We are planning to do the 2 day Cruise To Nowhere out of NYC on June 22, 2002 on the Carnival Triumph. I think it will be a fun way to celebrate our daughter's HS graduation and mine and my other daughter's birthdays. We will be a family of five if my 20 year old son joins us.
I posted this on the Carnival message board and got no response so I thought I would give it a shot here.
Has anyone ever done a cruise to nowhere? Is it a chaotic fiasco for the time spent on the ship? Do they do a formal night? If they do it will be a great chance to get some family portraits done.
Since my husband has raised my children but is not their biological father- do I need a letter from my ex giving his permission to take my one minor child? Would this cruise be considered leaving US waters and need this permission from him?
We are local to NYC and think this might be a fun weekend to celebrate- party with our kids <g>- and just do something different as a family.
Any advice you can give me about this type of cruise, the Triumph - pros and cons, etc. would be so appreciated. Thanks in advance for reading this!
Expect a party crowd for this type of sailing and also being Carnival it attracts its share of heavy drinkers. (sorry i cant stand drunks on my hard earned vacation) As long as you understand that this type of cruise does appeal to a "party people" and you are comfortable with that atmosphere you should be fine.
It will be total chaos, cruises to nowhere always are. I honestly don't remember formal nights, but one cruise to nowhere was enough for me. I haven't sailed Triumph but have sailed her sister Victory and enjoyed the ship very much. However, it was in late September and there were no children or even young people on board for that matter. I would check with Carnival about the letter of permission. It never hurts to have it. I traveled with my grandson on a week's cruise and even though I had the permission letter, no one ever asked for it.
Although I have never cruised to nowhere, or for that matter, not taken that many cruises to somewhere, I would do it in a second. Especially for the circumstances you have described. Great way to check out another ship, IMO. Obviously it would not be a relaxing week long cruise, but sort of like a weekend out on the town!
I cruised on the Destiny, Triumph's sister in '99 and loved it.