Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Cruise Lines "A - O" > Carnival Cruise Lines
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Notices

Carnival Cruise Lines
- Read thousands of Carnival Cruise Reviews
- Compare the best Carnival Cruise Deals
- Write a Carnival Review
- Find Your CARNIVAL Roll Call
See posts about:
Carnival Breeze
Carnival Elation
Carnival Glory
Carnival Liberty
Carnival Paradise
Carnival Splendor

Carnival Conquest
Carnival Fantasy
Carnival Imagination
Carnival Magic
Carnival Pride
Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Dream
Carnival Fascination
Carnival Inspiration
Carnival Sensation
Carnival Triumph
Carnival Valor

Carnival Ecstasy
Carnival Freedom
Carnival Legend
Carnival Miracle
Carnival Spirit
Carnival Victory

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #61  
Old April 14th, 2012, 10:05 AM
unionville3's Avatar
unionville3 unionville3 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 367
Default

Thank you for the awesome photos of the Harbor House. We are staying there in June. Your pictures were great! Did you guys walk to the ship from the hotel? Did you leave your car at the hotel - how much was parking?
__________________
*Christmas 1996: WDW All Star Music Resort *Christmas 2002: WDW Wilderness Lodge Villas *June 2003: Universal's Royal Pacific Resort *January 2004: WDW Animal Kingdom Lodge *May 2004: Carnival Victory (Bahamas) *October 2004: WDW Wilderness Lodge Villas & MNSSHP *February 2005: WDW Wilderness Lodge Resort *Christmas 2005: Disney Magic (Western Caribbean) *June 2006: Universal's Portofino Bay Resort *Thanksgiving 2006: WDW Polynesian Resort *Christmas 2006: Disney's Hilton Head Resort *Easter 2007: Caribbean Princess Cruise (Eastern Caribbean) *June/July 2007: Holland America Zuiderdam (Alaska land and sea) *December 2007: Universal's Royal Pacific Resort & MVMCP *Christmas 2007: Disney's Hilton Head Resort *June 2008: Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel *June 2008: Disney Magic (Mexican Riviera) *Christmas 2008: Snowmobiling in Yellowstone *Thanksgiving 2009: Carnival Glory (Eastern Caribbean) *Christmas 2009: Disney's Hilton Head Resort *July 2010: Universal's Portofino Bay Resort-Harry Potter & Discovery Cove *Thanksgiving 2010: WDW Wilderness Lodge Villas *June 2011: Carnival Dream (Western Caribbean)*June 2012: Carnival Magic (Western Caribbean) *Thanksgiving 2012: WDW Saratoga Springs *June 2013: Royal Caribbean Freedom of Seas (Western Caribbean)*Thanksgiving 2013: WDW Saratoga Springs*June 2014: High Blue Heaven St. Thomas USVI*Thanksgiving 2014: Carnival Sunshine (Western Caribbean)
Reply With Quote

  #62  
Old April 14th, 2012, 12:45 PM
amcjeep4life's Avatar
amcjeep4life amcjeep4life is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: New London, CT
Posts: 1,301
Default

Great job on the review. The Triumph was my first cruise, she is what hooked me on this madness! Nice to see her still looking so good! Can't wait to read the rest! I'm reading all reviews, trying to kill time before my next cruise!
__________________
Adopt a pound pet!

Misery doesn't love company. Misery loves chocolate!






___________________________________________
First Cruise: Carnival Triumph (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios) November 2008
Second Cruise : Carnival Freedom (Cozumel, Costa Rica, Panama) October 2009
Third Cruise : Carnival Miracle (Grand Turk, HMC, Nassau) May 2010, done solo!
Fourth Cruise : Carnival Miracle (Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Dominican Republic) October 2010

Damn cancer and a divorce for messing with my cruise plans. No cruise in 2011
Fifth Cruise: Carnival Glory (Saint John, NB and Halifax, NS) July 2012 took along my 8 year old nephew for his first cruise!
Sixth Cruise: Carnival Liberty (Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Grand Cayman) October 2012, BEST CRUISE EVER!!! Congrats Lis & Andy on 25 years of marriage!!
Seventh Cruise: Carnival Imagination (Key West, Cozumel) Pre-cruise cruise, October 2013
Eighth Cruise: Carnival Breeze ( ST. Thomas, Antigua, Tortola and Nassau) October 2013]

BOOOO!!!! No cruise in 2014. Guess I'll have to book 2 for 2015.
Reply With Quote

  #63  
Old April 14th, 2012, 09:38 PM
TexasGLS TexasGLS is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 65
Default

Thanks for the great review and pictures!

How did you go about getting a cab back to the ship at Mr. Sanchos? Do you think it would be pushing it if you tried to leave at 2:30?
__________________
Carnival Conquest, Galveston, TX April 2008
Carnival Conquest, Galveston, TX April 2009
Carnival Conquest, Galveston, TX June 2010
Carnival Ecstasy, Galveston, TX January 2011
Carnival Paradise, Long Beach, CA May 2011
Carnival Triumph, Galveston, TX April 2012
Carnival Magic, Galveston, TX April 2013
Reply With Quote

  #64  
Old April 17th, 2012, 01:47 PM
dfmeeks dfmeeks is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 780
Default Behind the Fun Tour

I would never have thought of going on this tour. I'm more interested in the content of the ship, not the process. However, any time we've cruised, my DH would wonder how they do this or that. My parents gave us $200 in OBC for Christmas so I told him we'd earmark part of the $200 for the tour. I say part because I thought the cost on Triumph was $65 not $95. I was wrong. As soon as we boarded the ship we booked 2 tickets ay $95 each. I'm sure I read it was only $65!!! Of well. Make DH happy. They do the tour on the last sea day & they keep the group small, I think 16 people, & it's limited to 2 groups. Photos aren't allowed & you must be prepared to walk & stand on your feet almost the entire time. Let me tell you, initially I wasn't looking forward to this tour & felt it was a waste of time that could be better spent on my balcony. However, I enjoyed the tour more than any other excursion & am glad we participated. It was worth $95!

We met our guide & tour group in the library at about 9 am. Coffee, tea & pastries were waiting for us. We received our passes, instructions, & a booklet with interesting fun ship facts & fun food facts about the Triumph, & a recipe for Warm Chocolate Melting Cake.

We visited staff quarters, where the staff dine (officers have a different dining room than other staff), where staff play (they have their own bar, etc), & the training area. Staff are employed at 6 month contracts & dining room staff train in the staff dining room. I hope that made sense .

We visited the stage area & the dance captain (or maybe she's called the dance coach, IDK) explained how hectic it is behind the scenes. She said that sometimes at the last minute they have to make adjustments to the show due to rough seas & that the shows stay around for about 10 yrs but with tweaking to costumes & technology.

The ships have these amazing machines that fold the towles, sheets, robes, etc in a matter of seconds. We were given a demonstration of how they press suits. They put the jacket around this device that puffs up with heat resulting in wrinkle free clothes. I want one! Lots easier than ironing by hand!

At some point we stopped in the staff area & enjoyed cookies, juice & were able to get off our feet.

The galley was spotless! Evertything was stainless steel & there wasn't one piece of garbage or stray food on the floor. They displayed these huge vats for making sauces, soups & stocks & were in the process of making a wine sauce that smelled heavenly! They were also cooking beef bones for 10 hours to make stock. We watched a demo on making veggie & fruit flowers, ate some cheesecake & headed to see where they keep the meat, beer, produce, etc.

My favorite part came last & 2-fold. We headed to the engineering room, bombarded the chief engineer with questions & stared in awe at the abundance of computer screens. Finally, up to the bridge to meet the captain & crew. First of all, the view is well.....no words. I think it's a 260 degree view. A small section of the floor all the way to the left is clear so that the captain can guide the ship when docking. We learned that the ship has a system that detects whenever something goes into the water. Anyway, we took a group photo with the captain & then individual photos & we were off.

Once we returned to the library, we completed surveys, were offered a choice of OJ, champagne, or mimosas, given gifts & told there'd be a surprise waiting for us in the cabin.

I would most definitely recommend this tour. There were 2 pre-teens on this tour & they did great. Actually, I think 1 might have been a genious. Seriously! He asked excellent questions!
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #65  
Old April 17th, 2012, 01:55 PM
dfmeeks dfmeeks is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 780
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by unionville3 View Post
Thank you for the awesome photos of the Harbor House. We are staying there in June. Your pictures were great! Did you guys walk to the ship from the hotel? Did you leave your car at the hotel - how much was parking?
The walk was so easy! It took maybe 3 minutes but we all carried our own luggage & each had luggage on wheels & carry-ons over our shoulders.

It was $10 to park over night & an additional $30 to park for the duration of our cruise. What was great was doing self assist to debark & bypassing all of the others waiting in line to board transportation to take them to their car. We were on the road by 9:15.

We LOVED HH & would stay there again. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
__________________

Last edited by dfmeeks; April 17th, 2012 at 01:58 PM.
Reply With Quote

  #66  
Old April 17th, 2012, 02:04 PM
dfmeeks dfmeeks is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 780
Default

Mohendry, It was nothing special, Kodak Easy Share Z812 IS. The subject matter is what made the photos beautiful! Who could screw up gorgeous scenery ?

Nolababe, I've read & enjoyed your reviews of the Triumph! Your reviews got me so psyched for this trip so a huge thank you to you!!
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #67  
Old April 17th, 2012, 02:06 PM
dfmeeks dfmeeks is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 780
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by teresaloves2trvl View Post
Great to see all the improvements that have been made to Mr. Sancho's since we were last there. Will be sailing out on the Triumph on the 23rd and we will be going back to Mr. Sancho's again this time! It's a great relaxing day at the beach.
I don't know what it was like before but it's spectacular now! I envy you!
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #68  
Old April 17th, 2012, 02:08 PM
msquared8907 msquared8907 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Dallas
Posts: 42
Default

Will be sailing on the Triumph May 21 with 2 friends. Thanks for the awesome review, I am counting down now!!
Reply With Quote

  #69  
Old April 17th, 2012, 02:10 PM
dfmeeks dfmeeks is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 780
Default

Path, Thank you!

KK, I hope you have a great cruise! I thought I'd feel like something was lacking after being on the larger Liberty & Conquest but I didn't miss a thing. Triumph is really beautiful!
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #70  
Old April 17th, 2012, 09:38 PM
Rudyard's Avatar
Rudyard Rudyard is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,346
Default

Thanks for the info on the ship's tour. I might have to budget for that as it sounds like a lot of fun. Do you know if you can book it ahead of time or can you book in advance? I thought about taking the tour while on Mariner but didn't know such a tour was available until we were onboard. It was $150 and just wasn't in the budget at the time.
__________________


RCCL Mariner 2/19/2012
Carnival Triumph 11/1/2012
Carnival Triumph 11/4/2013
Reply With Quote

  #71  
Old April 18th, 2012, 08:23 AM
dfmeeks dfmeeks is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 780
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TexasGLS View Post
Thanks for the great review and pictures!

How did you go about getting a cab back to the ship at Mr. Sanchos? Do you think it would be pushing it if you tried to leave at 2:30?

Getting a cab was easy. You just walk to their parking lot & there are cabs waiting. I'm not sure if 2:30 is pushing it. I'm trying to remember, are you suppose to be on the ship by 3? If so, I'd leave maybe 2:15. The taxi drops you off outside of the market & then you have to walk through the shopping area before you get to your ship. I just like to play it safe!
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #72  
Old April 18th, 2012, 08:27 AM
dfmeeks dfmeeks is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 780
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rudyard View Post
Thanks for the info on the ship's tour. I might have to budget for that as it sounds like a lot of fun. Do you know if you can book it ahead of time or can you book in advance? I thought about taking the tour while on Mariner but didn't know such a tour was available until we were onboard. It was $150 and just wasn't in the budget at the time.
Unfortunately, you can't book it prior to boarding. We just made a bee line to book it as soon as we boarded. It was well worth it!


This plate of delicious goodies was waiting for us upon our return to our cabin. Every morsel was yummy!!
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #73  
Old April 18th, 2012, 09:34 AM
dfmeeks dfmeeks is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 780
Default Few more pics

[IMG]http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/j326/Dorothy_Meeks/100_1007.jpg[/IMG]



The cruise gave DH & I exactly what we wanted & needed....relaxation. Within the 5 days, I read 2 good books & spent maximum time on my aft wrap. I peeked over to my neighbor's aft extended & I really think that size would be sufficient for us, though I'd gladly reserve a regular balcony cabin. We never found soot, cigs, garbage, etc on our balcony.

Things I would repeat:
1. We brought large insulated mugs with us & used them at least once/day. It was wonderful to drink coffee on our balcony every morning & many afternoons.

2. Our cabin was on the deck just below the lido deck. I read so many stories about scraping chairs & partiers keeping others awake but we had no problem at all. It was so convenient to run up the stairs, get breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner & bring to my balconny to eat. It was a perfect location!

3. We never napped during previous cruises. Maybe we didn't want to miss anything but, in the long run, we missed a lot. By early evening we were typically exhausted & missed shows, clubs, etc. This time, we napped for about an hour every afternoon & were refreshed for evening activities.

4. Mr. Sanchos! Good food, good drinks, good price, gorgeous scenery!

5. I'd definitely go on another Behind the Fun Tour but on a larger ship. I realize it will be similar but I'm sure I missed some info.

6. Stay at Harbor House. For us, it was the perfect location. It was so exciting to watch the Triumph sail into port on Saturday morning!

Things I wouldn't repeat:
1. I wouldn't drive to Galveston only 1 day prior. There's so much to see & do. Why not start vacation early? I'd love to drive down at least 2 days prior, or maybe even 3 & stay 1 day at Kemah Boardwalk.

2. I wouldn't bring so many clothes LOL! I thought I reduced down my typical wardrobe but still returned with tons of clean clothes!

3. I wouldn't snub a food station just because there was a long line. I love Chinese food but didn't try any of the offerings due to the line. It's not like I was in a hurry to get anywhere. I guess it was just work habit that it's lunch time & go where the wait is mimimal.

Thanks for allowing me to relive my cruise! Unfortunately, I'm not sure when my next cruise will be. DH announced that cruising is starting to bore him because you're only in port for a few hours & don't have time to explore more thoroughly. For me, that's part of the charm. A new day, a new port! I think I have a solution, however. DH loves NOLA so maybe a few days in NOLA & then cruise out of her port. Sounds like a plan to me!
__________________

Last edited by dfmeeks; April 18th, 2012 at 09:37 AM.
Reply With Quote

  #74  
Old April 18th, 2012, 10:32 AM
SoundDawg's Avatar
SoundDawg SoundDawg is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 406
Default

Great review! Thanks for posting
__________________
~~Chris~~



12/6/09 Carnival Valor Western Caribbean

9/11/11 Carnival Miracle NYC-Bermuda (10 yr Anniversary of 9/11) Review with pics. NYC to Bermuda

9/3/12 Carnival Miracle NYC-Grand Turk-Half Moon Cay- Nassau

9/22/13 Carnival Splendor NYC-Puerto Rico - St. Thomas - Grand Turk

NEXT: 10/9/14 RCCL Explorer of the Seas!
Reply With Quote

  #75  
Old April 19th, 2012, 01:55 AM
teresaloves2trvl's Avatar
teresaloves2trvl teresaloves2trvl is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: United States
Posts: 18
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dfmeeks View Post
I don't know what it was like before but it's spectacular now! I envy you!
I have a question for you about your day at Mr. Sancho's...those hanging beds...are they included in the all inclusive package or only for the $95 pp "romantic" package?
__________________


Carnivale 1992
Rhapsody of the Seas 2005
Voyager of the Seas 2008
Triumph 2012
Reply With Quote

  #76  
Old April 19th, 2012, 08:19 AM
dfmeeks dfmeeks is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 780
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by teresaloves2trvl View Post
I have a question for you about your day at Mr. Sancho's...those hanging beds...are they included in the all inclusive package or only for the $95 pp "romantic" package?
I'm not sure but I think you can use them unless they are reserved in the romantic package. The reason I think that is because my DD & her 2 BFFs used the beds for about an hour and no one said a word. But, the beds were hardly used the day we were there. I think I saw one couple escorted to the beds & they stayed the duration. Otherwise, with the exception of DD, I just saw one other small group inhabit a bed for a few hours.
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #77  
Old April 19th, 2012, 08:26 AM
dfmeeks dfmeeks is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 780
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SoundDawg View Post
Great review! Thanks for posting
You're welcome!

I saw that you had a link to your review from NYC to Bermuda. Almost 24 yrs ago, DH & I cruised that route for our honeymoon so I couldn't resist reading your review & enjoying your pics. We sailed RCCL, though.

I can't believe that CCL postponed sail time so that everyone could view the lights! How amazing! Viewing your photos was very emotional. Thank you for posting! And, of course, viewing your Bermuda pics & reading your commentary brought back lots of fond memories. We've been discussing what to do for our 25th & I think, after reading your review, I might suggest we cruise from NYC to Bermuda again. You probably hear this all the time, but your son is adorable!!
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #78  
Old April 19th, 2012, 09:03 AM
bungee bungee is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 370
Default

I was looking forward to all the pictures but they have disappeared?
__________________


05-15-2010 Zuiderdam
05-15-2012 Carnival Glory
05-14-2013 Carnival Glory
Reply With Quote

  #79  
Old April 19th, 2012, 09:14 AM
BarJen's Avatar
BarJen BarJen is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,028
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bungee View Post
I was looking forward to all the pictures but they have disappeared?

I can't see them either


Barry
__________________
Barry & Jenny






Carnival Fantasy 2004
Carnival Fantasy 2005
Carnival Sensation 2007
Carnival Imagination 2008
Carnival Destiny 2009
Carnival Valor 2010
Carnival Freedom 2011
Carnival Miracle 2012
Carnival Destiny 2012
Carnival Victory 2013
Carnival Valor 2013
Carnival Ecstasy 2014
Reply With Quote

  #80  
Old April 19th, 2012, 12:06 PM
txgolfergrl's Avatar
txgolfergrl txgolfergrl is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx.
Posts: 142
Default

Yep, no pics for me, either. But I'm not all high tech and junk so I thought I was just missing out. Glad it's not just me.
__________________




Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks


Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:32 PM.


© 1995 - 2014, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.
Cookie ConsentCookie Policy