail these tours in depth.
Free Tours by Foot’s French Quarter Ghost Tour
If you’re looking for a fully guided ghost tour, our pay-what-you-like ghost tour is a great choice.
This walking tour visits many legendary locations such as Pirates Alley and The Hotel Monteleone. You’ll hear tales of the chilling history of this haunted city.
The majority of New Orleans food tours are offered in the French Quarter, so there are several options to consider if you’re interested in learning more about the types of meals you can enjoy in this neighborhood.
In this section, we’ll provide information about our own free New Orleans food tour and a few additional outings you may want to consider as an alternative.