As promised, I wanted to share some of my husband's musings, "Guido's Log", about our adventures on the Carnival Triumph Infamous Disaster Cruise. Before you start reading you should know that it was pretty bad but once the initial shock was over, we never felt like our lives were threatened and the crew did everything they could to make us as comfortable as possible. That being said, it certainly gave us lots of interesting memories. Here are several days of the "Log". More to follow in later blogs.
Thursday, February 7th
0730 - 19 members of Todd (Terri’s brother) and Jennifer's wedding party gather in Boerne, Texas for transport to Galveston on an airport shuttle bus; group arrives at cruise terminal at approximately 1330 after frequent potty stops
1500 - All on board; most in party on Deck 6 Starboard with a balcony alongside cabin; Terri and I in 6347; Stephanie and Hannah in 6323
1600 - Carnival Triumph departs for Cozumel
Day One Status - All good
Friday, February 8th
1700 - Wedding party gathers; Todd and Jennifer married in beautiful ceremony conducted by ship's Captain; open bar ensues during reception and most in party imbibe in their favorite beverage past capacity; much fun is had by all the remainder of evening
Day Two Status - All very good
Saturday, February 9th
0800 - Carnival Triumph arrives Cozumel; group disembarks approximately 0915 with most joining bride's sister who is prepositioned and arranges bus ride to beach on far side of island; bus serves as bar and group quickly gets in party mood; upon arrival some pose for pictures behind nude beach sign which is strategically placed to cover private areas; not clear if any actually "drop trou" but highly doubtful; a great time was had by all!
1600 - Ship takes head count and finds one person missing; he is left behind due to moped accident and Carnival Triumph sets off for return trip to Galveston with one less passenger; he may have been the lucky one
Day Three Status - All still very good
Sunday, February 10th
0520 – Carnival Triumph’s Alpha Team summoned via ship-wide announcement; passengers awakened amid much concern and observe large amounts of gray smoke billowing from smokestack; smoke infiltrates Decks 2 and 3 as well