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Carnival Triumph
Carnival Triumph
Member Name: checkgirl
Cruise Date: March 2014
Embarkation: Galveston
Destination: Mexican Riviera
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment Not Rated
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates Not Rated
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Triumph headed downhill

We have cruised on the Triumph in the past (as recent as Fall 2013), as well as several other cruise ships/cruise lines, but we were very disappointed with this trip. The ship seems to be in decline both in service and quality. We had a lovely oceanview cabin but upon arrival the bathroom had not been cleaned thoroughly. The food was excellent during some meals but very mediocre during other meals. The hallways seemed to be cluttered with dirty dishes (and once dirty diapers) for longer than usual. However, my biggest complaint was that Carnival has decided not to provide an adult only area. On EVERY other ship there is an adult area which provides a place for a little tranquility without children. The Triumph had this amenity until very recently....And while we expected a lot of children onboard, we were not expecting the level of unsupervised children. What used to be the adult only pool and hot tub area is now open to anyone. There are rules posted but apparently no one needs to abide by the rules. Posted in plain view it states that children must be accompanied by an adult in order to be in the hot tub. Given the fact that hot tubs can be dangerous for children in the first place, I was amazed at how many very young children were in the hot tub with no adult present. There were times when the hot tub appeared to be a kiddie pool with up to 15 young children in each one. The kids were running, jumping, doing cannon balls, shooting water guns, etc. I contacted guest services several times to no avail. I guess they will not care until a child ends up seriously hurt or worse.

One other issue....during the late dining in the Paris Dining Hall and during the brunch in the London Dining Hall, people were seated wearing bath robes and/or pajamas. I understand this is a vacation atmosphere but when did it become alright to wear pajamas into a restaurant? Once again, there are rules and a dress code for the dining halls but no one is enforcing them. There were incidents that should have been prevented during dinner from loud drunks pole dancing on the banister to disruptive behavior.

Lastly, it during the night it sounded as though there was construction being conducted on lower decks which was not constant but was disruptive at times.


Publication Date: 03/28/14
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