Cruise Wrap-Up

December 7, 2007 at 2:30 am 4 comments

I have returned!  I actually arrived late Friday night but have been catching up on things around here and have not managed to write.    I know, I know. I should have checked in.   But I am now! Yay!

 We spent 7 days on the Carnival Triumph.  Carnival is thought of as a party ship and I was a little worried that it might not be fun, but we ended up having a blast.   The Triumph is an older ship, but a large one, and there is a lot to do aboard.

We got on the ship around 12 noon on Saturday.  We had to run about the ship with our carry on luggage as the room was not ready until 2, but that was ok.  We got to familiarize ourselves with the ship.   The room was wonderful.  Not enormous but big enough and the bed was divine! It was comfortable and the comforter was warm and downy and the pillows were nice and plump.    We also had a small sofa in the room, and enough space for unpacking our belongings.  We had a nice balcony and were on the 10th deck, almost the top of the ship.  We had a great view when we went out to look around.

We also lucked out in the dining room.  We had a booth set for four overlooking the lower level dining.   But we never got another couple at our table, so basically we had a table for two. It was nice.   Our waiter was efficient but was not terribly good at English so was not overly friendly.  The bar person never came over to the table so we were never able to order any drinks besides water.   We did manage to flag him down on the fourth night and I got a coke, but it was too much trouble so we stuck with the water.

Chris liked the food, I thought it could be better.  Of course, Chris was eating everything and I was sticking to seafood and veggie dishes so I didn’t get to utilize the whole menu.  Some of the dishes I ordered were downright terrible.  I hated the seafood newburg,  and the zuchini parmagian was also pretty terrible.    But I did manage to order several appetizers that were not too bad, (they usually had fruit) and the soup and a salad so I did not go hungry.  The desserts were pretty good, especially one called bitter and blanc, a bread pudding that had dark chocolate with a heated vanilla sauce. I loved it. 

The buffet food was not very appetizing but breakfast was not bad.   We really only ate at the buffet at breakfast anyway.   We did like the 24 hour pizza stand, I liked the pizza with goat cheese and mushrooms.  Yum.

We had some wonderful adventures ashore:

Half moon Cay is in the Bahamas and is owned by Holland America. The sand is soft, all the way out into the Caribbean sea, no rocks, just wonderful sand. You want to stay out there forever.  I got into a beach hammock while Chris swam and stayed there for over an hour, snoozing and feeling the warm cocoon of the sun. It was awesome!   We also went to a pen filled with stingrays and fed and petted them.  It was wonderful.

San Juan Puerto Rico

We did a walking tour of old San Juan and visited some churches, and El Morro, a fort that helped protect the city from invaders. Our guide was great and told us a lot about the history of the city.  He dropped us off at the shopping district, we bought some souvenirs and then went to Senor Frogs for a nice lunch. The food was pretty good.  I ate chicken here because I was starving from the lack of good food on the ship!  But it was a nice mexican lunch. Beware if you go to senor Frogs,  mixed drinks are $16.00 .  We found it out the hard way.

St. Thomas was good.  We went on a tour of the island with Sunny Liston and he is a hoot! He plays wild Caribbean music and makes us all sing on the bus.  Then we went to Sapphire beach and it was the only day we got a downpour.  But we were wet anyway so we didn’t care.

Then, on to Grand Turk.   Again, I decided to hang out with the Sting Rays, and went to a little island with soft sand and a wonderful long beach and soft sand in the water.   The guide grabbed a wild stingray (not in a pen) and let us all hold her and then she flopped up on our backs and our head.  Then we could swim for another hour or so. It was heaven.  Chris went with a different group and took some kind of electric torpedo that carried him off to sea so he could snorkel but he managed to come back.  We both had fun.  We went back to the ship to change and then went to Margaritaville for lunch.  We bought soda to avoid a high mixed drink charge!  It was OK. Not spectactular but good.  Fun to be there in Grand Turk.

We saw some shows on the boat, the singers were not great but the shows were fun.  We even got to go on a back stage tour.   Yay!

It was definately fun.  We are planning on going on the Carnival Miracle next year, same time!   I love Cruisin!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tigeryogiji  |  December 7, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    I’m glad that you had a good time, although the so-so service and food were a surprise!

    My parents take a lot of cruises and they say that Royal Carribean is the best of the best!! (They didn’t care much for Carnival actually…)

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  • 2. Doug  |  December 7, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Welcome home!

    Your room sounded awesome! It’s too bad the food wasn’t that great. And $16 for a drink?!

    Anyway, glad you had a good time overall.

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  • 3. Debbi  |  December 8, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Glad you guys made it home safe and sound. I’m happy you had a relaxing and fun time.

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  • 4. urspo  |  December 8, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    i am glad you not only had a good time but arrived home safe and sound and not exhausted!
    We go crusin to Puerto Rico next February ourselves.

    Reply

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