This is an overdue post but now I have time to write it. Back in September, I took my first cruise. We decided to take a shorter one since it was the beginning of the school year so we did Thursday-Monday. I went with my mom, sisters and aunt. Since my dad died, he have made more commitments to travel together. We sailed out of New Orleans with me getting there Thursday morning. My family had never been to New Orleans so they flew down there a couple of days earlier.
We decided to go on Carnivals Triumph for our trip as it was our first cruise. We made sure to book two rooms and that they both had balconies. A must in my opinion. Our rooms adjoined so they took away the divider on our balconies. My room had three people in it so I slept on this bunk type bed that came from the wall/ceiling. It wasn’t bad but I could feel my oldness. I didn’t take a picture of it but I did take plenty of pictures of the towel animals that were so cute. I even took a class on how to make them.
My sisters and mom were behind the ear motion sickness patches while my aunt and I did without. We were both fine. We only had one stop on our cruise which was to Cozumel. We had already booked our excursion beforehand but had to book a new one since ours was cancelled. It was real easy though to do that and our new excursion was cheaper so we had some extra money.
Our boat left at 4 and we were on the boat at 1. I was running late to get there at 1 because I also had to stop at Cafe Du Monde. We grabbed a late lunch and put on our bathing suits. I highly recommend carrying a swimsuit in your carry-on. It took a couple of hours for our luggage to get to our room. The first night we watched a movie on the deck of the boat too.
Friday: We participated in a boat scavenger hunt which helped me figure out where things were too. My oldest sister and I did some trivia (we did a lot of trivia on the boat) and we went to a Battle of the Sexes game. We also made this our fancy dinner and took some fun photos and enjoyed the comedy show.
Saturday: It was excursion day. We were on a catamaran and went snorkeling. Once we were done snorkeling, they took us to a private beach with tons of water toys like inflatable slides, obstacle courses and so on. Plus tons of alcohol. It was really fun. When we got back, we shopped around Cozumel for a little bit. I got shirts for my family and my son a maraca.
Sunday: It was a lazy day as it was our last day. Lots of pool time. I did workout a few times on the boat by either doing my own WOD (I have some good travel workouts) or by running. We ended up eating at the fancy restaurant 3 times because we all loved this molten chocolate cake they serve.
Monday: We docked and you have to wait forever to get off the ship but you also have to be our of your room. When we finally got off, we decided to get to the airport and switch to earlier flights. Yeah, none of us were able to so we sat in the New Orleans airport for 5 hours. We were at different terminals so we couldn’t even go through security. Not the best time but we made it work.
Verdict: Would I cruise again? Yes, I would. Would I take kids? Yes but under some conditions. My son is almost 2, I would not take him until his was able to hang out in the kid area and have fun. Right now, no. I saw lots of kids having fun but they were also 8-ish. I would always go on some type of excursion too just to get off the boat, or at least see the area we were in.