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Carnival Dream

Our room. Back balcony. 8th floor

New Orleans and Mississippi River from our balcony


1/13/19

We got up early as usual, and grabbed beignets and coffee at Cafe Beignet on Royal Street as it was too cold to eat outside at the one we like best.  Then we walked down to see the cruise ship. There were two in port this am. At 8:30 this am, there were already people in line. We returned to the hotel  and checked out around 10 am. We took a cab ($18) to the port and were checked in to the ship in about 30 minutes… we had to wait for the ship to be ready for us and with priority boarding, we were in our rooms by 11:30 am… they seemed to have streamlined the boarding process.  It was about 46 this am, and got up into the 50s. It was not cold walking around, but definitely was cold outside after boarding. I believe this is pretty cold for New Orleans. We checked out the ship and unpacked out carry ons. Jim went up to the lido deck to watch some of the playoff football games on the big screen.  I stayed at our room waiting for our big suitcase. Despite the cold weather, I spent most of the time out on our back balcony. It was so different watching us leave as we were going down the Mississippi River. Usually we head out into the ocean and once the city is out of view, there's nothing to see. Instead, there was alot of interesting views.  The river is winding so we got different views of New Orleans. There were lots and lots of different ships, barges and tugboats. I could see how much higher the river is, as compared to the land and houses on the other side of the levees. I had read earlier that the river is 12 feet higher than the city of New Orleans. That seemed to hold true all along the way.  The person in the balcony next to ours said we won't be at the gulf until morning. I hope so as I want to see that. We had dinner with 2 people from Alabama. They were really nice. Dinner was good. I had shrimp cocktail, vegetable lasagna, and tiramisu. Tonight's shows don’t start until 9:30. Too late for us. We finished unpacking, read a little, and called it a night.  20,350 steps, 8.4 miles today. Hope to get at least 20,000 steps ever day...



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