The ferry ride across the river to Algiers is an experience in itself, affording 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 Spanish Plaza and the Riverwalk shopping area and board the Canal Street Ferry from above. Bicycles board from below on the left of the terminal; cars are no longer allowed on the ferry. The trip to Algiers takes about 5 minutes. On weekdays, ferries leave on the quarter-hour and three-quarter-hour from the east bank (New Orleans), and on the hour and half-hour from the West Bank (Algiers); this schedule reverses on weekends. Ferries run from 6 am to 9:45 pm on weekdays, from 10:45 am to 8 pm on Saturday, and from 10:45 am to 6 pm on Sunday. Be sure to check return times 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, Louisiana, 70130. 504/309–9789; www.nolaferries.com. $2.
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.comor call 504/522–2551.
American Queen Steamboat Company. 888/749–5280; www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com.
Blount Small Ship Adventures. 866/556–7450; www.blountsmallshipadventures.com.
Travel Dynamics International. 800/257–5767; www.traveldynamicsinternational.com.