279 Carnival Triumph Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

This was my 1st cruise, approx Jan 25 or 26, 2018 for a late birthday present and a friends wedding. Carnival Triumph will be the Carnival Sunrise starting later this year. As my review title states, I hated it!!!! I was sick from the ... Read More
This was my 1st cruise, approx Jan 25 or 26, 2018 for a late birthday present and a friends wedding. Carnival Triumph will be the Carnival Sunrise starting later this year. As my review title states, I hated it!!!! I was sick from the time I got on until I left, even though I was taking dramamine since I got sick. Actually 5 / 8 of us were sick. We stood outside in the cold for longer than necessary while they tried to get everyone there so they can go over the safety equipment. The ship rocked uncontrollably the whole enter time. So bad that during the the rest of the trip, everyone was walking around trying to keep our balance, holding their plates because they were sliding during our meals and some of us couldn't eat because we got sick while in the dining area. They confiscated drinks on the 1st day, from 2 of my friends checked bag and one was my roommate. However they didn't take it out of mine. I complained to front desk as soon as we noticed my roommate didn't have hers and they 1st returned her 6 pack of soda. it. So I complained again about the wine not being returned and I guess after the security guard realized that he couldn't intimidated me, we got it back, My other friend wasn't so lucky during her stay, but upon her leaving they gave her a bottle of wine from their collection. Our ocean view cabin was partially obstructed and the picked bedding wasn't what was picked. They told us that they didn't have any other rooms available and gave us chocolate covered strawberries to make good on the inconvenience. While on the cruise, it was rumors that a lady went overboard in Mexico a cruise or 2 before ours and they still hadn't found her, a rumor that another lady feel off her balcony and died, and another rumor stating the boat was rocking so bad because the stabilizer was broke. When it was time to check out, I questioned the rumor about the stabilizer and complained about my stay, I was told that it was fine, it was just windy. NOT only did I complain to carnival, but also to my agent and I wasn't offered anything for all of the inconveniences even though I requested it and advised that I am a travel agent that books cruises for Carnival. Needless to say, I will never go on another Carnival Cruise and won't book for them anymore unless client request.. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
First Off, I want to say I've went and read some reviews about the same cruise I sailed on, and I absolutely hate that my fellow cruisers did not seem to have the same experience that I did. I travel a good bit, so here is something ... Read More
First Off, I want to say I've went and read some reviews about the same cruise I sailed on, and I absolutely hate that my fellow cruisers did not seem to have the same experience that I did. I travel a good bit, so here is something to keep in mind, not everything is going to go perfect, you are on vacation, just go with the flow. My second advice to someone reading this is, most people who take the time to make reviews, its usually because of a bad experience. So on the opposite end of the spectrum, I'm leaving an amazing review, because I just got back from a trip of a lifetime! I'm a 21 Year old female, and disabled, and traveled with two other girls my age. We were coming for my best friends 23rd birthday, and I know it's not a birthday she will ever forget. We drove from South Carolina to New Orleans, we stopped 3 times for about 30 minutes each time and in total the drive was about 13 hours long. It wasn't a bad drive though, we enjoy road trips! And the fall colors on the leaves were gorgeous. We had made plans to visit Bourbon Street, but upon arriving, since it was only us ladies we decided against it, just being cautious. However, we did do some shopping the night before we boarded at the French Quarter Market Place. I got a couple of gorgeous bags that I am so in love with. We stayed at the Knights Inn, which wasn't much, but it was cheap, and I didn't feel my safety was in jeopardy at any point which was the main thing for us. We took an Uber to the Market place because we planned on drinking. And drinking I did, i highly recommend the Voo-Doo Juice! Careful it sneaks up on you. Enjoy! I had previously sailed on the Carnival Victory in February, I found New Orleans Port Of Call Much easier as far as departure. We had our car unloaded, my wheelchair unpacked and set up, made it through customs, in less than a hour and we had NOT purchased the faster to the fun package. We were one of the first ones on the ship, and our room was ready within a hour. Please keep in mind when you are sailing to read your full cruise documents. I'm a planner. You can take one 12 pack of soda on board per guest. you can also bring one bottle of wine on board per guest. Take advantage of this! Now I have two complaints about this cruise. None ruined my vacation, dont go on a vacation with a mind set to let it be ruined. on my previous cruise our cabin had a pull down bed like the top of a bunk bed. this time our cabin (a balcony 1006) had a trundle bed. which in my opinion is a cot. It's not something you will find me sleeping on. We took our issue to guest services and sadly they weren't able to move us. So we shoved the twin beds together and made a queen, we all shared it with plenty of room. Was it ideal? no. But we were on vacation, we weren't going to let something as petty as this 'ruin' a cruise. Besides, I didn't sleep much anyway. As an apology from Carnival, they sent us chocolate covered strawberries later in the week along with a very tasty bottle of wine that we all enjoyed immensely. Was it needed to make up for our slight inconvenience? Not really. But it was nice knowing Carnival cared. With that being said, that was the only complaint about our room. i love deck 10 because of how easy it is for me to get to the smoking area! our stateroom was immaculately cleaned in my opinion. Ofcourse, I'm not a very picky person. Something I love about Carnival? Their specialty drinks! I had been dreaming about the Strawberry Daiquiris from our last ship (when I turned 21) since the day I disembarked my last cruise. I know restaurants by how good their daiquiris are, and for some reason, no one can hit it on the head like carnival! One of the first things i got on the ship was one of those amazing drinks. i had actually worried that i had built them up so much in my mind that i would find myself disappointed. that was not the case, just as amazing as I remember. That night we celebrated my best friends birthday in the main dining room (on our last cruise we did anytime dining, and i will never do that again. i absolutely loved dinner every night.) they sang to her and brought her a special birthday treat, that i was actually impressed with. Considering I'm a baker with a specialty in elaborate cake decorating, thats saying something. Also our amazing steward, wrote a special birthday note to my best friend on the mirror in our stateroom, which just like everything he did was amazing! His name was John, easily remembered since it was my baby nephews name, and he was awesome at everything. if i could request him again, I would! I have nothing but good things to say about the dining room. I had steak, ribs, pork chop, grilled chicken, and steak again. Everything was amazing, I miss the food soo much! Our servers were awesome, they let me bring sodas from my room. They even learned to just bring me a cup of ice. They knew us by name. And we had two shows on our 5 night cruise that always made my night. My second complaint, I did not enjoy the comedians routine. On our last cruise, the comedian had us practically crying we were laughing so hard. This guy.. he wasn't the worst I've ever seen, but he was far from the best. He ripped into the crowd more than anything, as if he didn't have material prepared. And when he would find a funny joke the crowd responded to he would keep repeating it over and over until it wasn't funny anymore.. But it wasn't a big deal, we got up, and made a graceful exit. No big deal. I did notice alot of my fellow cruisers doing the same. We didn't return. That night we really enjoyed sailing down the Mississippi. It was a different experience, and I treasure those. It's the little things in life. As usual on our cruises, I'm the first one up and out of the cabin in the mornings and the last one in at nighttime. I'm a night person. So the next morning I got up, got dressed and went out for breakfast. Which was spectacular as I remembered. Sometimes the lines are a little lengthy, but they pass quickly. Now someone who is disabled like myself may appreciate the knowledge of how helpful carnival is when it comes to that. Going into my first cruise i had no clue what to expect. When i stand in line, when i make it up to the actual plates a crew member is right there waiting to see if i need any assistance. Sometimes i take them up on the offer immediately. When I politely decline (when I'm feeling rather independent) , it's not 2 minutes later when another crew member is coming up and offering to help as well. They are so sweet. One morning, within a 5 minute span i had 4 different crew members offer their assistance, I kept declining because I had a friend with me, and then a manager walked up and took my plate and fixed anything I wanted. It's very appreciated. After breakfast I headed to the seminar about excursions available (we had one booked for Cozumel Mexico, but not for Yucatan (Progreso). When you went in, you put your name in a raffle, you have to be present to win. And I won an excursion! Thanks Carnival! Ill get back to that. Now two weeks prior to my cruise, i had surgery on my right wrist. the day before heading to New Orleans i was removed from my cast and put in a brace to continue healing. My first full day on the cruise, which was a full day at sea i could finally wash it! So naturally I was out of the brace when I was taking a shower. Well our ship was very rocky, it was not Carnivals fault. We were traveling during hurricane season, we knew there was a good chance of us having to travel around storms, and we did. Well, the ship rocked, and i fell. i caught myself, on my bad wrist. By time my roomies got to me, i was begging them to chop my arm off. I winded up in the infirmary, and they put me in a cast. Something i had not realized that medical is extra priced, and they dont accept insurances. Because my injury was boat related they, my service was free of charge, which i wept tears of joy about. I do realize they were covering themselves from a lawsuit. I wouldn't have sued, it wasn't their fault I had recently had surgery. But not having that charge was a big deal to me and I was very appreciative. The doctors and nurses were amazing, and fixed me right up. Thankfully when i got home, i found out it wasn't broken. just a traumatic, very painful sprain due to the recent surgery. The cast they put me in greatly reduced the pain and then I went on to get ready for Formal night. (the next day i got a letter from guest services, apologizing for my injury and letting me know if i needed anything all i had to do was call.. then the day after that guest services called and checked up on me and repeated the same. They didn't have to do that, but i really felt like carnival cared.) As far as sea sickness goes, look into pressure point wrist bands, highly recommended! you can get them for a dollar on eBay or amazon! i used that and took Dramamine as a preventative and had no issues. Sadly I met a friend on the boat who really struggled with this, and green apples really seemed to help him. Formal night is so much fun to me, I really felt like a princess. Coming from a small town we dont get the opportunity to dress up like that often. Thanks for another great experience. Another tip I would like to extend, make friends on your cruise. there are tons of people on board, You've got to like somebody.. I'm a people person anyway so this has never really been an issue with me. But we made amazing cruise friends that night, and we were with them for the remainder of the cruise. They made our cruise! And we are still in contact and have made what I think is very valuable friendships at this point. There Was a guy we called Jesus, who was amazing at Karaoke! He also turned out to be my first mate on Halloween but I will get back to that! Our first excursion was Isla Passion By Twister In Cozumel. Our New Friends- The New & Improved Johnny Bravo & Curly Top Were On It. We took a jet boat over to the private isla passion beach (our friends took a catamaran if a slower boat is more your pace). Everything was amazing. The food, open bar, the boat ride. They told us the water wasn't as clear as normal because of the storms that had recently hit, but that wasn't a big deal. We were able to leave our belongings in our chair while we swam without a worry. We had so much fun. We had surprised the birthday girl with this, and she loved it. When we got back, we did a little shopping and then headed back to our ship. I love Halloween! It's my second favorite holiday! And when your sailing in the Caribbean on Halloween, people you have to be a pirate. Our new friend Jesus agreed and actually let me do a pirate makeup on him that night. We winded up making rounds on the boat asking other pirates to join our crew, all they had to do was take a picture. I got an amazing Polaroid collection that night! (Please keep in mind the Polaroid camera is mine and not a service of Carnival!) The Halloween decorations were on point, and not to scary for the little ones. I'm not a mother and I didn't have children traveling with me, but I am an Aunt So I did notice that factor. Our Halloween desserts at dinner were spooktacular! The next morning was the Excursion in Yucatan Progreso, Mexico that I won! It Was A VIP Beach Resort Getaway, And had an open bar! Our friends Johnny and Curly happened to be on it as well! The bar was awesome, decent strawberry daiquiris! They had amazing barbecue chicken wings. We played with a coconut in the ocean as a football. we laid in hammocks and enjoyed just how beautiful it was. we played chicken in the pool. And had an amazing time! A+'s all the way around! Thanks Again Carnival. So something I really enjoyed was having another full day at sea before we were stateside again. We had one more party night and weren't quite as exhausted on the drive home. We had a toga party! Why? because you only live once! My favorite part of the night was finding an area near the front of the ship that I didn't realize was open to passengers. We laid out on that deck at 2 am just stargazing. It was beyond beautiful. There wasn't as many lights and it was breath takings. We saw the rhinestone belt and even a shooting star. It's a perfect memory. I'm already looking into my next cruise! Thank you to the people who took the time to finish reading all of this. With all the negative reviews I just had to share what an amazing time I had. I wish you the same amount of joy this cruise brought me, on all of your adventures. Safe Travels Friends. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise out of New Orleans because we don't have many options in Alabama. Mobile doesn't have a boat anymore. Jacksonville is also a nice port, but we have been on the Elation before and wanted a new adventure. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise out of New Orleans because we don't have many options in Alabama. Mobile doesn't have a boat anymore. Jacksonville is also a nice port, but we have been on the Elation before and wanted a new adventure. The service on the Triumph was really amazing. The stewards, the dining staff, everyone was very nice. We loved this cruise. They brought us a cake for our Anniversary and were just really friendly. It's a great getaway, even if you've been on nicer boats or better cruise ports. Oh, and Matey, the fill in cruise director, and his team were A-mazing and kept it fun for all ages! About the food...Guy's Burgers were our favorite, as well as the breakfast buffets. The dining room food on this boat wasn't the greatest (to us). The pizza was also very good and we never felt we were lacking for something good on late nights. Overall GREAT cruise. :-) Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Overall the cruise was ok. My 4th Carnival cruise over the last 15 years. We departed late--very little info given as to why--Capt gave no "PA" or briefing over the loudspeaker--like NONE, NADDA--the whole trip..and we swapped ... Read More
Overall the cruise was ok. My 4th Carnival cruise over the last 15 years. We departed late--very little info given as to why--Capt gave no "PA" or briefing over the loudspeaker--like NONE, NADDA--the whole trip..and we swapped out Captain's in Key West! One thing I like about RCL and other cruise lines is the Capt's PA (Public Address) every day at 1200 noon...the where we are, how long to get where we are going, facts about the ship etc...) more on that later. I noticed the crew kinda had a "low Morale" overall...and it showed all over the ship---they did just finish a 12 day so maybe they are tired and overworked--but its a noticeable issue that make the trip a little "less then stellar" Food was average to it was "ok" nothing to write home about or rave about....Shows were ok to good, I am amazed they can pull all this off underway on a ship! No show on day one of cruise as it was "bumpy" but I am calling BS on this as I have been in a lot more rougher seas and the "show went on" but I digress again! Arrived in Key West late (as we departed Galveston late) ditched all the CCL tours and went on our own--Conch Train is 1/2 price if you just walk off the ship and buy direct. Getting off the boat was disorganized as usual...its the way it seems to work at Carnival--not so on other cruise lines....it just doesn't work well for them! Freeport was next (nothing to with about as I stayed on board except for a :15 walk thorough the "give me your money" mall area off of they ship pier side. Nassau was next--walked over to Atlantis (yes you can walk it in about :25 minutes and it is good to walk off all those calories! ) we ended up getting into Atlantis for free--just walked right through to the pool and beach--save your $225 a person! getting back to the cruise I signed up for the "behind the scenes" tour which was actually very good for the lucky 16 of us.....very interesting HOWEVER when we go to the bridge the "Capt" had some issues with social skills and scolded some of the guests with questions--I was a little shocked at this as I fly for a Major Airline and give cockpit tours all the time--yes you do get stupid questions- but just answer them and move on--seemed like we were wasting his time (I thought he needed some personal social skill training myself) we only "took about 5 min" before someone actually asked him if he was always in a bad mood--we were quickly ushered off the bridge....my favorite is my picture with "old crabby" himself--! I guess he must hate passengers as again no "PA" updates or word from the bridge the ENTIRE TRIP. I guess that is not a big deal to some--but on other cruise lines (NCL) you see the Capt'n all the time! He is visible and informative--and it shows in his crew--the morale was much higher on NCL--and I think that starts with the Senior Officers and flows down. Carnival is a good deal for the price--just don't expect 4 stars more like 2.5 stars in all areas...like Food, Shows, Comedy shows...all about 2.5 out of 4. The Triumph is an older ship and the infamous "poop ship" when it had an engine fire--all non events now---the ship appeared clean and we (my wife and I) got what we needed out of it. Oh yeah they overcharged me for the Gratuity TWO days before the last day---4 repeated charges on my Visa card which resulted in a security hold from Visa--they offered to correct it after I went to guest services and saw the mistake..its $84 per person per stateroom they thought we had (4) people but it was actually (2). I decided to pay the Room attendant and Wait staff CASH as I fear Carnival "dips a little in the Gratuity jar" --I also wish they would just pay there employee's a good wage and not have them rely so much on tips! Its a sad story when you actually get the real details! I give the Cruise a 2.5 out of 4. It is what it is....if you are a first time cruiser you will not no any difference to what I mention. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was my first cruise. It was my friends 7th. We drove from Dallas to Galveston prior day and stayed at the Gaidos Hotel. An older hotel but has a great pool. Hotel bar was nice and food was just OK. WiFi didn't work. The hotel ... Read More
This was my first cruise. It was my friends 7th. We drove from Dallas to Galveston prior day and stayed at the Gaidos Hotel. An older hotel but has a great pool. Hotel bar was nice and food was just OK. WiFi didn't work. The hotel offered for us to park car in their courtyard during our trip free. Took Taxi to ship. We purchased the $50 Faster to Fun package, which was totally worth it! Anyone that gets a chance to get this option should definitely get. Cabin was clean and our Steward was wonderful! The cabin was a little snug, especially for two women trying to get dressed at the same time. There was a useless sofa in our room which took up room. Would have been better had they put two chairs with small table instead. I did not like the fact they offer for you to purchase 12pk water but no refrigerator to keep it cold. Never found the ice machines. The ship is dated! I am definitely a water baby and was extremely disappointed that there was only two pools and they were little! Here's the cons: Buffet food was horrible! Eggs were fake! Small Pools Smoking areas offered were minimum and uncomfortable. Only 3 bar stools available for smokers by the Casino bar. No shade for deck area smoking section. Dining Room food was better than buffet but not much! Guy's hamburgers were greasy Bingo was a total rip off No flavored creamers offered for coffee Pros Every Carnival Employee I came into contact with was nice, friendly and professional, just the greatest! Ship was extremely clean at all times. Comedy show was very good. Embarking and disembarking was easy with Faster to Fun package. Drinks were good. Live entertainment was great! Room service was great, ordered coffee each morning. Shore Excursions: Progreso- Booked Techhotel Excursion through Progreso Adventure Tours online. Nice beach and pool. Drinks were OK, Food was not to my liking but overall we had a good time. Would recommend. Cozumel - Booked through Carnival - La Casa in Playa? It was a private home and there ended up being a small group of us probably because if the price. Water was rocky but manageable. Pool was very nice, had a private chef and food was the BEST EVER! Drinks were excellent and service was top notch. Would recommend. Overall my first cruise was nice. Not sure if I would book again, mainly because I personally would prefer to fly to Mexico and stay in an all inclusive and be able to enjoy the pool and beach all day. Excursions back to back was a little exhausting, not very relaxing due to in and out. Since the pools were so small, didn't enjoy and really nothing else to do during the day. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Our family would like to thank Carnival for one of our best ever vacations. I (Grandma) went along with my son, daughter-in-law and 7 children (Ages 2-13) for our 5 night trip. Everyone one of us thoroughly enjoyed our time spent on ... Read More
Our family would like to thank Carnival for one of our best ever vacations. I (Grandma) went along with my son, daughter-in-law and 7 children (Ages 2-13) for our 5 night trip. Everyone one of us thoroughly enjoyed our time spent on board and the Cozumel excursion to swim with the dolphins. The staff in every area were friendly, helpful and kind! We felt like 'friends' with our waiters by the time we left. The rooms were so welcoming and of course, the kids loved to see what 'towel creation' would be on the bed each evening. The music shows were kid friendly which we appreciated. My son got up every morning and worked out. Also was glad for the 9/11 tribute!! Perhaps the one negative was pertaining to the pictures. We did not realize that we should check the 'walls' every day and purchase daily. We came to the last day and thought we could view all pics at once. Instead we had hundreds of pictures to go through to find ours which proved to be frustrating. We learned so much during this first cruise and are already planning another trip with Carnival for 2017. Thank you again for your attention to details in making this such a wonderful time!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This is my third cruise on this same boat, same itinerary (July 14, December 14 and April 15). Galveston to Cozumel and back. Nice, short getaway for a reasonable price. Embarkation - not a problem. 40 minutes from parking to being ... Read More
This is my third cruise on this same boat, same itinerary (July 14, December 14 and April 15). Galveston to Cozumel and back. Nice, short getaway for a reasonable price. Embarkation - not a problem. 40 minutes from parking to being on the boat. We live in Houston, so it is really easy to drive to Galveston, pre-pay for parking across the street and hop on the boat. Room - Balcony 9242 - nice layout for two people. Bathroom could use an update, but it was clean and there is plenty of storage space in the room for clothes, suitcases, etc. Our cruise in December was a Premier Cruise for people who like to gamble in the casino. This was actually a free cruise that we qualified for on our last cruise since we are gamblers. You are still responsible for the tax and port charges, gratuities, and if you want to upgrade to an outside or balcony (which we did). We ate in the dining room and had no complaints on the quality or quanity of food that was served. Omelet station for breakfast was my go-to place and lunch was either the standard buffet fair or taco. We did not take in any of the shows, but did go to the piano bar for a while and enjoyed that. The comedians were good too. Cozumel -- typically we go to Mr. Sanchos, but this time opted for the new Sky Reef for snokeling. Husband loved the snorkeling and saw an eel, angel fish, tangs and other colorful fish right off the pier area. Food and drink were reasonable and taxi from port was $13 for 4 people. Entrance is 15 per person and that includes snorkel gear and lounge chairs and use of restrooms and changing areas. Pool area was OVERLY crowded, but we had great weather, so everyone wanted to lay out and get some sun. No chairs to be had after 8 am. Tons of people saving chairs at the crack of dawn and then going to eat breakfast, etc and come back at 11. I've said it a million times, Carnival needs to crack down on this as do most cruise lines I have been on. There was also three large stacks of chairs bundled together that were broken, so they could not be used. Debarkation -- this area could use improvement. We typically do self assist to get off the boat. At 9:10 or so, they called for self assist passengers from deck 1 and 10, then about 15 minutes later, deck 2 and 9. Sounds good, but then we waited until about 10 am or so and then Kirk (our cruise director) comes on and says ALL floor self assist can now go. So the rest of the floors CRAM the elevators and stair wells go another 30 minutes or so before we can get off the boat and stand in the customs line. Just CHAOS. People get cranky waiting in line and decorum goes out the window. This could have been avoided. All and all, we were off the boat and home by noon. I believe this boat is transitioning to New Orleans soon, but we have the Freedom now. We have booked that cruise in July, so I will report on that when we return. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
The Carnival is an elegant ship that has aged very well. We originally were going to do two back to back RCCL cruises, but we couldn't beat the itinerary and price on this cruise. The stops were Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, ... Read More
The Carnival is an elegant ship that has aged very well. We originally were going to do two back to back RCCL cruises, but we couldn't beat the itinerary and price on this cruise. The stops were Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Dominica, and St. Maarten. We have been to all these islands before and love them all. One of my favorite things about sailing Carnival is the free lemonade and the free 24-7 soft serve ice cream. The dining room food was good, as was the service. Our only complaint was after 11 nights the singing waiters got old. One or two nights would have been fine, but every night was a bit much. All the staff were very friendly. I would give them all 5 stars. The entertainment was average. Not great, not bad. Not a lot of activities on sea days. Would have liked to have more options of things to do on sea days. The shuffleboard sucked, the deck needs to be re-finished. It was too rough to play. We have sailed this class of Carnival ship before. We don't like how deck five with the casino is very opened, so you have to walk through the cigarette haze to get from one end of the ship to the other. We had a good time and would recommend this ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
On February 9th myself and 8 friends boarded the Carnival Triumph for an 11 days cruise of the Caribbean from Galveston, Texas. We had all decided to do this cruise due to they were offering single cabins with no supplement charges for a ... Read More
On February 9th myself and 8 friends boarded the Carnival Triumph for an 11 days cruise of the Caribbean from Galveston, Texas. We had all decided to do this cruise due to they were offering single cabins with no supplement charges for a great price of only $340. Wow was it worth the price. Since I am a Platinum level member with Carnival I was able to get all my friends to board with me, not stand in any possible long sign in lines. We were all on board and in our cabins within 10 minutes. We all went to the buffet for lunch which offer a large choice selection. Varied, tasty and well served. After wards we all took a tour of the ship to see where every thing, every room and every place for us to take advantage of. This is a good idea for any one who has never been on any ship. Get to know the ship! Dinner that night was in the "London" dinning room. A very pleasant looking room. The hostess greeted us with a very nice smile and showed us our table. We were offered drinks and given the menu. The menu shows every day dinner meals and specials that changed every night for dinner. The waiters were very attentive and brought what ever we needed and more. Great job to all waiters! You earned our kudos!!!! The food was served hot, tasty and as much as you wanted. After dinner we all went to the "Rome" show room for the first show of the cruise. The cast consisted of 15 girls and guys. All are very talented and gave their best for all the amazing show they put on during the cruise. I want to mention the cruise director, Kirk Benning. Smooth, funny and informative he is along with his staff. They kept each and every day exciting with activities to do on the ship both day and night. A big hit were the daily Bingo games with pots as big as $1,000 or free cruises. The pool area is fine to sit around catching some sun rays, making new friends, playing games, dancing or eating at "Guys" hamburgers or the Taco bar. In addition to the main show room each night there were 2 comedians who di 2 shows. The first was for families and the second was XXX rated. It was always packed with quests. There is also a piano bar with "William" taking requests to sing your favorite songs. I would like to say that after a few days every crew member would ask me if there was any thing they could do for me. Amazingly by the 4th day they were all calling me by name. That was very special! Let's talk about the ports of call. Here they are in order, Cayman Islands, nice. Aruba, great beaches if you go up to where the Marriott hotels are. Bonaire is world famous for diving. Don't miss it. Grenada was not that interesting to anyone in our group. Dominica is a small island with very little to see. They sold a lot trinkets, but all made in China. Why doesn't some one build a manufacturing plant there to make the trinkets. Create jobs for the people and allow them to earn more money. It would be a much happier place. Next came St. Maarten/St Martin the island we all enjoyed most. First we took a taxi to the famous "Noho' beach where airplanes landing at the airport fly just feet above your head. What a experience! There are 2 bars to visit on either side of the beach. You can check this out on "UTube". We then took another taxi to another famous beach called "Orient Beach". Beautiful white sand, clear clean water, waves to surf and scuba dive. OH, sorry, I failed to mention half the beach is nudist! There are places to eat, drink and rent beach chairs. Our last stop was where we disembarked, San Juan Puerto Rico. We didn't wait to take the Carnival bus and took our own taxi for $15 to the airport. I would fail in my review if I didn't mention "Katarina" in Guest Services who is from Poland. I had several difficulties in my first 2 cabins and she personally took care to make sure I was given a proper cabin. She checked with me several times during the cruise to make all was well. Carnival calls themselves the "Fun Ships" and they lived up to that advertising. Would I take the Carnival Triumph again? The answer is a resounding "YES". Congratulations to everyone who served me and my friends during this cruise. One last item. I had a birthday on Feb 16th and for dinner they brought over 3 beautiful birthday cakes with my name on them a 3 bottles of Champagne. No charge! You rock Carnival Triumph!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We just got back from a great cruise on the Carnival Triumph back to back from Galveston to PR and back to Galveston for 21 days. It was overall a great cruise. We travel on several cruise lines and although there were a lot more kids on ... Read More
We just got back from a great cruise on the Carnival Triumph back to back from Galveston to PR and back to Galveston for 21 days. It was overall a great cruise. We travel on several cruise lines and although there were a lot more kids on this one, it was still wonderful. There were only minor things that could be improved upon. I guess we just love cruising..... Someone said the food was bad. It was not. The only thing I really didn't like was their use of the library/card room for special functions making it unusable. It was bad enough that the two rooms were combined but to then put all kinds of special dining functions in there was completely unacceptable. AND 2 books in the exchange part was horrible... Refrigerators need to be put back in the rooms. The lack of storage space in the rooms was the worst we have ever encountered. Luckily we are experienced travelers and managed. Carnival was very apologetic about the fiasco concerning passengers returning for the b2b second leg of the cruise in PR. We were told we would get off the ship and get right back on. That didn't happen. Instead, alll of us waited hours in the terminal and got back on with the new passengers. Carnival really was apologetic and gave each of us an onboard credit. I agree with the reviewer that the ship is not really good for older people. It is hard to get around. We felt like we didn't have to walk a mile everyday because we felt like we walked many miles every day just getting from place to place.. One other thing - my husband and I wanted to go on the narrow gauge railroad in Dominica but were told the 2nd time for the tour was cancelled b/c they didn't have enough wanting to go. We met many who wanted to go on that tour. The excursion desk told us to go on shore and speak directly to the tour people and maybe they could work us in We did and were told that the only way the train could be booked was thru Carnival. Our waitstaff was some of the best we've ever had. Ivanka was fantastic. BUT, we had a great time and met wonderful people. Travelers need to just go with the flow and make the best of things. There was nothing major that would keep us from going on Triumph again.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
First time review for me; however, I have sailed on the Carnival Valor, Victory and Freedom prior to this cruise. This booking was a little bit different as it was a last minute booking and the rate was RIDICULOUS! I'm not sure if it ... Read More
First time review for me; however, I have sailed on the Carnival Valor, Victory and Freedom prior to this cruise. This booking was a little bit different as it was a last minute booking and the rate was RIDICULOUS! I'm not sure if it was a glitch in Carnivals system, but I noticed one night there were rates listed as low as $25/PP. As I was looking through all of these extremely low rates, the site crashed and was down for a bit. A few days later, I noticed similar rates starting at $50/PP. This time, I was able to book a 5-day cruise on the Triumph (January 12th Departure). The balcony rooms were $75/PP so basically... for a booking that was under $400 for 2... I have no complaints!!!!!! The most important thing to me while rushing to get this cruise booked, was that the ship be an upgraded 2.0 Fun Ship. I didn't want to risk losing the rate, so I quickly booked on this ship. One quick note, if you have booked a cruise transfer through Carnival, you will not be able to book FASTER TO THE FUN! This was a little bit disappointing as the day before our cruise, there was one faster to the fun available (I'm guessing due to a last minute cancellation) and I was not able to secure this. Even after calling Carnival, there is nothing they can do to override this. Upon arrival at the port (after short closing of the pier due to fog), the check in process was fairly smooth. No issues even with the late arrival of the ship. Once we boarded, our room was all set for us. I was a little concerned as the carpet on our deck was two toned, initially I thought it was lighting; however, it was due to some type of water damage so it appeared. When we got to our room, it was nice; however, the TV was a tube TV and the leather couch was a bit dingy. I was expecting a brand new flat screen and couch considering this ship has underwent 2.0 upgrades.... maybe it has another dry dock appointment scheduled to complete it? As always, room stewards were awesome, main dining room crew was awesome (late dining) as well as all of the staff I interacted with. Buffet food was pretty repetitive and average. Nothing spectacular. Guys Burger never disappoints as well as the Blue Iguana... especially their breakfast burritos. Chopstix was decent, nothing to write home about and the turkey sandwiches from the Deli which my girlfriend typically lives by were a little dry for most of the cruise.... i think the sandwich she had on day one was the only one that was good. Main dining food was excellent with the exception of the Mahi Mahi on the last day. Actually everything on the last day was a little below average with the exception of the Crab Cake (appetizer). Whatever night they serve Bitter and Blanc for dessert... MAKE SURE YOU ORDER IT WITH ICE CREAM and the Vanilla Sauce! I typically live by the melting cake; however, this night I cheated!!! Ports of call were cool... See below Shows were okay.. as always.. Love and Marriage was great! Our cruise director, Kirk Benning was great on this ship!!!! The entertainment crew was average. We had a magician on board and he was great! Debarkation was smooth. Note that if you are not traveling with a passport, your time in line to go through customs will be a little longer. Definitely travel with a passport vs. birth certificate. Highly recommended although I will probably not revisit the Triumph or Galveston... I prefer having the luxury of an UBER ride to the port at Fort Lauderdale or Miami. One other note... we were next to the Carnival Breeze in Cozumel... and that ship looks amazing!!!!! I am shopping for my 8 day Southern Caribbean Cruise as we speak!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Pros -excellent food and selection in buffet -friendly staff -Clean Cons - -Painfully slow embarkation process...should be timed entry, similar to disembarkation... -Too much space designated to smokers - smoke wafting up stairwells ... Read More
Pros -excellent food and selection in buffet -friendly staff -Clean Cons - -Painfully slow embarkation process...should be timed entry, similar to disembarkation... -Too much space designated to smokers - smoke wafting up stairwells and elevators, and best of all inhaling during half of running track - and what percentage of ship's passengers compared to how much space with second hand smoke...cruise should have more space designated to family/outdoor activities, and clean air to breath -Put some heat in the pools -they were empty, with people jammed in hot tubs -Advertising carnival cruises on your in-room tvs that have more activities than this one? Triumph is pretty lame...who plays shuffleboard ( and where's the equipment? )...too few people able to play at once...get with the times...not much for anyone other than a smoking gambler to do -Elegant dining was far from fancy...same food as in the buffet...I got dressed up for what? -buffet only open during peak meal times, creating constant line ups...go to very back of boat for breakfast...omelette, sandwich, and pizza bars are ridiculously slow...creating line-ups as soon as they open -Over priced excursions - Uxmal entry was only $12...why charge $90 per person ...gouging people who are your bread n butter...at least be competitive (auto progreso had same deal for $50, less a bagged lunch worth $10) -Overpriced drinks, you would sell a lot more if reasonably priced -Wifi should be free - rip-off rates, again get with the times -And finally gratuity tips should be my choice on who did extra service to get extra pay...slow service (sandwich, taco and omelette bar are a joke) and rude people ( cut off when walking by more than one of the cleaning crew) don't get mandatory tips in the real world Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We have cruised the Carnival several times and have never been disappointed....until this time...We were on a New Years cruise and it didn't go as planned. First place, the kids totally took over the ship all the pools, hot tubs, ... Read More
We have cruised the Carnival several times and have never been disappointed....until this time...We were on a New Years cruise and it didn't go as planned. First place, the kids totally took over the ship all the pools, hot tubs, dining rooms, buffet. I love kids and Carnival has always had lots of them but not under foot 24/7...That was the first disappointment...We have cruised summers and holidays and have never seen it this bad. Evidently the kids activities were not being used. Second was the spa...We always get aleast one massage or service. Booked the couples massage..They were running 45 mines late which made us late to dinner. .The room was noisy, and the plumbing pipes were gurgling thru the whole time. Not a relaxing massage. And after we got home and checked the bill, they over charged us. Then went to get into a hot tubs, full of kids and water not circulating and was cold. We had convinced brother and sister in law to come too and this was their first cruise. We wanted to make cruisers out of them. We spent the whole time making excuses for how things were...... We had already booked the 12 day on this same ship in March and not looking forward to this ship...... Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This trip was my 2nd cruise with Carnival, the first was Ecstasy in January 2005. My daughters and I take an annual girls trip and this was our 11th year, so we wanted to do something special and include the grandchildren 6 & 9, and ... Read More
This trip was my 2nd cruise with Carnival, the first was Ecstasy in January 2005. My daughters and I take an annual girls trip and this was our 11th year, so we wanted to do something special and include the grandchildren 6 & 9, and have everyone be able to enjoy the trip. This fit the bill, somewhat. The pros for cruising on family vacation were no driving around looking for something to do, everyone safe, food included, etc. the terminal in Galveston was fine, no real issues, long lines. We got there around 11, and were on the boat by 12:30. The review about the kids doing t-shirts early the first day is no longer accurate. The buffet was ok, lines were long. Room was ready by 1, luggage in room around 4. Halls stink like sewer and rat pee in areas. Shower in my daughters room overflowed out the floor drain daily. Room steward looked tired and wore out, shpe wasnt friendly or unfriendly, just there. We had rooms 2383 and 2385. They were not overly clean or dirty. Outdated coloring, but big enough and enough closet and drawer space for our belongings. LIST ITEMS: we loved the idea of the clear shoe rack over the bathroom door. Used it and will keep the idea at home. We were the only decorated door on the ship, that idea is outdated. I did hang raffia ribbon on both doors, which helped us see our rooms easily when coming down the hall, I had the kids color pictures for the door. Vandals tore one down the first night. We did not need or use clothespins, (shower curtain was plenty long enough) did not need power strip. We used the hilighter, that was helpful on the daily tear off list of activities. I brought aromatherapy, eye cover, ear plugs and used them all. There were plenty of hangers. Our luggage went in the closet, there was no room under the bed. There were no toiletries or anything, just an empty bowl on the vanity. There was shampoo and body wash in the shower dispenser. The only thing you really need to bring is makeup and toiletries if you use them daily and clothes. Everything else is overkill. We brought 2 bottles of wine, a bubba mug, 3 big plastic cups, smuggled Bacardi and Captain Morgan, 12 pk soda and water, and nuts for snacks. We never opened the wine, only used the bubba mug, and drank a small amount of rum. We would not bring the alcohol again, at least not the wine or much rum. We had to tote it back home. We brought a small rolling ice chest and the room steward kept it full of ice for our water and soda. That was nice and we will do it again. Internet was SLOW and expensive. It took about 5 minutes of time to log in. We bought 45 minutes for 29.95 and 120 minutes for $59.95. We made a few $1.99 a minute phone calls, and a few bad connection SKYPE calls thru wifi, both with the carnival internet and free wifi in Progresso and Cozumel. We had hanging carriers for our cards, but would recommend a hole punch and lanyard or the kind with a card pocket so that it is easy to get your card out. The casino lanyards and punch were impossible to obtain. We tried and asked twice. Casino also requires a minimum of $10 to use your card in slot machines. I put $10 cash in Texas Tea and won $110 and took the cash and never looked back! CAMP CARNIVAL: glorified babysitters. Long lines, LONG LONG lines. Disorganized. It didnt open until late on the first night, lines were about 30 minutes for dropoff and pickup each time. It was never in the same place, so you were running all over the ship at dropoff and pickup times. Also, they are only there a couple of hours at a time. Drop off 10 am, pick up by 12:45, drop off 4, pick up 6. Drop off 7, pick up 9:45. Night owls was $6.75 per hour plus 15%, per child. The kids were pretty bored some of the time. We spied on them a few times and they were all just sitting around, other times they were just playing video games. We were glad to have it, but it was inconvenient and awkward and disorganized. T-shirts were the last night but they only had markers for 30 minutes and some didnt work, so the shirts were not finished. Dirty words were written on my 6 year olds shirt. The parties and celebrations were seperate and $15 per child. The workers did not seem to be happy to be with children, everyone seemed tired and overworked. By the time you waited 30 minutes to drop them off, they got in at 10:30, and you had to be back by 12:30 for the 12:45 pickup, so it actually took you 3 hours for them to be in the program 2 hours. Only one employee chevking them in and out by hand writing them on a list is the reason it took so long. Also, they allow children 9 years old to check themselves in and out whenever they want, without a parent present, which I think is crazy. TIP: Do not book the spa in advance. Watch out for out and out LIES disguised as sales pitches. This was my worst experience and I would Never do it again. First, I paid $149 in advance for a 50 minute hot stone massage. They are on special with added time and services from the minute you board, so everyone there got a better deal than me. There are no robes! There is a sauna and steam room, I think I was the only person who used either the whole cruise. I read that some use the showers here, instead of their cabin showers. They are bigger, but the whole area is awkward and uncomfortable. I own a spa myself and always use spa facilities when I travel to compare and learn. I was shocked at the lavk of professionalism and sales pressure. Did I mention an open locker room, steam and sauna, but no robes? I had to undress, wrap in a towel for sauna/steam, shower and redress before my massage, then sit in the hair salon waiting for my therapist. My appt was at 3:15. At 3:20 she picked me up and brought me to an 8x10 HOT room that had a shower used as a linen closet, sink and cabinet, massage table and therapist chair, roasting pan with stones in metal strainers on a rolling cabinet, so there were mere inches around the table for her to try to work. She left me to undress and lay on the table that was lined with rough towels instead of sheets. She returned about 7 or 8 minutes later, so it was now 3:30 when we discussed my issues (back and foot pain). She then used a small palm brush and dry brushed my body. Probably 7 or 8 minutes per side, extremities and back. At around 3:45 she began the massage. Light pressure, no extra time in my problem areas. I was sweating and miserable by this time and uncovered my feet to try to cool off. People were laughing and talking in the hall outside the door and banging and slamming doors in the adjoining rooms, also, the massage rooms were located under the childrens basketball courts. I asked about the noise, she asked if I wanted to continue my service, I did. The massage lasted about 17 or 18 minutes, then she left the room for me to get dressed, and asked me to sit on the table when dressed, and wait. She came back with two products and a sales pitch. I am a Traditional Naturopath and am well educated on products and procedures. i was SHOCKED at the medical claims that she (and the others in the gym and spa) made. I told her I was not going to buy anything and she got mad and dropped everything, handed me the receipt to sign. I told her I had prepaid, she said she knew that, this was for the tip, handed me a pen, took it and left. I was out and in the lobby by 4:12. So I paid $171 for an 18 minute massage. Then I was alerted that my cash deposit was depleted when my daughter was trying to order a soda. I knew there was an issue and I pshould have had plenty of money left. I went to Guest Services and turns out the SPA DOUBLE CHARGED me. I brought them my receipt and the spa cashier said it would come off at the end of the trip. I said that was crap, that I had paid by credit card, it was PAID, and that their policy was holding funds that were not theirs to hold and that it was not right for my kid to not even be able to buy a coke because they were making unauthorized charges. I was getting slightly louder and 2 more spa attendants came and called acvounting and had it removed, then she handed me mpy card back and said "here, now your kid can buy a coke" in a sarcastic manner. I did not appreciate being treated like I was the one doing something wrong. It will never happen again. I will not pay them to try to sell me products under false pretenses and charge me twice. Spa is a ripoff. Elevators are slow and about 20% did not function. Mini golf was fun. Pools and Dive-in movie were fun. Water slide was fun. Comedy show was not politically correct by any means, more of just shocking use of vulgar words. Family oriented was better night. Karaoke was fun to watch but the guy who put it on was a jerk and criticized participants. Trivia games were fun. FOOD: main dining room was good and we enjoyed it. We had London Early. Food was not impressive and kinda cheap, mostly same as buffet, just served nicer. Service was great, entertainment was fun. We looked forward to dinner each day and only skipped one night. Buffet was sooo busy, same food from both sides, but good and easy, not large, but big enough. Guys Burger Joint was awesome. There were toppings for the burgers, grilled onions, mushrooms, bacon, etc. lines moved fast. Mexican station was good, tacos and burritos and a salsa bar. These two were open a few hours a day. There was an asian station open sometimes by the buffet, it was an omelette station in the am. They had noodles, rice and chicken and beef and wontons. The Pizza was awesome, thin crust, 5 varieties, tasted like brick oven. Ice cream stations were good, usually one area closed down early each night. Breakfast in Paris dining room was good, same stuff as buffet, presented better, less waiting. We enjoyed it. There is so much hype about the free room service, it is just sandwiches, cold or hot. No breakfast or anything interesting. We ordered once, sandwiches were ok. PHOTOGRAPHERS will drive you crazy. They clog the halls, interrupt your meals and delay all lines while embarking and debarking, then want $13.99 per print, $17.99 for 6 x9, and up. We actually took pictures of our pictures, then trashed the pictures. Beer runs $6.50 plus 15% and they still expect an additional tip, so they generally run $8 each. $30 for a discounted bucket of 4. They advertise drink specials like $7.95 for a refillable monkey coconut, turns out thats empty, so my daughter ordered 2 with daquiris, and it was $12.95 each for the drinks, plus the cups, so it was $40 for 2 8 oz drinks. They are watered down bad. I drink Bacardi when I drink alcohol and have for many years. I ordered it during the comedy show and it was not real Bacardi and I do mot like to be deceived. It is disrespectful and a reputable facility would not do that. Progresso was not for us. The guy in front of us puked in the walkway of the shuttle bus the entire ride back and really freaked my granddaughter out! Lol. The bus station is a mile or so away from the beach and you have to walk through dozens of sellers hawking their wares right in your face. It was hot and scary and did not feel safe.we did not stay long and left. I was stung under my foot by a yellow javket and my grandson on the arm, at the terminal. The port itself was nice and clean. There is free internet at the bus terminal, but not at the port. There is no place to buy a charger, dont forget yours! Lol. Cozumel or Port of Maya, actually was clean and fun and a lot more expensive. My daughter looked at tequila in Progresso for $18, the same was $29 in Cozumel. It was $30 fopr 1 Corona Light, 2 virgin daiquiris, 1 dr pepper and a margarita, and chips, pico and queso at Fat Tuesday, but they have free internet. We took a cab to PARADISE BEACH, it was $25 each way and took about 12 minutes. They met us as we walked in and charged $3 per person to walk to the beach, and required $10 purchase at the bar per person, so it was another $65 for 5 of us. They have jumps and things in the water and charge another $15 per person to use them. The beach was about like Galveston. The water was nasty. I did not even get in. There were rocks and drop offs. The beach was clean where the lounge chairs and umbrellas were. They rented out goggles and such and had 2 nice pools, rest rooms and a gift shop. The seas were a little rough on the way back, and we got no sleep on the last night due to the banging of luggage in the middle of the night. Bingo was $30 per person, my daughters played but did not win. We saw part of the magic show, it was ok. We missed the newlywed show but saw it on TV...it was FUNNY! The ART AUCTION was another misrepresentation (LIE). I went in with eyes wide oen and was there for the free artwork that was promised in the flyer. We asked in advance how long it would take and were told an hour. It started at 1, we wanted to go to the Newlywed show apt 2:15 and needed to pick the kids up at 2:45. We signed up and waited for the doors to open at 1. At 2:15 he was still going strong, telling people that they could be smart investors and collectors and selling PRINTS for tens of thousands of dollars, convincing people drunk on champagne that they could leave a valuable inheritance with these "up and coming artists and art that was copied by other artists in the original artists studio" they were selling the Thomas Kinkaid PRINTS that you can get at the mall for $150 for $7500 and these people were buying them! At 2:30 we had been at the 1 hour presentation for 2 1/2 hours and one of my daughters had to leave to get the children. When it was over at 3:15, we asked for the promised free art and were told we would have to go back to the gallery that night, which we did. He reluctantly gave me 2 of the $5 prints and I remined him there were 3 of us so he handed me another without even looking at me. Park West was sued a few years ago for making the claims that I saw them still making. Sad situation that they take advantage of people that way. Also, the gym/spa advertised a $500 prize in spa services, ( not up-to) you had to be present to win. We went back for another 30 minutes of sales pushes, they gave a few small prizes, there was no $500 prize given, another lie. All in all, we enjoyed our cruise, it did not meet our expectations, but was not a disappointment, either. We will cruise again, but will try to find a better ship.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was our third cruise and we had a blast! The most fun I have had in a long time. The Triumph is showing a little signs of wear and tear but the crew and entertainment put that out of your mind in a hurry. And even though the cruise ... Read More
This was our third cruise and we had a blast! The most fun I have had in a long time. The Triumph is showing a little signs of wear and tear but the crew and entertainment put that out of your mind in a hurry. And even though the cruise appeared to be a full ship of travelers, we had a great, no problems cruise. They do a great job of making you feel special. Lines at breakfast were fast and the food was fantastic. We did dinner at 8:15 which was perfect. Our wait staff was awesome. We tried to do everything, lol. We give a big thumbs up to the shows in the Rome theatre, the adult comedy club was gut-busting funny, the casino was "Vegas" style all the way. We went to Progresso and did the all inclusive Beach resort. We had the resort all to ourselves! (About 200 cruisers came). Food was great and once again the staff was top notch. If you go into the ocean wear water shoes as the white sand has a lot of shells which can be quite sharp. But we also collected many for souvenirs!! The massage by the beach is a must and a bargain! Next we went to Cozumel with the snorkling excursion. Beautiful crystal clear water, lots of fish! Ate at the Sunset restaurant and bar, had steak tacos and Sol beer right by the blue water. Lots of shops by the pier and had a great time at Fat Tuesdays before getting back on. My wife and I absolutely loved this cruise. On board, Christobal by the pool is THE man. Michyla, from Croatia was charming at dinner. If you go to Progresso, you must request Aleandro Fitzmaurice for the bus ride. Outstanding!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Overall we were very pleased with our cruise. The food, service, cabin, and entertainment were great. We also enjoyed meeting some new friends with whom we are continuing to correspond. This was our third cruise, and second time with ... Read More
Overall we were very pleased with our cruise. The food, service, cabin, and entertainment were great. We also enjoyed meeting some new friends with whom we are continuing to correspond. This was our third cruise, and second time with Carnival and the Triumph. There was a very short scare when the power went out for about an hour on Friday, but the very knowledgeable people they had on staff put everything back together quickly. Jen, the cruise social director, did a good job keeping everyone calm. This is something that could happen on any ship. Yes, the Triumph had a really bad power loss last year, and lots of people suffered, but it looks like things are back in shape and better than before. We enjoyed having a balcony for the first time, too. We stopped at Progreso on Wednesday. We were not expecting much there, but were pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed a great and very affordable 1 hr. massage on the beach, which came with a table, chairs, and umbrella on the beach, and shot of tequila each! There was also very affordable food and beverages, with no sickness afterwards. Just don't over imbibe, which is my tendency! The weather was great, the water and beach were clean, and the service was good, too. We weren't in the market for shopping this time, since I'd lived in Mexico for many years, and have all that I want right now, but the beach warmth and relaxation was right what we needed. Cozumel was nice, as it always is, but we've been there many times, and have already done most of the activities. So there, we mostly just enjoyed the sun by the pool, with the music, reading good books, eating good food, and watching the ice carving. The overall ride was a little rockier than previous cruises, but then that wasn't the ship's fault, but the crazy weather we've been having this winter. So, we hope to enjoy more trips in the future! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
I just read some of the most recent reviews and am sorry those travelers had poor experiences but having just gotten off the ship today, I can attest that my party didn't have any issues at all with our cruise. The ship smelled of ... Read More
I just read some of the most recent reviews and am sorry those travelers had poor experiences but having just gotten off the ship today, I can attest that my party didn't have any issues at all with our cruise. The ship smelled of bleach -- not sewer. It was clean, well lit and looked great! The staff were friendly and attentive, although a couple of nights the meal service was a tad slow in the London Dining Room, but the food was still delicious. Jen the cruise director is just fabulous. She has so much energy and loves to be out and about with the guests. Her assistants Gumby and Keelie were equally fun and all three appeared to really enjoy their roles aboard the ship. Comedian Chas Elstner was back and still very entertaining. Also aboard was John Wesley Austin who was funny but didn't have as much material. He presented essentially the exact same show on nights 1 and 2, and then he ended all 3 of his shows with the same song. Again, he's funny, but it's not always as funny to hear the same jokes repeated just hours later. My group's new favorite hang out was the Apothecary Bar managed by the charming and charismatic Master Mixer Milas. Milas is one of those talented people who remembers names, faces and exactly which beverage you enjoyed most recently or many hours ago. His new bar is popular among the staff and is frequently hopping with activity, yet Milas handles the deluge of custom drink orders with a big smile on his face and sometimes will even sneak in a little juggling hat trick from his sleeve just to see if anyone is paying attention. His menu of drink concoctions are amazing, fresh and absolutely delicious. They cost just a little bit more than the usual mixed drinks served at the other bars but are so, so, so worth it. And if you're lucky, your drink may very well include a little flambe presentation. Our room was promptly tidied by the cabin crew. One bonus of the ship's latest makeover is that the shower pressure & drainage have improved. The downside is the mattress for the bunk is very hard. I'm a side sleeper and my hips are sore after tossing around for 4 uncomfortable nights. My roommates who slept on the king bed had no complaints and slept quite well. The best new dining experience is the Guy Fieri's Burger Joint. Delicious & fast!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
I sailed Carnival Triumph last week with a group of 13 celebrating my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. This was my third time on the triumph and going to the same ports; however, the other two times i sailed it was out of New Orleans ... Read More
I sailed Carnival Triumph last week with a group of 13 celebrating my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. This was my third time on the triumph and going to the same ports; however, the other two times i sailed it was out of New Orleans (the Triumph is now in Galveston). The week in general was fabulous, and I LOVE Carnival cruising and this does not change that. Our food was excellent all week, our room stewards were FABULOUS (I had Anthony on Lido deck, some family member across the hall had Mr. P and thought he was amazing as well!!).I also wanted to be sure and include a BIG THANK YOU to the DREAM photographers!! We signed up to do a family picture session with them and I cannot tell you how glad we are that we did!! I cannot remember the guy who was the main photographer, but he was amazing!! He was funny and also very patient with our big group of 13 including a stubborn 3 year old and my very opinionated family!! Our pictures turned out SO GOOD, we could not have asked for any better! We ended up purchasing the big package where you get the digital rights...it was a little expensive but not too much more than you would pay at any regular photographer and the pictures were of excellent quality. I would love to see this option on every ship!! I can never complain about being on a cruise! However, there were a few things that made this week not as great as my other cruises.....Our service in the dining room was TERRIBLE. I am not one to complain and I love Carnival so i would not say that lightly! It became almost a running joke at our table how bad it was going to be that night. I am not even really sure which of the gentlemen assisting with our dinner table was our actual head waiter....there were never introductions made. The guy that passed out our menus and took our order 4 of the 5 nights, though, was awful. He hardly spoke to us at all, other than to say "and for you?" to the next person in line to order our food. Things were wrong several nights for several of us, but we were never once asked once our food was delivered "Is everything alright, do you need anything else," so we literally had to flag someone down if we wanted anything fixed or needed anything. Several nights we sat with empty tea/water glasses for half the meal. Someone at our table ordered a steak every night and each night we asked for steak sauce and it would take so long to get delivered to the table, the steak was either cold or nearly gone because we just went ahead and started eating. We were in the dining room for almost 2 hours each night, also. Normally, i love taking my time as we eat and enjoy the meal and conversation, and I know the kitchen is making food for SO MANY people, so normally the wait does not matter, but when the service is so terrible on top of the wait it gets annoying. As I said before, the food itself tasted wonderful, but the service was terrible. We were in early seating at table 630.... There was one guy who did great for our group, and paid some extra attention to my nephew and also made sure to get his chocolate milk out quickly each night. He is the only one who did a good job and I wish i knew his name so that he is not grouped in with the ones who did a terrible job with our dining. Five of us out of our group ended up going to guest services on the last night and explaining the situation and changing our gratuities. We did not lessen the amount, but did alter it so that the amount that would have gone to the dining room staff went instead to our steward, since they deserved a little extra anyway. The dining staff did still get tipped for over half of our group so it is not like they got nothing for the week, and my sister gave some extra cash individually to the one guy in the dining room who did so good with my nephew each night. One other thing that was a major complaint for me for the week is that two different nights, while getting ready for dinner, our power outlets went out. The first night I was blow drying my hair and my roommate was using the straightening iron. So, we assumed it was "blown" because we had too many things going. We called down and were told they would send an electrician. We waited around 25 minutes and then both had to go to other family members rooms to get ready. So, the next night, we only plugged one thing in at a time, and I was drying my hair, and the outlet went out again! We called again, and again we waited around 25 minutes before finally just going to a family members room to get ready. In my opinion, this is unacceptable. Especially in the hours before dinner when we have to be somewhere, they should send an electrician immediately, and there is no reason that just using one blow dryer should have blown a fuse or whatever happened to cause the outlets to go out. Thank goodness we had family members on board to go to their room or we would have been going to dinner with wet and unfixed hair! However, on the positives, the crew that I encountered on every part of the ship (other than our wait staff in the dining room) was wonderful! They were all very friendly, and seemed to go above and beyond to be courteous. We LOVED the comedians in the punchliner! My Grandparents got recognized at the Welcome Aboard show for being the longest married couple and were sent chocolate covered strawberreis and champagne (they were also sent this by John because I mentioned to him about their anniversary, and as I mentioned the DREAM pictures were awesome! I love Carnival and will continue to pick Carnival, and I would still definitely say the week was fun and it sure beat being at work!! But the few complaints I did have were major ones and Carnival needs to address them. Third time in Progresso. This time, did not go past the straw market actually into Progresso. I do enjoy the little straw market, but the only real reason to go to Progresso is if you want to do the Mayan Ruins. We took a taxi to Mr. Sanchos resort and had an AMAZING DAY!!! great food and drinks. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Top Goods and Bads of this cruise... Goods... 1) Tex, The Cruise Director 2) The fine folks of Texas were polite and possibly the nicest passengers ever! We don't have a cowboy hat in the house, don't listen to country ... Read More
Top Goods and Bads of this cruise... Goods... 1) Tex, The Cruise Director 2) The fine folks of Texas were polite and possibly the nicest passengers ever! We don't have a cowboy hat in the house, don't listen to country music nor do we own a pair of boots and frankly, hubby is a bleeding-heart liberal who was a bit scared that I was dragging him down to red country with a bunch of Bush lovers. We really thought a lot of the passengers on this boat! I thought more of the passengers on this cruise than the staff, a first for sure... even our balcony neighbors were nice!! 3) Be at the port before 11:30am and embarkation is a breeeeze ~ self debarkation was a breeeze too, actually! 4) Feeding the seagulls from your balcony is a treat for them and you! Remember to have some bread on your balcony at embarkation and debarkation. 5) Progreso is a beautiful turqoise gem. The souvenirs in Progresso are also a much better deal than in Cozumel. 6)Galveston's quaintness was a treat. The island is small and laid-out on a grid so its super easy to get around plus they have some decent restaurants, a beautiful ocean, and friendly locals. I would highly recommend staying on Seawall Blvd if you can!! Bads... 1) No lights on the balcony at night on this ship. I called guest services twice to check. They told me they are controlled by the bridge. No reading after 6pm or before 6am on this cruise. Hubby spends his evenings reading on the balcony and greatly disliked this about this ship. I would recommend buying a book light if you like to read on your balcony. On second thought, the ship's gift shop probably sold them and we didn't even think to look there. 2) The "tables for two" in the MDR that are touching elbows with other cruisers are a joke and I didn't like them. I would rather wait for an actual table. 3) Did not like the layout of this ship AT ALL. Thank Goodness someone told us deck 5 is the ONE deck that goes all the way through the ship. What a mess... 4) MDR service was day and night. Three times the waiter/waitress seemed to almost groan when we ordered from the everyday menu instead of the day's special. I wonder why it would matter?? Anyway, I didn't like it. One night we waited over an hour for our meal and we finally LEFT. :( On the other hand, one night we had Jon (?) and he was a fabulous waiter and our last night, we had a fabulous waitress. Go figure. 5) I overheard staff on this ship complaining A LOT. A staff member was cleaning a huge mess by the ice cream machines and another staff said to him "accidents happen" and he said "I think they happen on purpose." We watched a really drunk guy dancing in the MDR with another really drunk guy and one of the MDR staff walked by and said "Americans!" I was laying on the top deck above the pizzeria area sunning and listening to music when a staff member came by cleaning-up others glasses and food. I apologized and told him they were not mine and he said "I know who made the messes." I mean, the guy meant no disrespect to me but he was definitely not happy at someone. We had spotty service at every turn. A female at the casino bar literally rolled-her-eyes at me when I asked for a pina colada with a splash of strawberry on top ~ it wasn't a problem for the bar people on the Lido deck so why here?? I don't know what was going on but I could probably list ten other incidences like this. The staff on this boat seemed generally sick of working or of their customers....there were lots of signs pointing to the staff on this boat being fed-up with something... and I'm not for sure what it was... morale among the staff was low.... but I don't see it being the passengers on this cruise.... they were some of the most laid back and friendly passengers we have ever cruised with! Overall....great little cruise of 5 days that felt like 7 days and we would do it allllllll over again... goods and bads!! Carnival's reps in Galveston were wonderful. Carnival's phone reps... when planning and booking... well... Carnival desperately needs to work on their "Customer Service" via phone...because they really don't have Customer Service... they just have sells reps who do a lousy job. They need a Customer Service dept that is NOT commission based. If Carnival could get their Customer Service center to be half as friendly as John Heald, I would have a lot more good things to say about Carnival. The best thing about Carnival... booking online, Bon Voyage, and John Heald!! O... the free ice cream is good too! ;~) Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Carnival Triumph Out of New Orleans June 2011 - Stops in Key West, Freeport and Nassau, The Bahamans The Triumph: (Grade C+) Ship is a large class that sails out of New Orleans. Having cruised before I have something to compare it ... Read More
Carnival Triumph Out of New Orleans June 2011 - Stops in Key West, Freeport and Nassau, The Bahamans The Triumph: (Grade C+) Ship is a large class that sails out of New Orleans. Having cruised before I have something to compare it to as I have sailed other ships in the Carnival fleet. Overall the ship itself was clean and in good condition. Embarkation was efficient and the parking was not an issue. We had a balcony room on the 6th floor and we had no problems with our cabin or the service in our cabin. The things that did impress me over the other ships was the Triumph has a comedy club called "The Punchline". This was a great, high quality comedy club on board where comedians that gave G rated shows for the family and R rated shows later in the night for adults. I have to say that this really stood out and was very popular among all the guest. A+ for that!! The reason I gave the ship a mediocre grade was because of the Cruise Director, dining room service and the port debarkations. Again- not to beat a dead horse but- compared to other cruises, the Cruise Director on the Triumph was somewhat silent and didn't seems to motivate guest like others I had seen. He only gave basic information and seemed to only comment on things that were either revenue generating or basic "need to know" facts. The entertainment on the pool deck Ledo was mediocre at best and the selection of music videos was geared to Justin B and Miley Cyrus fans only. I'm ok with them in the mix but not everyday and them only! He should have recognized this and mixed up things. Still, Tex (as his name was) was not entertaining, inspiring nor a factor on this cruise. Its his job to motivate, entertain and inspire people into having as good of a vacation as possible but he was average in all these areas. He needs to take some pointers from the Conquest Cruise Director. The food was really good as expected but our service was good but not great. Again, comparing to other cruises. Nothing inspiring nor personal and I even had to remind them to fill our drinks on certain occasions. Lastly, the debarkation at Key West and Freeport frustrating. No we didn't have to wait more than 30 min to disembark, but it just wasn't smooth and efficient as what I've seen before. If I had never cruised before, I would have probably given the whole experience an A but, dam that Carnival Conquest for setting the standard so high that I will judge all other cruises by. I do recommend the Triumph overall and these issues I brought up are really not that big of an issue and would gladly go back again. KEY WEST: (Grade C) Little disappointed in Key West. Yes it does have a nice early 20th century feel to it and Duval Street is quite active with shopping, restaurants and bars but I just don't think its all that impressive. We took the recommended trolley tour which takes you all across the island and makes stops at all the significant attractions. You can hop off at any stop, visit that area and wait for the next trolley and move to other stops. The trolley drivers narrate your journey and its a pretty decent trip. Another popular attraction is the catamaran and snorkel. This has also received mixed reviews. Its quite obvious that the island is very depended on tourism and they try to make the most out of what Key West has to offer. There are no nice beaches per say because of the rocky island and coral reef make-up in the area. If you looking to stroll through and just take in some light shopping, music and general fun then this place will suffice. If your looking for family activity for the kids and/or nice beaches then this is not your place. We ate at the famous Sloppy Joes and it was just average. FREEPORT, THE BAHAMMAS: (GRADE A-) Really nice place! Although there is not a whole lot to do here other than visit the beach resorts and some snorkeling, I have to say this place surprised me. We visited the recommend beach resort at the Radisson Hotel and purchased the day beach pass. For the 3 of us it was about $75. This gave you full access to the Radisson hotel beach, chairs, towels and bathroom facilities. We are beach goers and this was quite nice. Also very conveniently the shopping marketplace was right across the street so everything we were looking for was in one spot. You need to take a taxi ($5 per person each way) and then your set for the day. Carnival offers the same exact trip for about $15 per person more but you only can stay at the beach a couple of hours or so. If you go yourself, you save and leave when you choose. Nice place, nice people, beautiful beach...I do recommend!! NAUSSA, THE BAHAMMAS: (GRADE A) Also a very nice place but much more developed and modern than Freeport. Being the capital, there is a lot of activity and much more to see. Atlantis is the biggest attraction and you can get access through Carnival or do it yourself. Either way its quite expensive and you will pay premium prices for any of the many activities at Atlantis. The Straw Market is right at the docks and has more than you could ever want in shopping for local treats. The Pirates Museum was a big hit with our son. Its about 8 block from the ship and I do recommend you at least make a stop there. It only takes about an hour at most and kids love it. We went down to The Sheraton resort ($5 per person each way) and it was fabulous! Just like the Radisson in Freeport, you can get a beach pass for about $25 per person and everything but your meals are included. Beautiful beach, nice atmosphere and just a really nice place to spend the day. If your a beach bum, this is a place you want to check out! The dolphin encounters are also very popular if that's what your looking for. Very nice people, no harassing salespeople and I highly recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
This was my 6th cruise and all on carnival We stayed in NOLA the night before the cruise and had a blast!!! We stayed at the Hilton Riverside and it is a nice place to stay!!Day of sailing- I have to say that VIP is the way to go We ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise and all on carnival We stayed in NOLA the night before the cruise and had a blast!!! We stayed at the Hilton Riverside and it is a nice place to stay!!Day of sailing- I have to say that VIP is the way to go We were on the ship within 20 min or less It is so nice to by pass all the waiting in line to go nowhere!!!!. kinda like the hurry up and wait!! As we entered the ship it was very pain free I noticed that the ship was very clean and there were people to assist you with anything We made our way to the lido deck and kicked back a for a lil rest!! The burgers and buffet were up and going and the music was flowing!!!! We had some friends go with us on this trip and it took them about 1 hour to get thru the boarding processDinner- After reading previous reviews of the Triumph I was not too sure what to expect I have to say that all dinning ,both buffet and sit down was very fast and very good. There were lines at the buffets but they were always moving. The main seating diner area was always clean and very prompt servicePorts- We went to Key West, Freeport and Nassau We really enjoyed Key West, being from Florida we had no idea how different the Keys are. It really opened out eyes and we cant wait to go back. As far as Freeport not too much to say If you want to do the diving excursion better book it fast!!!!!! I planned to go diving and 3 weeks before we set sail it was sold out. I called the local dive shops and they all are thru the cruise lines so BOOK EARLY on line!!! As for Nassau If you dont do Atlantis there is not really too much to do We did the Dolphin/Atlantis excursion and it was wonderful Very clean and not too over priced In Key West we did the pub crawl It was the best time ever we went to the local pubs and had a great leader. We didnt hit the common ones cptn Tony's or Sloppy Joes but the regular every day places. Ricks, Flyn Monkires and Schooners by the boat dock( not cruise pier) LOTS OF Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
We are a family of 7, with kids ages 10 - 16. We live in the New Orleans area and love to cruise. It is easy for us to leave from New Orleans so we are always on the lookout for cruises that leave from here. We have sailed NCL and RCCL ... Read More
We are a family of 7, with kids ages 10 - 16. We live in the New Orleans area and love to cruise. It is easy for us to leave from New Orleans so we are always on the lookout for cruises that leave from here. We have sailed NCL and RCCL also in the past. We did this cruise with several other families with kids. We had interior cabins. We would rather save the money since we are not in the cabin very much. My kids thought this was a great ship. The food was good, better than our last cruise on the Triumph this past summer of 2010. Dining - We had a large group with 3 tables of 10 for the early seating. We would rearrange our seats every night among the 3 tables. Waiters were great! They loved our kids and entertained them with making bunnies out of napkins, talking with them, etc. The service was probably the best we have had on any cruise. Activities - Carnival really needs to get new activities!! They are just getting way too old. They are still playing many of the same games as they did when we went on our first cruise in 1998! At least change up the questions to the "Love and Marriage" game. This area was lacking but since we had a large group to hang out with, it was fine. We did our own thing. The kids all had each other and had a great time. Children's Clubs - Seemed fine. My 10 and 11 year old only went one time and said it was okay. Other kids looked like they were having a blast, mostly the ones younger than 8 or 9. Our tweens and teens did hang out at their clubs sometimes but it is come and go as you please. Service - It was excellent this cruise! It was better than our cruise on this same ship last summer. Entertainment - Excellent. The Big Easy dance show is one of the best we have ever seen. Two of the comedians, CJ Jones and Mutzi, were the best comedians anyone in our group have ever seen! They were truly unreal! They did two family shows and 2 adults shows per night (kids and adults loved them and the family shows were clean). Then they brought in two new guys for the 2nd half of the week. Tim wasn't good at all. Carl was pretty good. Port & Shore Excursions - I did reviews of our 3 ports under the "PORT SECTION" of this review. It is at the bottom of this review. We went to Key West, Freeport and Nassau. We enjoyed them all and didn't do any ship excursions. Disembarkation - very easy Summary - We would do this cruise again. This isn't the newest ship with all of the extras but it is a great value. We had great service and good food. All 5 of my children loved everything about it. The adults all rated it well above average. Other observations: There are way too many photographers on the ship. You can't walk more than 10 feet in the main areas without one asking you to take a picture. I understand they need to make money, but this is overkill. We got to the point where we had to almost ignore them or quickly say, "No thanks" as we were walking away. Don't stop or you are trapped! Don't over pack. The interior cabins small with little storage. Bring you own small ice chest. The ice bucket is so very small!! They will fill your ice chest. If you go to any of the free seminars, be prepared for a long sales pitch to buy something. We went to the Detox seminar and they wanted us to buy the Detox kit for $600!! If you do go, just be prepared to walk away after the seminar. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
This was my 6th cruise so I do have some experience. I have been on Carnival twice Princess twice, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. We sailed with Carnival last year out of San Juan and were impressed so we decided to go with Carnival again. ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise so I do have some experience. I have been on Carnival twice Princess twice, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. We sailed with Carnival last year out of San Juan and were impressed so we decided to go with Carnival again. Cruise was cheap, with 3 of us in an ocean view room it ended up being less then $400. Decent price for what you are getting. Was this the best cruise? No definitely not but I don't want to bash it by any means. The high points, the ocean view rooms were bigger then inside rooms, pretty spacious for 3 adults. Our room steward was really nice and did a great job. Our servers were good, on top of things always got us what we needed. The itinerary was good, it was nice to have at sea days both the first and last day with the two stops in the middle. Weather was great in Mexico and for the majority of the at sea days. Going out of NOLA has it's good and bad points. This wasn't the most organized smooth port we have sailed out of. Was nice to see a new city since I had never been there. We stayed at Harrah's night before. I would definitely recommend the hotel. The first thing I noticed when we got on the ship was that there were a lot of kids. This was the first cruise I have ever really noticed them and I did right off the bat. The crowd was a bit young as well. A lot of people in their 20's. I had read a lot of reviews about the smoking on the ship and yes this was a big downfall. Smoking seemed to be everywhere, and for a non smoker this is annoying. I just wanted to email my boyfriend one night and had to go to the Internet cafe which is right by a cigar bar and had to hold my breath. Not pleasant. The ship itself is ok, we docked by Royal Caribbeans Oasis of the Seas and it really made me want to spend double the $ to go on. The Triumph layout is frustrating because it just doesn't seem to flow well. Its hard to get from one end to the other easily. All and all, cruise of course was good because who wouldn't have a good time on a cruise, but just keep in mind if you book you are getting what you pay for. If you are like me and have champagne taste on a beer budget.... don't expect that high priced bottle of champagne and you won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Carnival Triumph Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 3.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.8
Family 5.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.0
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.3

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