We were celebrating our 20th anniversary as we sailed for the second time with Carnival.
Embarkation in New Orleans went fairly smooth compared to others. It took about one hour and 15 minutes from the time we left our car at the parking garage until we were in our cabin. Most of our time was spent waiting to check in after we left security. There only seemed to be 3 or 4 people checking us in and by the time we got to the front of the line they were adding several more to assist with check-in. After we got on the ship we went straight to our cabin, one of our bags had already arrived. We quickly unpacked and headed for the Lido deck for a quick lunch. Which was not all that wonderful, it just seemed like the food had been there for a while. We then went to check out the ship. Much to our surprise the layout was identical to the Destiny which we had sailed previously. So we didn't have trouble finding our way around. Not long before we set sail it was time for the infamous "Muster Drill" however this time with a twist...No life jackets!! Hooray, we didn't have to wear our life jackets to the muster station, which seemed to make things a lot less crowded, inconvenient and it seemed to go by fairly quickly.
Dinner was in the Paris and was excellent. There wasn't one thing on the menu that I didn't like. My husband loved the warm chocolate melting cake so much he ate it every night. Our first night, the waiters sang Happy Anniversary to us when they brought us a heart shaped cake. If you have never heard the song it was pretty embarrassing....Happy Anniversary to you, kissy, kissy, kissy, etc...(and we were suppose to kiss every time they said kissy, kissy, kissy) We were thrilled with the couple Carnival had assigned us to dine with. We had so much in common with them and spent most of our evenings with them at the shows or karaoke. They even met some people in Cozumel, who were also from our ship, that my husband and I graduated with and hadn't seen in 20 years! It really is a small world...but was so much fun to reminisce about those high school days!!
The ship itself was spotless. Crew members were constantly cleaning everywhere. Our cabin was always clean and of course we had a new towel animal and chocolate mints left for us each evening.
Cozumel - We booked the scuba diving for beginners excursion thru Island Marketing on line. After taking a taxi to the Marina and meeting with our guide we decided not to do the excursion because the water was so rough and we were beginners. So he took us back to the port and we spent the rest of the day shopping and sight-seeing which was great! I emailed the company when I got back and they issued a credit to our credit card without any problems. The only complaint we had for the entire cruise was a few hours after we left Cozumel there was some serious rocking going on. Many people were sick and ended up going to bed early. This was a bummer because there was a huge party on the Lido deck that started off great but after a little while it was like a ghost town. I had never seen anything like it! We gave all of our patches for nausea away and met people in the elevators who were going to get meds for friends that were also sick....and the smell in the elevators by this time was not so wonderful, but by morning you couldn't tell anyone had been under the weather....especially the Saints fans that were on the Lido deck watching the game from the big screen. We were in the hot tub on the back of the ship and could still hear the fans cheering!
If you haven't tried one of the sandwiches from the New York deli, they are delicious and this spot usually doesn't have a very long line.
Debarkation - we chose to self assist and carry our own bags off the ship. It took about 55 minutes from the time they called our floor (which was first since we were on deck one) at 7:30 until we were in our car driving away. I thought it went as smooth as it possibly could, everyone had their US customs paper filled out and the line just keep moving on! We will gladly sail the Triumph again, we had a wonderful time!!