Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by shopple: Triumph 1/8/2011
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This was our 5th cruise. All of our cruises have been with Carnival and we have always had a good experience. I can't say that this voyage was bad but it definately was not our favorite. I do chalk some of the disappointment to the weather which I know is out of anyone's control. However, overall the Triumph just did not meet my expectations compared to other ships we have been on.
Because of the bad weather, it would have been nice to have had some other activities to do while on board. It seemed like this ship had less activities planned and available. The last two days of the voyage are full days at sea and there just was not very much to do except gamble.
I also was not impressed with entertainment schedule. In past sailings they offered the main show, twice a night after each dining. The Triumph only had one show a day, usually at 10:30 and it competed with other late night acts such as the comedians etc. For us that was not too big of a deal as Carnival has not More changed their Vegas style show since our last cruise two years ago.
I was not a fan of how the ship was layed out as compared to other ships as well.. I am sure it is just a preferance thing but I will not take another sailing on this class of ship again. The promenade deck was very congested in the area of the casino and World Bar due to all activities taking place there like trivia, karaoke etc. and then also throwing in the sushi cart into the mix. The congestion made it difficult to get from one end to the other and we would more than likely have to go up to the lido deck to get from one end of the ship to other and then go back down to get where we were going. This was also the area for professional pictures etc. Pictures,,, that was another area. Walking thru this area felt like you were on the streets of Mazatlan - the photographers begging to take your pictures - it was a little excessive and they did not like to take no for an answer. Overall it seemed like the common areas were kind of compacted and cramped for the number of people on the ship and it did not seem like Carnival utilized alot of the other common areas.
Service by wait staff was overall good and the staff was friendly as always. Even though this was not our favorite trip we still say anyday at sea on a ship is a good day and this trip will not detour us from cruising again. Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Triumph Oceanview Riviera 1411
Cabin 1411 low and in the aft - therefore very loud when the engines did anything significant. But we expected this.
Port and Shore Excursions
We were warned about this stop and it was suggested to not even bother getting off of the ship unless you do a tour. We took a cab into Lucaya thinking we could do some shopping. That was a waste of money.. nothing much there; however, the beach was very close and there was not very many vendors who harrassed you while on the beach. As for the shopping - everything you see where the ship docks is what you see in town.
Very fun town, we would do this port again. We took the hop and shop tour where we could get on and off of a trolley throughout the area and it took us to every attraction in town. The trolley driver's were all very knowledgeable about their city and gave great historical information.
Nassau was pretty and would be fun if you had more time. We took a $3 ferry ride to paradise island with the plan of going to the public beach. The ferry operator made it sound like the beach was just a block or two away... it was like a 2 mile walk and once we got there we learned that there was not any public restrooms available - had to walk about another mile to the Atlantis Resort for a restroom. But the beach was beautiful and again the vendors were not overly agressive in trying to sell you things.
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