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Old October 10th, 2007, 10:08 AM
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I must have forgotten to mention embarcation and tendering. This is two areas that nearly all cruise lines seem to struggle with, but the Triumph really got it right. We stayed at the Radisson on Biscayne BLVD and while it had lovely views of the port, and I got to see the ships leave on Friday Night and my ship and the Liberty of the Seas come in Saturday morning it was a really yucky hotel we had to change rooms because I wasn't about to share the first room with some guys socks he left behind and the hair and the muck still in the bathtub. But the second room was better, but still ready for a good scrub. We rented a car from Executive because they were located at the terminal of FLL airport and there was an office located at the Radisson where we could drop it off. Right behind the Radisson is a Doubletree and it looked much nicer. and was right by the Yachtclub, a small mall and some nice looking eaterys and would offer equally good views of the ships...if I ever cruise out of Miami again, this is where I will stay. I always get to the port early and this time we left the hotel at 10:30 a.m. and I kid you not, we were on board by 11:00.

I don't generally book excursions through Carnival, we did do the Eco Jeep and snorkel once through Carnival in Cozumel and it was great but it was quite pricey, and the next time we returned to Cozumel we just rented a vehicle and did it on our own. It cost about half the price for six of us to go than it did for just the two of us the first time. This time I just had a list I had made of places I wanted to go and see, and we did it by taxi or public transportation. I have found some really great private tour operators in Belize and Guatemala, I imagine we will use them again when we return in March. Oh in Grand Turk we met this really cool guy who owned a cab. His name was E.Z. ask for him when you get there. Super nice and knowledgable guy. He was born in Grand Turk then moved to Maryland when he was 2 and grew up in the states where he met his bride who was also from Grand Turk by coincidence (strange since this is such a tiny island) Anyway he moved back about 20 years ago. He would be a great guy to have drive you around the island. This place is very safe, with an extremely low crime rate. Things are pricey here though because everything is imported.
I don't know what your pre-cruise plans are but we flew in a few days early, I had orginally booked a little hotel down in the Keys to stay at, but the weather forcast was not favorable and it was set to rain the whole time down there so at the last minute I cancelled the hotel and booked a 4 star resort through Hotwire on the Gulf Side near Naples in Bonita Springs check it out: http://coconutpoint.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp

It was gorgeous. They have a water taxi that will take you to a private Island, and it was so much fun for us and the kids. Its about 2 and a half hours from Miami and FLL. My one regret is that I was wishing that we had not stayed in Miami the precruise night and that we stayed the extra day here instead and just drove to the port the morning of our cruise. I think this winter if I need a quick getaway we may just head back here for a few days. I loved it and it was the perfect way to start out a vacation. The rooms here run between $350 and up per night, but on Hotwire we got it for $109 per night.

Hope that helps and you have a great cruise.
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Do the cabins on carnival triumph have a clock in the room? (for alarm and light)I keep reading to bring a travel alarm. Can you have a wake up call like hotel? Also any info on inside cabins riviera deck? Ages of chidren going 12,10,9,8,7,6,5,4. Will they all like camp carnival?
At IKEA this sell a battery operated alarm for 99cents I took two with me on the miracle One set for 6AM (to take my meds) and one set for 8AM for breakfast
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[quote="beenie weenie"]Thanks so much for the warm welcome! I am glad to be home and just now starting to get my land legs back. It takes me about a week to stop rocking.

It's like I get sea sick after I am no longer on the sea lol.

I know that feeling
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Hello,

I was on the same cruise as you and I can't agree more with your review. I thought the food was good and the staff was wonderful but this was not the best cruise I have ever taken. The ship is out dated! To be honest it's ugly. Who ever did the design needs a new job. We were on the 8th floor and our balcony room was very nice, but the sewer smell was horrible! There was a sewer problem and our toilets would not work for about 8 hours. The staff fixed it but them smell was horrible! The dancers and singers were not that great. They tried but to be honest my husband and I tried not to laugh because it was that bad. The other entertainment was great! The ports we good and the staff on the excursions were wonderful! The BOSS underwater adventure was really fun! My biggest issue with the ship is that it was WAY too COLD! It was so bad that I got a cold and you could see people during the show actually wearing their bathrobes in the audience. Everyone on the ship was takling about it. You would think that Carnival would get a clue. The pizza is really good. We ate it everyday! Don't miss it. Self assist getting of the ship was HORRIBLE! We were on the 8th floor and it took us 45 minutes to catch an elevator. Total it took us 1 1/2 hours to get off the ship and catch a cab. They really need to work on this.

We did have a nice time because we were on vacation, but I would never take this cruise again. We have been on 4 cruises and this by far was the worst. I'm not normally a complainer, but I just wanted to be honest.
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Old October 10th, 2007, 01:57 PM
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Cues, Oh I forgot completely about the a/c thing. Everyone was rushing out to the gift shop to buy those $10 shawls to stay warm. I bet they made a killing on them. I also noticed people in the theatre in their bathrobes, but didn't realize it was because it so cold. I thought they had just got out of bed lol!
It was so odd because you could have hung meat in the back of the theatre, and it was still cold but not as bad in the front. Then when you went to the very back of the ship on a few of the decks (I can't recall which now) it was very hot. So it was like going through menopause...hot cold, hot cold etc. Our family had these tickly coughs while we were on the ship. Once we got home it cleared up. I still think the ventilation system on that ship needs a good cleaning. My allergies never bother me on a cruise. because the air is so clean most of the time. I'd like to hear more about the BOSS excursion. Please do share! Is it like the BOBS where you wear a helmet that supplies air while you are under water?

Thanks for being honest and letting me know I am not losing my mind. I appreciate it
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What do you get in the bucket/basket left in bathroom on Carnival Triumph?
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You get smaples of some Bic triple blade men's and womens razors, samples of Pepcid and an assortment of Crest toothpaste in really unusual flavors like herbal, vanilla, lemon etc... it didn't taste bad, it was just uncommon flavors I've never seen at the store. I think that was all we got in ours, When ever we used something though our room steward refilled it.
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Beenie, do they have conditioner on Triumph or only shampoo/conditioner all in one? Is there body wash?
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Going on the Triumph 20/10/07, really excited, we have been upgraded to a penthouse suite, now we are double excited, what are the suites like, is the AC really as cold as you make out. Plus any suggestions for the night out in San Juan.
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Old October 11th, 2007, 07:26 PM
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You can control the a/c in your room by adjusting a tab that sticks out from the vent. The whole ship was not cold, just certain areas. So do bring a sweater or a wrap.

There is shampoo and body wash in the shower dispensers and the shampoo smelled just like Vidal Sassoon did, its clear and I don't think it contains any conditioner. I brought my own.
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Beenie, I want to be sure about this. No matter what your dinner seating is, can you just show up for breakfast and lunch at anytime dinning room is open? There is no specific time slot allotted for breakfast and lunch depending whether you are early or late seating? We want to eat in dining room for breakfast and lunch but I thought I read that main dinner had to eat breakfast at 7:45AM and lunch at 12:00. I hope it is freestyle dinning times at breakfast and lunch. Let me know
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AK it is open seating for breakfast and lunch. They are only open for limited times during the mornings though so be sure to check your capers. You do not have a dedicated tme to be there though.
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we got off the triumph 9 22, cabin 7429 aft and had the stench in our cabin. after the 3rd trip tp the purser when i told them we were getting off in st thomas, to get paperwork ready, they finally got serious and 2 workers found that a vent door had been left open on the 11th floor, near a cooking area and it was letting an odor comparable to rancid cooking oil come down and into our room. even changing bedding every night did not help. we ended up staying in the casino til it closed 2:30 or 3 and and losing a bunch. could that have been carnivals plan all along? only kidding of course. i agree the ship is BADLY in need of a refitting as beenie says, but also in need of personnell attitude that we experienced. i earlier posted of some of our bad experiences and in all fairness there were some good times. it was hard to be objective after all the other bad things that happened
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This has been a great post and very informative for those of us leaving on the Triumph soon. Thanks Beenie for your input.....

A couple questions.....

1. What time should we plan on arriving at the port for embarkation? (I've heard crowds can be painful and I'm hoping to avoid that if possible).

2. As for excursions, do you always book yours early through Carnival, or just find some private vendors?

3. Is there a car rental place near the port to drop off a car rented at the airport?

4. Do you have any other good insider tips for those of us new to this experience (especially for the Triumph in particular).

Thanks for your knowledge.


1. What time should we plan on arriving at the port for embarkation? (I've heard crowds can be painful and I'm hoping to avoid that if possible).

About 10:30 seems to work best. Any time before the busses from the airport arrive is good. Most sailings I’ve been on start boarding at 11:00 so you have time to get checked in and be ready just as soon as boarding starts. Arrive a little earlier if you need to park your car. It’s pay in advance, cash only. The Triumph in the new Terminal D is the easiest checkin process I’ve ever been through.


2. As for excursions, do you always book yours early through Carnival, or just find some private vendors?


Both. For long trips away from the ship it’s good to pay extra since the ship will not leave if your Carnival purchased excursion has not returned. Also if you are not accustom to the area you are visiting you may want the structure of guaranteed excursion. When we visit a port a second time we usually find our own way around with taxis to our favorite beaches, or locally purchased tours. Sometimes a local taxi driver can give you better and cheaper tours of the area.

3. Is there a car rental place near the port to drop off a car rented at the airport?

There are some that have drop offs at downtown hotels and will shuttle you to the seaport. You generally have to get the phone number of the local branches in Miami and call them to arrange this. I don’t know if any will pick you up after the cruise but Carnival has a bus to the airport at the end. I don’t remember the price to Miami but Fort Lauderdale was $30 per person.

4. Do you have any other good insider tips for those of us new to this experience (especially for the Triumph in particular).

- Only 1 or 2 outlets so take a small power strip or short extension cord with multiple sockets if you need to recharge cameras, cell phones, DVD players, etc.

- Get a duplicate credit card, library card, or discount card; anything with a magnetic strip. The cabin safes are locked and unlocked with any card with a magnetic strip. If you have 2 identical cards then you and your spouse can open the safe.

- Read up on the ports before you get there. Many Caribbean travel guides are available at the book store or research online. You are only there a short time so make sure you know about that special place you must see before your back on the ship sailing away.

- Go to the on-board talks for shore excursions, shopping, and debarkation. They are entertaining and very informative. They repeat them all day on the TV in the cabin, but who wants to set in their cabin watching TV? At the shopping talk sit in the first 3 rows and act excited about everything. Raise your hand anytime a question is asked. They give away a lot of freebies in that talk.

- The casino is not regulated in the Las Vegas tradition and has a captive audience. You can still have fun, but don’t expect to beat the house much.

- If you board before 1:00 the steward will probably still be cleaning your room so don’t carry on too much stuff. A roller bag with your valuables, breakables, and medicines at least. Your checked bags will arrive later in the evening so also take on swimwear or anything you’ll need on the first day. Don’t worry about changing for dinner you can wear what you boarded in. On rare occasions a checked bag might not show up until the next day so if you have room include sleepwear and a change for the next day.

- Want to save room in the luggage but still want to look dapper? Rent a tux on-board instead of carrying on a suit. Get measurements from your local tailor then call Carnival to arrange the rental. It’s not too expensive includes all of the extras except shoes. You can rent shoes too if you want or bring a black pair.

- During and After boarding the buffet on the Lido deck will be serving lunch. If the tables near the windows are full, go up the stairs by the dessert buffet, there is more seating there and the view to the North is spectacular.
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Wow, thanks a ton Bob. I appreciate your effort in assisting us!
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