I am from North Louisiana and we started our trip by staying in New Orleans 2 nights before the cruise. We stayed at the Drury Inn & Suites because they let us leave our car in the fenced parking lot for free. We only paid parking for the 2 nights that we stayed at the hotel. The hotel had a free hot breakfast each morning & free drinks & food in the afternoons & the trolley stopped right outside of the hotel. We couldn't have asked for anything better. Me, my mother & another lady went on this trip.
We took a taxi to the port Saturday morning for $21.00. It did not even take 15 minutes to get checked in. We had to wait about an hour before boarding the ship at about 12:15. Lunch was waiting for us on the Lido Deck. It was crowded but we had no trouble finding a table. We went to our room at 1:30 to drop off our carry on pieces. This is my 8th cruise on Carnival & I can say that this is the only time that our room steward has not been overly friendly. We rarely ever saw him the whole trip. On all other trips, our room steward has always made a point of talking to us everyday & asking if we need anything. We just never had any contact with him.
Our room was one with the back balconies & we sure did enjoy sitting outside. With 3 women in a room is was a little crowded, but we managed. When we booked our cruise, we were told that there were 2 beds & the sofa made out into a bed. The sofa did not make out into a bed - you could remove the arm rests & put a small mattress on top of it. (It was about 5 feet long.) There was a cot in the room when we first got there, but the only place to put it was in the little hall in front of the bathroom which meant you couldn't get to the bathroom unless you folded up the bed. We told them to remove the cot & we all took turns sleeping on the sofa. With me being 6 feet tall, it was not very comfortable but we made do.
We had early seating in the Paris Dining Room. We had requested a large table so that we could meet other people, but we were assigned a booth for 4 people. It was OK, but we would have preferred a larger table. Our waiter, Dexter, and his assistant, Angela, were great. They always remembered what we wanted to drink & our names. They danced with us at night & put on good shows. The food is different than what we are used to, but there was always something that we wanted to try. The food on a whole, was very good, but if you didn't like something all you had to do was order something else. My friend loves lobster so on the formal night she had 3 lobster tails!!!
The first port we stopped at was Belize. We took a Belize City tour with the ruins. I really enjoyed our tour guides & the tour. I made the climb to the top of the structure at the end. It was very steep & tricky going, but I enjoyed the view from the top. After the tour, we went to the "Wet Lizard" to eat lunch. The service was very slow, but the onions rings were great. We got to do a little shopping before going back to the ship. This is the only place that we had to tender.
The second port we stopped at was Roatan. We took another tour. We got to see the barrier reef, see some of the locals perform a dance, see locals make bread that would keep for a year, sample a fish soup,and take a little boat ride. We enjoyed everything but the boat ride. They should have skipped that - it was just a waste of time. We shopped for a while & decided to have a drink at "Fat Tuesday" before we went back to the ship. Several people from our ship showed up & before long we were having a party. It was a lot of fun!!!
The third port we stopped at was Cozumel. We have been here numerous times, so we decided to take a $7.00 taxi to downtown & shop for a while. We came back to the ship for lunch about 1:30. We went back to the shops & looked around for a while before going back to the ship. We had the past guest party tonight & the free drinks were flowing.
We went to several of the shows. Our favorite was "The Big Easy". We really enjoyed laying out in the deck chairs & watching the big screen TV. Me & Mama even went down the big water slide!!! Drinks are always plentiful & it seems that the price for a bucket (4) of 16 oz. beer ($20) was less than the last time I cruised.
We did not do the self assist this time. We put our luggage out by the door Friday night. Self assist was supposed to start at 6:45, but it did not start until 8:45. We were driving straight home when we got off the ship so were were not in any hurry. We actually took our Skip-Bo cards & played until our number (9) was called about 10:30. It took about 1 1/2 hours to get off the ship & back to our car at the Drury.
The ship was easy to get around. You just had to remember that you could not walk from front to back on decks 3 & 4. Since New Orleans is only a 6 hour drive for us, we will sure go back on the Triumph again. We really enjoyed this ship, even though we normally prefer a smaller ship like the Fantasy.