Back ground info--- 12 cruise experience
9 carnival (7 Galveston, 1 Miami, 1 San Diego)
2 royal caribbean (Galveston)
1 princess (Galveston)
Member since 2008 used many times for research, first posted review.
These are my opinions with my limited experience! Just Thinking On Screen -JTOS.
I was looking to see what passengers thought of the 2nd Triumph cruise since all the bad press. I only saw a post by a first time cruiser who was on the 1st cruise out, so I hope this is helpful to cruisers looking for info.
1st, the needs attention
signage in the hall ways was not complete on all decks and the signage that was there was inconvenient (on inner walls so you had to enter hallway and look back to elevator to read it.)
the crew seemed unfamiliar with the ship, their work, and the art of passing deceiving information. They seemed to try very hard, but I guess it takes time to learn all the info they need when they are working as a team for the first time- to be expected!
the nights they take pictures of the guest, the flow of walking past the backdrops was blocked by the photographers standing in the walkways trying to focus cameras for their pictures. Slowed and stopped traffic, made for a lot of congestion.
over all the ship seemed clean, but the exterior windows in the rear pool area, the buffet dinning room and some of the promenade windows had dark streaks running down the outside of glass.
the room we had on deck 7 mid ship was smallest room we had on any cruise. The room had no refrigerator and very little storage. Used our luggage for our clothes for the trip. Minor thing for us but for some guests could be a issue.
Also the water temp and pressure in the shower was reported to guest desk on first sea day. Temperature was corrected but water pressure was weak the whole cruise. The sink would not hold water for shaving so cleaning razor and conserving water was difficult.
there was no adult only area on the ship.
Now what we enjoyed
liked the welcome back party very much. Seems they are limiting it to guest with more cruise history. Good for us, bad for those with less cruises.
food in main dinning room was very good, service was very slow which was good as well, did not feel rushed and enjoyed a leisurely dinner. We seemed to stuff food down like it was a race. But quicker coffee service with desert would be nice.
room was clean and staff was friendly for all 5 days.
casino staff was friendly and helpful to this rookie craps player.
deck chairs on outside of promenade deck, quiet place to read and relax away from unattended kids and endless repeated "canned" type music. But the sound of the air exhaust muffled the relaxing sound of the sea below.
very thankful to GOD and the cruise industry for the ability to enjoy this type of vacation. To be spoiled for 5 days is a blessing, I wish everyone could experience this kind of a vacation. For those of you who take it for granted- Think about it.
could write more, good and bad, mostly bad --we tend to enjoy complaining about things even when we have it made in the shade. Anyway I hope this adds a little information about the Carnival Triumph sailing out of Galveston TX.
arrived at Puerto maya carnival private pier. inconvenient to downtown area. located midway between beaches and town. $14 ride to beaches for up to 4, did not go to town.
Went to Paradise Beach - $2 per person + $10 each in drinks,food,recreation. Nice beach clean -white sand -shade and chairs.
Water toys for $12 per person
bucket of 5 beers $12 some available in cans some in bottles -if it matters to you ask -after you order it's too late
food was good, had guacamole with chips -and shrimp quesadillas
for a little more than half of the excursion price we enjoyed a nice sunny day relaxing
if you can find another couple to share the ride you can cut the price
come out with the herd and you increase your chances, if you want to avoid the cattle call you take you chances.
shopped at duty free on carnival's pier for tequila
personally I would like to dock in town, more shopping options plus you can see the city, including churches, land marks etc.
I enjoyed Progresso very much. What a change from the last time I was there!!
We took the double decked bus. read in CC review that tour was $3 per person, they charged us $5
very small pueblo not much to see. CC review said stop for beer. we stopped twice not for beer or water, but to advertise massage and a beach bar. I suggest save your cash, walk a couple of blocks to beach order bucket of 5 beers $10 with lime, chips and salsa, and small shot of tequila. time better spent -JTOS
water is the gulf of mexico not the caribbean, sand is more tan then white,but the water was warm and felt great in mid june
many bars and massage tables along malecon just keeping walking till you get a good vibe, pick a shaded table and enjoy.
try the local Yucatan beer,
the locals do come around selling their goods, just say "no thanks", or shop from your chair in the shade drinking a beer eating a snack.
and you think you're not blessed -JTOS
again, thanks for your time