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We Love To Cruise

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

We enjoy cruising very much.  This was our third cruise. This was our first during spring break. The cruise ship seemed a little more crowded than our other two previous cruises.  I assumed that the Triumph had been totally revamped and updated after its mishap several years ago, but it seemed a little dated. Regardless of its few imperfections, we still had a wonderful time.  I think cruising is the most enjoyable and inexpensive vacation that a family can take.  Loved the service and the extra attention to detail that all of the crew members give, especially our head waiter,( Oliver ). He was awesome!!!

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dch261
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Just what I needed!

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

I must say I was nerves about this cruise, because some of the pat incidents on this particular cruise, But it turned out be SO MUCH FUN. The carnival staff were extremely nice. The weather was amazing, food delicious ans vibe positive. We had such a great time. Would definitely go again  

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Overall it was OK

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

Some of the activities were fun, but would liked to have seen a variety of prizes given instead of only plastic ships. The food at the dining rooms was not very good, especially compared to the food on Royal Caribbean ships. Would like to have seen more 24 hour food choices such as burgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies. We only found pizza, soft serve ice cream, and some plain deli sandwiches. Eating pizza and ice cream got old after a few days. Buffet food was typical of cruise ships. Breakfast food was the usual except for a burrito bar, which was good. Guys burgers were always good, but closed at 6. As usual pools were packed full of kids. This ship is getting too old. Stains all down the hallways leading to the rooms.

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I would spend just as much elsewhere

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Mar 28, 2015

For my husband and I this cruise was not for us. The ship was not very clean with trash in halls and on stairs. It was less than relaxing because all the kids took over what I would consider some of the more relaxing areas. If we were to ever go on another cruise we would choose one that had adult areas that kids weren't allowed. The kids overtook the hot tubs and every other area of the ship. The food was OK and the service was OK but as for me, my money will be spent elsewhere.

 

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The TV is to the left, about 24 in. The window was always dirty these 2 + 1 more small to the left with small safe in it and 2 shelves the bathroom, the shower is a little small

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Great Fun with My Kids!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Mar 23, 2015

Three of my kids and I enjoyed our cruise greatly.  Carnival finally updated all of their shows, so the entertainment was much improved.  The food was great as always, and the ship was clean, but in need of some renovation.  All in all, it was a very good experience.  This was my 25th Carnival cruise, and my forth time on the Triumph.

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Smooth sailing from the start

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Mar 23, 2015

Our experience with Cruises.com was professional and smooth from making the first contact to disembarkment.  The only communication challenge we exerienced was in being sure of what documentation we needed to be able to take our 10 and 12 year old granddaughters onboard without their parent.  That was resolved very quickly. I will use Cruises.com again when I plan my next cruise.

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Swimming with the dolphins - best excursion but don't worry about the time spans

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Great Cruise, even over spring break

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Mar 23, 2015

This was my husband's and my 5th cruise with Carnival. It was a last minute, unplanned get-away (time to de-stress from work) and our goal this time was to just relax and do-nothing. So we booked a 5-night Mexico get-away. I was a little concerned about traveling on the Triumph after we just sailed on the Magic last year (dues to size) but was not disappointed.  The Triumph has nice, neutral decor that you hardly even notice....with a nice, almost venetian flair to it. (The Splendor..oh man, pink, pink, pink).   It's floor plan is the same as most Carnival ships, but I did miss my favorite the Red Frog Pub (Magic) and the Serenity deck ... but it was set up nicely.

Upon arrival, we were actually early and had to sit awhile and wait for boarding, but it wasn't all that long (our fault, not theirs).  Went pretty smoothly.  Our room was on the 6th floor, 2nd room from the front! (6210).  I was concerned about that being I was told the ship tends to not move as much in the middle (and I get motion sick easy...I wear the patch on the cruises). But this Cruise, I didn't have to worry much about movement. Our steward, Dan, was awesome.  I am so amazed on how they remember everyone's name. We did have an issue with our TV remote not working and for some reason, it was never replaced.  We asked daily, but Dan stated he reported it and even called while we stood there, but this wasn't his jurisdiction...so not sure who dropped the ball on that one. We could not use the interactive menu or check our bill from our TV the entire trip. Minor issue, but kind of a bummer it never was fixed.

The food. I see a few reviews on about how bad the food is, and that confuses me. I'm not sure how some people eat at home, but I have to make my own food and I don't make steak or prime rib every day. I think the food was amazing.  Our first buffet lunch on board had prime rib which, was really good.  Born and raised in Iowa, I am extremely picky about my 'meat'. This was really good.  They had steak in mushroom sauce on day two (still good!).  I would usually grab a salad and fruit (melons for the most part, would have been nice to have strawberries or grapes some days) and then there were choices like Ziti, steak, meatloaf, crab cakes and so on.  Desserts were amazing.  I'm not big on the melting cake (it is extremely to rich for me) but the tiramisu was awesome. Breakfast usually consisted of Cereals and milk, toast, croissaints ... then scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes and either french toast or pancakes.  Dinner, we ate in the Paris.  The captains dinner is always my favorite.  Lobster tails and Shrimp. Yum!  We don't eat that much back home (because of the price to get Lobster to Iowa), so having a few lobster tails is a treat. (you can order more than one!)  This cruise we only did the Paris|timed dining twice because we did not want to not be on a 'time' schedule --- but the food and service was great. And I love the singing the crew does.  Makes it fun!  We did have Pizza once and the deli made great Panini's and turkey wraps.  And we tried the Hamburgers once ... pretty good! 

We don't participate a lot in all the activities any more (being it's our 5th cruise) mainly because we don't want to be on a schedule watching a clock, but there was tons of stuff to do. Bingo was popular, trivia, singing, health clinics (Detox, metabolism reviews), etc.

The only complaints I had on this cruise was that there was definitely not enough loungers for all the people on the ship.  We could not find a place to just relax and lay in the sun anywhere on the ship until the last day.  It was Spring Break week so a lot of the college kids (the entire state of Arkansas was here) were lounging a lot, but still, the Triumph should have been prepared for this.

The other thing I do not like is the 'required tip' now on beverages.  When you order a drink they automatically include tip which I don't agree with.  Tip is just that --- you tip for service.  Although, for the most part, the service was great there were a few scenarios when we would have tipped every other time (not every time). If Carnival is requiring a tip, it's no longer considered a Tip --- it's part of the cost -- so they need to just raise the cost of the beverage in advance to begin with.  I did see a difference in how we were treated by employees with them knowing they are getting a tip, as opposed to those on other cruises where they actually 'worked' for a tip.  The friendlier they were on other cruises the more we tipped (they would even know our names).  This cruise, they just did their job and didn't seem to put forth much extra effort. Don't get me wrong, they did a good job, but weren't as excited about it (or in a hurry).   Plus, seeing 'required tip' on your bill, changes your attitude and puts a damper on the cruise. (Kind of makes you mad actually.)

All in all, It was a great cruise. I would recommend the Triumph ... it was a great ship.

 

 

 

 

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First time cruiser report!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Mar 19, 2015

This was my first cruise.  I learned a lot about what I like and what I'd like to see in the future.  First, if you don't have kids, select a boat that has a private area for adults-unless you want to be inundated with children in the pool and on the pool decks. Second, we chose a cruise that only went to one port and had 4 days at sea.  The sea days were great to learn about the layout of the boat, and how things work.  Next time, I would like to go to multiple ports.  One day in Cozumel was nice, but I'd like to see more!  If you just want to play in the Casino all day or lay out in the sun, then the days at sea are nice.  The formal dining experience is extremely nice!  If you'd like to venture out and experience some of the chef's culinary creations, then you will be pleased with the revolving menu.  However, if you would rather eat steak or something "less exciting", then there is a set menu you can choose from every night, which is delicious as well.  The dining room entertainment was a nice addition to the dining hall.  

I was very pleased with our balcony stateroom.  My husband and I enjoyed the private balcony throughout the day for some quiet time.  It was a nice escape from all the noise on the other decks.  Deck 10 was a quiet deck during our cruise.  The room was spacious enough that we didn't feel cramped. I don't think we would have enjoyed an interior cabin or the port window-we appreciate space, so it was worth a few dollars more for the balcony.  

The photographers on the ship can be a bit much.  Bring a good camera and take photos yourself or ask a fellow shipmates to take them of you.  The ones we took were much better than the ones they tried to take of us.  If you desire posed, portrait style photos, then the photographers on board will have a backdrop that you will enjoy.  Personally, we liked the natural photos we took in Cozumel over the fake sunset backgrounds and posed photos of the cruise ship background.  Our excursion on the Island sightseeing tour took us to a beach where they let us take photos with a parrot and an iguana for a donation. They took great photos with our cameras for next to nothing-totally worth it!     

The Carnival Triumph team was so friendly!  Kirk, the cruise director, did an excellent job keeping our ship informed of events, and keeping the mood light and full of laughter.  We enjoyed our first time experience! 

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amazing cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Mar 14, 2015

It is first cruise for my family. All staff always smile and serve well, the food taste delicious any time, it feel good! I want to thank for housekeeper Whayu who served for stateroom 2231, he made different towel animals always made my daughter happy! And I thank for the waiters who served desk 639 in Paris restaurant. So much appreciate!

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Never cruising again!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Mar 14, 2015

I had been planning this trip for months, and am extremely disappointed! The food was terrible. The entire cruise felt overcrowded and we had to wait in long lines everywhere we went! Our first night I ordered the steak, which was seasoned incorrectly and chewy. The potatoes and carrots were under cooked and the asparagus was soggy! I had called Carnival multiple times before our trip to see what I needed to bring. I am lactose intolerant and was told they had lactose free alternatives on board, but each time I asked was met with a blank stare! The water is filtered from the gulf and very salty! The buffet isn't any better! Room service was "free", but took 2 hours for them to bring us stale sandwiches and cookies! The room was OK, and the room service was amazing, but the entire room shook all night! They allow indoor smoking in the casino which is open and you have to go through the casino to get to the other side of the ship. They even had children in a night club that has people smoking the night before! My nephew and I are allergic to cigarette smoke, and I am disgusted that at this day and age they would still allow it indoors!!! On a freaking boat that you are trapped in for days!!! Next time, I will just fly to an all-inclusive resort! Cozumel was beautiful and had a nice little shopping center, but Progresso should not be a tourist destination! It's a very poor fishing village and the water looks like Galveston! That's what we were trying to get away from! Someone jumped off a few hours after we left Progresso, and we spent all night circling, trying to find the man. The on board entertainment was cancelled and we spent the night in our room. Rented a movie we could only watch one time for $5, and drinking $5 bottles of spring water! We arrived late and didn't get off the boat till 3:30 pm when we were supposed to arrive at 8 am! My boyfriend and I had planned on going into work at least half days, but instead got stuck in 5:00 traffic! Not at all the relaxing vacation I had hoped for. And when I called Carnival to ask for some kind of refund, was told this was not their fault and they would not give any compensation! 

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Room 1224 Sunset Beach resort on Cozumel, Mexico Mermaid statues in Main Dining

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