Just off the ship Saturday, August 26th, 2006. This is our 4th cruise. Three with Carnival, twice on the Triumph. Once again I do not know why Carnival markets to the common man. This cruise could be labeled "Whale Watchers Funship".
Carnival needs to raise prices because the majority of people that they get on the boat do not drink or gamble (both money makers for the cruise line), but they certainly graze at the buffet and often. I do not believe there has been a gathering of not fat, but extremely obese people at one time on one boat. The only rocking of the ship came when they were walking to the buffet.
The staff and crew on the ship are first rate and should be commended for a well done job. The ship is as beautiful as she was when we sailed back in 2001. She does show a little wear and tear but that should be expected. Dining in the Paris dining room was first class.
One problem I do have is in the piano bar. The gentleman who plays the piano is extremely talented. Probably needs to be playing in some bar back in New York. The problem I have is that he requires you to tip him for a song request, Every request!! Now this is considered to be part of the free entertainment provided by Carnival. Across the way in the disco, I did not see the record spinner requiring a tip for every song he played, if requested. Further, the bars hours are from 10-1?? but after one he requires a $5.00 tip for each song requested. I think this is ridiculous.
Never before on any other funship cruise has a mandatory tip been required for a song requested on the piano. Now his response is that he is off the clock and does not have to stay but the cruise director should be FIRED.. thats right FIRED for allowing this man to profit exponentially while using the ships piano, room, and services and pilfering from the patrons that are there. If a patron requests a song, the man says that a tip has to be deposited for him to play it. All the other players on other ships have never done this. It needs to be addressed. Enough said.
Cozumel is trying to rebuild. It took a devastating hit from a hurricane last year. The two man power boating is a blast. 2nd time we did this one.
Ocho Rios Jamaica we horse back rode. Highly recommend this excursion. I never rode a horse, but you get to walk a trail and ride the horses in the ocean. What a blast!
Grand Cayman ..Need to swim with sting rays..
Getting on/off the boat was a breeze. Have fun!!