Carnival Triumph Cruise Review 1/3/2015
Just the Facts:
Ship: Carnival Triumph
Captain: Allesandro Iemmi
Cruise Director: Kirk Benning
This is my 50th Carnival cruise, the 7th time on the Carnival Triumph, and 100th cruise overall. I am cruising as a solo.
Saturday / Embarkation / January 3, 2015 / Day 1
|Lido Deck - Carnival Triumph|
Sunday / Fun day at Sea / January 4 / Day 2
Monday / Cozumel, Mexico / January 5 / Day 3
|Pako at Woody's in Cozumel|
Tuesday / Progreso, Mexico / January 6 / Day 4
|Progreso in distance|
Thursday / Debarkation / January 8
We had a super rocky night going into those 50-knot head winds. Very interesting, but I do enjoy it as long as I’m in bed. I was up early and packed, then went up to Lido at 7:00 am for breakfast. I went down to the designated meet point for Diamond & Platinum guests in the London MDR about 7:50 as we were sailing up the Galveston channel. The Triumph has the best organized debarkation of any ship I have sailed. They did allow the Platinum & Diamond self assist to debark first, and I was actually the very first off the ship. I was through US. Customs by 8:25 and at EZ Cruise parking by 8:45. I always walk back to the car as by the time you walk to the shuttle pick up location you could be half the way to the lot itself. Much faster to walk. I was off the island about by 9:00 am. I stopped at Love’s in Herne, Texas for gas ($1.99) and lunch. Home at the ranch about 1:30 pm.
I had cabin 6410 an interior located on Upper Deck (deck 6) near the aft elevators on port side. I booked on a special 24-hour sale with guarantee category and was assigned this cabin, a fair location but you do hear music from the Promenade deck below in the early evenings. The cabin has a swipe type safe, twin/queen beds, no refrigerator (OK by me rarely use them), Three-section closet, Three Drawer cabinet, two electrical outlets on Counter/Dresser, Bottle Opener, Telephone mounted on wall, Medicine Cabinet, Small Table, Small Stool at Dresser, and the older style TV, but it does have the interactive features. My cabin steward was very good, the cabin was always clean and ice container filled.
DINING / FOOD / BARS / ENTERTAINMENT
Both Main Dining Rooms are very nice especially the Paris Dining room. The 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 very nice location, good fellow guests, and the waiters were good. No Mongolian Grill, but they have Chopsticks, an Asian specialty spot. Love the 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, 10+ production dancers, and two excellent feature singers. Also very good cover bands and solo performers.
The entire ship crew were very friendly, they themselves can make the cruise more enjoyable for the guest. Waiters and Cabin stewards especially very friendly. The excellent training by Carnival is quite obvious. Favorites this cruise were my MDR wait team, Alchemy Bar team; and overall Crew in general. They always seemed to have a smile on their face and eager to please the guests. The Ship Officers were fantastic…they really seem to enjoy working as a team and are very friendly.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CRUISE
Diamond Guest Cocktails Party with Captain & Senior Staff
Alchemy Bar and bartenders.
Carnival Triumph Crew members