My wife and I loved our tour of the swamp. We saw tons of gators (in the water and on land) a really cool owl, and fish were jumping all over the place. Our captain made the trip, he would run the boat then stop and talk about what we were seeing. We opted for the hotel pick up, tickets for two was $150, absolutely worth it. We went on several tours in NOLA and ate at some of the better restaurants, but this was the highlight of our five day trip. We were in a larger boat, but I don't think the boat size matters - the scenery is amazing. I packed a back pack with water and snacks, but they do sell those things on site.