There's nothing better for a relationship than several days of eating great food (you don’t have to cook), breathing fresh ocean air and having fun with your sweetie while doing dozens of relaxing, romantic things, all without hassle or worry. This is the life of the cruiser. Carnival’s Triumph out of Galveston, TX offers a five-day excursion to Progreso and Cozumel as well as an infinite number of ways to entertain yourself onboard.
Cozumel — Photo courtesy of Kimberly A. Suta
Excursions are basically destination appetizers; you get an opportunity to sample the culture, food and activities of your cruising ports. You and your partner can spend the day together exploring new vacation spots.
Breakfast in Bed
Eating smoked salmon with bagels and cream cheese, the balcony door wide open so the morning breeze can blow in, while you plan out the day’s activities is the best way to start the day.
The spa on the boat offers couples massages and an assortment of indulgent treatments such as seaweed wraps and body scrubs. If you're ambitious, you can even work out together in the accompanying gym, complete with an ocean view. Plus, it's a chance to work off some of the chef's signature melting chocolate cake.
Carnival Casino — Photo courtesy of Kimberly A. Suta
The boat has a wonderful casino. There’s nothing better for getting your blood pumping than a few rounds of roulette!
Shuffleboard — Photo courtesy of Kimberly A. Suta
There’s something romantic (in an old-fashioned, Love Boat kind of way) about being on a cruise ship playing shuffleboard, ping pong or miniature golf, particularly because these may not be activities you normally do at home.
The Piano Man — Photo courtesy of Kimberly A. Suta
Something about the easy-going atmosphere seems to stimulate the ability to sing in public. The nightly piano bar sing-along and the music trivia get the entire room humming. If you're lucky (or just smart), you might even win the infamous "gold ship on a stick" for guessing the most songs during the trivia games.
The "Paris" Dining Room — Photo courtesy of Kimberly A. Suta
You feel like celebrities as your servers greet you by name and treat you with genuine kindness. The menu is small, but elegant and scrumptious. From escargot bourguignon to frog legs, duck breast, salmon and braised brisket, it's hard to decide what to eat first. One of the fantastic things about cruising is you can order as many different dishes as you like. For foodies, sampling the array of delicacies each night is like love at first sight.
Main Deck on the Triumph — Photo courtesy of Kimberly A. Suta
Sunning on Deck
Sipping margaritas, pina coladas or a ship favorite, Chocolate Mocha Getaway, on the deck of a gigantic boat in the middle of the ocean. Enough said.
Besides the Las Vegas-style magic show, one of the most popular evening entertainment events is the sexy fun burlesque show, featuring some international beauties. Nothing like a little bawdiness to serve as a prelude to the evening’s revelries.
Sunset in the Gulf of Mexico — Photo courtesy of Kimberly A. Suta
From your private balcony, you can drank in some of the most beautiful sunsets. Arms wrapped around each other while the waves crash against the boat as it sails through the Gulf of Mexico, you'll wish for just a moment that you never have to go home.
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