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#1
Georgia
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Joined Jun 2010
So we made our plans for a trip to Louisiana to visit the crazy relatives. Such times are always filled with mixed emotions and as the time for us to leave grew closer, I came up with a birlliant idea: as long as we were that close to a port, why not jump on a cruise ship! With a few mouse clicks, I was able to find a great "pack and go" rate on a balcony cabin on The Triumph. Best of all, her sail date fit perfectly into our schedule.

Needless to say, the anticipation of our little 4 day sea adventure helped me smile through the family drama. And after 5 days of playing nice, we set off for the Port of New Orleans, which was an hour away.

The cruise terminal is shiny and new. To get there, you must work your way through the narrow streets along the Mississippi, but the lady who lives in the GPS got us there in no time. In fact, we arrived at the parking garage at 10:45 and were through security and checked in by 11:00. (BTW....Parking is steep @ $17 a day. I guess they have to pay for that fancy new parking deck.) And we only had about a 20 minute wait before we were able to board.

I snapped this photo before I was reminded that photography is not allowed inside the terminal. OOPS!

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Thank you, Mr. Twain; I think I will!



Read my review of The Legend at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ght=mama+lapin

Read my review of The Triumph at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1319664

Read my review of The Fascination at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1351702

Previous Cruises:

Carnival Legend - 9-12-2010
Carnival Triumph - 12-2-2010
Carnival Fascination - 1-27-2011
Carnival Fascination - 4-30-11
Carnival Triumph - 9-17-2011
Carnival Dream - 3-24-2012
Carnival Fascination - 8-19-2012
Carnival Legend - 9-30-2012
Carnival Legend - 1-27-2013
Carnival Fantasy - 7-22-2013
Carnival Dream - 10-5-2013

#3
Georgia
723 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
This is only our second cruise. Raising kids and other obligations always took precedence. But before you know if, your "someday" list becomes your "bucket list." After our first little adventure on the high seas, a 7-day on The Legend in September, we fell in love with cruising fast and hard. I knew it would be fun to see how a 4 day on a bigger ship would compare.

They soon called our boarding zone and we were directed to the gangway. I couldn't resist the urge to snap another illegal photo of the lady Triumph from the terminal window.



Ahhhhhhh......
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Thank you, Mr. Twain; I think I will!



Read my review of The Legend at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ght=mama+lapin

Read my review of The Triumph at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1319664

Read my review of The Fascination at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1351702

Previous Cruises:

Carnival Legend - 9-12-2010
Carnival Triumph - 12-2-2010
Carnival Fascination - 1-27-2011
Carnival Fascination - 4-30-11
Carnival Triumph - 9-17-2011
Carnival Dream - 3-24-2012
Carnival Fascination - 8-19-2012
Carnival Legend - 9-30-2012
Carnival Legend - 1-27-2013
Carnival Fantasy - 7-22-2013
Carnival Dream - 10-5-2013

#4
Georgia
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Joined Jun 2010
Originally posted by bobandkelly
Looking forward to another wonderful review!

I wish there was a port by my family, sadly there aren't any in Upper Peninsula of Michigan,lol.

Hey, Kelly! I am trying to get the hang of posting pics. At the rate I am going, it will take me a week to get it done!

I am seriously thinking that all future visits to the crazy relatives will require a post-trip cruise. Works for me!

Don't study too hard!
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Thank you, Mr. Twain; I think I will!



Read my review of The Legend at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ght=mama+lapin

Read my review of The Triumph at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1319664

Read my review of The Fascination at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1351702

Previous Cruises:

Carnival Legend - 9-12-2010
Carnival Triumph - 12-2-2010
Carnival Fascination - 1-27-2011
Carnival Fascination - 4-30-11
Carnival Triumph - 9-17-2011
Carnival Dream - 3-24-2012
Carnival Fascination - 8-19-2012
Carnival Legend - 9-30-2012
Carnival Legend - 1-27-2013
Carnival Fantasy - 7-22-2013
Carnival Dream - 10-5-2013

#5
Georgia
723 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Within minutes we are greeted with the familiar "ping" of passengers checking in. Like one of Pavlov's dogs, my heart races at that sound. I love that moment when you enter the lobby and gasp at the sheer size of the city at sea. The Triumph does not disappoint.



We are escorted to the Lido buffet area where lunch awaits us. I look at my watch; it is only 11:45. Woo Hoo! Lunch was great. They have a separate salad bar area, which makes the hot line move quicker. I loved the various salad toppings. Little things, like assorted greens, rather than bland iceberg lettuce, make a big difference. I head off to the deli for my beloved reuben sandwich. DH decides to try to Asian station. Soon, the area is crowded with people and lines for food begin to form. But there are plenty of available tables. There is a second seating area, which is rarely crowded, accessible from a double staircase.

With lots of dessert choices, I am soon in chocolate heaven. Swoon!
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Thank you, Mr. Twain; I think I will!



Read my review of The Legend at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ght=mama+lapin

Read my review of The Triumph at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1319664

Read my review of The Fascination at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1351702

Previous Cruises:

Carnival Legend - 9-12-2010
Carnival Triumph - 12-2-2010
Carnival Fascination - 1-27-2011
Carnival Fascination - 4-30-11
Carnival Triumph - 9-17-2011
Carnival Dream - 3-24-2012
Carnival Fascination - 8-19-2012
Carnival Legend - 9-30-2012
Carnival Legend - 1-27-2013
Carnival Fantasy - 7-22-2013
Carnival Dream - 10-5-2013

#6
Georgia
723 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
So you guys know what happens next: it is time for a DOD!....There is something about the open air and the pre-sail excitement that makes those fruity concoctions taste so yummy! So off we go to explore the mid-ship Lido area.

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Thank you, Mr. Twain; I think I will!



Read my review of The Legend at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ght=mama+lapin

Read my review of The Triumph at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1319664

Read my review of The Fascination at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1351702

Previous Cruises:

Carnival Legend - 9-12-2010
Carnival Triumph - 12-2-2010
Carnival Fascination - 1-27-2011
Carnival Fascination - 4-30-11
Carnival Triumph - 9-17-2011
Carnival Dream - 3-24-2012
Carnival Fascination - 8-19-2012
Carnival Legend - 9-30-2012
Carnival Legend - 1-27-2013
Carnival Fantasy - 7-22-2013
Carnival Dream - 10-5-2013

#7
Georgia
723 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
There are rows and rows of chairs and every deck seems to have available loungers, so even though there are lots of passengers, you will always find a place to relax.

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Thank you, Mr. Twain; I think I will!



Read my review of The Legend at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ght=mama+lapin

Read my review of The Triumph at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1319664

Read my review of The Fascination at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1351702

Previous Cruises:

Carnival Legend - 9-12-2010
Carnival Triumph - 12-2-2010
Carnival Fascination - 1-27-2011
Carnival Fascination - 4-30-11
Carnival Triumph - 9-17-2011
Carnival Dream - 3-24-2012
Carnival Fascination - 8-19-2012
Carnival Legend - 9-30-2012
Carnival Legend - 1-27-2013
Carnival Fantasy - 7-22-2013
Carnival Dream - 10-5-2013

#8
Maine
1,825 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Great review! Can't wait for more.
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#9
Portage, IN
131 Posts
Joined Nov 2006
Few more months!! Can't wait. Thanks for the pictures so far!
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Past Cruises:
April 1998- Sea Princess
December 2006- Carnival Miracle
May 2009- Majesty of the Seas
Feb 2010- Carnival Fantasy
March 2011- Carnival Triumph
March 2012- Carnival Freedom
March 2014- Carnival Elation

Future Cruise:
March 2018- Carnival Dream
#10
Georgia
723 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
It amazes me how the staff must completely turn over the ship in a matter of hours. I know that they have this routine down to a science, but I still find it fascinating. We were greeted with a smile by every staff member who we encontered and treated as though we were the most special passengers onboard. This makes for a pleasant experience.

The Triumph is one of those ships with a big screen on the midship Lido. During the day, you get CCL's Denver TV channel. But at night, there are movies showing. It is awesome to watch from the duel hottubs, but the kiddies onboard took those over on the first day and didn't relinquish control for the duration of the cruise. And the cool weather on the first two days made those warm places mighty special.

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Thank you, Mr. Twain; I think I will!



Read my review of The Legend at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ght=mama+lapin

Read my review of The Triumph at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1319664

Read my review of The Fascination at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1351702

Previous Cruises:

Carnival Legend - 9-12-2010
Carnival Triumph - 12-2-2010
Carnival Fascination - 1-27-2011
Carnival Fascination - 4-30-11
Carnival Triumph - 9-17-2011
Carnival Dream - 3-24-2012
Carnival Fascination - 8-19-2012
Carnival Legend - 9-30-2012
Carnival Legend - 1-27-2013
Carnival Fantasy - 7-22-2013
Carnival Dream - 10-5-2013

#11
Georgia
723 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
We explored the city from the vantage points of the various decks. We were looking forward to sailing down the Mississippi as well. It certainly is a different experience than leaving from Florida.

We talked to a couple during the muster drill who were onboard early and left the ship to explore the Riverwalk in New Orleans. They said that they had to talk their way off of the ship, but didn't find much resistance. Since you must be back onboard by 2:30, this only makes sense if you get there early.

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Thank you, Mr. Twain; I think I will!



Read my review of The Legend at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ght=mama+lapin

Read my review of The Triumph at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1319664

Read my review of The Fascination at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1351702

Previous Cruises:

Carnival Legend - 9-12-2010
Carnival Triumph - 12-2-2010
Carnival Fascination - 1-27-2011
Carnival Fascination - 4-30-11
Carnival Triumph - 9-17-2011
Carnival Dream - 3-24-2012
Carnival Fascination - 8-19-2012
Carnival Legend - 9-30-2012
Carnival Legend - 1-27-2013
Carnival Fantasy - 7-22-2013
Carnival Dream - 10-5-2013

#12
Georgia
723 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Sorry about the mutiple posts and super large pictures....I tried posting several pics on one page and lost one of them. I am sure that there is a simple way to do this, but I haven't discovered it yet.

Here is the city skyline. If you have never visited New Orleans, I would suggest a pre or post cruise stay. There is so much history here and lots to see. The city feels both metropolitan and European. And the food..... there are very few bad restaurants in The Big Easy!

The City that Care Forgot seems to have fully healed from the assault and battery of Katrina. Yep, New Orleans is one of the great cities in America.



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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Thank you, Mr. Twain; I think I will!



Read my review of The Legend at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ght=mama+lapin

Read my review of The Triumph at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1319664

Read my review of The Fascination at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1351702

Previous Cruises:

Carnival Legend - 9-12-2010
Carnival Triumph - 12-2-2010
Carnival Fascination - 1-27-2011
Carnival Fascination - 4-30-11
Carnival Triumph - 9-17-2011
Carnival Dream - 3-24-2012
Carnival Fascination - 8-19-2012
Carnival Legend - 9-30-2012
Carnival Legend - 1-27-2013
Carnival Fantasy - 7-22-2013
Carnival Dream - 10-5-2013

#13
Georgia
723 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
With drinks in hand and schelpping our rolling carryons, off we went to explore the ship. We were excited to find the Christmas decorations were up and interested to see a large menorah in the lobby area. We didn't get pictures of all of the public places, but The Triumph has the typical areas: a casino, shopping plaza, coffee bar, a cigar and sports bar, internet area, teen club and theater. It didn't take us long to understand the ship layout. Pocket sized maps are available at guest services for those who are prone to getting lost.




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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Thank you, Mr. Twain; I think I will!



Read my review of The Legend at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ght=mama+lapin

Read my review of The Triumph at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1319664

Read my review of The Fascination at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1351702

Previous Cruises:

Carnival Legend - 9-12-2010
Carnival Triumph - 12-2-2010
Carnival Fascination - 1-27-2011
Carnival Fascination - 4-30-11
Carnival Triumph - 9-17-2011
Carnival Dream - 3-24-2012
Carnival Fascination - 8-19-2012
Carnival Legend - 9-30-2012
Carnival Legend - 1-27-2013
Carnival Fantasy - 7-22-2013
Carnival Dream - 10-5-2013

#14
296 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
Don't apologize for the large pictures, they are great. Please keep them coming. I am leaving on the Triumph on the 16th on a 4 day cruise so your review could not have come at a better time. THANK YOU.
#16
Georgia
723 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
The DH couldn't wait to get into the casino and was off to play blackjack or the slots every chance he got. I think overall he walked away $150 ahead..... I told him that paid for some of my shopping in Cozumel. Makes sense to me.



I was spying a 6 layer carrot cake in the adjacent coffee bar. I never did get back to try it, but it sure looked yummy.



After a few more stops on our ship tour, we looked at our watches and realized that it was after 1:30; our cabin would be ready!
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Thank you, Mr. Twain; I think I will!



Read my review of The Legend at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ght=mama+lapin

Read my review of The Triumph at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1319664

Read my review of The Fascination at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1351702

Previous Cruises:

Carnival Legend - 9-12-2010
Carnival Triumph - 12-2-2010
Carnival Fascination - 1-27-2011
Carnival Fascination - 4-30-11
Carnival Triumph - 9-17-2011
Carnival Dream - 3-24-2012
Carnival Fascination - 8-19-2012
Carnival Legend - 9-30-2012
Carnival Legend - 1-27-2013
Carnival Fantasy - 7-22-2013
Carnival Dream - 10-5-2013

#17
St. Louis, Missouri
128 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
We will be there next week too! Leaving here on the 15th and arriving in New Orleans on the 16th! Woo Whoo!! : ) I can't keep from smiling...driving co-worker nuts. hehehehehe

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#18
Georgia
723 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
We scored a portside balcony on the Lido. I was a little afraid of the noise factor, but it was quiet (for the most part) because there were cabins above and below us. I can tell you, it is super convenient to be that close to the action. Need a towel? Run back to your roon..... Need to "refresh" a drink? Run back to your room..... Forgot your book or ipod? Well, you get the point.... It is also easy to justify a snack or two. I think I ate more on these four days than I ever have in my life. Oink, Oink!



I am thinking that the previous passengers got a little creative with the sofa because it was turned sideways. I think if this had been a longer cruise, I would have asked the room stewart to move it back, but it didn't really bother me. And when it got too cold to sit on the balcony, we could sit on the sofa and look at the beautiful blue water.




Our room stewart was great and attended to our every need. The best thing I took along was an insulated backpack that was an advertising freebie DH got at a trade show. It takes up no suitcase room and keeps ice for 6 hours. It is perfect for icing those bottles of wine we schlepped along.

We sat on the balcony enjoying yet enother DOD as we waited for our luggage. The muster drill was scheduled for 3:30, so we had lots of time to relax.





Only on the Mississippi will you see such sights. The Natchez was so tiny compared to our big ship. Funny how "back in the day" paddle boat cruises up the river were the epitome of fancy traveling. It makes you wonder what cruising will be like 100 years from now!
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Thank you, Mr. Twain; I think I will!



Read my review of The Legend at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ght=mama+lapin

Read my review of The Triumph at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1319664

Read my review of The Fascination at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1351702

Previous Cruises:

Carnival Legend - 9-12-2010
Carnival Triumph - 12-2-2010
Carnival Fascination - 1-27-2011
Carnival Fascination - 4-30-11
Carnival Triumph - 9-17-2011
Carnival Dream - 3-24-2012
Carnival Fascination - 8-19-2012
Carnival Legend - 9-30-2012
Carnival Legend - 1-27-2013
Carnival Fantasy - 7-22-2013
Carnival Dream - 10-5-2013

#19
Birmingham, Alabama
863 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
Thanks for the Review. I love reviews with pictures. We will be on her on march 12 springbreak 7 day . Thank you so much for helping to pass the time.
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#20
Montreal, Canada
1,814 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
Keep it coming! We are sailing the Triumph in 19 days!!!!
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