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Sail Date: December 2017
I have cruised on the dream in 2012, and found improvement in this 2017 cruise. The shows were amazing, especially "Flick." Don't miss it! Spell-binding! The dining room food was better than average, in most areas. ... Read More
I have cruised on the dream in 2012, and found improvement in this 2017 cruise. The shows were amazing, especially "Flick." Don't miss it! Spell-binding! The dining room food was better than average, in most areas. Desserts are still lack luster. Service was better on this cruise also. The ship was kept spotless, with lots of precautions, such as hand sanitizer and tissues to open doors with. I did miss the Italian restaurant which other Carnival ships have, and the digital photography which Vista had (much more efficient)! Our cabin steward Lawrence was fantastic on the main deck. Cabin was in a good location, but the sofa bed was so hard, that I was uncomfortable. Lawrence gave me extra blankets and an extra duvet to pad it with, but still uncomfortable. We had a virgin cruiser with us, and even though he was convinced that he would not like cruising, he loved the Dream! There was plenty of activities and entertainment, as well as good music venues to choose from. Thanks Carnival for a great cruise! See you on the Magic January 6th. Colonel KT Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
I am getting this 4 stars even though this is not the nicest boat that I’ve ever been on, because I just had an amazing time. This was a mother/daughter trip and it was lovely. Although this is one of the smaller ships that I’ve ... Read More
I am getting this 4 stars even though this is not the nicest boat that I’ve ever been on, because I just had an amazing time. This was a mother/daughter trip and it was lovely. Although this is one of the smaller ships that I’ve sailed on, it was quite fun. But there were (as with anything else) pros and cons. PROS: This is a pretty laid-back ship which was perfect for relaxation… If that’s what you are looking for this is the boat for you. There are lots of daily activities to keep you busy and you’ll receive a list of these each morning in the daily flyer. I LOVE the running track being at the top of the boat. The main dining room staff are a hoot! There is a nice shopping area with lots of great deals. I’ve been on this boat three times… Twice in the interior rooms and once in the balcony room.... I would certainly suggest the balcony. The interior rooms are very gloomy. The layout of the boat is very user-friendly and easy to get used to. The pool movie theater is very fun. CONS: The spa staff are very pushy… Almost to the point where it becomes quite unprofessional The way they upsell. The spa prices are already unreasonable, this makes visit the spa on this boat rather discouraging. Some of the activities are rather boring. My greatest complaint on this boat is the shows are all music best, and all inappropriate. In fact they are quite raunchy. A bit distasteful if you ask me. It is a Carmival cruise so the caliber of guests is a little lower than your average cruiser. The Decour of the boat is mad 80’s. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because of the ports it was to visit. we arrived about noon, parked off-site and had no wait to embark. Debarkation was just as smooth. Great job there the ship was very clean and updated. We were in an ocean suite on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports it was to visit. we arrived about noon, parked off-site and had no wait to embark. Debarkation was just as smooth. Great job there the ship was very clean and updated. We were in an ocean suite on the 7th floor. nice cabin, but it overlooked an outside hot tub. If you want lots of quiet time on your balcony, choose another cabin. Late dining was not very crowded. For us, that was nice. Evidently there's a new chef on board and the food was outstanding. i didn't go to the comedy shows but did go to the 80s review =outstanding. spent several evenings with ben at the piano bar. so funny and entertaining. visited key west and nassau, but not freeport. didn't take any tours. Just walked around. Personnel was very professional and did everything to correct the few problems we had. i would certainly sail again on the dream, but not during a holiday. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because it had Progreso as a port of call and we wanted to go to Chichen Itza. We were not disappointed in the cruise or the excursion to Chichen Itza. The ship staff were all friendly and one bartender, Inyoman was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it had Progreso as a port of call and we wanted to go to Chichen Itza. We were not disappointed in the cruise or the excursion to Chichen Itza. The ship staff were all friendly and one bartender, Inyoman was exceptional in the way he anticipated our needs, not just in offering alcoholic drinks, but in bringing ice and bottled water as well. The excursion staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Pretty ship; the decor was lovely. The food options were tasty. There was a snafu about our dining table the first night; we had chosen early dining and the table number on our sail and sign card was incorrect - we were placed in the middle of a large family group and had to be moved elsewhere. My husband made use of the smoking area; I was pleased to see that Carnival treats smokers respectfully, providing them with a pleasant, well lit, well ventilated area to gather in. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this boat because the price was right and we wanted to go to a city where we could spend a night out prior to cruising. New Orleans was a nice option for this. Though we left in November, the weather was still nice enough to be ... Read More
We chose this boat because the price was right and we wanted to go to a city where we could spend a night out prior to cruising. New Orleans was a nice option for this. Though we left in November, the weather was still nice enough to be on the deck and in the pool on day one. We felt the same about this cruise dining as we did our past Carnival Cruise, the buffet is almost ok, the sit down dining is fast but only ok, and the taco/hamburger restaurants for lunch are the best options. They really need to look into expanding the taco restaurant as it is far superior to any of their other dining options. Nice size fitness center with good sauna. Our cabin had a porthole which was nice, however the adjuster to the ventilation was broken. Our room was so cold i had to jam clothes in the blower. It took us multiple days and continued effort to have someone fix this. I was fine with stuffing it with clothes, but our steward said that out of safety he had to remove this each time. The gym was great, the Mardi Gras was very nice and the towel animals on this boat were abundant. Elevators were slow, but that's the same with every cruise ship. The comedy shows definitely set Carnival apart, however there is nothing else worth doing at night so they get very crowded, Get there early! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because it was listed as one of the Players' Club Premier Cruise choices, and we had really enjoyed our March 2016 cruise on the Dream. First, I will address the different facets of our initial Players' ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was listed as one of the Players' Club Premier Cruise choices, and we had really enjoyed our March 2016 cruise on the Dream. First, I will address the different facets of our initial Players' Club Premier Cruise and then move onto my review of the actual cruise. As part of the package, we were given Priority Boarding. We, also, purchased FTTF because we wanted access to our stateroom as soon as we boarded, as well as, access to the priority line at guest services, which you do not get with Premier's Priority Boarding. Waiting in our stateroom were Players' Club-branded steel water bottles and lanyards holding our "drinks on us" cards, a Players' Club Exclusive Activity Schedule, and an invitation to the Premier Players' Club Welcome Reception. The reception, held at 5pm, was very nice. It took place in the Burgundy Lounge, and the appetizers and drinks were flowing. We were introduced to members of the casino staff, and there was a cash give-a-way. There were numerous drawings/give-a-ways/contests in the casino throughout the week, but unfortunately, our names were never drawn to participate in any of them. Each day, we received something from the casino - chocolate covered strawberries, cookies, duffle bag, plastic water bottle, dinner for two in the steakhouse (review on that later), and a "bounce back" offer for our next cruise. The slots in the casino were very tight. I spent many, many hours in the casino and only saw one cash payout, which really surprised me since I had seen a good number of them on previous cruises. Although, Nosizo and Adrian were excellent casino hosts - friendly, professional and very welcoming, I really don't think that I'm too interested in participating in another Premier Players Club cruise. I spent so much time in the casino waiting on drawings and contests to take place that I did not get to enjoy as many of the other cruise activities as I normally do. Embarkation was a very efficient process. We arrived at 10am and were waiting in the boarding lounge by 10:10am. By 11:15am, we were in our cabin putting away our things. We talked to Raphael, our cabin steward, and completed the questionnaire requesting cabin service each morning and evening, which was performed flawlessly. We prepaid our gratuities, but Raphael got extra at the end of the cruise for his excellent service. Muster drill on the Dream is great. You do NOT stand out on the deck lined up like animals waiting to go to slaughter, instead your muster station is in one of the larger common spaces, and you get to sit and listen to the instructions. On ships where you must stand in lines outside waiting for everyone to finally show up, I feel that muster is a terrible way to start your vacation. When you are able to do it in comfort, I do not mind it at all. We had a balcony cabin on the Upper Deck (6), and we spent a great deal of time on the balcony. Several of the mornings, we ordered early room service and enjoyed a small bite to eat while watching the morning come to life. Room Service always had our food to us in a very timely manner, but they kept forgetting to bring silverware, so we had to wait for them to return before we could eat. The cabin was clean, spacious and had plenty of storage. The beds could not have been more comfortable. We slept like babies. Our only real complaint about the cabin was the lack of outlets. We brought an extension cord for my husband's CPAP machine, but with the cord stretched across the floor each evening, it could be a bit of a hazard if you needed to get up during the night. Dining options on the ship were plentiful. We enjoyed Guys Pig and Anchor, Blue Iguana Cantina, Tandoor, Mongolian Wok, Pasta Bella, but they closed too early. When we returned from one of our shore excursions, we were hungry, but none of them were still open for lunch - it was only 3pm. Our dinner time was 8:15pm. When your dinner time is later, you do not want to eat lunch at noon. Carnival needs to work on this aspect of their dining options. Guys Burgers is open a little longer than the others, but they are not open for dinner. We had burgers from Guys, pizza from Pizzeria del Capitano, and sandwiches from the Deli at various times throughout the cruise. Of these three options, Guys Burgers are the best. We had dinner five of the seven nights in the Scarlet Dining Room - late seating (8:15). We were seated at a large table with others, which was great as we love to meet new people. The food selection was decent on most nights (we've had it all a number of times), the company was good, but service was unsatisfactory. In the past, we had enjoyed getting to know our wait staff, but this time, we did not even learn their names. They took our order and delivered our food (which took too long), but gone was the interaction that allowed us to feel like they cared about taking good care of us as they had in the past. Most nights, I had to leave to get to a show before having dessert because it took so long to get my food. We were very disappointed in our wait staff; therefore, they received our prepaid gratuity, but nothing extra as we'd given in the past. We ate dinner from the Gathering (Lido buffet) one evening (first time ever) because we wanted to watch the Dive-In Movie, which you could not do if you ate in the MDR as times did not work. That night, the buffet had a few of the same items that were being served in the MDR, but they were mediocre at best. We had dinner in The Chef's Art Steakhouse compliments of the casino. Service was great. The food was good, but we didn't find it to be that much better than what was served in the MDR - certainly didn't justify the additional charge. Entertainment was VERY good. Chris the Flying Scotsman is an excellent Cruise Director. Full of personality and very talented. The shows Motown and Flick were really, really good. My favorite entertainment is comedy; therefore, I LOVED the Punchliner comedians. Caroline Piccard and Just June were both outstanding! Due to the fact that the Burgundy Lounge is larger than some of the other ships' comedy venues, it was easier to get a seat for the shows. That is a big plus. We had signed up for a Meet and Mingle through Cruise Critic, and we received an invitation in our cabin to attend it. Carnival had it set-up in meeting room Chamber 2. A couple of the members of the Entertainment Staff dropped in to meet us. Carnival provided danish, coffee, tea and juice. They, also, provided 2 ships-on-a-stick and 2 bottles of bubbly. Not very many of those who signed-up actually attended. We did a drawing for the Carnival-provided prizes. We scheduled excursions in Belize and Cozumel, but since the beach at Mahogany Bay is so nice, we did not book one for Roatan. We took the True Belizean Foodie Tour, and we had a great time. Kenny G was very entertaining. We were supposed to take the All Inclusive Isla Pasion by Twister excursion in Cozumel, but due to high winds, it was canceled. Instead, we chose Mexican Fiesta: Eat, Drink, Dance. It was fun. We enjoyed most of the excursion - the lunch, Mariachi Band, and dancers were excellent. Unfortunately, it was raining so hard that we opted not to walk to the bakery for dessert. Alex was an excellent tour guide, and he made sure that we all got into taxis to take us back to the ship. Debarkation in New Orleans did not go quite as smoothly as did Embarkation, but we have been through far worse. Unfortunately, there were a number of passengers who did not follow directions, which created the issue. Going through customs was a breeze. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We have been on the Dream before, I think about 5 years ago and at the time, I said the ship was too Big, and I didn't want to go on it again, but Our Home Plate Restaurant and the Arkansas Razorback Club were going on the Dream ... Read More
We have been on the Dream before, I think about 5 years ago and at the time, I said the ship was too Big, and I didn't want to go on it again, but Our Home Plate Restaurant and the Arkansas Razorback Club were going on the Dream with about 180 people and a lot of friends. We went and had a real fun time. One thing we felt, the sound system in the Encore is way too loud. The theater is on Decks 3,4 and 5, and we sat in the Top row of Deck 5 and it was still too loud. We left a couple of times because it was too loud. My other complaint, they didn't have good Dance Music for the "old" folks. My disappointment was we did not get an invitation to the Meet and Greet, which we have always gotten before. This was my 21st Cruise and we have 22 coming up in January going Southern Caribbean on Royal Caribbean. Looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
I chose this cruise because I was a participant of the $100k Slot Tournament. I really liked the ship and even though there seemed to be a lot of people on this cruise, it never really felt overcrowded. The cruise director, Chris the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I was a participant of the $100k Slot Tournament. I really liked the ship and even though there seemed to be a lot of people on this cruise, it never really felt overcrowded. The cruise director, Chris the Flying Scotsman, was quite amazing. He is a very talented individual and does quite well as a cruise director. I was happy with the activities on the ship. We had a change in the itinerary which was a let down but our safety came first. We went to Progresso instead of Belize. Progresso was quite disappointing!! I loved Honduras and Cozumel. In Cozumel, I spent the day at Mr. Sanchos and they delivered!! It was nice. In Honduras, I did the monkey and parrot tour in the forest. That was also fun!! Now for negatives: Our cabin steward was very, very unfriendly. This is my first time with a cabin steward who just did not seem to be very happy. I know it wasn't us because we are quite neat and there really isn't a lot of cleaning up after us other than linen changes. He just seemed to be a genuinely unhappy person. We gave out candy gift bags and his expression was priceless. He did not want a gift bag, whereas the other cabin stewards/helpers on the floor were quite happy to receive the candy. I found the dining room service to be quite slow and the waiters just didn't seem to be that customer service oriented. You could see when the food was brought out but the waiters would let it sit for a long time before providing your plate. Most times, our food was cold. Last, I was a little disappointed with the customer service desk....some, not all, were not very customer oriented at all. I was a witness to one of the customer service reps. debating with another guest. Some of them were very lackluster!!! Overall, everything else about this cruise was quite nice!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
My sister and I had a great first time on the Carnival Dream (first time on Carnival too). The staff were great, balcony room all good, and there were many activities on board. The Cruise Director Chris Williams ("The Flying ... Read More
My sister and I had a great first time on the Carnival Dream (first time on Carnival too). The staff were great, balcony room all good, and there were many activities on board. The Cruise Director Chris Williams ("The Flying Scotsman") was absolutely awesome, he went above and beyond to give everyone the personal touch. He is also an amazing singer and entertainer! The food was a little bland for us, which was a surprise, but the selection was great and it all tasted good. The excursions were also fun and a great deal. All in all a great trip. The 'Twister' slide was a lot of fun and seemed to last a really long time with all the twists and turns! The shows were excellently done with a super high-energy and a very talented team. There were many different activities onboard to choose from, though Sis and I preferred to lounge quietly on our balcony many times. It is a great plus to have free room service! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
This was my first cruise. I had a great time. The room steward we had was absolutely the best and went out of their way to make our voyage fantastic. Entertainment was amazing. Only issue I had with the food was the blandness they tend ... Read More
This was my first cruise. I had a great time. The room steward we had was absolutely the best and went out of their way to make our voyage fantastic. Entertainment was amazing. Only issue I had with the food was the blandness they tend to need to fix it to accommodate the most food tastes. While the food was bland it was good. The dining room had a different menu every night (other than a few same items including desserts). The buffet was pretty standard stuff. The other restaurants and specialty food was amazing. The real negative was the unlimited soda package I purchased. I will never do it on a Carnival ship unless they make changes. You need to go a ways to get soda, which I could have lived with, but the closest bar to our stateroom was the casino. I think the shortest time I had to wait before service was at least 5 minutes. Never got more than 3-4 sodas the whole trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
My wife and I were recently on the Carnival Triumph for a cruise out of New Orleans arriving in two ports, Cozumel and Progreso. I’ve been on 14 cruises, and this was my third on Carnival, and second on the Triumph. We traveled with my ... Read More
My wife and I were recently on the Carnival Triumph for a cruise out of New Orleans arriving in two ports, Cozumel and Progreso. I’ve been on 14 cruises, and this was my third on Carnival, and second on the Triumph. We traveled with my brother and my sister-in-law, who uses a wheelchair. We had a great time. The Triumph is not my favorite ship. There are dead-end issues on several of the public decks. There is no connecting promenade on the promenade deck. There is a god-awful giant television set on the Lido deck, although they have toned it down a little since 2010. The decor is kind of hideous and dark, but really who cares? You can have a great vacation there; I’m just being a little picky. There are several lounges aft of the casino, but the dense putrid cigarette smoke stench spoils them. The elevators seem to be small compared to those on other ships. Public restrooms are also an issue. The Lido Deck has only one mens room. That’s a deck with a buffet restaurant, three bars and a specialty coffee outlet. Check in at the Erato Street Cruise Terminal was very efficient and went off without a hitch. The South Beach buffet restaurant on the Lido Deck was very crowded, but we managed. We all enjoyed the food. If you’re expecting Commander’s Palace, you will be disappointed (as you will be on any reasonably priced cruise). Carnival’s food is as good as that of Royal Caribbean and Norwegian in my opinion. I really liked the Indian vegetarian choices, which were available every night. Our waiters in the Paris Dining Room were great and went the extra mile for us always without fail. The entertainment is low brow, so jazz is out. Actually, anyone playing a horn is apparently out. No reggae bands by the pool on at sea days or on port departure, which was uniquely bad and disappointing. I did catch a steel drum player on the final at sea day playing a short set. There is really no place for the band to set up. Did I mention the idiotic giant TV? Having said that, Carnival piped in fantastic jazz music every night in the Paris Dining Room. Hats off to whoever did that! Carnival has too much loud incomprehensible chatter public announcements and audience participation stuff. It is hard to have any peace. The poolside bars are great and the bartenders are very efficient. The drinks are generally good, although for some reason they do not stock Johnnie Walker Black Label scotch. The atrium bar was unusual in my opinion, as the bartenders seemed to be all rookies. One served my a scotch and soda in a collins glass, and seemed confused by the term “soda.” Usually the bartenders in a bar in that position are the old pros. I had about three or four drinks there over the cruise, and there was loud propaganda blaring out about three of the times. It seemed like the cruise analog to the Korean DMZ except praising art auctions and jewelry instead of the Dear Leader. Our cabin (7401) a balcony room on Deck 7 aft was very nice and well appointed. Although I do not particularly like the Triumph, that does not apply to the cabins. Our cabin steward was excellent. We really liked the Puerta Maya shopping terminal, which has grown over the years. I had not been at that particular dock in Cozumel since maybe 2003. It is very nice and we enjoyed the restaurant and store called Pancho’s Backyard...very relaxing and convenient for someone in a wheelchair. We took the Chichén Itzá excursion we arranged from Carnival. My wife and I enjoyed it immensely. Well worth the money and time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
This cruise was a "Kick in the Pants FUN" there were five in our group and we had an amazing time. We made the most of every moment and found ourselves so tired that sleeping was literally a dream...pardon the pun. ... Read More
This cruise was a "Kick in the Pants FUN" there were five in our group and we had an amazing time. We made the most of every moment and found ourselves so tired that sleeping was literally a dream...pardon the pun. I've read many of the reviews that were negative on this site and yes we had some negatives too. But, if that's your personal focus then that is the experience your hang on to. We choose to laugh and enjoy the good! So our cruise was simply amazing for all the attributes that Carnival gives. Our negatives: 1. Tipping at the end of the cruise. We were basically misled by the leaders at dinner. We were told needed to tip cash at the end of the cruise because that's how our stewards and servers make their salaries. I knew that was a fishy statement.. Our accounts were charged $77 each to cover tipping. 2. Long lines are going to happen PERIOD. That is the experience and we knew this. 3. More time at Ports of Call would have been nice. 4. Excursions: We chose bus tours due to elderly family. We needed more time to shop and explore. You cannot do much in 15 minutes. Also....they take you to their friends stores and give you a mini "Buy Here Speech". The push spending money were they steer you. 5. Desserts SUCK. Chocolate Melting cake is to die for yummy. MUST DO's 1. Join the SPA retreat. Worth every Penny! SO GOOD. Do it! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
My husband and I had taken this cruise many years ago from a different port and ended up avoiding a hurricane at the time. We could not go to Cozumel because the docks were blown out so stayed out to sea for an extra day. We had been to ... Read More
My husband and I had taken this cruise many years ago from a different port and ended up avoiding a hurricane at the time. We could not go to Cozumel because the docks were blown out so stayed out to sea for an extra day. We had been to this port previously on another cruise so weren't affected or disappointed. Safety first! We thought that this time we would rebook the cruise to see the sights we had missed in Roatan and Belize so travelled to New Orleans for the Carnival "Dream". We booked an excursion for Belize but unfortunately it was cancelled and we could not go because of hurricane Nate. Safety first! When we stopped in Mahogany Bay, we were told that there was no bus to town but could take a taxi. There is a hop on/off offered but it only makes one stop which is the east end & west end with no stops in the town. We did find out that there was a local bus but then got caught in a torrential rain storm so headed back to the ship. Our stop in Cozumel was not where we had docked previously but at Carnival's port just outside of town along with four other Carnival ships. Busy, busy We do not join in on the activities but did enjoy the entertainment which was very entertaining with high energy and great choreography.The food was very good and had good service in the restaurant and the buffet. Our ship was delayed returning to New Orleans by a day because of the hurricane. The Captain kept us informed on a regular basis as to our arrival and deportation which was very smooth for us, with taking our own luggage off. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
PROS: - Embarkation and Debarkation - both fast and efficient. We were prepared for a very long wait and a slow process so maybe that helped us view it as a more positive experience in the end. - Food - all around delicious! Again, ... Read More
PROS: - Embarkation and Debarkation - both fast and efficient. We were prepared for a very long wait and a slow process so maybe that helped us view it as a more positive experience in the end. - Food - all around delicious! Again, we went in with rather low expectations and came out extremely pleased. - Service - all around outstanding. Almost every interaction was positive. - Cruise Director - Chris Williams was amazing - B-Low - I am not sure how to spell his name but B-Low was part of the fun squad and I enjoyed him almost as much as I enjoyed Chris. He ran all of the Bingo games and even though we never played bingo we enjoyed watching him lead the games. - Entertainment - really enjoyed the shows in the evenings and the multiple show times allowing flexibility when eating dinner - YTD - really loved having YTD. Allowed us to eat when we wanted and only had a long wait on the first night. - Cleanliness - I can’t imagine the effort it takes to clean up after 4000 people on vacation (I am assuming people are even messier on vacation) but somehow the crew did this. The deck and most public areas were always spotless - especially the bathrooms! - Hub App - so convenient, enjoyed having the schedule and other info right there on my phone (for free) - Muster Drill - Super fast and well organized. Our station was in the encore lounge. We were in and out in about 30 or 45mins. - Ship Layout - took us a couple days to figure out where everything was but that was part of the fun! - Beach Towel Checkout - I LOVED being able to check out new towels on the Lido deck and in the Serenity area and then check them back in so we didn’t have to tote them back and forth from our room. An automated system where they just swiped your S&S card would be better though than the worker having to write down everything by hand. CONS: - Water - Basically just tasted real bad. Will probably invest in ordering a few packs of water to our room next time. I would be interested in a Beverage Plan that included only unlimited bottled water. - Ports/Excursions - this is not really Carnival’s fault but nevertheless we did not have great experiences at the ports - Cabin Decor - I didn’t care for the decor of the Dream in general and the dark colors in the cabin make it feel even smaller than it is. From what I have seen RC and NCL do a much better job with decor. - [lack of] Conditioner - Doesn’t seem like it would be too hard to add this to the showers and my hair would really appreciate it - no coffee maker in the cabins - I would really have liked to have that so I could make my own in the mornings and not have to worry about ordering room service. It would also be nice to have it in the evenings without having to walk to the Lido Deck - Additional Fees - It would be nice if all the additional fees and gratuities were automatically included in the cost instead of being added on later. It would make it easier to plan and budget. -Pools and Lounge Chairs - The pool on the lido was so small and the chairs were always full (either with people or towels). Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our first time on the Triumph. Even though the ship is dated, we had a great time relaxing. As always the staff was great and we had no problems during our Sep 17 cruise. We went with an interior cabin since we do not spend a ... Read More
This was our first time on the Triumph. Even though the ship is dated, we had a great time relaxing. As always the staff was great and we had no problems during our Sep 17 cruise. We went with an interior cabin since we do not spend a lot of time in it and would rather spend the money other places. The food was good and not having to cook or clean makes it even better. We ate at each of the dining locations. The lines can get pretty long but if you pay a litte attention to the time it is easy top avoid the rush. I hit the casino a few times. Broke even which is always good. Bar service was pretty quick given the amount of people playing around 5PM. Lido deck and pool area was clean and never had any issues finding two chairs. The waiters were great as usual. They knew us by name even if we changed locations on them. We did not do any shore excursions since we had been to both ports. The only issue, which really was not that big of a deal was when we docked in Cozumel. I huge rain storm started as soon as clearance was given to hop off the ship. People just stood in the way instead of getting stepping to the side for folks like use how were not concerned with getting wet. There were lots of adults splashing in the puddles. We have 100+ days of crusing on Carnival. We always have a great time whether we go with or without the kids. The value for the money and the staff is what keeps us coming back. We currently have two future crusies booked with Carnival in 2018. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
First cruise for me and my husband and I have to say that cruising on the Carnival Triumph was amazing! We chose this cruise because it was leaving out of New Orleans and neither one of us had been there. Getting through security was a ... Read More
First cruise for me and my husband and I have to say that cruising on the Carnival Triumph was amazing! We chose this cruise because it was leaving out of New Orleans and neither one of us had been there. Getting through security was a bit slow but considering there were 3,500 people cruising with us, it was understandable. We had an interior stateroom, which was located on the Empress Deck. Despite not having windows it was roomy and nice. Our steward was Bukhari and he was very friendly, every morning he would greet my husband and I with a smile and call us by name. The dining rooms were beautiful and it was a great opportunity to meet other couples on the cruise. The wait staff was friendly and attentive for the most part, we only had one waiter that disappointed us. Cozumel was beautiful and the snorkeling excursion was a lot of fun! I recommend this cruise to everyone and can't wait to go again! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Chose this cruise because hadn't been on one for a few years an seemed like a good itinerary even tho I wasnt that impressed with Cozumel last time I went. Sailed out of New Orleans - Belize and Mahogany Bay were EXCELLENT! the zip ... Read More
Chose this cruise because hadn't been on one for a few years an seemed like a good itinerary even tho I wasnt that impressed with Cozumel last time I went. Sailed out of New Orleans - Belize and Mahogany Bay were EXCELLENT! the zip line in Mahogany Bay and the swimming with the sharks and rays in Belize were both great excursions - the guides for both were great - can't say enough about how good they all were. unfortunately can't say the same for the food in the main dining room which was mediocre at best both times we went. The Steakhouse was much better even tho there was an extra fee as was the Bonsai Sushi restaurant. We stayed in cabin 9472 which was an aft extended view balcony - will definitely stay in one of those again. Had heard that the aft balconies generally ended up covered in soot but never once had that problem or excessive rocking from being at the back. Loved the large curved balcony as well. Size of the room could have been a bit bigger but can't really complain much about that either. Room steward was great, any entertainment we took in was great as well. Hate to keep using the word great over and over again but can't really describe it any other way lol Was disappointed that every time I went to the spa the technicians(or whatever they're called) would try to guilt me into buying some ridiculously expensive products afterwards by telling me what was wrong with my skin or nails or muscles and if I didn't buy their products and start taking care of the "problems" now I would be sorry later. I'm 51 now and expect to have some signs of aging so that sort of thing doesn't bother me - certainly not enough to spend nearly $1000 or more for the stuff they all suggested I get. But other than that I loved the cruise over all - much more than the last one I took on the Paradise, possibly because this was a much bigger ship. The Serenity area was probably my favorite part even tho it was a bit close to where the waterslides started and that did tend to interrupt the quiet from time to time. Not enough to completely ruin catching rays tho haha. Embarkation and debarkation went without a hitch - can't even complain about the lines - stayed in New Orleans for a couple days after we got back. Would definitely recommend going on this ship! Joesey/sailing~wench Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our 5th time on the Dream. It is one of my favorite ships. We stayed in an interior cabin because we like the cost and the darkness while sleeping. We are in the cabin very little. Basically only to sleep and shower. The food was ... Read More
This was our 5th time on the Dream. It is one of my favorite ships. We stayed in an interior cabin because we like the cost and the darkness while sleeping. We are in the cabin very little. Basically only to sleep and shower. The food was fine, and I enjoy the Guy's burgers, the Burrito bar and all the choices at the dining room. We always pick anytime dining when it is just my wife and me. The entertainment was good, and I especially enjoyed Flick and the Rock show, but it was all good. Our cabin steward was very attentive and took care of any special needs we had. We did a back to back so we were on the ship for 14 days. I would tell people that unless you have a special reason for going to Montego Bay or an excursion you specifically want, it's definitely a place to skip and stay on board. We did the Mexican Fiesta excursion on our last stop to Cozumel and it was a lot of fun. I really enjoy Carnival's people and service. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We sailed on the Triumph only because it was a convenient port for my traveling companions but the entire experience was just great! My friend has to use a scooter, and everyone was so helpful and made her experience so enjoyable, from ... Read More
We sailed on the Triumph only because it was a convenient port for my traveling companions but the entire experience was just great! My friend has to use a scooter, and everyone was so helpful and made her experience so enjoyable, from getting around the ship to dining. The food and shows were over the top. I saw the best onboard show ever during our cruise, and was treated to a delicious steakhouse steak. The highlight for me however was my on my own snorkel trip to Playa Uvas. For fifteen dollars you can have snorkel lessons and equipment, use of kayaks, and a free drink. For $20 more you can drink all you want for two hours! Felippe will film you with a zillion beautiful fish and then of course you will want to buy a CD of it....bargain if you want, but it is worth every penny! The cab ride there is $6 per person. I will plan as many future trips as possible to include Cozumel and will go to my favorite spot every time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We arrived in New Orleans a few days ahead, which was great for us. FYI Bourbon street is under construction. We stayed at the Drury Inn,which was a great choice. The staff were excellent & they have cocktail hour with appetizers ... Read More
We arrived in New Orleans a few days ahead, which was great for us. FYI Bourbon street is under construction. We stayed at the Drury Inn,which was a great choice. The staff were excellent & they have cocktail hour with appetizers every nite. They also have popcorn & sodas every eve also. You can actually make this your dinner, there is so much We had a scheduled embarkation time of 11-11:30. When we arrived at the port the porters were ready for us. They told us exactly where to go in the terminal & once we were checked in, all zones were boarding, so we walked right on the ship. We made our first visit to Guys Burgers. Excellent as usual, with really no waiting. We carry our bathing suits in our carry on, so we changed in the bathroom by the pool & took a dip. The cabins were ready as promised by 1:30. We always get a balcony & we were on the ninth deck. To our surprise the bathroom seemed a little larger & recently renovated. The cabin seemed a little larger due to the arrangement of extra furniture for a third person, which we didn't have. Our room steward introduced himself shortly after check in, but something new , he only cleaned our cabin 1x daily & we rarely saw him. We had asked for a table with several people by the window. We got a table for 2 in the middle of the dining room . Never saw the maitre de to try & switch it. Food was ok but disappointed but we never had lobster but had prime rib 2 nites. Our wait staff wasn't the best but ok. We always go to the dining room for breakfast also. The eggs benedict were great & sea day brunches were good also. The shows have definitely improved & the comedians were great also.The cruise director was not very engaging around the ship. We also enjoyed Chopsticks for lunch, with a variety of Asian food & the fellows were great. I liked to try a little of everything & they were very accommodating. The deli is also good for lunch. If all else fails we go for Pizza. The ports of call were nice. We had been to Cozumel before so we went to the Ocean Club Beach. Not so nice of a beach & they charge just to sit under an umbrella on the beach . We took a fun excursion in Progresso to Merida & Ixtumal . The only problem was the van was very tight quarters for anyone over 5 feet tall. Disembarkation was also very painless . As we walk off our luggage. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our first time on the Triumph and we had an Aft-Extended Balcony. The cabin and balcony itself were both wonderful. But our location, Deck 6, was not the wisest choice in hindsight. We were right above the Rio Lounge and they ... Read More
This was our first time on the Triumph and we had an Aft-Extended Balcony. The cabin and balcony itself were both wonderful. But our location, Deck 6, was not the wisest choice in hindsight. We were right above the Rio Lounge and they had loud late night entertainment which bled very loudly up to our cabin making it difficult for us to sleep since we are not night owls. I have only myself to blame for not realizing our cabin location before setting sail. I have learned my lesson about choosing a cabin. We were somewhat disappointed with the quality of the food this cruise. It did not come up to par to the other cruises we have taken. Thank goodness for the Blue Iguana and the Deli. They were my top two choices. The service in the main dining room leaved much room for improvement also. The first night it seemed like it took forever for us to get our food. And my pet peeve is being forced to smell someone else's cigarette smoke. When walking on the Promenade deck you aren't able to walk very far before being overtaken by the smoke. I really do wish Carnival would be more sensitive to their non-smoking passengers. But I suppose they care more about making money in their casinos than the health of their passengers. With all of that being said, I still would sail on the Triumph again because I learned how to avoid the smoke and where to eat. The rest of the ship was great and I had no complaints whatsoever. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Let's start by saying ,we came a day earlier than our scheduled cruise. We stayed at the Crown Plaza Hotel in New Orleans . This hotel is not far from the cruise parking garage, Fulton Parking. They have a shuttle to the port . Our ... Read More
Let's start by saying ,we came a day earlier than our scheduled cruise. We stayed at the Crown Plaza Hotel in New Orleans . This hotel is not far from the cruise parking garage, Fulton Parking. They have a shuttle to the port . Our ship is the Carnival Dream. Once we get to the port,now it's embarkation time. Standing in line ,not knowing if you are in the right line. No signs ,then finally someone comes and states if this is your check in time , go to another line. This is so unorganized. They need to find a better way to do this. Once inside the building things went pretty fast to enter the ship. Yay! We were in cove cabin, 2309. Loved our room. Because we would go thru rough waters,balcony was not accessible until Monday. There was a shortage of crew because of previous hurricane. There also was sewage problem on the 2nd level. Order was stronger near the laundry room. FOOD: Guy's burgers were great ! Lido restaurants were disappointing, food not so good. Encore entertainment disappointing because lack of performances and performers. This is a 7 day cruise. We spent more time on the balcony. Excursions: Bamboo Beach Club: disappointing, looks like something someone threw together at the beach. The best part was the unlimited number of drinks, because the food was not good. All in all the cruise was 3 star. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We were looking for a short getaway (4 days) with my 16 yr old son and his friend. We chose the Triumph because port was out of New Orleans which was only 2 hrs from home. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on the boat and in our suite by ... Read More
We were looking for a short getaway (4 days) with my 16 yr old son and his friend. We chose the Triumph because port was out of New Orleans which was only 2 hrs from home. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on the boat and in our suite by 12:30. We did have priority so it made things alot easier. We were in stateroom 7326. I will review that in my cabin review. But in short, I had no issues at all. Many people complain about the Triumph being dated and needing work. In my opinion, they really have too much time on their hands. The boat in my eyes was clean, presentable, and beautiful. I didn't smell the sewer odor that people speak of. I guess if I had to complain about anything, it would be that I would suggest more food options on the buffet on the Lido deck. Other than that, I enjoyed everything the ship had to offer. I signed the kids up for Club O2 and they had a blast. Made some new friends and were able to pretty much stay out of our hair. Their was an incident with my son's friend. He slipped coming in from outside into the lobby on deck 11 and managed to hit his head on the wall in front of him causing a laceration to his head. He was immediately rushed to the medical office and tended to. He did have to have stitches. I will say that I am very impressed with the medical service.They also did not charge us for these services. We were taken care of and checked up on daily. Our room steward was Arturo, he was excellent. Knew our names and never let us down. Anything we asked for, he provided. All the staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful. Many people complain about the pool sizes. They weren't olympic size pools but the guest seemed to be enjoying themselves with no problems. My husband and I aren't really big time pool people, so this was a non factor for us. The one downside to the cruise was by no means the fault of Carnival. On the Saturday night, we started feeling the boat sway a little more than normal. We were watching a show in the Rome Lounge and it got so bad that I told my husband I needed to go back to the cabin because I was feeling sick. He said he felt the same. Within an hour the boat was rocking and swaying really bad. We knew that it was due to Hurricane Irma. This is the chance you take when you book during Hurricane season. There were many people who were able to still enjoy the cruise. But my husband and I were pretty much confined to the suite for the entire day on Sunday. The waves didn't settle down until around midnight on Sunday. Like I stated before, anyone who blames this on Carnival is being unfair. I enjoyed the cruise, and will be back with Carnival as well as Triumph. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our first cruise so we have nothing to compare to. We had heard everything under the sun about cruising. I knew it would probably go one of two ways really well or our last. When people say you cant tell your on a ship, you can. ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we have nothing to compare to. We had heard everything under the sun about cruising. I knew it would probably go one of two ways really well or our last. When people say you cant tell your on a ship, you can. The movement is hard to describe it was like a train ride to us you can tell you are on a moving vessel but its not to the point of distraction. The ship we thought was in pretty good condition for its age the décor you could tell was outdated but very clean. The staff were all great and everywhere we went they were trying to help. Leigh kept everyone entertained throughout the cruise. I don't know how he does it. He was going 110% at every activity. Overall we came to the conclusion that we would definitely take another cruise. We would not get a cabin in the rear of the ship (we always felt a shutter in our room) and a balcony is a must. Also we wouldn't bring our children until the are a little older I saw parents with small children that looked exhausted by debarkation. I would definitely take this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
Overall the ship does need some repairs. We had a water leak in our room and it smelled bad but the cabin steward and the guest services manager did everything they could to make us comfortable including trying to dry the water with a ... Read More
Overall the ship does need some repairs. We had a water leak in our room and it smelled bad but the cabin steward and the guest services manager did everything they could to make us comfortable including trying to dry the water with a fan. It didn't work but they tried. The cabin steward, Edik, was great. Went out of his way to make us feel welcome. He even left us a note recognizing our anniversary. This has never happened on any ship and we always cruise around our anniversary. Our Waiter an dinner was the best. Her name was Fransiska. She also went out of her way to make us feel welcome. Brought us a special dessert to help celebrate our anniversary and she and 2 other waiters sang to us. It was really sweet. The food was good also. The staff who served drinks were great. Always smiling. Read Less
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