1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
First arriving at the Port of New Orleans we took the Carnival Airport Shuttle to make our way to the ship. It was a quick and smooth process to get through security and receive our Sail & Sign cards and easily board the Triumph. When ... Read More
First arriving at the Port of New Orleans we took the Carnival Airport Shuttle to make our way to the ship. It was a quick and smooth process to get through security and receive our Sail & Sign cards and easily board the Triumph. When boarding the layout is similar to that of many of Carnival's other ships, so it was very easy to get around the different parts of the boat after a few days. We stay on deck 7 (Empress) towards the middle of the ship with interior rooms. At first, there was some confusion on how 3 guests fit into one room, but after talking to guest services we were informed that they won't bring in the rollaway until that night. The cabin while more on the cozy side was spotless, and had everything you needed because we didn't spend much time at all in our cabin. But when we did the beds were extremely comfortable. The bathroom was very large and clean, but it was very outdated with a pink sink, blue floors, and a large mirrored medicine cabinet. We ate dinner every night in the Lower Paris Aft dining room, our table was on the back starboard side of the ship right next to a large window allowing panoramic views of the ocean and coastline as we traveled. Our servers were all providing excellent customer service and did an amazing job keeping up with anything we needed. The menus while not exclusively listed offered everything from chicken nuggets to escargot. One of our kids being very picky in his food choices asked for pizza and chicken and our waiter gladly got it for him even though there is no official "kid's menu." The meals were all spectacular having food from every port and allowing you to try foods that may have been missed on land. The variety allowed me to try many new things like frog legs, cold asparagus soup, and many other things that were unexpectedly delicious. The entertainment was great when it came to the energetic and attentive cruise director "Jess from the US," and she made everyone feel important throughout the experience. But when it came to the evening shows the magic show was very graphic and should not be attended by children under the age of 12 due to inappropriate costumes, and other (frightening to some) optical illusions. We attended one other show the "Around the World Show," and it was confusing as some parts would be very engaging while others seemed to be right out of a middle school talent show. Our service throughout the entire trip was fantastic and we were catered to our every need, and the ports were good. Cozumel is overly touristy as to be expected, so excursions are a must to get away from badgering salespeople. The Fly High Zipline excursion was great and all the staff did their best to make even the most nervous adventurers at ease, but the "beach resort" that came with it was odd and workers barely spoke enough English to understand simple orders. In Progreso, we took an amazing beach day with Mi Casa es Su Casa and had an amazing time in a private beach unlike any other in the area. While the ship did show its age in certain areas like the bathrooms or atrium, Carnival has been very good at keeping up with it's funship 2.0 upgrades. The dining aboard like the Blue Iguana Cantina gives cruisers great breakfast and lunch options providing delicious fresh food, and Guy's Burger joint a good spin on classic burgers. The Lido Resturant gives a great selection, but has very long lines during peak times like breakfast, but is well worth the wait. I'd suggest when the water gets rougher to visit the aft new world pool because it's much warmer and is less crowded than the main lido pools which can become very crowded. Make sure to get chairs early as this can be difficult, as we woke up at 9:30 one day and were unable to find chairs anywhere but up near the Carnival tail on deck 14. This cruise while we expected to be ok at best provided a great family experience and while it may lack in areas of activity compared to newer ships. It makes up for it in dining, service, and excursions. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We are experienced travelers and cruisers– have taken nearly 40 cruises and numerous land trips. We made this cruise with our grandsons, ages 12 and 14, who are also seasoned cruisers, having made 7 cruises. We have sailed widely ... Read More
We are experienced travelers and cruisers– have taken nearly 40 cruises and numerous land trips. We made this cruise with our grandsons, ages 12 and 14, who are also seasoned cruisers, having made 7 cruises. We have sailed widely throughout the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Alaska, the Baltic, the Dalmations, etc. So we are not rookies. We booked a suite aboard the Carnival Triumph. It was a very roomy and nicely appointed cabin. Huge amount of clothes storage and closet space. Nice large balcony with four, not three, chairs. There was no concierge or butler to pay either, which was nice. Embarkation, as a suite passenger, was quick, as was debarkation. We were able to get off at 8 am. The bad thing about the cabin was the steward’s annoyance that we wanted the beds made up every day. I paid $4,000 for that cabin. I wanted access to my sofa and the chairs! So we told him that on the first day but on the second day, the beds were not made up. I found this very annoying and went to guest services about it. After that, the beds were taken care of. We had no issue with the cleaning job he did. I also find it a rip-off that Carnival has begun asking people if they want service in the morning or evening. I said “both.” Unless they were going to halve the cost of the gratuities, why should I settle for half the work? This is especially a rip off for suite passengers who have already paid much more for their cabins than those in the low rent district. At least we got ice this cruise; aboard the Carnival Magic, we did not even get ice. The port excursions were great. In Cozumel we visited Kun Che which was just wonderful. Great dancing, interesting Mayan rituals, tasty food. And plenty of time when we returned to the port to shop if we so desired. In Progreso we visited Uxmal ruins. Again–wonderful. The excursions were on time and nicely done. No complaints there. I do have a complain about the food. At times it did hit mediocre. The only food worth eating on the ship was Guy Fieri’s hamburgers and fries. Very good. As far as the rest of it went, the food was always cold; the meat was always tough; and aside from the melting cake, the desserts were blah. I do have to say the ship is really hideous, especially the formal dining rooms. We never did figure out what the large brown circles were supposed to represent, but they were hideous. Then there was the blue Greek temple and other ridiculous looking bars. You can’t just accidentally have decor as bad as this ship’s. It must be on purpose! Most Carnival ships are hideous; this was no exception. Why did they keep hiring the same person to do this??? Circle C was not bad. They are closed a lot though. Entertainment not bad. You have to pay to rent movies other than the one or two they “give” you. The shops were the same as any other ship’s. No pins though. I will say that the Dr. Seuss breakfast was awfully cute--even our 14 year old got into it. Can’t say the food was anything but cold. Cold, cold, cold. Like all the other food on this ship other than Guy’s. The details of the Dr. Seuss breakfast were just very well selected and the decor, adorable. And I will give a shout out to the photo crew because the pictures were well printed and surprisingly sharp. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This was mine and my husbands first cruise! As most people we love food and was really looking forward to it! Guys Burger and Pizza Pirate were really good!! The buffet was disgusting and tasted super cheap (low quality) Dinner in the ... Read More
This was mine and my husbands first cruise! As most people we love food and was really looking forward to it! Guys Burger and Pizza Pirate were really good!! The buffet was disgusting and tasted super cheap (low quality) Dinner in the Paris room was nasty 2 of the 3 nights we ate in there! My expectations were way higher for how much people pay to cruise! Drinks are way over priced like $10 per drink and not strong at all. Drink package is overpriced which we didn’t get because it wasn’t worth it to us! We did our excursions outside of carnival cruise lines because they’re way cheaper by like half the cost! Look at trip advisor! Anyways Cozumel and Progreso were definitely the high lights of the whole cruise! We also met some amazing people at our dinner table! That was the best part of dinner honestly were the people! All the workers, servers etc were super friendly and put on a fun show during dinner! If you’re looking for good food, carnival triumph is not the way to go! Room were decent. Balcony view was amazing! Way too many kids on the cruise and in the pool area! Next time we will be looking for a kid free cruise and this is coming from someone who has 2 of her own! They use to have a pool for adults only but got rid of it for whatever reason! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We had a GREAT time- but this was not my favorite cruise ship. Dining- EXCELLENT! Taras was our waiter--he was the best waiter we've ever had. Food was great, sat at a four person booth upper/London dining room. Guys burgers were ... Read More
We had a GREAT time- but this was not my favorite cruise ship. Dining- EXCELLENT! Taras was our waiter--he was the best waiter we've ever had. Food was great, sat at a four person booth upper/London dining room. Guys burgers were great and breakfast in the Paris was always a treat. Bar service was perfect--Alchemy Bar is our fave. Alex and his team were attentive and talented. We liked the drinks at the Sport's bar too. The ship rocked a lot due to high winds, but the sea bands really worked. Saw a show, and the comedy shows-- I have seen better. Not very impressive. 18+ comedy was more offensive than normal. We laughed, but I am glad he wasn't making fun of me and calling me names! Everything was super clean, and the staff works so, very hard to make everyone happy. Pools and hot tubs-over run with kids. Parents, watch your kids!! I don't mind kids, but I don't want them jumping on top of me. This is not Carnival's fault, it was Spring Break. Kids are just super rude these days and the majority are not taught manners. I don't love how you have to walk through the casino to get to everything, but we still did it-not a big deal. Not my favorite layout of a ship, but we had a great time regardless. We took 2 excursions, but not through Carnival- they were both great too. We had FTTF- love it. Embarkation and Debarkation were so easy and organized. We also got the beverage package- definitely worth the money. I will go on Carnival again, but probably not this ship until it goes through a dry dock. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This was my 14th cruise, 10th with Carnival, and 3rd on the Triumph. Embarkation was quick and easy. We had a signed up for an 11:30 to 12:00 time slot. I pity those who didn't get a time slot early because they probably didn't get ... Read More
This was my 14th cruise, 10th with Carnival, and 3rd on the Triumph. Embarkation was quick and easy. We had a signed up for an 11:30 to 12:00 time slot. I pity those who didn't get a time slot early because they probably didn't get on the ship until 3:00. I view this new system as big reason to avoid Carnival in favor of other cruise lines. I hope they go back to the way it was before. Those who don't get on the ship by 2:00 had to carry on all of their luggage - another reason to book another line. Once on the ship, we got some lunch with just a 5 minute wait for the Iguana. Lines weren't too bad until about 2:30, when they got a lot longer. The buffet food was the usual Carnival stuff - it looked pretty good and had a nice variety. The ship was clean, and the staff were all very friendly. Having cruise so many times, we noticed a lot of things that have been discontinued. Cruises used to be extravagant affairs with everyone dressing up and eating five star food. Entertainment used to have more selections and higher quality. Sadly, this cruise felt a lot like shopping at Wal-mart. You can get stuff cheap, but then you own cheap stuff. I wish they would charge more and keep the things that make a cruise a special vacation. The whole industry has too much capacity, and they are just cutting out all the fun stuff so they can keep the advertised prices low. As ships get too old, I hope Carnival just reduces capacity so they can charge more and offer more. Everything else about the cruise was nice, it just didn't have that WOW factor it used to. For instance, the contests out by the pool seemed rushed, like they were just going through the motions. I was sorry to see the dress code for dinner drop another notch and they don't have lobster on formal night anymore. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
I had been on a Carnival Cruise in 2013, and was able to talk my sisters into trying it. They are convinced that this was one of the best holidays ever and we are looking forward to saving for our next one. Possible the same cruise with ... Read More
I had been on a Carnival Cruise in 2013, and was able to talk my sisters into trying it. They are convinced that this was one of the best holidays ever and we are looking forward to saving for our next one. Possible the same cruise with extended shore visits. Six days instead of 4. We enjoyed the kids on the cruise but will book for a non school holiday next time!! Were unable to get any poolside time :) Everyone of the staff entertainment etc were above and beyond our expectations. Our ship to shore experience was OK. We found the vendors a little pushy, understandable as they need the tourists to spend money to make a living. We were able to find what we wanted, and next time may look at a day trip, or just spending the day on the ship while everyone is gone. The food was spectacular!! thank you. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We had the most amazing cruise on Carnival Triumph. The employees were super nice and attentive. Our cabin steward (Sudi) was amazing. The room was always spotless with a different towel animal each day. Anything we needed, he was more ... Read More
We had the most amazing cruise on Carnival Triumph. The employees were super nice and attentive. Our cabin steward (Sudi) was amazing. The room was always spotless with a different towel animal each day. Anything we needed, he was more than happy to assist. The dining was incredible. We had the Upper Paris Dining Room, Table 630. Our waiters and waitress were so pleasant and funny. We loved getting to know them. They would always refer to you by name. The food was delicious. They would recommend something if asked for suggestions and they were right on when it came to taste. We ate at the buffet, Guys Burgers, and the Blue Iguana. It was all very good. The entertainment was interesting and fun. The ports were clean and enjoyable. We were informed of safety procedures before leaving port with no issues. The ship was clean and up to date in decor. I would recommend Carnival Triumph to anyone without hesitation! We are already looking for our next cruise with Carnival. For the money, you cannot go wrong. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Great embarkation process, smooth, quick, no problems with my daughter (16) no passport. Small hiccup setting up onboard account, Carnival rep?? kept swiping my credit card and entering numbers manually got a little worried about getting ... Read More
Great embarkation process, smooth, quick, no problems with my daughter (16) no passport. Small hiccup setting up onboard account, Carnival rep?? kept swiping my credit card and entering numbers manually got a little worried about getting over-billed, so far no problems. Went with 2 of my brothers, one brought his fiancee the other his daughter they seemed to have no problems either. Saw lots of reviews about sewage smell, noticed nothing like that in our rooms on 1st floor, smelled something a little funky on 7th floor when checking out hidden decks, but nothing overpowering. Our cabin (1236) small but were rarely in it except to sleep, my daughter was out till 2 or later most nights. Did not eat in dining rooms. Guys Burgers I'd give a solid B+, I like a burger with a good char on the outside, Maillard Reaction, Guys Burgers seem to lack that but a solid solid food choice. Pizza I'd give an A great crust, great flavor, they keep it simple only a half dozen choices, kind of limiting but generally keeps the service fairly quick. Buffets varied first night great, fresh shrimp, one other night seems like the shrimp were a little off, hard to complain about the buffet though they are what they are, some food was great other food seems like they weren't even trying. Varies from C to B-. Blue Iguana. Great. Awesome. A all the way. Breakfast and lunch. Fresh. Tasty. Great fish tacos. Great huevos rancheros. Deli. Only got pastrami. B good sandwich, could be more meat on it. Chopsticks. Great A- fresh flavorful, very little variety though, they keep it simple and tasty. Went to a few shows comedy magic song and dance not really into that, but they were good. Magic was the best forget the guys name he was funnier than the comedian, my daughter saw a couple shows of the comedian with her kids group and said that after a the first time she could figure out some or the set ups. Went ziplining in Cozumel, ehh it was ok, we've been ziplining a lot so it was an ok experience for us, I hate to sound smug and precious but it was not that thrilling. Would be good for beginners Went to Dzibilchaltun in Progreso, wrote a review on Trip Advisor about it so won't go into it too much, went thru Autoprogreso loved Dzibilchaltun but not Autoprogreso so much. Go to Dzibilchaltun and swim in Xlacah Cenote and explore the ruins. My daughter loves cruising our 2nd cruise, going to try to go again before she graduates so yes plans to go again. 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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