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Jim Reising 03-17-2013 10:38 AM

I Need Some Information
In a couple of weeks the family is going on a cruise, we sail out of New Orleans. I plan on taking a handheld marine radio....what channels do they use in the NOLA harbor? And, since I've never been below the Harvey Canal, what is there to see from there on out to the Gulf?

Carmen 03-17-2013 11:56 AM


We sailed out of NOLA in April 2007. By the time we left it was already getting dark and then we had to go to dinner. Therefore we didnīt see much anyway.


Judy Patsch 03-17-2013 01:27 PM

Below the Harvey Canal
Channel 67 is the working channel, 68 to chat. You can get canal traffic on 14. As far as what is below the Harvey Canal, start with the entire city front (the basic Natchez tour). I presume you've done this, but if not, I can email highlights.
Most ships leave at 4, so you'll have about 3 hours of daylight, but there won't be a lot to see anyway. You'll pass 2 ferries: Belle Chasse and Point la Hache (if one hasn't been shut down, can't remember). The former Bergeron Shipyards at Braithwaite where the NATCHEZ was built is on the east bank, but not anything to distinguish it. You'll pass Fort Jackson, Venice, and Pilottown. On my one and only cruise, we left at 4 and passed the sea buoy into the open waters of the Gulf about 10:45 PM. Coming back it seems like it was about the same time, so not visible either time... On your return, once you pass the Algiers Canal down at mile 88, it will take about 45 minutes to reach the Julia St. dock.

Jim Reising 03-18-2013 08:22 AM

Thanks Carmen and Judy. We are sailing on the Navigator of the Seas with the whole family, 6 adults and 9 grand promises to be a real Chinese firedrill, but it a lot of fun.

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