19 First Time Cruisers - All Ready to go AGAIN....Like NOW!: Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by LuckyMojo
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19 First Time Cruisers - All Ready to go AGAIN....Like NOW!
Embarkation: New Orleans
Compliments to Carnival for:
I would give the entertainment onboard high fives for the best quality on a cruise. (Rome Lounge variety/music shows, magic from Vegas and three out of four of the comics in the Rio.)
Food was very good, and for the most part our service was good. What some of them lacked in food service ability was balanced by the effort being put into trying to get it right and for the extra attention given our youngest little cruisers to help them enjoy the dining experience as well. We had three designated tables with late dining for our group so we moved around at the tables to mix the groups up each night a little. That gave us an opportunity to compare the wait staff at each table.
Outstanding experience for the 12-17 year olds in our group in their teen clubs. The Carnival Kids Club didn't work so well for our boys ages 4-10. However, we managed to keep them busy in the pools, playing games and eating the never-ending stream of ice-cream cones.
We had balcony cabins on the Verandah deck and interior cabins on the Riviera and Verandah decks. All were cleaned and attended to very well, beds were comfy and clean. Nobody had noise issues. We were directly below the Lido back deck and still didn't have any problems with noise.
Really need to address the whole saving of deck chairs deal. There is a policy but none of the Carnival staff makes any effort to enforce it, and as a result you have a few guests who stake out 10-12 chairs next to each pool almost daily. Rarely is anyone in said chairs - just beach towels in case they decide to lay out later. Really difficult for other quests who have younger children they are trying to watch in the pool.
The mix of guests makes for an interesting experience which was certainly expected. However, there were so many absolutely rude folks aboard who could affect your fun. I don't see this as a problem that Carnival can be held accountable for - but I have to mention it to fairly cover our experience. (I mean how much time are you saving by closing an elevator door manually to avoid waiting for an older person on a walker from being able to enter with you.) Same issues with people in line at the buffet not letting a child reach in just to get silverware they had forgotten to take. Sometimes the amount of liquor being consumed was the root cause of the attitudes you ran into, and of course that was expected as well. Certainly there were plenty in our group that truly enjoyed the daily drink specials!
We had 19 first time cruisers in our group and every single one of them is ready to cruise again. Our overall experience on the Triumph was a perfect vacation.
Loving me some Carnival today! Less
Cabin review: 9C8358 Premium Vista Balcony
Good location in proximity to reaching the Casino and back Lido. Room is about halfway between the mid and back elevators to reach either one. I found the stairs really convenient to run up one set to the Lido for coffee in the morning or running down during the day to drop off a towel or pick something up to take back up to the Lido deck. The bed was comfy, everything worked except for the balcony light. (However, we never wanted that light on anyway!) The Lido back deck was above our room but we didn't have any noise issues there. There is an equipment room next door to the cabin that I heard someone in a time or two but it was never anything that affected our ability to rest or relax.Read All Premium Vista Balcony (9C) Reviews >>
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