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Sail Date: February 2018
I have cruised with Carnival before yet I was hesitant to book a cruise on the Triumph as I had heard some mixed messages from others past experiences on this particular ship. My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary the ... Read More
I have cruised with Carnival before yet I was hesitant to book a cruise on the Triumph as I had heard some mixed messages from others past experiences on this particular ship. My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary the week of this cruise and we traveled with another couple celebrating theirs also. We had THE BEST TIME! The service was great, food was great and the entertainment in the casino with The Liverpool band was absolutely awesome! Danced the night away TWICE.!!! We were honored at dinner for our anniversaries with singing and even surprised with our own personalized Happy Anniversary chocolate cake with candles. That's not all.... we were given a gift card to even receive spa time! We all had a wonderful time and one of the best anniversaries ever!! Can't wait to book our next cruise and that will definitely be coming up soon! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
The staff is what made this cruise really special. The dining staff was amazing. The guest services staff was amazing. The food was as expected. It wasn't the best thing I've ever tasted in the world, but I really can't ... Read More
The staff is what made this cruise really special. The dining staff was amazing. The guest services staff was amazing. The food was as expected. It wasn't the best thing I've ever tasted in the world, but I really can't complain. They are feeding around 5,000 people several times a day. The shows were really good. You have a lot of chances to win prizes. Everything in the shops is overpriced, even when they say you're getting a good deal. The only really good deal you're getting is with alcohol (when you buy bottles from the shop). I didn't think the alcohol drink package was necessary. We pre-ordered $100 bottle of Malibu room to our room, and we brought a 2 bottles of wine and 2 12 packs of mixers (between the two of us). This lasted us for the entire cruise. We did order around 1-2 drinks a day from the bar while at sea. Excursions: At Cozumel, we did the salsa and margarita making excursion. The hotel and view we had during this excursion was GORGEOUS. This is definitely an excursion for someone who has a low activity level. You get endless margaritas, but they have no sugar in them. We weren't a big fan of the margaritas. You will definitely get drunk very quickly. Learning how to make salsa was fun. The hotel we were at had wifi, which was nice. The bathrooms are pretty small, but the entire place is kept very clean. You are able to stay for an hour after the event and use the hotel's pool and man-made beach, but we elected to go back to the port. At the port we shopped and had a really good time. At Belize, we did not do an excursion, but we should have. In Belize, they do not have a big port that cruise ships can go into. You have to take a smaller boat to get to the island. This was a 2 hour process. There are a few shops and restaurants to explore. I recommend booking an excursion, because otherwise Belize is kind of boring. At Roatan, we booked a beach day at Mahogany Bay which included: beach chairs, umbrella, and pool/ocean floats. This was by far my favorite. I suggest getting out there as soon as possible to find good seats. We were at the front row right in front of the ocean. We took a ski-lift to get to the beach which provided amazing views. I really enjoyed that. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This was a wonderful trip. I have not sailed on Carnival in 10 years and my boyfriend had never been on Carnival before this trip. We spent one night pre-cruise in New Orleans at Hampton New Orleans Convention Center, it was very ... Read More
This was a wonderful trip. I have not sailed on Carnival in 10 years and my boyfriend had never been on Carnival before this trip. We spent one night pre-cruise in New Orleans at Hampton New Orleans Convention Center, it was very convenient and offered a free shuttle to the port you just had to sign up at the desk. The quickest embarkation we have ever experienced. The terminal was organized and the employees were polite and knowledgeable. The food was great, there were always plenty of choices and if you didn't like something it was encouraged for you to order something different. Our cabin was plenty big for 2 adults and offered lots of storage. Activities we participated in were fun, we tried every bar, lounge, saw every show and each comedian and the piano bar. There was never a lack for options. We enjoyed the ports and excursions very much and felt the value was worth the experience. Disembarkation was simple and organized, it even started a little earlier than expected based on the documentation we were provided. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Departing from New Orleans was interesting as I had no idea how far the port actually was from the ocean. Our balcony cabin had plenty of room to spread out and also for storage. Dining room food was generally very good and the service ... Read More
Departing from New Orleans was interesting as I had no idea how far the port actually was from the ocean. Our balcony cabin had plenty of room to spread out and also for storage. Dining room food was generally very good and the service was top notch. I particularly liked Guy’ Burger Joint (LOVE their fries) and also the BBQ place (I don’t recall the name.) The buffet, especially at breakfast, was really good—really enjoyed the custom omelet station. On sea days the pool area was very crowded and sometimes it was hard to find a place to sit. Entertainment was pretty good, but it would have been nice to have had more options for activities during the day. Unfortunately, the hot tub we visited wasn’t working well. The water was only lukewarm and so with the wind on the deck, it made for a chilly (and pretty unfun) experience. All in all, a pleasant cruise and a relaxing week. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We decided to go to New Orleans this year instead of Florida for a change. What a pleasant change indeed. I must say I was a little nervous going on the triumph but quickly put that in perspective. Check in was awsome. The ship was ... Read More
We decided to go to New Orleans this year instead of Florida for a change. What a pleasant change indeed. I must say I was a little nervous going on the triumph but quickly put that in perspective. Check in was awsome. The ship was clean and a great atmosphere everywhere. Our room was also a pleasant surprise as we have always booked a balcony but this time was a ocean view. It was spacious with a great view. Dining was also a great experience, at first we were disappointed with our table location but was quickly changed by the best matre de we have ever had! Mario was a superstar and made our cruise unforgettable in the best way possible. We have been on 8 cruises and this was the 1st time we have ever met or talked to the matre de. The serving staff was also some of the best ever. So a big thank you too MARIO, MIRASLAVA, RANDY AND ANTOLII for making our cruise one of the best ever!! We only went for the comedy shows and the outdoor movies and they were awsome. Highly recommend them all. Bar service was great, no real complaints. Sea days service was a bit slower but to be expected. Ports were Progresso which we just went shopping downtown and Cozumel we went to mr Sancho´s which was a nice getaway, good food, pools and beach was beautiful and it’s all you can drink and eat which was awsome with a great variety of food and drink. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
I had never cruised on the Triumph. I was excited to cruise on it before it changed ports. I’d been on the Elation and the Dream and had never cabin space issues. Those 2 ships were spacious enough for me. I had a balcony cabin with 3 ... Read More
I had never cruised on the Triumph. I was excited to cruise on it before it changed ports. I’d been on the Elation and the Dream and had never cabin space issues. Those 2 ships were spacious enough for me. I had a balcony cabin with 3 occupants. I couldn’t believe how tight the space was. It was not possible to stand at the foot of the bed and allow someone else to pass. One of the 2 people would have to either turn around or back out of the narrow aisle to allow the other to get through. After a couple days of too much closeness, we all started to bicker because none of us felt we were far enough away from each other at any time. Any item of clothing that was left lying around caused the room to appear very terribly disheveled. When trying to sleep in the middle of the night, I was frequently awakened (not by hall noise) but by clanking, clunking noises inside the ship from some place, that I could actually feel the vibration of! I have never experienced that before. Also, every day of the cruise, around 11:00 a.m., we all began to smell strong urine smells in the bathroom, even directly after it was cleaned by the staff. Those smells wafted into the room and lingered all day! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We went on our Honeymoon cruise out of New Orleans due to location. We could drive :] Also visit with my mom and dad in Prairieville. We had a blast from the time we entered the waiting area, we met great people and had fun talking about ... Read More
We went on our Honeymoon cruise out of New Orleans due to location. We could drive :] Also visit with my mom and dad in Prairieville. We had a blast from the time we entered the waiting area, we met great people and had fun talking about everything to past cruises and where the people lived. It went by fast and very organized to get us all on the ship. I also had forgot and left our sodas in our check in bags but our porter said no problem. It was still in the bags when we got to the room at 1:30pm and No sooner LOL. The ship is beautiful and I loved the Mardi gras theme throughout the ship. Our balcony room was fantastic with plenty of room, I think even if you had three people in that room it would be fine. I enjoyed our cruise director Brian, he worked very hard and made the trip so much fun. The steakhouse was well worth the extra on the first night and they gave us a wonderful red wine. My husband loved it, I don't drink. Food was perfect ever time. i have my steaks well done and they still could be cut with a fork. My husband likes his rare and loved the food. Food was great in Guys and Blue Iguana. I never complained about any of the food on lido, especially the soft frozen yogurt!!! Wow it was good, my favorite dish was in the Scarlet dining room Melting Lava Cake! A must try! I had it each night even when we had th Baked Alaska. Our waiters Aldin, Ryan and Anthony kept briniging us whatever we needed and sometimes what we didn't. Ha ha my husband one night decided against desert, I pouted and Aldin brought it to go for me. I was laughing so much and they really made dinner a fun event! I miss everyone and Pat our room steward !!! One issue and the only issue was the drain in shower would plug and water was all over bathroom floor. I felt bad using so many towels but that was nothing that would spoil my trip and it was fixed. I actually scared myself and the repair man when I walked in the room when we was fixing it. We all had a great laugh. We also did the self disembarkation and it was ok too, just had to take our luggage down 8 flights because someone didn't want to wait on the elevator. Most were closed. ! Can't wait to travel on the Dream again soon. Taking mom next time :] Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Feb. 3, 2018 Day One, my Wife and I arrive at the Days Inn Gretna, La. one day earlier than our Cruise, this is our normal routine. As we check in I notice things are getting run down and in disrepair, the continental breakfast that is ... Read More
Feb. 3, 2018 Day One, my Wife and I arrive at the Days Inn Gretna, La. one day earlier than our Cruise, this is our normal routine. As we check in I notice things are getting run down and in disrepair, the continental breakfast that is still advertised is no longer available and the lounge has been turned over to a private contractor and did not even open. Our room looked ok but had water spots on the ceiling and a stale odor. The room next to ours had several screaming kids from what appeared to be a family living in the hotel (not a good night). The Days Inn is a park and cruise hotel, but this was definitely our last stay. Our next cruise is scheduled in May and we are not driving, instead taking the train from Memphis. Embarkation was fairly smooth had an issue with removing all the metal before passing through the detector. Once onboard we just sat in the theater for about an hour, this is to let all the (me first) I am (in a hurry) people try to get to (where ever) before anyone else. When you first get on breath and try to relax! This was our 4th cruise on the Carnival Dream and our second cove balcony. The Dream for us is a very entertaining and fun ship, Capt. Bovo and the crew were fantastic, Our cabin 2354 Main deck had a little noise, but nothing like what I had read on another post, if you want total silence visit the onboard morgue! The cuisine has improved with the return of Lobster and our servers (always changing due to anytime dining) were great. The entertainment was very good but we missed Chris Williams our Cruise Director from past cruises on the Dream. The port day's my wife and I stayed onboard, we have the ship to ourselves, no wait elevators or food lines. The truth is my wife broke both sides of her cervical just before our cruise in September 2017. We are on the Dream again in August and November 2018 hope to see everyone then. John (67) and Judy (66) Osborne Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This is my fifth or six cruise with Carnival. My girlfriend didn't want to go back after they took the table cloths off in the dining room. First the Triumph - older ship, showing it's age, probably due for a refit. You could ... Read More
This is my fifth or six cruise with Carnival. My girlfriend didn't want to go back after they took the table cloths off in the dining room. First the Triumph - older ship, showing it's age, probably due for a refit. You could see cracks and broken things without working too hard at it. One thing we noticed with the Triumph was it's very difficult to get from one end of the ship to the other unless you go down into the stateroom areas and walk down, then take an elevator. Fewer places to just hunker down with a book and relax. No complaints about the staff - they smiled and said good morning and hi. I'd sprained my ankle in New Orleans the night before the cruise and had to get a cane to hobble on the ship. Many times, at the buffet, a staff member would offer assistances WHAT- No Serenity Deck???? This would be my biggest reason for not wanting to go on the Triumph again. The little yard apes are given complete run of the ship. My girlfriend and I are used to a serenity deck where we can chill and enjoy life without little rugrats around you. I love kids, but i love a place to escape them, and there is no such place on the Triumph. The Triumph has a great gym. We used it every day. Our stateroom was my first ocean view - it was huge compared to other staterooms I've had. The bathroom was big. We noticed immediately - NO REFRIGERATOR - what's up with that Carnival?? We found the alcohol reasonably priced, considering you're on a ship in the ocean. Neither of us are big drinkers so it wasn't a big deal. The dining room was nice - the staff was great. We only ate there for dinner once but I went for breakfast a couple times and the breakfasts were amazing. The staff were friendly and helpful. The buffet was a buffet - plenty to eat. We don't ever eat the burgers at Guy's burgers. They look so greasy and sickening on people's plates, it clogs our arteries just thinking about it. The Burrito Bar however is a huge favourite. We used the pools and hot tubs and they were okay but eventually a gang of youngsters would find you and begin splashing, making noise and making the place uninhabitable. Entertainment was great - the New Orleans Jazz Tribute was wonderful and the singers and dancers were very talented. The comedians were both great and the magician was amazing! Full marks for entertainment. Peter - the cruise director, was the best cruise director I've had. He's a natural entertainer and he really got the audience engaged the last day at the main lounge. Excursions, pricey but you pay for an excursion that is vetted by carnival. We did the Discover Yucutan excursion and highly recommend. It needs, refrigerators (yes i know they'll never come back), a refit, a serenity deck. But with that said, we had a great cruise. Food, staff, entertainment and cabin were all great!! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
We (mid 60s) decided to take our daughter(30) and son-in-law (40) on a cruise. We have been on several cruises, first time for them. The main reason we picked the Dream out of New Orleans was because we wanted a long day in Key West ... Read More
We (mid 60s) decided to take our daughter(30) and son-in-law (40) on a cruise. We have been on several cruises, first time for them. The main reason we picked the Dream out of New Orleans was because we wanted a long day in Key West (8-5). Our son-in-law is an avid fisherman and we wanted to fish in Key west. We flew down on Saturday January 27th. We took a cab from the Airport to Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter. We selected this hotel as it is close to French Quarter Phantoms and we had two walking tours booked through them. It was pouring rain when we got to the hotel. We planned on going to Jackson Square to spend the afternoon, but because of the rain we ended up at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. We thoroughly enjoyed the insectarium, not impressed with the Butterfly Garden, have seen better. It had stopped raining when we got out so we walked down Bourbon Street to get back to the hotel. The kids went to the Museum of Death, which they seemed to enjoy. We had a 6:00 ghost tour with French Quarter Phantoms, excellent tour and guide, we had a great time. The kids were hungry afterwards, so we missed the parade. We walked to the Bayou Burger and Sports Company and had great burgers (our daughter does not eat seafood or spicy creole). Sunday we had a 10:00 Cemetery Tour with French Quarter Phantoms, again, an excellent tour and guide. We then picked up our bags from the hotel and took a cab to the ship. Probably took about 45 minutes to get on the ship, we never sat down, just wound around in various lines. We all ate at Pasta Bella, great food and no crowd. Then we all went to our cabins to drop off our carry ons. Part of our luggage was there. We split up to do our own exploring. This is the first time I have had a cove balcony. I loved being close to the water, but the balcony was always covered in salt and wet. I won't do that again. First time doing anytime dining, won't do that again either. We selected anytime as we like to eat early and they like to eat late. We ended up eating together about 3 times. We always had to wait to get a table, even if we went at 6:00. We also could not ever get the same wait staff. I would much prefer a set time with no wait and the same wait staff. Food in the dining room was excellent, service was great (3 times), average (3 times) and terrible (1 time). My husband and I loved the stage shows, the singers and dancers were very talented. The kids did not care for the stage shows (what was the point? is what she said about Flick). We all loved the comedy club, though two shows we never found a seat. They enjoyed the live music. Brandon (cruise director), Legs 11, and Sunny (entertainment) were great. I had not been to Quest for many years, has become much more risque, if you are easily offended DO NOT GO. Luckily our daughter elected not to go as she would have been mortified. Unfortunately, the weather was cool, so you could find a seat at the pool anytime and even clamshells at Serenity. Lunches and breakfasts were good at Lido, but lines were too long at Mongolian Wok and Guy's BBQ, never wanted to wait that long. We were asked whether we wanted morning or evening service by the steward, I selected morning, the kids selected evening (so they could sleep in). I don't have a problem with having one service a day, but when I select morning I expect the room to be cleaned in the morning. Several times it was after noon, I am not happy with that. One day we came back to no towels, another day we came back to two bath towels (I told steward I always wanted 3, an extra to wash my hair). There was dust on the top shelves in the bathroom. Definitely corners have been cut there. We also had the Hub, loved that for the menus and days events. Chat did not work well, my husband and I got about 80% of the messages, my daughter got about 10%, our son-in-law 5%. Key West, the main reason for taking this trip was the fishing. called our captain as we were approaching the dock and he canceled the trip due to high winds. Based on the forecast we had seen, I was not surprised, but everyone was disappointed. We ended up doing the shops, kids did the Ripley's museum. Key Lime pie on a stick at Kermits is a must! In Freeport we booked the kayak and nature tour through Carnival, this was the best excursion. We had a great guide, super fun kayaking and about 90 minutes at a beautiful beach. Lunch was very poor, but based on the reviews I expected that. In Nassau, the kids wanted to ride on the beach, I booked this as an independent tour. Our daughter really enjoyed it (experienced horsewoman) our son-in-law not so much. The guide harassed him about horsemanship (heels down, sit up). Again we were warned on trip advisor that this could happen. We took the walking food and culture tour, it was fantastic. Great guide, great food, lots of interesting information. Again it was booked independently and I would highly recommend it. Disembarkation was fine, just walked through customs. This was the first time for us on Dream class, we really liked it. In fact we have a December cruise booked on Magic for our son, daughter in law, and two grand kids. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We have enjoyed many cruises with Carnival and 3 on the Dream. We chose this cruise because it was going to Key West. We choose cruises by destination. We like to go new places and see different and interesting things. We like the Burgundy ... Read More
We have enjoyed many cruises with Carnival and 3 on the Dream. We chose this cruise because it was going to Key West. We choose cruises by destination. We like to go new places and see different and interesting things. We like the Burgundy Lounge comedy and the Encore shows on the Dream. Breakfast in the Scarlet Restaurant is great. The BlueIguana Cantina, the Mongolian Wok, Tandoor and Guy's Burger Joint are all excellent. There is so much to do it can be hard to decide where onboard to go to next. There are a lot of choices for shore excursions. Our child (daughter) is 25 and we hope to be empty nesters someday. She stayed home while we went on this cruise. The service on Carnival is outstanding, everyone is so very friendly and helpful. The only disappointment with this cruise was the room. This was the first time I used Carnival Cruise for assistance booking this cruise. Bad mistake! Never again! Book on your own! Was not allowed to choose a room, was tole that he would insure we got a great room. Worst room I have ever had on a cruise! I thought Elvis was there, A WHOLE LOT OF SHAKING GOING ON! During leaving or entering port the room would shake so bad that things were falling off of the desk. The room was so far from the Encore we did not have to visit the jogging track or gym. Got plenty of exercise on this cruise. Sure we look forward to more cruises in the future, just not with help from Vladimir at Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Our service from maruta,sherme, and rambat as are waiters and servers was excellent and enjoyed them. Very polite and friendly did there job very well and i will tell everyone i know about how nice it was. The fitness center was top of the ... Read More
Our service from maruta,sherme, and rambat as are waiters and servers was excellent and enjoyed them. Very polite and friendly did there job very well and i will tell everyone i know about how nice it was. The fitness center was top of the line. The shopping on board and shops were nice. Both excursions i was on were good and service was extremely good too. Jimmy jack foundation was treated with respect and staff did a good job with giving us are time for our music, devotions and equipment moving. On deck staff was also very helpful finding places on deck. Everyone i asked always pointed me in the right direction and were polite. Food was tremendous again and there was alot of varieties of dishes. The head staff was excellent on explaining what we had to do to get off and in case a emergency what to do. All in all it was a great experience for me. Amen and God Bless Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was a family cruise of 12 people. My mother and aunt, and 5 siblings and their spouses. Ages ranged from 90 - 38. This was a first cruise for half of us. We cruised out of New Orleans. Six of us arrived on the Friday before ... Read More
This was a family cruise of 12 people. My mother and aunt, and 5 siblings and their spouses. Ages ranged from 90 - 38. This was a first cruise for half of us. We cruised out of New Orleans. Six of us arrived on the Friday before the cruise and the other six arrived the Saturday prior to the cruise. We all stayed at the Springfield Marriott and the location was nice and the rooms were nice and clean. It was easy walking distance to the French Quarter and on the day of the cruise, we had one vehicle which we used to drop off the luggage and the rest of the group walked to the terminal. Embarkation was smooth, the buffet was a madhouse with everyone there eating and waiting to get into their rooms, but that is expected. We all had balcony rooms on the 7th and 8th decks. They were fine, a bit older looking, but they were clean and we had plenty of space for our things. There was a wide variety of activities during the cruise. The entertainment was okay, but the "Flick" show was very good, the best of the cruise. Their were multiple comedy shows most nights. I saw a few of them and they were good. It was in the burgundy lounge, which filled up fast. Need a bigger venue for that, but not sure there is one available. Piano bar was full most nights, but I didn't enjoy it as much as on other cruises. There were plenty of other things to do during the day to keep you busy. I thought the food was good. The dining room food was for the most part very good. Guy's Burgers are great and the taco stand (don't remember the name) is good and has excellent breakfast burritos. The Pig and Anchor seemed good, but only had it once and after finding a place to eat, it was cold, so can't give it a fair review. The buffet was decent and their 24 hour pizza was great. Excursions: Cozumel we all went snorkeling, that was fun and then just laid on their beach. It was a park named Chankanaab, booked through carnival. Roatan (Mahogany Bay) we got our own taxi tour of the southern part of the island, cost $70 plus tip. That was well worth it. Grand Cayman, we all did the dolphin swim. The swim was great, everyone enjoyed it but the second half of the excursion (which was beach time at a resort) was not worth it. The excursion advertises time to swim, snorkel, ride wave riders, parasail, but in reality you don't have enough time to do anything at the resort other than sit on the beach and get your feet wet. Overall the cruise was great, everyone enjoyed themselves. It was a great time to spend with family and enjoy one another's company. The ship is full of things to do, the crew is fantastic, they work very, very hard to provide you a great experience and they do it. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This was my second cruise and my husbands first. We had a balcony cabin on the Lido deck, the cabin was nice and clean. getting on the ship was pretty fast, the line is always moving. Getting off we had to wait a bit, but no worries. Our ... Read More
This was my second cruise and my husbands first. We had a balcony cabin on the Lido deck, the cabin was nice and clean. getting on the ship was pretty fast, the line is always moving. Getting off we had to wait a bit, but no worries. Our second night at sea a lady went overboard at about 8:30 pm, our ship looked for her all night and many on board was praying we'd find her. It was very sad and scary knowing there was someone out there in the ocean. We missed one of our ports, but not Carnival's fault. We had a blast in Cozumel, we rode the twister to Isla Passion. The service was great, our room steward was just awesome. The food was really good too. I had a dragonfly magnet on our door and someone took it! I put a note on our door and they returned it, lol. I'm going on another cruise to the Bahamas this April..... Hope all goes well on this cruise, no miss haps I hope! And yes, I'm taking my dragonfly with me. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Had another wonderful time on the Carnival Dream. Upgraded to a balcony state room and it was well worth it. Very roomy cabin for 2 and a nice balcony. As always the staff on board treat everyone like Kings & Queens, anything you ... Read More
Had another wonderful time on the Carnival Dream. Upgraded to a balcony state room and it was well worth it. Very roomy cabin for 2 and a nice balcony. As always the staff on board treat everyone like Kings & Queens, anything you need they will try to please you. Food was always terrific and plenty of entertainment. Weather wasnt ideal as its winter time and rained a good bit. Two of our three excursions where canceled however Carnival did credit us back with no problems. Good weather in Cozumel and cold beer. Did the SeaTrek excursion and it was very fun and enjoyable. Its difficult to get away each year and I need internet so that I can still communicate via email with work. I upgraded to the premium internet and it really sucked. Could rarely get on line to send an email from my laptop. It was a very nice cruise but internet needs a lot of work, especially since I paid $125. for it. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My family of 16 went on the Carnival Dream which left port on New Year's Eve. The check in was pretty easy. We then went up into the buffet for lunch (11:00 am) while awaiting for our rooms to be ready. The buffet is pretty ... Read More
My family of 16 went on the Carnival Dream which left port on New Year's Eve. The check in was pretty easy. We then went up into the buffet for lunch (11:00 am) while awaiting for our rooms to be ready. The buffet is pretty standard for a ship (we've been on approximately 15 previous cruises). Our room was ready around 1:00 and we happily went there. We had a balcony 8367 which was a very good location! The beds were comfy as well as the foam pillows. 2 of our grandsons shared the room with us. Our 14 year old had the sofa next to the 2 single beds (which were pushed together) which we kept made as his bed. Though we did use it as a sofa during the day, just with his bedding on it. Our 10 year old grandson had the pull down bunk which was kept permanently down. He said it was comfy. The bathroom was efficient with enough storage for the 4 of us. Though there were always towels strewn everywhere (including beach towels). The room steward Ronald was excellent and always provided us with whatever we asked for. The overall room was smaller than other ships we've been on, but we kind of expected that. The balcony had 2 chairs and a small table also. It did not look directly onto the ocean, but there was a floor below us (floor 5), which I liked. I do not like looking straight down into the ocean! And on floor 5 there were 2 hot tubs between our room that at most times had plently of people in them (including us). They were nice! We actually were in one of them when the ship left port and we were able to cruise down the Mississippi enjoying the view from there. RESTAURANTS: We LOVED Guy's hamburger place. Just delicious! This was on deck 10 next to the outside pool. Always people in line wanting hamburgers, but never a wait of more than 1 or 2 minutes. There was also a bar next to it for the "fixings" you wanted to add to it. And the fries there were delicious. I must have had this 3 or 4 times on our week cruise. Also the BBQ place (on deck 5) was DELICIOUS too! Lots of selections. I would definitely recommend both of these. However the BBQ fast food is only open during days at sea and only at lunch time. Be sure you hit it at least once! The grandkids also enjoyed the 24 hour pizza at the back of the ship on deck 10. Said it was OK. Our first night was New Years Eve and Carnival nicely provided us with blowers, hats and just FUN. There was a 11:00pm balloon drop which was SO MUCH FUN! The next 2 days were sea days (Monday and Tuesday) so our group just explored around and went swimming, shopping, played in the casino (VERY TIGHT) and took pictures. One thing that Carnival advertised was that above the outside pool area or the kids water park was that there was a track walk way you could navigate. This is gone. They must have taken this down. They should have alerted us to this as our kids definitely were looking forward to this! The kids water park was not open during sea days. There was too much wind, and they said it was dangerous. However the small kids slide was open. I am thinking this is pretty much standard, so plan on using the water park on port days when you come back early. The dining room (we were in the Scarlette) was good. The food in general I feel on cruise ships has gone down. The desserts were just OK also. We did have lobster the first night which was a nice added bonus. And the lemonade served on the ship actually is very good. Our kids always asked for this at dinner, though it is self serve in the buffet. My grandkids loved the area in the buffet where they make sandwiches and always come back with a huge one (BLT, grilled cheese). We went to 3 ports (Montego Bay, Cayman Island and Cozumel) which we have been to before. Typical ports - lots for sale, but basically junky souvenirs. We did go to the Dr. Seuss Breakfast with the kids which was EXCELLENT. It cost $5 per person and definitely worth it! A little bit different breakfast and the kiddos were so happy to see the costumed characters. Also did the Build a Bear at Sea. It was fun. Typical prices, but the little girls were so very happy! Debarkation of the boat was definitely the easiest we have ever experienced. Kudos Carnival on this. Fast and efficient. We did carry off our own luggage, which was our choice. Also we did purchase 2 12 packs of water from the ship. Just called on the phone in the room and someone brought it to us within about 10 minutes. You cannot carry on any water. The price of $5 or $6 was very fair! We then carried this water off with us on our island stops. And we did decorate our stateroom door. We bought before the cruise those peel and stick (like to the windows) Dory, fish, etc. and they stayed pretty well on our door. However they did stick to the metal frame better and the mailbox to the side of the door. They didn't have actual sticky on them, but again what you put on a clear glass window. There were no issues with us using these. It made it easier for the younger ones to know which one was our room. NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT: It got really boring with the same singers and dancers every night in the showroom. Come on Carnival, bring on some different entertainment a couple of times (like aerial acts, comedians, magicians). After 3 nights we did not go back. Later in the evening there was a "family" comedian that was very good. We typically let the younger ones go to the kids club which they DID enjoy! They often came out with something in their hands they did. More and better evening entertainment is needed. It was definitely a FUN week and one I am sure we will all remember forever! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We are 29 family and friends from Alaska, California & Colorado. We are all adults except for a 12 and 16 year old. Overall it was a great value. The first-timers were in awe! Carnival is a well-oiled machine. Everything went very ... Read More
We are 29 family and friends from Alaska, California & Colorado. We are all adults except for a 12 and 16 year old. Overall it was a great value. The first-timers were in awe! Carnival is a well-oiled machine. Everything went very smoothly. I only rated the food a 4 because of the Port of Call menu. It was subpar, all of the other food was wonderful and well-plated. The diverse entertainment was suitable for all ages. We especially enjoyed the acoustic guitar player. The Cruise Director was very entertaining. The staff was very warm and helpful. The ship was very clean and well-maintained. Embarkation was delayed. The photographers were not very good. They cut off people in photos and were poorly lit with shadows on faces. The cruise was very smooth until the last day when there was a lot of rocking and rolling. All in all a great time was had by all. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This was my first cruise with Carnival. I chose the Triumph because it was easy to get to New Orleans, as I was traveling with three of my grandchildren. I have cruised previously with NCL, and from some of the reviews I read, I wasn’t ... Read More
This was my first cruise with Carnival. I chose the Triumph because it was easy to get to New Orleans, as I was traveling with three of my grandchildren. I have cruised previously with NCL, and from some of the reviews I read, I wasn’t sure what to expect. To my surprise we had a very good time. Even though the ship is getting older, the crew keeps her in good shape. They are constantly cleaning, and are very nice to the guests. From our room steward greeting us every morning by name, to the dining staff being very helpful and friendly. My granddaughter celebrated her 10th. birthday on board and the dining room staff sang to her and danced with her. This made her day. All in all I would sail the Triumph again. The beds were comfortable, and we we given plenty of towels and beach towels. I didn’t go to any shows but I had fun in the casino. Embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth. Perfect ship for children. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We took this cruise with our 3 sons and parents. We were in inside cabin 7367 which was your normal cabin. 4 of us stayed in here. Quick overall on this ship was good. Very crowded but always can find somewhere to go. Lots of nooks ... Read More
We took this cruise with our 3 sons and parents. We were in inside cabin 7367 which was your normal cabin. 4 of us stayed in here. Quick overall on this ship was good. Very crowded but always can find somewhere to go. Lots of nooks to read etc. Food overall was good. The Tandoori was hands down the best!!! So so flavorful. We usually get a Guys Burger every day and we opted for the tandoori almost every day and only 2 burgers which were still tasty. The pizza is always busy but delish. Dining room food was good... on point with our other cruises. My dad had the lamb shanks and said it was the best he ever had. Guys Pig and Anchor not our favorite. Had it once. Line was super long. Room steward and dining staff were both great!!!! Gym is smaller on this ship so it was super crowded. Serenity was nice. I will say what in the world is wrong with people. We were on serenity in a beautiful clamshell chair and the next clamshell had people in it with what sounded like a boom box... or a bluetooth speaker or whatever blasting yes blasting music... and smoking pot. I mean really?????? This was our 11 th cruise on Carnival and we finally hit platnum which was nice!! This particular cruise the downside was the activities. Shows were all the same and not good. Trivia was here and there and just not that many activties for a 7 day cruise. The CD Brandon was pretty much non existent. When he was around he was not good. This never really mattered to us much except last cruise on the Fantasy the CD Mikey was SO SO SO GOOD that it made our experience so much better!!! This time there was just no interaction whatsoever... I have heard that he was a fill in so oh well. Overall the Dream is great. I love the larger ship with the promenade and you can walk the lanai etc... Don't like walking through the casino every time to get from atruim to promenade. Would love to try the Breeze or Vista next!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We and another couple and their college age son booked this cruise because it was sailing on new years eve. We drove down from north central Arkansas on Sat and stayed over night in Metairie at the Holiday Inn . We have stayed here before ... Read More
We and another couple and their college age son booked this cruise because it was sailing on new years eve. We drove down from north central Arkansas on Sat and stayed over night in Metairie at the Holiday Inn . We have stayed here before and it works well for us. We were able to leave our cars there for there and arrange a ride to the port about a 20 min or less trip. We arrived at the port a little early about 10:30 am since we are Platinum and our friends had faster to the fun we were checked in in just a few min. The port and the crew did a great job of clearing the ship and we were on board a t 11:00 am. We went to our cabin on the Lido deck forward to drop off our carry on and our checked luggage was there already great job longshoremen and Carnival crew on that. As we headed out to get something from the buffet the crew was already handing out free Champaign. The balloon drop and festivities that night were a whole lot of fun. The whole week went well with no big problems for our group. Overall the food was good the first night was the best in the MDR Lobster, Prime Rib and some great Lamb Chops. We did anytime dinning and never had to wait for a table for 5 but service was hit and miss , great one night and slow the next but over all fine for us. The ports we had been to many times before so we did no excursions Montego Bay Jamaica we did not get off the ship as we don't care for this port. Our friends did but did not stay off for too long . Grand Cayman we had to anchor on the other sis of the island because of weather . Nothing there so they had shuttle buses back to the other side but again we have been here many times so we just stayed aboard again. Cozumel our favorite out of the three ports was the same just a beer or two at Three Amigo's and a little window shopping. Again disembarkation we did the carry your luggage off yourself and were off the ship about 7:00am and back at the Hotel by 7:25 am and on the road home by 7:40 am. To summarize It was a very good cruise the crew was great the ship was in good condition , more kids than I expected most well behaved and having a good time just a few teenagers who where unsupervised and rowdy. I do wish the buffet menu would be improved it was ok at best. Dinner in the MDR was good. Did not do the Steakhouse this time. Overall I would do it again. The only reason I rated Dinning as just average was because the buffet needs improvement. All in all a very good cruise with a great crew that seemed to be having a fun time along with the passengers. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our second cruise with Carnival and I now have learnt that you know what you're getting with Carnival. A well rounded family cruise that isn't fabulous, just a solid family vacation. We found that this ship did not ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Carnival and I now have learnt that you know what you're getting with Carnival. A well rounded family cruise that isn't fabulous, just a solid family vacation. We found that this ship did not have the best layout for sitting around the pool due to the waterworks activity which wasn't open very often and our kids did once and didn't enjoy! We had previously sailed on Carnival Freedom and found that layout better. The attention to service by all personnel is above and beyond! We found the entertainment was broadly just ok, meaning the shows were fine, the comedians were touch and go with one being good and two being poor. I felt that they should have had more entertainment scheduled for the last day at sea, they just seemed to want to wrap up the cruise and move on to the next one. We stopped in three ports, Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan. We did shore excursions that we arranged privately which were all great. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We went into our Carnival cruise with low expectations, but were happily blown away by their delicious food and excellent food and beverage staff! They exceeded our expectations by a lot! Some of the other departments were just mediocre, ... Read More
We went into our Carnival cruise with low expectations, but were happily blown away by their delicious food and excellent food and beverage staff! They exceeded our expectations by a lot! Some of the other departments were just mediocre, but food and beverage staff were amazing with their exceptional service and genuinely kind individuals. Our daughter has a gluten sensitivity and they treated her like a princess! Dining staff used our first names beginning the first night and would often see us in other parts of the ship later in the trip and always used our first names there as well. Beverage services in the theater were equally as impressive. The hostess on the Dream was an amazing woman who couldn't have been more sweet to my daughter. The ship was well kept up and very clean. They could use some improvement in their entertainment quality, but overall, we were very happy with the Dream. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
we went on the Christmas cruise out of New Orleans. The ship was packed full, but even so very fast on and off the ship. Food was very good all over the ship. There are some specialty places that one may like, such as a sushi dining ... Read More
we went on the Christmas cruise out of New Orleans. The ship was packed full, but even so very fast on and off the ship. Food was very good all over the ship. There are some specialty places that one may like, such as a sushi dining experience, and there is a Starbucks type place too for specialty coffees. Coffee is everywhere on the ship...I dreamt that home would be like that. And it was GOOD! Late night foods are pizza and pizza. The sandwich place is open until like 10ish I believe. All the food was great. Mongolian food, Indian food, American food all hot and yummy. Ok enough about freebies... Ok no...Let me add the Comedians on the ship were great, karaoke, the piano bar guy, I mean there is something to do everywhere you look. All for free or included in your cost. The reason this wasn't a 5-star rating. I mean a 5-star experience, was the internet package and the accommodations. The rooms are so flipping small. If you get a regular room you cant move, so send your loved one to the bar while you get dressed. It is so much easier. The shower was great! The beds were soft and comfy. They need to get that air conditioning working better when you get to warmer climates. All the bars on the ship were fun fun fun. So many ethnic people from all over the world get on these ships. Its amazing to meet them all. The back pool I thought was an adult pool??? I may have been wrong that it was adult only, but there were 30-40 kids in there hitting each other, talking bad etc. So no swimming for me! So my only complaints were it wasn't long enough, the costs of drinks, the non-working paid for upfront internet service, lack of an adult only pool, and the size of the rooms. Other than that it was amazing and I wanted to go back! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
I chose this cruise because it left from New Orleans (so we could visit my inlaws), and the price was right at $1300 for a family of 5. Embarkation was hideous, workers were rude, I kept telling my husband I felt like we were criminals the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it left from New Orleans (so we could visit my inlaws), and the price was right at $1300 for a family of 5. Embarkation was hideous, workers were rude, I kept telling my husband I felt like we were criminals the way we were talked to, and the way they moved us along like cattle. I was so upset I said I would NEVER cruise with Carnival again. On the plus side we got our luggage within 20 minutes of getting into our room, and we were very pleased with that. Our steward would call us by name, and would show up almost immediately when we requested something. When we got to room the sink was plugged and the door to the bathroom wouldn't close and lock. However they sent workers immediately to fix it. Although I liked our steward he didn't clean our room that good. There was food by the baseboards that I had to pick up so my toddler wouldn't eat it. The room was dusty and the walls dirty. I had to clean and wipe down things to feel comfortable. One of my children ate chocolate cake in bed...mistake, because even though there was a huge chocolate stain our sheets weren't changed. The steward simply flipped the bedding and "hid" the stain. We soon realized our bedding was never changed, stains were just hidden. Most public bathroom stalls were cramped, I am a chubby women, but not obese and I would have to squeeze in and out of the stalls. Very unpleasant. I did like that they provided hand tissues to open the door. For some weird reason workers RARELY come by to see if you want a drink. Which is super annoying when you have endless bubbles. You are now forced to go to the bar for your "one at a time" drink. I never had anyone ask me if I wanted a drink the whole cruise. We figured they are hoping people's laziness will prevent them from using "endless bubbles" to the full. Room service has scaled back to ONLY offer a few salads, and regular sandwhiches that you can literally make at home: Ham, grilled cheese, turkey, pb&j, assorted cookies, cheesecake and chocolate cake (delicious)and no you can NOT use endless bubbles through room service. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
There's nothing like getting away during the hustle of the holidays, and the Triumph was a great place to do it. Embarkation-We sailed out of New Orleans on 12/4 which was delayed because of repairs. We were told we would sail at ... Read More
There's nothing like getting away during the hustle of the holidays, and the Triumph was a great place to do it. Embarkation-We sailed out of New Orleans on 12/4 which was delayed because of repairs. We were told we would sail at 9pm instead of 4pm so having FTTF we arrived at the port at 3:00. There were hundreds of people outside the terminal but there was a special line for us. We went in before the ship even docked, checked in and waited in a special section so we could get our sign and sail cards. I have to commend Carnival for making this process as smooth as it could be. I will never sail without FTTF again. I'm hooked! Ship-The Triumph is an old girl who is ready for a makeover but still beautiful. Our cabin was very dated. From the pink vanity and bottle opener on the wall in the bathroom to the worn carpet. The bedding is always amazing and there was plenty of storage. The lack of outlets is always an issue. Our room steward, Nomang, was very good but we did not get our towel animals until the 3rd night. :( Dining-The Lido buffet was surprisingly less crowded than on previous sailings. Maybe it was the lack of food variety or maybe everyone just wanted a burrito because the line at Blue Iguana was always long. Dinner was just ok including formal night. The American Menu is disappointing for someone who wants to go on vacation and try new things. This was my first cruise actually trying the Sea Day Brunch, and I was really disappointed. I ordered the eggs benedict which came out with hard rubbery eggs, hardly any sauce and it was cold. My BF's steak and eggs were much better. Ports-We stopped in Cozumel and Progresso and had booked our excursions through shoreexcursioneer instead of Carnival. I highly recommend them. In Cozumel we did a dune buggy island tour which included beach time, snorkeling, lunch and tequila tasting. Carlos was our guide and we had a lot of fun. Cozumel is a nice place to get out and explore. Progresso is not nearly so well organized. When you get through the small shop area at the ship, you take buses and vans down the 3 mile pier that takes you closer to town. Our excursion met us there and it ended up that there were only 4 of us. We ended up with a private tour of the Xcambo Mayan ruins which was awesome. Then it was 3 hours at an all inclusive beach club. Jerry was our tour guide for this one and told us a lot about the area. You can't take 2 steps anywhere in Progresso without someone trying to sell you something or asking for a donation. Even at the beach club they asked you for a tip just to put food on your plate. Debarkation-From the time we left our cabin to actually getting off the ship took about 15 minutes. Very well organized for the FTTF folks. All in all, this was a very nice vacation. I could have done without the cold rainy final sea day, but hey, it's December. I look forward to seeing where the Triumph ends up after her dry dock and would love to sail her again. Read Less
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