Carnival Triumph

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    
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Carnival Triumph is a large ship, carrying 3470 passengers and 1090 crew, and sails from New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Great time

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

My favorite part of the cruise was all the activities and the entertainment I have already recommended it to several couples. The shows are great and included in the price and movie night on the lido deck was fun

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Surprisingly good

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It was better than expected!  Everything is very well organized and synchronized.  All your staff is very courteous.  The food excellent, and still do not understand how they do it so good for so many people!  The entertainment crew fantastic.  The land excursion to Chichen Itza has a lot of room for improvement.  The tour guide was nice and polite but not knowledgeable enough for such an historic place.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Carnival Triumph is a Winner!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

By my best count, the 5 night Western Caribbean cruise on Carnival Triumph was my 11th cruise, using several different cruise lines.  I have always had a great time cruising, but, in my opinion, the Carnival Triump is truly a beautiful ship and in many respects is a notch above most!  Although cruise food is generally very good, the food on this ship was excellent.  The crew staff, across the board, was friendly.  They seemed  to genuinely like their jobs and were glad to go the extra step to serve you.

This cruise stopped at two ports: Cozumel and Progreso.  The Deluxe Beach, Catamaran Sail & Snorkel  at Cozumel is a great excursion that never disappoints.

I also took the Jaguar Safari Bus, Bike, Paddle Board & Beach BBQ at Progresso.

I had an "okay" time on this excursion and was fascinated with some of the guide's viewpoints on things.  He liked to talk (in a good way), but his broken English made it exhausting to listen to by the end of the day.  The bike ride on tandem bikes was fun but quite short.  We also took a short hike through some salt ponds that locals use to gather salt mineral, but which were not adequate for commercial "salt mining."  The Xcambo ruins, an ancient Mayan marketplace, were interesting to see.  We had ample time to walk around and climb about. If you read the excursion explanation carefully, you will note that entrance to the ruins is $4.00 per person and is NOT included in the excursion price.  Only cash was acceptable to purchase the entrance ticket, so bring cash.

The lunch  was prepared by the guide and staff.  It was quite good, but, of course, doesn't even attempt to compete with cruise food. 

The beach was in an isolated camping area.  The only guests  we ran upon was a couple in an RV from Texas.  They were driving along the peninsula and happened upon this beach site, at which they decided to stay 5 days.  There are no facilities, except a primitive bathroom.  There was considerable seaweed washed upon the beach. The tour guide did provide each of us a foldout chair to use on the beach, and there were, as advertised, paddle  boards for those wanting to brave the ocean waves (plan on getting dumped and wet).  

I would give 2 1/2 stars (out of five)  to this excursion.  I probably wouldn't book it again, but you could do worse.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

One of my best experiences

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this was my first cruise, and it was awesome! The food was awesome, the cruise employees were very nice. I had a different waiter every time I went into the dining room, but all of them knew my name as if I was a regular. The house keepers were the same way. They made me feel as if I were truest at home. There was never a dull moment. There was some planned activity on the ship every hour of the day. 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Good time had by all

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The crew was very friendly - especially our wait staff in the seated dining.  My husband and I had taken this cruise before, but our son and new daughter-in-law had not. They had a blast and really enjoyed it.  We are gold teir and enjoy cursing with Carnival - New Orleans is a convent port and we enjoy Mexico

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Good Cruise

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Every Carnival employee was friendly, courteous, and helpful. The ship was clean and in excellent condition. The menu of food items served in the Paris dining room was identical to the food served in the Lido South Beach buffet. Carnival ships used to serve 4 courses plus desert in their dining rooms, but now serve only 3 courses  plus desert. Additionally, the four courses that Carnival used to serve in their dining rooms included several menu items that were a little more elegant and challenged the galley workers a little more. I missed the more imaginative menu items in their dining room. Bob's Burgers served excellent hamburgers. The Blue Iguana  served meat that was old, dehydrated, and tasteless. I thoroughly enjoyed the soft serve ice cream machine that was in operation 24 hours a day. I only require clean towels and my cabin  cleaned once a day, and Carnival Triumph let me choose this option. I could have chose to have my cabin cleaned twice a day or more, but declined.  I asked for a bucket of ice on my first day, and found this ice bucket refilled every day without asking. I  limited my eating to the Lido buffet and Bob's Burgers, and enjoyed the food from these two places. The illusionist and comedians were very entertaining. I recommend skipping the dining room and eating at the buffet, which has less stringent clothing requirements. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Would not recomend Carnival Cruise lines

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This was our first Carnival Cruise, have been on several with another cruise line so we are not new to the cruising experience.

The ship we were on (triumph) is a very poor design, you cannot get from one end of the ship to the other without navigating several floors.

When we got to our cabin, the room was not clean.  There was dirt and even a toenail clipping on the carpet by the foot of the bed.

The furniture in the room was well worn and the corner of the couch was torn.

The windows were so filthy you could not see out of them, I actually took a washcloth and towel from our bathroom and cleaned the balcony glass inside and out.

The floor with the casino on it smelled of smoke, even when several rooms away from the casino.

The food was nothing out of the ordinary, service at dinner was slow, and on one occasion I was complete passed over. They were getting ready to do a short dance show and were more interested in that then servicing the customer.

The entertainment was OK, probably the best was a comedian (Dwight Slade)we seen one night in one of the clubs.

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

A great Cruise with a disappointing event

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I booked this cruise as a surprise for my wife's 60th Birthday. She has always wanted to go on a cruise so I booked this cruise through . 1st off the Customer Service experience with Cheap Cruises was TOP NOTCH. Everything related to booking the cruise and answering questions was great. The problem developed with Carnival Cruise folks. Days before the cruise, I ordered special services to have our Cabin decorated with Birthday Balloons and a Cake on my wife's birthday. Also I ordered 1 doz. Yellow Roses to be delivered to our cabin. After having problems with the online booking of these services, I had to call the Carnival Customer Service folks to try to finalize the order. I was told that it isn't allowed to use their website to order these services and that I had to order through Cheap Cruises. So I called Cheap Cruise Customer Service and they told me they never have heard of this requirement. The Customer Service person for Cheap Cruises was AWESOME. She called Carnival Customer Service and helped me get this straightened out. She stayed on the line until Carnival Customer Service finally understood my request. About 15 minutes after this special order was placed, I got an email stating that the services were double ordered. I checked my Credit Card and it was charged double the amount. I responded to the email from Carnival Cruise to tell them of this mishap and the Customer Service person at Carnival stated that she saw that there was a double order and she would fix this. I then received a new email with the correction and a new Invoice number. However, Carnival never decorated the cabin, provided a cake, and the dozen Yellow Roses. By the afternoon of my wife's birthday, I went to Carnival's Customer Service deck to inquire what went wrong. No one could figure it out. They told they would try figure what happened with the order and they would get back to me. By the late afternoon, I went back to Customer Service where I was told that "I must have cancelled the order" I said why would I do that? Obviously someone at Carnival cancelled this order. I then looked up my credit and found that it was charged 3 times the amount of the services. I was told that they would fix these charges on my credit card and offered me a dozen pink or white roses as well as they offered to come and decorate my cabin at 7 p.m.  I calmly declined this offer as my wife's favorite color roses are Yellow and she is only going to turn 60 once. I was offered 4 drink vouchers as a solution to this issue. This was very disappointing. Although Carnival's Customer Service reps were cordial and tried to figure this out.........it was disappointing.   One other minor complaint many folks had on the cruise is that when Carnival shows Movies on their main deck at night, they state that you will get free popcorn. But what they don't tell you is that they will not give out the free popcorn until the movie starts......and if you happen to be that person standing in line for 20 minutes to get popcorn you miss 20 minutes of the movie. This more of observation and possible opportunity to improve this perk.....not so much as major complaint. In Summary  everything was great with this cruise up until the disappointment of a failed cabin decorating event.  I will not cruise with Carnival Again. 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

love it !

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It was more than a home away from home.The staff was great always smiling and working hard Big Smile !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Promenade

The Promenade Deck features the upper level of Rome Main Lounge, The Fun Shops, The Capitol Atrium, Olympic Sports Bar, Formalities, Club Monaco Casino,...

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Lido

The Lido Deck features staterooms in categories JS, 8E, 8D, 4J, 4H and 4G, as well as the Continent Pool, whirlpools, pool bar, NY Deli, Pantry, Hong Kong...

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The Atlantic Deck features the second level of the Rome Main Lounge, the Photo Shop, Capital Atrium, Photo Studio, Washington Library, the upper level...

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Contributor Level: Purser

Pack a small bag as a carry on with swim suits, sun block, motion medicine and any other essentials as your bags may not get to your room until nearly 6pm!! We did this, but other families in our group did not and their kids could not swim until 6pm because their swim suits were in their suit cases.

pattyreding
Contributor Level: Purser

Guys Burger is the best quick food grab.

texassea
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Did you eat to much & you hate the gym... Walk that track on the upper deck. There is something special about walking in the strong winds off the sea. The view will almost make you forget how many laps you've done. Before you know it your 2 mile work turns into 3 miles. Just enjoy!

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4 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
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Price

L

Size

Jul 1999

Built

4 yrs ago

Refurbished

3470

Total Passengers

3.18

Crew to Passenger Ratio

14

Number of Decks

1379

Total Cabins

31

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