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Old November 20th, 2007, 10:17 PM
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Default Carnival Triumph review 11/10/07

Hi All,

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.

Take care,

Brian
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Old November 21st, 2007, 10:32 AM
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We are sailing on the Triumph on Dec. 15, same itinerary as you, so I'm very glad to see your review. Our family consists of me and DH in a balcony, DS and his wife in OV, DD and DIL's sister in a connecting OV. DD is 17 and the youngest. 1/2 of us have cruised before and we generally don't do scheduled excursions, preferring to go out on our own and have had excellent results in the past. My question: In these particular ports - how easy is it (and less expensive) to grab a cab on your own and tell him where you want to go and what you want to see? There is a beach excursion in St. Thomas that we are seriously considering and we know we want to see the old fort in San Juan, but we really don't have any ideas of what to do in the other ports.
I'm sorry to hear about the sewage smell and think I'll keep that little tidbit to myself so the kids don't "look for" the smell and begin complaining. We're on Empress and they are all on the Main decks. How was the band on Lido when you were leaving Miami? Reggae music, I hope???? Long lines for the slide? (We may be old but DH and I love the slide) Did you try mini golf on funnel deck (heard it was there now)? Thanks for any answers you may have.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 11:37 AM
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You will have a blast on your cruise!

As for cabs, in St. Thomas it is very easy to get a cab to go wherever you want on the island. The cabs are right outside the ship. We took one to the downtown shopping district and it was $4 per person. There were also plenty of cabs waiting once we left the ship in San Juan.

The band on the lido deck was awesome and they were playing reggae music as we left port. As for the slide, it was not open very much due to winds but when it was, I did not see long lines at all. My DD and I went on it 8 times in a row with no waiting. We did that on a port day, so it was not too crowded on the ship. We saw the mini-golf, but did not play although it looked somewhat challenging.

As for the sewer smell, I was kind of looking for it because of the posts I had read on here before I left. It really didn't bother anyone else in my family. So it's not a really big deal and it seems to come and go.

Have a great cruise!!!
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Thanks for your prompt responses. You could post pictures on webshots and then put the link here. Okay - I'm being pushy - but you know how it is when you've only got 3 weeks to go and it's snowing outside? That's where I'm at. Ready to leave now! I'm a southerner stranded in Chicago. When I married he promised we'd go someplace warm every year. He's kept his promise but those last few weeks feel like a year! Again - I loved your review.
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Thank you for your review. We sail on the Trumph Mar 1 and cannot wait!
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