Parking for a New Orleans cruise doesn’t have to be stressful. Whether you want convenience or you want to save money, 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. New Orleans offers only official port parking (costing a steep $20 per day) or a couple of other independent lots.
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. You can also book a New Orleans hotel with a shuttle to the cruise port.
If you need traditional parking, we’ve put together all your options below.
New Orleans Cruise Parking Options
Port of New Orleans Official Parking
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. However, that comes at a cost.
Cruise parking at the port is $20 to $22 per day, depending on when you sail and the terminal you use.
Erato St. Cruise Terminal Rates (Carnival):
- August 1 – March 31: $20 per day
- April 1 – July 31: $22 per day
Julia St. Cruise Terminal Rates (NCL & Royal Caribbean)
- Year-round: $20 per day
In other words, parking for a one-week cruise costs $140 to $154. The lots are secured, lighted and patrolled. Oversized vehicle parking (namely, RVs) is available, but at double the daily cost.
Whether your parking is covered or not depends on several factors. If cruising from the Erato St. Terminal (which serves Carnival), then you will be in a parking garage. Unless parking on the top floor of the parking garage, your car will be covered.
If sailing Norwegian or Royal Caribbean, you will use the Julia St. Terminal. This terminal’s parking is on a surface lot (also known as the “whale lot” because of a large mural of whales on a building adjacent to the lot).
Cost: $20/$22 per day
Distance: At terminal
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 Fulton Place garage is located very close to the terminal and offers a free shuttle to Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian ships. Passengers on other ships aren’t provided shuttle service (but it’s a short walk).
Rates for the top level of the garage run just $10 per day. Lower levels that offer covered parking at $12.50. Both rates are a big savings over the $20-22 per day charged for official Port of New Orleans lots. Note that you also have a $5 service fee and sales tax on top of these rates, but they are still cheaper than the port. There is also oversized parking available for $16 per day.
Cost: $10-13 per day
Distance: 1 block (free shuttle provided for Carnival/Norwegian passengers)
New Orleans 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. Frankly, given the small discount from official port parking we’d rather park closer the ship and be charged slightly more. Still, if you are looking for a cheaper rate this lot is an option.
Cost: $14 per day
Distance: 15 blocks (free shuttle provided)
As mentioned earlier, many of the hotels in the area cater to cruisers. If you are staying near the port, there is a good chance that you hotel will offer a parking package and a shuttle to the cruise ship. For more information, visit our page on New Orleans hotels with cruise parking here.
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.