Triumph 5 Day 6/20-6/25: Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by 092306
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Triumph 5 Day 6/20-6/25
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Embarkation—We (myself, husband and mother-in-law) arrived at the terminal around 11:15 and porters were there to take our luggage. We had sailed out of NYC twice before on the Legend and then similar itinerary to this one on the Victory and embarkation then was slow and disorganized—definitely not what we were looking forward to again. Much to our surprise, however, Carnival really revamped the process. The port terminal was reorganized, with a better traffic flow, carpeting and lots of friendly staff directing cruisers to appropriate lines. After check in More we got boarding zone 4 and were on the ship by 12:05 headed to the
Muster Drill/Sail Away—The muster drill was right around 4:30 and actually went on longer than any other muster drill we've had. I don't have any problem with follow safety guidelines and I know that the muster drill is required, but there seemed to be a ton of repetitive announcements. Even the crew in our area said that this was a longer drill than usual and told us we could take off our life jackets since it was getting extremely hot and stifling. After that was over, we headed up to the top deck, but it was raining pretty steadily for the majority of it. Luckily we brought rain jackets for the trip and were able to stay on top, take some pictures of NYC and of the funnel going under the Verrazano which is not to be missed—it was great!
Stateroom—We booked two balcony staterooms (close but not connecting) on deck six, midship, starboard side. We've had both balconies and ocean views on other cruises, but the most recent trips, we were in ocean views. I had forgotten how much more storage space there is in a balcony room, particularly in the bathroom. I took someone's advice and brought a power strip and I was glad that I did. But, there were two outlets by the vanity instead of the one I thought each room had. I'm not sure if that's the case in all rooms though. This ship hasn't upgraded to flat screen TVs yet and we didn't have a basket of toiletries in the bathroom. I know others said they didn't and some said they had one, but not with as much stuff. Our room steward Sean and his assistant Paul were great—room always well taken care of and towel animals every night. They were very friendly and always greeted us whenever they saw us.
Ship—The ship was in good condition, very clean and the dEcor was not over the top. The layout is similar to the Victory where the dining rooms prevent passengers from going forward and aft on certain decks. You have to use deck 5 to cut across. To avoid accessing the
Food—We thought the food overall was very good. We ate breakfast and lunch on the
The dining room was great. At first we were seated at a booth in the
They did have the Mexican Buffet at midnight...didn't really partake as we were full from dinner and it was pretty late. They did have great sliced fruit and the desserts that looked good, but we only tried the fruit. They had salmon tacos which I thought was a strange choice, but everything else seemed the usual. They did have the chocolate buffet at lunch the last sea day and it was packed. I didn't try anything from it yet again...way too hectic and a lot of it didn't look appealing. The chocolate cakes were all flavored with something like orange, pear, etc. They did have hard ice-cream that they were scooping and putting cream puff pastry around it to make a swan. That was nice. Sushi was available each night from 5-8 and was very good, usually busy.
Entertainment—The cruise director was Jorge and he was very funny, though we didn't see a lot of him. The assistant cd, Natanya did practically everything and she was very good. We later heard that Jorge was sick and that's why he wasn't around much. We went to two comedy shows, both good and the magic show which was fairly entertaining. We didn't see any of the dance/singing shows. All of the live music around the ship was very good, better than on other ships we've sailed. Keith was over by the casino and he was great. There was a reggae band that was good and a female singer, not sure of name, but was very good as well. We did play bingo (lost) and went to the casino (lost at first, then husband won my money back!)
Gym—I went to the gym daily, mostly did the bike/elliptical and took a spin (indoor cycling) class on the last sea day for $12 for about a ½ hour which I didn't think was really worth it. There are a lot of machines though and it was never full.
Debarkation was smooth. We chose self-assist and walked our luggage off. We were off the ship and in a taxi by 8:30AM.
Overall we enjoyed our cruise and would sail on the Triumph again. We'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Less
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