We began our voyage on Saturday, September 19th, 2009. It was a clear and sunny day. The temeperature was moderate, and the skies were clear and blue. We were so excited to begin our 7th CCL cruise on board the Triumph.
The embarkation process was even better than in June. We couldn't ask for a better cabin steward, or a better waitstaff. The people we sat with at the early dinner seating were terrific. We made some new friends, and we met some of the people we talked to on cruise critic.
The food was delicious. Every evening, we had food selections that were even better than the first. I had the rack of ribs last night, and while the other diners at our table were eating with great care, I dove right in! Yes, I admit, I do love my food.
We were seated in the London dining room, at the early seating. However, we were in the back hallway, where we had difficulty seeing the entertainment in the dining room. We did talk to the Matre'D, Dario, but he was so busy making excuses, that he didn't render the care and customer service we were hoping for.
We went to the art auctions at sea, by Park West Art Gallery. This one guy, Justin, from South Africa, an apprentice auctioneer, insulted us. We weren't too pleased with that. That deterred us from buying the Norman Rockwell paintings that were for sale. We had purchased some other paintings through Park West Art Gallery in the past, however, we might think twice the next time we decide to purchase some art.
The food on the Lido Deck was great, and exceeded our expectations. However, we weren't too pleased with the juice selection. CCL used to offer fruit punch, but they've cut some corners due to the dwindling economy.
The shows were terrific. We enjoyed them all! The dancers and vocalists were awesome, and kept us entertained. Jorge, the cruise director, was halarious! He had us in stitches. We watched a hynotist who had some of the cruisers doing certain things while under his spell, and that was a great show.
All in all, the fellow cruisers who we've met, were great to talk to. There wasn't a rude soul on the ship. We couldn't ask for better cruisers, nor better staff and crew.