Cruise Review 7/28/2014
Just the Facts:
Ship: Carnival Triumph
Captain: Allesandro Iemmi
Cruise Director: Kirk Benning
This is my 47th Carnival cruise, the 5th time on the Carnival Triumph, and 94th cruise overall. I am cruising as a solo.
Monday / Embarkation / Day 1
|Carnival Triumph Itinerary
Tuesday / Fun day at Sea / Day 2
|Feature Production Show
Wednesday / Progreso, Mexico / Day 3
|Progreso Beach- Pier in background
Thursday / Cozumel, Mexico / Day 4
|VIFP Party - Carnival Triumph Officers
Friday / Fun day at Sea / Day 5
|Alchemy Bar Fans - Carnival Triumph
Saturday / Debarkation
I awoke at 6:15 and began packing soon afterward, it was obvious we would not arrive early, but probably closer to the 8:30 published arrival. I had time to go to Lido deck for a light breakfast snack 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 8:30 and at EZ Cruise parking by 8:45 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 skipped my usual gas fill up at Raceway ($3.29) and was off the island at 9:00 am. I stopped at the new Buc*ee’s location in Waller, Texas for gas ($3.24) and a breakfast burrito. Home at the ranch about 1:30 pm.
I have cabin 2497 an ocean view located on Main Deck (deck 2) far aft in the angle of the ship from starboard to aft. I have not stayed this low on a ship in many years so vibration can be a concern at times when docking especially. The cabin is an irregular shape and actually very spacious, I have seen 9C’s this size so very nice size for this category. The cabin has a swipe type safe, twin/queen beds, no refrigerator (OK by me rarely use them), Four-section closet (one more than norm), Three Drawer cabinet, Large sofa (a real sofa, not a hide-a-bed type), Two Electrical Outlets on corner shaped 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 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 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 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.
For a person who has rarely sailed in the summer time this is my 3rd summer cruise this year. I usually don’t sail in 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’s my 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
Diamond Guest Cocktails with Captain & Senior Staff
Alchemy Bar and bartenders.
Carnival Triumph Crew members