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Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by Madame B: Would recommend, but with warnings


Madame B
3 Reviews
Member Since 2009
188 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.5
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 5.0

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Would recommend, but with warnings

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans

This was our fifth cruise. We drove to New Orleans the night before and stayed at a hotel near the airport because we had a free room with hotel points. This also included free parking for the week. We decided to take a cab to the ship port because it was cheaper than paying port parking charges ($112 for the week). Cabs have a set fee of $33/couple each way from the airport to the downtown area. Embarkation: We arrived at 11:14. Check-in only took about 20 minutes, but we had to wait in the terminal for two hours to board because the previous sailing was late in arriving. They kept us updated.

Cleanliness: This ship was immaculate and in great shape. I even saw our room stewards wiping down the ceilings in our hallway!

Cabin: Our cabin was your typical balcony cabin. The Lido deck was directly above us and we did hear noise even though it was the carpeted area of the buffet restaurant. I would definitely recommend one deck lower. Also, the covering over our balcony More extended out more than other balconies so we didn't get much direct sun. This was not the best side of the ship for New Orleans, Key West or Freeport. We did get the good side when arriving in Nassau as we were up early and had a panoramic view of Atlantis.
 
Beds: While the linens and cover were nice, the bed was very hard. Food & Dining: With the exception of one really tough filet mignon, the food was the best we've had on a cruise ship. We chose "Your Time Dining". We only had to wait twice and only for about 10 minutes. There were plenty of tables for two so it was no problem to make this request.

Entertainment: While we are not big on cruise shows, we were able to catch a few in the Rome Theater and they were great. They have a magic show called "Somebody (can't remember his name) and Caruso". It was amazing. We also caught a hypnotist, a singer and comedian together, as well as "The Big Easy". They were all great. The Rome theater is very roomy and beautiful.

Pools: We found the quietest pool spots were on the decks near the back pool. The main pool with the slide looked like a lot of fun if you wanted to participate in games, etc. Fellow passengers: We are empty nesters and were hoping to miss the school crowd. The passengers came in all forms and some were quite rowdy. Because it was mid-May, there were a lot of college students and kids on their Senior Trip. While many had their parents with them, both the parents and kids got quite rowdy. In fact, I heard the f-bomb more times than I cared to hear it, even while on my balcony. This also came from many middle-aged folks. There was also a lot of drinking and smoking.

Smoking: It was everywhere! Our cabin even smelled the smoke mid-week. I had never been on such a smokey ship. Staff: Everyone was wonderful. We especially enjoyed visiting with the dining staff.

Debarkation: We chose self assist and took our own luggage off of the ship. We were in line for 7:00, hailing a cab at 7:30, then in our vehicle on the road for 8:00. Getting on and off the ship in ports: That was a bit slow. A few times, there was only one door open to check passengers in and out. Summary: I would recommend this trip, but only when all schools are in session if you are not interested in a rowdy group. Less


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Cabin review: Carnival Triumph Balcony Verandah 8372

Our cabin was your typical balcony cabin. The Lido deck was directly above us and we did hear noise even though it was the carpeted area of the buffet restaurant. I would definitely recommend one deck lower. Also, the covering over our balcony extended out more than other balconies so we didn't get much direct sun. This was not the best side of the ship for New Orleans, Key West or Freeport. We did get the good side when arriving in Nassau as we were up early and had a panoramic view of Atlantis. We did have easy access to the South Beach restaurant above us on the Lido deck. We liked going up to get our coffee in the mornings and returning to our balcony.

Port and Shore Excursions


This port is very industrial and a 20 minute drive into town. We arranged a snorkeling trip on our own through Pat & Diane Tours/Fantasia. This was great. They are located at the Lucaya Market and transportation there is about $5.00 each way. This is a fixed price. We booked at about 1/2 the price of a ship excursion. After snorkeling, we at lunch at Sabor Restaurant. It is an open air restaurant a few doors from Pat & Diane Tours. The food here was amazing. We ate the best bruschetta and shrimp salad. Taxi vans were plentiful to take you back to the ship for $5.00

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This is an nice port. The island is 2 miles by 4 miles wide. We walked to the opposite side of the island for a light lunch at Louie's. The food was okay and the view was beautiful. For dessert, we stopped at a Blonde Giraffe and had the key lime pie on a stick covered in chocolate. I'll remember this for the rest of my life! It was truly decadent. I'm glad we split it as it was very rich. There are many Blonde Giraffe restaurants on the island. We also visited the Mel Fisher museum. That was very interesting.

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At this port, we got in a taxi van (about $5) to Atlantis. We walked around the lobbies of the various buildings. Water access would have cost $120/person so we opted out of this. Fellow cruises booked a room at the Quality Inn next door to Atlantis which gave them full access to the water park of Atlantis. That was smart as they were several in their family. We hopped a boat taxi back to the port and that was quite entertaining. They take you on a mini tour of the harbor. We had lunch at an area called Fish Fry. This is about a mile from the port. Grilled conch here was recommended highly by the locals. We found it very tough and rubbery. In addition, the entrance of the restaurant had a bit of a stench. We would not recommend the Fish Fry area. This is a beautiful port and we felt very safe here. There were five cruise ships docked here that day.

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