We drove from San Antonio to Galveston on Friday and spent the night at the Hilton before departing on Saturday. We took advantage of the free parking and the Hilton shuttle to the pier. Embarkation was smooth, and this was our first time in an aft extended balcony stateroom. The balcony was huge and we really liked it, although views are better from balconies on the sides of the ship. With the wedding cake design of the Triumph, we quickly became friendly with all of the other aft balcony cruisers.
Entertainment: very good, good singers and dancers, Reagan was a real crowd-pleaser and she sang at the past guest party and the farewell party.
Dining: not so good. It was very hit or miss. Room service was a joke, with sandwiches having one thin slice of beef or a small dab of tuna or chicken. We ate dinner in the dining room every evening, and the service was not up to Carnival standards. At least one person in our group of four failed to receive at least one thing that they had ordered at every meal. The absolute worst experience was being given regular cappuccino instead of the decaf that I had ordered. I was awake at 4 a.m. and read the entire book that was supposed to last the whole cruise.
Great balcony, plenty of room to stretch out and relax. Too much furniture for the size of the cabin. Beds could not really be separated into twins and still have room for one person to get out without exiting from the foot of the bed!
Carnival needs to re-think this port of call. Not much to do, not much to see, the seven-hour trip to Chichen Itza would be okay if 5 hours of it weren't on a bus.
Cozumel is a beautiful, friendly island. There's great beaching, shopping, snorkeling, diving, and even small Mayan ruins.