My wife and I are 40 somethings from Chicago. This is our second cruise. Both with Carnival. With our unpredictable weather we decided to fly down a day earlier. We chose an inexpensive(cheap) room with Days Inn Airport North. Free shuttles to hotel and port,and that's what we got! We didn't feel safe leaving our room, not to mention the homeless people in front. Not a safe area. Avoid this hotel!
Embarkation process 12/9 went smoothly,We were on the ship by noon. Our cabin wasn't quite ready, but thanks to tips from cc we were prepared with our well stocked carry-on. Our first stop was to NY Deli for the world famous Reubens (Thanks Big Duck).They were excellent indeed! To walk off the Reubens, we took a tour of the ship, The Triumph is in excellent condition. Very clean and freshly painted. We never saw a staff member just standing around the entire trip. Muster drill went smooth and we left on time. Our cabin was nicer than we expected located on Empress deck, aft balcony. Quiet and clean. We met our room steward Dennis he was A busy guy. Once you go balcony you never go back! We visited the Spa to relax in the jacuzzi and to sooth my stiff neck and shoulder that I got from the not-recommended hotel. Spa staff informed us that the hot tub was down for maint. We were assured it would be up tomorrow. WRONG! The next day we learned that Every hot tub on the ship would be down for the entire week! Every staff member asked, gave a different story.Hmmm... The pursers desk was apologetic and told my wife there was a shortage of hot water. RIGHT! When you come from a climate where the daily high is 15 deg F you really look forward to warm water. Needless to say, we were very disappointed. Returning from dinner the second night we found a letter of apology (suitable for framing) slipped under our door. Our dinner was served in The London Dining room. Our servers were Savio from India and Joel from The Philippines. Excellent food and service for the entire week. Enjoyed everything on our plates,and must confess to having ordered double desserts a couple of nights...ok every night. A few nights we were entertained by the wait staff dancing on tables and singing. After all it is a "FUN SHIP". Each night after dinner, returning to our cabin we were greeted by a turned down bed, a new towel animal and a couple foil covered pats of butter on our pillows... no rolls or bread though... Every morning room service breakfast was on time and just what we ordered.
COZUMEL,We had arranged a day of fun at Paradise Beach, However there wasn't any sun so we decided to wander the town and shop, where every merchant gives you a free shot of tequila with any purchase. The pier has been recently rebuilt after the hurricane and it looks fresh and new. We reboarded the ship around 8 pm and headed for the "secret doors" on 7 that lead to the bow of the ship to watch those few people arriving at the pier too late... as we were sailing away...We just smiled and waved! Fun day at sea was great.We lounged by the pool on Lido deck and ordered The Drink of the Day in every color glass... then started over again. Everyone has there 15 minutes of fame, and I had mine, winning "Name That Tune"! Hosted by Marc The Piano Man. For this I was awarded the coveted "Ship on a stick" The evening shows were fabulous like any you would see in Vegas. Girls in thongs. Wow!! G
RAND CAYMAN, This was by far our favorite port. We booked with Native Way tours for Stingray City and Snorkeling tour.$35pp. Oh glorious SUNSHINE. Our guide Thomas was the best he made us feel safe with the rays, safe enough to kiss them. Got pics! We had a total of 8 people on our boat,the other boats had 30 or 40 people hanging off of them. We highly recommend them. OCHO RIOS, What was the major delay getting off the ship? Could it have been too many sick people, or was it the mysterious death on board we heard rumors about? Hmmm...No answers. We met up with our tour guide Peat Taylor $35pp and headed to Dunns River Falls. We were the first group there. Yea! Peat. Peats tour was small and more personal. He gave us choices on what we wanted to see on our tour. We saw some great views and learned some island history. We visited a first grade school and were invited to their Christmas party. Tasted some fresh coconuts and the bus pulled to the side of the road to reach out and pluck Jamaican Allspice right from a tree. Watch for Banana spiders! Ya Mon! Great tour! Pooped from climbing Dunns River Falls, we crashed early so we missed the Midnight buffet. that's ok cause we slept good with our balcony door bungee corded open all night with the A/C on...ZZZZ The last sea day ,We swam in the aft pool and enjoyed some of that 24hr. pizza, Being from Chicago we know sumptin bout pizza, It was pretty good! then its back to "Name That Tune" Where the reigning champion wins again! This Ship On A Stick will be available on Ebay!
DISEMBARKING,12/16 What was the over 3 hour delay? Too many sick people?? Saw a lot of staff wiping down the ship with bleach soaked towels. Mysterious death again?? The CD Paul Santley announced on the p.a .that Somebody slipped on gang way and was injured. We missed our flight out off FLL and had to wait 7 hours for the next one. Bottom line...TRIUMPH ROCKS! Other than the hot tub thing we would recommend this cruise .