After reading the reviews I was a little concerned about going on the Triumph, but like I knew already, a cruise is what you make it. Boarding wasn't that bad, we arrived at about 10:15 and a train was going through so that blocked the traffic for a while. We parked in the parking deck for the pure convenience of it. ($16 day / $112/week). I think they gouge you on the price but I would still pay it for the convenience. The porters are waiting at the top of the garage and took our luggage, we parked, we backed our vehicles in so they were almost touching the wall just in case someone else had a key less remote that would trigger our trunk to open unknowingly. It didn't happen, but better safe than sorry. Check in was very easy, we were given zone numbers and told to sit in the chairs until our zone was called. Our number was called about an hour later and the fun began.
Our cabin Steward, Clemente and his assistant Harry greeted us as soon as we were able to go to our room. They kept our room clean and seemed to know our routine so our room was never dirty. They were always easy to find, but we never needed anything since they were on top of it. They even let us know if someone had knocked on our door since our family was spread all over the ship. The ship is older but the rooms are clean so the pink bathroom didn't bother us. I would pack my own blow dryer if you need one since the one in the bathroom probably should be retired as it gets hot and it would take a long time to get your hair dry if it was longer than an inch.
We ate supper in the main dining room and our waiter, Made, the assistant, Tatianna and the Matre'd, were great. Made and Tatianna had there hands full with us. We were a large group and we switched seats between 3 tables, somehow they remembered our names after the first night and remembered what we liked. Our 18 month old grandson was with us and he LOVED the dining room, after the first night his milk was waiting for him and he was ready for the bread. The Mac n Cheese is very good and if you like hot chocolate, you should try it. The meals were good, we have had better but it was good. The waiters danced and sang every night which we liked. The Matre'D was the best we have had, he not only came to the table, but he carried on a real conversation not just with our tables but with every table, he really seemed to want everyone to have a good time in his dining room.
The buffet was good, there were things that I liked and things that I didn't care for, but there is such a large selection you could find more than enough to eat. The pizza, pastrami sandwich, and the french fries were really tasty.
Entertainment was good, not great but good. The magician was really good and we enjoyed him a lot. There are photographers everywhere but we all noticed that they weren't as pushy. If you said no, they didn't seem as pushy to get your picture.
Our first stop was supposed to be Belize but it was cancelled and we went to Grand Cayman. We were a little disappointed that we didn't stop in Belize as we were planning on doing the cave tubing. In Grand Cayman we went to 7 Mile Beach but it was very crowded, there were 6 ships in port that day.
Second stop was Isla Roatan. OMG! the most beautiful water I have ever seen. We went snorkeling with Roger's Cat Tours out of the West Bay Beach. The beach water was crystal clear and he took us out somewhere and the water was even more beautiful, you could see 50 feet to the bottom, I would love to go back. Carnival has their own beach right where you get off the ship and part of our group went there and had a nice time, but there was sea weed in the water. You have to pay for everything, chair, umbrella and such, but they had a good time. Our ride was supposed to pick us up outside the gated area. (several people told us that the cabs are much cheaper if you get away from the gated area. The only problem is you have to walk up a rather steep hill and then down the hill to get to the bottom, there are scooters to rent and taxi's and excursions down there. Only half of our group walked down the hill because we weren't sure if our ride would be there since our ship was 3 hours late and we didn't want to walk back up the thing. Our ride wasn't there, but we called Roger and he made arrangements with one of the taxi's there to drive us to him. We learned from our driver that it is a nice area where Carnival is at, but the other dock where the other cruises were docked were in a bad area. Part of our group had been there before and said that they docked there and were afraid. In fact they weren't too excited about coming back but were very happy this time because it was such a different experience.
Third stop was Cozumel. We have been here before so we didn't do anything but look through the shops. A large part of our group found an all-inclusive resort to go to. For $40 they got use of the pool, chairs, snorkel equipment, water toys, food, drinks (alcoholic and non). They had a great time and said it was really worth it as the snorkeling was really good right off the beach and the drinks were good.
I would definitely go back on the cruise again. A cruise is what you make it and some people are really goofy on what they expect. We saw a guy at camp carnival screaming at them that they should have a stroller big enough for his 7 year old because he didn't want to be carrying her around Cozumel. The strollers they have only hold up to 35 lbs. Seriously, you need to be responsible for yourself. You can be disappointed, but don't take it out on the staff.
Tip that I learned this time, on disembarking day you can order the quick continental breakfast in your room the night before. We were leaving as soon as they let us and the buffet didn't open until 6:30. We just ordered some coffee and danish to be delivered between 5:30 and 6:00. Perfect. We were in our car by 7:50 a.m.