September 10, 2005
First time on Truimph. Older ship and traffic flow is not as good as it should be in certain parts of the ship. Not all elevators go to all parts of the ship and this causes a lot of frustration until you learn the quickest and most direct routes to where you want to go.
Missed the electrical problems during the boarding in NY since we arrived early after coming directly from the C. Legend.
Cabins are very large with lots of closet and drawer space. However, the ship is designed for tall people. If you are under 5'5" forget it! Even the peephole is high up. The ship is kept very,very cold in the public areas and in the cabins. The AC control is located on the ceiling and you need to stand on a chair to reach it. Real TV stations in the cabin -- TNT and local stations.
In general, the ship feels a little closed in in the dining rooms, buffet and the attriuim areas. The buffet area has narrow aisles that are not good for wheelchairs but certain tables are designated for wheelchairs.
The pizza and grill are located at the very back of the ship outside the main buffet area. Pizza is always hot and freshly made. Caesar salad is available at the pizza area.
Service in the dining rooms is fast and efficient. Wait staff will change your order if you want something else or want seconds. Pasta can be ordered as a started or for main course. You always have something to eat even if you haven't ordered every course. Nightly entertainment by wait staff is cute. Dinner usually takes just a little over 1 hour so there is time before the shows.
CD and staff -- Matt is very high energy but tends to yell when he speaks which tends to get a little annoying. His staff is thankfully more soft spoken.
Lots of raffles in the shops for free things. Bingo never less than $250 in pot. Free cruise of passenger's choice of 3,4,5 or 7-days and choice of ships given away.
Photographers very good overall and especially getting young children to pose. Lots of different backgrounds for portraits.
Production shows all excellent -- very fast paced, no downtime. Last production show won awards. Revolving scenery just like on B'way and excellent costumes. Magic duo excellent -- did all the major tricks including the Metamorphis with a new twist on re-appearing right over the audience!
Ship was due to go into dry dock and some of the public areas showed some wear and tearon carpeting and uphoslery. Overall the ship was clean.
Capt. did an excellent job of staying out of Ophelia way by getting to Boston by early Friday morning. We hit rough seas around 11PM near Atlantic City.
Great having retractable dome when it started raining on Friday afternoon. Passengers were able to stay in hot tub and use the pool area.
We had some problems with the lighting in our cabin that were promptly addressed and then followed up with a questionaire to see if the problem was resolved.
Service by crew and staff was excellent. My personal bias was we did not have a balcony or a refrigerator. Otherwise it was a great cruise!