The good and bad but we always love any cruise!: Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by World Gallery

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The good and bad but we always love any cruise!

Sail Date: August 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
Our family's favorite type of vacation is a cruise. This is our 15th cruise. We left out of New Orleans and embarkation was easy, as usual. Next year (fall), two different Carnival Cruise ships will be leaving out of New Orleans and we plan to try those.

THE SHIP: The Triumph is showing its age a bit but is maintained and clean. The staff was friendly. It is a fun ship for all ages. We plan to take our kids back in March 2011. There is a water slide but with limited hours. They show movies at night on the main pool deck and have plenty of seating or you can swim or go into the hot tub while watching the movie. This seemed to be very much enjoyed by families, a good way to relax in the evenings.

ACITIVIES: Same as any other cruise we have ever been on, the very typical cruise games and activities, nothing new at all.

FOOD: This is probably not the cruise line for foodies. The food is average at best and there are no "cover charge" speciality More restaurantsmlike the NCL line and most others. We go on cruises for the ports and fun so this didn't bother us too much but below I have to be very honest about the food:

24 Hour Pizza - the pizza is edible only. It is also very salty.

Buffet - poor. The food quality at the buffet has gone down. It can be compared to a restaurant about one step below a Ryan's or Golden Coral. Very limited choices,food and coffee not always hot, but the area is kept very clean. Some of the desserts were not edible. No melting pots offered at the buffet anymore. Small selection on salad bar. We have been on the NCL Spirit recently and there buffet is much better and we rated that average.

Paris Dining Room - Good, some dishes better than others. The melting pot is great! The service was very good.

Grill by pools - good burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, but limited hours. They close everyday at 6:00 so if you want to eat here after a full day in port instead of the dining room, you must hurry.

Hong Kong Noodle Company - don't know because it was never opened but we would try to go.

Room service for breakfast - stale danishes, milk at room temp, coffee not hot.

Entertainment: We enjoyed all of the shows except for the comedian. The worse one we have ever seen and about 50 people or more walked out in the middle of the performance. It really was that bad!

STATEROOM: We usually book interior cabins because the rate is much lower. We had interior 8282. The room had a very fowl odor. Our cabin steward promptly tried everything to get rid of it and even shampooed the carpet while we were in port (which left the carpet damp but he tried very hard). Our room steward was excellent, always called us by name and was very helpful. To me the biggest advantage to a balcony room is the fact that you can air out the room, which we will only get if the rate is a very good one.

PORTS: We went to Cozumel and Progreso. To read about it, go to the "port review" section on the bottom of this review. We had a great time in both ports. We did not book ship excursions and never will. We saw the very long lines of ship tours meeting on the docks, waiting in the hot sun to be herded onto buses. Didn't look fun!

Overall, we had a fun time and would go again on this ship, if the price is right (we got a great deal on this cruise). We know that there are better ships out there but to us, the price is right, we love leaving out of New Orleans and we love the Carribean. Less

Published 09/03/10

Cabin review: 8282

8282 interior - small, AC worked very well. Good location.

Port and Shore Excursions

We ended up doing two different things in this port. We had pre-booked a Segway tour with The meeting point was within walking distance from the Punta Maya dock at AllPro. I loved doing the Segway! You do have to be in decent shape and have decent balance and no health issues (we are 42 years old). This was our first time doing a Segway and I will do this again somewhere. Be careful because they can go much faster than I thought. They were professional and I felt safe (a truck followed behind us). Since we were the only two on the tour, we were able to adjust it, so we did. Instead of stopping at and snorkeling at the Americana Fiesta hotel (which did look nice, small but nice), we rode to Chankanaab, which was about 20 min. more on the Segway. We then spent the day there. I did the Discover Scuba for the first time, from the shore, about a 20 foot dive with no certification needed. I was always too scared to try this but did this time and loved it. There are little huts on the beach to sign up for this. You do not have to pre book. It cost about $60 for 50 minutes of dive time. It started raining very hard so we actually did the scuba in the rain. Once you go down about 5 feet, the rain doesn't make any difference at all. It rained a while but we had a great time. We sat at the open air restaurant at Chankanaab and watched the rain. It was actually very nice, not hot, and still very beautiful. We have been to Chankanaab many times and always love it there.

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We think this is one of the greatest cities in the country. We love eating breakfast at Mother's restaurant on Poydras. We also like Drago's in the Hilton for the grilled oysters. Also, Deannies has great food.

We booked a private tour. We wanted to try something different but did not want to drive too far out. We hired a driver through Yucatan Transportation but Christine Baker, the lady that owns the wonderful restaurant, Casa De Piedra at Hacienda Xcanatun hotel, booked the driver for us because she said that she gets much better rates. We paid $80 total for my husband and I for a wonderful driver, all day, to take us first to Dzibilchanaltun ruins, then to eat and walk around the beautiful hotel and restaurant, then a quick stop to the Walmart there (interesting to see a Walmart in another country). It takes about 25 minutes to get to the ruins then another 5 to get to the restaurant so it was a perfect combination. The restaurant and hotel is a former sisal plantation (a Hacienda) that was restored by a couple that takes such pride in this beautiful place (her name is Christin Baker, The food was excellent (restaurant has won many award) and our bill in US dollars was $47! Then they took us on a tour of the grounds (very lush and beautiful). She said that they can't do large group tours (like tours from the ship) but they like to do small groups and couples. They also have a spa there so you can book that in advance with her. We loved this place. The website is It was peaceful, had great food and an interesting history. We also loved the ruins and did swim in the cenote, even though I was reluctant. The water looked green because it was the rainy season. It was hot at the ruins so go prepared. The swim felt great. Also, these are great ruins to visit if you don't want to travel too far and walk too much while there.

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