Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by arljaye: Carnival Triumph - Eastern Caribbean
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Carnival Triumph - Eastern Caribbean
The Triumph is another Fun Ship with excellent decor. Nicely laid out to make getting around the ship quite easy. We live in Florida so took a bus - Cruise Connection - to the Port of Miami. It was not a pleasant experience. A trip that usually takes about 4 1/2 hours took over 7 and with three changes. We just about made it. We will probably drive next time. Our stateroom was located in about the most perfect place on the ship. Near an elevator, closer to the rear of the ship (where most of the food is located) and just one deck above the activities. This was around out 60th cruise and we finally found the most perfect location for our stateroom. Almost all of the employees were friendly but we found some in the South Beach Buffet that did not understand English. It did not present too much of a problem but just let to some surprises when requesting something. A minor problem. Food in the Buffet area was 100% routine. Nothing exceptional except the Deli which made sandwiches to die More
for. They were the greatest. Pastrami on grilled rye and others that were just as wonderful. One major problem is not having a tray to carry dishes on. A person would have to get in line - get their breakfast - all on one plate - take it to the table - go back - get another dish of food or drinks and then take that back to the table which resulted in lots of very cold eggs, etc. No soup at lunch was a disappointment. The Paris Dining room was another lovely place aboard and the menu was very good with plenty to choose from. Our waiter got sick a couple of days out and his assistant, Trisna, took over and did a marvelous job. She was a "wonder woman" at 21 years of age. A smile on her face plus the individual attention we received was far above what was expected. We just love the entertainment at dinner and look forward to it each night. As we have cruised the Eastern Caribbean so many times we did not go on any excursions. Did some shopping and back on board to just enjoy the luxury provided. Entertainment was good with the very first show with the singers and dancers being the best. What a wonderful production and it was a production, not just another show. Magic, comedy, etc was all enjoyable. Seating was great. Drinks are very overpriced. Did not stop us from partaking of a few but I listen to what other passengers are saying and that was one of the major complaints. Of course, lower the price and it might cause problems with over drinking with some. The other major complaint was the casino. The payoff seemed to be all in favor of the ship with about a 15% return to the players. I would definitely let people know to stay as far away from the casino as possible. It was not the fun it should have been. Our Stateroom was well laid out with a wonderful bed to sleep in. Lots of closet space but the hanger system leaves a lot to be desired. I always bring my own pants hanger (the cheapie ones that are all plastic from Walmart) Leave my hubbys slacks right on them just to be transferred to the closet. Plenty of drawer space and cabinet space in the bathroom. Art auction is routine but I still enjoy looking at such wonderful artwork. Yes, there were children around but mostly well behaved. Did we enjoy our cruise - as usual, a very definite yes! We make sure we enjoy every cruise we take mainly because we are pretty happy people that found that the more one complains the more miserable they are. Carnival provides a great week on the high seas and we will probably go again and again and again. Take clothes that are casual (even saw shorts in the Dining room - didn't like it much) Two formal nights are getting to be a fashion show for the younger ladies and we enjoyed watching them. Pool area was crowded, as normal, but what else would you expect. Cruising is something we try to do twice a year and more if we could afford it. Ride home on Cruise Connection was almost as bad as the one going. Less
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