We sailed on the Triumph out of Galveston on Saturday December 8. Check-in was a breeze thanks to Troy, our most helpful Carnival rep. We boarded about noon and had lunch on the Lido. We went to our cabin at about 1:30 and our bags were already there. Our cabin steward, Christopher, was excellent. We asked him to rearrange the furniture, and that was complete by the time we returned from dinner. We ate all dinners in the mdr and the service and food were excellent. They did a good job with any time dining, and some of the waiters even called us by name.
There was a good variety of things to do on sea days with lots of games and music. The casino was a little smoky, but not as bad as some.
We arrived late in Progreso due to fog, but we sailed late as well, so all excursions went ahead as planned. We got into Cozumel at the scheduled time. We were told at about 4:30 that our departure would be delayed until about 8:30 as we were waiting for a repair person to fly in on a private jet to repair a technical problem. The technical problem was basically that we couldn't go very fast at all. When we sailed from Cozumel we were going very slowly, and leaving almost no wake. The problem was solved sometime during the night and we got up to cruising speed. The evening show was cancelled due to rough seas. Our arrival in Galveston was delayed due to the speed problem, so that instead of arriving at 8:30 am we would arrive at 3:30 pm. So we basically had an extra sea day thrown in. Carnival did an excellent job of lining up plenty of stuff to do on our extra day and they even came back and did the last night's show at noon! It was one of the best shows I've ever seen on a cruise ship. Do not miss "The Big Easy". It was fabulous.
While we were having our extra sea day our replacement cruisers were not having so much fun in Galveston. They were expecting to sail at 4:30 and we still weren't all off they ship by then. I understand they finally sailed at about 10 that evening.
All in all, Carnival did a great job getting us off and out of the way. In fact, this was one of my favorite cruises of all time.