Just got back from the 11/10/07 sailing on the Triumph. I will try to keep my review short and just touch on some observations. Please feel free to email me with any questions or post a reply on this thread. Went on the cruise with the DW, DD, and DS(ages 4 and almost 2).
We arrived in Miami Beach on 11/07 and stayed at the Fontainebleau Tower Suites for 3 nights. The hotel was beautiful and right on the beach. Couldn't have asked for more(maybe a lower room rate, but that's about it!). This is not a hotel I would recommend if you are just going to stay for one night and then sail the next day. It was a good drive(25 minutes) to the port. Room service was very expensive and the dining around the hotel was very limited.
On Saturday, we got to the port around 1pm. The lines were very long but fortunately we were booked in a Cat 12 Suite so we were able to utilize the VIP check-in. Check-in was very quick and we were on the ship within 20-30 minutes. We had sailed the Triumph back in 2000 so we kind of knew what to expect. To my surprise, she was very clean inside and gleamed just as much as she did in 2000. We got to our room and were very happy with the size and with how clean it was. All of my concerns of the ship and rooms being worn were put to rest.
The one thing that I did notice was that the "sewer" smell was in quite a few areas. It seemed to be very present on the 3rd and 4th decks. I hope there is something they can do to fix that. Other than that, I can't really complain about anything that annoyed me. The food was halfway decent, but I wasn't expecting a gourmet meal either, so that was fine. If you love seafood, they seemed to have quite a few selections in both the South Beach buffet and the dining rooms. However, the Italian and Chinese foods were very limited.
Played at the casino quite a bit and did pretty well playing BJ and Roulette. DW played the slots and won about $500 on the Wheel of Fortune machines. Saw a comedian named Mike Penzeca? who did a pretty good job and kept the crowd laughing. Went into the Hollywood Club and couple of nights but they continued to play music that sounded like poop. Danced to a couple of songs that we knew and then got out of their. Went to the Big Easy bar and watch piano player James. He was fun the first couple of nights as my wife got to sit on the spinning piano and act like she was Madonna and my brother-in-law got to tell jokes while the piano player took a pee break. Everyone kept buying the piano player beers and by about 11pm he was pretty tipsy. I have never seen anyone chug a beer as fast as James can!
In regards to the kids. My daughter absolutely LOVED Camp Carnival. Thank God for Camp Carnival!!! She wanted to go all the time, but we made sure that we got in some quality family time also. As for my son, he was turning 2 about 10 days after we sailed. I knew it would be a long shot to get him into Camp Carnival during non-babysitting hours, but the Camp director told us that we could give it a shot. We tried it for 2 days and then they "kicked" him out since he wasn't participating in the scheduled activities. I don't have a problem with that, it's just that if he was 10 days older, he would have been doing the same stuff and they probably wouldn't have kicked him out. But we still made good use out of Camp Carnival's slumber parties and the kids both loved it. I don't mind paying $10 an hour to have some quality time with my wife. It was well worth it and we felt very secure leaving the kids there.
As for the ports, Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk were by far are favorite two ports out of all of the cruises we have taken. Both had clear water and the beaches were incredible.
Well so much for the short review(sorry!!). As I said earlier, please ask me anything you want about the Triumph or this itinerary.