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Review - Triumph 4/17 Western

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Been a wonderful week, not only because of the cruise, but I was able to marry a wonderful woman in OchoRios on April 22 at our last 'Port of Call'! icon_biggrin.gif

I'll try to be brief and keep our personal choices in regards to shipboard activities to a minimum.

 

Flight

This is why we did a pre-cruise night in Miami.

Flight was delayed 2 hours from Erie, and we ended up adding a leg to the journey, which got us to Miami airport at 430 PM. Luckily we were headed to the Hyatt for the night, as well as to Bayside Marketplace and Bubba Gumps, etc. vs. trying to get on the ship before departure!

 

Embarkation

A breeze, though we were able to do a check-in for the ship at the Hyatt. We didn't know it was available until they called us in the AM and let us know. Wonderful!

Carnival transfer to the ship via motorcoach around 1230 PM. Identified our bags, tipped $5. for 3 large bags and we were off. Went straight to 'Security', S & S cards, pics and were onboard by 115 PM, if that.

Cabins were ready, so we settled in quickly. All bags were delivered by 4 PM at the latest.

 

Ship - the Triumph

Absolutely stunning! All rumors about 'dirty or stained' were false. Everything was great, except as we made our way around the ship during the week, we noticed a lot of people were careless where they deposited their trash, and never picked up after themselves. Empty bottles, pizza crusts, ice cream cones dropped on the floor and in elevators, etc. All were cleaned up extremely quickly via the ship staff. My Sweetie had the ship layout figured out in about 1/2 hour. I was still working on it the day we left?? (CRS disease, I guess) icon_wink.gif

 

Elevators

Speaking of elevators! I still haven't figured them out! Chris probably understands them, but they kept me baffled the whole time. Whoever programmed them to operate as they do should really try to find another profession. Several decks were easily transversed via the stairs vs. waiting for 'passing' elevators. ZOOM!!

 

Dining Room - Paris 8 PM

Table for 8, center of dining room. Had dinner with a lovely couple every night except Cozumel night, Connie and Greg from West Virginia. One other couple showed up one night, but claimed they enjoyed the South Beach and the Deli, etc as the hours were more lenient.

 

Food

I personally had seafood every night except once I had the Prime Rib which was very good. Not the best I've ever had, but very good. Saefood was wonderful!!! Menu varied each night! My Sweetie enjoyed the Prime several nights, as well as the other beef dishes.

We ate in the dining room as often as possible. NY Deli provided me with a grilled Reuben which was wonderful. Just near perfection. Denise had a wonderful sandwich, which she said was great. We did the buffet when we first boarded, and it was a little slow going as everyone was hungry, but plentiful and good. Hats off to the dining room personnel, and our waiter Nestor, and another lovely lady from Romania who assisted Nestor, whose name currently slips my mind. (CRS again).

 

Drinks/Beer

My favorite subject icon_biggrin.gif Denise did the 'drink of the day' for a few days, then settled in with a 'Kiss on the Lips', which was her favorite! I settled in with the 'quart' of Foster's for $5.75. Never did get the 'bucket', tho! So many things to do!!

 

Cabin

Upgraded to a Suite a week before the cruise for $100., Cabin 7238, Empress Deck. GREAT! Roomy, whirlpool tub, storage galore, and a really nice balcony. This was a forward cabin, and noticed some excessive wave noise from the bow during 'rough' seas while on the balcony, and may move back a little toward the rear on our next cruise. No biggie, just an observation or opinion!

Isaac our steward was wonderful! Kept us stocked in beer, etc., had three or four towel animals, was always great to cleanup while we were 'out', and left cookies and milk with the 'candy' at turn-down. Three stars and an extra $$$ tip.

 

Photo Gallery/Wedding

Met a wonderful lady from Romania named Anita. She was our wedding photographer and grew to be a great friend. Please, if anyone sees her, let her know that Dave and Denise say "HI"! Our pictures both on the ship and off were absolutely stunning. She is a master of her art!

 

Shows

We had excursions planned early at all ports, so missed all the late shows. Denise got picked for the "Welcome Aboard Show". Snoopy was duly recognized during the show.

Did bingo a little, and actually won a print at the Art Auction, and the Black Coral Stingray from Richard's of Grand Caymen. Tendering there was a breeze!!

 

Cozumel

Almost forgot to mention we did the Jeep Adventure with Ginger and Heather. Met at the No Name Bar and had the time of our lives for the rest of the day. Wonderful tour, and a bit bumpy, but very entertaining and informative.

Ginger and Heather are both from the States and are very good at what they do. Very attractive too! As well as a lot of fun.

 

Grand Caymen

Did Captain Marvin's. Great crew..

I thought the boats were a bit crowded (approximately 20 people), and the new snorklers were hesitant to get in the water, or pulled out of, and some didn't get to spend a lot of time in the water. StingRays were great. That is a must-do for anyone who hasn't tried it. Amazing! Can't wait to see the pictures I took!!

 

OchoRios

Denise and I were married at the 'Falls' at 1 PM, so didn't have a chance to do much else. Got some liquor and coffee and a few T-shirts.

Beautiful place.. Stunning! I want to go back. icon_cool.gif

 

Disembarkation

We were VIP as Carnival had arranged a 1240 flight from Miami. Met in the Rome Lounge at 845 AM, and most everyone in the room were out by 930. Carnival transfer to the airport and we we there and checked in by 1030/1100 AM.

 

Finally IMHO!

I would cruise this ship again in a heartbeat!

John Heald and Wee Jimmy were wonderful. Staff was great. Tania (Asst Maitre D) and wedding coordinator was absolutely wonderful to us! icon_smile.gif

Anita, our photographer, was a dream.

Food was excellent, seas were for the most part calm. And now I'm 'husband' to a beautiful, lovely lady! What more could I ask for?? icon_wink.gif

 

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This much time until I leave to marry my best friend

 

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Triumph 4/04

Imagination 5/00

OceanBreeze 11/96

USS 'Neversail' SanDiego 10/65

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Congratulations on your marriage! Glad to hear you had a great cruise. We were on the Triumph, same route in March. It was our first cruise and we had a great time. We were dissapointed to miss the stingray tour because of rough seas, but still had a great time.

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I originally posted this to the cruise reviews board but I thought since I saw this post I might as well add it here as well. Not the best cruise I've been on and I probably will not sail with Carnival again but, here it goes.

 

Overall it was a good week, the weather cooperated (for the most part) and the cruise itself was pretty decent, for my first time on a Carnival ship. There were some problems but I will talk about them later.

 

Day One: 4/17/04 Flight from Newark to Miami. We arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare, even had time for a bite to eat at McDonalds. Before we knew it the flight was boarding and we were "Going to Miami" (this is where you hum the Will Smith song). Anyway we arrived in Miami about a half hour before we were scheduled to arrive, around 10:30. Plenty of Carnival people around to make sure you were in the right place. We opted for the transfers but am not sure this was the wisest decision. The line was huge! We had to wait for what seemed like forever. Then when they finally herded us outside we had to wait more for the bus to show up, then more waiting on the bus for one person to load all of the luggage. Well we finally got moving and on our way to the pier, there we met up with my sister in laws parents, who live down there. They were nice enough to bring us some food and hang out with us for a short time before we got on the boat. Then it was on to embarkation. It was quite good, the line moved quickly, first we waited for our carry ons to be screened and to walk through a metal detector and then it was on to get our sail and sign cards. We pre-registered online and we only had to wait a couple of minutes to get past this point. The longest we had to wait was maybe 5-10 minutes to get our boarding the boat pictures taken then it was onto the Triumph! We immediately went to our cabin, this is where we encountered our first major issue of the cruise. We were a group of three and they put us into a room for two, with a rollaway child's bed (all of us are in our twenties). We were furious, we ran down to the purser's desk (along with many others) and waited in line for about 15 minutes until they told us it was not their problem, it was our travel agent's fault and that we had to call her to complain. She did however recommend that we ask our room steward for a larger rollaway bed to accomodate us (I'm 5'4 and on the child's bed I was hanging off a good foot). So, steaming mad, we went back to our room and our steward was right outside, she immediately said she would get us a new bed (without us even asking, she knew that she had set up a child's bed and that none of us were children) and that it would be there before dinner time, which it was. All in all the issue was resolved, but not the way it should have been. It is ridiculous to expect three grown adults to sleep in a room made for two, we had hardly any floor space to walk around, we were constantly stepping on the beds to get around each other, all we wanted was a room with a bunk, apparently that was too much to ask. Anyway, from there we headed to the Lido deck for some of the lunch buffet. From there we roamed around the ship, aquainting ourselves with where everthing was located. Then it was time for the muster drill, not so painful, it was over before we knew and then the ship set sail, we went up on the deck to wave goodbye to the Carnival Imagination, who was also in port that day, we were the first ship to leave. We sat out on the deck and watched as we sailed away from Miami, then it was time for dinner. The lamb was delicious and our waiter was the best. We turned in early this evening as we had awoken early that morning for our flight in.

 

Day Two: Day at Sea

We had breakfast in the Paris Dining Room, a nice change since we had dinner in the London Room. I had the eggs benedict, not the best I've had but they were good, my brother ordered an omelet and it was so not enough food for him! We ended up checking out the breakfast buffet afterwards so that he could have some more to eat. The rest of the day was spent in the gym (not that impressive, old machines, windows are extremely slanted and hard to look out, mirrors everywhere, Kaiser circuit machines, some of which had leaks in their air hoses so that every time you lifted it would drop a few pounds of resistance, safe to say this was our first and last trip there, also the scale was about ten pounds too heavy, I know because I weigh myself every morning and I did not gain ten pounds in less than a day!) From there we sunned a little bit, there were always chairs available if you were willing to be on the sides or rear of the boat, far away from the pool, near the pool the chairs were all taken or reserved (don't get me started on this one). This afternoon we attended the talk by the cruise director (large man!, but very funny, a little raunchy for my taste though) he spoke about Cozumel and what to do there. Poor Dick from New Jersey, he was a larger man and he did this bouncing thing and a dance then said yabbadabbadootime! If you were there you know all too well. How could we forget Willy Banger! Anyway we spent the rest of the day in the casino then on to formal night and the captain's party. Free Drinks!! Yeah!! Dinner was Prime Rib and Lobster.

 

Day Three: Cozumel

Went to breakfast at the buffet, omelet line was too long so we had scrambled eggs. We signed up for a tour to go horseback riding ($89.99) for three hours arranged by Carnival. It was a good time, the ruins left a little to be desired but I hear the better ruins are those on the mainland, this tour was fun because we got to ride horses, my first time on a horse and it was a memorable one. Our guide Daniel was great, very friendly and he looked like a Mexican Mike Piazza. After this we returned to the boat and met up with my brother for lunch, hamburgers in the dining room, delicious. Then we headed back out and downtown (tip, have exactly $6 for the taxi beacuse if you give him a $10 he won't give you change, no matter how mad you get). Downtown shopping was good, lots of jewelry, my brother bought a watch, I bought some tanzanite earrings and my sister in law bought a caribbean topaz bracelet. Then it was snack time at Carlos and Charlies, beware, you will get gropped if you buy a shot from the shot girls. Dinner we had upstairs at Senor Frogs, more delicious drinks. Then more shopping and back to the boat before 11:30pm.

 

Day Four: Day at Sea

Breakfast in the Paris Dining Room, more sunning, gambling, shore talks, marriage show (I think was today) and just a relaxing day at sea.

 

Day Five: Grand Cayman

We opted to buy a tour ahead of time online from Soto's Cruises to go out to Stingray City and Snorkeling at two stops for $24pp. It was a great time, the water was a little rough at our first stop but besides that we had a great time. The guides held the stingrays and gave us each a chance to hold them and feed them if we liked (the food was free). It was a blast, this is not to be missed. A great value too. If I had to guess I would say there were between 20 and 30 people with us and it was just right, I saw some boats at the sandbar with hundreds of people on board, ours was much more enjoyable. They also provide you with the gear and water and lemonade. Be advised that the island time is one hour before ship time (ex if you get off the boat at 8am it is only 7am in Cayman) because they do not observe daylight savings time, I imagine in the winter the time would be the same on the island as the ship, there is a big clock on one of the buildings there and it is easy to know the island time. After our trip we came back to town and hit the Hard Rock (expensive!) and then did some shopping then it was back to the boat.

 

Day Six: Jamaica

Too short of a stop! We went against Carnival's recommendations and did not book a tour here. We walked off the boat and there were plenty of people offerring to drive you wherever you wanted to go. For $11pp we went to Dunn's River Falls (had to pay $10pp to get in) and were the first ones there!! We climbed, had a great time then it was off to get my sister in laws hair braided. Then we stopped at the downtown shopping center. Then back to the pier. Once there we ate at Margaritaville and watched the beer drinking competition. After that it was time to board the boat for our trip home. Tonight was our second formal night, I sat this one out for many reasons, one of which I will mention at the end.

 

Day Seven: Last Day at Sea

This morning we woke up to see that the pursers office had dropped off 6 drink coupons for the three of us, (probably beacuse of the issues I will mention later) We spent the day sunning, gambling, shopping on board, and drinking! Also we went to the last talk about disembarkation. This was a relaxing day with not too much excitement

 

Day Eight: Back to Miami

We chose to do the early disembarkation from 7:30 to 8:30am where we took our own luggage off the boat. We were concerned the the regular disembarkation (9:30-11am) might not get us to the airport in time for our 1pm flight (I think it would have been fine) but since we were at the airport so early we tried to get on an earlier flight home, but they were all booked. We had lunch at Sbarros and then boarded our flight home.

 

 

Our Three Major Issues:

 

1. Three adults in a room for two, given a rollaway bed which took up much of the floor space. Carnival was unwilling to help us saying that it was our travel agent's fault, not theirs. Our travel agent said that Carnival told her the room we were placed in accomodated three people. By that logic every room on the boat could accomodate three people, it doesn't mean it accomodates them comfortably!!!!

 

2. No Hot Water in the Shower, the ENTIRE WEEK!!! I did not have one hot shower the ENTIRE WEEK!!! We asked our room steward and she said all the cabins she cleaned had no hot water either. (We were in an inside room on the panorama deck 10) We talked to the pursers desk again about this, the next day they left a note in our room saying that they would be sending a plumber to work on the pipes, guess what, no difference!! Still no hot water.

 

3. Loud banging on the ceiling above our room at all hours. One morning we were awoken at 5:30am by this loud noise. That day we went up to the floor above us (which happened to be the gym) my sister in law decided it had to be people dropping the free weights so she complained to the spa manager. The next morning it woke me up at 2:30am (the gym doesn't open until 6am). I promptly called the pursers desk and complained that I could not sleep with the loud noise, it was so intense that at times the ceiling would shake. It sounded at if someone picked up a pile of ten deck chairs and slammed them down. The next morning was when we received the drink coupons. Guess that was their way of saying SORRY!

 

Aside from these issues it was a great cruise.

 

Serenade of the Seas 11/27/04

Carnival Triumph 4/17/04

Majesty of the Seas 1996

The Big Red Boat 1995

Viking Serenade 1990

Oceania 1986

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So sorry to hear about your 'issues'!

It's hard to imagine the noise from above.. YIKES! They should have been able to rectify the problem.

The cabin size is something you really have to be aware of prior to booking. Your TA should have known what accomodations you needed and booked accordingly. To blame Carnival for a booking error isn't right, though if the ship had a larger cabin available, I would think they would have tried to accomodate you.

I'm not placing blame, actually, but your TA should have been more helpful by making sure your accomodations were acceptable to you. They know the layouts of every cabin and how the beds/berths are situated.

Hope you have better luck on your next cruise!! icon_smile.gif

ps: We had hot water galore on the Empress deck!

 

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I married my best friend in OchoRios, April 22!

 

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Triumph 4/04

Imagination 5/00

OceanBreeze 11/96

USS 'Neversail' SanDiego 10/65

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I'm glad that you had such a good time stlrboo, and congrats on the wedding in Jamaica, that must have really been something! I think if we had just been in a different cabin we could have had a great time as well. We plan on writing Carnival a letter outlining our "issues" but after hearing your response I think we should contact our TA too!

 

Serenade of the Seas 11/27/04

Carnival Triumph 4/17/04

Majesty of the Seas 1996

The Big Red Boat 1995

Viking Serenade 1990

Oceania 1986

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I also forgot to mention that our CC meet at the New World Bar on Lido was fairly well attended. Misty and Julie, Dana and Michele and their two girls, Duane and Cory, Denise and I and Dick (our personal on-board "jumper/dancer"). We also ran into several couples who did not board in time or just couldn't make it at the preset time.

For future 'meets', I would think the 1st 'Fun Day at Sea' might be the best time to meet as you'd be sure everyone made it to the ship! icon_wink.gif

Was really great to finally meet everyone. We missed Misty, Julie, Duane and Cory the rest of the cruise, but ran into the others quite often.

Thanks all for being part of our cruise!! icon_biggrin.gif

 

 

I married my best friend in OchoRios, April 22!

 

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Triumph 4/04

Imagination 5/00

OceanBreeze 11/96

USS 'Neversail' SanDiego 10/65

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daneicy80, I would contact my TA before writing an outlined letter to Carnival. IMO, the TA knew which cabins accommodated the number in your party especially since she is privy to this information. If you did a guarantee then there is no way she could avoid the sleeping accommodations from happening, but if you chose a particular cabin then she could tell you whether there was a pull down or not. I think when your TA was told that that particular cabin accommodated three people she should have at that time ask if that meant placing a rollaway in the cabin. Most TA’s are very aware that Carnival does this practice to accommodate more than 2 in a cabin. At that time she probably could have negotiated getting a cabin that had a pull down. Unfortunately, when you do a guarantee Carnival works under the premises of ensuring you get the "type" cabin you requested and then provide you a means i.e. rollaway or pull down that accommodates your party. We also had three in a cabin with a rollaway brought in. At the last minute we made a change to add me in my two sisters cabin, which was booked as a guarantee OV. It appeared that Carnival wasn't aware that I was suppose to even be in their cabin, because everything was set up for two. After investigating Carnival was very aware because, as the only past guest in the cabin they left my past guest invite on the table. We were told since we did a guarantee their first priority was to accommodated us based on the type cabin and then according to the # in our party based on available cabins. Trust me when more than 2 but less than 4 a guarantee doesn't always have a favorable outcome. I feel your pain and as we did, I see you all made the best of it. I am sure if Carnival had the available cabin they would have tried to accommodate you at that time. Unless your TA is not really familiar with Carnival, she may not have known. I do hope all in all you had a good time.

 

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Imagination 07/2001

Sensation 07/2003

Carnival Triumph 07/2004

 

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Thank you both for your reviews. daneicy80, sorry you had "issues" but I'm glad you didn't let them ruine your cruise. stlrboo, congratulations on your wedding.

 

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Stlrboo congrats on your wedding and thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

 

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which is why we are all here! icon_smile.gif

To share our experiences, and hopefully to make the next persons' cruise that much more enjoyable! Mine was..!!

And I'll forever be grateful to those on the Cruise Critic boards who helped to make it so nice AND special. icon_biggrin.gif

 

 

I married my best friend in OchoRios, April 22!

 

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Triumph 4/04

Imagination 5/00

OceanBreeze 11/96

USS 'Neversail' SanDiego 10/65

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hi daneicy80

 

dont worry dick from new jersey loved every minute of the week, first part of the week i had problem with it due to health reason, very weak, but as the week went on I really got into it and got stronger, amazing what a week on a cruise ship can do for you, like I said at the demarkation talk, it was the best medicine i could have gotten in the world, the memories of this cruise will last forever, i never had so much fun in many years and never came in contact with so many people and made so many new friends, this is really what cruising is all about, and then our tables mates were the best and having a couple from new jersey at our table mintues away from our home was unreal...we will be having dinner together soon.

 

daneicy80 sorry to hear you had problems aboard.

Please contact guest realations at Carnnival and let them know of the problems you had aboard, either by computer email or mail, if you need address contact me rpsinnj@aol.com they will forward letter to proper people and looking into problems they want hear about these problems aboard a ship, so they can correct them thanks

 

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I can't believe you are the actual famous Dick! Congrats for doing all that you did during the week, it took courage to do that in front of so many people. I missed the first performance so I was a little confused as to how it all began and I was feeling sorry for you but if you had a great time then that is all that matters. I was extremely touched by your comments at the debarkation talk, I think you moved everyone in that room. Seeing you do what you did lifted our spirits and made us happy, so thanks. I hope that your troubles pass you by and that you feel better now and in the future. Have fun YabbaDabbaDoing It.

 

I need to talk with my brother and sister-in-law to see if they have the contact info and also we may contact our TA first before going to Carnival but if I still need the info I will be contacting you. Thanks.

 

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Carnival Triumph 4/17/04

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The Big Red Boat 1995

Viking Serenade 1990

Oceania 1986

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thanks for kind words...you should follow up with other problems you had.....that is not right.....

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Congratulations Snoopy.

 

We had a wonderful time also ....let's see, except when my 8 year old couldn't get a grilled cheese in the Paris dining room at lunch.

 

Maybe I'll ask for a credit for our next cruise... icon_cool.gif

 

What a blast we had. No problems at all! Cruising (like life) is what you make it.

 

The best laugh...listening to a snob (Fairfield county icon_wink.gif ) complain the entire "tender" trip back from Grand Cayman. We thought we were on the wrong tender. How could she hate everything???

 

We were happy to see you (both) involved at the Welcome Aboard show.

 

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Ok gang here we go, I will try to do this off the top of my head, without any capers etc..Overall this was one of the best cruises that me and my wife has been on, yes we have been on a lot of cruises over the past 9 years, but this was near perfect. At the start I did not think it was the best choice for me due to my weakness and health problems. Getting on a cruise ship knowing you have a tumor and not knowing what your future may bring was a very hard choice to make. .

 

We got into Miami the day before and stayed at the Marriott Biscayne Bay, we love this hotel and the view you get facing the port of Miami, always ask for an even number room at this hotel. Since we are a Marriott card holder we were upgraded and got use of the room they have snacks and food in for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We spent the afternoon laying around at the pool and at night went over to Bayside by taxi cab and had dinner at a great place called Los Ranchos, Mexican style steak house.

 

Saturday morning we left for the Triumph around 1030 or so, we had express check in and that was a breeze, thanks to my wife doing. Traffic was very heavy in terminal area, with 5 ships being in port that day. We got onto the ship around noon time or so and had no problem with luggage coming to room. We had a great lunch pool band is great. Then we had a meet and greet at back pool bar area, it was great meeting cruise critic members prior to fire drill, Dana/Michele Dave/Denise you guys were great to me all week long and others. That night meeting our table mates and they all were great, and Mike and Roxanne was from New Jersey, minutes away from our home town, it was a great week with them. We attended the John Heald Welcome Board show that night at 1030pm.

Few warm up games of Bingo prior, I waited for B5 one number for 1,000 dollars.

During show my wife got me good, John asked her I was a romantic since we having our 13th wedding ans aboard, and her reply back was SHxx NO…well John got me good,

every time during the week when he mention New Jersey our home state I had to run up on stage and go down on one knee and say to Suzann that I loved her with a saying of yabado……..etc….he got me good threw out the whole week. Then we went over to see

Ed Rock in piano bar he was outstanding, all week long he really rocked. The sounds in the piano bar were outstanding, everything worked great. The ship was very clean, no problem with the rugs.

 

Sunday was a great day at sea; John had game show during afternoon hours and talk about ports at 11am. They had men’s hairy chest contest. Lunch was very good thru out the week, so was dinner. We did not attend the Vegas show that night. There is no more major food at midnight, they open up the back grill for burgers, steaks and chicken sandwich they were great along with pies cakes etc….they did have the big gala buffet on Thursday night.

 

Monday we lay around enjoy the empty ship during morning hours, then Carnival Miracle joined us in port in Mexico around 1pm, since I knew a few people on triumph and miracle from past cruises, I said why not lets ask and we got a day pass to go aboard the miracle, it is a great new ship, we also had late lunch aboard and meet my favorite mattered ken.. It was great….then we went out on a pirate sail boat for dinner lobster boil they cooked food and you ate aboard boat it was great, daring at first but you got use to it. Monday night Wee Jimmy hosted a great deck party, they also had a Mexican show that we didn’t attend.

 

Tuesday was our day to relax at sea being 13 years married and we loved it, my wife is the best. John Heald had marriage show during afternoon hours. They had survivor and pool games. Pablo Mattered had a special cake made for us, larger then usually ones and with our names on it, we had a great dinner with our table mates.

 

Wednesday was another day we relax on ship, 7 ships was in at Cayman islands, everyone came back loving stingray tour. Hot Hot in dinning room. That night was talent show and the famous bedtime story.

 

Thursday Jamaica everyone came back loving the falls. Also was 2nd dress up night and 2nd Vegas show night, we did not attend, at night we did spent some time in casino and in piano bar with ed rock and back lounge with 2 slick…

 

Friday last day at sea and debarkation talk at 11am.. John did give us some nice gifts at end of week and I gave a little talk thanking him and everyone else for a great week, the memories of this cruise and the people that we came into contact will last me and my wife a life time, it was great, I really got stronger as the week progress, cruising is the best medicine in the world better then anything a Doctor can give you. John Heald and his staff were great, Wee Jimmy Asst Cruise Director, Kevin and Karla social host outstanding, staff so friendly, we had one problem the roses that I gave my wife at started of cruise started to die 1/2 way threw, Carnival replaced them with a new dozen.

 

Saturday we were off ship around 930 am 1000 am and back to airport by 11am job well done, Carnival.

 

Few things I forgot to mention new phone rates back to states 1.99 per minute, also activities aboard triumph was great music to games to bingo etc, even late karaoke parties several nights. We only attend one midnight show so I cant say much there.

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ROBERT.........YOU R DE MAN!

 

Hope you are feeling better and make a full recovery!

 

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thanks norman you will have a blast on may 8th..

this crew / staff is well tuned.

 

one thing i didnt like and i think carnival is wrong, they seem to be cutting back big time on the past guest cocktail party, they have one party at 4pm and the waiters come around with like cutup sandwiches on a plate and give each person one plate with 4 small pieces on them, i like the old way better. One prior to early and late seating dinner....and more pre dinner type food.

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Thanks to all of you for the great reviews, they brought memories of our January cruise flooding back. Stlrboo, congratulations on your wedding!..we would love to see pictures of your ceremony at the Falls. B&P

 

Triumph 1/10/04 "Where it all ends, I can't fathom my friends..If I knew I might toss out my anchor..So I'll CRUISE along, always searching for songs..not a lawyer a thief or a banker"...J. Buffet

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mwsawyer: I don't know when they started doing 'check-in' at the Hyatt, but I know they had it that day! Two ladies from Carnival were there, and actually called our room to let us know to be in the lobby between 9 and 11 AM!

 

Dick.. I must have missed the past guest party! Don't even remember being invited.. or maybe I should have known. Guess I didn't miss much from your comments. I'm guessing I was probably busy doing something else.. icon_eek.gif

And again.. thanks for your 'talents' at the show.. We still get a smile on our faces! icon_smile.gif

And good luck with your health issues. Something like that makes all these trivial 'cruise' issues irrelevant. Cheers!!

 

 

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NO YOU DIDNT MISS MUCH AT PAST GUEST PARTY. SNOOPY YOU ARE EVER SO RIGHT ABOUT THAT COMMENT, WHAT IS LIFE WITHOUT YOUR HEALTH. WE DIDNT GET INVITE EITHER, FOUND OUT ABOUT PARTY BY WORD OF MOUTH, SOMETHING TO DO WITH EXPRESS CHECK IN ISSUE, SO PAST GUEST MEMBERS MAKE SURE THEY HAVE YOU ON LIST FOR COCKTAIL PARTY DURING WEEK

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Dick! I remember seeing or hearing about a space on the check-in form which we had by-passed as we had done the check-in at the Hyatt. That must have been the problem. I'll remember next time to mention it. One can never have enough free alcohol or food! I know I had my share of both!! Only I had to pay for the booze.. icon_rolleyes.gif

 

 

I married my best friend in OchoRios, April 22!

 

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Imagination 5/00

OceanBreeze 11/96

USS 'Neversail' SanDiego 10/65

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You are ever so right about the drinks, if they are free lets drink.....hows married life treating you honeymoon couple

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daneicy80, We, too are booked on the Triumph for January. I booked a cabin for 3 for my daughter and 2 friends. When I searched my TA's and Carnival's web site for a cabin for 3, I was presented many options. I booked one of the available 3 person cabins with my TA, who never said a thing. Now I look at Carnival's deck plans, and there are NO inside cabins for 3, only 2 and 4. Bummer. I have now booked 3 inside cabins on deck 10. Sounds like we may have loud, cramped, cabins with no hot water.

 

Did they leave your roll away in the cabin all the time, or did they just bring it in at night as they do on Celebrity?

 

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