December 20, 2003
Christmas on the Triumph 2003
My husband and I were on the Inspiration in 2002, we had such a great time, we just had to take the kids. I booked our cruise a year and three months in advance.
We booked the air/sea with Carnival. This was our second cruise booked with Alison Dorfman, a personal vacation planner with Carnival. Even when our cruise was a year away, she answered any questions that I had. She told me to phone every few months, to see if fares had gone down. We paid 75$ a person less than when we went in the summer. Alison is great and will book our third cruise with her. We got our tickets about a week and a half before the cruise. I would have liked to have them early, but didn't let that spoil the cruise. We were flown the day before from Winnipeg Manitoba. We stayed at the Windham Airport in Miami, it was great. We had hotel check-in, that was the best. When we got to the pier, we were on the ship within 30 minutes. We got tpo go ahead of tons of people.
We booked two rooms across from each other. We were on the Main deck at the front of the ship. We had an inside cabin on our first cruise and were fine with the same. Our two kids had a cabin with two portholes and two lower beds. One bed was a couch during the day then made up at night. If you don't mind not sleeping together, get the cabins with the portholes, it was larger than our cabin. It was a little rugh on the first two nights, but it got better after that
The kids were off on their own, and we only saw them at dinner. There were lots of activities but they made their own friends that they had met on the first day.
The ship was decorated for Christmas. I was impressed with the fact that the Jewish holiday season was included too.
We were on the eastern Carribean side, this was great. My husband and kids did the Bioluminessence kiak tour, sorry about the spelling. This was done in San Juan. I took a tour of the city, it was good, but wish it could have been during the day.
My husband and son went diving in St Marten, they were glad they did it. My son was sick in the boat, there were big waves, his stomach didn't like that. I went on an island tour, it was very informative, if you like that kind of stuff. I love learning about other places.
In St Thomas, we took a taxi to Cokie Beach, I have never seen such a beautiful beach before. We arrived before all the tours and saved 20 dollars per person.
The cruise was all that I thought it would be. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.