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75 days….Hell Yes!

On Wednesday, January 15th we will be in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico.  Progreso has the longest pier of all ports of call at nearly 4 miles.  A shuttle takes passengers from the ship into Progreso, sorry no walking on the pier.

It was decided by a previous vote that we would make our excursion the Flamingo/Lagoons/Ruins of Xcambo.  The cost is $19 a person (yes even Uriah is $19) thru and lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours. I would like to have everyone reserve their spots in the next couple of weeks.  Let me know if you need help in making the online reservation.

With the additional time spent in Progreso we can all just explore.  There is shopping, beaches, and a lighthouse tour all by the pier.  We just need to make sure we are back on the Triumph in plenty of time before it leaves port.  Suggestion is one hour prior to the ship departing, so by 3:00 pm Central time.

Reviews that I have read say that the beaches are rocky with strong undertows.  Water shoes/Aqua socks are encouraged and safety in the water a must.  You know I worry!!!!

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Ship Entertainment

Let’s talk about all of the ways that we will be entertained for our five day cruise on the Carnival Triumph.  Oh, did I mention it’s only 85 days until we are sailing away and only 83 days until we are all together as one big happy family.

On the first full sea day, Tuesday the 14th of January, there will be a formal night for dining.  No jeans, no shorts, no flip flops or sandals or tennis shoes.  We all get to dress up and be real fancy like.  This will be a great photo opportunity.  There is also another theme night but it does not list which night it is.  It is called the Electric White Night Party in Club Hollywood.  All guests wear white and dance to high energy dance music.

There are several shows every night all night.  The Punchliner Comedy Club has comedians that are not PG rated! No one under the age of 18 is allowed into the club.

DJ Irie’s Spin’iversity plays in Club Hollywood and on the pool deck.

There is karaoke, the Hasbro Game Show, Not-so-Newlywed Game, a passenger talent show, trivia games, and the hairiest chest competition which are all open to anyone playing.

The Rome Lounge covers three decks of the ship and is where most of the night life activities take place.  There is plenty of seating but for the best seats it is advised to get there early. The Wonderful World Show is a journey around the world through the dancing and music of different nations. The Big Easy is a New Orleans themed piano bar with interesting costume and set design. Kevin & Caruso Magic Show is a large scale magic show.

The World Promenade is on Deck 5 and houses the Club Monaco Casino, Olympic Sports Bar with ESPN streaming on the tvs, and the California Wine Bar that features…wine.  Underground Tokyo which is the ships arcade. The Venezia Lounge features a cover band that plays a variety of familiar light tunes and a dance floor.

A Calypso band plays by the pool deck and dancing is encouraged.  Sounds like a good people watching spot to me!

Inside the atrium area is where the Capitol Bar and shopping is located.  The Washington Library has a huge selection of board and table games along with books that can be checked out.  The Oxford Lounge is a cigar bar at night and during the day is a laid back quiet area for reading.  The Internet Cafe has eight computers set up for use but remember that you will have to purchase an internet package that will be applied to your sail ‘n sign card.

For anyone interested in staying fit there is a large gym on board.  Several classes are available for a small fee if you would like to do yoga or pilates.  There is a full service spa area that offers manicures, pedicures, hair cuts, massages, etc for a charge.  There are steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs in the spa and they are free to use by all guests.  There are also showers in the spa.  They are multiple head showers like being in a rain forest.  This is a good place to take a shower if you have multiple people trying to get ready at the same time.

I’m pretty excited for the next blog because it will be about some cool happenings on the ship and a whole section for Uriah!

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The Triumph casino, Club Monaco, is located on the Promenade deck (deck 5).  The casino typically operates anytime the ship is in international waters which means anyone over the age of 18 can gamble. Yes, Allen & Kelsey can spend all their hard earned tip money.  There are several forms of gambling on board:

  • Poker – minimum bet is $5
  • Black Jack – minimum bet is $5
  • Slot machines – start at a penny (woohoo they have the Wheel of Fortune slot machine, Gina likes that)
  • Craps
  • Roulette
  • Texas Hold’em – minimum bet $5
  • Poker and Slot Tournaments – entry fees required
  • Bingo..B-I-N-G-O! – 3 cards for $20. Cash prizes start at $100 a game and can go up as high as $2000.  Several other prizes are awarded such as spa packages, tour passes, gifts from onboard gift shops, and FREE cruises!
  • Casino Vault Game – win cash, an IPad, and various other prizes.  DJ is going to practice playing this skill game so he can win up to $25,000!

There is a Carnival Player’s Club.  All you do is insert your Sail ‘n Sign card in the card reader while playing slots.  It will accumulate points the more you play.  When you reach 1000 pts you earn a $10 instant cash reward, 1500 pts gets you complimentary drinks.

It all sounds so exciting and fun! Happy 90 days until vacation  and 92 days until boarding The Triumph 🙂

Remember always gamble responsibly and set limits on the money you plan on losing.  There are plenty of things to do on the ship without losing all of your hard earned money!

The casino does offer free classes on the first day to learn how to play all of the casino games.  Don’t forget that on the first day the casino hands out free lanyards for Sail ‘n Sign cards and will punch a hole in the card to attach.




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Today’s blog posting will be about stuff.  You know stuff you will find interesting, informative, and stuff you just never thought to think about.

Fun Times Newsletter –

Fun Times newsletter is a daily on board newspaper delivered to your stateroom.  It includes information about opening hours of venues, restaurants, sales, give a ways, specials in the casino, spa services, lectures, games, show times, camp carnival, drink of the day specials, contact information and activities.  For port call details, the Fun Times includes information about port arrival and departure times as well as other important information about the port of call.  Finally, on disembarkation day (the last day of the cruise), it will feature information on the process of getting off the ship, and settling your shipboard account.

The Taste Bar-

Each day the taste bar gives you a preview of dishes being served in different restaurants on board.  Get a sample or “taste” of the dishes for free.  The bar can be found on the Promenade Deck between 5:30-8:00 pm.  You can also stop by and get a complimentary appetizer before dinner.  The last night there is a $5 taste bar drink special.

Cell Phones –

As you can imagine cell phone use on board can be quite expensive.  You will be on international roaming rates.  Make sure and check with your phone carrier before you use that cell phone.  Another idea would be to enjoy your vacation and turn those cell phones off….just a thought 🙂

Internet –

• 480 minutes for $159 USD
• 240 minutes for $89 USD
• 120 minutes for $59 USD
• 45 minutes for $29 USD
• Pay As You Go: $0.75/min

After reading several reviews it has been said that the internet is slow so if you plan on posting pictures to your Facebook a larger package would be necessary.  There is an internet cafe for you to use.  All charges will be put on your Sail & Sign card.  Scott and I will not be purchasing the internet package.

Postcards & Stamps –

At the purser’s desk you can get a free postcard that have a picture of the ship.  The purser’s desk also sells stamps of the different countries that we are going to.

* Please make sure and call your credit card companies or banks for debit cards to let them know you will be leaving the country.  They have been known to turn cards off.

Stateroom Hints –

There is room under the beds to store your luggage.

If you don’t use all of the hangers in the closet take them out or find something to hang on them.  You don’t want to be trying to sleep and the ship movement causing the hangers to bang around.

If you want your twin beds moved together to make a queen bed just let your steward know and they will make it happen.

If your bed is hard you can ask the steward for a foam pad and extra pillows.

As always if you have questions or would like me to research something for you please just let me know.

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Woohoo 100 days from today we will all meet up in Houston and then head south to Galveston for a weekend of beach house fun.  So here are some thoughts for Galveston and of course your thoughts are truly wanted and needed.

Scott, Gina, Kelsey, and DJ will be waiting at the airport in Houston for the 4:27 pm arrival from Alaska, 5:50 pm arrival from Amarillo, and 6:55 pm arrival from Colorado.  We will then load up in the cars: Car #1 will be Scott, Gina, Allen, Lucy & Dave. Car #2 will be Kelsey, DJ, Samantha, Keegan & Uriah.  The only one who may change the car seating arrangements is Uriah.  He can choose to ride with Grandpa or Kelsey. 

Saturday night will be a birthday celebration for our birthday boy, Scott!  Don’t worry there are lots of fun surprises in store.

Sunday will be the only full day we will have in Galveston.  We will have an Italian feast for dinner Sunday night made by Gina & Lucy…Yummers. Then Monday morning we will hit the ground running and get to the pier by 10:30 am.

I have checked the average temps for Galveston for January 12th and found that the beach might be a little cool for those of us without Alaska blood running through us, 60 degrees.  So there are a few things that might be fun for us to explore.

The Bolivar Ferry & Dolphin watch is a free ferry that runs 24 hrs a day.  From everything that I have read while taking the ferry ride, dolphins jump alongside the boat.  Love the thought of pictures with dolphins and totally digging the price…FREE!

The Moody Gardens seem to be the place for all tourists to visit.  Well guess what….we are tourists. I have found several coupons for The Moody Garden attractions.  If this is something everyone would like to do I will find the best deal.



Aquarium Pyramid: The towering blue pyramid – the largest of three – houses a diverse display of life from four distinct ocean environments. The chilly South Atlantic exhibit showcases five species of penguins and the North Pacific houses playful fur seals and Squirt, the famous blind sea lion. The South Pacific exhibit features beautiful coral reefs and an array of colorful fishes. The Caribbean, the largest exhibit in the Aquarium Pyramid®, has sharks, sea turtles, eels and thousands of beautiful tropical fish that swim overhead as you navigate through an underwater tunnel completely surrounded by the exhibit’s over one-million gallons of water.


The Aquarium Pyramid also offers guests the opportunity to interact with ocean life, including group educational opportunities in underwater classrooms, touch tanks and the chance to meet a penguin up close with the Penguin Encounter (Scott this one is for you, I know how much you like penguins).


Rainforest Pyramid: The 10-story glass pyramid is now open after a major enhancement project that enables you to see the Rainforests of the World in a whole new way. In addition to a new entry overlooking a new giant Amazon River otter exhibit, a tree-top path leads you through the canopy level of the pyramid where you can explore the exhibit from a new vantage point to see the monkeys, sloths and the other free-roaming tree dwellers closer than ever before. The canopy walkway also features a butterfly exhibit that immerses you among several beautiful species of butterflies.


The lower level of the exhibit puts you in the center of Asian, African and American rainforests, where you are joined by some new friends.

REGULAR HOURS: Moody Gardens is Open Daily: 10am – 6pm. Discovery Museum opens at noon.


Attractions Adult Child (4-12) Sr. (65+)
Aquarium $21.95 $17.95 $17.95
Rainforest $21.95 $17.95


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