Disappointed Past Carnival cruiser: Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by favsox25

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Disappointed Past Carnival cruiser

Sail Date: September 2009
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Arrived in NY the day before our cruise departed. Short cab ride from our hotel to cruise terminal. Slow process to board ship. Seems much more stream-lined on previous cruises out of Tampa. Went to Lido deck for a drink before our stateroom was ready, short wait. Previous post advised Triumph has been refurbished, which surprises me because I really think this ship needs updating. The balcony chairs had cigarette burns in them, the partition between balconies was not secured properly (hinge was broken) and banged constantly. The carpets were very worn. The bathroom tile was dirty. The light on our balcony did not work. Our stateroom attendant did an average job, had to constantly ask for our ice bucket to be filled. Never replenished the soaps in the bathroom. Good thing I had packed extras in case. Ordered room service (coffee and bagel) for breakfast the first 3 days, errors each time. Asked for coffee and decaf tea, got pot of coffee and pot of decaf coffee. Just small things, More that added up. Lido deck buffet was terrible. Pizza, burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches were good. As well as Deli sandwiches. Dining Room food was good. Jerk Pork, Spare Ribs, Lobster and Shrimp all were very good. Stuck with the sugar free desserts and all were very good. Did not go to the spa, had read sub-par reviews on the spa on this site, so stayed away. Entertainment was High School level (dancers), comedians good as well as Magic act (very good). Of course they overload you on the pictures (did not purchase any). And why oh why did they have both formal nights on port days, rather than the At Sea days?? Made no sense. The Olympic Bar was the best spot for college and pro football games and baseball!! It was great and very rarely crowded, and a smoking friendly spot. Less

Published 09/21/09

Cabin review: 8A6425 Balcony

Love having a balcony. Lots of storage, closet space. Don't book the deck above the piano bar! (My fault!) Cabin convenient to elevators/stairs. We took stairs 85% of the time. Room carpet very worn. Room very cold even with air off.

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Port and Shore Excursions

I love Boston and we did the city on our own. We did not take part in the ship offered bus to Quincy Market. We had been in Boston in June, so we took a cab to the Prudential Bldg and shopped and hopped on the T back to Quincy Market and walked around and then hopped in a cab back to the Ferry Terminal for less than $10.00, rather than getting the bus back for $10.00 each/one way. Heard some people complain that the bus stopped running at 6pm, when we were in port and didn't have to be back to the ship until 9:30 pm. The T is cheap and easy to navigate (2.00 per person each way).

We got in late to Boston, due to the weather (fog). As we arrived in the Port it was a beautiful trip in and escorted by the Coast Guard. Very impressive.

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Halifax was a nightmare! Started the day going to Peggy's Cove (one hour trip there, one hour at the lighthouse, one hour back). That was fine and it was a beautiful trip. Will be gorgeous later in the fall for the foliage. We booked the Peggy's Cove and double decker hop on/hop off bus tour of the city. Halifax had 4 ships in port that day (Holland America, Carnival, Princess, and Royal Caribbean). The City's transportation could not handle the influx of people. Fred (free bus) was crammed! We could never get on the double decker bus. The lines were huge to try to get on. We walked to the Maritime Museum, beautiful boardwalk along the water. Museum was packed and could not enjoy the exhibits, especially Titanic. Tried to get on the bus again, no way. Lines and when the bus did stop, no one was getting off. Walked to a brewery for a brewery tour. By that time, it was time to head back to the ship. We never did get to take the loop ride around the city. Complained to Carnival, who originally said, never had a problem before, sorry. They forwarded my complaint to the shore excursion manager, and we did get a 25% refund on the excursion, which was satisfying. There was just no time to see Halifax and if I'd known that, we would have only booked Peggy's Cove and seen the rest of the City on our own and saved $$$.

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Loved Portland!! We took the 3 lighthouses of Maine tour. Was disappointed that the Portland Head light was open to the public, but you can't have it all. Got great pictures and our guide was informative. Our tour didn't leave until 2:30 pm and we just walked around Portland and also toured the Victorian mansion. Shopped and ate at a local pub. Really would have loved to stay longer in Portland....a beautiful City! Alot of shopping opportunities. Bargains can be found!

Ladies greeted in the terminal with a Rose, nice touch. We took no tours and don't think we missed anything by it. Walked the entire town. Tried to visit the Firehouse Museum, but it was closed, much to the surprise of the locals. Good shopping. Beautiful parks, gorgeous flowers. Great Fire Plug ? blueberry ale, yum! As we left St John, there was a young boy playing the bagpipes and it was a wonderful treat!

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