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Triumph- Day 2


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Day 2, Day at Sea ...

 

woke up late... that was a nice feeling... some may feel otherwise but I think that the beds were terrible... and the pillows... my wife brought a pillow and liked it much better. The beds seemed a bit lumpy to me. I hate to whine about paradise but... count that as a negative for me.

 

Popped up to the Lido, Deck 9... got coffee... tip, coffee cups stack so it is no problem to stack 2-3 in each hand. Don't overfill. I would order room service, then go up. That way I'd have warm coffee continuous. Yes, we like our coffee. Brought our own flavored creamer. (I saw another thread, to my knowledge , Carnival doesn't offer flavors).

 

Balcony... weather has cleared and it's wonderful temp etc... not sure if anyone else has ever seen this but... FLYING FISH!!! At first I thought they were little birds... or that I was wasted already.. then you see them pop out and coast for yards and yards... sometimes we saw as many as 10 at a time. Fascinating.... there is always something...

 

Anyway... breakfast is served outside on the Lido until Noon, inside til 10:30. So today we grabbed it from inside, in the A/C of the South Beach Club. (later in the week we grabbed it outside, same quality)

 

Quick eat and dropped the kids off at the pool (I always wanted to write that!)... seriously though... drop the kids off at Camp, 10:30ish, Circle C, 12th... Mummy Wrap, Paper Ball Wars, Who am I?... and other stuff on the schedule... must pick up by Noon.

 

roamed around... found the laundry area... took a roam around the "Secret Decks"... alone again... lounge chairs out as if someone layed in them... windy as we were on the move to San Juan...

 

** Tip ** Grab the golf clubs and balls from the deck, towel area early in the day... they "sell out"... they ask that you bring them back by the end of the day but... oops... I forgot... kept them until the next... the towel area closes around 5pm and mini golf is sometimes closed... so.. take advantage when you can...

 

Picked up the kids... open seating in the Paris for lunch... 12-1:30... got a make your own burger and some other stuff... not so impressed honestly... it didn't have the same feel... a little stuffy and the staff seemed a bit off... maybe as they don't see you at night? I don't know but we tried it again later in the week and felt the same way... so... in the future I will use the buffet's ease and casual feel for lunch...

 

Went to the front pool... slide was closed, winds... nice time... hot, hot , hot... retired to the room/balcony after dropping off the kids at 2pm.

 

Dinner... very nice... Cruise Elegant... 1 of 2 dress up nights... most guys (95%) had suits/tuxes... women dressed up ... everyone looking good, enjoying it all...

 

Prime Rib... Lobster/Shrimp night, "Captain's dinner?"... it didn't say it but I think that it was... I ordered the Prime Rib and a lobster... got the shrimp as a bonus.... wife ordered lobster... both of us agreed. Perfect. A can't miss dinner night for sure... classic Warm Chocolate Melting Cake.. tip for dining with kids... they will give the kids their food when you get your starters... ask them to wait on their entree until you get yours'... then you can fully enjoy without entertaining...

 

Walked the ship, enjoyed some cocktails... movies in room... Bucket List, Ice Age 2... wife and I took turns losing in the casino :(

 

Note... there was a show, "Big Easy" in the Rome Lounge... we were on the 6th, Upper... front of the Rome... but we could hear the pounding nightly... we stayed up late enough but if you are an early to bed person... consider staying higher or towards the rear of the ship IMO.

 

onto Day 3... San Juan!

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So as of day 2 who all do you think you have tipped and how much? I guess my main concern is the porters with my bags on day one. I have read on hear that they are pretty outspoken about how much you tip them and if you want to see your bags again. Obviously you got your pretty quick!

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Thank you so much for your humor! I am enjoying your review better than most Ive read. I love your parental humor too! {sounds like Me!} DH and I will be on her in March sans the kidlets {LOVED that word,and had to borrow it from someone else!}.,uxgdbfbvv {speaking if kidlets,the youngest whom Ill call "Monkey" says hello with the unrecognizable {sic} typing!}. keep it coming. I feel a migrane coming on,and theres housework to avoid,so find a wifi at lunch and keep it coming! THANK YOU!:p

BTW, thanks for talking about the DR at lunch. I dont know how much DH and I will use it,but I was wondering how things were in there then.

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This will be our first time on the Triumph April 19th! 11 days and a wakeup!! yeah, I am enjoying your review although our itinerary will be different.....Cozumel/Grand Cayman / Ocho Rios Jamacia.\

 

Do they have the mongolian stir fry station/ fried chicken station, deli and fish and chips on lido deck?????

 

And do they have the sushi every night before dinner near the Casino? thanks for you help

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sushi every night by the casino... costs something... didn't get it

 

no mongolian stir fry... of sort... noodle bar... closed alot... check the times... no fried chicken station or fish and chips

 

golf clubs/stuff is on the port side, Lido deck, next to the pool, it's the Towel station...

 

ps- your steward can/will return your wet towels... we had 4 (2add'l signed out)... she left 2 dry... and advised that she returned the others

 

LOOK FOR MY DAY 1-8

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sushi every night by the casino... costs something... didn't get it

 

sushi shouldn't have cost anything. if i'm not mistaken it's free fleet-wide, but only offered for limited hours (something like 5-8pm) around dinner time.

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maybe there was a charge for some types? I don't really know but I do know that I saw prices posted at the sushi bar... since I didn't buy it or get it I can't positively confirm..

 

onto a question that I missed... tips for the porters

 

$2 / bag would be plenty... $1-2/bag is accepted... they are happy to have a gazillion people throwing money at them... we gave the 1st guy $8 for 5 bags... he was happy to do it... be nice to them and you'll get alot further for sure...

 

on the way out I slapped the porter $7 and he took my 5 bags thru Customs , chatted with us the whole way , shook my hand and thanked me...

 

again... they are happy to be making good money... especially for someone who is nice to them...

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Basketball closed often too due to winds.

 

Also another note; the golf simulator was broken and has been for weeks. The golf pro said that he hoped to have the "part" and have it fixed on Sunday when we got back in Miami. Not sure how true but thought that I'd pass it on.

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It's the sake (or however it's spelled) that costs extra. The sushi itself is free, and delicious! They had 3 differnt types each night and they would make you as much as you asked for. We had late seating, so often drifted thru the casino area for a sushi appetizer before dinner.

 

Keep up the good work! The Triumph was our first cruise, and she definitely hooked us! It's nice to hear others enjoyed her as well.

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