We booked a room at the Iberville Suites in New Orleans the day before we sailed thru 1800hotels.com. Two weeks prior they informed us they could not confirm our stay at the Iberville and had moved us to the New Orleans Sheraton. Upon arrival, we were told that our reservation had been canceled and the people at the Sheraton told us to watch that door knob on the way out. We called a friend in Austin to find us a room online and we stayed at the Crowne Plaza, an extremely nice hotel with outstanding staff who knew what we had just gone thru and did everything within their power to make our stay enjoyable. When we got home we found out 1800hotels.com had filed for bankruptcy.
After enjoying all we could in the French Quarter for 24 hours we boarded the Carnival Triumph. Embarkation was easy compared to what we experienced earlier. Once on board we had lunch on the Lido Deck and then went to our room, which was immaculate. There we discovered the ship would be delayed 12 hours leaving because of TD Bonnie which was due to hit the mouth of the Mississippi during the night. Once everyone boarded, the gangways were closed and the ship operated as though we were sailing. We noticed about 4am that we were moving and we got to see sunrise along the Southwest Pass, later we got to see the mouth of the Mississippi. Once the pilot got off the ship the captain "put the pedal to the metal" and we were off into the open sea.
For two days at sea they kept us busy with various activities, food and entertainment. The food was wonderful and the entertainment was outstanding, well except for the Mowtown night and Hypnotist but hey, there were movies on the big screen on the Lido Deck.
The food was always good and the crew was exceptional, One day,a maintenance person stopped what he was doing, made eye contact and asked how we enjoyed our day on shore. You wont find that happening in the U.S.
Disembarkation was horrible...Not Carnival's fault. Luggage was supposed to have been cleared during that night or early morning..That didnt happen thanks to customs, We were an hour late starting disembarkation and by the time they called our deck then waited in the line that wrapped around the building we just barley made our flight.
Things we will do different next cruise; There were 800 kids below the age of 15 on board and they started getting bored and in trouble around the 5th day. We never got to get in the pool because of all the kids, even the Cruise Director was getting a little irritated at them. We will look for an all adult cruise or cruise during a different time of year. We will not cruise out of New Orleans, it takes 12 hours to get up and down the Mississippi. We didn't make time to go to a beach and get in the beautiful blue water that we watch from our balcony. But again Carnival gave us an outstanding vacation and I thank the entire crew of the Triumph.