New Orleans Hotels With Cruise Port & Airport Shuttles (Or Walking Distance to the Ship)

If you plan to sail from the Port of New Orleans for your next cruise, then there is a good chance you’ll be spending some time in town before your trip.

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Not only is it a good idea to arrive to your port city at least a day early in case there are any delays in your travel, but New Orleans is a world-class city to visit for fun. From food to entertainment to culture to history, the city offers something for everyone. It would be a mistake to take a cruise from New Orleans and miss out.

That said, if you are flying in for your cruise, then there is the headache of trying to figure out transportation while you are in the city. Yes, you can rent a car to get around, but what do you do with it while you are on the ship? And you can also take taxis or Uber/Lyft your way around the city, but that can quickly get expensive.

That’s why some hotels in New Orleans offer shuttle service for their guests to the cruise port and/or airport. This can drastically cut down on the expense of getting to the port, so some hotels in the area offer transportation to entice cruise passengers to stay the night.

Put simply, if you stay at one of these hotels and use a shuttle, you can save some decent cash on transportation costs.

To help you out, we’ve searched out New Orleans hotels with cruise shuttles. We’ll be honest — while there are tons of hotels around the port, the number offering shuttle service is relatively small.

That’s why we’ve covered a number of options below, including hotels within walking distance of the cruise port. This way you have more choice in finding the perfect hotel for your cruise.

More Hotel Ideas: You can also click here to see hotels near the New Orleans cruise port or see “Park and Cruise” hotels in the port area.

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New Orleans Hotels With Cruise Shuttles

Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center
As for location, it really doesn’t get much better than this. While the Hampton Inn at the Convention Center is within walking distance of the port, it also offers a shuttle to the cruise terminal for free.

There is not a shuttle from the airport, so you’ll need to find your own method of transportation if flying in. If driving, the Hampton Inn offers a cruise package with parking for $14 a night — a little cheaper than the parking rate at the official port parking lots.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 0.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Cruise Port Shuttle: Free

Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center
As with most hotels located near the Convention Center, the Hilton Garden Inn is within walking distance of the cruise ships. If you don’t want to walk, however, this hotel offers a “Port of New Orleans Cruise Deal” that includes free transportation to the port and a $25 food and beverage credit during your stay. If flying in, you will still need to arrange transportation to and from the airport.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 0.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Cruise Port Shuttle: Free with package

Country Inn & Suites Metairie
If you’re wanting to experience classic New Orleans like the French Quarter, the location of this hotel might not be ideal. It sits in Metairie, in between the airport and cruise port.  However, it does offer a shuttle to both the airport and the cruise port, and it’s priced affordably. There is also a park and cruise package available if you are driving in.

The shuttle to the airport is free, but the shuttle to the cruise port costs $10 a person unless bought as part of the parking package. Note that you will have to arrange transportation back after your cruise.

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Port: 9 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Cruise Port Shuttle: $10 per person (free with parking package)

Courtyard New Orleans Westbank/Gretna
Across the river from the cruise port, the Courtyard New Orleans puts you pretty close to the action without breaking the bank. Across the river from the cruise terminals, the drive over is just a few minutes.

The Courtyard uses a third-party transportation company to give rides to the cruise port for $10 per person. Unfortunately there is no free shuttle to the airport, so if you are flying in you’ll need to catch a taxi or Uber/Lyft to the hotel.

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Port: 4 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Cruise Port Shuttle: $10 per person

Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport
Just off the airport property, the Crowne Plaza features complimentary airport shuttle service. As well, they offer a “Stay, Park, and Cruise” package which offers one-way transportation to the cruise port for two passengers. If driving in, the package also offers free parking during your vacation.

To be fair this isn’t the first option if you’re wanting to be near the action of the French Quarter, but it is convenient to the airport.

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Port: 13.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Cruise Port Shuttle: Free with package

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New Orleans Hotels Within Walking Distance of the Cruise Terminal

Given the location of the cruise terminals in the heart of New Orleans, there are a number of hotels that are within walking distance — meaning you don’t even need a shuttle to get to your ship. Expect to pay a bit more to be in this location, but it’s worth it to be right next to the ships.

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
One of the closest hotels to the cruise terminals, the Hilton overlooks the Mississippi River and is within walking distance of not just the port but also the French Quarter, Harrah’s Casino, and more. How close is it? The parking lot for the Julia Street Terminal is just a couple of hundred feet away.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 0.3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Marriott at the Convention Center
This Marriott is literally across the street from the Convention Center, with the cruise terminal on the other side. A quick walk around the end of the building puts you at the cruise terminals on sailaway day.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 0.3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Omni New Orleans Riverfront
It’s hard to get closer to the cruise port than the Omni. It’s across the street from the Julia Street Terminal parking and only about 10 minutes walk from the Erato Street Terminal. Of course with this location there are also a ton of restaurants and shops around as well for before your cruise.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 0.3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

SpringHill Suites Downtown/Convention Center
SpringHill Suites sits just a couple of blocks from the Convention Center, and then the cruise terminals. The walk should only take about 15 minutes, meaning you don’t need a shuttle or other transportation to the port. Meanwhile, it’s a highly rated and relatively affordable hotel given the popularity of the area.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 0.4 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center
Stay here when you cruise, and when you’re ready to head to your ship, just walk out to Julia Street, head toward the Mississippi and you’ll be at the port in about five minutes.  That’s convenient given that we found some nights with rooms around $100 a night in a location right across from a ton of restaurants and near the port.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 0.3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Embassy Suites New Orleans Convention Center
Right across from the Courtyard listed above, the Embassy Suites is another option that’s just down Julia Street from the ships. You can be at the Royal Caribbean or Norwegian terminal in about five minutes and to the Carnival ship in about 10 minutes.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 0.3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Note that prices can and will change depending on what is happening at the Convention Center.

New Orleans Hotels With Airport Shuttles

In addition to the handful of hotels we found offering shuttles to the Port of New Orleans, there are many that offer shuttle transportation between the hotel and the airport. If flying in, this at least saves you some money getting between the airport and where you’re staying.

Red Roof Inn New Orleans Airport
Located right near the airport, the Red Roof Inn is an option for those looking for a place only minutes from their flight. It’s also an affordable option with rates under $100 per night and a free shuttle that runs between the hotel and terminals. You will be about 15 miles from the cruise port, which would cost around $30 via Uber or Lyft.

  • Price: $
  • Distance to Port: 15 miles
  • Review Rating: 2.5 out of 5

La Quinta Inn New Orleans Airport
A name that’s long known for offering comfortable — yet affordable — accommodations, the La Quinta near the airport offers a free shuttle that runs from 5 a.m. – midnight. There is also a “Stay & Go” package that allows you to park for free during your cruise with a night’s stay should you be driving instead. You would still need to find transportation to the cruise port.

  • Price: $
  • Distance to Port: 13.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Fairfield Inn & Suites Kenner/New Orleans Airport
Another option near the airport, Fairfield Inn & Suites offers an affordable night’s stay and a 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle. As well, there is a parking package for about $20 extra that includes parking for up to 10 days. You’ll still need to find transportation to the cruise port, which is about 20 minutes away.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 14 miles
  • Review Rating: 3 out of 5

Comfort Suites Airport
As with most airports, there is a cluster of hotels right near the New Orleans airport that offers accommodations for any price range. The Comfort Suites has rooms for about $100 a night during our search and that includes an airport shuttle that runs from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Price: $
  • Distance to Port: 13.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Hilton New Orleans Airport
Literally right across from the airport, the Hilton New Orleans has a 24-hour shuttle. It’s also higher-end than other hotels right around the airport, so it might be up your alley if you’re looking for somewhere a little nicer to stay. It simply doesn’t get more convenient than this location if you have a late flight into New Orleans for your cruise.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 13 miles
  • Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5

New Orleans Hotels With Cruise Port & Airport Shuttles (Or Walking Distance to the Ship)

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