Today I’m finally starting to share about our Back to Back cruises. Actually this first post is about us driving down to New Orleans and the day we got on the ship.

We left around 1pm after an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony. We stopped at Conecuh headquarters for Cajun sausage dogs down in Evergreen, AL. The weather got scary. It monsooned on us for a bit, but we made it to New Orleans a little before 7pm.

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We stopped for dinner at Gretna Depot, which was about a mile and half from our hotel.

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They have a drink called the Trainwreck that’s $10. We didn’t get it.

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Appetizer-Fried Boudin Balls – Highly recommend!

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I got the Catfish Poboy and fries and Rob got the Shrimp Poboy and fries. Yummy!

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We stayed at the Holiday Inn, Gretna, which allows cruise parking for a much better price than the port.

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Our luggage with everything we need for the next 2 weeks…all with us!!

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The sunset from our room across the Mississippi looking at New Orleans was beautiful!

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Day 1
The next morning was Rob’s birthday. We woke up to see our ship was waiting for us.

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Here it is zoomed in and circled.

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Here I am in my vacay shirt that I never got to wear on our cruise back in March since Delta wouldn’t let us have our luggage. Read about that nightmare here>>>Getting to Miami
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Breakfast at Terry Town Cafe. They have breakfast as you can see, but they’re even more known for their donuts.

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After leaving there, we went back to the hotel, gathered up our stuff, called an Uber, and headed to cruise port. Getting on the ship was super easy and quick. So excited to be back on a Carnival ship!

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Since we got on before we could get into our cabin walked around and checked out the ship.

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We went up on deck in time for send off

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Watching us sail down the Mississippi River was such a cool experience

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Ready for dinner

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Dinner was super awkward with our table mates, but we survived it. I thought I had pictures of every meal we had, but I can’t seem to locate those pics. However, for memory sake I noted what we ate…
Rob had Strawberry Bisque, Ceasar Salad, Calimari, Sweet and Sour Shrimp and Strawberry crème
I had Strawberry Bisque, Chicken quesadilla, Calimari, Beef brisket, and Tiramisu.

We caught the end of the Welcome Aboard show because dinner took so long. We went out on deck to watch as we continued to sail down the Mississippi River.

See all the pics from these 2 days here>>>more pics