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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!

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Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by CruzRelaxer

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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!
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Cabin 8A 1018
Loved the balcony and the gift program (alchohol in the room). Beds very comfortable. Bathroom comes with a medicine cabinet which is perfect. Overall a little dated but heck, we are cruising and enjoying ourselves too much to worry about the small stuff.
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