My wife and I took the Triumph for a Western Caribbean run on 9/16/06. It was our third Carnival Cruise and the Triumph was our biggest ship to date.
Getting on at Miami went smoothly. The cruise was sold-out and we arrived at the terminal at 11:45am. We were on the ship at 12:30pm. Check-in is always pleasant as the staff makes sure to welcome us back as returning customers.
We left under thunder and lightning skies and were unable to enjoy our trip out of the canal past Fisher Island. Thankfully, this was pretty much the last cloud we seen for the next 7 days as we were rewarded with clear blue skies and a constant 84 degrees with no seas. It truly was perfect weather.
The Triumph is a wonderful ship in great shape. The was no time that we did not see someone cleaning something. The crew keeps it looking younger than its 7 years.
Master Capt. L. was personable and went to many gatherings to meet with the passengers.
Cruise Director Paul S. is one in a million! The man is a remarkable C.D. and is scottish one-lines kept the crowd rolling for the duration. It will take a lot to top Mr. Stantley.
Favorites included the California Wine Bar where we were treated by the libations of Romanian bartender Dalia. She makes a mean drink! We could only enjoy her creations every other day as we were a mess the morning after seeing her! Try not to be encouraged by a crowd urging you to suck, suck, suck!
Our Lido deck balcony room was kept in great shape by Cabin Stewart M. and I enjoyed is snail towel creation the most.
Dinner in the Paris dining room was wonderful every night and we were taken care of by Head Waiter Mel and his assistant, Igedi.
The magic of Kevin and Caruso was Vegas headliner quality. Other good shows were the Triumph dancers and the final evening "Legends" show. The grand finale of the Legends show was a 88 y.o. doing a stunning rendition of Sinatra that brought the house down.
Stops included Cozumel were we took right off for Xcaret on mainland Mexico. THIS IS A MUST SEE. Unfortunately, we could not enjoy Cozumel into the evening as we had to tender back for a 6pm departure. Hurricane Wilma really did a number on that Island and Cancun. They are, thankfully, recovering as fast as possible.
Then it was off to Grand Cayman. Everyone tenders there and we took the grand tour of the Turtle Farm, Hell and Stingray City. This is a all-in-one excursion for $84. DON'T DO IT. Hell is not worth the time or effort and we were only allowed 10 min. there. The Turtle farm was interesting and if there are any tours that offer just the turtles and the stingrays...I would suggest it. Stingray City is the MUST SEE of the Caymans. It is too cool to stand in crystal clear blue water and watch these beautiful creatures lurk around you.
Finally, it was Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Our honeymoon was in Jamaica 13 years ago and things haven't changed much.....it sucks there. Jamaica is a wonderful island with some of the seediest, poor, pushy people you'll ever meet. If I never went there again, it would be fine by me. Thats too bad as there are many beautiful things to see. Its just unfortunate that you have to turn down cabbies, hair-braiding and ganja 500 times. Thankfully, they have built "Island Village" which is a "safe-zone" from the peddlers and features Jimmy Buffetts Margaritaville. We drank and danced there till the ship left.
The cruise, overall, was fabulous! We loved the Triumph and would go on it again anytime.