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3,312 Carnival Galveston Cruise Reviews

Booked this wonderful 7 day western Caribbean on the Carnival Magic. This was our first time on the Magic and had high expectations. First of, the boarding experience out of Galveston TX is as good as it gets. From parking to ship and ... Read More
Booked this wonderful 7 day western Caribbean on the Carnival Magic. This was our first time on the Magic and had high expectations. First of, the boarding experience out of Galveston TX is as good as it gets. From parking to ship and everything in-between was pretty good. Once on the ship – WOW! This thing is impressive! From the amazing waterworks splash pad and rides, to the pools, the massive TV screen, multiple adult spas, and everything looks and feels brand new! We booked a balcony and had 4 people in the room (2adults and 2 kids) which was already prepped with bunk beds for us upon arrival. Once again, everything felt fresh and new, which is very important to us. Beds and pillows were awesome. We were able to remove the liquor out of the fridge and put our personal water in the cooler. Food was everywhere and was absolutely delicious! There was a bit of wait at times to get food, particularly favorites like Pizza, but most cases no more than a couple of minutes. Drinks were always available with the numerous staff walking around harassing you to buy a drink. Entertainment was awesome! There was always something to do! A show, casino, movie, or just sit around and do nothing – you got it, it’s always awesome. Walking around the ship, stopping at the pub or at the shops was cool. Arcade was nice too. Carnival kids ROCKS! Every time we dropped off the kids at babysitting service they never wanted to go when we came back for them after a few hours. This also gave us the opportunity to have a nice quiet dinner for a change, visit the steak or house or Italian restaurant, which were amazing BTW! Service was either fantastic or mediocre at best. By the most part, everybody was awesome, then you had idiots who don’t understand customer service. We had a huge spat with the restaurant matradee the first night of dinner because there was a mix up with our time (on carnivals side). This guy was such a rude person – talking in a foreign language in front of us to the other staff and laughing at us.. really sucked and in front of my two little girls. Clearly aware that Carnival has no customer service complaint department to mitigate these issues, and that zero action would be taken against them so they do what they wish. effective enough, when I called customer service, they basically didnt care. Ports were awesome! The ocean water in Honduras and Belize was amazing! We took taxi’s to the better beaches and they were definitely worth the cost. Food and drink on the islands was a bit more than the usual, but that’s OK – we are on vacation. Also, we felt completely safe during our excursions and really felt the people were there to cater to us. At the end of the day, even with the issues during dinner, we still had a fantastic time and surely enjoyed our cruise. The ports were awesome, the ‘good’ staff were awesome, the food was awesome… the whole experience is fantastic and so cost effective, we have already booked our next cruise for October!   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
I read a lot of reviews and did a lot of research before booking this cruise and I will say I was very satisfied and enjoyed the cruise more than I thought I would. I will start by saying that I usually am prone to motion sickness, so ... Read More
I read a lot of reviews and did a lot of research before booking this cruise and I will say I was very satisfied and enjoyed the cruise more than I thought I would. I will start by saying that I usually am prone to motion sickness, so booking the cruise was a little scary to me but I took motion sickness pills and was fine, I didn't not feel sick once even though the boat did rock more than I would have liked, it was not a deal breaker. I will split my reviews in to categories so you only have to read what you are interested in... Embarkation - went by faster than I thought it would, my husband and I arrived to Galveston at 12, we were on the boat and settled in our room by 1. You will need to have the driver of your vehicle drop you and your bags off at the terminal then you will hand them over to a porter and the driver will go park the car and take a shuttle back to meet you. This was the longest wait I had, about 15 minutes. Once you are reunited, you will go through check-in it took us about another 15 minutes and then you will be able to find you room on the ship and drop off your carry-ons to explore the ship. Ship Review - The Magic is a great ship, the water park is nice for young and old, the sky sport deck is nice, but it was too hot to really utilize. The main pool on deck 10 (Lido Deck) is more suited for adults although many kids were there, I personally would not take my kids there, too much drinking and dancing going on for them to run around and play. Be sure to check out the Hairy Chest Contest and the Synchronized Swimming Competition, these are so funny and should not be missed. The ship is big and might take a few days to figure out the fastest way to get to where you want to go. The ship is really clean, the crew is constantly cleaning, which was really nice. Deck 5 has the Casino and Pub and Comedy Club and Deck 3 has the dining rooms and main lobby and theatre. You will spend most of your time here if you enjoy people watching. My only complaint is that the Casino is filled with the smell of smoke even though there are no smoking signs everywhere. The Gym is also sort of small and hot when it is packed, which it usually was. Shows - the magic show should not be missed, it is pretty good, other than that, I was not a fan of the other shows. The Comedy Club is worth checking out, there were 4 comedians on board and I found them all very funny. And the activities going on around the pool during the day are a lot of fun. Rooms - I had a balcony and I found it big enough and always clean thanks to the amazing staff. Tip: Ask for an Ice bucket the first day, the steward will then refill it for you every day. Tip for girls: the blow dryer sucks, bring your own! Another Tip: the is not an iron in the room, you will have to take you clothes to the Ironing Room which is located midship on your deck if you don't want wrinkles. We stayed in the Aft, if I had to do it again, I would stay midship which is more centrally located. Ports - Roaton is by far the nicest port, you don't need an excursion for this port, there is plenty to do and the beach is very close so if you are a beach person you will enjoy this port. We also ziplined here which only took about an hour and was worth it. Tip: don't book with Carnival, if you do you will be hered over in a big group, if you leave the ship and walk straight to the zipline (ran by carnival but can be purchased in person at the ticket window) you can beat the line and zipline first then have the rest of the day to wander around and hang out at the beach. the price is the same either way, you will just save time doing it on your own. Belize - if you don't book an excursion, you will not like this port, there not a beach close and the port is not very clean or nice. We did cave tubing with lunch, I loved it, it was very interesting and the lunch was great. Cozumel, you don't need an excursion, but I would recommend taking a taxi to a nearby beach, otherwise you will not have much to do in port. We took a cab for $16 to Mr. Sanchos, a beach that offers an all inclusive package for the day, all you can eat and drink for $55 a person of you can enter for free and by everything al a carte, either way you will have fun. Food - great and lots of it! You will not go hungry, the main dining room has plenty of options you will not feel like you missed anything if you eat there every night and don't eat at the specialty restaurants. The burgers by the pool are better than I thought they would be. The pizza place is good and I never found the wait to be too long. The lido deck buffet is great also, with plenty of options. Tip: if the line is long by the main entrance (pool side) go to the back closer to the aft, there are two other lines that are never as packed. Debarkation - Took forever! We decided to do the relaxed debarkation and not self -assist, it took a really long time to get off the ship, about 2 hours. I would definitely do self assist next time. Overall, I loved this cruise, I can't wait to book another one! There are a couple of things I would do differently, I would pack less so I could do the self assist debarkation , I would take a watch! (I constantly was in search for a clock) I would stay mid ship, take a blow dryer, and more clothes that needed less ironing :-) Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
I will write about my complaints first, not many thought. We did find out about priority boarding until a week before our cruise and it was all booked up. I don't like the long lines on embarkment and fact we have to bring all liquids ... Read More
I will write about my complaints first, not many thought. We did find out about priority boarding until a week before our cruise and it was all booked up. I don't like the long lines on embarkment and fact we have to bring all liquids to be inspected, this is a pain for a vacation. I went late so the it was way less time in line than the first time we went. I don't like the long lines to get baggage when leaving the ship, not fun, if want to move fast through the line, you have to pay a baggage handler. I could come up with a more efficient way to get passengers on and off the ship. Anyway, the cruise itself was awesome, especially for money we paid. Our balcony cabin was clean, roomy, and had everything we wanted, the fridge was locked because of the kids, I should have had it opened. The staff is the most amazing part of the ship, they worked tirelessly to make you sure you comfortable and enjoying your cruise. Our room was always clean and we always had ice. The ports were amazing, Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel, we went snorkeling at each location and love every moment of it, especially in Honduras. Highly recommend the private island. We had a private guide in Belize, the ships snorkeling excursion was sold out. I found the foods awesome and gain too much weight. Our sitting in the main dinning room was unbelievable, back of the ship, against the back windows, looking at a sunset each evening, just amazing. The shows were good, not as good as the first cruise, I would find another director for entertainment. The piano bar was amazing, the piano singer was the best I have ever seen, we stayed up many night listening to him play and sing. The kids loved all the pools, the water park, camp carnival, putt golf, the basketball court, and jacuzzi's. My wife had a spa treatment and loved it, we spent an evening in the jacuzzi at the adult only area and let's just say, we had a great time. I will do again next year. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
I've cruised with Carnival 12 times (love the Magic) but this was our first time on the Triumph. Platinum perks were great - very fast embarkation and debarkation, chocolate strawberries in room. This was our first suite and I loved ... Read More
I've cruised with Carnival 12 times (love the Magic) but this was our first time on the Triumph. Platinum perks were great - very fast embarkation and debarkation, chocolate strawberries in room. This was our first suite and I loved the room and all the storage space. The jacuzzi tub was so-so, a little too tall for a shorty to step into comfortably and I kinda missed the convenience of the shower stall. The vanity area was awesome! Enough mirrors to easily see the back of your hair! Food on the Triumph was good, We did breakfast in the MDR and enjoyed the quiet - never did dinner there because it's always been so tediously slow on other ships. The Guy's burgers are truly the best I've ever had! And the burrito/taco place was also very, very good. The deli was a little disappointing. We always like the turkey wrap and reubens on the Magic but apparently the staff here didn't really know how to make these sandwiches correctly (is it still a reuben without sauerkraut??) I must mention, too, that the Carnival staff always impress me. Our room steward, Roberto, always had a smile on his face and we encountered many pleasant people in the Lido dining area. We were on the 7th floor just outside the elevators and got the full show coming through our door vents until very late although we heard very little from the elevators. Didn't really matter since the 2 sisters in the cabin next to us were party animals talking very loudly in the hall and even drunkenly banging on their door in the wee hours of the morning (if you leave your key, just go to guest services!) I was disappointed to find the Red Frog Pub outside on the Lido deck. On the Magic, it's a cozy, comfy bar sheltered inside. On the Lido deck on the Triumph, it was waaaaaaay too LOUD, crowded and exposed to the weather to enjoy so - we didn't. All in all, any cruise is a good cruise, but the Triumph is not for us. Our biggest negative is that for whatever reason, we smelled sewage in several spots around the ship. It was always present every time we raised the toilet lid but we also smelled it in the atrium and other spots. Apparently, others noticed it as well since another guest mentioned it to me. I'm always eager to try different ships, but I will mark the Triumph off my list for future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
5th cruise on Carnival and the second on the Triumph. Our family takes a family reunion every two years and this was our second cruise on Triumph within two years. Our first cruise on the ship needed updating, after the disaster at sea ... Read More
5th cruise on Carnival and the second on the Triumph. Our family takes a family reunion every two years and this was our second cruise on Triumph within two years. Our first cruise on the ship needed updating, after the disaster at sea with Triumph and the ship was at dry dock for months you would believe updating would be in order. I thought the ship has to be clean and redone. ( Was Not ) The only thing I saw was new carpet in the room, Deck 7, balcony. Same old tired dirty leather sofa, hallway walls and doors dirty, & There was a foul sewer type of smell throughout the room hallways most of the time. I have always had great room stewards in the past, I never saw one the entire cruise. THE GOOD. Check In was quick and efficient, drop the luggage at 11:30 at the terminal , Park at Galveston Park and Cruise, right across the street. Joined my group and was on board having lunch at 12:30. Luggage was at the room by 2pm, enough time to unpack, go to Muster Drill, and grab a drink and watch us push away from the dock. Food: Guys is great !!! Early dinner in Paris, food was great except for the last night at sea and it was Fair at best. Again usually a great dinning experience when you interact with your servers. ( The Worst Service I have every had on a cruise Ship ) We ask to be moved but all the tables were assigned, a big group we made the best of it and still had great dinners. SHOWS, All very good; same show as we have seen in the past but still very well done. The Utley Band in the Casino bars was great. Overall it was a pleasant experience, will not sail on Triumph again time to move on to another ship.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
This started as a solo cruise just for me. My sister decided to join me and we upgraded our cabin. I prefer mid ship or aft area rooms and now i remember why. The adult deck - in the rear, the dining room - rear as well as many of the ... Read More
This started as a solo cruise just for me. My sister decided to join me and we upgraded our cabin. I prefer mid ship or aft area rooms and now i remember why. The adult deck - in the rear, the dining room - rear as well as many of the things we wanted to do. But that being said, out room rocked. Melvin our steward kept everything tidy and the ice bucket full. I have to say this has been my favorite cruise in recent years We went out of way to participate in as many activities as we could. The Comedy show was great, I have seen some shows that were not that special but the comedic acts this time kept up rolling in the isles. Our Karaoke kept everyone else rolling rolling in their isles. Our dinning room staff headed by Oliver, Ali, and Sptiz made the dinning experience an exceptional one every night. We brought wine from home and paid the $10 fee so we would know what we were getting. This trip was all about the fun. I have scheduled the same cruise for late September. I am sure it wont be the last either. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
This was my sixth cruise on my sixth different Carnival ship. I have to admit that I went into this one a bit skeptically--after being on six Carnival ships, things can feel very similar and even tedious. One can easily develop a ... Read More
This was my sixth cruise on my sixth different Carnival ship. I have to admit that I went into this one a bit skeptically--after being on six Carnival ships, things can feel very similar and even tedious. One can easily develop a "been there done that" mentality. And yet the Triumph impressed me. In fact, there were times when it felt like my very first cruise with all the emotions and "wow-factor" that come with that first cruise. So, with that in mind, here are some highlights: Jen the Cruise Director. She is truly "brilliant!" But beyond her up-front personality and performance skills, there were two things about Jen that really stood out to me. First, she has that unique ability to make every single person she is speaking to feel like he or she is the most important person on the ship. I watched her do this time and again and was impressed with how well she was able to interact with guests. Secondly, she is obviously a great leader, because her entire staff is outstanding. It seems obvious to me that she has spent a great deal of time training her staff and coaching them on what outstanding customer service and Carnival-style fun look like. Keely, Kevin, Stephen, and all the others were truly great, whether it was managing the comedy club, hosting karaoke, or doing trivia. The live music. I'm not a bit country music fan, and there is a lot of that, but I can appreciate a live band over pre-recorded music any day. The large show band (which is a dying breed on Carnival) was outstanding (their set in the casino bar was fabulous), but the country band, the guitar player/singer in the lobby bar, and the Latin band were all really, really good. The two shows were well-performed and truly enjoyable. The food. I believe I had the best service in the dining room I have ever received on a Carnival ship. The food was always hot. The orders were always correct. And the waiters dealt with changes and requests with an amazing amount of charm and grace. They seemed to truly enjoy what they were doing, and I noticed this not only with my own servers but with the servers at the table around us as well. Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iquana were also quite tasty. I did not eat in the buffet, so I cannot comment on that. The drinks. Say what you will--Carnival has really good bartenders and their drinks are consistently high quality. From the Alchemy Bar to the comedy club to the MDR to the Casino Bar--every drink I had exceeded my expectations and was served with a smile. The cabin. I had an ocean view cabin for the first time ever (prior to this I have always booked a balcony room). The cabin was clean and well-kept. I liked the vanity in the bathroom as opposed to the glass shelves that my other ships have had. The hair dryer was a bit on the silly side but it did the job for me. I'm a big guy and found that the shower and toilet were just fine. Water pressure was excellent and I never ran out of hot water. The staff. In short, everything that everyone else has said about the staff being so friendly is absolutely true. I had to interact with guest services on two occasions and found them to be very friendly, quick to action, and willing to do whatever it takes to remedy any situations that come up. Everyone said hello, made eye contact, etc. This is obviously coming from someone in management on board the ship--I don't know if it's the hotel manager or the Cruise Director or what, but whoever is setting the tone and creating this climate should be duly rewarded. I did do one excursion--Ux Mal at Progresso. I did the Carnival excursion. The guide, Julian, was very knowledgeable and personable and led a fantastic tour. The bus was comfortable and the ruins are magnificent to see. In Cozumel I followed some Filipino crew members to a Filipino restaurant where I had some of the best Lumpiang I've had in a very long time as well as some free Wi-Fi. I utilized Carnival's Fly Aweigh service for flights, and the flights were timed perfectly and cheaper (that's right--CHEAPER) than I was able to find anywhere on my own. I also utilized the Carnival ship-to-shore service for the same reason. Transfers, loading, unloading, etc. all went very smoothly. So was it all perfect? Of course not, but my negatives are few and far between and, I believe, a bit nit-picky: The window in my cabin did allow a certain amount of water to seep through when waves were crashing up against the ship. Not a big deal--it's a metal window frame on a ship sailing in salt water--things rust. The volume of the music at times was a bit loud in the show lounge. However, I found that if I just moved over to a different seat it made all the difference in the world. I wish the Alchemy Bar offered the martini tasting more than just from 6-7 pm. I did 6 pm dining and was never able to take advantage of this. I felt bad for the kiddos that the slide was closed for maintenance. I know it has to be done, but it seems like it could have been done in November when there aren't as many children on the ship. We did have one group in the MDR who got a bit out of hand one night and put the servers in a very uncomfortable position during one of the dances. The maître d addressed this, however, and the last two nights they were very well-behaved. So that's all the negatives I have about the entire cruise. It was a great value for the money and I would certainly sale on the Triumph again, although, since Jen is moving to the Dream this summer, I might just have to follow her over there! Final thoughts--I still enjoy the Carnival experience when it is well-executed. They provide everything that is necessary to have a fun cruise is one is willing to enjoy the ride. I won two "ship on a stick" trophies for trivia. I used the gym every day to make sure I didn't bring home more "me" than I took down with me. I even had them do my laundry for me so that I came home with a suitcase of clean clothes and no mountain of laundry. I can't think of any other vacation I can go on where that happens. Do yourself a favor--experience the Triumph out of Galveston. You won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
After 21 cruises with Carnival and being a shareholder of stock in this company, I've got to say that I think this will be the last cruise on Carnival, but especially on the Magic. I'm not going to go through everything negative ... Read More
After 21 cruises with Carnival and being a shareholder of stock in this company, I've got to say that I think this will be the last cruise on Carnival, but especially on the Magic. I'm not going to go through everything negative that happened, but this is a warning to all who have the unfortunate occasion to walk onto this ship. The problem is I don't know where to start. I have been on over 50 cruises, and this one wins the "WORST EVER" award. The problems started before I even boarded the ship. I called the night before to confirm everything and all was what I expected. A few minutes I received an email stating that my cruise has been cancelled "Per MY Request." WRONG! Carnival added to my last minute stress because I had to call them back immediately and have everything reinstated. When I checked in the next day, I was PULLED OUT OF LINE and had to go through a dog search who sniffed all of my carry on's. When I asked what this was all about the Security man said everyone who books "last minute" has to go through this. I started to explain that Carnival had "accidently" cancelled it, but I wanted to get off to a good start. As a platinum "Loyalty" member and shareholder, I expected to be treated in a nice way throughout the entire cruise. Didn't happen....not even close. I purchased a guarantee at a wonderful price. The thing that I find so unfair is that people who were on their 2nd cruise got assigned a better cabin than I did, which was the very last one on a deck. The very last one. Not a few cabins up from the end, but the very last one. So my "loyalty" means nothing to them. OK. Fine. Guess I got what I paid for. A financial dispute arose and the front desk manager (supposedly), refused to listen to my side and, after I threw a hissy fit and tossed my balance, in cash, on the counter, she said she was calling Security on me. Nice. I told her to send them to my cabin, which she wouldn't do. I was in fear that they were going to pull me out of line when I was checking out the next day so I wanted to make everything right. Guest services refused to send anyone down, so I went back up. Someone called Security and they met me at the Guest Services counter. I was shocked when one of the Security guys walked up to me and said, "Did you want to see Security?" We sat down, I explained what I was complaining about but was worn out and had been crying ever since I left the desk. Get this...They FORCED me to sign a receipt for something I DID NOT buy dated April 26 which was the last night of the cruise. They had my charge card and said it was going to be charged anyway. My advice? CHECK YOUR BILLS LINE BY LINE. Don't bother complaining though because, according to Guest Service on the Magic, "The customer is always wrong." Just skip Carnival if at all possible, no matter what the price. You won't regret it. There is a girl named Chloe from Gibraltar who does trivia and she was awesome. Otherwise, think twice before booking with any Carnival ship, especially the Magic. The only thing Carnival has going for them anymore is their prices. Now that we have other ships in Texas, we don't need Carnival anymore. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Perhaps we've grown accustomed to Royal Caribbean, as this was our first Carnival cruise in 13 years. We arrived at the terminal around 11;00 am. Our baggage handler refused to check our case of water and the Capri Suns in with our ... Read More
Perhaps we've grown accustomed to Royal Caribbean, as this was our first Carnival cruise in 13 years. We arrived at the terminal around 11;00 am. Our baggage handler refused to check our case of water and the Capri Suns in with our suitcases. He said that they needed to be placed in their own suitcase and checked in with the baggage or carried on by us. (Usually I place a room tag on each case, tape them well with clear packing tape, and they are delivered with our luggage to our rooms.) I didn't have a spare suitcase, so we opted to leave the water in the car. After rearranging our carry on bags, we were able to fit the case of Capri Suns (From Sam's) into one of the bags. It was heavy, but it was something that we found necessary to bring since we were travelling with young children. There were no issues with security, the line moved fairly quickly. We were then directed to a lady that had to "inspect" our Capri Suns. She proceeded to rip open the sealed plastic packaging and tear open the cardboard boxes! We asked her why she was doing all of this, and she said she was looking for alcohol smugglers! I asked her how we were expected to carry all of these drinks since she had basically destroyed all of the packaging, and she just shrugged her shoulders. Luckily, my husband was able to find some tape at a nearby table and was able to tape together most of the packaging that she had destroyed. I have never been so insulted! We obviously had young children with us, and she was treating us like we were criminals. Not a great way to begin a vacation. We waited for a short time in the seating area prior to boarding the ship. We are accustomed to having ice water and cookies for the children while we wait to board. There was water available, but there were no cups. Our cabins were ready much faster than expected, so we were able to begin to drop off our things after our lunch on the Lido Deck. I had prepurchased the Endless Bubbles soda cards for my older children and was told that the stickers for their Sail and Sign cards would be in our cabins when we arrived. (If they are prepurchased on RC, it is automatically printed on the Sail and Sign card.) Unfortunately, they are not left in the room, and I had to call Guest Services to find out how to get the soda stickers for the cards. I must have been on hold forever. Finally, I was told that I needed to go to the Coffee Shop on Deck 5 to retrieve them. It took me a while to find this place, being that I'd never been on the ship before and that only a few elevators were open at that time. (There are no service elevators, and some of the regular elevators were being used for luggage.) At one point, I asked a baggage handler/cabin steward for directions, and she just looked at me and didn't answer. Our cabin boy was very friendly and efficient. I was very pleased with the half bathrooms with the bathtubs. It was a nice change from regular cabin bathrooms, and made it easier for bathing our little ones. Our dining room staff was efficient, however the first formal night we almost ran out of time for dessert. They were ready for the late seating to come in, and we were just being served. I think that this was due to the fact that he had been assigned several large tables. Trying to get a soft drink at dinner was like pulling teeth. Most of the time we were halfway through our meal before the kids would get their sodas. The food was fair to good depending on the night. There really wasn't anything that was memorable or outstanding about the meals. There was nothing horrible except for the scrambled eggs at breakfast. We found them to be disgusting powdered eggs with a weird consistency and no flavor. They were served on the Lido deck as well as in the MDR. As far as the Lido Deck food, we found it to be mediocre at best. We still can't figure out what type of cheese they used on the pizza, it was not good. The grilled burgers and hot dogs were good and always seemed fresh. The inside buffet often had empty trays and needed to be restocked. The food didn't always look fresh, and the lines didn't always look too clean. Also, with RC, we are used to waiters working in the Lido area, offering us cocktails and soft drinks. This was not the case with Carnival. Once again, if you wanted a soda with your meal, you had to hike out to a bar to find one. We did eat in the Steakhouse one night. The food was very good and the staff efficient. We booked our excursions with Carnival. The river tour and ruins in Belize was outstanding. The French Key excursion in Roatan was a nightmare. The tour company left us along with another family on the island, and we barely made it back to the ship. You can read my review of it on the Carnival excursion website. Cozumel was wonderful, as always. My kids always participate in the youth programs. The younger ones liked Camp Carnival, but they said that their teachers were very hard to understand because of their thick accents. My older children did not like the teen program. They are accustomed to scheduled activities that encourage the kids to make friends and have fun. They said that there were hardly any organized activities and that it was boring. We chose leisure debarkation and put our luggage out the night before we were due to leave. We waited for our group number and proceeded to retrieve our luggage. We were then told that they had very few luggage handlers, that they were all at lunch! We had to handle all of our bags, which were quite numerous for a family of six! Dragging them through the customs line took nearly two hours! We were travelling with other family members, including my 76 year old father, who had to handle he and my mom's bags. I have been on seven cruises, and have never experienced anything like this debarkation! If we had known that we were going to have to carry our own bags, we would have opted to keep them overnight and leave early in the morning to avoid the chaotic crowds.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Traveled on many Carnival ships but this was the first time on the Magic. Done these ports before so I was really looking forward to the cruise itself. I will say that this was the fastest embarking and disembarking that I have ever done. ... Read More
Traveled on many Carnival ships but this was the first time on the Magic. Done these ports before so I was really looking forward to the cruise itself. I will say that this was the fastest embarking and disembarking that I have ever done. 13 in our group and all had a good time. The BEST WAITER that we had every had. Our last night we went to the Steak House and he even came there to tell us good bye. Amazing how everyone on the ship stays up beat, cordial and smiling all of the time. Love the Serenity Deck away from all of the kids Suite was great and comfortable as always and our steward was spot on. Negatives: as always I don't like all of the photographers blocking pathways to different venues. I would have bought all of our pictures had they been realistically priced (ashamed to see them throw all of those pictures away when they could have sold them. Wish they would have had the same wait staff for Breakfast as they did for dinner. Food for dinner (main dinning) was a little disappointing as compared to past trips (variety and quality was not as good). The biggest disappointment was the SMOKE in the Casino. You stunk every time you went back to the cabin. Even though they had no smoking areas it was just terrible. Air movement sucked....or maybe it didn't. Good side of all of that...I couldn't stay long enough to loose as much as usual. Was not able to see all of the show because they had so many that were one show only. What I did get to see was excellent. The late night comedy I'm sure was great but we didn't get to see any because they were booked up all three performances. The adult comedy is something that I want to see on every trip. They should have had some of them in the main theater some of the nights that it wasn't being used. Piano bar singer was awful. Karaoke was fantastic to listen to and watch in both locations.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We live in Minnesnowta- or this year smack dab in the middle of the polar vortex zone. Our daughters spring break was scheduled the first week in April. With a forecast showing highs in the 30's and snow several days, my husband ... Read More
We live in Minnesnowta- or this year smack dab in the middle of the polar vortex zone. Our daughters spring break was scheduled the first week in April. With a forecast showing highs in the 30's and snow several days, my husband told me to pick up the phone and call carnival. Thank god! as we did get another foot of snow while we were gone. We booked direct with Carnival. Received a great rate. We flew in to Houston IAH on Saturday and stayed at the Hilton North for the night. The hotel did provide a free shuttle from the airport, however, please know that you are smack dab in the middle of an office park area so there is not a ton to do. There is a shopping mall across the street, however, it's pretty run down and not too desirable. If you do arrive early, I would suggest staying on the south side of Houston by the Galleria area- Hitlon Post Oak much more to do and a ton of restaurant choices. (we changed our hotel for our stay after the cruise as we flew out on Monday and enjoyed our stay here so much more) A side note- Bayou City Seafood and Pasta was amazing! The last challenge of this cruise is transportation to the port. IT'S CRAZY EXPENSIVE! for a family of 4. Every taxi, shuttle, car rental place has figured it out and there is no way around paying $90 a head for round trip transportation so add that to your cruise cost. We did get lucky and met another group traveling to the port at the hotel and they had enough room in their van for us. It saved each family $200. Arriving at port was easy and we were on the boat quickly. We headed to Cucina del Capitano for lunch. It was good. I would'nt say outstanding. Our bags arrived in front of our room quickly and we explored the ship. We've been on several carnival boats- this one the largest. Lot's to do- I do wish however, that Carnival would add a dedicated movie theater or use the main showroom to show movies during sea days. I enjoyed every mite of sunshine and a good book, but it would be a good option for many. I was a bit nervous before the cruise started as we have never been on a boar this large, but we never really felt like the ship was that crowded. Even the lido deck was manageable. Note that the 5th floor has a ton of lounge chairs as well and the adult serenity area is nice. We missed our first port of Mahogony Bay as it was too windy for the captain to get the boat into the cove. My husband watched the captain try several time. He said the flags we flying straight with no give. I guess we didn't need another costa incident. Belize was wonderful. Ships do anchor quite a ways out and it takes roughly 40 minutes to get ashore once you actually get called to tender. We booked a trip to the Mayan Ruins thru shore trips.com (VIV Tours) Lewis was great. We had a van for the 4 of us and Lewis all to ourselves. We saw our fellow carnival passengers on huge buses- right there with us, but we had Lewis and no large group. Carnival does say that they have a price guarantee and will refund you the difference if you find a tour for less- did not know that- our price was $8 less per person for the trip. I would suggest getting up to the coffee bar area immediately and getting tender #1- at 9:45 ship time, I visited Ginger and told him there was no way we were going to make our excursion in 45 minutes with our current number- he promptly gave us a #0 tender number and we were on our way- thank you! (if you don't roll with the punches and are easily agitated, it may be best to book a shore excursion thru carnival in a port with tendering) Cozumel is always an easy day- a little shopping and finding an authentic cantina with cold Corona and chips and salsa- we have our favorite. We go back every time we are in Cozumel. The ship and staff were great- for the most part, the crew was on top of everything. Our girls had a great time in Circle C and Club O2- they met many friends and never complained of being bored. Note to Carnival- the wave phones like Disney has would be great for any family- not just the pagers given to families with tots. Upon boarding our tender to Belize, I saw the entertainment crew and told Drew that I thought the shows were great. He said his favorite would be presented that evening (70's). He said he was a bit leary when he heard what they would be doing, but absolutely loved the production as it came together- he was spot on! As always- a cruise is what you make it. You are on a large ship with lots of people. Don't expect everything to be perfect all the time and you will thoroughly enjoy your trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
I highly recommend this cruise. Fantastic vacation overall. Room: Interior room was nice, slightly more spacious than average for an interior. Attendant provided good service 2x per day but was ninja like. I rarely saw him after the first ... Read More
I highly recommend this cruise. Fantastic vacation overall. Room: Interior room was nice, slightly more spacious than average for an interior. Attendant provided good service 2x per day but was ninja like. I rarely saw him after the first day, and spoke more often with one of the other stewards down the hall. Still, he took care of the room well. No complaints. Food: We had early dining in the Southern Lights and I definitely recommend the Southern Lights over the my time dining in the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights has an unpleasant smell to it. Anyway, for the most part the food in the Southern Lights was very good. The beef dishes were the best, and the filet was quite good. My least favorite dish was the seafood penne, as I didn't care for the sauce. Other seafood dishes were good. If there's any one menu item you must get it is the Tom Ga Kai soup found on the starters menu in the middle of the week. Get two bowls. Seriously. The dining room service was lacking at times, probably too many tables per waiter. Be prepared for long leisurely dinners in the dining room. The Lido deck buffet is pretty good, though we mostly just had breakfast there. Eggs benedict with salmon was good. The Lanai barbecue on the 5th deck was a great lunch option on sea days. 24 hour pizza bar was good, and the mongolian grill was good if you can hit it at a time with a short line. If you see a long line for a food option, just skip it. There are good food options everywhere, and too much to do on the ship to waste time standing in a long line. Bar Service: Quite good overall. They will try to feed you alcohol all week long, and succeed most of the time. Lots of fun cruise ship drinks available along with old standards. Drink prices are reasonable for the most part, maybe $1 more on average than you might pay at a bar. For beer drinkers, try the Thirsty Frog Caribbean red which is only offered in the Red Frog or from a waiter who is in reasonable proximity to the Red Frog. Good stuff. Speaking of the Red Frog the snack offerings are pretty good in there, but not worth the upcharge when there are so many other food choices around. Casino: Good, friendly dealers for the most part, and some non-smoking tables. Blackjack tables use auto-shuffle machines, but at least the dealer stands on a soft 17. No pai-gow poker which was disappointing. The craps table was open most of the time the casino was open which was nice. It's a $10 minimum table with double odds only. They rate you for the free drinks while you're playing program, but I don't know of any table players that were comped drinks by the end of the week. "Comparable" table play to their $1500 slots action for the drink comps has got to be north of 10k. So don't go thinking the drink comps will probably show up the next day if you're a table player. They won't. Spa area and services: Everything was too pricey for our liking. But we did use the secret elevator from the spa to the serenity deck several times. Activities: The entertainment/activities crew is top notch. These are fun people who seem to be everywhere all at the same time. Big thumbs up to them. Lots of trivia contests. You could spend the whole week doing these if you want to. The multi-day team play super trivia is a lot of fun and a great way to make new friends for the whole week (and beyond). Bingo is always fun, and it had better be because the price to play vs the number of players vs the prize money awards makes it a cash cow for carnival. There is also usually some kind of daily contest by the pool, to go with the waterslides, ropes course, sports area, hot tubs, lounge chairs, and the wonderful adults only serenity area with circle loungers and hammocks for couples. Absolutely no shortage of things to do. Nightly Entertainment: Very impressive. The production shows were very good, including the adults only late night show which was a lot of fun. The piano bar and live band karaoke were a lot of fun. Seaside movie selection lacked something to be desired, but you can't please everybody, especially when it has to be G or PG. The comedy club was probably our favorite entertainment option. Both the family friendly and adult shows were great. Ports of Call: They are what you make of them. Plenty of good options, just pick one and make your good time happen. Overall: My wife and I loved the whole experience. We wish we were still on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Thought the staff on this ship was excellent---very professional and polite. We stayed in a suite which has about 80 additional square feet, primarily in the bathroom & vanity area. Both the room & bath area were immaculate. More ... Read More
Thought the staff on this ship was excellent---very professional and polite. We stayed in a suite which has about 80 additional square feet, primarily in the bathroom & vanity area. Both the room & bath area were immaculate. More than enough storage space for everything we brought with us. The best part of staying in the suite was getting Priority boarding! Loved getting zipped right through the boarding process. The ship is very large which made it difficult for newbies like us to get acquainted with where to find things. We are 'stairs' people (gotta work off all those food calories somehow) which made it a little quicker to get around since we weren't waiting for elevators. The entertainment on the ship was OK, not great. The only production show we enjoyed was the talent show on the last night. We did go to several comedy shows which were all pretty good. Both of the musicians that played on the Lido deck and Red Frog Pub were very talented and played a pleasing variety of mostly older songs. Enjoyed watching movies on the Lido deck each night. Surprisingly there were never many people out there so it was pretty wide open as far as seating was concerned. Food was good. We ate at the Steakhouse the first night and got a free bottle of wine (anyone who eats there on the first night gets one free bottle.) Took forever to get through all of the courses---way too much time waiting in between, in my opinion. Only ate there once, and that was enough. Also ate in the Italian restaurant one night which was AMAZING. For $12 per person it is well worth it. We had six people in our party and absolutely everyone LOVED their food. Service here was much quicker than Steakhouse. Wish we had 'discovered' this restaurant earlier in the trip---would have loved to have eaten there again. Worst part of the cruise was the debarkation process. Because one of our ports was Belize, which is not a U.S. sanctioned port, there were a lot of delays getting through customs. We made the mistake of waiting for a a sky cab to help our party with all of our luggage...took 90 minutes!! Won't do that again. All in all, it was a fantastic first cruise experience---so much so that we cancelled our original summer vacation plans in favor of booking another cruise in August! Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Was A very pleasant cruise.  The Entire crew was amazing.  We parked at the EZ cuise in Galveston. They have great security for your vehicle so no worries at all while out to sea. Ez cruise is one block to the ship and makes for nice ... Read More
Was A very pleasant cruise.  The Entire crew was amazing.  We parked at the EZ cuise in Galveston. They have great security for your vehicle so no worries at all while out to sea. Ez cruise is one block to the ship and makes for nice walk to the ship or use the ez bus to take you to the pier. Getting on the ship was quick and very pleasant. Once aboard we just started walking around and ended up at our state room. It was already clean and fresh. We bumped into our steward and talked for a little then gave her a few bucks and went right into our cabin and began relaxing. This ship is amazing and just compare it to other ships in the ports you go to and see for yourself that the magic is truly Magic. The Magic is not like any other cruise ship. The Magic has extra outside side Jacuzzi s that are on the side of the ship along with massive walking space and lounging space all around the sides of the ship along with the jogging /running track. The Jogging / walking track is super amazing walk or jog and just check out the view. The Magic has a enormous area on the sides to walk and lounge along with the deck jogging track and so on. I served aboard a Carrier during operation iraqi freedom back in 2003 in the Persian Gulf. I must say that pulling into Cozumel Mexico I myself was pretty concerned and remained vigilant while out on the island. You have to understand that you are not in the U.S. We had super fun in Coz but the locals and merchants were very aggressive. You have to know how to say no without being insulting. We heard from others aboard about road blocks by the police in Cozumel. To me.. Coz was pretty sketchy. Now for the Cayman island this was a entirely different experience. When in the Cayman's you are basically in Europe. Yes this little Island is owned by the Crown. In the Cayman's feel free to travel as you please at hardly no worries. Security and police are trustworthy and out and very willing to assist with directions. In the Cayman's you can take a cab pretty much anywhere for about 55 US or 65 CI or just jump on a local bus for about 2.50 U.S. per person or 2 CI. We took a small Toyota van / bus all over everywhere. The drivers were all very informative and willing answer any questions. We made a special stop to a place called Cost U Less to pick up a small fan for our cabin on the ship. Everything in the Cayman's is legit and similar to the states except it is a little expensive. $.80 U.S. is equal to about $1.25 CI money. In the Cayman's if you so choose you can drink openly in public. Just don't be a idiot. The Cayman's are a super fun port call, I suggest getting on a bus and seeing everything you can possibly see and be sure to talk to the locals and feel free to ask any questions you may have. I was asking people how long they had lived on the island and asking where everyone was from. I met a few 3rd and 4th gen locals. Super people. Next port call was Jamaica. :-( We had heard toooo many bad stories and did not even leave the pier in Jamaica. The port call in Jamaica had about 10 or 15 little shops on the pier and about 12 or so coll little shops inside a building on the pier of Jamaica. Please feel free to explore or research this port call yourself. The people we did deal with on the pier were all super and willing to negotiate on all sales of souvenirs. I made my way around exchanging U.S. currency for Jamaican currency. The locals were very willing to exchange. You can get a cool looking Jamaican 1000 dollar bill for about 10 U.S. Each port call we made I exchanged a little just to have some currency to take back to the states. Back on the ship and all sorts of fun things to do, The water park with slides and so on or just chill out and hangout in the buffet and munch. The Carnival Magic is truly amazing. We are on a serious budget but we made sure to pass along 10 or 15 cash each day to our steward and it really paid off.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
I took my first cruise in April 2014 onboard Carnival Magic out of Galveston. We went to Cozumel, Cayman and Montego Bay. My only complaints are more situational than anything to do with the cruise itself. We traveled with 14 people from 7 ... Read More
I took my first cruise in April 2014 onboard Carnival Magic out of Galveston. We went to Cozumel, Cayman and Montego Bay. My only complaints are more situational than anything to do with the cruise itself. We traveled with 14 people from 7 yrs old to 60+ and that was challenging as far as getting everyone together at the same time on port days. Having phones or something would have been beneficial for such a large group. Other than that it was fabulous!!! There was more to do than there was time to do it in, so I'm going again! I was surprised to find that by the 2nd day most of the staff that I had interacted with remembered my name. And they are always SOOO Happy!!! In Cozumel we shopped and enjoyed Margaritaville. The staff at the shops were somewhat aggressive in trying to sell but they were very funny about it and provided for some good laughs. Cayman was a little frustrating in trying to get off the ship as there is no dock and you have to be tendered to the island. It took us over 2 hours to get off the ship and there were more people waiting after us. I had almost decided to skip Cayman and just enjoy an empty ship when our group was called. Thank goodness I didn't skip out. Cayman is absolutely beautiful! The water and beaches were probably the most beautiful of the 3 ports. We walked around for a while then took a bus to 7 mile beach. Our driver on the return to the ship from the beach was great. He gave us a little tour and lots of history and information about the island. Montego Bay had very aggressive sellers as soon as you get off the ship. They will just start putting jewelry on you for you to buy it. They seemed to be used to being told no though and would move on to the person behind you. We went to Sunset Beach Resort for the day. It was good for a day but if I were to go for a week I would probably stay somewhere else. Food was good, drinks were good. They did not open the family pools until around 11 and said that it was due to a problem with chlorine levels... I would think they would do that early enough to be prepared for guests to swim. Especially with anxious children staring at the water slides! The days at sea were so relaxing. We spent a lot of time in the Red Frog Pub where we found the Thristy Frog beer to be liquid gold! Our bartender, Jefferson and wait staff Jenniel were amazing and made sure that we had a blast. I sincerely hope they are both on my next cruise as they set the bar high! As a smoker, I also spent a lot of time in the casino bar. Eko, Saw and all the staff there were wonderful. It was so fun to watch them making tons of different drinks, all the while with a smile on their faces. I was in an interior room, which was fine as I wasn't in the room often. Others in the group had balcony rooms. Although the interior room was fine I believe I would prefer to have some access to daylight in my room. The bathroom in the interior room was fairly small... you could almost sit on the toilet, shower and brush your teeth all at the same time but really, you aren't on a cruise ship to hang out in your bathroom!! The food was all wonderful. I'm pretty basic in my food choices and really liked the BLT from room service. I think I had one every day! The time definitely went too fast and I can't wait to go again. The great thing about a cruise is everyone is there for a good time. I didn't see many passengers who had a bad attitude (although by the 5th day I did notice more couples fighting). Do prepare for being patient as there are a lot of people trying to get to the same place at the same time. Plan on lines and just make the best of it. At the end of that line may be one of the best experiences of your life :) Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Yes, this was our first cruise ever, and I have to say it was pretty good. THINGS WE DID LIKE: 1. Friendly, fast, and efficient boarding and disembarkation. 2. Shows were amazing: dancing, magic, comedy, even, BINGO was fun as well as ... Read More
Yes, this was our first cruise ever, and I have to say it was pretty good. THINGS WE DID LIKE: 1. Friendly, fast, and efficient boarding and disembarkation. 2. Shows were amazing: dancing, magic, comedy, even, BINGO was fun as well as the "Hairy Chest Contest". 3. Food and Room Service! 4. Outside Movie with a warm cozy blanket! 5. The Band 6. Dinner in the Dinning Rooms. Food was really good and each night the crew put on a show. We looked forward to this each night. 7. Cruise activity directors were fabulous! Funny, witty, and always visible and approachable. THINGS WE DID NOT LIKE: 1. NO COMPINSATION OF DRINKS FOR AVID, DEPENDABLE, & COURTEOUS GAMBLERS!!!!! After gambling in various places, Las Vegas for one, I was extremely disappointed in the compensation of drinks while playing in the casino. My husband is a kind and courteous person who likes to have fun and gamble. He was only compensated ONCE, and he is not an alcoholic, when I finally asked the pit boss. You would think the casino would treat their players better. 2. Not enough activities or promotion of activities for teens. If kids aren't happy, parents aren't happy! 3. The very few yoga classes were totally booked and gave no chance to "Newbies" to sign up for them. 4. Fitness room was always crowded.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
my 6th cruise with Carnival, still fun, will ALWAYS return!  2 times on Conquest  2 times on Ecstasy  2 times on Triumph I love Carnival, it is always my go to fun time cruise. I NEVER have a bad time on Carnival! But then again, I am ... Read More
my 6th cruise with Carnival, still fun, will ALWAYS return!  2 times on Conquest  2 times on Ecstasy  2 times on Triumph I love Carnival, it is always my go to fun time cruise. I NEVER have a bad time on Carnival! But then again, I am a "hey, I'm on a cruise, personality", unless the ship is on fire AND sinking, i will party on! First night, I busted my tail at the Red Frog Rum Bar....alcohol involved? Well yeah....naturally. Me mad? Nah...at least I was entertaining the spectators! I didnt' see any shows this time, had seen them in June. But still loved the pool, Guy's burgers, the taco bar. . . Just say NO to Habanero Salsa...just sayin'. Room steward was meh....bless his heart, he worked his tail off, but not so much for us. He earned a $20 tip from us on day 1 with a request....double ice buckets please....didn't happen. Oh well. . . Still had fun, still EXHAUSTED, still gonna stick with the Fun Ships!   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We just got home form our Spring break cruise with Carnival Triumph and I just want to say...stop complaining and enjoy! We did, every single minute, even if the ship sailed out late, due to late arrival because of fog in Galveston and ... Read More
We just got home form our Spring break cruise with Carnival Triumph and I just want to say...stop complaining and enjoy! We did, every single minute, even if the ship sailed out late, due to late arrival because of fog in Galveston and rain on the first sea day.. but that's nothing to do with Carnival crew, they did everything possible to make the time as enjoyable as possible. We were updated on everything what was going on with the delay and during the cruise. The crew on the ship was fantastic and service minded, our cabin steward Made became our friend during the 5 days in the boat. From the moment we arrived, we had not to ask for anything, he did everything to make out stay as comfortable as possible, getting new pool towels when they were wet, cleaning the room several times a day, getting ice buckets and even creating the fun towel animals. We have two girls 10 and 13 years old and the youngest loves monkeys and she happened to mention that... and guess what, when we came back to our cabin, there was a towel monkey by her bed. We had early dining at Paris dining room and had the same table every day, our servers Gerald and Lara were fantastic... they remembered our names from the first day ( and we are European, so our names are not easy to pronounce) and our preferences on food and wine, and the service was fast and accurate. And the food was really good. My favorite part was, that it was possible to get Healy alternatives every day and they were interesting and tasty. During the days, the food options were plenty and everything we tried was high quality and tasty, We loved the noodle bar and Blue Iguana kitchen. The breakfast buffet was great, lots of healthy alternatives and the brunch during the sea days was excellent. We never had to stand in long lines for food. Our favorite place on the boat quickly became the Alchemist Bar, where bartender Milosz mixed the most amazing cocktails and immediately remembered our names and what our preferences were. The entertainment on the boat offered good variety, we loved the comedians and magician. We did one of the excursions Carnival offered in Progresso and it was fun and well planned. We are already planning our next cruise and we know we can trust Carnival Cruises. Thank you for everything!   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
This was our first trip on this class of ship. Our two previous Carnival cruises were on the Breeze and Magic. The slightly smaller capacity of the Triumph was nice, particularly during Spring Break, which is when we were cruising. ... Read More
This was our first trip on this class of ship. Our two previous Carnival cruises were on the Breeze and Magic. The slightly smaller capacity of the Triumph was nice, particularly during Spring Break, which is when we were cruising. Because we had an OS we had preferred boarding, but it didn't seem that others were waiting. This was by far the easiest embarkation yet. We loved the Paris dining room. So many of the tables had window views, which was nice. We were lucky enough to get a table in the aft area. Our wait staff was wonderful. Very responsive to our needs. The food was quite good. It was not the new menu, so the same as our last two cruises, but the quality was very good. My daughter was in the middle age group for Camp Carnival, which doesn't have a designated space on the boat. This was a bit hard to keep track off. You were constantly looking to see where different actives were to be held. Often the kids moved between areas. The only groups that have set locations were the 2-5 year olds and then the Circle C and Club O2 kids. Debarkation was also very smooth. We used self debarkation and were off and in our car in under 30 minutes.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
This cruise was advertised as a 5 day CARIBBEAN cruise. In fact it turned out to be a ONE DAY Caribbean cruise in Cozumel from 8am to 3.30 pm. The rest was a Gulf of Mexico cruise. ONE DAY IN Progreso. A run down tourist trap surrounded by ... Read More
This cruise was advertised as a 5 day CARIBBEAN cruise. In fact it turned out to be a ONE DAY Caribbean cruise in Cozumel from 8am to 3.30 pm. The rest was a Gulf of Mexico cruise. ONE DAY IN Progreso. A run down tourist trap surrounded by insect infested swamps and muddy sea water. Not Caribbean. Got the trip to Chicheniza from a dockside vendor for half the price wanted by the ship. The ship itself was shabby with dirty stained windows that were never cleaned. A toddler defecated on the deck and I timed it 15 mins before a crew member came to clean up the mess. The on board entertainment sucked with the emphasis on booze and earsplitting DJ hip hop and rap music. The cruise director, Gumbie's, sole job was to get as many people sozzled in a short a time as possible. Pool side "entertainment" was focused on pushing rum and tequila by the said Gumbie who I found irritating and ingratiating.. The food was equivalent to poor high school cafeteria fare in the buffets and not much better in the Paris and London dining rooms. Cleanliness in the buffet areas was below standard. Dirty plates on vacant tables for extended periods of time. Hand cleaning not observed among staff and Purrell dispensers sparse and empty most of the time. No wonder they get these virus outbreaks Crew seemed aloof and distant. I paid 69c a minute for internet access and saw my money gobbled up waiting for sites to load. Slower than dial up. All in all a totally negative experience. Will never sail Carnival again and will stay with NCL. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
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 ... Read More
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.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
This is my review of the Carnival Triumph out of Galveston, TX, March 6-10th (Thurs-Mon). Embarkation was pretty smooth. We didn't arrive until after 12pm, so the total time it took to get onboard was maybe 45min. And because we ... Read More
This is my review of the Carnival Triumph out of Galveston, TX, March 6-10th (Thurs-Mon). Embarkation was pretty smooth. We didn't arrive until after 12pm, so the total time it took to get onboard was maybe 45min. And because we boarded later, we avoided the massive lines, and our cabin (1050) was ready for us. The one (of very few) "complaints" I had was that our cabin was not cleaned well at all. Dust covered everything as though it hasn't been wiped down in quite a while. And there were dirt spots on the cabinets, and some food caked on the table. My friends and I did bring wipes and antibacterial wipes, so we did some wiping down and sanitizing. Problem solved! We also sanitized the toilet and shower floor so we were "free" to sit on the toilet and stand in the shower without worry of some strangers’ icky germs There were 3 of us (all girls) in our balcony cabin, and there was a murphy-like bed that came down from the ceiling above the couch. Not the most comfortable, and pretty scary when climbing down in the dark for a bathroom trip, but we rotated nights, so it all worked out! The room was not set up for us (sleeping arrangements) when we arrived, but it was all ready for us when we returned from dinner that night. The next day was a sea day. My biggest pet peeve while cruising are the people who get up at the butt-crack of dawn to claim their lounge chair on the Lido deck by draping a towel over it. So, by the time we got out there (around 10 am.. after our workout in the gym which was awesome!), every single chair was “reserved”. So, I spotted 3 chairs with towels draped on them, and then we went to grab a quick bite to eat. Came back out about 30min later (chairs still vacant) and asked the people sitting next to those chairs how long they have been vacant. They told me that they have been out there since 8am and have not seen the people at all. So, I went and asked a Carnival employee about their policy (which I already knew, but, still..) and was told that reserving chairs are not permit able, and if left vacant for more than 30min. we are free to remove their stuff and occupy the chairs ourselves. So, we did! (I had to do that in ’10 on the Valor as well) TWO hours later, the women who “reserved” the chairs appeared. And they were pissed! One the women demanded that we get up because “it was their chairs”. I politely informed her of Carnival’s policy, and directed her to the employee who gave us permission to remove her stuff if she didn’t want to take my word for it. She then preceded to curse at me. Mind you, we were seated right next to the huge chess board area which was filled with CHILDREN. I don’t know why I thought for a moment she would care about that since she obviously had no problem screaming and cursing at a stranger in public. My response after reminding her a few times that children were present and it’s not appropriate to say those things (it is people like that which has made me NOT bring my children on a cruise thus far), she demanded her friend sit in the one remaining chairs that happened to become available, while she “takes care of it”. After being gone for 30min (we were watching her scream at that poor employee just doing her job), she came back, cursed at me some more, and then left. Didn’t ruin our AWESOME day lounging, soaking up some rays and drinking our delicious fruity, alcoholic beverages! We watched the hairy-chest contest which was hilarious!! I must have sat out there for 5 hours! It is my most favorite thing to do while cruising! We ate dinner every night in the London MDR. We were fortunate enough to be sat with another group of 3 girlfriends. I do like that there are SO many food choices on the ship. I am a pretty healthy eater, so it was nice to have options. So many people say that it’s not possible to eat healthy on the ship. And I will say that is NOT true at all! It was that night we discovered the GEM on the Triumph! The ALCHEMY BAR!! BEST.MARTINI’S.EVER. And the best waitress ever! Her name is Alexandra and she is from Romania. So sweet and beautiful! My Mom is also from Romania, and it’s not often I meet someone from there. It was amazing how well she handled all the drunken morons! She ROCKS! Anyhow.. Do NOT forget to check out the Alchemy Bar! The next day was Cozumel, where I booked an all-inclusive beach day at Mr. Sancho’s. The cab ride was $16 each way. LOVED IT!!! I must warn you that towels are NOT provided, so don’t forget like we did to bring one from the ship! We ended up having buy them there, which wasn’t cheap. Oh well. And umbrella rentals are not included, so we did rent those. My friends ate coconut shrimp which they really enjoyed, and I had some chicken soft tacos which were pretty good. However, their salsa and Guac.. wasn’t impressed. However, we must have drank 8 or 9 mango daiquiri’s.. OMG, YUMMM!!! And the beach and turquoise water was GORGEOUS!! I am born/raised in Miami, but now live in Texas. So when you live your whole life with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean as your backyard, and now just have the murky waters of Galveston, you have a whole new appreciation for gorgeous water and sand! This is NOT a Carnival excursion.. I don’t ever book cruise ship excursions personally. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Sancho’s! After hearing from SO many people rave about how good Guy’s Burgers was, I decided to at least try it. What can I say.. I was curious! It was just as delicious as I had heard! Truly a treat for the taste buds! And truly, the tastiest fries EVER! I just got the plain patty w/cheese on a bun, topped w/ ketchup. But, after I was about halfway through, I started to feel like a truck ran over me! Although SUPER tasty, my body could not handle that amount of grease and fat. Other than maybe eating a few fries off a friend’s plate, I will have to pass on Guy’s for now on. Now.. Blue Iguana Burritos.. YUUUMMMM!!! They have wheat tortillas!! I wish they had a brown cilantro-rice option though, but since they don’t, I went light on the rice, added some chicken, and loaded up on black beans and pico.. It was SO GOOD!! And a MUCH healthier option for others reading who are also live a healthy lifestyle. It was filling and didn’t make you feel like you were in a coma afterwards! They also offer breakfast burritos as well. Also, a big YUM! The last sea day, I got out to the pool area early enough to where there were seats available. Unfortunately, the weather was starting to get chilly, and it basically rained all day. We saw our first show that night.. The New Orleans-type show. It was decent. But we did leave halfway through and went to the Alchemy Bar instead. I have always found their shows to be a bit hokey.. But that is just my personal opinion. We also did watch the Newlywed Game, and that is ALWAYS a blast! We enjoyed many good laughs. Thank you to those couples who provide us such awesome comical relief! Due to heavy fog, we didn’t get to port until after 11am. We did not purchase FTTF, so didn’t get off the ship until approx. 1:30pm. And that was because people insisted on trying to sneak off the ship instead of waiting until your number is called to come down and debark. So those people held everyone else up. The lines were VERY long to go through customs. And since 2 of us did not travel with passports, it was even longer. Oh well. We didn’t get huffy about it. After all.. it is what it is! No point in getting upset when things don’t go as planned. Overall, we had a FANTASTIC cruise on The Triumph!! The cruise director Jen Baxter, and asst. cruise director Gumby were FABULOUS!! I can’t wait to do it again!   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
This is my review of the Carnival Triumph, March 6-10th (Thurs-Mon). Embarkation was pretty smooth. We didn't arrive until after 12pm, so the total time it took to get onboard was maybe 45min. And because we boarded later, we avoided ... Read More
This is my review of the Carnival Triumph, March 6-10th (Thurs-Mon). Embarkation was pretty smooth. We didn't arrive until after 12pm, so the total time it took to get onboard was maybe 45min. And because we boarded later, we avoided the massive lines, and our cabin (1050) was ready for us. The one (of very few) "complaints" I had was that our cabin was not cleaned well at all. Dust covered everything as though it hasn't been wiped down in quite a while. And there were dirt spots on the cabinets, and some food caked on the table. My friends and I did bring wipes and antibacterial wipes, so we did some wiping down and sanitizing. Problem solved! We also sanitized the toilet and shower floor so we were "free" to sit on the toilet and stand in the shower without worry of some strangers’ icky germs There were 3 of us (all girls) in our balcony cabin, and there was a murphy-like bed that came down from the ceiling above the couch. Not the most comfortable, and pretty scary when climbing down in the dark for a bathroom trip, but we rotated nights, so it all worked out! The room was not set up for us (sleeping arrangements) when we arrived, but it was all ready for us when we returned from dinner that night. The next day was a sea day. My biggest pet peeve while cruising are the people who get up at the butt-crack of dawn to claim their lounge chair on the Lido deck by draping a towel over it. So, by the time we got out there (around 10 am.. after our workout in the gym which was awesome!), every single chair was “reserved”. So, I spotted 3 chairs with towels draped on them, and then we went to grab a quick bite to eat. Came back out about 30min later (chairs still vacant) and asked the people sitting next to those chairs how long they have been vacant. They told me that they have been out there since 8am and have not seen the people at all. So, I went and asked a Carnival employee about their policy (which I already knew, but, still..) and was told that reserving chairs are not permit able, and if left vacant for more than 30min. we are free to remove their stuff and occupy the chairs ourselves. So, we did! (I had to do that in ’10 on the Valor as well) TWO hours later, the women who “reserved” the chairs appeared. And they were pissed! One of the women demanded that we get up because “it was their chairs”. I politely informed her of Carnival’s policy, and directed her to the employee who gave us permission to remove her stuff if she didn’t want to take my word for it. She then preceded to curse at me. Mind you, we were seated right next to the huge chess board area which was filled with CHILDREN. I don’t know why I thought for a moment she would care about that since she obviously had no problem screaming and cursing at a stranger in public. My response after reminding her a few times that children were present and it’s not appropriate to say those things (it is people like that which has made me NOT bring my children on a cruise thus far), she demanded her friend sit in the one remaining chairs that happened to become available, while she “takes care of it”. After being gone for 30min (we were watching her scream at that poor employee just doing her job), she came back, cursed at me some more, and then left. Didn’t ruin our AWESOME day lounging, soaking up some rays and drinking our delicious fruity, alcoholic beverages! We watched the hairy-chest contest which was hilarious!! I must have sat out there for 5 hours! It is my most favorite thing to do while cruising! We ate dinner every night in the London MDR (late seating). We were fortunate enough to be sat with another group of 3 girlfriends. I do like that there are SO many food choices on the ship. I am a pretty healthy eater, so it was nice to have options. So many people say that it’s not possible to eat healthy on the ship. And I will say that is NOT true at all! It was that night we discovered the GEM on the Triumph! The ALCHEMY BAR!! BEST.MARTINI’S.EVER. And the best waitress ever! Her name is Alexandra and she is from Romania. So sweet and beautiful! My Mom is also from Romania, and it’s not often I meet someone from there. It was amazing how well she handled all the drunken morons! She ROCKS! Anyhow.. Do NOT forget to check out the Alchemy Bar! The next day was Cozumel, where I booked an all-inclusive beach day at Mr. Sancho’s. The cab ride was $16 each way. LOVED IT!!! I must warn you that towels are NOT provided, so don’t forget like we did to bring one from the ship! We ended up having buy them there, which wasn’t cheap. Oh well. And umbrella rentals are not included, so we did rent those. My friends ate coconut shrimp which they really enjoyed, and I had some chicken soft tacos which were pretty good. However, their salsa and guac.. wasn’t impressed. However, we must have drank 8 or 9 mango daiquiri’s.. OMG, YUMMM!!! And the beach and turquoise water was GORGEOUS!! I am born/raised in Miami, but now live in Texas. So when you live your whole life with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean as your backyard, and now just have the murky waters of Galveston, you have a whole new appreciation for gorgeous water and sand! This is NOT a Carnival excursion.. I don’t ever book cruise ship excursions personally. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Sancho’s! After hearing from SO many people rave about how good Guy’s Burgers was, I decided to at least try it. What can I say.. I was curious! It was just as delicious as I had heard! Truly a treat for the taste buds! And truly, the tastiest fries EVER! I just got the plain patty w/cheese on a bun, topped w/ ketchup. But, after I was about halfway through, I started to feel like a truck ran over me! Although SUPER tasty, my body could not handle that amount of grease and fat. Other than maybe eating a few fries off a friend’s plate, I will have to pass on Guy’s for now on. Now.. Blue Iguana Burritos.. YUUUMMMM!!! They have wheat tortillas!! I wish they had a brown cilantro-rice option though, but since they don’t, I went light on the rice, added some chicken, and loaded up on black beans and pico.. It was SO GOOD!! And a MUCH healthier option for others reading who are also live a healthy lifestyle. It was filling and didn’t make you feel like you were in a coma afterwards! They also offer breakfast burritos as well. Also, a big YUM! The last sea day, I got out to the pool area early enough to where there were seats available. Unfortunately, the weather was starting to get chilly, and it basically rained all day. We saw our first show that night.. The New Orleans-type show. It was decent. But we did leave halfway through and went to the Alchemy Bar instead. I have always found their shows to be a bit hokey.. But that is just my personal opinion. We also did watch the Newlywed Game, and that is ALWAYS a blast! We enjoyed many good laughs. Thank you to those couples who provide us such awesome comical relief! Due to heavy fog, we didn’t get to port until after 11am. We did not purchase FTTF, so didn’t get off the ship until approx. 1:30pm. And that was because people insisted on trying to sneak off the ship instead of waiting until your number is called to come down and debark. So those people held everyone else up. The lines were VERY long to go through customs. And since 2 of us did not travel with passports, it was even longer. Oh well. We didn’t get huffy about it. After all.. it is what it is! No point in getting upset when things don’t go as planned. Overall, we had a FANTASTIC cruise on The Triumph!! The Cruise Director Jen Baxter, and Assistant Cruise Director Gumby were sensational!! And our cabin stewardess Dwi, and our waiters in the London MDR were all superb! I can’t wait to do it again!   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We travelled from Canada to Texas to visit a friend. We were on the Carnival Triumph on the 4 night sailing to Cozumel, Mexico March 6-10. I travelled with my good friend, and my 2 kids ages 9&11. It was my 5th cruise and their first ... Read More
We travelled from Canada to Texas to visit a friend. We were on the Carnival Triumph on the 4 night sailing to Cozumel, Mexico March 6-10. I travelled with my good friend, and my 2 kids ages 9&11. It was my 5th cruise and their first cruise. I usually sail Royal Caribbean but chose Carnival because we were visiting Texas and the Triumph sailed out of Galveston. We went to the cruise port at 11 am and embarkation was super easy, organized and fast. We were touring the ship and eating lunch and it was like no one else was on board. Fantastic! The ship is impressive and my kids were in awe!! The sail away party was great and a lot of fun with great music and fun line dancing at the pool. The shows onboard were fantastic. The singers and dancers were excellent and we really enjoyed the 2 shows. There was an amazing magician / mentalist on board and we could not believe the accuracy of this guy with random audience participants. Sameer!! The food was good. We usually ate at the Lido deck buffet and had dinner in the dining room 3 times. We enjoyed being served and the food was really good. They also had a good kids menu. Also Guys Burgers on the Lido deck is fantastic and I had lunch there twice. We also took advantage of the ice cream stations around the ship. The cruise director is Jen from England and I really liked her. She was very funny and present at all shows and on deck. Her right hand man Gumby was a riot too. We went to the gym a couple of times and took a spin class. That was fantastic! Worth the $12.00. My only complaints on the ship was the noise in our cabin and the hot tubs. We had 2 balcony rooms on the 6th deck (6736-8) and we were above the disco / bars and across from crew areas. We could hear the beat of the music from below us. Also the balconies had doors that slammed shut which was super annoying. Royal has patio doors. Guests were very loud and inconsiderate late at night in the hallways yelling and slamming doors. The last night I heard banging at 4am and went out in the hall to look. Two crew were moving tables around and yelling. I had to ask them to be quiet. There are 2 hot tubs and a pool on the back of deck 9 and the hot tubs were over run with kids jumping and practically diving in the tubs. Crazy!! I have 2 kids and couldn't imagine allowing them to do that. One couple in the hot tub with me told me that area used to be adult only and they were visibly annoyed by the kids. Debarkation was delayed due to fog in Galveston. That was fine by us as we were in no rush to get off. We had breakfast in the Lido then hung out on our cabin balcony for a couple of hours to avoid all the stressed out people. When they finally called us, it was a very organized and peaceful process, one I have yet to experience cruising. I would definitely cruise Carnival again. A few things I really enjoyed was the friendliness of the staff. They asked our names and remembered them. Chocolates on our pillow every night and great towel animals. The kids loved it and I'll be taking them on a 7 night cruise next March. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
My wife and i got married on 3-14-14,,had lunch with our families ,then left to galveston,to stay the night in order to be in galveston first thing ,,,to not run late...the hotel we stayed at was the howard johnson,,and besides being very ... Read More
My wife and i got married on 3-14-14,,had lunch with our families ,then left to galveston,to stay the night in order to be in galveston first thing ,,,to not run late...the hotel we stayed at was the howard johnson,,and besides being very reasonable rates,,,the people there were so helpful..we were also able to leave our car there and didn't have to pay for parking ,which i heard is about $70- $100 dollars for the 5 days we were gone,and were shuttled to and from the boat..NOW,about the cruise,,,we had an awesome time...EVERYBODY was so nice ..the crew on this ship gave EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE.!!!.i believe them to be the MODEL crew for the whole carnival line of cruise ships!! the cruise director JEN,,was always so bubbly and cheerful,,no matter what time of day we saw her!! the food was awesome also!!!our server Iria was so professional at his job,,yet compassionate! if you were hungry,it was your own fault,,,cause ,when the restaurants closed down,,there was room service 24-7,,and let me tell you,,,they were pretty quick about getting to your room,,unlike hotels ,,,all in all,,on a scale of 1-10 ,i give the carnival Triumph,crew,,a 12.......and then some.also,, the shows were outstanding and everything on the ship was clean!! there were people cleaning somewhere ALL the time,,.and let me add,,,our porter,Ketut,,was so helpful and friendly...once you told him your name ,he remembered it..how he does it i don't know,,but he was calling Everybody on our floor by name,,,he is AMAZING,!!!and the TOWEL animals were darling!! Carnival cruises,,please remember the names Robert and Cheryl Ashton ,,cause we Will be back for future cruises!! WITH CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES!!! and lets not forget ,the captain,,he gave us a very smooth ride considering how rough the water was at times!! GREAT JOB GUYS!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
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