This cruise was great! It completely changed our opinions about cruising. We've been on 2 cruises, this being the 2nd. Our first cruise was exactly a year ago for our honeymoon, November 2005. We went on the Carnival Miracle, roundtrip from Tampa, FL, going to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Costa Maya. Before we left, everybody we told about our upcoming trip told us how fun cruising would be, that there are so many things to do on the ship, the food is great we were going to have a blast. We were really excited. After we boarded, we found ourselves pretty disillusioned. Just about everything was the contrary of what wed heard, but we kept telling ourselves, maybe tomorrow will be better. The entertainment was corny, the discos were pretty much empty every night, and the music was outdated and unvaried. They had the same thing for lunch every day and dinner wasnt all that tasty. The service, however, was good. The ports of call were Ok. Grand Cayman has beautiful waters and good places to shop for finer items. Costa Maya had great places to shop inexpensively. Cozumel and Belize, however, werent that great. Cozumel had hardly anything to do and see because the place was practically destroyed by recent hurricanes. Belize seemed like just another tourist-trap. We started to think that maybe it wasnt that bad, but that we had expected too much because of all the hype we heard before the trip. It wasnt until the last day that we learned it wasnt just us. A woman came around with a petition/letter she was having signed by everybody who had been bored on the trip! She told us shed gathered from everybody she spoke to that most of the fun ships leave from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. So, when it came around to planning for our 1 year anniversary celebration, we decided to give cruising a 2nd chance, a roundtrip from Miami. We chose the Carnival Triumph because it was going to ports we hadnt been to yet, San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We had so much fun! There were so many things to do on the ship, for so many different tastes, that it was hard to decide which to choose as sometimes the events were taking place concurrently. The food was delicious! They had different themes for lunch, and dinner, we looked forward to very much, to say the least. This time around, we really did put on some pounds! The ports of call were fantastic. They all were beautiful, rich with culture, plenty of things to do and places to shop. Because of this cruise, we are really looking forward to the next. When you go on a ship like this, cruising is a great way to vacation a place to stay, all you can eat, things to do and places to see all in one package. We absolutely recommend this one!
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