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Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by Mojo_Mike

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Carnival Triumph
Carnival Triumph
Member Name: Mojo_Mike
Cruise Date: September 2013
Embarkation: Galveston
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: 6A
Cabin Number: 7205
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Nice to be back on the water

This was our 13th Carnival Cruise, and our 3rd on Triumph (the 1st since the 2/2013 fiasco).

Embarkation - Parked at Galveston Park N Cruise just across the street from the pier at 12:30. We're at the Platinum level of the VIFP program, so we had the priority embarkation. After arriving at the terminal at 12:40, we were on the ship by 12:55. Only delay was about 3 minutes waiting at security for some bumblers without the proper documentation. The room was immediately available for us to go to and drop off our carry-ons.

Stateroom - We were in 7205, a forward facing ocean view (strangely, Carnival calls this an obstructed view). This room is laid out for people with disabilities / wheelchairs. The room has a strange triangular shape, so the 2 beds couldn't be put together. My wife and I felt like Lucy and Ricky Ricardo! After the lifeboat drill, we were offered a deck 2 interior if we wanted to change, but elected to stay in 7205.

What we liked

The 2.0 updates (Guy's Burger Joint / Blue Iguana / Red Frog Bar / EA Sports) are welcome. We had a preview of these features when we sailed on Conquest 4/2013 and were looking forward to them.

The gymnasium had been refreshed as well as updated with new equipment.

The comedian Larry Omaha was fantastic.

The "Liars Club" game was very well done.

Guy's Burgers. I can still taste them!

Bedding - Linens / comforters / pillows / mattresses were new since 6/2014.

Cruise director Jen and her staff. We thought that they did a good job.

What we didn't care for

In-room TV. Only 1 real movie channel.

The port of Progreso. I guess it's OK if you're looking to go to the Mayan ruins, but we've been there / done that. Would much rather they have a port other than Progreso (maybe Costa Maya or tendering into Cancun).

Ports of call

Progreso - Just took the bus into town and walked along the beach. Didn't partake this time, but you could get a 30 minute beachside massage for $10. Will probably do this when we repeat the cruise in November. The beach was "better" than I remember, along the lines of Galveston. Noticed lots of police in the area, especially cruising along the road beside the beach.

Cozumel - Took a taxi to Chankannab National Park. Noted that the taxi rate had gone up since last visit to $11. Park entrance with snorkeling gear / souvenir t-shirt / drink was $37/person. The park was unusually not crowded as Triumph was the only ship in port (which seemed odd for a Thursday). As such, the employees of the park were more aggressive selling things like guided kayak tours and massages. The park had also added some new things since our last visit - zip lines (not yet open) and a crocodile exhibit. Being Mexico, the zip line ran rather close to the crocodiles!

Debarkation - The ship didn't arrive at the Galveston pier until 7:55. I thought that we were an hour late, but our stateroom attendant said that we were right on schedule. Platinum/Diamond guests are allowed to wait in the London dining room as a debarkation lounge. There was some sort of ICE delay as it wasn't until 08:45 that we were allowed to debark. Triumph's crew did a much better job organizing this process that on previous sailings. Fewer non-Platinum/Diamond "squatters" in the lounge.

Publication Date: 09/19/13
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