Cruise 2009
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Welcome to the Carnival Triumph!

Diane & I went with my mom and her friend Cathy on the Carnival Triumph out of Norfolk on October 26th, stopping at Nassau and Freeport.

Cathy, Diane & Mom pose on the catwalk at the Norfolk cruise terminal with our home away from home in the background.

All smiles and anticipation as Diane & I get checked in and get our Sail & Sign cards! Check it out... we're Gold members, I guess from being past cruisers with Carnival.

The view down from the Lido Deck overlooking the Grand Atrium and Lobby.

Wow, can we get a screen that big installed in our den back home?

First stop, lunch. A view from the forward buffet lines, overlooking the mid-ship pool and waterslide.

Diane enjoys her first taste of 24-hour ice-cream, while a stranger goes "HUH?!" while trying to see what's on the buffet line in the background.

Ice cream always has a strange side effect on my mother. We saw a lot of this face over the course of the cruise. Mmmm... ice cream!

Cathy and Mom check out the view of the Norfolk harbor from their stateroom window.

Diane checks out the view of the TV in our interior stateroom. Too bad the menu button NEVER worked over the course of the cruise, even though we reported it three times.

Ah, the ship shops have rum cakes. Mmmm... rum cakes.

Mom drops a few bills in the Monaco Casino. (Okay, she really didn't gamble at all, but we couldn't pass up such a good photo op.)

Diane enjoyed these tables that reminded us of a certain peanut butter filled chocolate candy treat.

Wow. That's a lot of oysters embedded in the walls and ceiling of the Big Easy Piano Bar. The carpet was also done in a matching oyster shell pattern.

In an attempt to prove that I mastered elementary school geography, I point out Norfolk, Virginia on the map.

Ah, the return of the "let's take a picture of ourselves at random times on the cruise" moments.

Diane hangs out on the main deck during sail-away, with the Norfolk cruise terminal preparing to fade away into the background.

And of course, I had to take my turn posing in front of the shrinking cruise terminal.

After a lovely dinner in the dining room, we returned to find a seal (I believe) on our bed, guarding some chocolates and the Capers for the next day.

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