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Carnival Triumph

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 1 yr ago    

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Truly a FUN vacation!

txcanoeman reviewed 9 days ago

What people said about this ship:

"It was so cool to watch the waitstaff at dinner in the main dining room each night!" in 86 reviews.

"Needless to say probably our last Carnival cruise." in 36 reviews.

"The cruise director, Jen, is a riot." in 41 reviews.


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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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6 Days/5 Nights of R & R & R

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 02, 2014

Overall, this cruise was exacty what it was promoted to be!  There is a reason why Carnival is promoted as The Fun Ship!  If  you are an adult looking for lots of dress-up, peace-n-quiet, and elegance, look elsewhere!  However, if you are looking for some rest, some relaxation, and plenty of recreation, the Triumph is your ship!

 

 Enjoy music, pools, waterslides, sunning, and people on the Lido deck, or slip off to the library, the coffee bar, the aft deck, or the balcony in your spacious (for a cruise ship) stateroom.  Either way, there is something for every age on board.    For a ship with 3,000+ on-board, the food is above average.  Whether it be in the buffet line with a wide variety of options, to the Chopstick (Chinese food), to the pizza/salad bar, or the WILDLY popular Guy's burgers, there is absoluteoy NO shortage of food.  The scheduled dinner times, if you choose to enjoy them, are filled with a good selection of entrees, complimented by a fairly healthy menu of sides.  Appetizers are nice, with the always popular shrimp cocktail availabe at each sitting.  Following your meal, enjoy your choice of dessert with a nice cup of coffee, cappacino, or brandy!  And, of course, ice cream or frozen yogurt at any time, 24/7!  

As far as ports, Progresso is a failry eventless port.  It is, however, a very authentic Mexican location.  I am sure that, as more cruises stop there, it will develop.  Cozumel, however, is one of the best ports in the Carribean!  Plenty to do, as far as excursions, and the shopping is extremely accessible and clean.  HIGHLY recommend a water-sport excursion with Sand Dollar Sports ... THE best water sport company in the Carribean.  Snorkeling, Snuba, and/or Scuba is some of the best in the world!

 

We found the staff, the entertainment team, and the cabin stewards to be extremely friendly and efficient.  Jen, the cruise director was second-to-NONE!  On-board shows were very professional and highly entertaining.  Those who criticize the ship's entertainment as "cheesy" are nothing but haughty, wealthy wanna-be's!  If they were as "elite" as they try to sound, they would be on a ship other than Carnival!  For what they charge for theri cruises, Carnival offers an excellent variety of enjoyable entertainment.   And finally, baording and de-boarding the ship is a quick and painless as any we have ever experienced!  Recommendation ... arrive early on boarding day!  Be among the first to board.  Be ready to walk the gangway as soon as the gates open.  If you wait until the crowd arrives, you will experience lines.  On de-boarding morning, get up around 7:30, take a nice shower, head up to the Lido deck, enjoy a nice breakfast/brunch, and enjoy the morning.  If you don't get in a hurry, the debarkation process is very simple.

 

We are frequent travelers ... cruises, as well as destinations.  We have cruised several times.  Carnival is an enjoyable of an experience as we have ever had.  For the money, one of the best vacations money can buy!                        

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Amazing Time!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 02, 2014

We had such an amazing time on our cruise!  There was so much to do each day!  The ship was ALWAYS clean and all of the staff were friendly!  It was so cool to watch the waitstaff at dinner in the main dining room each night!  They were SO efficient and always called us by name!  Jen, the cruise director, was a HOOT! I just cannot say enough about what a great time we had!  The ONLY complaint (and its not even really a complaint) I had was Progresso.  We did not plan an excursion so when we got off the ship, we rode the shuttle into town.  Once we got there, it was dirty and didn't look that safe...we got right back on the bus and went back to the ship.  The day ended up being our most relaxing....hung out at the pool and napped :)  I would suggest booking an excursion if you do anything in Progresso.  Cozumel was AMAZING!  We didn't book an excursion either and were so glad we didnt!  We found a local tour and were taken to a beautiful private beach club with snorkeling, swimming, great food and drink and Tequila Tasting!  It was only $30 a person.....The onboard excursions are way more than that!  We celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary onboard and were even treated to cake and singing at dinner!  We're already planning next years cruise and planning on taking our daughter (who will be 10)!!  

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Triumph Deck Party!! Leaving Galveston

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Through the eyes of an Okie!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: May 24, 2014

This was our first cruise and I wish we had done this years ago.  I like the way the crew, from the wait staff in the dining room to our room steward remembered our names and welcomed us like we had known them forever.  The rooms were clean and spacious, we got a balcony room which was perfect for enjoying the view in private.  The choices of food options were fantastic!  In the dining room itself and in the buffets.  We were ready to plan our next cruise before we even got back to port which by the way came way too soon.

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Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Friends cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jun 07, 2014

I so enjoyed cruising on the triumph. Me and 4 ladies from work decided to do this to end the school year, only one had been on a cruise before. Service was great room was great.  I will be cruising again next time with my husband. Thanks for a great first time experience!⚓️

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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We are going again next year!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jul 24, 2014

Was me and my husband's first cruise for our honeymoon. I can not rave enough about the customer service. The employees there treated us like we were celebrities. Our rooms were cleaned 3 times, the food selections were excellent, I literally gained 4 pounds while being there. I am amazed at my experience with Carnival Triumph and I will definitely cruise with them again!Big Smile

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Popular Tips for Carnival Triumph


Every day I would go to the sandwich bar and get smoked salmon without the bagel. I love smoked salmon.

Dress appropriately for formal dining. Pay your gratuities ahead of time, they work for it! Save extra money for the excursions! Save extra money for the deals on and off the ship. Don't stay in your room all day. Don't be on a diet whenever you are cruising, you will gain weight! Have fun!

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.




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5 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Sep 22, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Triumph
61 Ship Mate app members

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11 Night Southern Caribbean (Galveston To San Juan)

Sail Date: Oct 24, 2015
Ship Name: Carnival Triumph
50 Ship Mate app members

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5 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 11, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Triumph
49 Ship Mate app members

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