by Bob & Tina Bogert
September 15, 2001
Thursday Eve/Friday 9-13 to 9-14-01
Saturday 9-15-01 Leaving Miami
The ship was huge. (We had sailed on the Ecstasy before, the Triumph is much larger.) This was our third cruise, but our friends were first timers. They loved the ship, much larger than they thought it would be. We dropped off our carryons in our cabins & went to lunch. After lunch, we picked up the tuxes & went back to our cabins to wait for the lifeboat drill. It didn't take very long, returned our life vests to the cabin & went up top to watch us leave Miami. We didn't leave until about 6 pm. We then got ready for dinner. We had late seating (8pm) in the Paris dining room.Table #414. After dinner, we went to the Rome Lounge for the Welcome Aboard show.
Sunday 9-16-01 At-sea day
Club Rio was the Captain's Party place. Everyone was dressed up. Lots of sparkles & tuxes. Our captain, Massimo Marino was dashing in his uniform. (My husband can look at the bikinis, I can look at the captain) Dinner was delicious. This was lobster night. Formal pictures were taken, then off to the Rome Lounge for the "Wonderful World" show. It was great. Don't miss it!!!
Monday 9-17-01 San Juan
We didn't have a tour here. We just got off the ship & walked uptown & did a little shopping. It rained. We went back to the ship for dinner. We were allowed to wear shorts that night, since we were in port. After dinner that night we went on a mission, to find a guy named Marcin. He played with the Amadeo Trio. (We had seen them earlier, but the the group was playing at the time.) They were on break at this time, so I walked up to him & he looked at me. I explained I was looking at his nametag. It said "Marcin." I told him that I was supposed to tell him hi from Traci. He looked at me confused. I told him that they had met on a ship two years ago. He then said "TRACI !!!!" He asked if I was from CA & I told him that I had met Traci on the Cruisemates board. She wanted to know if anyone would be sailing on the Triumph soon, & if they would tell a friend hi for her. Of course I volunteered. Traci, Marcin says "HI !!!" You must have left quite an impression, as he was very excited to hear from you. He seems like a very nice guy!
Tuesday 9-18-01 St. Thomas
Bob & I got ready for the Past Cruiser's Party. Drinks & appetizers before dinner in the Club Rio. We met Mike & Sheri in the dining room. It was our Silver Anniversary today. They had a bottle of wine waiting. I surprised Bob with a silver watch & he gave me a platinim/diamond ring. It was a fantastic way to celebrate, on a cruise.
The evening show was magic by "Kevin & Caruso." It was really great. ( How'd they do that?) Bob & I went to the casino for a while and Mike & Sheri retired for the evening.
Wednesday 9-19-01 St. Croix
The Guest Talent Show was the entertainment for the evening. It was great!
Thursday 9-20-01 At-sea day
Friday 9-21-01 Last day at sea
My husband went to a golf clinic while we went to breakfast. He was going to take a golf lesson after it. He showed up at breakfast & said the clinic was cancelled, since he was the only one there. We then went to the debarkation talks at 11 am where we met more of the crew.
After lunch we caught the end of the Newlywed/Not So Newlywed game. Bob went to get his golf lesson. We played bingo. During bingo, Bob's name was drawn for a $2000 Tanzanite necklace, from the Omni tickets. Since he wasn't there, they drew another. (The guy behind us was furious. He said the week before, he must have stayed the second week, a mother/daughter's name was drawn & she wasn't there to claim it. They gave it to the other to give to her. They knew I was his wife. I guess it wasn't meant to be.) I gave hubby the bad news when he called the cabin to see if I had returned. We had a couple more souveniers to buy & a few more pictures to take, then we got ready for dinner. After dinner we tipped our waiter & ass't. It was really sad to know the week was over.
The show that night was a juggling act & a singer. It was fun to watch! We then went back to our cabin to fill out customs forms & pack. We went to the midnight buffet for a snack ( Watch out for the green stuff, it was HOT) After putting our suitcases out, we went to bed.
Saturday 9-22-01 Arrive Miami
Cabin - Category 8a Upper deck w/balcony Great room! #6355 The balcony was awesome. We wonn't leave port without one. ( We had read on posts to bring Christmas lights to decorate it). Lots of storage space, AC worked great (too good in my opinion) hubby likes it cold, I made him warm up my side of the bed. There was some noise at night from below, but the rocking of the ship just put you to sleep. You didn't notice it long.
Room Steward - His name was Mohammed. We didn't see much of him, compared to our last cruises, but he did a great job.
Waiter - Leonardo "Leo" He has been with Carnival for 9 years. He was great. Very personable & very entertaining. We left feeling as though we had made a true friend that week.
Ass't waiter - Anthony "Tony" He did a great job, a little on the quiet side, but always there when you needed something.
Cruise Director - John "Julio" Heald We've sailed twice before with Carnival & John was the CD both times. We were pleased to hear that he was the CD this sailing too.
Captain Massimo Marino - Quite handsome & friendly. We accidently gave him a chorus line kick, doing this in the reflection of the bridge. He just walked up, smiled & waved.
Food - was fantastic! The lobster was perfect, the filet mignon melted in your mouth. Favorite desserts- Hazelnut Creme Brulee, Hot Chocolate Souffle & Grand Marnier Souffle. The chilled orange/tapioca soup was - "soup-erb" We always looked forward to the fresh bread, too.
Ship - Seemed to be in great shape. Small thing here & there, but who cares about a light bulb. They were painting it in port all the time.
OVERALL - My goal was for the four of us to have a fantastic vacation, though I would settle for a great time. It was FANTASTIC! Our first time companions said "It was more fun then they ever imagined!"
This is a condensed version of our 25th Anniversary Cruise. If interested, look for the full version, coming to our website www.thebogerts.net Any questions? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org I'll try to help you out.
Bob & Tina Bogert