This was our first cruise on the Triumph and I was a bit skeptical as I had read somewhat negative reviews about this ship. It was my husband and I...booked this one just to disconnect for a week.
We arrived in Galveston a few days early so that we could enjoy being tourists, and we had a great time. We stayed at the Harbor House and it was fantastic. The weather was mostly sunny and warm, but did rain one evening.
We got to the terminal around 10:30 Monday morning -- no crowds, but quite a few guests from the past cruise still coming out of the terminal. Dropped the luggage with a porter and headed to the check-in area of the terminal. They have re-designed the terminal and there is now a new check in area. It was very nice and large. Breezed through security and then went to wait for embarkation. After about an hour, we found out that boarding was being delayed as there was a crew customs check and the entire crew from the Triumph had to get off the ship to make sure all their papers were in order with customs; no reason to get upset....we just visited with some of the people around us. We were finally able to start boarding around 12:30 and were on Lido having lunch by 12:45.