Carnival Triumph 1st time review 04/09/12 - 5 day Galveston, Progresso, Cozumel

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 12:16 AM.
#1
Del Valle, TX
97 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Do NOT wear RED BIKINI BOTTOMS to a DOLPHIN excursion!!!!!
Read more if you want to know why!

1st time cruiser review with Lots of PICTURES & Food Porn

Booked Guaranteed balcony
Room 8-380
Anytime Dining
Flamingo Sanctuary and Xcambo Ruins Tour via AutoProgresso.
Dolphin Swim Ride and Lunch through Carnival


I am 36,and he is 53,neither of us had cruised before. His brother had taken a cruise
and raved about it.
Since I am a smoker, it was recommended that we have a balcony.
I am so glad we did.
A majority of my favorite times were spent on that balcony.
My two neighbors also smoked so thankfully it was never an issue.

We liked the "most" inclusive aspect of it, very easy to bugdet.
I was raised on the coast of TX so I LOVE being out on the water and therefore
wasn't worried about sea sickness.
You can barely feel the motion in cabin 8380.

One thing I like to do before a trip is to OVERPLAN!
I don't know how I found Cruise Critic but I'm sure it was from Googling something
cruise related, and it is the perfect site for someone like me! I had fun counting down
the days till the trip. Making plans to meet and greet the others from the site,
compiling a list of hints and tricks that would help me, planning excursions,
finding usefull items to take.
I did something cruise preparation related everyday for 60 days prior!

I must warn you, this review is going to be spotty at times and crammed with
(possibly useless) information at others.
This review is partly my own selfish way of trying to remember all the fun I had
so sorry if it is too long.

My photos have timestamps and we got a copy of our charges so that helped
me in retracing our steps.

(Gosh, that sounds like I was drunk alot......
LOL...
I wasn't. But it did turn into a big blur of fun! )

Although I did get some good pictures, I wasn't faithfull about taking pics of everything I wished I had!
It may contain lots of pics that are not usefull to you.
Those are just for my own memories.
If even one good thing is learned by another newbie by reading this I will feel fufilled
in knowing that I helped.
After all the great tips I got and used................
Hopefully, I can pay it forward !!

.................................................. .................................................. ............
We drove down to Galveston from Austin and stayed overnight at
the La Quinta on 14th and Seawall Boulevard.
We chose LQ because we have a rewards card with them.
We were earning points toward free nights and
FREE CRUISE PARKING (no 2 night minimum), and make-your-own waffles
on thier continental breakfast, and free wi-fi.
The price was reasonable ($79) booked online in advance since it was Easter Sunday.

I took alot of photos on the road trip there.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Day 2 Fun day at Sea
Day 3 Progreso, Mexico
Day 4 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 Fun Day at Sea
#2
Del Valle, TX
97 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Houston Skyline


Looks like a Vegas sign.....


Saw some dolphins on the way there.....took that as a good omen!


In Galveston! Beautiful Cemetery.


Almost there!


At 3:40 pm on Easter Sunday our vacation began!
We arrive at Hotel!

Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Day 2 Fun day at Sea
Day 3 Progreso, Mexico
Day 4 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 Fun Day at Sea
#3
San Antonio, TX
1,097 Posts
Joined May 2010
Can't wait to see more pix of your adventure!!!!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature



10-10-2010 Carnival Conquest ~ First Cruise * 09-03-2011 Carnival Ecstasy ~ First Balcony * 08-18-2012 Carnival Triumph ~ Parents' First Cruise * 03-10-2013 Carnival Breeze ~ 10 Yr. Anniversary * 11-23-2014 Navigator of the Seas ~ First Holiday Cruise * 06-09-2015 Carnival Legend ~ First Alaskan Cruise * 11-27-2015 Norwegian Sky ~ First NCL Cruise * 03-13-2016 Norwegian Jade ~ First time at Houston Port * 08-19-2017 Carnival Freedom ~ Extended Hurricane Harvey Cruise
#4
Del Valle, TX
97 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
We check out the room........
(Not seen is me Lysoling everything!!)






No dead bodies under bed, however , I did find a penguin!!!



Our view from the room.

Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Day 2 Fun day at Sea
Day 3 Progreso, Mexico
Day 4 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 Fun Day at Sea
#5
Del Valle, TX
97 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
We decide to walk down to the seawall and enjoy the salty air
and the sounds of waves and seagulls and laughing children!




We walked down huge granite rocks (shipped from Marble Falls, TX) to enjoy the view.




Local Fisherman trying his luck in that brown water!


We spotted a SaltGrass so that made our dinner decision easy.
Denny's or Saltgrass?
If we had chose Denny's there would be no food porn pics here............

Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Day 2 Fun day at Sea
Day 3 Progreso, Mexico
Day 4 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 Fun Day at Sea
#6
Del Valle, TX
97 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Our first tropical drinks of vacation!

The blue one was better



We shared fried zuchini sticks with ranch dressing!
(Oh how I love restaurant ranch dressing)
YUMMMM!

Now time for salads!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Day 2 Fun day at Sea
Day 3 Progreso, Mexico
Day 4 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 Fun Day at Sea
#7
Del Valle, TX
97 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
I ordered the Shrimp and Shrimp (grilled and scampi) with garlic mashed potatoes
and an extra side of mushrooms.


WOW! They brought out a mini cast iron skillet of mushrooms!
I thought it would be a little dish........
Not complaining!







He ordered a Gulf Coast Steak and Shrimp- 9oz Angus sirloin steak
with french fried onions topper and shrimp scampi and the garlic mashed potatoes.





So good there was no way to save room for dessert!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Day 2 Fun day at Sea
Day 3 Progreso, Mexico
Day 4 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 Fun Day at Sea
#8
Del Valle, TX
97 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
We get back from dinner and it is 6:20 according to our new penguin friend.


At the front desk I had asked for a brochure of the tree sculptures in Galveston
so we went to the room and mapped out a few streets with the ones I wanted to see badly.
It wasn't the same as the brochure available for download here which has a map.
http://www.galveston.com/treesculptures/

902 Ball ~ Pod of Dolpins and Mermaid





This wasn't on the brochure. OOps, the easter bunny got ate by a crocodile!

Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Day 2 Fun day at Sea
Day 3 Progreso, Mexico
Day 4 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 Fun Day at Sea
#9
40 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Loving it! Sailing on Triumph May 21st - our first cruise.

We live 30 miles from Galveston and Saltgrass is a fav.

Thanks for the pics and updates.

Can't wait to read more.
#10
Del Valle, TX
97 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
1316 Ball ~ Two Crested Herons



1615 Ball ~ Toad


1717 Ball ~ Geisha and Sister Angels



Back View of Sister Angels
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Day 2 Fun day at Sea
Day 3 Progreso, Mexico
Day 4 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 Fun Day at Sea
#11
Houston
399 Posts
Joined Jun 2011
We are on the triumph in June and then again in August. We just moved back to the Houston area about 2 months ago and haven't been back to Galveston yet. I am loving your review.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


2/20/2006 Carnival Elation Cozumel 5 days- What started this addicition!

5/27/2011 Carnival Imagination Nassau 3 days- Wedding Vowal renewal cruise!

8/29/2011 Carnival Fascination Key West & Nassau 5 days- Family Vacation with my parents! Also Matthews first cruise.

6/18/2012 Carnival Triumph Cozumel 5 days- Dylans first cruise (6 months old) and our family vacation.

8/27/2012 Carnival Triumph Cozumel 5 days- Just cause we want to!

02/24/2013 Carnival Magic Jamaicia, Cayman Islands, cozumel 7 days!- just want to get away. Cruising with the kids and my mom.

2/13/2014 Carnival Breeze Aruba 8 days- First group cruise! (Had to cancel &#128554

8/25/2014 Carnival Triumph Cozumel 5 days...

8/24/2015 Carnival Triumph Cozumel 5 days.... Just me and the hubby 😍

09/11/2016 Carnival Breeze.... Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan.... First group cruise! Just me and the hubby again 😍 7 days!
#12
Kirkland, IL
11,370 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
I am loving your review so far. I am doing a picture review now too from my vacation on the Fantasy. Keep the pictures coming
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Past Cruises
Carnival Valor - March 2005
Carnival Destiny - January 2006
Carnival Celebration - March 2007
Carnival Victory - April 2008
Carnival Pride - May 2009
Carnival Elation - March 2011
Carnival Legend - December 2011
Carnival Fantasy - March 2012
Carnival Ecstasy - December 2012
Carnival Sensation - December 2012
Carnival Freedom - March 3, 2013
Carnival Imagination - December 2, 2013
Carnival Sunshine - December 8, 2013
Carnival Dream - April 5, 2014
Carnival Pride - July 27, 2014
Carnival Dream - December 7, 2014
Carnival Breeze - March 8, 2015
Carnival Ecstasy - October 12, 2015
Carnival Elation - December 7, 2015
Carnival Dream - January 31, 2016
Carnival Vista - May 1, 2016
Carnival Elation - September 10, 2016
Carnival Breeze - January 22, 2017


Future Cruises
Carnival Valor - April 17, 2017
Carnival Triumph - December 4, 2017
Carnival Horizon - May 9, 2018


#14
Del Valle, TX
97 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Thanks! I have all the pictures uploaded to photobucket.

I have ALL of 2 days written out.

I keep going back to write more.......

But I am sure I am done with Easter Sunday!

Links to whole albums:

Easter Sunday
http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/...ve2go2Cozumel/

Embarkation Day
http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/...rkation%20Day/
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Day 2 Fun day at Sea
Day 3 Progreso, Mexico
Day 4 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 Fun Day at Sea
#15
Del Valle, TX
97 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Starting to lose our light so only time for a few more now...............

How nice of the property owners to stategically light the sculpture!

1820 Winnie ~ Yellow Lab



Mermaid




1702 Winnie ~ Tin Man & Toto

Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Day 2 Fun day at Sea
Day 3 Progreso, Mexico
Day 4 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 Fun Day at Sea
#16
Carolina
8,700 Posts
Joined Aug 2006
Love you review! Your photos are really nice and I'm looking forward to reading and seeing more. Thanks for sharing..
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature



2/10/18 Summit (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
10/29/17 Vista (Halloween)
10/29/16 Conquest (Halloween)
2/21/16 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
9/19/15 Victory (5 days with friends)
1/8/15 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
11/8/14 Breeze (Feelin' the Breeze Part 2)
1/12/14 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
10/10/13 Victory B2B (Victory is Mine)[/font]
1/13/13 Westerdam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
11/24/12 Breeze (Feelin' the Breeze)
1/15/12 Westerdam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
12/4/11 Miracle (x-mas on the beach)
1/16/11 Noordam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
9/18/10 Fantasy
9/20/09 Sensation
11/08 Westerdam (Dave Koz & Friends)
2008 Caribbean Princess
10/2/06 Celebration
10/9/05 Destiny
2002 Costa Cruise Line
#17
Del Valle, TX
97 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Random Flower Pictures




Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Day 2 Fun day at Sea
Day 3 Progreso, Mexico
Day 4 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 Fun Day at Sea
#19
Texas
325 Posts
Joined Oct 2009
I am loving your review!! I have been to Galveston several times and i did not know about the tree sculptures!! I will be checking those out next time i go!! Those are so cool!!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


05-23-2010 Carnival Conquest
01-28-2013 Carnival Triumph
#20
Del Valle, TX
97 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Oops... too late to fix.
Sorry 'bout the highway in the middle of flower pics.








P.S.... Don't forget to Subcribe (if ya want) to this ....it's still in progress.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Day 2 Fun day at Sea
Day 3 Progreso, Mexico
Day 4 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 Fun Day at Sea