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Carnival Triumph (and other Carnival issues)

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Chris Blount, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. Feb 12, 2013 #1 of 226
    Chris Blount

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    As most of you know by now, the Carnival Triumph cruise ship was stranded in the gulf of Mexico and is currently in tow to Mobile Alabama. Should arrive on Thursday.

    Anyone else been on that ship? I was on it last October. Quite frankly, I've been on better ships and out of all of them, I would not want to be on the Triumph without power, stabalizers, water and toilets. Must be nasty on that ship right now. Latest reports have urine on carpets and sewage running down the walls.

    I always get balcony rooms and I guess I will keep getting them in case something like this happens. Nasty!
     
  2. Feb 12, 2013 #2 of 226
    RunnerFL

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    I stay as far away from Carnival as possible. I prefer Holland America or Norwegian.

    Wasn't it a Carnival ship that had an engine fire and was stranded in the Pacific a couple of years ago?
     
  3. Feb 12, 2013 #3 of 226
    Chris Blount

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    Yeah. I prefer Royal Caribbean myself. Did that Carnival cruise on the Triumph because it was cheap. Not again.
     
  4. Feb 12, 2013 #4 of 226
    hdtvfan0001

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    We're pretty loyal to Royal Carribean...and in fact are going on another cruise with them in the very near future.

    Having seen the Carnival Triumph in port before, it appeared to be in good condition, but of course the ship's maintenance is not visible to most people on or off the ship. In this case...it's an engine fire and power loss.

    Historically...Carnival has a history of "issues" that even carried over to their sub-company Costa in Europe. This includes sub-standard maintenance and clean conditions. Most folks remember the Concordia disaster. I recall a Carnival ship we saw in Ft. Lauderdale kept 2 weeks in port because of an illness outbreak.

    Carnival Cruise Lines also has a "street reputation" of being primarily "20's and 30's party boats", although I know friends who enjoyed their specific cruises on their ships. Cruise industry customer websites reviews help enlighten people on various companies. CruiseCritic.com is just one of them.

    The good news is that overall...most cruise ships based in U.S. ports undergo pretty solid safety and maintenance procedures....it's the foreign lines that are more of a concern.

    But these kinds of events do make some potential cruisers leary. In our case, we haven't had a bad cruise yet.
     
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    dpeters11

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    We're considering a cruise next year in Alaska. I think I'll avoid them. Though my Mother, who started the whole idea of us going with them on a cruise wants a smaller, more boutique boat I think.
     
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    SayWhat?

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    Who dropped the lifeboat last week and killed 5?
     
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    RAD

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    Dripping...
    We've only tried Carnival once and that was enough. Ship really not maintained very well from public area windows you could hardly see out of to the two glass lobby elevators that had been broken for months. For the time being going to stick with Disney, yea they cost more but never have had a problem/issue on their ships.
     
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    sigma1914

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    That's disgusting.
     
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    Chris Blount

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    You definitely see the lack of maintenance when you get on the ship. The furniture in the rooms are worn and we found loose doors and broken fixtures. Not extremely bad but enough to make us wonder what broken things we could NOT see. While on the Triumph, I told my wife that very thing and now I guess my suspicions were correct.
     
  13. Feb 12, 2013 #13 of 226
    hdtvfan0001

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    OUCH!

    You're right...who knows what else if the cursory stuff is marginal.

    Despite the ship that we're on soon with Royal Caribbean being 8 years old...you'd never know it being a passenger. They require them to go into maintenance for "refurbishing" every few years. In this case, it'll be our 3rd time on this specific ship, and it always looks in very good shape (and has never had a canceled cruise since it was launched in 2004). It will be refurbished again this fall.

    I have seen some cruise ships with various "aging signs", but RC seems to do a pretty good job with theirs.

    Just like a car, plane, or other mechanical device...maintenance or shortcuts for it come back to bite. Apparently Carnival Triumph is an example.
     
  14. Feb 12, 2013 #14 of 226
    FHSPSU67

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    Royal Caribbean ships (Grandeur and Enchantment) are the only cruises that my wife and I have sailed on, and completely agree with the quality of service and maintenance on these two (non-marquee) ships. Any small problem we've ever mentioned has been immediately attacked and remedied to our satisfaction. And we're headed for the Bahamas on May 10 on Grandeur:)
     
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    Chris Blount

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    Totally agree! The first time I stepped foot on a RC ship it was obvious. We sailed last year on the Mariner of the Seas. It was refurbished right after we sailed so I'm looking forward to getting on that ship again.
     
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    Chris Blount

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    Something just occurred to me. Since that ship is not coming back to Galveston and all of the passengers won't be back to Galveston until the end of the week, that must be wreaking havoc on the parking situation on Galveston. The lots there count on a steady balance of how many spots are available vs cruises that are out to sea. It's not a big island. :)
     
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    PCampbell

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    We have only been on Disney, there maintance is top notch. There oldest ship is still very nice. Takeing the Disney Wonder to Alaska this summer not at all worried about being on a ship built in 1999.
     
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    chevyguy559

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    I got married on the Carnival Ecstacy and while I'd like to cruise on the Ecstacy again for sentimental reasons, I think I'll be trying Royal Carribean in the future :)
     
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    The Merg

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    I've been on Royal Caribbean and Carnival. My wife pointed out a good difference between the quality of the two. When on RC, if you had room service and put out the dishes, within an hour they'd be gone. On Carnival, if you put out your dishes they'd still be there the next morning.

    - Merg
     
  20. Feb 12, 2013 #20 of 226
    RunnerFL

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    Holland America does an amazing job with Alaska cruises.
     

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