I just come back from the Carnival Triumph cruising from Miami; stopping at Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan and instead of Grand Turk, we stopped at Nassau. WOW!!!!!! We had such a great time. We heard a couple people complaining on the ship; but we had nothing but a great time. The staff was AWESOME. Triumph had the nicest people even though they were working extra due to the dry dock. I was on 8340; my steward Chatchawan was the sweetest and the most efficient steward I have had in a while. If you were on the 8th floor; you might had Novella. She was the singing lady... lol She was always so cheerful and signing all day long; on the second day I had to stop and ask for her name and every day we chit chat. Wipada, the bartender at the London dining room; after one drink on the first night; she remembered my name and my drink. I am in the hospitality industry and it was so refreshing to be remembered. Hayward and Saint Julius were our server... wow... what a service!!! I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this cruise. It wasn't necessary the ship itself but the wonderful people who were taking care of us. On Sunday, September 14, we embark at Carnival Triumph at around noon. I had been calling Carnival since hurricane Ike hit Grand Turk which was about a week before we sailed. I was assure that it had been not changes, even at the day of our embarkation I called on our way to the cruise, again I was told no change. I was actually mad that Carnival would subject us to a destroyed island. We arrived at the port and the first thing we were handled at the metal detector was a note from Carnival notifying us of the port change. They should definitely have the reservation department aware of such changes. Everything went smoothly and quite frankly fast. We were at the ship within a half an hour from our arrival. We were enjoying the deck and lunch. Time when by fast, before we knew we were able to get into our cabin. It was around 14:45 our luggage had not arrived but it was not long. We had everything by 16:00. We had dinner at the dining room so we can meet our waiters.
On Monday, September 15; we stopped at Half Moon Cay. It is carnival's Private Island. So if you are one of the lucky ones and get a chance to disembark early you will feel like you were the only people in the beach. The crew actually disembarks and set up the buffet and the bars. We rented a cabana for $225.00 for the day. It was wonderful; it included two big bottles of water, six sodas and an array of fruits, vegetables and chip and salsa. Not to mention the cabin has a fan and AC, two long chairs and table with four chairs. We were given snorkel gear, fins and floating devices. This cabana was perfect; I would definitely recommend if you have small children. It can give them a break from the sun and if it rains you were covered. This was the perfect first day; so we could unwind and get into the vacation mode.
On Tuesday, September 16, was the fun day at sea. Another relaxing day enjoying the activities and shows carnival had to offer. This was the formal night with the Captain Reception; our Captain was Francesco La Fauci. In the past I have never seen a Captain so much. He was all over the ship; probably making sure everything was to part. We had our photo taken with him and he was very approachable. This night we had a comedian Mike Panzeca; it was an adult only show. I was not impressed with Mr. Panzeca. He wasn't vulgar or inappropriate; I just didn't think he was entertaining.
On Wednesday, September 17, we were on St. Thomas. We got off the boat and walked to the Sky ride. It was about 6 minutes from the pier. We paid $19.00 per person and got on the Sky ride up onto the top. The view is breath taking… we sat at the bar had a couple drinks and simply enjoyed the view. We had it down to the ship had lunch and got back down for the Castaway-Catamaran barefoot snorkeling. It was great! Captain Adam and his crew made sure we had a safe and great time. This was my first time snorkeling; so if I can do it everyone can. I had a great time exploring the St. Thomas cove, seeing the fishes, turtles and even a ship wreck. It is a 30 minute ride from the dock until the cove; on the way to the cove, the captain and the crew went over safety and the expectations we should have. They also made sure we were hydrated, we were server water. You can have your choice of soft drinks as well. On the way back to the ship; we were served a couple snacks and alcoholic drinks. Funny and experience crew from all over the world. The boat actually fits 85 people but on our excursion we were only 73. So it was not crowded, we were able to move all about the catamaran and not to mention we were able to get the appropriate gear with a problem. We were back to the ship and enjoyed the New Wave Magic with Kevin and Caruso.
On Thursday, September 18 - our second year Anniversary, we were in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was my first time at the enchanted Island; I must admit more people were not impressed of what the island had to offer for the amount of time we were at the port. We arrived in San Juan at 07:00 am and we expected to be back at 15:30. My boyfriend has been to San Juan a number of times so we decided not to do any excursions and just walk around the forts. We decided to disembark around 10:00 am; we walked to fort San Cristóbal and paid $5.00 per person to visit both forts San Cristóbal and San Felipe del Morro. It was nice view and the walk from Fort to Fort was a work out; not to mention, Puerto Rico was very hot. On the way back, we found a Postal service, I had a couple card to mail. We also stopped and got a drink and had it back to the ship by 15:00. Since it was our anniversary; the crew at the restaurant got us a cake and sang "Happy Anniversary" to the tune of " Happy Birthday" it was really sweet. Tonight they had a comedian Kim Harrison from Columbia South Carolina perform. I am a little bias here; since I have attended USC. But I truly enjoyed Kim and her sense of humor. It was only show only at 20:30. Simply adored her. Also tonight, was the lido deck Mexican buffet. It was really fun doing the Macarena, Electric slide and other dances at the Lido.
On Friday, September 19 - was another lovely day at sea. We slept in and enjoyed the wonderful activities carnival had to offer. Tonight they had a comedian Kim Harrison adult only performance and it was hilarious. I wished I had taped her.
On Saturday, September 20, we disembark at Nassau, Bahamas instead of Grand Turk due to the damages the island experienced with Hurricane Ike. We decided to go walk around the island and we ended up at Atlantis. We took a cab from the pier to the Atlantis for only $4.00 per person. At the hotel we were able to walk around the hotel, go to the casino if you would like. Enjoy the shops and restaurants. We wanted to go to the beach; it cost $60.00 per person to get the beach day pass in which included the beach chair and towels. You also had to purchase a gift card; all of the transaction on the beach and surrounded areas were cashless only. We were not on a hopping mood; so we only brought cash. We had to purchase a gift card in order to purchase drinks and food. Atlantis also had other packages for you to choose from. We were not interested in the water parks and pools; if you so wish to do those activities and it was about $105.00 per person. Since we were so close to home; it was a long day. We had to be back in the ship at 18:00; so we really had a nice time at Atlantis. I was a little annoyed with the entire beach vendors who do not let you relax; they are constantly asking if you wanted braids, bracelets, water and drinks. It was not the resort staff; I found it annoying to say the list mostly because it was a private beach and we had to pay money to enjoy it. The hotel should not allow those vendors to be annoying their guests.
DEBARKATION- went pretty smoothly for us. We decided to carry our own luggage. We woke up at 07:30 got ready and had breakfast got back in the room got our stuff and head out. It took us about 30 -45 from the room until we got into the cab. It was pretty fast and we had no problem. Once gain Carnival did a great job.