by Tim Butler
February 22, 2009
The Triumph is a wonderful ship for its age. The interior is tastefully decorated and every club or diner was spick and span! The food was excellent! Our waiters Jamie and Iputu were excellent and helped make each dining experience enjoyable. Our cabin was on the Veranda deck 8434. We had a balcony for the first time and it was at the rear of the ship. We never spent any time in our cabin much before because it was always an inside cabin. That changed this cruise as we spent much time on our balcony and had the most relaxing cruise we ever had. Pedro was our room steward and he catered to every whim! Room service on this cruise was the best we ever had also!
With the exception of the Mickey Utley Band the entertainment was rather bad! Angela in the piano bar couldn't carry a tune in a dump truck and the roving piano player was the worst we had seen. The shows in the Rome lounge weren't very good as far as I am concerned, more dance than audio and no rhyme or reason to it all. The Magic show was so fake it wasn't funny and the comedians were their own best audience.
We really enjoyed our time in Jamaica! We went to a private resort called Couples Sans Souci. We bought a day pas for $50 each and really enjoyed our stay there. It was an all-inclusive club and the food and spirits were excellent. This is an all adult resort so there was no hollering and screaming kids running up and down the beach, very relaxing. Our cab driver took us to an out of the way place to buy souvenirs and let me tell you we got some great deals -- $7 cuban cigars, $20 per pound Jamaican blue coffee, 5 t-shirts for $20 -- all good deals.
Grand Cayman was a real disappointment as we had booked the Turtle Farm, Hell and Stingray excursion and couldn't do the stingray part because of rough seas, we were really looking forward to that! All in all though we had a nice day. The tendering went fine. The turtle farm was neat and Hell was??? Hell, I guess! We visited Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville for the first time. Had a Margarita and a Cheeseburger in paradise!
Cozumel was fun too. It was the first time we have docked at the new pier and that area is much nicer than the old one is. We went to the Playa de mia beach break, an all inclusive beach, and enjoyed relaxing and getting a great massage on the beach.
The week ended all too soon. We had a great cruise and came back really relaxed. I would suggest this cruise ship to anyone.