Cruise Review 6/21/2014
Just the Facts:
Ship: Carnival Triumph
Captain: Allesandro Iemmi
Cruise Director: Mike Pack
This is my 45th Carnival cruise, the 4th time on the Carnival Triumph, and 92nd cruise overall. I am cruising as a solo.
Saturday / Embarkation / Day 1
Sunday / Fun day at Sea / Day 2
|Milos and Marko 'Ziveli'|
Monday / Progreso, Mexico / Day 3
|Pyramid of the Soothsayer - Uxmal Mexico|
Tuesday / Cozumel, Mexico / Day 4
|Woody's - San Miguel, Cozumel|
Wednesday / Fun day at Sea / Day 5
|Carnival Triumph theme decor|
Thursday / Debarkation
I awoke at 6:30 and began packing soon afterward, it was obvious we would not arrive early, but probably closer to the 8:30 published arrival. I had half a banana for breakfast and went down to the designated meet point for Diamond & Platinum guests in the London MDR by 8:00 am. It was not busy there at all similar to embark and we were the first to leave the ship about 8:20 am. I was through US. Customs by 8:35 and at EZ Cruise parking by 8:50 am. I always walk back to the car as by the time you walk to the shuttle pick up you could be 1/3 the way to the lot itself. Much faster to walk. The only two slight hiccups were: I used a birth certificate as I have my passport submitted for renewal and that can take longer and I had to have my truck jumped due to weak battery. Neither took long since I was among the first at Customs and I was first by far at the EZ Cruise parking lot. I stopped for gas ($3.38) at Raceway next to the bridge and was off the island at 9:08 am. I met the DD and DW in Waco for lunch about 12:30 pm then following had a new battery & windshield wipers installed. Home at the ranch about 4:30 pm.
I have cabin 7397 a balcony located near the aft elevators on starboard side on deck 7. A fair location, but I only booked the week of the cruise so good location for such a late booking. The cabin has a swipe type safe, twin/queen beds, no refrigerator (OK by me rarely use them), Three-section closet, Three Drawers, Cabinet (new) with three shelves, Two Electrical Outlets (rare) on long Counter/Dresser, Bottle Opener, Medicine Cabinet, Small Table, Small Stool at Dresser, and nice Flat Screen TV with interactive features. The cabin steward George was very good, the cabin was always clean and ice chest filled. What is nice is that they seem to have eliminated the problem with door slammers on the balcony doors. The doors are adjusted so that the returns hold the door very well, you may even have to physically close them yourself, but a much better option than the door slamming. Whoever was the Ship Engineer that solved this problem needs to go fleet wide. I actually have a friend who no longer books balconies, only ocean view cabins (OV’s) because of the annoying door slammers.
DINING / FOOD / BARS / ENTERTAINMENT
Both Main Dining Rooms are very nice especially the Paris Dining room. The new Blue Iguana for burritos and Guy’s Burgers are excellent. The buffet food is pretty standard, but the desserts are good. The MDR food is IMHO just adequate, but I had a nice location and the waiters were good. No Mongolian Grill, but they have Chopsticks, an Asian specialty spot. Love the new Alchemy Bar and the Lobby bar is very nice. Thirsty Frog beer is available in the Red Frog Rum bar, EA Sports bar, and Lobby bars. If guests want the full entertainment experience, then the Triumph may be the ship for you. They have a large 9 member ship orchestra, 12+ production dancers, and two excellent feature singers. Also very good bands and solo performers.
The entire ship crew were very friendly, they can make the cruise more enjoyable. Waiters and Cabin stewards were very good. Favorites this cruise were David my headwaiter; Milos, Marko, & Alexandrea in the Alchemy Bar; and MDR hostess Natasha. The Ship Officers were fantastic…they really seem to enjoy their work and are very friendly.
I do NOT normally cruise in the summer primarily for two reasons: Children and Pricing. If school is not in session pricing is 25-40% higher than other months and of course there are lots of children and teens using 3rd & 4th berths in cabins. Experienced cruisers such as myself usually avoid the summer; however, one can actually survive and enjoy a summer cruise. Here are four recommendations: Balcony-you must have a balcony so that you will have your own private space. Forget about deck space and swimming pools, they will be packed. On this cruise the aft pool was the teen pool and the main lido pool was families and small children. Dining-late set time dining will be your best bet, fewer children. Also if you really want some sun & deck time you can go out about 6:00 pm when many go to early dinner. Alchemy Bar-already one of my favorite places, the fact that they do not serve soda keeps the kids away. Casino-I’m not usually a gambler, but I did spend some time in the casino this cruise, it’s kid free.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CRUISE
The Senior Staff surprising me at the Alchemy Bar was ‘over the moon’.
Alchemy Bar and staff.
MDR and Cabin Service.