Wish I had started cruisin' sooner!: Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by arkie39

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Wish I had started cruisin' sooner!

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
My sister and I stayed at the Holiday Inn Downtown the night before our cruise. They provide free parking while you cruise, and also a free shuttle to the terminal. We actually met a family at the hotel going on the same cruise, and became good friends with them. We plan to keep in touch and would love to cruise with them again.

We arrived early at the terminal and breezed through the check-in process. By 11:45 we were having a delicious lunch on board the ship. We went to our room around 1:30, and were very pleased with the amount of space we had. We had plenty of closet space. The bathroom was small, but adequate. Our luggage arrived by 3:00. We were unpacked and ready to get sailing before the muster drill.

We ate in the dining room the first two nights. We thought the food was good, and the service very quick and excellent. We ate most of the time at the buffet for the convenience as much as anything. The New York Deli made really good sandwiches, and the lines at More both places moved pretty fast.

We really enjoyed the family friendly comedy shows. We thought both comedians were very funny. We went to most of the shows in the Rome Lounge and liked them also. We liked the ones were they picked people from the audience to participate the best. It rained a lot on this cruise, but we still had fun. Our beach excursion in Progreso was cancelled though. We took the shuttle to town and did some shopping, then signed up for a tour at the craft market. We were on a van with 12 other people from our ship with a driver and a guide, Raul. We went to the Xcambo Mayan ruins, and a short beach excursion, before the rain hit once again. The tour was interesting, and only cost $25 dollars.

In Cozumel we swam with the dolphins. We really loved this excursion. It was fantastic! It didn't rain at all while we were at the park, but as soon as we went downtown to shop, it started. We were still able to get some shopping in though. I thought Cozumel was a much better port stop than Progreso.

We did the self-assist disembark. There was an initial bottleneck at the start, but then the lines moved swiftly. We took a taxi to the hotel to get our car ($7 a person), and were on the road by 8:30.

All in all, we loved everything about this cruise. We thought the ship was lovely, and easy to navigate. We were never bothered too much by the photographers, as we had heard about. Our room steward was awesome, and we enjoyed our towel animals very much. It was always fun to come to the room at night to see what she had made each evening. My only regret is that I waited so long to go on a cruise. I thought it was the best vacation I have ever been on. I am planning to go again next year, and it can't happen soon enough! Less

Published 07/19/11

Cabin review: 4F8206 Interior

Our room was bigger than we expected. It was at the end of the hall and very quiet. I would book this room again.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We were outside watching as we pulled in to the port in Cozumel. We were amazed at the beautiful blue water there. The water was much prettier than at Progreso.

We had booked a swim with the dolphins excursion through Carnival. We absolutely loved it. Our trainer was very good, and the whole experience was even better than we expected. We also got to see a manatee up close. We looked around the park a while, then taxied back to the pier to shop.

We looked around the pier some, then went by taxi downtown to shop. Of course, it started raining as soon as we go out of the taxi. It would rain hard for a few minutes, then stop. We walked around the shops for a while, then headed back to the pier. We enjoyed our time in Cozumel very much. Every one was very friendly and helpful. My sister and I felt totally at ease wandering around town. We were sad to leave Cozumel behind.

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We booked a tour when we got to the market in town since our excursion to the beach was cancelled due to weather. We rode in an air conditioned van to see the salt flats, and the Xcambo Mayan ruin. It was just about a 20 minute ride form town. We had a very good guide, and were able to walk around some on our own. The ruin was pretty small, but still interesting. We also stopped at the beach for a short time. The water was too rough to go swimming, but we got to lay around on the beach, and walk at the edge of the water. The whole tour lasted around 3 hours. It started raining again, so our driver took us back to the pier instead of the craft market at our request. It was only $25 dollars, and I thought it was worth it.
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