Debarkation was a nightmare to put it mildly. We were scheduled to get back into New Orleans at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning. We got to the mouth of the Mississippi River and the river had been closed due to weather. We were forced to anchor and wait. The river finally reopened at 7:00 a.m. on Monday morning. We finally docked in New Orelans at 5:00 p.m. After customs cleared the ship they started calling for wheelchair passengers and persons with early flights to debard the ship. At this point just about every single person on the ship decided they would get off at one time. It was total chaos and it seemed to me that the Carnival employees did nothing to sort it out. After 3 hours we finally were able to get off the ship at 8:00 p.m. After clearing customs we were all herded into a little room to wait for the elevators to take us to the parking garage. There are NO stairs available so the elevator is the only option. There were 3,000 people waiting for 3 elevators. It was pandamonium. Several fights nearly broke out because people were pushing to the front of the line. After almost an hour in line I was finally able to get on an elevator and get to my car. I was never so glad to be out of a terminal in my entire life.
All in all the time onboard was good. We weren't able to spend any time on the outside parts of Lido due to rain which made all the inside areas very crowded. This is to be expected on a cruise during hurricane season. I have traveled before during hurricane season (Hurricane Katrina/Rita) and had a cruise extended from a 7 day cruise to a 10 day cruise. However, we didn't have to deal with any of the debarkation issues as with this cruise. Frankly, I have never experienced anything like this in all my cruises.
I always love cruising with Carnival and will definitely cruise with them again. The Triumph was a nice ship and very well maintained. It is my understanding that it is headed to dry dock shortly and I'm sure will be even nicer following dry dock.
Our waiter, Ragu, and Assistant Waiter, Jeffrey John, were great!
I look forward to going on another Carnival cruise and can't wait to become Platinum!!