New Orleans is a popular port for most of my clients. Due to it being a 6-8 hour driving trip from Arkansas. But there is always the “where to leave your car” question. We have used the Julia Street and Erato Street Terminals and Fulton Street Garage for parking.
Fulton Place Parking
This garage is a couple of blocks from the cruise terminal. You park your vehicle and take your luggage to the bus, where you will be transferred to the cruise terminal. Once at the cruise terminal, your luggage (with your luggage tags on and secure) will be taken by Carnival Porters. You will not see this luggage again until you are in your room. (usually 4-6 hours).
I’ll stop there and add that you should pack all valuables, medications and possibly your swimsuit or shorts in a carry on so that you will have once on board.
Erato or Julia Street Terminal Parking
Which terminal you use will be determined by where your ship is docked. This information will be on your cruise boarding passes. On either of these terminals you will pull into the garage first level, where Carnival porters will come to your vehicle and take your luggage (again make sure your luggage tags are on and secure). Once your luggage is taken you will be directed to drive on into the garage and park. Remember your parking spot. I text the floor and car spot to myself or you can take a photo so you can look back for your spot number.
Fulton cost $83.40 for a 7 day cruise
Erato/Julia cost $20 per day – $140 for a 7 day cruise
Fulton takes longer to get to the check in process.
Erato/Julia is easier and quicker. You don’t have to handle your luggage at all when checking in and when returning from your cruise it is a short walk and elevator service back to your vehicle.
Fulton you have to handle your luggage from your vehicle to the bus which could be several floors away. Your luggage is then loaded in the back of the bus and transported with you to the terminal where you have to claim your luggage and then transfer to the Carnival Porters for check in. On returning from your cruise you have to claim your luggage in the warehouse area (this is when you choose not to handle your luggage yourself) or if you opted for Self-Assist you will leave your stateroom with your luggage and continue to Customs. Either way once you are off the ship and through customs you take your luggage to a separate loading area to board a bus and return to the garage where your vehicle is.
it is customary but not mandatory to tip your porter that handles your luggage. We usually tip $1 per piece of luggage per person.