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Old 03-02-2009, 02:33 PM
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Just back. Triumph looked and rode great. The outdoor TV Screen was new to this ship and working fine. The new Production Show "Big Easy" was fabulous.
The band marched down the aisles and if you like New Orleans music you will like this. A couple of spooky parts that just may creep out your kids, with the VooDoo stuff but all in all a show well put together.

The recast Magic Show Kevin and Caruso was really WOW, and the burlesque version was better. (did you know that Lumpy the 6 ft boa lives on board all the time and sometimes is let loose in the empty theater? If the doors are closed don't enter)

Main dinning staff was excellent. We had a Celiac guest with us and they made special wheat free rolls and went to a real effort to let her know what was OK on the menu for her. Since my daughter, the dancer, eats with us they also served fast so she could get to the show in time to prep. Very thoughtful team. We tipped them well.

Rooms were kept spotless, Eugene was very good. Always seemed to be near when I needed him, he had a 6th sence. Tipped him well too.

New system in the casino to put your slot winning on your S&S card. I needed help to figure it out and I got very good help even for the massive $2.50 I had won.

The downsides: No good steak at all in the main dinning room, not even for a fee. Yet my wife and sister thought the food was very good. I missed my NY strip.
Carnival really messed up our ground tranportation but did ultimately get us to the hotels and ship on time.

Great cruise, lots of fun and sun. As usual Grand Cayman and Cozumel were great and Jamaca was horrible.
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Old 03-02-2009, 02:51 PM
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CruiseDad-

I'm glad you had a good time. Sorry to hear about not getting a stake. Does the Triumph not have a Supper Club restaurant? They have unbelievable steaks there.

Thanks for the info!
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Welcome back, thank you so very much for your review! Sorry about the steaks, but glad to hear you had a good cruise all in all. The shows sound fantastic! I'm sure you're ready to go back again. How long is your daughter going to be on the Trimph? Will you do another cruise on her or wait until your daughter goes to another ship?
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Welcome Back CruiseDad!

Thanks for the report, and telling it like it is!

I'm so glad you got to visit with your daughter. Did you think the new movie screen was too loud on the Lido? I have some more questions, but I'll let you get settled in before I ask too many. I would miss my NY strip too, especially the peppercorn sauce. I wonder what is up with that?

The new show sounds fun, hopefully it won't scare the kids. I would be more afraid of Lumpy than the voodoo stuff.

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.... How long is your daughter going to be on the Trimph? Will you do another cruise on her or wait until your daughter goes to another ship?
My daughter signs off the Triumph in a month. Gets a couple months off and then to the Glory out of Canaveral. Good ship, been on it before, 5 dancing shows on that one. It will keep her and her finance, the senior tech, busy and out of trouble.

Oh yes Jim, no supper club on the Triumph
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Old 03-03-2009, 06:28 AM
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I'll bet we'll see you booked on the Glory soon. Do you have a ship wedding in the near future? I doubt your daughter and her fiance have much time to get in trouble. They work so very hard!
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We are going on the Conquest April 5 to the same ports, I think. What do you mean, Jamaca was horrible? What do we need to look out for?
We have never been.
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I'll bet we'll see you booked on the Glory soon. Do you have a ship wedding in the near future? I doubt your daughter and her fiance have much time to get in trouble. They work so very hard!
Yes we will book the Glory as soon as we have her contract in hand and signed by a Carnival agent. Not that we don't trust them but they have made changes after making promises before. They will be married in NH Aug of 2010. When we asked about an on board marriage they both shuddered. I guess it is like me renewing my vows next to the shop extruders, my wife wouldn't like that either.

Jamacia: Very pretty, Dunn River falls lots of fun, but every 2 or 3 steps some merchant is trying to sell you something or get you to take a Taxi or looking for a handout, or to use your phone and it's high pressure. Go only on tour sponsered by your ship and never walk far from the dock alone. My daughter does not even leave the ship any more, it is simply too dangerous. If you do Dunn River Falls when you leave all the exit signs lead through a series of shops where you can be physically stopped by the merchants trying to get you to buy. When you get past that one another will get in your way. I've just had enough of it.
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Old 03-03-2009, 11:22 AM
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I can understand that they'd rather have a ground wedding, CruiseDad. But, going as a guest instead of an employee would be totally different. Ok, so I'm addicted to cruising.

Eb, Jamaica is beautiful, but it is a very poor country. It is one port I highly recommend going on a ship's excursion. Whatever you do, stay with the cruise passengers group. They are aggressive, but will take no for an answer, eventually. Jamaicans really are very friendly, but they can be overly pushy at times. I guess they've learned to be persistant to survive. It's really ashame, because their country has so much beauty to offer.
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:46 PM
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CruiseDad,
I don't mean to highjack your post, but about Jamaca. Do you do any shopping there or should we just do an excursion thru the ship and then just get back on the ship?

I would like to hear from anybody that reads this post.
Thanks for space on your post CruiseDad.
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