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I haven't cruised Carnival in years, so I wanted to check it out for my birthday. My friend had never cruised and I've mostly cruised NCL in recent years. I live near New Orleans and it was a cheap fare, so I decided "why not." Sailing out of New Orleans is an experience in itself because sailing down the Mississippi River gives you great views of the Crescent City Connection bridge and the city. Another perk is you have cell service for hours because it takes a long time to get out to the Gulf of Mexico. Park at Fulton St garage. It's within walking distance and the shuttle is fast. Having the Riverwalk Mall so close is nice, too. We arrived on time for our 30-minute boarding window and were on quickly. They barely checked our carry-on alcohol, by the way. if you've never cruised, you probably won't notice the "dated" decor of the common areas. Modern ships tend to be sleek and elegant, but the Triumph is still glitzy with statues, neon letters, and dazzle. There are plenty of sitting areas on decks 3-5 and lots of live music near the casino and in the atrium. Alchemy bar is pricey but nice with craft cocktails. The piano bar was fun. I didn't check out the comedy show, but saw it was packed. Come early. The two main shows were fine: The Big Easy was the strongest. They both seemed small scale compared to NCL. All the crew was nice. Your Time Dining went off without a hitch and we always got a table for 2. Sea Day brunch was hit or miss but still nicer than the crowded buffet. Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguana burrito were great. I'd skip the Seafood Shack. It's not expensive, but not worth the money. I didn't get a chance to try the Pizza Pirate. Maybe because it was a short cruise, I didn't have much interaction with my room steward, but the room was always clean. Again, the decor was somewhat dated (lots of pink), but who cares? We went to Las Uvas beach club in Cozumel. I think I paid $20 per person for all you can drink (4 hours) with a private waiter. It was small but nice with great, free snorkeling. A taxi cost $12 each way (10 min drive). It wasn't very crowded and might be a good alternative to Mr. Sancho's. We didn't book with Carnival. Overall, it's a quick, fun, no frills cruise that's perfect for the cost conscious or first timers who don't know about the luxuries of larger liners. Take a longer trip out of it by staying before or after in New Orleans.

Nice, basic cruise good for first timers

Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by Jsmi145

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior Upper/Lower
I haven't cruised Carnival in years, so I wanted to check it out for my birthday. My friend had never cruised and I've mostly cruised NCL in recent years. I live near New Orleans and it was a cheap fare, so I decided "why not." Sailing out of New Orleans is an experience in itself because sailing down the Mississippi River gives you great views of the Crescent City Connection bridge and the city. Another perk is you have cell service for hours because it takes a long time to get out to the Gulf of Mexico. Park at Fulton St garage. It's within walking distance and the shuttle is fast. Having the Riverwalk Mall so close is nice, too. We arrived on time for our 30-minute boarding window and were on quickly. They barely checked our carry-on alcohol, by the way.

if you've never cruised, you probably won't notice the "dated" decor of the common areas. Modern ships tend to be sleek and elegant, but the Triumph is still glitzy with statues, neon letters, and dazzle. There are plenty of sitting areas on decks 3-5 and lots of live music near the casino and in the atrium. Alchemy bar is pricey but nice with craft cocktails. The piano bar was fun. I didn't check out the comedy show, but saw it was packed. Come early. The two main shows were fine: The Big Easy was the strongest. They both seemed small scale compared to NCL. All the crew was nice. Your Time Dining went off without a hitch and we always got a table for 2. Sea Day brunch was hit or miss but still nicer than the crowded buffet. Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguana burrito were great. I'd skip the Seafood Shack. It's not expensive, but not worth the money. I didn't get a chance to try the Pizza Pirate. Maybe because it was a short cruise, I didn't have much interaction with my room steward, but the room was always clean. Again, the decor was somewhat dated (lots of pink), but who cares?

We went to Las Uvas beach club in Cozumel. I think I paid $20 per person for all you can drink (4 hours) with a private waiter. It was small but nice with great, free snorkeling. A taxi cost $12 each way (10 min drive). It wasn't very crowded and might be a good alternative to Mr. Sancho's. We didn't book with Carnival.

Overall, it's a quick, fun, no frills cruise that's perfect for the cost conscious or first timers who don't know about the luxuries of larger liners. Take a longer trip out of it by staying before or after in New Orleans.
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Interior Upper/Lower
Cabin 1A 2445
2445 was great! It has a strange, L shape with a long hallway, bunk beds, and a couch. It's very spacious and it has two large windows for the price of an interior room. I never heard any noise from the crew stairs, but there was significant noise and vibration when docking.
Upper Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins