I am sure all of you heard about the cruise from hell in February 2013 that stranded people on the Carnival Triumph for extra days, some without any power at all or the ability to flush a toilet. Another one of their ships had a major electrical problem a month or so later. And last year, the Costa Concordia beached off of the coast of Italy and killed more than 30 people. Costa is a division of Carnival.
Overall, Carnival just doesn’t have a good rep right now. So what have we done? We have booked a cruise on Carnival, of course. 😉
Too Good To Pass Up
Our friend Isabelle brought up the fact that we only live an hour and a half from Galveston, one of Carnival’s main ports, so we just had to check out some of the deals. Thanks to all of the super bad publicity, Carnival’s prices are significantly reduced. For example, there are several 7 day cruises running for less than $480 per person in late August. But since Mr. BFS and I really rather not miss a whole week of work, and he really doesn’t want to miss reffing a Friday night, varsity football game with his sports officiating crew, we decided to look at the Saturday through Thursday 5 day cruises instead. We’ve taken a 5 day and 7 day Carnival cruise before, so we know we liked both!
Mr. BFS, Isabelle, my younger sister, and I found a deal that I don’t think we’ll ever see again. We chose a 5 day cruise from August 31 through September 5 for a little less than $280 per person…that INCLUDES taxes and trip insurance!!! On a 3 day holiday weekend!!! We’ll only have to take 2 1/2 vacation days!!!
Okay, so it’s on the Triumph, but I don’t think any ship would be better renovated than this one by August. It starts selling again in June. We also have reserved an interior room with no windows since that is exactly what we wanted. We all hate light while we sleep. It will be a little cramped with 4 of us, but we are all 30 and under and spend very little time in our room on vacations anyway. So a midship, interior room with as little rocking as possible and no elevator noise for $280 each is just amazing! I am so excited!!!
Would You Take a Cruise?
Given all of the negative media attention, I assume not everyone would be ready to set sail. Would I be right? I figure we should take advantage of the great deals while most people are skittish, but we’ll see if we end up drifting in the ocean without toilets in a couple of months.
Would you cruise on Carnival right now?
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