2 Carnival Triumph Gourmet Food Cruise Reviews

We just returned this past week from a 5 day Western cruise with Carnival Triumph out of New Orleans (Monday-Saturday). We've cruised many times on Carnival and other cruise lines, we always come back to Carnival for the fun ... Read More
We just returned this past week from a 5 day Western cruise with Carnival Triumph out of New Orleans (Monday-Saturday). We've cruised many times on Carnival and other cruise lines, we always come back to Carnival for the fun atmosphere, good food and friendly staff. This was our 2nd trip on the Carnival Triumph. Our first was a few years ago with the grand suite, this time around we tried the ocean suite since it was just 2 of us. The room was an adequate size for 2 adults. Lots of space to and storage to put all of your belongings. Our cabin steward was Randy, very hospitable and good with taking care of our our room while we were away from the cabin, etc. The food for this trip was noticeable that the buffet's food wasn't as we remember with food quality - for example, on one day with fried chicken on the buffet, it doesn't look as though food is kept fresh/switched out periodically during the time it's sitting at the buffet. The fried chicken was so dried out and hard, we couldn't eat it. Also, this was a 5 day trip, so there was no lobster/steak night. My husband opted to purchase it on one of our dinner nights and was happy with the steak, but he said the lobster was overcooked/rubbery. Not worth the $20 extra that he paid for it. I ate a couple of times at the pay for seafood restaurant - lobster rolls $11 (they were good) once, and the fried seafood platter another time $10 - the oil I don't think is hot enough because their french fries on both orders were very greasy. They auto charge gratuity for whatever you order at this place, so be aware when you sign and it asks for tip. The chinese food and the deli sandwich shop are both good. The rueben at the deli shop was my husbands favorite. Also, we can't forget about Guy's hamburger place - everywhere you looked, there was a Guy's hamburger that someone was eating. They are really good, so I was glad it was onboard to quickly grab a good burger. The blue iguana cantina had good huevos rancheros ready each morning at 7am, so I visited them for breakfast often. They also have a good taco salad during lunch. Also, brunch on seadays from 8am-12:30 is the best breakfast with steak and eggs, pork chops, don't miss this breakfast in the Paris dining room. For entertainment, the comedian show was always packed, so get there early if you want to get a seat. We didn't get to go to the Rome Lounge for the show, but I remember there were 2 nights - Tuesday with music and dance styles from around the world at 7 & 9pm. on Wed, there was a vegas style magical show at 7 & 9pm. Overall, the ship is kept very clean, lots of activities (more than you can do on the 5 day cruise), friendly people on board, very diverse group of people with everyone having a good time and enjoying themselves. Embarkation and debarkation was very smooth - the quickest we've ever experience at the Port of New Orleans for debarkation. We were happy with the cruise and service from everyone and was able to relax and enjoyed this trip. We'll be back on board again in December! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because it was a way to have some time together as a couple prior to Christmas. The itinerary took us to Progreso, Mexico and to Cozumel. This was our second time on Triumph. We enjoyed the ship, the friendly ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a way to have some time together as a couple prior to Christmas. The itinerary took us to Progreso, Mexico and to Cozumel. This was our second time on Triumph. We enjoyed the ship, the friendly staff, and the activities. The shows were Christmas themed, and were well done. The ship was decorated for the Christmas holiday with wreaths and garland. The gulf waters were rougher than we expected because a storm had blown through just as we were leaving. Hence, the ship rocked back and forth for the first two days of travel. I took medicine and learned how to 'get my sea-legs.' The staff was helpful, carrying my tray on the Lido when I had a hard time walking steadily. After a while, we just got used to it. We met up with a facebook group to 'mingle' on the first afternoon. That was a nice way to start things off. It gave us a chance to get to know some people and compare notes on excursions. I was a bit disappointed because we were placed at a table for two in the Paris dining room. It was in a walkway area, and it felt awkward. We prefer to be seated with a group of people, even if we do not know them. I found out that you can request seating arrangements if you go down to the dining room and talk to the maitre de. Will try that next time. The dining room was not as inviting as on our previous cruise. Carnival has introduced a new menu called American Table. It should be called Bare Table because they have discontinued the tablecloths, even on elegant night. American table is all about things Americans are supposed to like---steak, potatoes, etc. However, we prefer the European style menus they had previously. We further request the return of the tablecloths. If I wanted to eat at Denny's, I would have stayed in Texas. We tried a wine package (3-bottle, premium). The selections were limited, but varied enough to meet our needs. The good thing about the wine is that they kept the leftover wine and had it waiting on our table the next evening, chilled and ready to pour. There is a basic and a deluxe wine package. You can save about 20% by purchasing this package prior to the cruise. The deluxe package has Zonin Prosecco, which, in my opinion, is better than champagne. Progreso was wonderful. We went to a beach hotel with a buffet and open bar. It was very nice. The bus ride took 35 minutes, but the time flew by due to the entertaining stories and lessons given by Alejandro Fitzmaurice Laviada, our tour guide. On the return bus ride, several people vomited because of the choppy ocean effect combined with too much tequila. Cozumel was excellent. We purchased a non-Carnival excursion to Nachi Cocom for $55.00 apiece. They had a clean pool, great beachfront, and plenty to drink with poolside/beachside service. The food was very good. There were six cruise ships in port that day, but even so, there was plenty of taxi service available. Our favorite activities on board were the hot tub, comedy club, and the casino. I coaxed my wife to gamble bit. We decided that on our next cruise we will ask for the 8:15 PM dining slot since there are fewer kids and less rush in the dining rooms at that time. The shows have multiple times, so you have to work your MDR time around that as well. Overall, I think Carnival does a great job with their cruises, and we will continue to stay with them. Dining room, bar, and stateroom service were excellent. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
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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