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Old October 12th, 2007, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by CO_Cruiser
This has been a great post and very informative for those of us leaving on the Triumph soon. Thanks Beenie for your input.....

A couple questions.....

1. What time should we plan on arriving at the port for embarkation? (I've heard crowds can be painful and I'm hoping to avoid that if possible).

2. As for excursions, do you always book yours early through Carnival, or just find some private vendors?

3. Is there a car rental place near the port to drop off a car rented at the airport?

4. Do you have any other good insider tips for those of us new to this experience (especially for the Triumph in particular).

Thanks for your knowledge.


1. What time should we plan on arriving at the port for embarkation? (I've heard crowds can be painful and I'm hoping to avoid that if possible).

About 10:30 seems to work best. Any time before the busses from the airport arrive is good. Most sailings I’ve been on start boarding at 11:00 so you have time to get checked in and be ready just as soon as boarding starts. Arrive a little earlier if you need to park your car. It’s pay in advance, cash only. The Triumph in the new Terminal D is the easiest checkin process I’ve ever been through.


2. As for excursions, do you always book yours early through Carnival, or just find some private vendors?


Both. For long trips away from the ship it’s good to pay extra since the ship will not leave if your Carnival purchased excursion has not returned. Also if you are not accustom to the area you are visiting you may want the structure of guaranteed excursion. When we visit a port a second time we usually find our own way around with taxis to our favorite beaches, or locally purchased tours. Sometimes a local taxi driver can give you better and cheaper tours of the area.

3. Is there a car rental place near the port to drop off a car rented at the airport?

There are some that have drop offs at downtown hotels and will shuttle you to the seaport. You generally have to get the phone number of the local branches in Miami and call them to arrange this. I don’t know if any will pick you up after the cruise but Carnival has a bus to the airport at the end. I don’t remember the price to Miami but Fort Lauderdale was $30 per person.

4. Do you have any other good insider tips for those of us new to this experience (especially for the Triumph in particular).

- Only 1 or 2 outlets so take a small power strip or short extension cord with multiple sockets if you need to recharge cameras, cell phones, DVD players, etc.

- Get a duplicate credit card, library card, or discount card; anything with a magnetic strip. The cabin safes are locked and unlocked with any card with a magnetic strip. If you have 2 identical cards then you and your spouse can open the safe.

- Read up on the ports before you get there. Many Caribbean travel guides are available at the book store or research online. You are only there a short time so make sure you know about that special place you must see before your back on the ship sailing away.

- Go to the on-board talks for shore excursions, shopping, and debarkation. They are entertaining and very informative. They repeat them all day on the TV in the cabin, but who wants to set in their cabin watching TV? At the shopping talk sit in the first 3 rows and act excited about everything. Raise your hand anytime a question is asked. They give away a lot of freebies in that talk.

- The casino is not regulated in the Las Vegas tradition and has a captive audience. You can still have fun, but don’t expect to beat the house much.

- If you board before 1:00 the steward will probably still be cleaning your room so don’t carry on too much stuff. A roller bag with your valuables, breakables, and medicines at least. Your checked bags will arrive later in the evening so also take on swimwear or anything you’ll need on the first day. Don’t worry about changing for dinner you can wear what you boarded in. On rare occasions a checked bag might not show up until the next day so if you have room include sleepwear and a change for the next day.

- Want to save room in the luggage but still want to look dapper? Rent a tux on-board instead of carrying on a suit. Get measurements from your local tailor then call Carnival to arrange the rental. It’s not too expensive includes all of the extras except shoes. You can rent shoes too if you want or bring a black pair.

- During and After boarding the buffet on the Lido deck will be serving lunch. If the tables near the windows are full, go up the stairs by the dessert buffet, there is more seating there and the view to the North is spectacular.
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