119 New Orleans Romantic Cruise Reviews

We chose the Dream because we went on the Freedom two yrs ago and wanted to try something else. By far the Freedom was a lot better ship. I guess the time we went out there was a lot of children and so disrespectful and rude . They ran ... Read More
We chose the Dream because we went on the Freedom two yrs ago and wanted to try something else. By far the Freedom was a lot better ship. I guess the time we went out there was a lot of children and so disrespectful and rude . They ran up and down the halls yelling and would not let an elder get by they would just stand in the way like someone owned them something. Room service was nothing like the Freedom, we only got our room freshened up one time a day on the Dream and on the Freedom it was every time we walked in or out of our room. We had to repeatedly ask for things and ice . The service in the Bar was the best they remembered our names and we met new friends there. Romela, Aundre, I Wayne, and Carlton was the best ever . Was very disappointed in Costa Maya and Belize I will recommend the Freedom over the Dream. The entertainment was not half as good as the Freedom seems like there was so much more to do on the Freedom. Will not recommend the 9th floor lol we was right under the lounge and heard every move Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because it was on my “bucket list,” and the safety of the United States. The boat is beautiful, but could use some maintenance, as far as paint, etc. We were in the Owner’s Suite with ample room, elevated ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was on my “bucket list,” and the safety of the United States. The boat is beautiful, but could use some maintenance, as far as paint, etc. We were in the Owner’s Suite with ample room, elevated amenities, private veranda, special balcony seating during entertainment in theater. The mattress on the double bed was not comfortable. The butler was very attentive, personable, and efficient. Dining was good but not exceptional. Breakfast and lunch options were buffet or from menu in the main dining room. The dinners were top-notch. Buffet dining was always available at another venue. The bars were tended by very good mixologists. Entertainment was good, considering the size of the boat. Lectures and other activities, such as bingo, were interesting and enjoyable. Service was probably the best part, though some dining staff had some attitude problem. A statement in its brochure said that the boat had an all American staff, and that was a bit of a stretch. The staff was very personable and warm, for the most part. The stops at Nottoway Plantation, Natchez, and Vicksburg were very nice and interesting, but the lower Mississippi doesn’t offer a lot of choices. Perhaps Baton Rogue should be considered. The boat glides smoothly along, pushed by its paddle wheel. It’s very relaxing and calming. Would we do it again? Absolutely, but with lower expectations and a mid range cabin. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose the Carnival Dream because it was within driving distance and priced within my budget! The process was simple and Carnival was very helpful throughout the process. I even booked and canceled two excursions and money was refunded ... Read More
We chose the Carnival Dream because it was within driving distance and priced within my budget! The process was simple and Carnival was very helpful throughout the process. I even booked and canceled two excursions and money was refunded on both with no problems. I booked a cove balcony (2937) and absolutely loved the privacy. The only complaint was the room was loud at night it sounded like tables dragging above us at night. This is why I only gave 4 stars. Service was great! Carlos our room service guy was super helpful changing batteries in my TV remote and giving us free laundry detergent when the dispenser did not work. Our evening waiter ALAN was the man! He was well read and we had very interesting conversation throughout the week. I actually miss the guy lol! The FLYING SCOTSMAN! The cruise director was amazing. So talented! You must see this guy in person to understand. Entertainment! The ENCORE productions in the evening were the highlight of my day! FLICK was fabulous! You must check it out for yourself! Everyone gave their all to you every evening and I loved it. Excursions and Ports! Montego Bay was terrible but to be fair I didn't book an excursion! I probably read to much about the travel advisory before going there lol! Grand Cayman was awesome did the stingray city and loved it! Cozumel well we shopped and shopped and shopped! My overall experience was great! I relaxed had a good time and met a lot of great people! I will book again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We have been on quite a few cruises and I always say that a cruise is what you make of it. Most of the time we know what to expect. This cruise was very very good. Embarkation was well organized and smooth. Our balcony cabin was ready by ... Read More
We have been on quite a few cruises and I always say that a cruise is what you make of it. Most of the time we know what to expect. This cruise was very very good. Embarkation was well organized and smooth. Our balcony cabin was ready by 1:00 PM. Every member of the staff, from the room stewardess to the waiters were always smiling and helpful. We didn't realize that there were quite a few young people on spring break on the Pearl. They were well behaved and didn't disrupt us in any way. My hats off to them! We had the dining and drink packages on this cruise. You can make your specialty dining reservations one month in advance of the cruise on the NCL website. If you do, be sure to confirm they were taken and print a receipt. We made reservations online and then three weeks out, they were gone from the website. We had to settle for late dining times. Not happy with this, but it did not distract from the good time we had. We had one night in the Summer Palace where the service was not so good. Everywhere else was great. We ate at Cagney's steakhouse, Le Bistro and La Cucina. If you like lamb, have the rack of lamb at Le Bistro. Awesome! We liked the freestyle concept, but we think people should dress appropriately for dinner. We don't dress up, but we don't wear shorts and t-shirts in the dinner dining rooms. The shows were average for a cruise ship, but we don't cruise for top rated entertainment. We only did two organized excursions. The sightseeing tour and beach at Roatan and a beach break at Costa Maya. Roatan was very crowded with four cruise ships in port. If we went again, we would probably take a taxi somewhere. We walked around San Miguel in Cozumel. We have been there before. We thought Harvest Caye in Belize was like Disneyland and very expensive. We took the ferry over to Placencia to see the real Belize. We found a great beach bar and hung out there. Prices were much better and we got to meet some locals.(English is the main language). The beach break in Costa Maya (Mahahaul) Mexico was good. Nice clean beach. Lots of drinks and great fish tacos. Disembarkation was great. We carried our own bags off the ship and by 9 AM we were off the ship, in the car and on the Interstate headed home. Very happy with this cruise and we would definitely go again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because it was 5 days and it worked well with our schedules, we vacationed with another couple. This was our 7th cruise, 2nd with NCL. Previously sailed on the EPIC. The Pearl is a smaller ship which was recently ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was 5 days and it worked well with our schedules, we vacationed with another couple. This was our 7th cruise, 2nd with NCL. Previously sailed on the EPIC. The Pearl is a smaller ship which was recently refurbished. Embarkment was a long process of lines which took about 45 minutes until we were able to board the ship. We loved the layout which was easy to navigate and it was very clean! We had a mid ship balcony which we loved! Our room steward did a great job at cleaning our room and taking care of us. We had plenty of room in the cabin and the location was perfect on deck 10 which was close to everything. We dined in the buffet for breakfast, lunches and one dinner. Food was fantastic! Had a great variety, especially enjoyed the Indian and Asian dishes. My husband had eggs benedict every morning. Our favourite spot to sit and enjoy our meals was at the back of the ship in the garden cafe outside. There was a small buffet there as well which had great food! Dining room food and service was good but must admit that the variety in the buffet was better. The ship never felt crowded. There were never any line ups at the buffet or to get into the dining room. Great staff that work hard at refilling buffet and cleaning tables. We were always able to find lounge chairs on the decks. Went in the pool once which was lovely and not too cold. We thought we would miss not having an adult only pool or area of the ship but found lots of quiet places to lounge on sea days. We enjoyed the various singers/musicians who played in the atrium etc. Went to a couple of shows which were good. We did a snorkel excursion in Cozumel through the ship which was very well organized and the staff did a great job and clearly cared about the people taking the excursion. We rented a golf cart and drove to the beach in Costa Maya. Shopping there was typical port shopping which was over priced souvenirs that were the same in every shop. Overall, we loved our vacation on the Pearl and were sad our holiday had come to an end! Highly recommend a balcony room as there's nothing better than enjoying your coffee in the morning or glass of wine before dinner listening to the ship cruise through the water. Areas of improvement would be embarkment and disembarkation. Too many disorganized lineups. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We took this cruises because we had been on it before and the staff is wonderful. It is also the only cruise we have taken where you never knew you was on a boat, it never moved the entire trip. Both trips actually. The only negative I ... Read More
We took this cruises because we had been on it before and the staff is wonderful. It is also the only cruise we have taken where you never knew you was on a boat, it never moved the entire trip. Both trips actually. The only negative I have is the same as last cruise, the male bartenders are rude on the ship. The female staff is friendly and nice but not the guys. Don't know if it is because of the drink package or not, but they don't get any nicer when you tip them so I quit tipping the male bartenders and gave my money to people on the ship that are nice. The staff in the Lotus Blossum oriental restaurant are AMAZING. They went out of their way to make our 60th celebration out of this world.n New Orleans is a nice port to leave out of. parking is close, pricy but close and getting on and off the ship was easy. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I have cruised with Carnival before yet I was hesitant to book a cruise on the Triumph as I had heard some mixed messages from others past experiences on this particular ship. My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary the ... Read More
I have cruised with Carnival before yet I was hesitant to book a cruise on the Triumph as I had heard some mixed messages from others past experiences on this particular ship. My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary the week of this cruise and we traveled with another couple celebrating theirs also. We had THE BEST TIME! The service was great, food was great and the entertainment in the casino with The Liverpool band was absolutely awesome! Danced the night away TWICE.!!! We were honored at dinner for our anniversaries with singing and even surprised with our own personalized Happy Anniversary chocolate cake with candles. That's not all.... we were given a gift card to even receive spa time! We all had a wonderful time and one of the best anniversaries ever!! Can't wait to book our next cruise and that will definitely be coming up soon! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose the cruise based on our anniversary we were celebrating on 2/20. The cruise was so much fun. The staff was so friendly and funny. I was worried about people getting the flu and spreading it so I was so happy about the washy ... Read More
We chose the cruise based on our anniversary we were celebrating on 2/20. The cruise was so much fun. The staff was so friendly and funny. I was worried about people getting the flu and spreading it so I was so happy about the washy washy disinfectant spray being sprayed on hands as they enter the restaurants. The cruise staff made it so funny singing I wants wash your hands to the tune of I wanta hold your hand. lol We ate at several of the specialty restaurants since we bought the package. The steak, hibachi and Italian places. I honestly wouldn't buy the packages again. The food really wasn't any better than the dining rooms and you can eat anytime you want to eat in the dining rooms without reservations. The steak place was just ok. We are from Texas so we know steak!! The Italian place was really cute like a little quaint house. The food was good. The hibachi place was a lot of fun and worth going for the entertainment. The ship was really clean. Would like to have known show schedules before making dinner reservations. Also there were themed nights I would have like to have known to bring clothes to dress for. I thought water should have been included in the drink package. I'm not a big drinker so they def made money off of my drink package. The cruise was really a lot of fun due to the cruise staff and entertainment. Would go again. It's really improved since the last Norwegian cruise we took many years ago. I loved the free style cruising. No set schedules for eating. Only walked through the casino a couple of times to get somewhere else. Couldn't handle all the smoke. Smelled awful!! The cruise director was a hoot with all his crazy clothes. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We went on our Honeymoon cruise out of New Orleans due to location. We could drive :] Also visit with my mom and dad in Prairieville. We had a blast from the time we entered the waiting area, we met great people and had fun talking about ... Read More
We went on our Honeymoon cruise out of New Orleans due to location. We could drive :] Also visit with my mom and dad in Prairieville. We had a blast from the time we entered the waiting area, we met great people and had fun talking about everything to past cruises and where the people lived. It went by fast and very organized to get us all on the ship. I also had forgot and left our sodas in our check in bags but our porter said no problem. It was still in the bags when we got to the room at 1:30pm and No sooner LOL. The ship is beautiful and I loved the Mardi gras theme throughout the ship. Our balcony room was fantastic with plenty of room, I think even if you had three people in that room it would be fine. I enjoyed our cruise director Brian, he worked very hard and made the trip so much fun. The steakhouse was well worth the extra on the first night and they gave us a wonderful red wine. My husband loved it, I don't drink. Food was perfect ever time. i have my steaks well done and they still could be cut with a fork. My husband likes his rare and loved the food. Food was great in Guys and Blue Iguana. I never complained about any of the food on lido, especially the soft frozen yogurt!!! Wow it was good, my favorite dish was in the Scarlet dining room Melting Lava Cake! A must try! I had it each night even when we had th Baked Alaska. Our waiters Aldin, Ryan and Anthony kept briniging us whatever we needed and sometimes what we didn't. Ha ha my husband one night decided against desert, I pouted and Aldin brought it to go for me. I was laughing so much and they really made dinner a fun event! I miss everyone and Pat our room steward !!! One issue and the only issue was the drain in shower would plug and water was all over bathroom floor. I felt bad using so many towels but that was nothing that would spoil my trip and it was fixed. I actually scared myself and the repair man when I walked in the room when we was fixing it. We all had a great laugh. We also did the self disembarkation and it was ok too, just had to take our luggage down 8 flights because someone didn't want to wait on the elevator. Most were closed. ! Can't wait to travel on the Dream again soon. Taking mom next time :] Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was my second cruise and my husbands first. We had a balcony cabin on the Lido deck, the cabin was nice and clean. getting on the ship was pretty fast, the line is always moving. Getting off we had to wait a bit, but no worries. Our ... Read More
This was my second cruise and my husbands first. We had a balcony cabin on the Lido deck, the cabin was nice and clean. getting on the ship was pretty fast, the line is always moving. Getting off we had to wait a bit, but no worries. Our second night at sea a lady went overboard at about 8:30 pm, our ship looked for her all night and many on board was praying we'd find her. It was very sad and scary knowing there was someone out there in the ocean. We missed one of our ports, but not Carnival's fault. We had a blast in Cozumel, we rode the twister to Isla Passion. The service was great, our room steward was just awesome. The food was really good too. I had a dragonfly magnet on our door and someone took it! I put a note on our door and they returned it, lol. I'm going on another cruise to the Bahamas this April..... Hope all goes well on this cruise, no miss haps I hope! And yes, I'm taking my dragonfly with me. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Had another wonderful time on the Carnival Dream. Upgraded to a balcony state room and it was well worth it. Very roomy cabin for 2 and a nice balcony. As always the staff on board treat everyone like Kings & Queens, anything you ... Read More
Had another wonderful time on the Carnival Dream. Upgraded to a balcony state room and it was well worth it. Very roomy cabin for 2 and a nice balcony. As always the staff on board treat everyone like Kings & Queens, anything you need they will try to please you. Food was always terrific and plenty of entertainment. Weather wasnt ideal as its winter time and rained a good bit. Two of our three excursions where canceled however Carnival did credit us back with no problems. Good weather in Cozumel and cold beer. Did the SeaTrek excursion and it was very fun and enjoyable. Its difficult to get away each year and I need internet so that I can still communicate via email with work. I upgraded to the premium internet and it really sucked. Could rarely get on line to send an email from my laptop. It was a very nice cruise but internet needs a lot of work, especially since I paid $125. for it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
PROS: - Embarkation and Debarkation - both fast and efficient. We were prepared for a very long wait and a slow process so maybe that helped us view it as a more positive experience in the end. - Food - all around delicious! Again, ... Read More
PROS: - Embarkation and Debarkation - both fast and efficient. We were prepared for a very long wait and a slow process so maybe that helped us view it as a more positive experience in the end. - Food - all around delicious! Again, we went in with rather low expectations and came out extremely pleased. - Service - all around outstanding. Almost every interaction was positive. - Cruise Director - Chris Williams was amazing - B-Low - I am not sure how to spell his name but B-Low was part of the fun squad and I enjoyed him almost as much as I enjoyed Chris. He ran all of the Bingo games and even though we never played bingo we enjoyed watching him lead the games. - Entertainment - really enjoyed the shows in the evenings and the multiple show times allowing flexibility when eating dinner - YTD - really loved having YTD. Allowed us to eat when we wanted and only had a long wait on the first night. - Cleanliness - I can’t imagine the effort it takes to clean up after 4000 people on vacation (I am assuming people are even messier on vacation) but somehow the crew did this. The deck and most public areas were always spotless - especially the bathrooms! - Hub App - so convenient, enjoyed having the schedule and other info right there on my phone (for free) - Muster Drill - Super fast and well organized. Our station was in the encore lounge. We were in and out in about 30 or 45mins. - Ship Layout - took us a couple days to figure out where everything was but that was part of the fun! - Beach Towel Checkout - I LOVED being able to check out new towels on the Lido deck and in the Serenity area and then check them back in so we didn’t have to tote them back and forth from our room. An automated system where they just swiped your S&S card would be better though than the worker having to write down everything by hand. CONS: - Water - Basically just tasted real bad. Will probably invest in ordering a few packs of water to our room next time. I would be interested in a Beverage Plan that included only unlimited bottled water. - Ports/Excursions - this is not really Carnival’s fault but nevertheless we did not have great experiences at the ports - Cabin Decor - I didn’t care for the decor of the Dream in general and the dark colors in the cabin make it feel even smaller than it is. From what I have seen RC and NCL do a much better job with decor. - [lack of] Conditioner - Doesn’t seem like it would be too hard to add this to the showers and my hair would really appreciate it - no coffee maker in the cabins - I would really have liked to have that so I could make my own in the mornings and not have to worry about ordering room service. It would also be nice to have it in the evenings without having to walk to the Lido Deck - Additional Fees - It would be nice if all the additional fees and gratuities were automatically included in the cost instead of being added on later. It would make it easier to plan and budget. -Pools and Lounge Chairs - The pool on the lido was so small and the chairs were always full (either with people or towels). Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our first time on the Triumph. Even though the ship is dated, we had a great time relaxing. As always the staff was great and we had no problems during our Sep 17 cruise. We went with an interior cabin since we do not spend a ... Read More
This was our first time on the Triumph. Even though the ship is dated, we had a great time relaxing. As always the staff was great and we had no problems during our Sep 17 cruise. We went with an interior cabin since we do not spend a lot of time in it and would rather spend the money other places. The food was good and not having to cook or clean makes it even better. We ate at each of the dining locations. The lines can get pretty long but if you pay a litte attention to the time it is easy top avoid the rush. I hit the casino a few times. Broke even which is always good. Bar service was pretty quick given the amount of people playing around 5PM. Lido deck and pool area was clean and never had any issues finding two chairs. The waiters were great as usual. They knew us by name even if we changed locations on them. We did not do any shore excursions since we had been to both ports. The only issue, which really was not that big of a deal was when we docked in Cozumel. I huge rain storm started as soon as clearance was given to hop off the ship. People just stood in the way instead of getting stepping to the side for folks like use how were not concerned with getting wet. There were lots of adults splashing in the puddles. We have 100+ days of crusing on Carnival. We always have a great time whether we go with or without the kids. The value for the money and the staff is what keeps us coming back. We currently have two future crusies booked with Carnival in 2018. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our 5th time on the Dream. It is one of my favorite ships. We stayed in an interior cabin because we like the cost and the darkness while sleeping. We are in the cabin very little. Basically only to sleep and shower. The food was ... Read More
This was our 5th time on the Dream. It is one of my favorite ships. We stayed in an interior cabin because we like the cost and the darkness while sleeping. We are in the cabin very little. Basically only to sleep and shower. The food was fine, and I enjoy the Guy's burgers, the Burrito bar and all the choices at the dining room. We always pick anytime dining when it is just my wife and me. The entertainment was good, and I especially enjoyed Flick and the Rock show, but it was all good. Our cabin steward was very attentive and took care of any special needs we had. We did a back to back so we were on the ship for 14 days. I would tell people that unless you have a special reason for going to Montego Bay or an excursion you specifically want, it's definitely a place to skip and stay on board. We did the Mexican Fiesta excursion on our last stop to Cozumel and it was a lot of fun. I really enjoy Carnival's people and service. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Let's start by saying ,we came a day earlier than our scheduled cruise. We stayed at the Crown Plaza Hotel in New Orleans . This hotel is not far from the cruise parking garage, Fulton Parking. They have a shuttle to the port . Our ... Read More
Let's start by saying ,we came a day earlier than our scheduled cruise. We stayed at the Crown Plaza Hotel in New Orleans . This hotel is not far from the cruise parking garage, Fulton Parking. They have a shuttle to the port . Our ship is the Carnival Dream. Once we get to the port,now it's embarkation time. Standing in line ,not knowing if you are in the right line. No signs ,then finally someone comes and states if this is your check in time , go to another line. This is so unorganized. They need to find a better way to do this. Once inside the building things went pretty fast to enter the ship. Yay! We were in cove cabin, 2309. Loved our room. Because we would go thru rough waters,balcony was not accessible until Monday. There was a shortage of crew because of previous hurricane. There also was sewage problem on the 2nd level. Order was stronger near the laundry room. FOOD: Guy's burgers were great ! Lido restaurants were disappointing, food not so good. Encore entertainment disappointing because lack of performances and performers. This is a 7 day cruise. We spent more time on the balcony. Excursions: Bamboo Beach Club: disappointing, looks like something someone threw together at the beach. The best part was the unlimited number of drinks, because the food was not good. All in all the cruise was 3 star. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our first cruise so we have nothing to compare to. We had heard everything under the sun about cruising. I knew it would probably go one of two ways really well or our last. When people say you cant tell your on a ship, you can. ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we have nothing to compare to. We had heard everything under the sun about cruising. I knew it would probably go one of two ways really well or our last. When people say you cant tell your on a ship, you can. The movement is hard to describe it was like a train ride to us you can tell you are on a moving vessel but its not to the point of distraction. The ship we thought was in pretty good condition for its age the décor you could tell was outdated but very clean. The staff were all great and everywhere we went they were trying to help. Leigh kept everyone entertained throughout the cruise. I don't know how he does it. He was going 110% at every activity. Overall we came to the conclusion that we would definitely take another cruise. We would not get a cabin in the rear of the ship (we always felt a shutter in our room) and a balcony is a must. Also we wouldn't bring our children until the are a little older I saw parents with small children that looked exhausted by debarkation. I would definitely take this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Overall the ship does need some repairs. We had a water leak in our room and it smelled bad but the cabin steward and the guest services manager did everything they could to make us comfortable including trying to dry the water with a ... Read More
Overall the ship does need some repairs. We had a water leak in our room and it smelled bad but the cabin steward and the guest services manager did everything they could to make us comfortable including trying to dry the water with a fan. It didn't work but they tried. The cabin steward, Edik, was great. Went out of his way to make us feel welcome. He even left us a note recognizing our anniversary. This has never happened on any ship and we always cruise around our anniversary. Our Waiter an dinner was the best. Her name was Fransiska. She also went out of her way to make us feel welcome. Brought us a special dessert to help celebrate our anniversary and she and 2 other waiters sang to us. It was really sweet. The food was good also. The staff who served drinks were great. Always smiling. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Me and my fiance had an absolute blast on this trip! I wasn't satisfied with the service on the outside main decks at all with the exception of the bar by the 24 hour pizza! But then we found ALCHEMY BAR near the Hollywood NightClub ... Read More
Me and my fiance had an absolute blast on this trip! I wasn't satisfied with the service on the outside main decks at all with the exception of the bar by the 24 hour pizza! But then we found ALCHEMY BAR near the Hollywood NightClub where they do the Art Auctions during the day and ended up using this bar exclusively the entire time! They are master mixologists with special tools and really CARE about your drink. I felt like I was at a bar at a 5 star restaurant! If you go to Alchemy bar VIORICA & MILAN will take VERY GOOD CARE OF YOU! Their drinks are amazing and they are so friendly and passionate about what they do! Especially if you are on the drink package, you will get the best bang for your buck at Alchemy Bar. And it was never crowded! Busy but not a 30 min wait for drinks like it was on the decks! The NightClub was ALOT of fun and DJ IceCold knows how to really throw a good party! The only lame night in the club was because DJ Icecold had gotten sick one night and couldnt spin, and unfortunately the guy that replaced him was trying his hardest but just couldnt keep the crowd happy and they even ended up closing early. BUT, overall it was an absolute blast! The Band that plays the live music looking down onto the main decks was AMAZING! The singers voice sounded better than the real songs and my jaw dropped when I realized what I was hearing was live because it sounded that good! Justin Tyme was an absolute HOOT and a must see. We ended up watching his set one night on accident and I was so glad we ended up there! Nothing I would have done initially but was so glad that I did. Great personality and lets you holler songs at him to play live. Really engages with the crowd! The Comedy on the cruise was out OUT OF THIS WORLD but definitely not for the faint of heart. I had an amazing time, but definitely only the 21+ crowd could appreciate it fully. The food was very good but did not agree with my stomach. Get the best for your included meals and eat at the restaurants! You do not have to wait in endless buffet lines and the service is so much better. Breakfast was amazing, we had the steak and eggs the last night and it was delicious. We had a great great great time and I would DEFINITELY do it again! VIORICA and MILAN really made the experience for us though at Alchemy Bar. That is who you want to see and where you want to go! I would highly recommend this cruise ship!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
What a nice relaxing cruise aboard the Carnival Triumph and a great way to celebrate both my 50th birthday and our 15th wedding anniversary…san kids! This 4 night cruise was out of New Orleans with one stop in Cozumel. Our flight ... Read More
What a nice relaxing cruise aboard the Carnival Triumph and a great way to celebrate both my 50th birthday and our 15th wedding anniversary…san kids! This 4 night cruise was out of New Orleans with one stop in Cozumel. Our flight arrived early in New Orleans so I purchased the Faster to the Fun (FTTF) package. Just a small wait for us while the ship was cleared. Then straight onboard for an early lunch with no lines. If you have never cruised out of New Orleans, you should try it! What I didn’t realize is that New Orleans is not at the south tip of Louisiana. When we set sail (after a nice nap) we were treated to many hours of an scenic river cruise! We enjoyed the river cruise from our balcony..mixed drinks in hand thanks to Carnival gift package. The gift program is a little steep entry, but definitely worth it. The only downside is we had to rely on our steward to bring us ice. Our steward, Roderick, was excellent! He was a friendly guy, and had 2 buckets of ice waiting for us each day. The room was a little dated, but he kept it clean…and the bed was really comfortable! He also gave us a $50 spa gift card and $20 off pictures (taken on the ship). Now I’m not a spa guy, but I had to see what I could get for $50 at the spa. That’s a big fat nothing! Haha. Finally the receptionist said I could use it to get a free haircut (normally $35). Well I’m in luck, I need a haircut. The fellow gives me a great haircut..and a new style to go with my 50th bday. I think he suckered me into buying some overpriced “serum” for my hair. Oh well, so I ended up paying full price for my haircut…the serum cost $35 and the card “leftover” couldn’t be used for it..doh. I thought the ppl at the spa were very nice though. The ship has a nice workout area, steamroom (no eucalyptus though), and sauna all of which are complimentary. We enjoyed all of our dinners in the your-time dining room. We particularly liked our waitress Lisa who was very personable. How was the food? Honestly it was hit or miss. It really depends on what you order. But the great thing is…if you get a bad dish, you can ask for something else. Keep ordering until you get something you like. My wife is more of an adventurer and tries stuff like escargot and rabbit. I stuck to the basics. I got the lamb shank one night. I did have to ask for something else as it tasted nothing like lamb..more like stewed beef. But a bad dish was more the exception than the rule. What we enjoyed most was the morning brunch in the dining room. We got the steak (filet) and eggs both times. Excellent! Now if you read my last review 5 years ago, you will note that I was flabbergasted by the conduct of guests on that boat (Carnival Destiny/Sunshine). No such recurrence this trip. Everyone was very nice and well-mannered. There were people of all cultures and races, but I didn’t see any low-class antics like last time…read my last review if interested. To be fair, we don’t hang out on the Lido much. That not us. We did witness some crazy twerking during the mixology competitions…but it was all in good fun. There were kids in the area, but most were too busy swimming and sliding to pay attention. Carnival does need to enforce an adults only pool. The pools are way too small and the kids take them over. The pools are packed shoulder to shoulder…gross. The saying “stewing in someone else’s juice” applies here. We enjoyed three comedy shows while on the ship from two different comedians. The shows were all the late night show (no kids) and the material, while funny, is for adults only. One of the comedians, in particular, was really good at interacting with the audience. On elegant dinner night, we had our picture taken. Wow! That photographer was THE best ever!!! I think he must have given us the Diane Sawyer treatment or something. Both my wife and I look 30 instead of 50. We had the picture taken with the orange and black (blurry spot) backdrop. Good grief, those pictures alone would have been worth the price of the cruise. I posted them on facebook and everyone says we look like movie stars. The photographer was from Ethiopia. Unfortunately, I can’t remember his name. I guess they teach photography well over there. I enjoyed many a night at the casino. I lost/won/lost/won and ended up $100. It could have a been an incredible trip if I had only bet on the “Lucky Ladies” while playing blackjack. I got dealt 2 Q of Hearts…and the dealer had blackjack. It’s a total sucker bet but it would have paid 1000-1 if I had bet it. Man, painful. The pit boss and I were joking around about it. Me, about how I meant to bet it for $5…and him about how he meant to pay me $5000. So when I colored up, I said loud “Coloring up $5000!”. He jerked his head around fast and we both got a laugh. Cozumel was great. At the recommendation of CruiseCritic, we spent the day at Nochi Cocum and had a great time! Thanks Cruise Critic! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was my first Carnival cruise (5th cruise - all prior trips with other brands) and I will say I am impressed. We selected this cruise as it was my fiance's birthday, we liked the itinerary, it was a great value and he lives in New ... Read More
This was my first Carnival cruise (5th cruise - all prior trips with other brands) and I will say I am impressed. We selected this cruise as it was my fiance's birthday, we liked the itinerary, it was a great value and he lives in New Orleans. We both work in hospitality and hotel management and travel quite a bit, together and separately. I will confirm that our stateroom (8336) was dated but clean and our Room Attendant, Michael, was awesome. We asked for ice on the first day and Michael made sure it was replenished every day. We really liked the location of our room but between 3:00 & 4:00 a.m. a few nights I was woken up by banging from above. Since the Lido deck was directly above us I could only guess that it was the housekeeping team cleaning and setting pool furniture. We both thought the common areas were very nice. Everything was well maintained and clean. We never had a problem finding a lounge chair on the pool deck but the pools were too small and very crowded. We were happy to lounge, people watch and read. I even tried to teach him Sudoku ;-) The food was better than described in previous reviews. Guy's Burgers and Blue Iguana were the popular spots but the service was quick and they knew how to keep the line moving. We tried the buffet on the Lido deck for lunch and breakfast once and it was good also. The salad bar was really fresh. The only thing that was terrible were the desserts - don't waste calories on any of them...get ice cream. We were assigned the late seating in the Paris dining room which we really enjoyed. The service was a little slow and disorganized but there were a variety of choices from vegetarian to surf & turf. We really liked the short ribs, prime rib, lasagna, Indian vegetarian plate, shrimp quesadilla and banana bread pudding. We also highly recommend the Chef's Table! The food was outstanding and they take such good care of you. We were one of three couples so the experience was really special. For activities and entertainment we had fun at the comedy club and piano bar. The cover band in the casino was fun but be prepared for your eyes to burn from the cigarette smoke. We also played some of the family games and really liked the calypso music on the pool deck. We had a couples massage on one sea day which was great but they pressure you to buy their products when you are done. I did not appreciate this as we had just spent $400 on a massage. Definitely take advantage of the shows in the theater. We saw a magician and the tribute to New Orleans variety show was which really cool. The costumes, choreography, lead singers and set design were better than any other cruise stage show I have seen. I would not miss it! For excursions we did the private beach house in Cozumel and the ruins at Uxmal in Progreso. The beach house was very relaxing but I would pick a more active excursion on my next trip to Cozumel. The ruins at Uxmal were absolutely incredible - better than Chichen Itza which I visited a few year ago. You can climb one of the pyramids which affords a view of the entire city - breathtaking! It is very hot and quite a workout to get to the top so wear sneakers and bring plenty of water. If you are looking for a quick, inexpensive, family friendly trip with a fun crowd and great service then I highly recommend. If you are expecting a serene vacation in a luxurious stateroom with a refined crowd then this is not the cruise for you. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Since my boyfriend and I live in New Orleans, it was a no-brainer to take a cruise on the Carnival Dream. We did not bring kids, but there were many on this cruise. It was a real mixture of age ranges and races on the ship, which was ... Read More
Since my boyfriend and I live in New Orleans, it was a no-brainer to take a cruise on the Carnival Dream. We did not bring kids, but there were many on this cruise. It was a real mixture of age ranges and races on the ship, which was nice. We were dropped off at the Port of N.O. at about 1pm, the line was long but embarkation went pretty quickly and smoothly. We noticed that a lot of people in line had boxes of soft drinks with them. The ship only gives you water, lemonade, and iced tea from the machines on the Lido deck. There is a charge for all other drinks, including the bottled water in the cabin! We were able to get into our cabin just after 1:30pm, which was located on the 8th deck. Our steward was Rubi, a very nice man from Indonesia. I would highly recommend him. The cabin was fine. My complaint was that we did not have a sliding glass door to enter the balcony, it was a regular glass door. I like to keep the door open when we are relaxing to hear the ship moving through the water, but that was not possible in this cabin. Our bathroom had soap, shampoo, and body wash, but no hair conditioner. There is a blow dryer in the cabin. Pack a sweater since the air conditioning on the ship is quite chilly. Bring earplugs for the Encore shows, they are at a high decibel level for sure. The food in the Scarlet dining room was really good. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts all 8 or 9 on a 10 scale. At dinner we were seated with 4 other couples and we all got along great. The buffet food on the Lido deck was also quite good, generally 7 or 8 on a 10 scale. Of course everyone loves "Swirls", the soft serve ice cream machine! The decor on the ship is what I would describe as "Tacky 1970s", but after a while we stopped noticing it so much and really began to just enjoy our time there as the week went on. We spent lots of time swimming in the pools, which are salt water, and also we enjoyed the hot tubs. The shows at night were very good. We saw a Motown revue, an 80s music show (my favorite), a tribute to movies called Flick, an American Rock show, and the cruise director (Chris Williams, aka The Flying Scotsman) had his own show as well. He is a terrific singer, funny, and super talented. Chris also hosted "Love and Marriage", which was hilarious. We even went to the "Towel Animal Theater" which was cute. We did not do any excursions on this cruise. If I were to go back to Montego Bay, I would check out the Community Tour through Carnival. I would also check out scuba diving options in Cozumel. We got off the ship in each location and spent a little time at Bayshore Mall in Grand Cayman. We took a cab in Cozumel to get to the main shopping area. ($8 each way) In Montego Bay we hired a local driver named Dave Heavens to take us around the city for an hour. He charged us $35. He is really nice and dependable and I would recommend him. Overall, we had a fun and relaxing time on the Carnival Dream and I would do this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was my first ever cruise. My wife and I choose a the seven day cruise on the Norwegian Dawn leaving from New Orleans. We choose this cruise because of the destinations, overall price, and the port of New Orleans is only 35 miles ... Read More
This was my first ever cruise. My wife and I choose a the seven day cruise on the Norwegian Dawn leaving from New Orleans. We choose this cruise because of the destinations, overall price, and the port of New Orleans is only 35 miles from our home. I was very excited when the day finally arrived for us to leave on our seven day vacation. Having never cruised before I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I had read many reviews and even watched other peoples youtube videos of their cruise experience to prepare for what was in store. I must say that overall we had a great time. Embarkation was smooth and quick. The only problem was the lady who issued our key cards got my wife and I mixed up. I would slide my card and my wife's picture and info would show up and visa versa. This would plaque us for the entire cruise. The staff on the Dawn tried to fix it but were only partly successful. I went through five key cards on a seven day cruise because of this problem. I don't know why this was such a problem for them but in the long run it didn't cause any major problems. I really enjoyed the ship itself. My wife who has been on other cruises said she thought the ship was not as elegant as others she had been on but I thought everything was nice. The ship was very clean and sanitary. After a day or so I could find my way around very nicely without having to look at the map provided on each deck. Our cabin was stateroom 9113. It was an inside stateroom, no windows or balcony. I was very pleased with it because even though it wasn't huge it was functional and the bathroom area and shower were big enough for me. I'm 6' tall and 235 lbs. The bed was comfortable and firm. We chose this type of cabin for the price and the fact that we didn't plan on staying in the room that much during the vacation except for sleep and shower. The major complaint I have is the food on board the ship. It was plentiful and there was much variety, but the taste of almost everything I ate was bland and without seasoning. Now keep in mind I live in south Louisiana and our cuisine here is full of spice and flavor so the ships offering were not on par with that. Next time I will just bring a little creole seasoning with me on my trip and all will be well. Needless to say I didn't starve on the trip but I didn't gain weight either. The staff and crew of the Dawn were great. Always polite and attentive. The entertainment on board I thought was spectacular. We attended a show every night and were really impressed with the performers and the variety of programs we got to see. Everything from singing and dancing to comedy and magic, it was delightful. Overall a very special week for my wife and I. I would not hesitate to cruise with Norwegian again. Although I probably will make my next cruise on another cruise line like Carnival or Royal Caribbean just so I can see what others have to offer. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
As first time cruisers wasn't really sure what to expect. Specialty restaurant food was excellent. So good in fact that it made the standard fare seem less appealing. Probably because the inclusive restaurant food was lower ... Read More
As first time cruisers wasn't really sure what to expect. Specialty restaurant food was excellent. So good in fact that it made the standard fare seem less appealing. Probably because the inclusive restaurant food was lower quality. Highly recommend Cagney's and Le Bistro. Porterhouse at Cagney's was so good I managed to eat all 32 oz. The rib eye steak at Le Bistro was less impressive, but the service there was topnotch. Teppenyaki was a typical hibachi restaurant with the table side chef cooking and entertaining. If we did it again I would probably skip Teppenyaki and do two dinners at one of the others. While the food at the Venetian dining area was nothing special, the service and ambiance was better than at the Aqua or Garden View restaurants. Generally the service on the Dawn was satisfactory. We had some great service, Joanna at the Gatsby Champagne Bar sticks out, and some not so great service. We tipped a dollar or two which seemed to help when it came to the servers who knew we were tippers. The service and attitude of staff in the casino was pretty bad. When you are taking people's money you should at least give them a smile and cheery disposition. Since I didn't spent much time gambling not a big deal to me, but I heard a number of passengers grumbling about the casino employees. Our steward was Rene. He was friendly in passing, but we really did not get to interact with him except for brief pleasantries. That was fine. He did a great job keeping our room clean and supplied. As we had booked our cruise with adjoining balconies with friends we were disappointed to find out we could not open the door connecting the balconies. We made the best of it by keeping the door to the rooms open when we didn't need privacy. We moved our chairs onto their balcony so we still were able to enjoy time together albeit on a rather cramped balcony. The Dawn ported in Cozumel, Roatan, Harvest Caye, and Costa Maya. We loved three out of the four ports. The ATV, cenote, and snorkeling excursion in Cozumel was awesome. The snorkeling at Half Moon Bay in Roatan was superb. A day on the beach in Costa Maya was relaxing. Harvest Caye was not for us. While it was new, clean, and pretty, we didn't like being stuck with few choices. The huge pool would have been nice except for the fact that they were blasting club music, and it was impossible to escape the music. There were a few dozen young adults enjoying the club music at the pool bar, but it made no sense to us to make hundreds others endure music they did not care for. We spent an hour in Harvest Caye before getting back on the boat. The boat was fun so the day wasn't lost. As we had hoped to play pickleball in the basketball area we were not happy to find they had neither volleyball nets nor tennis nets to use. We had been led to believe they had at least a volleyball net we could use. We were hoping to offset some calories with a little pickleball play. Alas it was not to be so I arrived home ten pounds heavier. Entertainment on Dawn was okay We played trivia daily. The Newlywed Game show was hilarious. Deal Or No Deal was especially pleasurable to our friends who won $250. Since I didn't win a dime I can't say it was worth it to me. The ship magician was not magical. The show Element was probably the best of the lot, but not spectacular. Don't miss the farewell show as it is an opportunity to thank the entire ship crew for a taking care of you. The cruise director and staff were usually outstanding although many of them spoke English as a second language and communication was not always great. Annoyingly the ship DJ played pretty much club music, and we had to leave the pool area every time he showed up. Although we sailed after Spring Break I don't think the word got out because a ship full of people in their 40's, 50's, and 60's were forced to endure music for young adults in their 20's and 30's. When an 80's music event was held in the Bliss Lounge the place was mobbed as the music was more in line with the ages of passengers, and even the young adults liked the 1980's music since that is the music of their parents. I wondered if the music choice was driven by the ages of the cruise director's staff (mostly in their 20's and 30's) rather than the ages of the passengers. Would have been nice to have a DJ spinning tunes from the 1970's and 1980's. Fortunately there were plenty of places to escape to when the music turned bad, and music was available in other locations besides the pool area, so the music problem, while aggravating, didn't come close to ruining the cruise. All and all we were extremely happy with the cruise. There are always things that can be improved...and I hope they do...but we would do it again even if nothing changed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I always wanted to visit the birthplace of Rock 'n Roll, Memphis, and this seemed the ideal way to get there from another of our favourite spots, New Orleans. From the time we checked out of our pre cruise hotel we were very well ... Read More
I always wanted to visit the birthplace of Rock 'n Roll, Memphis, and this seemed the ideal way to get there from another of our favourite spots, New Orleans. From the time we checked out of our pre cruise hotel we were very well taken care of by one one the American Cruise Lines hostesses who escorted us onto our transfer bus and from there we were welcomed aboard with a glass of "Bucks Fizz" and music from a small jazz combo. From there on it was all fun, good food, drink and entertainment. Every member of the staff was warm and friendly, the stops and tours were most interesting, backed up by Bill, an interesting "Riverlorian" who told tales of that river and the history of the civil war. He really was a first class entertainer. The highlight if each day was the cocktail hour at 5.30 every day where one could drink any kind of beverage for an hour and nibble away at delicious hot and cold snacks. Indeed, so good were the snacks it sometimes made it difficult to do justice to the excellent fare on offer for the evening meal at 6.30. As Europeans we found cocktails and dinner were served a little earlier than we were normally used to, but as they say "When in Rome do as the Romans do!" It wasn't that much of a hardship, in fact all the meals were excellent, good sized portions, well prepared food and drinks included in the package. It really was an all inclusive trip. The only small criticism we had was that it was sold to us in the UK as "Jazz Themed Cruise" and although there was some jazz it somehow got changed to a "Music Cruise" which was a little disappointing, though a comedienne/singer called Judy Davis was the outstanding star of the week. It was my 80th birthday during the week and again all the waiting staff went out of their way to ensure that I had a truly memorable dinner. In summary we would rank it as one of the best holidays we have taken. Thank you American Cruise Lines. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had a 50% refund coming from NCL because of a delay and problems encountered last year, after the Pride of America was refurbished in San Francisco and headed back to Hawaii. We had a suite on that cruise, and picked a balcony for this ... Read More
We had a 50% refund coming from NCL because of a delay and problems encountered last year, after the Pride of America was refurbished in San Francisco and headed back to Hawaii. We had a suite on that cruise, and picked a balcony for this one, which was free except for taxes & port charges, and gratuities for the drink package & 3 specialty dinning. We picked New Orleans because it was an 8 hour drive. One small problem, our anniversary happened to fall during the last weekend of Mardi Gras. We stayed in Biloxi for 2 nights before the cruise, and had no trouble getting to the cruise port Sunday morning. NCL kept calling and texting saying to come early.The roads were crowded coming in from the east, but made it with no problem. Checked out of Biloxi hotel at 8;15am, got to port and checked in at 9:30, but had to wait until 11:30 to board. Some cruisers were not so fortunate, though. I heard some didn't make it because of Mardi Gras. We have been to this area of the Western Caribbean twice before, but had to use our NCL refund, which was expiring after 1 year. After our Hawaiian cruise we were 1 night short of the platinum level. Then the platinum level was raised slightly, but we got into platinum level after this cruise. That will be good on our 10 day NCL cruise this fall out of New York to Quebec City. The Harvest Caye NCL private island was new to us, and probably to most every one else. We rode the trolley over and walked through the few shops they had there. Swam at the beach, but a lot of sea weed floating in. The pool was nice. Stayed a couple hours then headed back to ship to eat and drink. NCL lets you use your cruise card to charge anything at Harvest Caye. Nothing is free - except swimming in the water. Only NCL tours allowed here - no outside "cheaper tours" to choose from. Coasta Maya was also new to us. There were a lot of shops there, but mostly selling the same things. There was free internet at this port. Walked around for a while and got on trolley back to ship. Coxen Hole Honduras has a small area of shops right where the ship docks. This is the only place where we purchased anything, wooden coasters, bowls, and hot plate pads as gifts for our family. We have gotten them for our self on past stops, and really like the wooden items. Pretty colors of wood and very useful. Cozumel, what can I say after 10 visits here. That place has gotten more crowded and more commercial over the years. I think there was 8 cruise ships docked in port with us.We walked around looking and listening to the vendors, then headed back to the ship. Our Cruise Critic Group kind of fizzled out once onboard. There were probably only 12 ? (some coming late), that showed up for the Cruise Critic Party, given by NCL on our first sea day. The NCL Officers outnumbered us, which was embarrassing! NCL went to a lot of trouble setting this up. Only 6 showed up for the slot pull. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017

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