Saturday, August 17, 2013

Day Two - All Aboard!!

We had to get up pretty early to get to the ship, and make a bathing suit run. We were hoping to find a Target or Walmart on the way to Galveston. We found Target which was great since I was just there trying on bathing suits the week before, so I didn't have to worry about trying anything on. Grabbed one, David grabbed some water shoes, and we were off!

David dropped us off at the Carnival dock, with all our luggage, and he went to to park, and we were able to board right away. We got right on, went to our room to drop off our stuff, and went straight to Guy Fieri's burger joint for lunch. The burger's were pretty good, and we got the kids signed up for unlimited soda and got them some cute sports bottles, and I got my "Drink of the Day" which was a yummy fruity drink with an umbrella (which is exactly what you should drink on a cruise ship!)

Then we walked around to find everything, and check it all out. We found an arcade which, of course, meant the kids had to play a few games (all 3 of them).  Found the casino, dining rooms, piano bar, all kinds of neat looking places! We walked around the outside of the ship, checking out the pools, the water slide, the putt putt golf course, the basketball court, the kids clubs, and the dolphins! The water was ugly green in port, and not much of a view in Galveston, but there was a good breeze and dolphins swimming around, so it was feeling "vacationy".

Then it was time for "muster stations" where we had to line up and try to understand the captain over the loud speaker talk about where to go and what to do in case of emergency. It was a giant pain in the butt, but we had to do it, by law. So glad when that was over!

Then we had to do an orientation about the kids clubs and make sure they were all good to go for that. And then we just kind of wandered around till our appointed dinner time. We chose the late seating (I wouldn't do that time again though) and so our dinner was at 8:15 in the Paris Dining Hall. Our wait staff was Reizel and Igusti from the Philippines, and Mahardika from India. They were SO nice, and David was always chatting them up about home, how long they had been with Carnival, all about their kids, time off, etc. The food in the main dining hall was good, but not great. Except for the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake. That was to die for! Regan had that every night, I had it every night but one! It was so good. I kept wanting to take pictures of the food because it always looked so good, but we were always so hungry since our seating was so late, that we would dig in before I would remember!

There was a comedy show that night that David and I went to, it was fun to do since it's something we enjoy but never make time for at home. The kids were at their kids clubs having fun, and we could stay up as late as we wanted, and enjoy ourselves without worrying about the kids! We also spent a lot of time on the balcony. I am spoiled now, and I don't think I would ever do a cruise without a balcony now. It was nice to sit out there watching the waves and hearing the ocean.

When we got back to our room each night, our bed was always turned down, chocolates on the bed and a cute towel animal waiting for us! Erwin was our steward and such a nice man. He was there every morning when we woke up, ready to go in and make the beds, and there every night when we left for dinner to turn down the beds. He has a daughter at home in the Philippines that is Regan's age, and has a heart defect, so he works so hard to pay for her medical bills. They work long, hard hours on the ship, and I just really felt for him. He was so sweet, and would tell us every day "Good morning Mr. David, Mrs. Denise!" We just both loved him!! We told him we would be praying for him and his daughter, so if you think about it, say a prayer for Mr. Erwin and his family.

These are all the pictures from the ship. I didn't feel like splitting them up by days!

Carnival Triumph

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