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Carnival Triumph Review From an Actual Passenger "Not a Nightmare".
Cruise Critic ^ | TXRegulator

Posted on 02/24/2013 7:40:22 PM PST by willk

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To: dragnet2

I loved our Alaskan Cruises. Our kids were entertained, so we got lots of grown up time. The scenery is like nothing I have ever seen.

We also went on a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands. I didn’t like that as much but it was an easy way to see 4 islands.

I really love all the food choices. It’s hard to please our whole family, but cruises seem to be a good fit. Even my nature loving, introverted husband likes them.


51 posted on 02/24/2013 11:59:29 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: willk

Amazing how many posters whine like sue happy democratasses


52 posted on 02/25/2013 12:13:44 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: cripplecreek

Amen
Pathetic to see, some here so litigious


53 posted on 02/25/2013 12:16:51 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Katiana Kalashnikova

Dayum
U fight good for a newb
I salute u


54 posted on 02/25/2013 12:25:18 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: dragnet2

LOL!


55 posted on 02/25/2013 12:26:00 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: FatherofFive

Big difference between what you experienced and what is looking like a lack of maintenance of a ship... which the passengers were captive to. In a land tour you can pretty much bail on the tour if they are not living up to expectations. On a ship you are captive to what they provide you.


56 posted on 02/25/2013 12:29:04 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: willk

I figured I’d get a snarky comment from somebody.


57 posted on 02/25/2013 3:31:10 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: willk

In the years before airplanes, rich people took cruises - because they had to in order to travel abroad. In more recent years, cruises have become status symbols for the poor and middle class. I guess I don’t get it; know that people who take cruises regularly swear by it, but not for me.


58 posted on 02/25/2013 3:39:19 AM PST by Twinkie (JOHN 3:16)
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To: dragnet2

Sometimes things break.

Its easy, don’t go on a cruise.


59 posted on 02/25/2013 3:44:31 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: dragnet2

You mean people DON’T sleep and sun themselves on the deck during a cruise?

Heck I thought that was why most people went.


60 posted on 02/25/2013 3:49:16 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: rwfromkansas

“had known engine problems”

I’m amazed that a mishap in one engine room would knock out so much of the auxiliary power on the boat. Seems like not a good way to design a large boat, but then I don’t know much about this particular situation.


61 posted on 02/25/2013 4:55:25 AM PST by cymbeline
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To: dragnet2

“Cruises are for the easily amused, shut-ins and others who what to spend their time with a bunch of strangers.”

You’re not alone, believe me. My wife & I would far rather spend a week at the beach, go for beach walks, get our own meals or go out for dinner, see local sights, come & go as we please. Dependence upon others minimized.

Went on our honeymoon cruise in 1983 on a converted passenger liner already thirty years old. Enjoyed it greatly, at least we were on board a real ship, not a floating casino/mall.


62 posted on 02/25/2013 4:58:42 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: FatherofFive
I understand things happen and in this case it appears that the company has made a good-faith effort to make things right. If it were me, that's all I would ask. Sometimes the dice roll against us. I'm guessing it is a rare occurrence and in any case it appears no one was killed or seriously injured. That can't be said of other types of transportation accidents. I guess it's human nature to look to cast blame on someone when things don't go your way. The major loss here seems to be time and convenience, which, while not trivial, are not in the same category as health, life, or limb.
63 posted on 02/25/2013 5:12:39 AM PST by chimera
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To: dragnet2
Why pay many thousands when you could buy a pup tent and cook some hotdogs in the back yard for 20 bucks

I've got five inches of snow in my backyard so it ain't gonna happen soon.............LOL!

64 posted on 02/25/2013 5:21:54 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: FatherofFive
I mention my 'perfect' vacation in Barbados about never.

My brother-in-law is from Honduras and I've gone with he and my sister and their family on vacations there many times. And on every trip there was a significant event where my friends would ask me why the hell I go there......LOL!

I wouldn't trade those memories for the world........

65 posted on 02/25/2013 5:42:06 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: elcid1970

Cruises aren’t for me but if I ever do take one it will be a great lakes cruise. Partly because its different and they cater to older people who are far better company on an extended trip.

I personally have no problem listening to an old man drone on about the history of a lighthouse or little town on the shore.


66 posted on 02/25/2013 7:31:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dragnet2
Oh, please, Slipping on human waste, what a load of human waste. Where they unable to see? I am quite certain that there was very few who had little more than an inconvenience and a less than pleasant night or two of sleep.

We are all so spoiled today that if anything out of the ordinary and expected happens than it is a major event.

Nobody died, not even close, no passengers where injured or sickened, not even close. They simply had a bad vacation experience due to the fact that there was a fire in the ships engine room.

These things happen. Life is messy.

They where offered fair compensation, if they chose to sue, they will probably get less. All those ships are registered in foreign countries and are not subject to American courts. Maritime law is much less inclined to the whims of the crybaby spoiled American tourist.

67 posted on 02/25/2013 7:44:58 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: cripplecreek

Agree. We have been looking at river cruises. Mississippi or the Danube, it’s 100 passengers or less, pleasant company likely, and if something goes wrong with the boat, the dry riverbank is RIGHT THERE!

;^)


68 posted on 02/25/2013 7:47:10 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Casie

I love Cruises !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can;t wait to do it again this summer!!! Woot Woot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


69 posted on 02/25/2013 7:54:13 AM PST by angcat
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To: dragnet2

Doesn’t look that bad.

There was a storm on the East Coast a few months ago, knocked out the electric. I, in Cleveland, OH close to 500 miles away, lost power for a week. This in the middle of the country, in the middle of the winter.

Some people STILL are living in tents and have no electric in Long Island and we are supposed to believe that a bunch of tourists will be permanently damaged because they had to poop in a bag and sleep on deck for a few days?

Hardly!


70 posted on 02/25/2013 7:54:38 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: South40

bttt


71 posted on 02/25/2013 8:05:44 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: angcat

lol! excited much? haha! I’m glad you are looking forward to something fun, my FRiend. :)


72 posted on 02/25/2013 8:16:42 AM PST by Casie (Chuck Norris 2016)
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To: dragnet2

All that fun for only about $1,200 per person. Sounds heavenly. :-)


73 posted on 02/25/2013 8:41:03 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: willk

Sounded like fun to me, glad he agreed it was.


74 posted on 02/25/2013 8:48:25 AM PST by ctdonath2 (3% of the population perpetrates >50% of homicides...but gun control advocates blame metal boxes.)
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To: willk

As this thread demonstrates, cruises are very polarizing. You either hate them or love them.

That being said, cruising used to be better. They now have this “freestyle” crap where you can eat in one of several different restaurants. What they don’t tell you (before you book the cruise) is that you have to make reservations BEFORE the ship sails, or you won’t get a table. They also play down the fact that in these “restaurants” the food you would want - say lobster or steak - is extra. You can always get a table in the regular dining room or buffet, but the food choices there tend to be not quite up to the selection or quality in the specialty restaurants.

Other things that used to be free - like soft drinks and basic port tours - are also now extra.

Cruises used to offer “classes” to bring you up to speed on the port you would be visiting next. These have now turned into sales presentations to get you to go to particular stores or restaurants which, of course, the cruise line has a financial interest in.

I still like cruising, but if you don’t know what you are getting into, it can be quite a shock to the wallet.


75 posted on 02/25/2013 8:51:47 AM PST by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: HereInTheHeartland

remember who are the passengers are carnival.

old people.

drunk people looking to be laid. (ie no neighbors to rat on you)

fat people.

brats.

You also have knowitalls who think they know better than EVERYONE how to deal with an emergency. (ie drill another hold and let the water pour out of the second hole)

-generally the know it alls did not read the limitation of liability on their ticket which does bind them. AND. The do not know about the international treaties that also limit their claims.


76 posted on 02/25/2013 9:04:13 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Casie
Once you try it it is allot of fun. I found it to be the most relaxing vacation I have ever had. The kids are happy and not bored I don't have to hang out on some god forsaken Boardwalk which I hate. :) A quick two hour ride and I'm on my ship!!!!!!!!!! Happy Happy Happy!
77 posted on 02/25/2013 9:21:43 AM PST by angcat
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To: longtermmemmory
Makes sense.

It probably wasn't fun all the time for people on the ship; especially if they were looking forward to some down time and having fun.

But those folks need to put things in perspective. Stuff happens. Things much worse could have happened to them. They weren't being shot at, no one died, etc...

78 posted on 02/25/2013 9:55:42 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (" I paid for it, its mine and they can f**k off! " (from Mad Dawgg))
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To: Hot Tabasco
I've got five inches of snow in my backyard so it ain't gonna happen soon.............LOL!

Sue Algore! He promised you global warming!

79 posted on 02/25/2013 2:20:07 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: FatherofFive

Yep.

We were on Moorea in 2000 when the entire island went on strike. Our package was w/Sofitel (not the greatest, especially considering all the French management and French workers on a subsidized vacation)and the only hotel on the island that was not struck was the American Sheraton. It seems those Americans treated their workers well.

There was no service and no hot food at the French resort during the strike. All communication was by fax to France. Not one person in management was forthcoming with anything, mainly because the time difference meant they had zero guidance from HQ.

The Americans were having a party at the pool and sharing whatever food and drink we had in our rooms, the best of it courtesy of a newly-wed couple who had gratis fruit and champagne and juice. The French were pissed and continued to ignore anyone who wasn’t French. The Germans packed their bags and sat like overdressed robots in the heat while we all waited for the bus transfer to the Sheraton.

The Sheraton was far superior to the Sofitel. We were not charged extra for a considerable upgrade in amenities. To make it even better, the Sheraton was on the site we had loved back in 1975 when we first visited Moorea.

An adventure that ended well.


80 posted on 02/25/2013 7:14:13 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Hot Tabasco
I've got five inches of snow in my backyard

Hmmm...Our orange trees are full, flowers blooming, garden started...Today in Southern California it was about 72 degrees, (a bit chilly for me) sunny, with unlimited visibility and a lazy on-shore Pacific breeze...

I guess cruises, or what I call, floating apartment buildings, might appeal to those forced to live in nasty climates.

Maybe next winter won't be so bad for ya!

81 posted on 02/25/2013 7:16:28 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Jim from C-Town
We are all so spoiled today

You bet and the reason I personally avoid floating amusement parks, jammed with obnoxious tourists.

But I can understand why they might appeal to some factory worker in Ohio in the dead of winter..

Cheers!

82 posted on 02/25/2013 7:22:47 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

I have never been on a cruise myself. My wife wants to take an Alaska cruise, but I am ambivalent.


83 posted on 02/26/2013 8:59:01 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Crusher138

We’ve been on 3 Norwegian Cruises with freestyle.

You do have to make reservations for the specialty restaurants, but you can make them the day you want to eat.

You pay a little bit extra ($10 or $20), but not that much. My husband and I would pay for ourselves to eat at the specialty restaurants. I love the French Bistro restaurants on the Norwegian cruises, and have some of the best meals of my life there. We would get so much food: escargot, great soups, great salads, great main meals and great desserts. We would try tons of food because you could as much as you want.

The buffets were good food, but not great. They had made to order pasta, roast beef, and other standard fare. All good, and my kids loved it.

The main dining rooms were sit down affairs. They just took a long time to eat. Some days that worked, and others it didn’t. I tried unusal things like a duck asian salad at lunch. I typically tried unusual food that I would never get at home, and I loved it. I thought the Asian choices were always really good. They had steak and lobster, but it wasn’t as good as in the specialty restaurants. They also had great souffles and creme brulees for desert!!


84 posted on 02/26/2013 10:06:50 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: dalereed
I sure hope you are never on a cruise that I am on asshole!!!

LOL! ...You seem angry dale...

Look, if ya want to take your vacation on a floating amusement park, jammed with other obnoxious tourists, feel free dale.

I have no problem with that.

85 posted on 02/26/2013 1:18:44 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Jim from C-Town
I have never been on a cruise myself.

I love the ocean, love going out on a boat and really enjoy salt water fishing...I'm just not into the group tourist thing, be it on land or water.

86 posted on 02/26/2013 1:25:43 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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