If you are handicapped ---it is my opinion that you avoid Carnival Triumph. .
I will present my case and let you make your own independent decision. You may be accustomed to this type of service and treatment.
This crusie was not our choosing. We go in October on the Paradice. This was our fourth and last Carnival Cruise.
First ---a person with good health and not physical limited can not understand the point of view of those with disabilities. They may say they do, but only when they become disabled will they truly understand.
My wife wears a leg brace and climbing stairs for her is very difficult. Her fast pace is a slow crawl for most able-bodied people. And I have angina.
Now I present our case that Carnival dose not want persons with disabilities on their boats.
Carnival does not come right out and say so. But they let their staff and the ship present their case for them.
We arrived at the Port of Miami at 1:25 by taxi from our pre-cruise stay at the Sheraton Biscayne Bay Hotel in Miami. We unloaded the bags from the back of the taxi right into the hands of the porters prior experience we tipped the porter $15.00 to handle our six bags. #1 reason is we got our luggage at 3:00. Those of you who do not tip will find out the hard way.
We headed inside the terminal where the check-in nightmare began. They didn’t begin to open the doors until 1:30 so there was ALREADY a huge line. Then the meat packing process began. Carnival Miami Terminal now processes “TWO” ships on Saturday July 26, 2003 , the Carnival Imagination 2000+ passengers and the Triumph 3300 passengers through ONE port of entry not two as in the past. Please note this. They are now running both ships through one entry port. Carnival is a FOR PROFIT business and to insure that they make money they have discontinued the port of entry for the Carnival Imagination. You will NOW have a 1 ½ hr to 2 ½ hr boarding adventure. Just do the math.
When you get your sail and sign card you have to walk from where the Imagination boards to the where the Triumph boards. THERE WAS NO ONE WITH ANY WHELL CHAIRS to help the handicap. Trust me on this I would have paid $50 to get my wife on board. But I found no takers. By the time my wife got to the cabin 1 ½ hours later she was in pain from all the climbing up and down that she HAD to do. This was the first signal that Carnival does not want the handicap business. You will find this out after you pay your $$$$$.
We were told that on the Triumph there are 25 wheelchair accessible cabins. We got a “ “handicapped room” with a step up into the bathroom.
Next point in our case.
Day Trips Offshore excursions:
There are no off shore excursions that a handicapped person can partake. Carnival’s own rating of the each individual offshore activity will confirm this fact
Use of on board facilities:
The Triumph is not for the handicapped . It is impossible to use any of the pools or hot tubs on board. You have to climb stairs to get into the hot tub. The Lido pool deck pool area is very slippery. The blue title gets extremely hot.
Third point of our case:
Carnival doesn’t want your business and you are told so by the Cruise Director “ Skippy.”
The Pursers Office staff will also so inform you of this fact it is YOUR fault that you are handicapped and you MUST BE STUPID to have even thought that Carnival owed you any consideration. “ Carnival is not the USA.” “ Carnival will not be told what it has to do to accommodate the handicap. “
Fourth point of our case.
The handicapped are let off the boat LAST at 11:00.
Here you are put into a sea of mass confusion of angry healthy bodied passengers who are pissed off that they can not find their luggage and they carry this over to the area where you try and get a taxi cab. DO NOT be surprised if after waiting with your porter in line for a cab to find some just jump in front of you and TRY and push you away. IF your porter is BIG and you paid him $15.00 he takes over and you get your cab.
The elevators were do working most of the time.
Their where packs of teenagers that roam the ship. A gang fight broke out Friday night by the ice cream Shoppe. These packs would roam the halls at night and bang on cabin doors. They also would grab the handle of the cabins to see if they could get in. The elevators where used for places to smoke pot. You would get in after waiting 10 minutes to this surprise,
If cigar smoke and smoking in general bothers you…then go on the Paradise.
After you been on one Cranival Cruise you have been on them all. The same show format is used. The same folklic show in Cozmel. The "magic" show is ok .
The so called Vegas style review is used on all Carnival boats. They may "alter" some of the parts of the show but it is the same show as the Paradice.
Some of our negative points are not the fault of Carnival Triumph. The packs of teeangers. The uncontrolled smoking. The elevators that where always begining repaired. The only off shore tours are a cab ride to the beach.
On a scale of 1 to 10 this was a 5. The Paradice in October is a far better value.