Carnival Triumph Cruise Review 1/27/2014
Just the Facts:
Ship: Carnival Triumph
Captain: Allesandro Iemmi
Cruise Director: Jen Baxter
This is my 39th Carnival cruise, third time on the Triumph, and 85th cruise overall. I an cruising as a solo.
Sunday / Travel
Debarkation from the Carnival Sunshine was very easy so I was on the road from New Orleans to Texas by 8:30 and arrived in Alvin about 2:30 pm. It was a nice travel day, but another cold front is approaching due to arrive in Galveston just before sail away on Monday. I’m staying with cruise friends and enjoying some fast land based wifi. We had a great Tex-Mex dinner at Gringos with other cruise friends and after returning, I retired early. Thanks Guys.
Monday / Embarkation / Day 1
|Lobby & Lobby Bar
Tuesday / Fun day at Sea / Day 2
|Carnival Triumph - Lido Buffett
Wednesday / Progreso, Mexico / Day 3
Calm seas overnight and I slept very well not getting up and around until 9:00ish and went to the Lido deck and had an omelette from the omelette station with a side of bacon and ham. They do have the bacon police on the Triumph, at least in the section I was using. I then had a Bloody Mary from the Red Frog Rum Bar on Lido deck since I missed my MDR one. Guests were leaving the ship, but a large number were staying on board as was I. The weather was pleasant and I got a nice table on Lido deck aft and enjoyed the day. I took my small JBL speaker and had my own personal music and rediscovered that the aft pool bar also makes a very good Bloody Mary, the best on the ship in fact. A nice way to enjoy the day. I had a great view of passengers returning to the ship so before too many returned I made a trip to Guy’s for a plain Guy’s Burger with fries, a very good lunch. I also had a view of a weather front approaching and about the time we sailed at 4:00 pm we had a light rain. After some cabin time and cleaning up I went to the Alchemy Bar for a cocktail then to see I went up to the Variety Music with Jerry in the Lobby. He sang requests and has a very enjoyable show. It was now dinner time and this evening I ordered Gazpacho, Shrimp Cocktail, the Farfalle Pasta in Alfredo Sauce with Turkey, the Pork Steak in jerk sauce, and a Banana Split for dessert. The ship is really rolling tonight as we sail through that weather front and enter the Caribbean, I actually like it. Of course an Alchemy Bar nightcap: the Deal Closer, but had discovered a variation of it to make it more of a chocolate mint flavor (substitute creme de menthe for the amaretto). A nice relaxing day on the Carnival Triumph.
Thursday / Cozumel, Mexico / Day 4
Thursday / Cozumel, Mexico / Day 4
|Carnival Triumph at Puerta Maya, Cozumel
Friday / Fun day at Sea / Day 5
Saturday / Debarkation
I awoke at 6:30 and we were already docked. I suspected they wanted debark to go fast and smooth because of the loss of power incident on Friday. I had already received emails from press that knew I was aboard ship. I hurriedly packed and was ready to go just in case and yes they began self debark by 7:15 am. No time for breakfast, but the bananas from the fruit basket served that purpose. I was through US. Customs by 7:35 and at EZ Cruise parking by 7:50 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. I stopped for gas ($2.98) and was off the island at 8:08 am. At Twisted Oak Ranch by 1:00 pm.
I have cabin 8397 an interior located next to the aft elevators on starboard side on deck 8. A great location, but an odd bed configuration and I had the Steward move my bed so that I could see the TV. The cabin has a swipe type safe, twin/queen beds, but no refrigerators in the interiors (OK by me we never use them), Bottle Opener, Medicine Cabinet, Small Table, Bench Seat at Dresser, and Flat Screen TV with interactive features. The cabin stewards was fine, the cabin was always clean and ice chest filled.
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 we 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 10 member ship orchestra, 12+ production dancers, and two excellent feature singers. Also very good bands and solo performers.
The entire crew were certainly very friendly. They really made the cruise. Waiters and Cabin stewards were very good. Favorites this cruise were Maja in the Lobby Bar; Milos, Joacin, & Alexandrea in the Alchemy Bar; and our MDR hostess.
There is really a lot to do on the ship with bingo, casino, trivia games, and excellent entertainment. This is a very good starter ship for newbies to cruising and there were a lot on board, also a lot of extended families and various groups. A perfect ship and cruise for all of those. As an experienced cruiser and as I get older I prefer longer cruises, but this was certainly a FUN and INTERESTING cruise.
HIGHTLIGHTS OF THE CRUISE
The Diamond Reception was excellent.
Jen’s announcements during the Friday power loss was important.
Alchemy Bar and staff.
MDR food and Service.
Laundry service is best of any Carnival ship I have sailed.
~Thanks to my FB friends for photos~