Hi This was my first visit to this area of the USA we had two days prior to boarding the ship to visit the sights if Louisiana and I really enjoyed it and will have to return to New Orleans for longer next time. Beforehand we had done a swamp tour in Lafayette through a company called Champagne Swamp Tours. This was great fun and very atomosheric.We saw lots of wildlife and some alligators too. We also visited some wonderful plantation houses including the fabulous Houmas House where we had a great guide to show us round. New Orleans was a great town with music on every corner and great cocktail bars and restaurants. The French Quarter has some great buildings to explore! We boarded the ship in New Orleans and had a very fast check in. We had a lovely outside cabin which was a great size and had two bathrooms ...great for families.Not all cabins have these but worth checking. The staff were lovely on board and looked after us well. They were great fun in the restaurant especially at "Showtime". We visited the steak house which carries a 35 US surcharge and is well worth it this was a real highlight and my filet was one of the best I have ever had!The cheesecake deserves a mention too ...heaven on a plate. We stopped at Mahogany Bay.Belize and Cozumel which was great fun. A great trip and thanks to all concerned !