My hubby and I, both early 40's traveled with another couple. This was our 8th Carnival Cruise and 2nd on the Triumph. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Miami Radisson which was pretty nice. We headed to the port the next morning about 11am and were on board by 11:30 am. Embarkation in the new terminal was amazingly quick and easy!! We went up to our room on the Lido deck and it was pretty much ready to go. Our room steward and assistant were nearby finishing the rooms so we told him we just wanted to drop off our stuff and would then get out of his hair. We dumped our carry-on and locked our valuables in the safe and went out to the Lido deck for our first (of several)vacation beverages. We eventually had some lunch and mingled and listened to the calypso band (which was AWESOME!!). We set sail right on time and were off on a wonderful week in the Eastern Caribbean.
Our itinerary hit San Juan (at night), St Thomas and Grand Turk. There isn't much to do in San Juan at night but we couldn't miss Senor Frogs which was really pretty fun. We were back on board by 10:30 though and then went to the first of two deck parties. St Thomas was beautiful as usual but we've been there many times and just really puttered around. Grand Turk was a great port for us. Even though the island has nothing to it, we loved having the beach and Margaritaville just steps away from the ship. We spent most of our time in the huge pool at Margaritaville and it was a blast. There was a 2nd deck party on the 4th night of the cruise and this is when they did the Halloween activities and costume contest which was hilarious!
We loved our days at sea and with San Juan being a night time port we really had 4 sea days, which we loved. We really enjoyed the main pool activities/contests and the calypso band. The capers called them "Total Eclipse" but I think they hadn't changed the name in the capers because their name was C.E.M. If you ever have them on a cruise, you won't be disappointed. I heard many people say they were the best calypso band they had ever had on a cruise and I completely agree. They played a very wide variety of music, not just reggae and that was really great.
Entertainment-we didn't go to any shows so can't comment on that. The piano bar entertainer was James. Bless him, he tried, but he's not that talented (at either singing or playing the piano) but he had a really nice personality and if the mix of people in the room was good it could be a really great time. He had props (mostly hats and glasses) and had people come up with him to perform. Some nights though it was completely dead. We also spent some time in the casino but found most of the dealers to be a downer. It may just be a cultural thing but these dealers never talked or smiled.
Service-we had great service in every aspect of the cruise. Our room steward and assistant were great and kept the room was very well cleaned all week. Our dining room staff was great too and on the last night after they sang their farewell song, I was touched that our head waiter had a tear in her eye when she said goodbye to all of us. The bartenders and bar waiters and waitresses were all very good/attentive as well.
Food-to me was the usual Carnival fare. Good but not great but nothing horrible either. There were a few hits and misses but nothing really worth mentioning.
Debarkation-we had a late flight out so were in no hurry to leave the ship so avoided the self assist (which we hated last year). We didn't even wake up until 9am and didn't leave the ship until around 11am. It all went very smoothly although the customs line was pretty long.
We had a great time and are already talking about next years cruise!