The Port of New Orleans is not far from the French Quarter or the rest of downtown New Orleans. There is a lot to see as cruisers leave the dock and head downstream to the Gulf of Mexico.
We departed in the late afternoon. We watched the sun set as we meandered along the Mississippi, amazed at the houses lower than us on the other side of the levee.
It takes a long time to navigate the eighty-plus miles between New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico, and we weren't even close when the sun disappeared.
The Mighty Mississippi can kill and destroy and change whatever gets in its path, but this day, it was a gentle, beautiful stream.