We signed up for this cruise 5 days before sailing on Feb 17, but we were concerned about some poor reviews by other cruisers. With that in mind, we paid close attention to that on this Eastern cruise and that was not the case at all - the crew was extremely pleasant throughout the whole trip. Since this was our 36th cruise, I think that we could be good judges of the crew's attitude.
The cruise was excellent, but we do have some a few minor comments.
Room - Don't come with many bags of clothing to go in drawers/ shelves as the room only has 3 of them - unlike other Celebrity ships. There is about 4 feet wide hanger room in the closet. There are two 110 outlets and one 220 in the main room. There is an umbrella. The only clock is on the telephone. You can bring your own as the electricity will keep it on time.
Getting on/off - it can be a little challenging. The final ramp is a hill as you enter on deck 5. To get off, you go down to deck 2 like you were at a port of call and then you walk a long distance to the next terminal to grab your bags, get in line, and go through customs. If you have a time walking some distance, you may want a wheel chair. They block off a set elevators. You must clear your room by 8 AM on the final day.
Time - since we were on standard time, we lost an hour of sleep on the first night and gained it back on Friday night. If daylight saving is in play, you probably will not change at all.
Meals - the MDR is open until 9:00 AM on port days and 9:30 AM on sea days.
Prime rib on the first night, lamb shank, salmon, and braised beef rib, were great dinners - never heard a complaint - plan about 1.5 hours for a table for 2 and 2 hours for a table of 8. The clientel for the cruise was the best - people kept to the dress code.
Carnival Triumph - In the "Conversation with Captain Alevropoulos" session on Friday morning, he did not talk directly about their problems, but went into detail about his 4 main engines and that he can run the ship with one and maintain 9 Knots. Even if all 4 are out, there are 2 diesel generators for emergency service. There is a second electrical switch gear in another area which I think was a problem for the Triumph. He stressed redundancy although there is the human element - that is his job. He was all business, but did have a small sense of humor - he about 40 and has had his Captain's license for 10 years. You will be in good hands with him - he is on for 3 months and off for 3 months.
The pools have heated water and it was fresh water. Your life jackets are under your bed and they stay there for the drill at 3:45