My husband and I are newly retired but consider ourselves alot younger. We live above Dallas and drive to Galveston, unsually taking about 4 1/2 hours. This is our 4th cruise out of Galveston and our first on the Triumph. We leave the morning of embarkation and arrive in plenty of time. My husband does all the paperwork online and we always have all documents ready. Embarkation went very smooth, probably took 1/2 hour from when we arrived at the port.
We usually do 7 night but decided on a 5 night and an inside cabin on this agic cruise mainly to help with the cost because we cruised on the Magic in March and we have another booked for the beginning of September. The stateroom was clean, well kept and our room steward was friendly and attentive, calling us by name. We were able to place our carry-on luggage in the cabin when we boarded so that we could go up to the Lido deck for lunch.
Being our first time on the Triumph, we took the time while waiting for our cabin to be ready to explore the ship. Found the dining room, casino, shops and etc. We loved the fact that there was a band setup right by the casino, as we love to dance spontaneously.
The Paris dining room was lovely, only 2 other couples at our table for 10, so we had extra seats. Our table mates were friendly and conversation was great, even saw them around the ship on other occasions. We really missed the Fish & Chips on the Lido deck as well as the Steakhouse, hopefully with the 2.0 upgrade, this will change. Always had room service for breakfast and then my husband would go up to the breakfast buffet and the omelets were great.
We are not sun worshippers, however, we enjoyed going out on the deck by the pools and watching all the antics and activities. Spent time in the casino and the wait service was excellent, even received chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of wine from the casino manager. Stopped in at a few shows and also listened to karaoke all very entertaining.
As far as shore excursions, since we have been to Mexico a number of times, we decided not to book any, instead we shopped and ate at both ports. People were friendly and no problems.
Disembarkation was easy, well organized. By the time my husband got the car, we were on our way home by 9am. No problems there either.
This was our 20 cruise, 7 with Carnival, 4th in a row with Carnival and we are booked to go on the Conquest in September out of New Orleans and we can't wait. All in all, we would do the Triumph in a minute. "IT'S ALL WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT!"