Shecasper

Shecasper
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Hometown: Nampa, Idaho
Joined: 08/22/2015
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About Shecasper

Married lady living in Texas originally from Idaho. I discovered cruising two years ago and really enjoy it. Our kids our grownd and so it is our time to play!


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Carnival Triumph

August 2015 - Carnival Triumph to Caribbean - Western

First time with Carnival

When my friend suggested this cruise we did our research. We found that Triumph has had its share of problems. The price was really good so we decided to give them a try. 

We live in Texas so getting to Galveston was easy for us. Parking was nice and the shuttle brought the driver right back to the terminal. The line to board was long but it moved right along. The staff was friendly and helpful. By the time we were ready to board our room was ready. 

Arriving to our room we found one suitcase at the door, a second on just down the hall and had to wait for about 30 minutes for the third one. There were 3 traveling. We unpacked, met our steward and then it was time to go to the safety muster.  Our room was very nice and seemed larger than the room my husband and I had with RCCL. There was enough space for 3 women to put everything away. Impressive! The negative in our room was there seemed to be an issue with the AC and there is no frig. Our steward brought us a box fan that really helped and kept two ice buckets full of ice through out the cruise. By the third day of the cruise the AC was fixed.

After the safety muster we looked around the ship, got a snack and watched the sail away party on the lido deck. I had to participate! My friends took video. By this time it was 6 pm and we decided to rest and then get ready for dinner. 

We did not attend the first night's entertainment, but we wish we had. It had been a long day and we wanted to relax. We chose late assigned seating in the Paris dinningroom. We truly enjoyed our dinner partners. We dined with a family that has sailed several times on the Triumph. They were even on the infamous "Poop Cruise". They spoke very highly of Carnival and the staff for the way they handeled a bad situation.

On the sea days we enjoyed the brunch in the Paris dinning room. The food was very good and the service was perfect. We enjoyed the ships entertainment throughout the day and the performance that evening was wonderful as it was everynight

Our excursions were the best. In Cozumel we went to La Casa La Playa. Here we took a short bus ride to a home that had a private beach, fresh water pool, our own waiters, cook and guide. We swam, snorkled had all we could drink and a wonderful lunch that was made to order. We then rode the bus back to the port and did a little shopping. In Progreso we went to the Dzibilchaltun Ruins with Mexican Rodeo and Buffet. Oh this was the best! The ruins were fasanating, although we could have, we did not swim in the cnote. It was a little too murkey for our liking. We then went to La Bontia Ranchero (I think that is the name) where we were treated to a wonderful Mexican horse show and dancing. Our buffet was some the best food we had on the whole cruise! The staff was very nice and helpful. There were vendors selling items that were nice and reasonably priced. You can always haggle over the price and it is expected. We headed back to the port and did a little shopping and was back on the ship. 

Overall we decided we would sail with Carnival again. It is not as classy as Royal Carabbian but is great for the price. 

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Carnival Triumph

April 2015 - Carnival Triumph to Caribbean - Western

Brilliance of the Seas

January 2014 - Brilliance of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

"This was my first cruise."

First cruise First rate

In January 2014, I went on my very first cruise. My husband had been on a few cruises so he was up a little more of what to expect. From the start, I have to say I was impressed. 

We drove from Texas to Florida to embark from Tampa. The port was clean and we got there early enough to where the lines were very short. We were onboard by 12:30. The first thing we did was head to the Windjammer for lunch. The food was great as were the veggie decorations. We had to wait for a couple of hours for our room and once it was ready it was not long before our luggage arrived. We met our steward once and he kept our room nice and neat throughout the cruise. 

This was a training cruise and I was in meetings most of time on Sea days. I did not participate in very many daytime activities. We did, however, go to the show in the evening and they were top notch. We also went to the main dining room in the evening for late dinner. It was always wonderful. I was even brave enough to try new things.

The wait staff was wonderful and always remembered what we ordered. He learned quick that I would want ice tea and alway kept my glass full. 

Our ports were Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Both were top notch and time well spent. The best was Cozumel where we went to Chankanaab Park where we swam with dolphins and snorkeled. The water is so very clean you can see the bottom of the ocean floor. 

Leaving the ship was a breeze. We did not put our luggage out so we carried it off ourselves. We were off the ship and on our way by 10:30 am.  We had a great time and I have caught the cruising bug.

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Shecasper's Tips

Progreso (Merida), Mexico - Dzibilchaltun Ruins with Mexican Rodeo and Buffet was well worth our time. Best food for the whole week.
Carnival Triumph Carnival Triumph - Skip the informational classes. They just want to sell you something.

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