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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Chose this cruise in early December because I love a winter vacation without the kids and during this time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas . . . the price is right (as Bob Barker and Drew Carey would say). It was my 3rd ... Read More
Chose this cruise in early December because I love a winter vacation without the kids and during this time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas . . . the price is right (as Bob Barker and Drew Carey would say). It was my 3rd Carnival cruise, my first one on the Carnival Dream, and the first one out of New Orleans. Embarkation and Disembarking has improved with each cruise I've gone on. The food was good (love Guy's burgers), overall the ship was clean and I had a good time. We very much enjoyed the Punchliner comedy club as well as the 80's music show that was put on in the main Encore lounge / theater. The cruise director Alex is one of the best. The exercise room on this ship was a little small for my expectations, they had way too many treadmills and not enough room for free weight activities. Serenity adult area is nice, quiet, and comfortable - that is unless you are there when they blow the horn leaving port - scared the you know what out of me for a moment. Many other reviews here have complained of foul smells at different places on this ship. I will say I noticed a few areas that smelled, but nothing more than you experience in everyday life. I generally noticed it more often going by the same rooms and it didn't smell like sewage, it smelled more like people and people's clothes who don't bathe frequently enough. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We are pretty laid back cruisers. We are usually down for whatever, and rarely complain or make a big deal of out of things. Our first time out of NO and getting on the ship was probably the quickest and most smoothest experience we ... Read More
We are pretty laid back cruisers. We are usually down for whatever, and rarely complain or make a big deal of out of things. Our first time out of NO and getting on the ship was probably the quickest and most smoothest experience we have had with carnival. Parking was expensive at port. Overall ship was clean, however room was a B on clean. It wasn’t bad enough to complain but got the feeling it was just quickly wiped down not thoroughly clean. It was kind of like this the entire cruise. I don’t know if this makes a difference but I will say it’s the first time we have not stayed in a suite, and just had two ocean view rooms. Wondering if service declines with lower category rooms? Dining Dining was great. Guys burger bar was AMAZING and I’m pretty sure at least one of us ate here at least once a day. We didn’t get chance to eat at the bbq place. As it’s only opened for lunch on at sea days. Food in main dining was average with a few great moments, although I feel this is typical with main dining on cruises. Entertainment Was good and we all had a good time. Although some Big adult events such as $5000 Bingo/build a bear workshop seemed to be inconveniently booked at same times. We had late dining and felt there was a gap in things to do between 4-7:30, but then the activities picked up around 7:30. Our next cruise we will either do early dining time or your time dining because we felt every night we had to decide between dinner or an activity. Ports Costa maya- we did water park. Had great time. It was less than 5mins from port. Although carnival charged for my 5yr old, when 5yr olds are free at park. I contacted carnival through their best price guarantee- after two weeks I finally heard back(day before cruise) that they are in process of updating their site to offer free for 5yr also. It was too late to cancel his ticket online so once aboard I talked to guest services. Had to show them carnival email before they would refund ticket. Didn’t refund the 110% like guarantee says but did refund ticket price as on board credit. The difference is only about $8 so I was fine with that. Mahogany Bay- Maya private island. Highly suggest! We Loved the monkeys!! Belize- we booked private tour. CaveTubing.bz and LOVED it! This port doesn’t have much to do directly off ship. And plan extra for timing getting on and off ship and it’s via a charter boat. Cozumel- took a cab on our own to Paradise Beach and saved over $200 not booking through cruise. No beaches are within walking distance of port. Kids clubs Kids had a great time and begged to go to clubs everyday. My teen felt her club activities started late, and wish they offered more earlier in the day. We cruise usually every other year. We enjoyed this ship but we don’t ever book the same ship twice. We would do a western Caribbean cruise again though. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Let me say this by only use your debit or credit card to BOOK THE CRUISE. For everything else please use cash. Bring LOTS of CASH! Again CASH ONLY. Luggage - be ready to tip those that get your luggage to the ship. keep at least a carry ... Read More
Let me say this by only use your debit or credit card to BOOK THE CRUISE. For everything else please use cash. Bring LOTS of CASH! Again CASH ONLY. Luggage - be ready to tip those that get your luggage to the ship. keep at least a carry on with the items you'll need (meds, toiletries, etc) Embarkation - quick, smooth. have your passport or birth certificate(with photo ID) and your boarding pass ready to go. they'll look over your documents and take a photo of you. the line moved quickly and smoothly. Once on the ship: we immediately went to eat while we waited on our luggage or the chance to get into our cabin. lido deck was crowded but what can you expect. food was decent. Remember to bring a sports bottle or Yeti, as the cups are super small. Cabin: decent size. we had 3 twin size beds and one bunk bed. two bathroom, with two showers and one toilet. ocean view (room 1296) it was nice and clean. they leave your sail and sign card outside your door in your little mailbox, you'll be attached to this card for the duration of your cruise. BRING A LANYARD Elevators: i think we ran smoothly. of course the first day is going to be hectic but that was the only time we really experienced any delays with the elevators. NOTE: let people OFF the elevator before getting on. Lido deck: great and plenty of room for the crowd. NOTE: Please don't just randomly stop when you're walking...99% of the time someone is behind you. people stood in random places that just created traffic or would stop to check their phones or whatever, be aware of others around you. casino: played $20 won $123. wheel of fortune. that's the only time in the casino. smokers are in the casino so not my choice of an area to chill. again your money will be on your sail and sign card but you'll have to cash out to have them do with your money as you'd like. Ports: costa maya (rented a $2 taxi went downtown, had a massage ($25) and some drinks and chilled on the beach) Honduras (carnival excursion $104) RTV's in the jungle...with Roatan ATV's ..best experience ever. then we paid the guy $30 to take us into town and give us an "off tour, no tourist" type experience. went to a great little place to eat. Belize (purchased a tour once at the port $25) took us to a Rum factory, and all across the island. totally worth it. i have dreads and when we got back a woman re did my hair for $20...usually costs me $70 in the states. cozumel. (we rented a car for $100 w/insurance) and did as we so pleased. Room steward: Paulo, excellent. room was always clean and tidy. Disembarkation was slow and painful. took way longer than getting on the ship. NOLA does NOT have a tax for booze brought back to the states. have your ID ready. and have cash for tipping. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
This cruise left from New Orleans. It was an 8 day round trip. Our stops were Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel. There was 10 adults total in our group. We stayed in an inside cabin on deck 1. The cabin was quiet and hardly any ship ... Read More
This cruise left from New Orleans. It was an 8 day round trip. Our stops were Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel. There was 10 adults total in our group. We stayed in an inside cabin on deck 1. The cabin was quiet and hardly any ship movement. Easy access to the ironing room, aft dining room and exiting the ship each day. The food was delicious in the main dining room, pizza, burgers, cantina and sandwiches. We enjoyed trivia each day, dive in movies and the water slides. This cruise was our 2nd on Carnival and 1st time during a major holiday. There was over 1000 kids on this ship. The only problem was the kids. Some of them thought running up and down the halls screaming, knocking on doors, throwing items from the decks, pressing all the floors in the elevators, blocking the stairs was the highlight of their trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The cruise was great. Service was great. I did not enjoy all the kids on board. The kids ran wild on the ship and there were complaints all week. I will not cruise again on a holiday week... too many kids... Just a personal ... Read More
The cruise was great. Service was great. I did not enjoy all the kids on board. The kids ran wild on the ship and there were complaints all week. I will not cruise again on a holiday week... too many kids... Just a personal preference. The food was pretty good. Although I wish the buffets and burger places were open more in the in between times of breakfast lunch and dinner. The cruise critic meet and mingle never happened. No one in our group received an invite. The shows and entertainment were very good. I enjoyed the 80s show a lot. The cabin was normal. But the bed was so hard. This is the first cruise that we had that problem. Our room steward put 2 comforters under the sheets to try to help. But it was still very uncomfortable. The other people in our groups had comfortable beds. We checked theirs out to compare. It was just ours. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Had a great time on ship. Ive been on this ship before so i sorta knew what to expect. With that said i didnt expect the rocking movement we got going back to the mississippi river. Never got sick but sure felt it. I feel had our weather ... Read More
Had a great time on ship. Ive been on this ship before so i sorta knew what to expect. With that said i didnt expect the rocking movement we got going back to the mississippi river. Never got sick but sure felt it. I feel had our weather been a little better the sea days would have been more enjoyable. But overall a great vacation with a great group of gals. The ports were great. Cozumel was beautiful. And if i can suggest anyone going to cozumel should go to mr. Sanchos. We had the best time there. Our waiter edel was great. He made sure we always had drinks and food if we wanted. Such a beautiful place. First time going to progresso. It was ok, went more into the city than the beach but we had a very nice lady walking us to different things. I did feel safe, but i feel had we went by ourselves we might have been flagged down by locals. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Had a good time on Carnival Dream out of New Orleans. Spent weekend in New Orleans and had a blast. Ocean view cabin. Saw 4 comedians and all great. Did steakhouse and fair. Did Chacchoben with Native Choice and highly recommend. ... Read More
Had a good time on Carnival Dream out of New Orleans. Spent weekend in New Orleans and had a blast. Ocean view cabin. Saw 4 comedians and all great. Did steakhouse and fair. Did Chacchoben with Native Choice and highly recommend. Did Roatan Ocen Adventures snorkle hop and was fantastic. Much better than West Bay West End beach snorkle. Did cave-tubing.com butts up cave tube and zip. Great excursion for price. Highly recommend. Did Amazing Secret River via Carnival and although pricey was an amazing excursion. MDR was just OK. Elegant night on first sea day and Belize. First night had lobster and ate 2. Second night had filet and just OK. Not tender. Had Guys Buger just off grill and delicious. Had buffet one night and was Italian night and sucked. Show were fail. Did Motown, oldies, movies. Did lip sync show and was fun. Since me and a friend, reorganized cabin and switched bed with couch and worked great. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We LOVED the Triumph. We were one of the last groups before it was dry docked, but the ship was in great condition! Embarking & Disembarking in New Orleans was smooth and quick, no complaints. The staff was super friendly, and the room ... Read More
We LOVED the Triumph. We were one of the last groups before it was dry docked, but the ship was in great condition! Embarking & Disembarking in New Orleans was smooth and quick, no complaints. The staff was super friendly, and the room was in good condition. We spent a lot of time on deck in the smoking section, so I can’t say much about the pool areas. Guys & Pizza Pirate were our go-to’s. We ported in Cozumel first.. we spent the day eating tacos, shopping, and going to the Humane Society of Cozumel (HIGHLY recommend to any dog and cat people- they do amazing work and the animals are so happy). We did not get off the ship in Progreso, just enjoyed the empty ship areas for the day. We weren’t impressed with the main dining food, but it may just be our taste- not a huge fan of fine dining. Overall, we had no complaints. We’ve actually scheduled our 2019 cruise for the same itinerary leaving from NOLA, would have booked it on Triumph again if we could! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
This was my first cruise. I was totally impressed with the staff, organization and food! Stunning views of the Gulf from many decks. I especially loved going to the highest outside deck in front. I captured many great sunset photos! ... Read More
This was my first cruise. I was totally impressed with the staff, organization and food! Stunning views of the Gulf from many decks. I especially loved going to the highest outside deck in front. I captured many great sunset photos! My main complaint is my room placement. We were on main level 1345. The pilot boats pick up and drop off right next to our window which was neat to see. BUT when we arrived in New Orleans at 4:30am and docked, the fork lifts started bashing the thing into the little garage door thing right under our bedroom window. This continues for a long time as it picks up luggage etc. out of the ship! It's super loud and we were forced to wake up. I was really upset! My entire day of travel was ruined as I was exhausted. Don't ever stay around that area. I did file a complaint. Also the $75 Myan ruins excursion only includes lunch. At least 2.5 hours is spent on the bus. We ate lunch at a city restaurant and only got a half hour in Merida. I didn't think that was worth the money. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
This cruise was a repeat itinerary from 2013, but on a much larger ship. The Dream had 4K+ passengers, but still seemed uncrowded. Food quality in the main dining room seems to be declining along with service. Portions seemed smaller, ... Read More
This cruise was a repeat itinerary from 2013, but on a much larger ship. The Dream had 4K+ passengers, but still seemed uncrowded. Food quality in the main dining room seems to be declining along with service. Portions seemed smaller, particularly with beef items. Servers sometimes brought food to wrong person. Bread options were sometimes offered to each person and other times it was in baskets on tables. Tablecloths were used only on "elegant" nights which now appear to allow shorts and t-shirts despite what the rules say. Deserts were always what we liked about Carnival, but on this cruise all the chocolate cakes tasted almost the same regardless of the descriptive names. Negative item was a cabin shower drain backup on day 3. Also bar soap was missing when we boarded and a couple glasses had fingerprints and/or lip prints on them when we first boarded. This was quickly rectified when brought to steward's attention. Overall, we did enjoy the cruise experience. Our cabin steward Samuel was great and met all of our unique needs asap. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our second cruise on TRIUMPH, and there were enough little bumps in the road that detracted from what would have been a great cruise! We're not picky people who find fault with every little thing, but some things do merit a ... Read More
This was our second cruise on TRIUMPH, and there were enough little bumps in the road that detracted from what would have been a great cruise! We're not picky people who find fault with every little thing, but some things do merit a comment. We signed up for the Merida tour and rum tasting excursion, well in advance of the cruise, and had, as with past Carnival sponsored excursions, every expectation that we'd receive our tickets and have a great time.......and then the bump in the road! The tickets were delivered to our cabin on the evening of our sea day (Sunday). Then on Monday evening, after departing our first port, we received a printed notice that due to insufficient numbers of participants, the excursion was cancelled, and the fee we paid would be applied against any outstanding balance on our Sign & Sail Card. Sadly, that was the only excusion we were interested in, so other than a short visit to the shops immediately adjacent to the pier, we spent the day aboard ship. Our room steward was personable and friendly, but I fear they are being overworked, or poorly managed. We didn't see him on embarkation day or evening, so were without ice or the daily schedule for the next day. He came around the next morning and we were given the option of morning or afternoon cleaning. We chose morning cleaning, but anytime we came back to the room during the day, no one had been there. A stewards locker was right next to our cabin and stewards were in and out of it during the day, but we never saw our room steward on our hallway - usually he waved or greeted us from the opposite hallway when we were coming or going to the elevators. We found, after we returned from late dining, that the room had been cleaned and made up. Whether he or one of the stewards we saw in the hallway our cabin fronted cleaned it, we have no idea. Photos have become prohibitively expensive! "Fun shots" - those taken by the photographers at the gangway, around the ship, etc., are now $12 (5x7). Photos taken with any of the costumed characters (pirates, towel-man, etc.) are now $15 (5x 7). The elegant night photos against the various backdrops are over $20 each. There is no film processing to do, or even film to buy - everything is digital, and undoubtedly every photo printer they have, simply based on the number of photos they take and sell, has more than paid for itself, paper, inks, etc., etc. To turn around the demand the prices they do for the photos is highway robbery, and they'll now prosecute you for violating copyright laws if you take a picture of a photo of yourself! Our wait staff in the dining room were excellent, and considering we were part of a group of eleven, one of whom was celebrating her 30th birthday, the wait staff showed great patience, and took great care with the entire group every evening. (Upper London on 4 fwd, Table 364 (seats 12)) Halloween and Mardi Gras. Both themes were celebrated during the cruise, and the number of passengers who had, in some cases, professional quality costumes for the Halloween events, while others had no idea, makes on wonder when & where were folks notified that such events would be held, and that bringing costumes, etc., was encouraged. Had more of the passengers been aware of it, both events would have been spectacular! Three cheers for the embarkation process - no more waiting to be called to check in and get your Sign & Sail Card -- when you go through security and they scan your passport, you are checked in and go directly aboard the ship. Your Sign & Sail Cards are waiting for you in your cabin -- with any elected stickers (Cheers, Bubbles, FTTF, etc.) already applied to the card - and a hole already punched in one corner!! Debarkation was also very smooth, and were were literally off the ship, through customs, in our vehicle and on the street leading to the interstate before 8:25 AM!!!! In prep for the upgrade to be accomplished after the first of the year, work is already ongoing, and the interior rooms on the starboard side of the 7th deck have been completed. When we left Progreso on Tuesday, there was a HUGE pile of bathroom sink vanities, piping, toilets, etc. on the dock waiting to be carted off to a junk yard, as they were then working on another hallway while we the cruise was ongoing. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We picked this cruise due to timing of kids school break. Wasn’t my top pick for stops since we’ve been to Cozumel several times. The embarking was terrible- our time scheduled was 2 but the lines were a mess and didn’t get on til ... Read More
We picked this cruise due to timing of kids school break. Wasn’t my top pick for stops since we’ve been to Cozumel several times. The embarking was terrible- our time scheduled was 2 but the lines were a mess and didn’t get on til almost 3. No fun standing in line for over an hour!!! Once on we went to state rooms which were very large with beds, storage, couch, (2336&2332) and adjoining which was great traveling as a family. The shows were really great and fun every night. Even on the one bad sea day due to Hurricane Michael the staff were friendly and helpful. Our cabin Steward was amazing Put was great! The dinning staff was wonderful as well!! Surpardi, Jhommylay, and Ariel were top notch!!! The ship is set for remodeling which 7th floor has been done already and looked great. The only thing that we weren’t use to was the same comics for the whole trip. Usually they change but they were both pretty good and we had good laughs. The shore excursions thru ship were a bit pricey for us so we booked one thru ship and one on our own. Over all good trip had fun! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Overall we had a great time on this cruise and are taking another cruise (different port and ship) next year. Embarking was long as expected, but ran smoothly. The overall atmosphere was fun and my kids had a great time. The specialty food ... Read More
Overall we had a great time on this cruise and are taking another cruise (different port and ship) next year. Embarking was long as expected, but ran smoothly. The overall atmosphere was fun and my kids had a great time. The specialty food places were all good, the bar staff were friendly and had great memories for faces and drink orders, and there was plenty to do to keep us all busy. There were a lot of people get seasick, including my son, due to the waves, but the cruise really can't control the weather. At one point the water was not working due to a main breaking, and this would have only been a minor inconvenience had it not been for a) this was the day everyone was sick, and b) this was supposed to be elegant dress night. We were rather disappointed with the food in our dining room- we were assigned the Paris dining room. We ate there 3 of our 5 nights, and while the service was great, the food was very much sub par. I believe this was a chef issue. On Thursday night I ordered the lamb and didn't finish most of it as it was overcooked, fatty, and bland. But the very next night they were serving lamb at the buffet and this one tasted much better. I did have an issue with a crew member actually yell at me for returning a towel incorrectly of all things, but guest services and the other staff worked to correct this and make it right. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My husband and I just got home from this cruise today and I wanted to write my review while things were still on my mind. First of all, the staff were friendly and helpful. Our Steward, Pantika, called us by name and always made sure we ... Read More
My husband and I just got home from this cruise today and I wanted to write my review while things were still on my mind. First of all, the staff were friendly and helpful. Our Steward, Pantika, called us by name and always made sure we had everything we needed. He was the best!!! Cruise director Alex was full of energy and always friendly when we saw him. We splurged on this cruise and stayed in cabin 6479, a premium vista balcony room on back of the ship. The balcony was huge and wrapped around the corner to the back. We loved it and spent a lot of time out there. The only problem was that the glass was dirty and you couldn't see through it when you were seated. Our room was great with 2 large windows and a glass door. The food was great and we ate in the dining room every night. It was like 7 date nights in a row!! Oh!! And the carrot cake at the coffee shop is to die for!!! Loved Guys burgers and the Red Frog serves the best diet coke on the ship :) We sailed past Hurricane Michael on night number 2 and the seas were really rough, but our Captain got us where we needed to go without having to miss or change any of our stops. Thanks Captain!! There was a terrible smell of sewer near the back set of stairs and elevators. I read another review that complained of this so I know it wasn't just an isolated problem. You just had to hold your breath and run!!! Overall, we had a great time and will definitely cruise with carnival again!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
On this cruise it was myself, my husband and my daughter (18 years old). Also cruising with us was my other daughter and her husband, they we on the 9th floor, I think, in a Aft balcony cabin. We had a Cloud 9 Spa Balcony cabin on the 11th ... Read More
On this cruise it was myself, my husband and my daughter (18 years old). Also cruising with us was my other daughter and her husband, they we on the 9th floor, I think, in a Aft balcony cabin. We had a Cloud 9 Spa Balcony cabin on the 11th floor. The cabin was as expected with a spacious balcony which I love having the wonderful ocean view and often sit out there and read. The Spa was ok, but not really my cup of tea. (We did not book the room for the Spa, but for the balcony) The one thing my daughter and I found most useful was going up to the spa to shower each day. The shower/bathroom in our cabin is tiny (like all cabins). However, the Spa had 2 private showers, large bathroom counter with hair dryers. We all chose to dine in the dining room each night. This was a wonderful experience. My 18 year old daughter is a vegetarian and the waiters were great in making sure she had lots of choices for dinner, even having special entrees made for her to try in addition to the offerings on the menu. The wait staff quickly learned our names and preferences. My son-in-law is a very picky eater, born and raised in the Midwest. He enjoyed trying the different cuisine each night, but we could not get him to try the escargot! :) He was always able to order the meal he knew he would eat and then also order the more exotic (to him) item to try. Dessert was amazing!! You cannot go an a Carnival cruise and not have the Chocolate Melting Cake at least once!! My husband enjoyed Guy's BBQ. The Sea Day Brunch was great! Love the eggs Benedict! We really enjoyed the Lip Sync Battle performance! The Strings Trio in the lobby area each night was really great. We had a lot of fun at the Hairy Chest contest at the pool deck!! We did not do any shore excursions on our cruise at any of the ports. We wanted to just explore, shop and do some snorkeling. Mahogany Bay was absolutely beautiful!! This was our favorite port. Everyone was very pleasant, not at all pushy to purchase things. The ski lift to the beach takes you over some beautiful lush flowering trees and the view is spectacular. The beach was not too crowded. I really enjoyed snorkeling here. Lots of colorful fish, I was glad I had purchased a underwater camera for this cruise. My daughter (the 18 year old) and I were in the water most of the day watching the fish. Suddenly my daughter starts heading to the shore. My husband meets her half way to the beach and she is in tears. I meet up with them and she is in horrible pain. When I finally calm her down enough to find out what is wrong (as I had checked all limbs were intact and there was no blood). She was stung across her bottom by a jelly fish!! (I have to point out this is my very shy and modest daughter). Her whole bottom was covered with large red welts. We get her to shore and long story short, security personnel are also armed with vinegar! Costa Maya was our least favorite port! We took some advise we had found online and took a trolley to the local town! This was a horrible idea!! We could not walk 5 feet without being approached to buy something. While I understand it is how they make a living, and liked to buy locally made things, it took multiple "No thank yous" before each would move on to the next person. If they were selling jewelry, they would be putting it on you as you were saying no! This was really a turn off. We ended up taking a taxi back to the port area. The port area sellers were less pushy and she spent some time in the pool there. The Dream was never too crowded. I assume because of the time of the year, less kids. The wait for an elevator could get long after a show or when getting off at a port. We enjoyed ourselves and most importantly were able to relax!! Next cruise, The Horizon over New Years 2020!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Enjoyed the cruise. Went with a couple this time & they enjoyed it. There was a lot to do. Trivias not so good. The food was good. Liked the Indian food. Should have had it both for lunch & dinner. Service in the restaurants was ... Read More
Enjoyed the cruise. Went with a couple this time & they enjoyed it. There was a lot to do. Trivias not so good. The food was good. Liked the Indian food. Should have had it both for lunch & dinner. Service in the restaurants was very slack. Had to wait for over half an hour before the food was brought. Breakfast was really slow in the restaurants. Hence didn't go to the restaurants much. The tea room was good only went on the last day. Would appreciate if they had the varieties of tea free & not charge. Went to the bar on the last day - the bartender recommended a drink which was really horrible - felt cheated of a drink. Our room service Mai was good. Alex the cruise director was good. Embarkment was slow. Liked the way they had the drill in various places & not standing on the deck as before. Disembarkment was also slow. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
My wife and I wanted a mellow cruise experience with a short itinerary. Carnival is called the 'party ship' and some parts of the ship are livelier than others so you can have the experience you want. We had a balcony room near ... Read More
My wife and I wanted a mellow cruise experience with a short itinerary. Carnival is called the 'party ship' and some parts of the ship are livelier than others so you can have the experience you want. We had a balcony room near aft on the Veranda deck which we used a lot. We used FTTF and it was great. The ship actually boarded late because of an inspection but once started we were on board in 10 minutes, to our room with luggage waiting. We will do this again. The ship is quite dated and you can tell not a lot of cosmetic fixes are being made. Stains, cracks, bent pieces could be seen, none of which had any impact on our experience. This was our second time floating down the Mississippi in a cruise ship, which is a great experience. We loved watching the scenery from our balcony sipping the drink of he day. The food was generally quite good. We particularly enjoyed the Asian station, pizza, Guy's burgers and the buffet. We were a little disappointed in the dining room food, but we found plenty of items we liked; and my wife's sandwich at the deli was skimpy compared to her last cruise. The only port was Cozumel. We have been there a number of times and like to visit a particular Mayan art collective shop on the pier. Then we went back to the ship. This was one of our first stay-on-the-ship-at-port days and the ship wasn't crowded. We relaxed, ate, and generally relaxed some more. We watched from our balcony as passengers returned, especially enjoying the youngsters who had a bit too much to drink and were trying to remember which ship they were on. The ship is old, but we knew it was. The experience was good for us and we'll be back. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
August 6,2018 was my first cruse,the whole vacation was great except the mustard drill,of coarse I no why they have the drill (safety first)but it was way to unorganized,not to mention hot when the drill was over they didn't dismiss ... Read More
August 6,2018 was my first cruse,the whole vacation was great except the mustard drill,of coarse I no why they have the drill (safety first)but it was way to unorganized,not to mention hot when the drill was over they didn't dismiss us we were just standing there until people started to ask.Overall we enjoyed the trip and food was great the last day on dining was the best our cabin was fairly clean,drinks were expensive but we were amazed at how the cabin stewards new our names activities were great witch is why we are taking our kids next year,Departure was a little rough but we weren't in a hurry so we have a plan for next year wait until last.lol when the rush is over because when they shut the elevator down the stairs get jammed quite quickly and people are aggravated rather quick .We have already booked or next with a plan for the mustard drill and the departure.So book and enjoy Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I went with coworkers in May and took my husband on first cruise September. Had a great time both times. Karaoke was more fun in May. Cee jay jones was Hilarious but the other comedian was a jerk who only made fun of the audience AWFUL. ... Read More
I went with coworkers in May and took my husband on first cruise September. Had a great time both times. Karaoke was more fun in May. Cee jay jones was Hilarious but the other comedian was a jerk who only made fun of the audience AWFUL. Piano bar was fun until Patrick cursed us personally. He was probably drunk. Formal dining was amazing. Great staff and very professional- loved Andrew. The shows were good especially the gender competition and newlywed game. Doubt we choose a cruise that goes to progresso again. We went to a resort that had a fabulous tour guide Alejandro . He made it enjoyable. MR sanchos in Cozumel was perfect. Had a cabana and worth the money cause we like shade. Very relaxing. Staff very professional. Overall great cruise! I’m sure we will go back soon but knowing who comedians are would make or break the decision for me. If comedy is bad then it lessens the cruise experience for me. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
I chose Triumph because it departed from New Orleans I didn't want the headache of flying somewhere else to board a vessel. I had a wonderful time I was celebrating my birthday, I received an unexpected birthday gift from the cruise ... Read More
I chose Triumph because it departed from New Orleans I didn't want the headache of flying somewhere else to board a vessel. I had a wonderful time I was celebrating my birthday, I received an unexpected birthday gift from the cruise ship a gift card for the spa. The staff was amazing they really go above and beyond everyone was so friendly and funny. I am in love with the cruise director George and Allison the comedy manager they are awesome very entertaining they both have multiple jobs and and always happy the same every time we bumped into them around the ship. My dinner staff made me feel like I was part of their family oh my God they was so awesome we had Elbert, Putu,Taufil. I played at the casino and won over $400. I was so entertained by the comedy show I went to every show twice some nights. There was always something to do. The only thing that I didn't like about this cruise ship was there is not enough lounge chairs around the pool. And the inside of the cabin it was a little on the drift store looking side. And my bathroom was horrible I had a ring around the toilet there was lime and mildew around the water faucets but my housekeeper Aril was awesome I was impressed how he memorized everyone on the floors name and every time that he would see me he would call me by your name. My ultimate favorite high point of the cruise was my Shore Excursion oh my God we had the surf and turf excursion it was amazing, this excursion was more than I expected more than what the reviews that I read, there's not enough words to put how pleased I was with this excursion.. after the cruise was over the X and process was so smooth and fast and organize a very good plus can't wait to sail again but on a different Carnival Cruise Line. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We wanted to visit new orleans and go on a cruise, so we chose the triumph. Embarkation and disembarkment went smoothly. The ship is clean and well ran. Staff and crew were wonderful. We had an Ocean suite 7266, large, clean ... Read More
We wanted to visit new orleans and go on a cruise, so we chose the triumph. Embarkation and disembarkment went smoothly. The ship is clean and well ran. Staff and crew were wonderful. We had an Ocean suite 7266, large, clean and very comfortable. It was always cool, just the way we like it. The closet doors and dressers drawers are well worn, but suspect they will be replaced during overhaul next year. Food was very good, main dinning room was clean and staff was cheerful and efficient. I don't really like buffets so did not eat there. Guy's burgers, chop sticks, the deli and blue iguana cantina were GREAT! My favorite were the tacos at the cantina. Things to do on this ship are limited for adults. Pool and hot tubs filled with kids, no adults only pool and hot tubs. Casino is not any fun as games are so tight you lose your money way to fast. Saw one comedy show, a PG rated one and he was very funny, to many unsupervised kids at show. R rated shows were pack and we could not get in. Cozumel, we went to Mr sanchos and had a great time! We have been to cozumel 4 times so we did this all inclusive this time. 50$ per adult, all drinks and food, beach loungers, to much to mention here, go to there website. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Our cruise started out with a very smooth embarkation process. Within 15 minutes or less of arriving at the terminal, we were on the boat. We had about an hour to kill before our room would be ready so we took a tour of the ship and ... Read More
Our cruise started out with a very smooth embarkation process. Within 15 minutes or less of arriving at the terminal, we were on the boat. We had about an hour to kill before our room would be ready so we took a tour of the ship and grabbed some lunch. Buffet was what you'd expect. (My son was gone over a half an hour and we finally texted him to find out where he was. He was standing in line for Mongolian BBQ. This seems to be a fairly standard wait for that particular food choice. I did stand in line and wait for it once and it was tasty but I opted not to choose this option again. ) We had two rooms on the Deck 6, both balcony rooms. They were clean and comfortable. Our steward Gerald was extremely helpful and friendly. Rooms were tidied once a day which I felt was more than adequate. New beach towels were left frequently which was really appreciated since they don't dry that quickly even hanging on your balcony chairs. There was a weird smell along the hallway on Deck 6. Something like a sewer/rotten egg small. Not sure what it was was, but just thankful it wasn't too close to our rooms. Our balcony was located one floor up from the Guys BBQ place and the whirlpool. Generally speaking it was fine, but on one occasion a rowdy group of people were in the whirlpool using awful language to the extent that I had to send my 11 year old daughter inside. Dinner in the Crimson Restaurant was our favorite daily meal. Our servers Lidia, Edi and Holif were very friendly and accommodating. I find the walk through the Casino to be fairly annoying with the smell of cigarette smoke. It filters through to the Ocean Plaza area which is a spot we really enjoy spending time in. The Alchemy Bar was our favorite bar with some really inventive and delicious drink choices. They also put out little bar snacks on our last night on the ship which was great. The entertainment on the ship was really good. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the shows we saw with the highlight for me being Flick. Don't miss out on this one! The entertainers are all very talented. The music in the theatre is played at a DEAFENING level so go prepared with ear plugs unless you prefer to not be able to hear the rest of the evening. Kids loved the waterslides and pool area. We loved the Serenity lounging area. Deembarkation fairly smooth process. It was quick getting off the ship but long lines to get through luggage and customs. All in all a great trip and lots of fun on the Dream! Montego Bay We opted for the Dolphin Encounter. You will stand around for a bit in the port hall waiting for your group to be called. Our tour guide Elizabeth was very pleasant and funny and I really felt that she was looking out for us during our trip. We got about 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins which was very cool. Food was available to purchase although we opted just for drinks (I recommend a Ting and rum!). Photos of your experience are available for purchase but they are outrageously priced. It would have been upwards of $200 to get a photo of each member of our party (6 people) with a dolphin. After the encounter, we were taken to a beach for about an hour and a half. Within 10 seconds of setting foot on the beach, we were accosted by people selling things. My daughter wanted braids and got them on this beach. The water here was lovely but I did not enjoy this beach experience and was happy to return to the ship. Grand Cayman We chose the Sting Ray City family tour. Staff on this tour were very friendly and informative. Quick bus ride to the marina and then we were off to the location for sting rays. We all got to hold and feed the sting rays. This portion of the excursion lasted about an hour or so. There was enough time left after this excursion to wander the port area. We got lunch at a place called Rackams which was very tasty and the views could not be beat. You can actually jump in the water and snorkel right in the water next to the restaurant. We got to feed our leftover food to the tarpons which hang around the restaurant. After lunch, we walked to the beach right near port and jumped in the water. Grand Cayman was our favorite port by far. Cozumel We walked around this port area for a bit before our excursion. There are alot of shops and restaurants. We ventured a bit further outside the port area and were approached by many folks trying to sell us stuff. We did the Catamaran/Snorkel/Beach excursion. This one was alot of fun! Quick catamaran ride to a snorkeling point. They have a photographer who will take photos of you underwater and then you have the option to buy the photos on the boat (A very reasonable $12 per print, I thought). After snorkeling, the booze comes out.. margaritas, beer and soda is served. The margaritas were missing alcohol...lol.. stick to the beer! A short boat ride to a private beach followed. We got about an hour and a half to spend here.. This was a fun time! There is food for purchase. One choice only.. cheeseburgers with a few cold salads for $11. It was fine. The margarita and beer continues to flow and is free. There are inflatable water toys to climb on and slide down and the kids and I really enjoyed this. They also have kayaks and paddle boards to use for free. I would absolutely recommend this excursion to anyone. It was alot of fun. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
We chose the Dream because we went on the Freedom two yrs ago and wanted to try something else. By far the Freedom was a lot better ship. I guess the time we went out there was a lot of children and so disrespectful and rude . They ran ... Read More
We chose the Dream because we went on the Freedom two yrs ago and wanted to try something else. By far the Freedom was a lot better ship. I guess the time we went out there was a lot of children and so disrespectful and rude . They ran up and down the halls yelling and would not let an elder get by they would just stand in the way like someone owned them something. Room service was nothing like the Freedom, we only got our room freshened up one time a day on the Dream and on the Freedom it was every time we walked in or out of our room. We had to repeatedly ask for things and ice . The service in the Bar was the best they remembered our names and we met new friends there. Romela, Aundre, I Wayne, and Carlton was the best ever . Was very disappointed in Costa Maya and Belize I will recommend the Freedom over the Dream. The entertainment was not half as good as the Freedom seems like there was so much more to do on the Freedom. Will not recommend the 9th floor lol we was right under the lounge and heard every move Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this ship because it was within driving distance of STL. It was a 10 hour drive to the port, which was doable. I wasn't sure what to expect, because my husband and I had done a Royal Carribean cruise alone three years ago. ... Read More
We chose this ship because it was within driving distance of STL. It was a 10 hour drive to the port, which was doable. I wasn't sure what to expect, because my husband and I had done a Royal Carribean cruise alone three years ago. Another reason why we chose Carnival is because it was definitely less expensive. I was prepared for a major downgrade, but to my pleasant surprise, I did not find that to be true. The ship is a little older, but I constantly saw staff cleaning and sanitizing the ship. At one point I went down to my room in the middle of the day and our steward Ketut was on his hands and knees dusting all of the vents in the hallway. I sat in the food area and read a book for a few hours in the evening, and I lost track of how many staff members I saw cleaning tables, ledges, counters, cooking equipment, etc. I think the ship itself was difficult to navigate and the signage was not clear. Even after 5 days on the ship, we'd still get lost going to the certain areas. It is very choppy, and I prefer the promenade set-up of the Royal Caribbean. Our ocean view room on deck 1 was clean and had plenty of room for our 4 family members (me and my husband and our two boys, ages 12 and 14). I also thought I would hate being on deck 1, but I think I actually prefer it. The ship was loud with entertainment late in to the night, and we did not hear a sound down in our room. We were also located very closely to the exit, so when we ported, getting on and off the ship was a piece of cake. As far as actives for my teenagers went, Circle C was a hit. They boys loved Timmy, the staff in charge of the club. The boys enjoyed the scavenger hunts, the games, the parties, and the other kids in the club. In fact, on our drive home, our 12 year was in a group text with all of the other kids he met and befriended at Circle C. The water slide was a bit elementary, and the pool sizes were small. I think my 12 year old went down the slide once, and I don't think either boy swam in the pools at all. One night I did sit outside the youth clubs as I waited for my boys to get down with their late night activity (1 am), and I was a bit put off by the language and attitudes of some of the unsupervised older teenagers 15-17. At one point one of the older teenagers was screaming the "F" word at passing adults. I do wish those older teenagers were a bit more supervised. The entertainment was definitely lower in quality. I think we walked out of each of the dancing/singing shows. With the exception of comedian Mark Hawkins, who was absolutely hysterical, I think the entertainment needs an upgrade. The food was great in my opinion. We did the sea day brunch 2x, and it was just right for us. The wait to get in was about 10 minutes, but that didn't bother us too much. The dinner at night was good too. My husband was adventures and ordered ox tongue and rabbit, but the boys and I stuck to chicken and pasta. If you ask my 14 year old what his favorite part of the cruise was, he will say the food. Guys Burgers was a HUGE hit with my family, and the 24 pizza was a dream come true for them. We enjoyed watching Black Panther and Jumangi at the Dive-in movie, although if you want to get a seat, you need to get there very early. My husband and I found it a little difficult to find quiet places to read, which is what we like to do when our boys were at the Circle C activities. It was way too cold inside to be comfortable...like, I could almost see my breath in the dining areas. And then outside was loud due to the constant DJ music playing in the background. I do wish there was an adults only area. Getting on and off the ship was a piece of cake and so much easier than a Royal Carribean experience. The only major complaint I have is the emergency protocol debriefing was unorganized and due to poor communication and signage, we couldn't even find our proper designated spot, and ironically the only time I felt unsafe. They crowd so many people in to one small area outside on the deck, and then try to talk over everyone there to explain about the life jackets and life boats. It was so hot in that crowded space, I felt like passing out. There has to be a better way to communicate protocol. Royal Carribean took us into an auditorium at different points before we left the port and educated us that way. All in all, we enjoyed our experience, and I would not hesitate to do another Carnival cruise, although I don't know if I'd choose Triumph again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I was impressed with Embarkation, we were out of New Orleans, and everything moved pretty quickly. My two adult children were cruising together and it was great to have the family time. There were so many great nighttime activities for ... Read More
I was impressed with Embarkation, we were out of New Orleans, and everything moved pretty quickly. My two adult children were cruising together and it was great to have the family time. There were so many great nighttime activities for young adults that both really had a great time. For me, Carnival gets a little "same" The food is definitely better than Norwegian, and we enjoyed the Pizza and Soft Serve Ice Cream. Some things have changed not for the better: I had to request a robe for my stateroom, the Cappuccino is no longer free in the Main Dining room. We sat at a large table and that was nice when the other people were there. While not the most gourmet, I could always find something good to eat for dinner. We found that we preferred the main dining room for breakfast, as the buffet got so crowded. The itinerary was good, although I think I have visited Cozumel way more than I need to. In Isla Roatan we did the SuperMan Zipline and even in the rain it was fun and a rush. The beach break after was a little disappointing, but that was more about it being cold and gloomy. I had a balcony cabin across from my children and they gave them a key so we could enjoy the balcony together and I didn't have to run to open the door all of the time. The cabin steward and dining service were pretty good. Read Less
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