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Age: 38

Occupation:Police Officer

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Triumph

Sailing Date: 2010-10-15

Itinerary: Bahamas

Overall a wonderful cruise experience.

Food was very good, and always readily available.

Stateroom was clean and well maintained.

Onboard activites were great for killing time.

MUST go snorkeling in Nassau and MUST do the Dolphin encounter in Freeport.

Well this was my first cruise. I went with my fiance (she's been on one years ago), and my mother (whos been on several). We took a train from Memphis to New Orleans, and thats when the fun began! Embarkation went smoothly. Overall I have to say it was the greatest week of my life! First off the ship: The Triumph is a nice ship; although some of the decor is a bit dated. Pepto Bismol pink bathroom, and 80's styling throughout the ship, but who cares? Its a big ship...big! LOTS of stairs, LOTS of walking. I learned this: the elevators are your friends! (but there always seemed to be a wait). First time cruisers, if you're proned to sea sickness, I recommend a pill or that behind the ear patch. You feel the ship move at all times. It didnt bother me, but may to some.
Food was good. Cafeteria style, and there's always something readily available. What I didnt know was that the buffetts close for hours on end throughout the day, but the pizza buffett and hamburger buffett are always open! (I WORE OUT the pizza buffett). Room service is fast and easy, although the choices are limited. I got the pbj or grill cheese nightly. Fine dining was nice. We were assigned to the London for dinner (Paris for breakfast and lunch on occasion). Food was good, but the chocholate melting cake is ADDICTIVE! Our waiter, I Ketute, was the BEST. I litteraly cannot say enough good things about him. For that matter, the entire staff of the Triump was fantastic! Only "staffing" gripe was Ieva, the liquor girl. Pretty on the eyes, but not overly friendly. Maybe she was having a bad week, who knows.
We didnt do many shows...we saw a comedian one night. An Asian guy who had me crying from laughter the first 5 seconds of the show (his opening line was "Hello! Anyone here from out of town?"). I was dragged to the animal-towel making thing class. It was cute, and luckily on 30 minutes. Other than that I cant comment on the shows.
Shore excursions were FANTASTIC! Snorkeling in Nassau, the Dolphin encounter in Freeport...the two most incredible days of my life. On a side note, I met Miss Louisiana, who was on our ship, and had the Dolphin encounter with us. VERY nice girl! ....ANYWAY (brain clogged up for a minute thinking about her lol) Anyway as said before, the shore excursions were wonderful. In Key West we just did our own thing and loved it.
We never did the "dinner with the captain"..guess we missed it. We did, however, (and first time cruisers I recommend this) do the "your time dining". What else...oh yeah, "Noonan", our cruise director (Hello, Noonan!), was funny and helpful. He was on the p.a. a bit much, but again, who cares, right?

And thanks to Carnival, that's exactly what we had.

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