Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by WoodyStang: Best Snorkeling Ports Thus Far!
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Best Snorkeling Ports Thus Far!
Embarkation was a breeze. Carnival called to allow boarding starting at 10:30 am. No lines or waiting at 11:00 am.
Sea days were great. Smooth sailing. Forgot toothpaste.... No problem, room steward delivered complimentary tube in less than 5 minutes (he got a good tip!)
Shows were very good all in all. (the one exception is on the message board for which I got lambasted, so it won't be mentioned here.)Illusionist and hypnotist were the best as was the New Orleans tribute show (forgot the name). It was delayed for bad weather after leaving final port (Cozumel) until the next evening at 5 pm. Worth seeing.
Weather was great except the thursday leaving Cozumel and part of Friday morning. Very rough seas (13 -20 foot) which surprised me. Being an old Navy sailor, this ship doesn't even compare to what I consider rough. Some people were visibly sick though.
Ports of Call were Belize, Roatan, and Cozumel.
In Belize we snorkeled off a More Carnival excursion to the coral reef and then to the "private island". Snorkeling great, private island ok.
Did the Tabyana Beach Break excursion in Roatan. It was by far the highlight of the cruise. Can't thank the fellow cruisers on this site enough for the recommendations of this beach. The reef is literally 15 yards off shore and is gorgeous. Plus you have all day to relax or snorkel or drink or whatever.
Rented jeeps in Cozumel with friends. Having been to Cozumel 3 times, we decided to check out the other side of the island. My daughter spent a week on Cozumel after college graduation. Went to a nice restaurant and then to the ruins in the middle of the island. It was fun.
Service was as good as ever! Dining staff and room steward were very attentive and were tipped accordingly.
Debarkation was not as smooth because we had a group of 30 or so boarding a bus. Carnival gives you numbers for your luggage and call them in order when it is time to leave the ship. Our group had just about every number. But it still was not that bad. By 11 am we were on our bus and heading home.
On disappointment was the Triumphs layout. You can't go from fore to aft on the 3rd and 4th decks. Unfortunately the dining room is on the 3rd and 4th decks aft on the ship. Once you get past this..... it's smooth sailing Less
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