Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because departure port was close enough to drive. We took two of our grandchildren which was their first time away from parents! Pros: Camp ocean was great! The kids loved it and the staff were super! ... Read More
We chose this cruise because departure port was close enough to drive. We took two of our grandchildren which was their first time away from parents! Pros: Camp ocean was great! The kids loved it and the staff were super! Most offerings in main room were delish. I had two dishes inedible; the prime rib and mahi-mahi, but everything else better than expected. Our Matri’d was so accommodating. He changed our dining time from anytime to 6 pm., and assigned us one of the best tables in London Dining. The towel animal ‘parade’ around the pool was a big hit! Cons: Being that there were no accessible rooms available we opted for an ocean suite. Do not think ‘suite’ is better and bigger. It is not. (The only suite plus was the captains lounge before embarking.) Our room number was 7329. Our cabin steward did not put away children’s beds during the day which made it near impossible to maneuver, especially since my husband and I had both had mobility scooters. (All cruise lines need to uphold rules for who can reserve accessible rooms.). Beside all this, the room was on the warm side. Thank goodness I brought a fan. We did not allow children to swim last day at sea. The water was turning green. Rightly so because the public restrooms were few and far between and well hidden. There were no family appropriate shows in the theatre. We heard there was a good comedian in forward lounge but it was standing room only every night. There were no quiet places to enjoy an evening cocktail. Every bar area had bands thinking the louder they played the more talented they were. The Piano Bar, Big Easy, Venezia were always closed for special events. IF you could find someone to order a drink, it was so watered down they should be ashamed for charging so much. The endless bubbles was a total waste of money. There again, it was near impossible to find someone to take your soda or juice order. We even had to pay for distilled water to put in c-pac machine! The main dining room/s were never opened for breakfast or lunch. (There was at sea brunch.). The only breakfast or lunch choices were hamburgers, pizza, or a limited buffet offering all with long lines. Being on a scooter it wasn’t easy getting a plate. The only one to ever help was Mariana. One review star goes to her alone. We really missed the little things. Chocolates left on pillows, A call letting us know room service was on the way. The variety of items in fun shops was poor. Only one ‘sidewalk’ sale which I always bought future gifts or souvenirs. I realize all this is to keep costs down to provide this experience of varying budgets. We will probably take the grandkids again next year. Your children’s program and staff are wonderful. I do hope a little bit larger boat will replace Triumph. (I read she was going in to dry dock for a much needed facelift.). I was surprised there was only one slide for kiddos. Hopefully the redo will add a few more water thrills. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
...the only thing missing for us was and "adults only" pool area. There were LOTS of kids onboard and finding a place outside, that was laid back, was the smoking area and we don't smoke. Otherwise a great time. The cruise ... Read More
...the only thing missing for us was and "adults only" pool area. There were LOTS of kids onboard and finding a place outside, that was laid back, was the smoking area and we don't smoke. Otherwise a great time. The cruise director, Simon London did a great job and certainly the stewards and wait staff were spot on!! We really enjoyed a food tasting in the kitchen with the sous chef - a once in a lifetime experience. The closing show was really good! They all worked hard to provide us with a great time. We also enjoyed Thea Vidale, Clay at the piano in The Big Easy piano bar. Brendan, the soloist was super cool and very talented. I must be old, but the music played was very loud all over. It is an enclosed area, party music, sure! but this was too loud sometimes. I thought the check on and check off was well organized. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
My husband and I have taken this same ship, same itinerary for 3 Anniversaries straight. We have always had a great time, with each time even more than the last. The more you know your ship and your excursion locations the more fun you ... Read More
My husband and I have taken this same ship, same itinerary for 3 Anniversaries straight. We have always had a great time, with each time even more than the last. The more you know your ship and your excursion locations the more fun you will have. We can not say more about the whole Triumph family, everyone is so friendly so helpful and work so incredibly hard. Our rooms are always kept amazing by our room steward. This trip we had Eva on the Veranda deck 820. She was the best!! We truly want her for every cruise. She made sure we had anything we needed, she always kept our room immaculate. She was happy and friendly anytime and every time we saw her. I noticed all the crew being nice to everyone. I just can not say enough good things about Carnival and the Triumph!!!! We will cruise with Carnival for many many years to come. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
Triumph is an older and smaller ship, but we really enjoyed our cruise. ROOM: We were in cabin 8201 with a balcony. The room was clean and roomy. Carnival provides in the room: beach towels, towels and wash cloths, blankets and extra ... Read More
Triumph is an older and smaller ship, but we really enjoyed our cruise. ROOM: We were in cabin 8201 with a balcony. The room was clean and roomy. Carnival provides in the room: beach towels, towels and wash cloths, blankets and extra pillows, soap, shampoo and conditioner, toilet paper, kleenex, bottle opener in bathroom, clothes line in the shower for wet bathing suits, hair dryer, two outlets, full length mirror and dresser, lots of mirrors, ice bucket, wine glasses, water that can be bought for $3.25 a bottle, two lounge chairs and table on balcony. You can ask your steward for bathrobes and extra hangers. No refrigerator in room unless you have medicine that must be kept in the refrigerator. What you need to bring: power cord, clothespins to hold swimming suits on clothes line, hand mirror. You can get a larger ice bucket at the bar on the Lido deck for box wine. Order 12 pack of water at the Fun Shop online for $4.50. The thermostat is on the ceiling. You can ask the steward to help you adjust it. DINING: We ate in the Paris Dining Room as much as possible, and we were always pleased with the food. If you are not happy with one dish, then order another one. The service was amazing. Thank you Edgar and Imadi. I did not like the Lido deck food-tasted like cafeteria food, but I do not like buffet food. I did like Off the Grill on the Lido deck that made omelettes the way you wanted them. They were delicious. The SeaDay Brunch in the Paris Dining Room was the best! Ask to be seated by the window-open seating for breakfast. ENTERTAINMENT: We loved the bands Cat's Pajamas and Music through the Decades. We did not like the Welcome Show but the tribute to New Orleans Show was great! If you like Art check out the Art Show. The pieces were beautiful. SHORE EXCURSIONS: COZUMEL- You must check out Kaokao Chocolate Factory Tour. You can order on their website. It was $25 per person for 90 minutes. It was so informative and fun. We made our own chocolate to take home. At the end of the Cozumel pier is the taxi stand. It was $11 for up to four people to go to the factory. https://kaokaochocolatefactorytour.com/ Down the street is the local market place-Mercado Municipal. This is a great place to see local life at its best and find some great deals. Have lunch at Pancho's Backyard-amazing! PROGRESSO: Sergio's Tours has an amazing COSTA ESMERALDA 5 IN 1 TOUR for $60 per person. Uva our guide stayed with us all day and treated us like royalty.We went to the Cenotes, Flamingos Reserve, Pink Mayan Salts Lake, Mayan Ruins Xcambo, and Beach Club where you can eat and drink all you want. Check it out at http://sergiotours.wixsite.com/sergiotours/naturaleza EMBARKATION: This was rather painless. We arrived at 10:15 am at the port. They began calling groups at 11:30 am and by noon we were on the Lido deck eating. The lines were long for dining, but relax you are on vacation. Do not pack any alcohol because they will take it out of your suitcase. DEBARKATION: This was a nightmare. Stay in your room until they call your deck. Some people got off early and caused everyone to be backed up. There has to be a better way to organize this. They started calling decks around 7:15 am and we did not get called until 9:00 am. We stood in line for an hour before we could get off the boat. Customs was no big deal. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We had a great time on the cruise but it was not one of my best cruises with carnival. This was my 6th cruise with carnival and this was the 1st one where some on the employees had bad attitudes. Not all of them, but there were about four ... Read More
We had a great time on the cruise but it was not one of my best cruises with carnival. This was my 6th cruise with carnival and this was the 1st one where some on the employees had bad attitudes. Not all of them, but there were about four to five who had bad service. Also there also a bad smell in certain parts of the boat. But other than that everything was great. The onboarding experience was fast moving and we were on the ship having lunch around 1pm. The movie selection at night was great. I think they should keep guy's burger joint open past 6pm, but that's because i love the burgers so much. The variety of food was top notch. They had something for everyone. Also my niece just love camp carnival and wanted to go there all the time. There was no serenity deck but it was still a great time. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
For years, my wife has been wanting to go on a cruise but I was leery due to being prone to motion sickness. After pricing other vacations I realized how affordable it would be to cruise and I needed to face some fears! We decided on ... Read More
For years, my wife has been wanting to go on a cruise but I was leery due to being prone to motion sickness. After pricing other vacations I realized how affordable it would be to cruise and I needed to face some fears! We decided on Carnival due to recommendations from friends and the nearness of the Port of New Orleans. I decided a 5 day cruise would be best since there was only (1) day at sea before the first port and (1) day at sea on the way back. Embarkation was fast and easy! We arrived at the terminal at 10:30 am and was on the ship by 11:15 am. Once we got on the ship there was food already available on the Lido deck. We ate at Guy's Burger Joint and then had ice cream for dessert. We were able to access our stateroom at 1:30 pm and our luggage was waiting at the door. The worst part of the whole cruise is the safety training, which is mostly the fault of the other passengers not listening to directions. In our Muster area I was right by a speaker and it almost blew my ear off during the safety announcements. I used the seasick "patch" and i'm glad I did. My wife, who has never had a problem with seasickness and has cruised before, admitted that the seas seemed rough. Thankfully, I never felt the first symptom of seasickness. I believe I would have without the patch. There were several other people wearing patches and it was a point of discussion with several passengers who did not know what is was used for. On our first sea day, we had fun laying out on the Lido deck, taking in the sun and eating burgers. Guy's Burger Joint, the Deli and the Pizza Pirate is great! The buffet, not so much. Also, I was fairly disappointed with the Paris dining room food although sea day brunch was great! All of the dining and food staff were exceptional. We talked to several of them and were amazed (and concerned) about the length they stay at sea and the hours they work. They never complained and all do a great job! We had an excursion to Passion Island in Cozumel which was fun except for the hour of rain as soon as we got to the island. We made the best of it and even had time for some brief shopping in Cozumel after the excursion. The next port was Progreso. I would suggest to have a excursion for this port or stay on the ship. Our excursion in Progreso was the VIP to Chiche'n Itza and the Cenote. There was a 2 hour bus ride and annoying people selling souvenirs but this excursion was amazing! The sea day back home was great but bittersweet since it was the last day of our vacation. We made the most of it! The Punchline comedy club was great! I suggest getting to the show extra early or you will not find a seat. We also enjoyed the other entertainment options. The casino was fun the first few days when the slots were loose but then they tightened up and all the fun ended. We were constantly asked to take pictures and as annoying as it was we had some great pics to purchase at Pixels. We purchased the WiFi "Value" package but the service is horrible. Unless you absolutely need to check email, I would suggest the social package and message people using Facebook messenger or some other means through social media. We also purchasing the bubbles package for both my wife and I and I think I would have been better off lugging a 12pk per person than to pay what we paid for the packages. Towards the end of the cruise I was refilling my cup just to account for the cost. Disembarkation was a slower process but not too bad. I suggest eating breakfast prior to disembarkation since there is a lot of standing. We chose express disembarkation and was off the ship by 9:30 am. Customs was fast. There are really clean bathrooms outside at the pickup area once you exit the terminal. Probably the cleanest bathrooms in New Orleans. Some suggestions for first time cruisers: First, read the reviews but only believe about 30% of the negative reviews. Be sure to look at what month and year the review was submitted. Second, if you are prone to or worried about seasickness get the prescription patch from your doctor. Lastly, if you get a drink package, make sure to bring a Yetti cup or some type of large cup. The cups from the bar are small. In closing, my wife and I had a great time and we have already booked our next cruise with Carnival. I have caught the cruising bug! We are going to a few different ports for our next cruise so we will be on a different ship but I would cruise on the Triumph again in the future. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We purchased the Faster to the Fun and I would recommend it to everyone. We arrived at the ship around 11:00 am and was on the boat by 11:15 am. Our cabin was ready when we boarded, so we were able to put our carry on luggage in our cabins ... Read More
We purchased the Faster to the Fun and I would recommend it to everyone. We arrived at the ship around 11:00 am and was on the boat by 11:15 am. Our cabin was ready when we boarded, so we were able to put our carry on luggage in our cabins before hitting the buffet. Our cabin had ample amount of room to move about. We had cabin 8388 (balcony) - it was close to the elevators and stairs which was awesome. I would suggest bringing your own hair dryer though. The Lido deck was nice, and a lot of people hung out here most of the time. I LOVED Guy's Burgers - they were awesome-- best meal on the boat by far. I was not impressed by the food in the dining room on Elegant Night at all, we dined in the London Dining room and it was very hot. Our room steward Yogha was awesome.. always called us by name each time he saw us. We also loved the 4 guy band that played by the casino.. they were awesome. Loved the Comedy shows as well. The tribute show to New Orleans was great as well in the Rome Theater. Bar service was good. Cozumel was awesome as usual. We did the Isle Pasion excursion and the beach was beautiful. We went to the beach in Progresso (really don't like this port). Overall our cruise was awesome. We did not travel with children. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
this was my families first cruise! it was amazing, we all had an absolute blast! the crew were so great. we never had 1 complaint. I think this was a great 1st cruise option, they couldn't of made it easier to have fun 24/7!! they gave ... Read More
this was my families first cruise! it was amazing, we all had an absolute blast! the crew were so great. we never had 1 complaint. I think this was a great 1st cruise option, they couldn't of made it easier to have fun 24/7!! they gave great directions on getting on and off the ship. I loved that we had such clear instructions. we had a great day in cozumel, going to paradise beach. it was great for the kids and relaxing for the adults. Progresso was the next day and we used auto progreso to do the Cinote excursion which was absolutely amazing!! they were half the price and so great, our guide Fernando was a 10! the days on the boat were full of activities, we had something to do every minute and ate so much amazing food!! we can't wait to go again! will def be sailing with carnival again Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
Ship looks old and tidiness is far from perfect. Doors and drawer broken in stateroom and do not close properly. Windows, almost everywhere, need to be cleaned, and some parts need to be painted. VERY long waiting lines at ... Read More
Ship looks old and tidiness is far from perfect. Doors and drawer broken in stateroom and do not close properly. Windows, almost everywhere, need to be cleaned, and some parts need to be painted. VERY long waiting lines at breakfast. (We have done probably a dozen cruises and we have never seen this...) Ship departed later than expected (have we known, we would have stayed longer in New Orleans). Our excursion in Xcaret was cancelled... The security drill was a mess. Incredibly long waiting time in an exiguous space; could not hear what was said and exclusively in English. The speakers seem to date from World War II and we understood nothing from what we heard. Shows were cancelled or rescheduled. SPA: not only is it pricey, but they did not give us the discounts that they were supposed to give. They later made a new charge for a corrected amount (we had to ask) but we were NOT reimbursed for the first transaction !! Once again we had to ask and INSIST. At least once, the wine we wanted from the list (in the "package") was not available. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
I was pleasantly surprised at the easiness of the boarding of the ship and the organization of the New Orleans port. We got to the port about 10:15 and was on the ship by 11:15. Got on board and started the fun. The drinks were good and ... Read More
I was pleasantly surprised at the easiness of the boarding of the ship and the organization of the New Orleans port. We got to the port about 10:15 and was on the ship by 11:15. Got on board and started the fun. The drinks were good and off we go at sail time. I will admit the ship needs a little TLC but it will go in dry dock soon so hope it will be for the better. As I looked around I didn't see many young booze cruise type guests and was more pleased at how classy this bunch was. We went to diner the first night and our waiters Fred and Indra was absolutely awesome. After diner we sat out under the stars and watched the big screen movie night with blankets and pop corn. Next day was SEA DAY and overcast for most of the day. The activity director JESS from the U.S. was around to keep everyone happy. Elegant night was this night and I was disappointed that not too many people actually came to diner that night or even took the time to dress up. Wednesday was port day for Cozumel. Now I have been to Cozumel many times before and I have snorkeled before so with that said, we booked the excursion Jeep/snorkel at Punta Sir with the lighthouse and the description was so nice and it seemed the perfect thing to do. Ok well the group was about 32 of us and we all got assigned a Jeep. 2 of the 4 jeeps broke down enroute to the lighthouse, ours skipped out of gear so many times I could have swore we had whiplash. We get to destination and it was very hot that day and most of the people didn't have water with them and almost passed out as he was talking through his speech about the mayan ruin we were looking at that no bigger than a Volkswagon. After that he made us walk further to look at something that resembled the swamp lands of Louisanna looking for an alligator. Im like really? I am trying to be positive, so I kept a smile on my face. After that we are in the jeeps again to drive ANOTHER 30 min. to the excursion to snorkel and have all you can eat buffet. Before arriving I did smell what I thought was sewage smell. Again, I am still at this point in a poisitive state of mind. We all get out of jeeps, walk under this awning area and was told this is where we will spend 30 min snorkeling and then having lunch. 30 min snorkeling? Really?? it smeled putrid so I didn't get in the water. I thought what the heck, ill go to restroom and wash hands,e tc.. The walk to the restroom was about 300 yards away in so deep of sand it was like hiking through quicksand. Get back and ready to eat lunch. I look over to the buffet and ......are ya ready for this people? Huge black birds were eating off the buffet. I kid you not. The dishes were not covered at all and the birds were having a field day. SOoooooooo im not eating and went to get a drink when all of a sudden guess what came out to eat some chips? 3 raccoons! I have videos of the rqcoons. Yep im in the total shock and was beyond livid with all this. We got back to ship and 8 couples had already made a complaint. I will admit, Carnival compensated us back 50%. So my advise on that excursion? DONT DO IT. Next day was Progresso and a friend we met on board advised us to do the All Inclusive Resort of Ocean Reef. So we booked and OMG how amazing this was. The tour guide Alex was remarkable and now a friend. Great food, stiff drinks, pools clean, etc....Back on ship and every night the diners were good. I recommend the Prime Rib. They had that 2 nights. Sea Day on the last day was fun in the sun and a lot of money was raised for the Children of St Judes hospital. Debarking was 2 hrs late and we had some kind of security issue because 2 people were arrested as we got off the ship. All in all I enjoyed this cruise and made so many new life long friends. Read Less
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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