Hilton Riverside, and I was quite impressed once we got past the massive and gaudy lobbies. It's a very large hotel. The room was gorgeous and oh so comfortable. we met back down by the concierge desk, grabbed some maps, then walked up the street to check out the French Quarter. Note: If you have never been to New Orleans and you aren't big on the whole getting drunk and "earning" beads, go to Disneyland. New Orleans Square captured New Orleans French Quarter PERFECTLY. The look, feel and smell of it.
The Gumbo Pot. It was expensive, the prices seemed high all over, but by golly was it good! I got the blackened red fish and I would so get it again.
This is Jackson Square and the Cathedral beyond.
We headed back to our hotel and tried out the hot tub, which I thought was perfect and everyone else thought was 'eh' because it wasn't hot and the jets weren't working or we couldn't figure out how to make them work. I enjoyed it because it was square, so I could sit in a corner and keep my hands and feet out (I don't enjoy being prune-y, it hurts) and it was the perfect temperature for me. I don't like hot.
In the morning we could see our ship from the window in my in-law's room. We got all our things packed up and in one room, then headed off to find breakfast in the French Quarter.
Cafe Du Monde. We did and it was packed. The Cafe Du Monde is the "Original French Coffee Stand". The place was packed and then there was a massive line out the door. Fortunately they have a "to-go" line on the other side of the building which moves quickly. The only things they serve are coffee, hot chocolate, and beignets. We also got to watch them making the beignets on that side of the building. It was entertaining that they just quickly stack the squares of dough in their hand and toss them behind them into the oil without looking! Quite impressive.