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Robert Sanders

Age: 34

Occupation:Registrar for Private High School

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Triumph

Sailing Date: December 18th, 2004

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

Carnival, what can I say, the fun ships! That it was. You would be crazy not to have enjoyed this sailing. There are so many positives, from the room stewards attention to detail to the wait staff -- how can you say anything bad?

Well, I wanted to put some of the cons out there so that you can better prepare.

CONS: Dining, if you have a large party, call carnival a few days before and make sure you are being seated together. We booked a family of 10 months before and we did not get to dine together. Although we requested a correction to their mistake, it was not accomodated -- that sucked. Alcohol purchases on the ship: They do not allow you to take the liquor that you purchase on the ship, you must wait until the end of the cruise to take possession. Also, any liquor you buy on shore, they want it until the end of the cruise. I guess it is in order to keep the overpriced bar drinks selling. SOLUTION: Pack plenty of liquor in your bags, ours made it all through with no problems! Tours: Remember, you can and will do much better getting off the ship, and having a local tour operator fill your needs! They are less expensive, usually of the same or better quality and the money stays on the ISLAND! Carnival is really greedy, they want all your money -- but remember (because Carnival seems to have forgotten) the only reason these small islands and countries allow 3000 people per ship (sometimes 4 at a time)to dock is to help their economies. If Carnival and the other lines don't start making it worthwhile, these ports will shut US out, what a pity -- Belize is already starting to restrict the numbers! CARNIVAL!!! THINK ABOUT THIS!!!

I don't want to be negative, because this was an incredible cruise. Lines were long but usually quick. People were friendly and the staff was helpful. Getting on and off the ship as well as getting our bags was a breeze -- they handled this better than most. The activities and the shows were world class. This is definitely worth every penny and then some. I would recommend this cruise --



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