Sail Date: July 2018
I would like to thank my cruise team for making my experience wonderful. This was my first time cruising and had a wonderful time with Simon, DJ Sasst, my London servers Alan and Jevoni. Thank each of you and more for the great ... Read More
I would like to thank my cruise team for making my experience wonderful. This was my first time cruising and had a wonderful time with Simon, DJ Sasst, my London servers Alan and Jevoni. Thank each of you and more for the great experience. My room cleaner Armand you all did great. Bring our first time we all enjoyed it. I felt very comfortable in the captains hand he did a outstanding job cruising our ship. The security is very serious and I love the fact that they take it serious when you are a missing person. The food was wonderful guys burger is the best. I loved the buffet also and glad I got to eat plenty of ice cream. All the shopping was rational ad not so expensive. Overall this was a great experience for me and my family. Thank you for all the wonderful experience. Thank you!!!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first cruise so I don't really have anything to compare it to. The cruise was actually given to our family as a gift, it's not something we'd normally seek out. So bear that in mind. We're pretty quiet people. First of all, ... Read More
This was our first cruise so I don't really have anything to compare it to. The cruise was actually given to our family as a gift, it's not something we'd normally seek out. So bear that in mind. We're pretty quiet people. First of all, the cruise ship was incredibly crowded with people and incredibly loud. There were usually 2 different types of music blaring at the same time with people screaming over the music. It was hard to move from point a to point b at any given time and place. The pool was small and always crowded with people standing shoulder to shoulder, which made swimming impossible. The buffet food was mediocre but the pizza, hamburgers and Chinese food apart from the buffet were pretty good. The buffet area was usually very, very crowded and everyone stood in line for a while to get anything to eat. The only drinks they had that were free was water, lemonaid, tea and coffee. Unfortunately, they all tasted terrible because there's something wrong with the boat's water. Its disgusting! Also, as soon as we set foot on the ship, we were accosted by people trying to sell us stuff. The only way to have fun on this cruise was to spend more and more money and even then it's hard to enjoy anything because everything is so loud and rushed. There's so much pressure to spend, spend, spend. The crew members are usually very friendly and accommodating but they reek of desperation. They're from foreign countries and many have sad situations and work like slaves we were informed by a couple of them. Our room was tiny and our "king sized" bed was kind of small and hard as a rock. The pillows sucked. Also the Carnival Triumph seems ancient. We went to Cozumel and did the "dolphin encounter" excursion. We were accosted by people trying to sell us stuff as soon as we set foot on land. Everything is very touristy and controlled. It's very hard to have an authentic experience. The dolphin encounter thing was very controlled and wound up just being about them taking pictures of us with dolphins and trying to sell us the pictures for $260. Yes! $260. We really should have done our research before we chose dolphin encounter. The Cozumel beach was gorgeous though and we rented some snorkels and masks for $5 each. Not bad! The snorkeling was fantastic and we saw so many beautiful fish and undersea life! We will always remember that. We went to a comedy show, which was pretty funny and kid friendly. It was an experience. I don't regret going since it was a gift but I feel so relieved its over! I miss the peace and quiet and space! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My experience with Carnival Triumph cruise was great! It was our first family cruise and we all had fun. There is always something to do inside the ship. The number one thing you will do the most is eating. There is plenty of food! There ... Read More
My experience with Carnival Triumph cruise was great! It was our first family cruise and we all had fun. There is always something to do inside the ship. The number one thing you will do the most is eating. There is plenty of food! There is buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will fill up your whole plate! Honestly, you will gain weight during your cruise. The buffet food is good, it's nothing special but you will a lot. The burgers and pizza were awesome! I recommend them. My sister and I loved them! We would sneak out in the middle of the night and eat pizza. The pizza is 24 hours! The formal dining was good as well. My family was reserved for a late dining which sucks because we missed going to the other activities. The food and service was great anyways. All of the workers in the ship are very friendly. We felt comfortable talking to our waiters for the formal dining. They treated and served us very well. Their names were Rafnedi, Suryadi and Rohit. We enjoyed talking to them. The house keeping service was good. They cleaned our rooms twice a day. They worked so hard and we appreciate. I met the housekeeper, Put, and he was very nice and welcoming. It was very surprising that the workers remembered our names. It a respectful gesture. Since it was my first time in a cruise, I didn't expect much of the ship itself.The ship is huge and luxurious. It felt like we were in a really fancy hotel. The elevators were very nice, especially the ones that overlooked the ship. The pools were small. We didn't really like the swimming pools. But we enjoyed sunbathing and the movie nights. Relaxing under the sun with a drink is more enjoyable than being in a pool. Speaking of drinks! You will also get drunk in the ship. If you are not keeping up with tab, you will spend a lot of money on drinks. Our excursions contained enough activities for my family. In Cozumel, we went to Chakanaab Beach. We did snorkeling, watched a sea lion show and a tequila tasting. The snorkeling activity was fun. I loved the water. The water was straight up blue. Its so beautiful. It was a short activity but we were all content with it. Our tour guides Raul and Christian were very nice and they made sure everybody is safe and stayed within the schedule. In Progresso, our excursion was cancelled because not a lot of people bought it. We decided to tour around the city. The tour costs $9 person which, is a good price for a family of four. We simply toured around the city and learn a lot about the culture. After the tour, we went to the beach. The beach was free but not the food. We paid $20 just to get a table. It is expensive but what do you expect from a tourist spot. Be prepared to spend money! But its all worth it for the memories and experience. Overall, this cruise trip was good for my family. Each one of us enjoyed the little things and the big things that this ship offered us. This cruise will offer something you will enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose the cruise because we'd never been on a cruise before and it seemed like a good way to dip our toes into cruising. Our family could not go; it was just my wife and myself. All in all, an excellent choice. The wait staff in the ... Read More
We chose the cruise because we'd never been on a cruise before and it seemed like a good way to dip our toes into cruising. Our family could not go; it was just my wife and myself. All in all, an excellent choice. The wait staff in the London Dining Room was fantastic! The entertainment was first-rate (vocals less so than the dancing and the costumes) and the comedy clubs were great. The most notable feature of the Triumph cruise was that everyone got along with everyone else. It was PACKED! 3400 Passengers, and we never saw a dispute or an angry passenger. Great crew and great efficiency in getting passengers on and offboard. Very pleased with the comedy shows; very pleased with the enthusiasm of our waiter, Edwin. Even the buffets were pretty darn good. Especially liked the BlueIguana burritos and tacos, even for breakfast. Recommend an early boarding time and carrying your own luggage off the boat, if possible. Our shore excursion got cancelled, but we were able to reschedule. The Mexico shore excursions were not great, but were very good. We would go again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Decided to try the New Orleans port. Port workers were rude and ran you through like cattle. We took 2 teen boys and our 11 yr old boy. This was my son's Sr trip. This is my 3rd Carnival Cruise and the worst! Thank goodness my ... Read More
Decided to try the New Orleans port. Port workers were rude and ran you through like cattle. We took 2 teen boys and our 11 yr old boy. This was my son's Sr trip. This is my 3rd Carnival Cruise and the worst! Thank goodness my kids haven't been before. But they still noticed the outdatedness. First off the workers were not nearly as nice! The bartender in the capitol bar was very rude. My son waited over 30 minutes and never got waited on. I said something and was told she had other customers. I watched her from a distance wait on others that came up after him. I told her and got attitude. I was very upset and made sure to never use the capitol bar again! Our dining room waited was unfriendly till the last night. Our steward lady on the 8th deck was amazing!! Shows were good. Loved the comedians. Simon the cruise director was amazing! Ship is outdated!!!! We stayed in rooms 8215 and 8217 deck 8. Our couch was grimey from age, room was dusty, all the lights in both rooms were very slow coming on. Pillows we're awful. The kids room had broken light spots in ceiling, the bathroom door would not shut, thier room was always stuffy and warm. Floors down hallways we're stained. Food in dinning room was hit and miss. The shore excursions we're okay. Loved Mr Sancho's. We will never go out of New Orleans or use Triumph again. We will stick to the Galveston port. Actually we have decided to try Royal Caribbean next time. Yup it left a bad taste in our mouths. We saved up for over a year to treat my son to a nice Sr graduation trip that turned out mediocre. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
I choose Carnival Triumph because my daughter wanted to see New Orleans, even though Galveston was our closest port. It was a 5 night cruise to the western Caribbean with stops in Cozumel and Progresso. Buying Faster to the Fun and ... Read More
I choose Carnival Triumph because my daughter wanted to see New Orleans, even though Galveston was our closest port. It was a 5 night cruise to the western Caribbean with stops in Cozumel and Progresso. Buying Faster to the Fun and reserving parking with Machu Picchu tours was the smartest thing I did. Angel with Machu Picchu parked our car, loaded our luggage into his van and then drove us to the front door of the cruise terminal (the line for parking at the terminal was horrendous). He unloaded our luggage, flagged a porter for us and gave us a sheet with the phone number to call when we got back. Being Faster to the Fun we had our own priority line and were one of the first ones on the ship. Our room was ready for us and we unloaded our carry one and were able to explore the ship and grab lunch on lido deck. I was traveling with my 18 yr old daughter and 16 yr old son. Our room was a balcony on Lido deck. It was more roomy than I was expecting and it was the perfect location. The atmosphere on the ship was awesome! Everyone was happy to be on vacation!!! The food on lido buffet was good, MDR was better, and Guys Bugers were the best!!! If you went hungry it was your own fault! Simon London, our cruise director, was great!!! We went to several of the activities he was hosting and he seemed to genuinely love his job and the result was the whole crowd seemed to come alive. It was just fun to be a part of it. Activities onboard were fun and we sometimes had a hard time deciding which ones we wanted to go to since several started at the same time. I used the Carnival Hub app to keep track of which ones I wanted to do and it was also handy to check how much we were spending on our Sign and Sail cards. Also, we used the “messenger” feature of the Hub app (for $5 a person) to let each other know where we were on the ship. It was a nice peace of mind for me to let my teenage kids do their “own thing”. My son didn’t want to attend Club O2, which was activities for his age group (15-17) but he said he had fun doing other things. I bought the smallest WIFI package and was able to connect to Facebook and Facebook Messenger, it let me check in with my family back home and let them know all was going great! I had decent reception throughout the ship. I booked excursions thru carnival, I probably could have gotten them cheaper but I liked the guarantee that if something unforeseen happened the ship wouldn’t leave us. And Carnival was very good about letting us know when and where we needed to be. The private all inclusive beach in Cozumel was what my daughter wanted to do and my son choose the Uxmal ruins in Progresso. We thoroughly enjoyed both!!! Disembarkation went smoothly, again thanks to Faster to the Fun. The overall condition of the ship was clean but worn. I knew going in that the Triumph was not the newest and shiniest ship of the fleet. And the service and friendliness of the staff was outstanding!!! It took a few days to learn our way around the ship but I never felt like it was to big to get around. Be prepared to be photographed a lot! Finding the pictures was not as hard as I thought as they are categorized by day and activity. They were a little expensive, but nice to have as memories of an awesome time. And all transactions on board are thru your sail & sign card. It was nice to not have to deal with cash but at the same time it was very easy to overspend. In hindsight I would have put a daily spending limit on my daughter’s card, lol. I loved this cruise, everything was so easy, and my kids loved it too. We’ve already booked another cruise with Carnival for next year, we can’t wait!!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this ship because it was within driving distance of STL. It was a 10 hour drive to the port, which was doable. I wasn't sure what to expect, because my husband and I had done a Royal Carribean cruise alone three years ago. Another ... Read More
We chose this ship because it was within driving distance of STL. It was a 10 hour drive to the port, which was doable. I wasn't sure what to expect, because my husband and I had done a Royal Carribean cruise alone three years ago. Another reason why we chose Carnival is because it was definitely less expensive. I was prepared for a major downgrade, but to my pleasant surprise, I did not find that to be true. The ship is a little older, but I constantly saw staff cleaning and sanitizing the ship. At one point I went down to my room in the middle of the day and our steward Ketut was on his hands and knees dusting all of the vents in the hallway. I sat in the food area and read a book for a few hours in the evening, and I lost track of how many staff members I saw cleaning tables, ledges, counters, cooking equipment, etc. I think the ship itself was difficult to navigate and the signage was not clear. Even after 5 days on the ship, we'd still get lost going to the certain areas. It is very choppy, and I prefer the promenade set-up of the Royal Caribbean. Our ocean view room on deck 1 was clean and had plenty of room for our 4 family members (me and my husband and our two boys, ages 12 and 14). I also thought I would hate being on deck 1, but I think I actually prefer it. The ship was loud with entertainment late in to the night, and we did not hear a sound down in our room. We were also located very closely to the exit, so when we ported, getting on and off the ship was a piece of cake. As far as actives for my teenagers went, Circle C was a hit. They boys loved Timmy, the staff in charge of the club. The boys enjoyed the scavenger hunts, the games, the parties, and the other kids in the club. In fact, on our drive home, our 12 year was in a group text with all of the other kids he met and befriended at Circle C. The water slide was a bit elementary, and the pool sizes were small. I think my 12 year old went down the slide once, and I don't think either boy swam in the pools at all. One night I did sit outside the youth clubs as I waited for my boys to get down with their late night activity (1 am), and I was a bit put off by the language and attitudes of some of the unsupervised older teenagers 15-17. At one point one of the older teenagers was screaming the "F" word at passing adults. I do wish those older teenagers were a bit more supervised. The entertainment was definitely lower in quality. I think we walked out of each of the dancing/singing shows. With the exception of comedian Mark Hawkins, who was absolutely hysterical, I think the entertainment needs an upgrade. The food was great in my opinion. We did the sea day brunch 2x, and it was just right for us. The wait to get in was about 10 minutes, but that didn't bother us too much. The dinner at night was good too. My husband was adventures and ordered ox tongue and rabbit, but the boys and I stuck to chicken and pasta. If you ask my 14 year old what his favorite part of the cruise was, he will say the food. Guys Burgers was a HUGE hit with my family, and the 24 pizza was a dream come true for them. We enjoyed watching Black Panther and Jumangi at the Dive-in movie, although if you want to get a seat, you need to get there very early. My husband and I found it a little difficult to find quiet places to read, which is what we like to do when our boys were at the Circle C activities. It was way too cold inside to be comfortable...like, I could almost see my breath in the dining areas. And then outside was loud due to the constant DJ music playing in the background. I do wish there was an adults only area. Getting on and off the ship was a piece of cake and so much easier than a Royal Carribean experience. The only major complaint I have is the emergency protocol debriefing was unorganized and due to poor communication and signage, we couldn't even find our proper designated spot, and ironically the only time I felt unsafe. They crowd so many people in to one small area outside on the deck, and then try to talk over everyone there to explain about the life jackets and life boats. It was so hot in that crowded space, I felt like passing out. There has to be a better way to communicate protocol. Royal Carribean took us into an auditorium at different points before we left the port and educated us that way. All in all, we enjoyed our experience, and I would not hesitate to do another Carnival cruise, although I don't know if I'd choose Triumph again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
My wife and I treated our kids and their "+1s" to a cruise. We booked a total of 5 cabins. This wasn't our preferred dates, but everyone's schedule dictated otherwise. Embarkation was quite uneventful. That was a pleasant ... Read More
My wife and I treated our kids and their "+1s" to a cruise. We booked a total of 5 cabins. This wasn't our preferred dates, but everyone's schedule dictated otherwise. Embarkation was quite uneventful. That was a pleasant surprise. The ship is BADLY in need of a facelift. EVERYTHING is dated. Many, if not all, areas are in some stage of disrepair. The king bed in our cabin was terribly uncomfortable. The service staff was very accommodating and friendly. Food in the dining room was quite good (although I think it's ridiculous to charge for any food items in the dining room). The buffet food was what you'd expect. Definately nothing spectacular except for the burgers at the Guy Fieri joint. They were exceptional. The shore excursions were very fun & adventurous. I will do more research before my next cruise. I'm not a "party ship" type cruiser. Debarkation was also easy-peasy. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first cruise so I really have nothing to compare it to but I was a little underwhelmed by the activities on board. There were so many people that you couldn't move at times. The pools were so full that we were only able to use ... Read More
This was our first cruise so I really have nothing to compare it to but I was a little underwhelmed by the activities on board. There were so many people that you couldn't move at times. The pools were so full that we were only able to use them once and it was standing room only. I wish there was more to do during the sea days. The list looked like it was full of stuff to do but it was mainly seminars, shopping or playing bingo. I could only afford bingo a few times. Everything revolves around spending more money. There were several times we wanted to do an activity but it was scheduled at the same time as another activity. It would be nice if some of them were offered several times during the day. The lines for food seemed to go on forever. We gave up a few times on trying to eat. The room was fine and the crew was always polite and respectful. We were worried about the boarding process but it was very organized and fast. This ship is old and about to get a face lift. It is needed. Overall, I think we paid too much for this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Simon London (Cruise Director) was awesome! We must have met and spoke with Simon more than a dozen times during the cruise. Simon seemed to be everywhere at one time. One minute we would be watching a show that he was hosting, and before ... Read More
Simon London (Cruise Director) was awesome! We must have met and spoke with Simon more than a dozen times during the cruise. Simon seemed to be everywhere at one time. One minute we would be watching a show that he was hosting, and before we could even exit to the next event, he would already be there with a different change of wardrobe and entertaining an entirely different event. We joked the entire cruise that he either had a twin or a double that would stand in for him. We took many pictures with him and anytime that he saw us, he would walk through the crowd of people to come greet us and ask us how our day was going. He always informed us of the upcoming events and we even connected with him through the chat feature on the Carnival Hub App. It was so great and funny that he would respond to us through chat as there were literally thousands of people on the ship and he would take time out of his extremely busy schedule to chat with us. Captain Alessandro Lemmi was the most gracious of all hosts. We were first in line to meet him for the Captains Toast. Upon having our pictures taken, we made a very special yet unusual request. Captain briefly considered and obliged with a formal invitation to something that was beyond anything that we could have imagined that would happen. On our last sea day, we were invited by the captain to spend time with him and spent close to an hour with him. This is a memory that we will never forget. Captain Lemme was so regal and eloquent with us and is a true gentleman. We discussed his hometown in Italy and he was very interested in our hometown in Louisiana. We discussed his very successful career in the Italian Navy, as an officer with LPG Tankers, and now his tremendous position as Captain with Carnival Cruise Lines. Captain Lemmi is most certainly what made our trip as special as it was. We cannot hold him to a higher regard and compliment his graciousness, kindness, professionalism and being an amazing host in general. Moises Clarena (Guest Services Manager) was excellent, he was very accommodating and stopped by to check on us whenever he saw us out and about. We very much enjoyed his hospitality and professionalism. Every time we saw Moises, he knew who we were, would ask us how our day was and ask if there was anything that he could do for us. He is an excellent person and host and is a true professional that does a great job. Dinner in the London Dining Room (6pm) was excellent. The service by Martinez and Edwin was excellent. They were so much fun and knew us all by name along with what we drank each night. Martinez and Edwin were gracious hosts that catered to anything that we wanted. Our conversations with them carried on from one night to the next like we were old friends. They impressed us very much and we felt very fortunate that we were placed in their care. We prepaid gratuities before the cruise, but also felt that they deserved a great deal more than that, so we tipped them very handsomely in addition. Martinez and Edwin deserve to be recognized for their outstanding service and hospitality. Theresa (bartender at the Capital Bar on deck 3) was awesome. She had the most bubbly and friendly personality. She was always so excited every time she saw us. She made the most amazing drinks and truly stood out as such a happy person that really seemed to enjoy her job. Of all the amazing bartenders on the ship, Theresa was by far the best and our favorite. She truly has a tremendously bright future ahead of her. We did the Elite Champagne Catamaran Sail & Snorkel excursion in Cozumel. Alejandro and his crew were phenomenal. This excursion far exceeded what we expected. Those guys catered to us like we were royalty. Alejandro and his crew were so much fun to be around. They let us drive the boat, they fed us an amazing Mexican meal that was accompanied with an endless supply of whatever we wanted to drink. They drove us all around the Western side of Cozumel while entertaining us constantly. They brought us to the most amazing places to snorkel while letting the current do all the work for us as we drifted near the boat down the beautiful coastline. Alejandro and his crew made this day extremely special. We also did the Mi Casa Su Casa excursion while in Progreso. Luis was a phenomenal guide and was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the region. Luis was extremely friendly and made it very well known that when they said, “Mi Casa Su Casa”, they meant it. We were treated like royalty from the moment we stepped on the bus until we got back to port. The food, drinks, beach house, bartenders, butlers, guides, homeowners, massage therapists and chefs were all beyond amazing. We could not have been happier with Luis and this excursion. In conclusion, this was the first cruise for all four of us. Our party consisted of myself and my wife and our best friends (Rooms 8434 & 8439). The ship was great, so were the people and experiences. The price was excellent also. We bought the Cheers package for the unlimited alcohol and that was really cool because we never had to worry about how much our bill was going to be as it was all covered. We also booked a fifty minute deep tissue massage on the Cloud 9 Spa and it was great. Our friends and ourselves just booked next years cruise on the Carnival Glory that will visit Mahogany Bay, Belize, and Cozumel. We all look forward to trying more that Carnival has to offer. Read Less
Carnival Triumph Ratings
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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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