Triumph Mardi Gras Cruise: Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by World Gallery

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Triumph Mardi Gras Cruise

Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
We are a family of 7, with kids ages 10 - 16. We live in the New Orleans area and love to cruise. It is easy for us to leave from New Orleans so we are always on the lookout for cruises that leave from here. We have sailed NCL and RCCL also in the past. We did this cruise with several other families with kids.

We had interior cabins. We would rather save the money since we are not in the cabin very much. My kids thought this was a great ship. The food was good, better than our last cruise on the Triumph this past summer of 2010.

Dining - We had a large group with 3 tables of 10 for the early seating. We would rearrange our seats every night among the 3 tables. Waiters were great! They loved our kids and entertained them with making bunnies out of napkins, talking with them, etc. The service was probably the best we have had on any cruise.

Activities - Carnival really needs to get new activities!! They are just getting way too old. They are still playing More many of the same games as they did when we went on our first cruise in 1998! At least change up the questions to the "Love and Marriage" game. This area was lacking but since we had a large group to hang out with, it was fine. We did our own thing. The kids all had each other and had a great time.

Children's Clubs - Seemed fine. My 10 and 11 year old only went one time and said it was okay. Other kids looked like they were having a blast, mostly the ones younger than 8 or 9. Our tweens and teens did hang out at their clubs sometimes but it is come and go as you please.

Service - It was excellent this cruise! It was better than our cruise on this same ship last summer.

Entertainment - Excellent. The Big Easy dance show is one of the best we have ever seen. Two of the comedians, CJ Jones and Mutzi, were the best comedians anyone in our group have ever seen! They were truly unreal! They did two family shows and 2 adults shows per night (kids and adults loved them and the family shows were clean). Then they brought in two new guys for the 2nd half of the week. Tim wasn't good at all. Carl was pretty good.

Port & Shore Excursions - I did reviews of our 3 ports under the "PORT SECTION" of this review. It is at the bottom of this review. We went to Key West, Freeport and Nassau. We enjoyed them all and didn't do any ship excursions.

Disembarkation - very easy

Summary - We would do this cruise again. This isn't the newest ship with all of the extras but it is a great value. We had great service and good food. All 5 of my children loved everything about it. The adults all rated it well above average.

Other observations:

There are way too many photographers on the ship. You can't walk more than 10 feet in the main areas without one asking you to take a picture. I understand they need to make money, but this is overkill. We got to the point where we had to almost ignore them or quickly say, "No thanks" as we were walking away. Don't stop or you are trapped!

Don't over pack. The interior cabins small with little storage.

Bring you own small ice chest. The ice bucket is so very small!! They will fill your ice chest.

If you go to any of the free seminars, be prepared for a long sales pitch to buy something. We went to the Detox seminar and they wanted us to buy the Detox kit for $600!! If you do go, just be prepared to walk away after the seminar. Less

Published 03/12/11
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Cabin review: 4A1410 Interior

Cabin 1410 - Interior Cabin, lowest deck, aft. It was nice and quiet but you did hear the engine when entering a port and docking. Very small in regards to having a place to put all of your things.

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Port and Shore Excursions

This was our first time here. We had a tour booked with Pat and Diane's Snorkeling, which left from Port Lucaya. They have a large boat with a rock climbing wall and slide into the ocean. We had a large group of us that did this together, which made it more fun. I would have rated this a 5 but I felt like the it was too choppy, maybe even on the border of being too choppy to take a tour out. The weather was beautiful, full sun but the boat was really rocking and you had to where a life jacket because of the choppy water. We did see a lot of fish. Hint: Eat before or after this tour. They only had hamburger and hot dogs which were $5 each (and a few snacks of candy and chips)! They were okay, just frozen "Sam's type" patties with one person cooking on the grill for about 80 people on the boat! We booked ahead of time because we had a large group but this is a tour that I would maybe suggest you wait and see what the weather is like first. I wouldn't go out again if it were that choppy. Overall, our group had a great time and the kids loved it too. Afterward, we spent time of the beach at Port Lucaya. Beautiful, blue water! The beach is free so there is no need to get a pass to the resorts there unless you want to use the pool. You can rent jet skis and para sail from the beach.

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We spent the day at Fort Zachary Taylor. We walked there, which took about 20 minutes. The weather was cool and perfect, otherwise, we wouldn't have walked. We loved it here. Our kids (ages 10 - 16) spent most of their time playing on the beach and snorkeling from the beach. Some of the adults did the tour of the fort at 2:00 (free tours at 12 and 2). The tour guide was excellent! I recommend this for adults and kids interested in history. Great info! There is a small cafe which had a long line. If you eat early, you should be fine with the line. Otherwise, bring a lunch. We also sent to the Aquarium. It is very small but very interesting if you can go at the time of a tour (11:00, 1:00, 3:00 but double check). Tour was excellent! They feed the sharks, fish, turtles and sting rays at each "pool". Kids can touch things in the "touch pool". It is $5 for kids under 12 and $12 for adults. We felt it was worth it. Our kids loved it.

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We did Atlantis since this was our first time here. We had a large group of kids ages 10 - 16 and adults. My kids all thought it was one of the best places we have ever been. I liked it too but not like the kids. The Current is the best "river/waterslide ride" in our opinion. Don't miss it! It takes about 45 min. to get through it. The food is very expensive at most places but we did find a combo meal for $8 at Shark Bites and you can refill your drink all day. It was a large meal with a lot of fries and about 10 nuggets (other option too). We spent time on the beach there and loved it. The place is beautiful. We booked through Comfort Suites and did save money. It was very easy to do. Negatives about Atlantis: It is very spread out. We have 5 kids ages 10 - 16 and it was hard to check in with the 3 older ones. You need to have a plan and meeting place for groups or families that will separate. You need to study the map and mark out what you want to see and do. HINT: Go as early as possible. We left at 8:00, arrived at Comfort Suites by 8:30, got checked it and were at the Dig/Aquarium for 9:00, right when it opened. We did the Dig for 45 minutes. We got to the water park section at 9:45 and got great chairs all together at the pool area (and it was Spring Break week) and the kids were in line for the popular slide by 9:50. The slides opened at 10:00.

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