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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    


What people said about this ship:

"...I how the food is... however, I learned to eat in the dining room s at assigned times, because the buffet food was less..." in 95 reviews.

"...the more crowded and less clean than my previous 4 carnival cruise s( celebration 2003, elation 2005, destiny 2008,..." in 39 reviews.

"...fun and from the food sevred on the ship, the friendly wait staff as well as the emtertainment offered." in 25 reviews.




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Stay inside and you'll have a better time.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jan 16, 2015

From the incredibly loud music to the particularly unhappy bar staff(can't blame em, people are rude), the pool areas are a must-miss. The food was better than I remember and our room steward was excellent. Debarkation was phenomenal. 12 minutes from when they called our number (17), we were putting our 7 (yes, 7) suitcases in the car. I don't think we will cruise carnival again, but for the money, it was a fun time. Take some xanax with you and you'll have a blast.

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Great value!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jan 12, 2015

Terrific service, great accommodations, excellent food choices, exciting excursions! A great value for the money. An abundance of activities for families or couples. 

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1ST CRUISE

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jan 12, 2015

My husband and I took a five day cruise away from our kids.  Just to get away and relax.  We had a wonderful time and couldn't have asked for anything better.  We had a great experience at all levels, the food, the staff, the shows were all great.  We will definetely bring our kids on the next one for some family fun.

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Good Times

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jan 08, 2015

  This was a great cruise ! Met so many people and laughed the whole time !  We all were having such a great time that I heard many say that they were not ready to end this one ! Days at sea were not boring at all ! The great shows, duty free shops, the casino along with great food and drinks !

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Jan 03, 2015

This was my first cruise to go on. It as a lot of fun. I was told by people who have traveled on cruises before that the boat was a little out of date but for what I needed and wanted to do it was perfectly fine, especially for the price.

 

The crew was extremely nice and helpful the whole time throughout our trip. I loved our wait staff, Jan & Sabbi (his name was way too long for me to remember), at dinner. They were very funny and always paid great attention to our table. 

The boat was well kept the whole time and the events were very fun. I loved the couples trivia. I just died laughing and the host was great. The dancers were amazing to watch. The magic show was also well done. 

I would say that the DJ Ness was a little out date with his music. He would change the songs a lot while we were sitting out by the boat or interrupt them. That was sometimes frustrating when you were just trying to relax. The DJ in the club on the 5th floor was also not playing amazing music at night.

Piano bar was great. It was my birthday one night and he was so great. Had me sit on the piano while he played dirty songs. I believe his name was Rob or Bob. But either way I would recommend going to there at the end of the night if you are looking for a fun time. 

GO TO ALCHEMY BAR! The drinks are AMAZING. We found this place on the 2nd night we were there and I fell in love. It is right next the The Big Easy were the Piano bar is. The bartenders were amazing. Yulia, Adri, and Tijana are talented mixologists and great at keeping conversation going with everyone. It's worth the prices for the drinks there.

The food... eh. It's ok. The Burger place is AWESOME. Loved the Pizza place in the back by the pool. 

Both places we stopped were lots of fun. Progresso was a lot better than what I was expecting. We rode in on the bus, walked to the beach, and bar hopped. We ate fried Grouper at Buddy's right off the beach then we walked down to The Crazy Octopus (Pulpo Loco) and had fried Red Snapper. Oh My Gosh. If you do anything in Progresso be sure to try this. It was so good. Margaritas were strong and the beer was cold. I don't know what else you could ask for.

I would for sure do this cruise again.

 

 

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Exceeded expectations

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Dec 29, 2014

I was a bit nervous booking the infamous Carnival Triumph for our New Year's cruise. It was my second Carnival cruise, having gone on the Magic just a couple years back. Not going to lie, the Magic is a much more impressive boat, but the Triumph is not far off. I missed some of the dining selections on the Magic, but my wife and I found that paying a little extra in the normal dining for "steakhouse selections" actually seemed a better value sometimes than actually eating in the steak house itself due to the noticeable cost difference.

The rooms are much more generous in their space, and the lights and power don't turn off automatically. The TVs are old and kind of suck. I also found myself looking for signs of damage from their infamous disaster, but I was left wanting.

Carnival does not have really any externally recognizable brand recognition in their entertainment, but the shows are entertaining if you decide to pop in. I always love the stand-up comedy.

Progresso was a nice surprise. The public beach is great if a little crowded, but there is a lot to do there without doing one of the many Mayan excursions. I don't think paying for one of the exclusive resorts is good value either because there were so many wonderful choices at the public beach. It was a simple bus ride and short walk. We were able to ride some wave runners and have some wonderful food for about $60 from just what we found there in like 10 minutes.

Cozumel is the same as always. We did the dolphin encounter. It was great except their food is somewhat wanting. They have all sorts of bonus activities there. They super gouge you on pictures, however. Have your observer take pictures from far away if you have one.

We were sad to leave when we returned to Galveston. All in all it was a great time.

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Christmas on the Triumph

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

Great cruise!!! The staff go overboard to make sure you are having a good time. The shore excursions were a ball.  We went on the Jaguar truck in Progresso and the Twister boat in Cozumel, what a blast.  The only negative I can think of was the un-supervised children running around the ship at times.

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Well done!

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

I got a lot of help when my car arrived late & close to boarding time & that was wonderful! The waiter was very friendly, helpful & did a great job of remembering people. A very good treat to warm weather @ Christmas time. A lot of good food could be found on board. A lot of activities were on board. The comedians were very funny! The entertainment options were plentiful.

Charging for soda is nit-picky nickel-and-diming. After Progreso, Mexico, a different country in the Caribbean would have provided more variety over the next port being Cozumel, Mexico. Having only 1 buffet/restaurant open on the morning of debarkation led to long lines for people trying to eat before they were called. It was very good that the first group to disembark was called w/in 15 minutes of the time scheduled in the time interval planned.

 

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Too many children, not enough entertainment.

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

My wife and I went on a Carnival cruise out of So Calif to Mexico about 10 years ago excellent, the entertainment was great and all new on the return trip, our photos show a lot less children on our last cruise.  We could not understand why parents would book a Christmas cruise for themselves and not think of their children first during this holiday..   

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Once & Done

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Triumph | Sail Date: Dec 20, 2014

Within 8 hours after eating at the Paris Dining Room on the Carnival Triumph, we began getting sick. Everybody got sick. Bi-directional gastroenteritis. We will not be sailing again. Ever.

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

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