There were 9 girls on this trip, ranging in age from 31-80. There was something for everyone, which is what we all loved!
We drove 3 cars to the Port of Galveston. We made an early reservation at E-Z Park. I would suggest that you call ahead for a coupon/promotional code and book online. We paid $32.00 for a 4-night cruise, which wasn't bad.
The driver of our car dropped us all off at the Port, where we checked all of our luggage. Then she went to E-Z Park, and caught their shuttle back. This was very beneficial, as no one was having to tote their luggage on and off the shuttle bus.
Check in was as easy as pie! We arrived a little after 12:00 (Noon), and were on the ship in 10 minutes. The food, drinks and music were all on the Lido Deck. We ate a few nibbles and started exploring the ship. Our luggage arrived in our cabins immediately after the muster drill.
All of our cabins were on the 10th Floor (Inside/Panorama Deck/Forward). The cabins were fine - a bit dated, but roomier that a recent cruise on the Royal Caribbean. It actually had 3 closets. Some of the ladies in our group said they would often smell a sulfur smell in their bathroom, but nothing to ruin their cruise. Their cabin steward came and poured something into the toilet.
All of the younger girls in our group LOVED Guy's Burger Bar. They ate one every day for lunch. Several of us would meet in the Dining Room for breakfast/brunch. Food was great! We had early seating in the Paris Dining Room. Tini (female waiter), Michael and Katut waited on us hand and foot! Impeccable service! The food was great. I had fish the first 3 nights, and then beef on the last night. I loved it because a portion of the menu was called the "Every Day Menu" meaning you could order a list of foods each and every day of your cruise. Then, you can combine those foods with the nightly specials. All of us girls went crazy over the Melting Chocolate Dish w/ice cream. We LOVED the entertainment in the Dining Room and oftentimes our girls were asked to get up and dance with the waiters.
The entertainment elsewhere was great! We loved the country band in the casino, and the guy (from Austin) who was on the 3rd floor Bar. We went to the Piano Bar one night, but the guy got pretty raunchy! We stayed in there about 10 minutes and left. The younger girls wished for different music in the Hollywood Disco. 70's & 80's music was played and every now and then they would play a song that they could do a line dance to. The big entertainment in the Rome Lounge was awesome. Also, plenty of trivia games, bingo, Newleywed/Oldywed game, etc. We would hit the casino every night, and were very pleased at its size. We were luckier the first 2 nights than the last 2 nights. They had a Texas Hold-Em tournament, along with a Blackjack and slot tournament.
It rained the entire day for our first full day at sea. When we arrived in Cozumel the next morning, the sun was shining upon us! Because a few in our party had gone to Cozumel before, we all decided to take their advice on a shore excursion. We rented a large cab, and for $5.00 per person, he took us to Paradise Beach. The admission to get in is only $3.00, which includes your beach chair, facilities, etc. All they ask is that you spend $10.00 per person on food or drinks, which isn't hard to do! You could get your hair braided, a massage on the beach, or even a tattoo from one of the beach attendants. For an extra $12.00 (I think), you could have access to paddle boats, kayaks, and all of the toys in the ocean. They had glaciers, rock climbing walls, and all sorts of things that kids (and even adults) enjoyed. We did not partake in this activity. They have a beautiful (new) pool, which was great! We would go from the beach to the pool. Reyes, our waiter, was wonderful! And, he was so grateful of the nice tips he received from our group. We will definitely do this again!
Disembarkation was so quick - we couldn't believe it. I had to check my bags, but my daughter carried hers off. She went through Customs and caught the shuttle to E-Z Park. I hired a porter, and by the time she returned with the car, I was through Customs and we were waiting at the curb for her. Most of the people in our group were on the road by 8:50 AM!
I would definitely do the Triumph Cruise again! The staff is exceptional and I think we have made a few good friends for life!!!