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Carnival Triumph Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 50

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Carnival Triumph

5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 25, 2017

Ship: Carnival Triumph

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 2385

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Hi everyone! Here are some thoughts I had about our cruise: • Not a fan of the long drive, nope, I cannot drive more than 8 hours anymore in a day. o The drive to NOLA was 12 hours, we decided to leave on Thanksgiving to miss the traffic, that part worked, but one thing we forgot was that the food places would be closed for Thanksgiving. We did eat at Bojangles before they closed at 2 PM. When we got to Atlanta, the few places that were open were packed, we bought subs and sandwiches from a RaceTrack store, we did not spring for the gas station sushi however. • Will not be paying for the boys and their girlfriends to go anymore. They can go on a cruise, but they will be in their own separate cabins (2 to a room on their dime). • The hotel we stayed at was nice enough for a one night. We hit the road the next morning and were off to NOLA. • Not a fan of NOLA o We were probably NOT in the best part of the city, BUT dang! We thought we had found a kewl place for gumbo and bought an online coupon for it, but when we got there, the Cajun Daiquiri and Café was just a Daiquiri shop the kitchen was closed at 4. • The embarkation process at NOLA was on the verge of controlled chaos, not really a fan. • I did like the Triumph, but I like the Fantasy class ships better o The ships I have been on did not have the upgrades, but now with most of the Fantasy class having the upgrades, I will stick with them, I did not the extra people. I know there is a trade off in the size of the ship will hold more people but just liked the smaller size for the Fantasy class. I would like to try the Magic or a member of the Dream class for comparison • Loved the SeaDay Brunch of course o Now you know I love the Steak and eggs, the steak was a bit smaller than I remember it, but it was very good. • Not a fan of the Lido eating due to the crowds and trying to get a seat for all of us. o I do understand that I have a special issue with Kyle and not being able to leave him alone of have him carry his food, but just the basic crowd in the Lido deck turned me off. They were nice, but still just a drag trying to get around. • Did not get off the ship in Progresso still had a good time on the ship. o We just did not see an excursion that we wanted to do, so we just chilled out on the ship, it was nice, even without the Casino. • Had a good time at the El Cid resort o I do recommend this excursion, it was all inclusive, the pool water was a bit cool for me, but the hot tub was great and right next to the bar. I was expecting some kind of bill at the end, but yes it was indeed an all inclusive drink and food excursion and within 2 blocks of the ship. Now, I did take a cab back to the ship with Samantha and Kyle, Kyle is not able to walk very well for a long distance, the guy at the resort got us a cab for $7. • Internet was ok, but this website hated it o The kids did not have a problem with the Internet, but they have better phones than I do. I used the ships computers, very nice HP all in one computers, not too shabby pcs. NO CRT monitors lol. • When we came back from Progresso the Internet was not happy with crossing into another Time zone and would not work. • After leaving Progresso, the ship encountered a propulsion issue and could not get above 13 knots, the ship is usually capable of 23 knots. o This delayed us getting back to NOLA from 8 AM to 8 PM Thursday evening. The ship had an information session with the Cruise Director Jess from the US (a bundle of energy, that is how she always introduces herself), then a Q&A session with the Ships Senior Management team. It started out nice, but then it got rough. Carnival is offering $200 to help with making connections for flights. There is a problem though, the people were encountering significantly higher prices to make changes in their flights if ANY were available. o Anyone who wanted to was able to stay on the ship Thursday evening without charge, but had to leave between 6 and 8 AM. We stayed on the ship, had a nice dinner and then had to disembark about 8 PM and get back on the ship, this was pretty disorganized, but we made it. o We were given credit for the extra day on our VIP status so I will be going Gold on our next cruise when Danyl does (She has one more 4 day cruise than I do) We have now crossed a cruise from NOLA off our list, unless Danyl and I get a fabulous deal on a cruise from NOLA, we will not be going back to that port. We are looking forward to the cruise in February by ourselves.

Embarkation

3 out of 5
The embarkation was like semi-controlled chaos, my wife needed wheelchair assistance, but it was not provided through the first part of the process, so she was beat by the time we got to get our S&S cards where she was given wheelchair assistance. We had a misplaced the passports and the TSA people were rather annoying about it, they did not want us to look for them since we were in the way. FUNNY PPL just cuz you picked TSA as your profession do not take it out on us. We got out of their way and sent Chris back to the car, but OH NO, he can not just go get them, he had to be escorted. TSA Lady - get a life, you do NOT have to be my exwife to do your job and protect the country!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We enjoyed the food and drinks on the ship, Guys Burger is like you would think a greasy ole burger, but hey do you want something NOT greasy? The flat iron steak in the MDR was good, TIP - order it Medium Rare! we did not spring for the Steakhouse steak, Pizza filled the bill as pizza, i like pan crust so I am biased. The Deli had a very good all beef hot dawg and great ham and cheese sandwichs. The Omelet Station - needed to be open longer Room service - we got cookies, but Danyl and the kids did get more items when I was not around, but they stayed on the INCLUDED items and did not venture onto the ADDITIONAL CHARGE items

Carnival Deli

5 out of 5

Great ruebins, ham and cheese and ceaser salads!

London Dining Room

5 out of 5

Louie and his staff took very great care of us! Helped both Libby and Kyle with cutting their steaks

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Had a great time with the towel animal class, casino and the water slide!

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We enjoyed the Christmas show and the Big Easy musical.

Children's Programs

Our kids are over 21!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our room steward Rancil and MDR server lead Louie were great! Jess (from the US) did a great job as CD, she had to come up with new events due to the propulsion issues.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was clean, no smells

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was great for 3 people, never again will we go over that limit! We enjoyed having the room to breathe in there with only 3 people. The cabin was kept very clean by Rancil.

Ship tip

There is a great ocean view deck right off the Atrium AKA Capital Lobby, go there to avoid the crowds!

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

1 out of 5
Did NOT like the city, dirty, poorly laid out for driving. We did not do an excursion.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
We did the El Cid resort as our excursion, it was an all inclusive resort.

Progreso (Merida), Mexico Did not visit port

We did not want to do an excursion, just hung out on the ship and relaxed!

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
This was ok.
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