2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Wanted to have a getaway at Christmas with the family and it was wonderful. The boat, the service of the staff, so much to do, the food was always good and the drinks were always cold!! The kids had tons to do and see and explore and we ... Read More
Wanted to have a getaway at Christmas with the family and it was wonderful. The boat, the service of the staff, so much to do, the food was always good and the drinks were always cold!! The kids had tons to do and see and explore and we even found time to go to the gym on the boat. We would definitely go again. The FURY catamarans excursion was wonderful - it was Christmas day and we snorkeled in 80 degree weather, they were very good at explaining how tos with all of us and very professional. After that the beach was super and the ride back was tons of fun where we danced and sang and didn't want to get back to the ship so quickly! Great time on that excursion and would highly recommend FURY excursion to anyone looking for a fun time where they do everything for you. You just show up!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
There's a lot I could say about the Triumph, but I would just be repeating what I'm reading in other reviews. We just returned yesterday, and I'm writing mainly to warn people to NOT accept a room on deck 2 aft. When the ship slowed down, ... Read More
There's a lot I could say about the Triumph, but I would just be repeating what I'm reading in other reviews. We just returned yesterday, and I'm writing mainly to warn people to NOT accept a room on deck 2 aft. When the ship slowed down, the engine rattled and roared and the whole stateroom just shook & quivered. It wasn't so bad when we were pulling into Cozumel and Progresso, since this was after 7 a.m. and we were getting up anyway. But returning to New Orleans the last night, the ship started slowing down around 11:30 p.m. and our room shook and rattled for the next 2 hours as the ship started up the Mississippi. Absolutely no sleeping to be done, and we had a long drive home ahead of us the next day. I asked other family members if they had this experience; one was on deck 2 forward, the other on deck 10, and they did not feel or hear this. Both my husband and adult son (who was with us) commented that it sounded as though this engine still had problems, so I won't be surprised to hear that it conks out again. But for now - if Carnival assigns you a cabin on deck 2 aft, do everything in your power to switch it. The noise and vibration is very intense. We never even met our cabin steward and all in all, the staff was just not very outgoing or friendly. I wouldn't say they were unfriendly; they just didn't extend themselves. We were warned about revealing costumes before the illusionist's show so were prepared, but they really should have given the same warning about the show on the final night (New Orleans). Very risque costumes and certainly not a family-friendly production. If we had not booked an excursion (NOT a Carnival one - through Auto Progresso) in Progresso, that port would have been a bust. Just a bunch of shops and a very long way from the town. All in all, this cruise was nowhere near the quality we have experienced with Princess, Celebrity & Royal Caribbean. While I wouldn't say I was disappointed with the cruise, that's only because we were celebrating Christmas with our entire family and being together with no one having the burden of cooking and hosting made it all worthwhile. But I certainly won't go on this particular ship or cruise again, and will avoid using Carnival as much as possible (I am not always the decision maker for family cruises). Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We booked this cruise to celebrate an anniversary. This was absolutely the worst cruise we've ever experienced. The upgraded cabin was located next door and beneath club Ocean (kids), shuffle board, basket ball, walking/running deck. The ... Read More
We booked this cruise to celebrate an anniversary. This was absolutely the worst cruise we've ever experienced. The upgraded cabin was located next door and beneath club Ocean (kids), shuffle board, basket ball, walking/running deck. The noise was constant morning, noon and night whenever we were in the cabin. Didn't sleep the whole 4 days of the cruise. Noise from the upper deck was unbearable. Cabin in much needed repair and upgrade. Curtains with missing hooks, cracked face basin, water coming from face basin trickled, carpet dirty needing shampooing. Heard this ship will be dry~docked, it's needs to be seriously. Staff unfriendly during embarkation and debarkation~we docked into Cozumel along side of Carnival Paradise and could hear the joy in the crew from that ship, ours just the opposite. Standard response 'form single line' when embarking from excursion. Other than the stated complaints, the cruise itself was enjoyable to say. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our 8th cruise, 2nd on Carnival. We were giving them 1 more shot after an abysmal trip on the Carnival Freedom. The bar was set very low, and this cruise did nothing to step over the bar. The lines for food were LONG, and the ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise, 2nd on Carnival. We were giving them 1 more shot after an abysmal trip on the Carnival Freedom. The bar was set very low, and this cruise did nothing to step over the bar. The lines for food were LONG, and the majority of the food was cold. The only saving grace was Blue Iguana, which had great food, though limited options. There was also very limited dining options during off times....like after we got back from Progresso at 4:30. Nothing was open besides the Pizza Pirate and they had 200+ people in line without any pizzas ready. The ship itself leaked from the ceilings in the common rooms. They played games/activities in the lobby which was not set-up for that sort of thing. The library was constantly shut down for the chef's table. VERY limited options for things to do during the day. We enjoyed the magician and the comedians, though we had to stand for a lot of the comedy shows. The guests on the ship were quite rude and pushy....no fault of Carnival necessarily, more of "you get what you pay for". The gym was great, though, and hardly ever occupied. I do wish it was open the day of debarkation, though. We won't be sailing on Carnival again. We'll stick with NCL. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
There's nothing like getting away during the hustle of the holidays, and the Triumph was a great place to do it. Embarkation-We sailed out of New Orleans on 12/4 which was delayed because of repairs. We were told we would sail at 9pm ... Read More
There's nothing like getting away during the hustle of the holidays, and the Triumph was a great place to do it. Embarkation-We sailed out of New Orleans on 12/4 which was delayed because of repairs. We were told we would sail at 9pm instead of 4pm so having FTTF we arrived at the port at 3:00. There were hundreds of people outside the terminal but there was a special line for us. We went in before the ship even docked, checked in and waited in a special section so we could get our sign and sail cards. I have to commend Carnival for making this process as smooth as it could be. I will never sail without FTTF again. I'm hooked! Ship-The Triumph is an old girl who is ready for a makeover but still beautiful. Our cabin was very dated. From the pink vanity and bottle opener on the wall in the bathroom to the worn carpet. The bedding is always amazing and there was plenty of storage. The lack of outlets is always an issue. Our room steward, Nomang, was very good but we did not get our towel animals until the 3rd night. :( Dining-The Lido buffet was surprisingly less crowded than on previous sailings. Maybe it was the lack of food variety or maybe everyone just wanted a burrito because the line at Blue Iguana was always long. Dinner was just ok including formal night. The American Menu is disappointing for someone who wants to go on vacation and try new things. This was my first cruise actually trying the Sea Day Brunch, and I was really disappointed. I ordered the eggs benedict which came out with hard rubbery eggs, hardly any sauce and it was cold. My BF's steak and eggs were much better. Ports-We stopped in Cozumel and Progresso and had booked our excursions through shoreexcursioneer instead of Carnival. I highly recommend them. In Cozumel we did a dune buggy island tour which included beach time, snorkeling, lunch and tequila tasting. Carlos was our guide and we had a lot of fun. Cozumel is a nice place to get out and explore. Progresso is not nearly so well organized. When you get through the small shop area at the ship, you take buses and vans down the 3 mile pier that takes you closer to town. Our excursion met us there and it ended up that there were only 4 of us. We ended up with a private tour of the Xcambo Mayan ruins which was awesome. Then it was 3 hours at an all inclusive beach club. Jerry was our tour guide for this one and told us a lot about the area. You can't take 2 steps anywhere in Progresso without someone trying to sell you something or asking for a donation. Even at the beach club they asked you for a tip just to put food on your plate. Debarkation-From the time we left our cabin to actually getting off the ship took about 15 minutes. Very well organized for the FTTF folks. All in all, this was a very nice vacation. I could have done without the cold rainy final sea day, but hey, it's December. I look forward to seeing where the Triumph ends up after her dry dock and would love to sail her again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
I picked this cruise a year ago after coming off the Dream, I wanted to try a different class ship this year to compare and find my favorite. This ship is not a good ship. I have been on 9 Carnival Cruises so far and I was so disappointed ... Read More
I picked this cruise a year ago after coming off the Dream, I wanted to try a different class ship this year to compare and find my favorite. This ship is not a good ship. I have been on 9 Carnival Cruises so far and I was so disappointed with this one I am going to cancel the next two I have scheduled for next year. The entertainment on this ship sucked, weather it was Jess the cruise Directors fault or the goober who was the Entertainment Director's fault. The activities was all based around Carnival selling their goods, had a full day schedule of Bingo, trivia, art sales, shirt sales, jewelry sales and I can go on forever but you get the picture. All the dancing and games they did set up was done in the hallway blocking people from going to and from different parts of the boat. The actual entertainers were poor, their dancing was based on other countries and they were long and drawn out with very little singing. There was a magic show that was good however he wanted to push the audience into buying his magic tricks. The food there was everywhere, anything you wanted to eat, with the exception of the buffet on the Lido deck, it was horrible. The buffet I ate two items off of it the entire cruise honeydew melon and croissants. If you take your week old left overs out of your fridge and combine them, that is what most of the dishes looked like on the buffet. Seafood Shack was very good, you paid for the food there a pound of boiled shrimp was $11.99 Crab $17.99 a pound but there were some affordable items on the menu. I have two other Carnival cruises scheduled for next year, but I think we are going to cancel until we forget the horrible cruise we had. I did not mention that this cruise was Dec 4th right after Triumph lost it's propeller in Progresso. We departed new Orleans not at 4pm as scheduled but 9 pm instead. This put us into Cozumel at 9:45 am on Wednesday instead of 7 am. This was a Cozumel Plus Cruise which was suppose to give us more time in Cozumel we were cut short, however we did make the crappy port of Progesso on time. We made it home at the right time which was a blessing and 5 inches of snow. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Our Carnival experience was a complete disaster. Throughout the duration of our trip, we spent a large portion of our time at customer service. When we first arrived at our stateroom, we were overwhelmed with the odor of cigarette smoke. ... Read More
Our Carnival experience was a complete disaster. Throughout the duration of our trip, we spent a large portion of our time at customer service. When we first arrived at our stateroom, we were overwhelmed with the odor of cigarette smoke. We immediately notified guest services due to it irritating our sinuses. We were informed that they would bring in an air purifier. In the meantime, we decided to go eat lunch. After about an hour in a half, we returned to our rooms to find that they hadn’t fixes the issue. We saw an attendee in the hallway and asked her if she could address the issue. We left the room again due to the strong smell. Hours later we returned, and the air purifier was in our room. During this time, we realized that our AC was not working and was intermitted throughout the rest of the trip. The next major issue was the intense rocking of the boat due to technical issues caused by 1 of the engines going out (that’s what we were told at least). During this time, I fell and another member of our group which resulted in her going to the infirmary. She still has bruises on her hip and I have a scrap on my knee. The last major issue we had was a leaky ceiling in our stateroom. We heard dripping and noticed our ceiling was leaking. We went to customer service and Luis and another employee in white came to our room to see what was going on. They put a trash under the leak and told us they would contact the plumber. We were told all our stuff needed to be moved and packed because the plumber would have to remove the ceiling panels to fix the issue. Throughout the night we could not sleep because of the constant dripping sound. Once again, we were not comfortable on our vacation. After hours of going back in forth to customer service the next day the plumber fixed the issue. At this point, we were ready to get off the boat due to all of the awful experiences, but had to stay on the boat even longer due to the “propulsion failure” which I’m sure you all were aware of. The delay greatly affected our travel, work, and family plans. Overall our entire vacation was by far the worst I’ve experienced traveling through Carnival. This trip was not worth the investment or time in my opinion. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
My 3rd, 5 day cruise out of New Orleans..... I live 15min from the cruise terminal in New Orleans so I defiantly love the City. The Triumph needs work. My biggest complaint is the smell of sewage, mainly on deck 3 by the bar close to ... Read More
My 3rd, 5 day cruise out of New Orleans..... I live 15min from the cruise terminal in New Orleans so I defiantly love the City. The Triumph needs work. My biggest complaint is the smell of sewage, mainly on deck 3 by the bar close to customer service. The smell was also noticeable by the outdoor pool on the lido deck (deck 9) from time to time depending on the wind. My room 9282, is very close to the pool on deck 9 so I noticed the sewage smell from time to time out on my balcony and in the atrium area. I read that the Triumph was renovated in 2016. Maybe parts of the ship was renovated but a good bit of it looks old and in need of renovating. The crew was great as always. I wasn't impressed with the formal dining. The other places to eat was really good especially Guy's burger joint. I went to some comedy shows and they were really good. I went to one magic show and it was good. I didn't book any excursions through Carnival. I did go to Mr. Sanchos in Cozumel booked through shoreexcursioneer.com for $49.95 and it was very nice, all you can eat and drink. The food was really good and so was the drinks. I didn't do much in Progreso, just got off the boat and bought a few souvenirs... 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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