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The ferry ride across the river to Algiers is an experience in itself, offering great views of the river and the New Orleans skyline as well as the heady feeling of being on one of the largest and most powerful rivers in the world. Pedestrians enter near the Spanish Plaza and the Riverwalk shopping area and board the Canal Street Ferry from above. Bicycles and cars board from below on the left of the terminal. The trip takes about 10 minutes; ferries leave on the quarter and three-quarter hour from the east bank (New Orleans) and on the hour and half hour from the west bank (Algiers)—they run from 6 am to midnight. Hours at night may vary, so be sure to check with the attendants if you are crossing in the evening—it's no fun to be stranded on the other side. There are wheelchair-accessible restrooms on the ferry.
Canal Street Ferry (Bottom of Canal St., at Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA, 70130. 504/376–8180. www.friendsoftheferry.org. $1 cash round-trip per car from Algiers to Canal Street, free for pedestrians and bicylists.)
Large cruise lines like Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean International depart from New Orleans.
For more information, visit the Port of New Orleans website at www.portno.com or call 504/522-2551.
American Cruise Lines (800/460–4518. www.americancruiselines.com.)
Blount Small Ship Adventures (866/730–5265. www.blountsmallshipadventures.com.)
Great American Steamboat Company (888/749–5280. www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com.)
Travel Dynamics International (800/257–5767. www.traveldynamicsinternational.com.)
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