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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    


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"...I for seating for all 28 of our guests to sit in the main dining room in very close proximity with all our tables next to..." in 119 reviews.

"it was ok, poor entertainment and outdated music carnival cruise customer service reps were clueless." in 49 reviews.

"...and admiration for the services...... food... room service ....kids activities and especially las vegas and..." in 45 reviews.




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I Did Not.....Wanna Leave My Vacation!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 25, 2015

Being that this was my first time experiencing a cruise, I was definitely nervous, but Carnival changed that for me. The ship was beautiful and the accommodations were outstanding. The service was excellent and everything was convenient, which is a total plus. My kids were able to enjoy themselves anytime of day as well as the activities provided by Camp Ocean. From a.m. to p.m I had no complaints. I can go on and on, but until I return to sea, I shall daydream about my wonderful memory.

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Best Crew Ever!! Enjoying the Breeze

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Great Trip Great Time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 25, 2015

The cruise was great!  The boat was wonderful, room was great. lots to do, the food was great!  Cozumel was really quaint.  I really enjoyed the whole trip.

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Be ready to spend, spend, spend!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

If you stick with the "all inclusive" parts of the cruise, you will do fine.  It is the extras that get you.  Pictures, sodas and alcohol, the gift shop, all marketed very strongly.  The "sales" in the gift shop and the jewelry store would draw anyone in and you end up buying things that you don't need.  Then when you are not spending on board, you can take a free workshop to show you how to shop at the port and get the best deals.   Some offer free stuff, but it's all cheaply made "tchotchkes" and the sole purpose is to get you in the door and make you GREAT deals on jewelry.  Be careful to not get caught up in the thrill of it all.  You credit card will thank you later.

Then, don't forget to either turn your phone off during the entire trip, purchase an international data plan or put your phone on airplane mode.  Better yet, contact your cell phone carrier to see what they suggest.  If you don't, they may charge you an exorbitant fee for roaming in international waters.  Doesn't matter if you use your phone or not.  I spoke with 8 people who have taken many cruises and not one mentioned this to me, until after my return. So I am telling you so you don't get hit with a $200 fee or worse!

Excursions are fun, but they can sometimes feel rushed and not worth what you paid.  Also, there is always someone standing by to sell you more stuff.  So plan them wisely.  We did the dolphins and it was amazing, but didn't feel like we had much time for anything else.

So now you ask what is included in the "all inclusive"...You get fun & entertaining shows, all the wonderful food you care to try and enjoy (if you want to try all of the appetizers that night, go ahead and indulge) and most of all, you get great individualized service by people who seem to care that you have a good time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun Trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

Me and my son went on the cruise mainly to see the temple in Mexico. that was better than expected.

The ship staff was very helpful,all the staff was friendly. The entertainment on the ship was also good.

The only thing I did not like was the morning announcements that started at 9:00. you could not sleep in past then.  

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Great experience!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

This was my first cruise and by far it met all expectations. Great food and great service all around. All the employees were very friendly, some even funny (our server on every dinner Mr. Amos). I would recommend this cruise to anyone.

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Families Beware of Shore Excursions

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

The Triumph was pretty much what I expected for an older vessel.  It was still nice and the crew did a good job keeping everything clean.  I will say the customer service was outstanding and they really did strive to surpass your expectations.

We really enjoyed ourselves as this was our first cruise.  The one thing I want to really caution families about are the shore excursions.  We decided to do the Catamaran and Snorkeling with the private Beach.  I was wondering why I paid $90 a person for this trip.  Then I found out I was paying for everyones free beer and margaritas for what was advertised as a family trip.  Lots of people enjoying those free beverages and getting drunk in front of my children.  Then we were rushed through the entire experience.  We only got to snorkel for 40 minutes!  Then when we got to the beach they only let us stay there for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  As far as I'm concerned it was a complete rip off and I wouldn't suggest it to anyone but a bunch of college students.

We also did some shopping in Cozumel.  Not really impressed with the shops the ships director tried to "suggest"  and claimed you could get the best deal from.  We didn't find that to be true at all.  If you really want to shop and that is all you have planned.  I would suggest taking the ferry across to Playa Del Carmen.  it takes about 40 minutes to make the trip but the prices are much better.  ***Be mindful of the time***  make sure you make the right ferry back to Cozumel and give yourselves enough time to get a cab back to the pier.  Missing the ship would not be good!  There is no shopping worth that!  Item not to forget - Mexican Vanilla!  It's the best and if you know someone who loves to bake they will love you forever if you bring them some.  Wink

We also did the Uxmal Mayan ruins tour and we really like it.  I would caution families with small children that this may not be the excursion for you.  It can be very hot and there is a lot of walking involved and it is not stroller friendly.  Lots of steps involved.  But my 11 year old did great and climbed the temple and everything else.  The History is very interesting and I felt this trip was worth the money.  I would say ages 8 and up would do find for this activity.

We enjoyed the food.  And you can pretty much find it when you want it.  I was disappointed with the seafood.  I guess since I was on a cruise I had unrealistic expectations of the seafood being amazing and it was very lack luster.  Hint - Go with a different option!  The pasta options were always good.  And breakfast was always good as well!  Thumbs way up for Breakfast.  Almost forgot.  Eat dinner early!  We made the mistake of selecting a late dinning time.  That's when all the fun stuff is happening.  Eat early and if you get hungry later just grab a snack before bed.  There will be plenty of things to choose from.

Be prepared for the pictures!  You can get some very nice portraits taken on the ship.  I was very surprised.  However, be ready to pay for them!  They are a bit pricey $22 for the 8x10's  Try to get some coordinating outfits for your family to wear for those because they really do a good job and you won't be disappointed.  They do different themes as well, Dressed up for elegant night, Casual settings, kids settings.  It's fun.  Take several and then just choose the ones you want.  Just beware!  they are really good and you will want a bunch!  Stick to you allowed budget!  Decide what that is before you go so you don't argue with your spouse when you are in the heat of the moment.  (Saw it happen - wasn't pretty)Nervous

One last thing for those with kids.  The pools on the ship are salt water pools.  Bring googles!  The salt burns your eyes and they are treating the pools all the time.

Over all - Go!  Have a blast!  If this is your first cruise you will love it!  The Triumph is a great ship for first time Cruisers because it does offer quite a bit and you really have noting to compare it to. So go and enjoy yourselves and throw the schedule overboard and relax.....you're on vacation.

 

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First Timer Cruisers

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 11, 2015

The only negative comment I have is when we were sailing back. We hit the tropical storm Bill. NO one was informed of the weather. Pools were smaller than expected. Service, food and accommodations were great!" Lot's of fun activities on board, especially since it rained more than 1/2 our trip.

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Not for me

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 11, 2015

This was my first cruise ever. I'm glad that I had the "sailing" experience but I will not do it again with Carnival.The ship (Triumph) is old and not very nice. The ship seemed overcrowed. Kids running the halls throughout the night. The food was ok but not great. Carnival is not a luxury cruise line from what I gather. We will try a different cruise line if we go again. I prefer going to a resort and being at the destination for a few days; rather than be at sea 75% of the time and hope it doesn't rain the one day your at port. I hope this helps you decide.

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Triumph 2015

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 06, 2015

It was my first cruise and I was pleasantly pleased. Our room steward was outstanding.  The buffet staff was very friendly. I have to say San Juan made our dining experience very enjoyable. We really enjoyed the live bands in the casino. The love and marriage game was an excellent touch. The comedians were so funny and delightful.

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Good for a bargain, not much else :-/

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 06, 2015

This was my 8th cruise, but my first with Carnival and my wife's first altogether.  The ship was [generally] clean, the food was good enough [the 24hr pizza kitchen was the obvious stand-out!] and it was a generally good time.

That said, I don't recommend this cruise.

Our first struggle with this trip was the amount of selling that occurs once you are on board.  It is clear that Carnival recognizes a captive audience when it sees one!  From forced photographs to food upgrades at dinner or "Used Rolex Fire Sales!!!" announced via loudspeaker in the early hours an otherwise relaxing morning, the sales pitches are truly non-stop.

Another negative was our stop in Progreso - everyone I spoke to agreed that we would have been better off with another sea day!  I understand the 5 day cruise only has so many miles it can cover, but Progreso should be scratched from the dance card.  It did not feel safe, was full of pan-handlers, and barely had the infrastructure to support a ship's worth of people in its dilapidated beachside eateries.  The locals there were friendly enough and we enjoyed stretching our legs [I guess...], my group agreed that we would likely stay on the ship if we were ever to port there again.

Finally, we felt that the ship was overcrowded and very much had a "you get what you pay for" vibe throughout.  The staff was friendly though mostly unhelpful [we were told incorrect days and times for the women's world cup by the sports bar staff and missed games because of it], towels were scarce, heavy drinking encouraged, etc etc.  I could go on, but I think you get it. :)

I appreciate Carnival's efforts in giving people a fun and affordable vacation, and truth be told, this is probably a good option if you are set on a cruise and don't have much budget to work with.  But my advice?  Spend your money on a resort package, or save for an extra season to get on a nicer cruise line.  You won't be sorry!

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