Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by afveteran: Carnival Triumph - Western Caribbean
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Carnival Triumph - Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
Well let me start by telling you this was our first cruise. I spent about six months on Cruise Critic doing research about the whole cruise thing and by the time we left I felt very comfortable knowing how things would work. We started our trip with a flight out of Detroit at 725am arrived in Miami at 1025am got our bags and caught a cab to the port $25 and we were in line at 1130am. It took about 45 min to get all checked in and on the Lido Deck for lunch. We packed our swim suits in our carry-ons so the kids were able to go swimming after lunch. After the life boat drill it was time to set sail. We went up next to the funnel and had a wonderful view of the Miami skyline on our way out to sea. Our bags were delivered to our cabin about 630pm while we were at dinner. Dinner the first night was casual, due to the fact that some people did not have there luggage yet. We had wonderful service in the Paris Dinning Room. The meals were all wonderful with something for everyone. We ate all More
dinners in the dinning room except one night were we had the buffet. We thought the buffet was ok sort of like typical food at your local Golden Coral. Our children participated in some Camp Carnival activities. My 13yr old daughter had a great time with the 6 or 7 kids who participated. They had something planned for them everyday. My son age 10 was not to enthused with the 9-11 yr old program. He spent most of his time either swimming or playing put put golf or basketball. He was able to meet several other kids his age and had a great time. Our first stop was Cozumel. We had no problem getting off the ship, went into town and got a cab to Paradise Beach. For $9 each you can use all there non motorized activities. We had a great time snorkeling and just hanging out. We left there and went back to the ship for a nice lunch and then headed back into town for some shopping. After about three hours of shopping I was ready to come back to the ship and chill by the pool. The next day was a day at sea and there are endless things to keep you busy. My wife played bingo a few times and we just enjoyed spending time by the pool or spending our money in the casino. Believe me the pay out on board these ships are nothing like Vegas. Our next port of call was Grand Cayman Islands. This was the only port were we tendered in by small boat. We were thinking that this was going to take a while, but it was no more then a five min wait. Our excursion we had set up was through Nativeway water sports. The gathering area for the tours is kind of small but we eventually got underway. Our trip took us to a snorkeling area and then swimming with the sting rays, after that we went to Rum Point for a lunch and some free time on the beach. The whole tour took just over four hours and cost $50 each, by the time we got back to the port it was time to board the ship. Our next stop was Ocho Rios Jamaica, Our tour we had was booked with Phil Lafayette Tours. He and his daughter did a outstanding job of meeting us at the port and guilding us around town and the Dunns River falls. We had a great walk up the falls and Phil gave us his own personal tour in fern valley. He dropped us off at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and we spent a few hours letting the kids swim in pool and they even have a water slide in the bar. It was a great time. We had to be back the the ship by 3pm and then we set sail back towards Miami. Friday was a day at sea and once again there were endless things to do on board the ship. We arrived in Miami at 7am on Sat Morning. The only bad thing about this day was getting my sign and sail bill that morning. It took no time at all to get off the ship and since we had about a ten hour wait till our flight left for Detroit we decided to take an Everglades tour. This was through Carnival and the cost was $35 each. It also included them dropping us off at the airport. The tour was OK and kept us busy during the day for a few hours. Overall we were 99% happy with our cruise. The kids never were bored and me and my wife always had something to do. It was a very relaxing 7 days and we will cruise again soon. Thank You Carnival Less
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