Parking for a New Orleans cruise doesn’t have to be stressful. Whether you want the convenience of parking at the port or you want to save money by using an outside parking lot, there are options for you.
That said, there aren’t as many cruise parking options in New Orleans as you’ll find in other places like Galveston or Port Canaveral. Still, with official port parking, independent lots, and hotels with cruise parking, you do have choices.
Below, we cover all of your options for parking for your cruise…
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Official Port of New Orleans Parking (Recommended)
For most passengers, best option is to simply use the official port lots. The port offers ample parking for cruisers at both the Erato Street and Julia Street cruise terminals. Parking is located right at the terminal, offering a major convenience. So no matter which cruise line you sail, you can park right near the ship. However, that comes at a cost.
Cruise parking at the port is a minimum of around $22 per day, depending on the length of the cruise:
- 4-day parking | $90 ($22.50 per day)
- 5-day parking | $110 ($22 per day)
- 6-day parking | $138 ($23 per day)
- 7-day parking | $150 ($21.43 per day)
- 8-day parking | $170 ($21.25 per day)
- 9-day parking | $200 ($22.22 per day)
- 10-day parking | $220 ($22 per day)
- 14-day parking | $300 ($21.43 per day)
The Erato Street Terminal parking is in a parking garage that sits above the terminal. You simply can’t park closer to your ship. No reservations are needed (in fact, you can’t even reserve a spot) and a parking space in guaranteed. The Julia Street Terminal offers parking in an fenced lot just across from the cruise terminal. There is a free shuttle that runs if you need help getting to the ship.
Both of the lots are secured, lighted and patrolled. Oversized vehicle parking (those longer than 22 feet) is not available.
Are you a disabled veteran? If you have documentation of at least 50% disability (VA letter, disabled veteran license plate, etc.) then the port offers free parking for up to 7 days.
- Cost: ~$22 per day
- Distance: At terminal
- Website: https://portnola.com/cruise/parking-directions
Independent Parking Lots
New Orleans Parking
If you’re looking for a sharp discount, you might want to try New Orleans Parking. This company has different lots right near the cruise port, including some with very cheap cruise parking rates, especially compared to the official port parking.
In particular, its Cummins Parking Lot is located very close to the terminal and says it offers cruise parking, along with a shuttle to Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian ships.
The Cummins lot costs $17 per day (there is also a $5 service fee and sales tax on top of that.) That’s nearly 30% less than parking at the cruise port.
- Cost: $17 per day (plus $5 service fee)
- Distance: 1 block (free shuttle provided for passengers)
- Website: http://www.neworleansparking.com
Machu Picchu Cruise Ship Parking
Located about 1.5 miles (5 minutes) from the New Orleans port, this lot offers an alternative to the official port parking. Parking is secured behind a barbed-wire fence. The lot is somewhat small, so spaces are limited and reservations are required.
There is a free shuttle to and from the port. Parking costs $14 per day. The facility says it is also sheltered to protect your car from the elements.
- Cost: $14 per day
- Distance: 15 blocks (free shuttle provided)
- Website: https://www.machupicchutours.com/cruise-ship-parking.html
Hotels With Cruise Parking
As mentioned at the start, New Orleans hotels with cruise parking are also an option. Many of the hotels in the area cater to cruisers. If you want to save the most money and plan to stay in the area the night before your cruise, then New Orleans hotels with park & cruise packages are your best bet.
These hotels will let you park at a discount (or free) while you cruise just for staying a night with them. For more information and details on each hotel, visit our page on New Orleans hotels with cruise parking here.
Here are a few hotels from our list:
- Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter
- Holiday Inn-Downtown Superdome
- Holiday Inn Westbank
- Homewood Suites Metairie New Orleans
In addition to our list of hotels with cruise parking, we also have New Orleans hotels with shuttles to the cruise port.
Questions and Answers About New Orleans Cruise Parking
Do I need a reservation to park?
If you are parking at the official cruise lot, then you don’t need a reservation. A parking spot is guaranteed. If you are using an independent lot, then you will want to reserve online ahead ahead of time. This also gives you a chance to pay ahead of time, giving you one less thing to worry about on cruise day.
Is there free parking anywhere for my cruise?
The only place we’ve found with free parking is at a number of hotels around the city that offer parking for guests that stay with them before their cruise. Apart from that, you’ll have to pay for your parking during your trip.
More on Cruising From New Orleans
Transportation to the Port — If you need a ride to get to the cruise terminal, all of your options are here. From Lyft to taxi to shuttles, here’s how to get there.
New Orleans Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.
New Orleans Park & Cruise Hotels — Looking for a hotel that offers cruise parking while you set sail? We have you covered.