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Carol Perkins: Cruise 2017

Stopover in New Orleans included - par for the visit there - a 40cent train/trolley ride, which the author says would have been worth $5 NOT to ride. The N.O. visit left the group anxious to get onboard their Carnival Cruise to Belize, Roatan Honduras, and Cozumel.
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By Carol Perkins

Cruise 2017: Another year and another cruise for twelve ladies and me. We flew to New Orleans and spent our first night at the Intercontinental Hotel New Orleans on Charles Street. The first hotel I booked through an online service "overbooked" so the agency put us in a five-star hotel for the same price. We happened to choose the same weekend of college graduations, so the city was hopping with parents and grandparents.

In researching New Orleans, I discovered that the oldest trolley/train in the US ran through the Garden District, so we rode the train for forty cents each way! (Senior prices) I would have given five dollars NOT to ride the train. After the first fifteen minutes of stops and starts (for cars to cross the tracks), I was hot and antsy. That ride kept us from the French Quarters.

Some of the group had never been to New Orleans, so the best way to see the area (in my opinion) is the carriage ride. It is a good thing we did this as soon as we arrived in the Quarters because the rain set in by late afternoon, forcing us inside various places. We stayed in a shoe store, trying on and buying shoes, until it closed. We then splashed down the street and took cover in the entrance of the famous Pat O'Brien's, trying to get next door to Preservation Hall, and eventually "borrowing" carryout bags to put over our heads. Before we finished pushing them on, one of the ladies dashed next door and bought ponchos for all of us.

When we reached Preservation Hall (the oldest jazz band in New Orleans plays there) and realized the cover charge was ten dollars for "standing room only" we backed away and lined up between Pat O'Brien's and Preservation Hall like convicts and finally hailed a cab. Three of the younger ladies had gone back to the hotel, so with ten people left we piled into a taxi/van. This reminded me of high school days where we crammed the last person into a car rather than leave him/her behind.

The driver was more than entertained as we drove along the way. When he stopped at a red light in what might have been the "redlight" district, I looked out the window and immediately said, "Everybody look right!" A youngish woman sported a bridal veil and a short dress with a bib for a top, exposing her body parts. We giggled as if we had never seen such a sight. She was too busy to notice our gawking.

Our driver took us to The Court of Two Sisters for our dinner reservation. Had it been a normal night, we might have raised a few eyebrows by the way we looked, but that night was a wet one and so were we. We ate our expensive and not so very good meal and were so tired, one of us almost fell asleep over the salad. We had planned to take a stroll through Bourbon Street for the shock effect (for the new ones), but the rain talked us out of it. We even missed the Beignets.

Back at the hotel, we agreed to meet for breakfast the next morning before heading to the port for our Carnival Cruise to Belize, Roatan Honduras, and Cozumel. The trip account continues next week.

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