We just returned from our 7 night cruise on the Triumph. It was really wonderful. We got to the Port at about 11:00 and were having lunch on the Lido Deck at noon. There were a lot of different lines to wait in to get on with many check points to show your license and paperwork. It was pretty congested, but overall it went pretty smoothly.
When we got on, we thought we'd go have lunch and go to the pool while we waited for our cabin. But, the pools were all closed, they were painting a couple of them.
Cabin: The cabin was very nice and roomy with a small table, chair, safe and a very nice bathroom with a hair dryer. The shower had a curtain, instead of a door and it made it seem larger that way. They gave us samples in a basket and there was a shampoo and soap dispenser in the shower. The cabin steward, Dadang, did a very nice job of keeping our cabin clean and made us many towel animals. We never actually met him, but he did a great job.
Ship: The ship was very large with 3 swimming pools. The pools are not very big and there were about 400 kids on board, so not much room in the pools for adults, although we did go in a few times. The kids seemed to have fun on the water slide, too. The ship seemed to be in pretty good shape, although the carpeting was becoming warn in different areas. We were on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas last year and it didn't seem as crowded, although there were about the same amount of people.
Shows: The shows were all very good. There were a couple of Las Vegas style musicals, a magic show, comedian and a Motown singer. There was something to do every night. There was a talent show, game shows, Bingo games all the time (could get expensive).
Food: The food in the dining room was very good and the service was wonderful. Our servers were Nicoletta and Marina and they did a very nice job of keeping us happy. The desserts were out of this world, especially all of the chocolate desserts. The breakfast buffet was pretty good, but not impressed with the lunch buffets. They had really unusual types of food. They also had buffets out by the pool, which had something different than the South Beach Club buffets. The NY Deli had great sandwiches (especially the Reuben), but long lines. They made cheeseburgers and fries, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches near one pool. The burgers in fries were very good. The pizza was delicious, but they only had pepperoni or cheese every time we were there. In the showcase there were about 8 different types, but they never had them available. They would make you a fresh one if you wanted to wait 10 minutes. We never ate at the Asian noodle factory. We paid $2.00 for a huge piece of carrot cake at the little cafe they served desserts and coffee. It was pretty good, although I've had better. The chocolate cake and the strawberry cheesecake looked wonderful.
Ports of call: We ended up arriving in San Juan at 3:00 rather than 5:00 which was nice. Got off the ship and walked around. It was very hot and humid out, but it was nice to get off.
St. Thomas: We took a tour with Godfrey which was really nice. We shopped for 2 hours downtown. There was a little outdoor market with t-shirts, jewelry, etc. which was fun and then there were a lot of other stores. We then toured the island for 2 hours and went all the way to the top of the mountain to Mountaintop, the home of the delicious banana daiquiris. They are delicious, but expensive. We bought two virgin daiquiris and it was $11.00. I guess the ones with booze in them were $7.50 each. They were very good. The water was gorgeous in St. Thomas, we swam at Sapphire Beach and it was beautiful. Did some snorkeling and saw quite a few fish. The water was very clear and very warm and the color is unbelievable.
St. Maarten: This was a beautiful port. We got off the ship, purchased an all day water taxi pass for $5.00 each and took the water taxi over to the shopping area. We shopped for several hours and I bought a beautiful ring there. They sized it for me while we took the water taxi back to the ship, had lunch and changed into our suits and went back to swim. We swam right off of the main drag, so it was very easy to do without ever getting into a cab. The water was beautiful, but if you want to snorkel at a beach I think the water was clearer in St. Thomas.
Debarkation: We got off in about one hour, it wasn't too bad. They have early debarkation for flights before 1:30 and they also have a real early (7:30) self assist, which means you carry your own luggage off. We waited for the general debarkation, which was at about 9:30 and then everyone left on the ship gets off at once. Luckily we had made our way down to deck 3 just before they made the call, so we actually beat the rush, but it still took about an hour.
This was a very enjoyable trip for us. It just seemed like it was a little crowded at times with a lot of lines for the food. We had a lot of fun and would do it over again next week, if we could afford it!! It was a very good bargain for the money.