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Carnival Triumph Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
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2 out of 5
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Carnival Triumph

7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail Date: June 23, 2007

Ship: Carnival Triumph

Cabin Type: Inside

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 11 years ago

Review Summary

ship was dirty/poorly maintained/dated appearance; some guests even had no A/C and their cabins were 90+ degrees!! it did eventually get fixed I think it might be a better option to find a newer ship in their fleet (I believe this one has been in service since 1998) or spending the money to "upgrade" to another cruise line... for instance the same itinerarty was available on Princess (also owned by Carnival) for $200 more per person for the same room category.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
dinner in the dining room was great...food/service excellent. Our waiters Roel and Richard were top notch; breakfast/lunch/buffets food was mediocre to poor and usually cold by the time it was received. even my children complained about the overall food quality; the buffet lines were so long it wasn't even worth the wait, the theme there was quantity over quality


3 out of 5
there was plenty to do although by the 3rd at sea day my kids were bored with the options which tend to repeat daily at the same times. my daughter (12) who sings in state competitions was very dissapointed that she could not do karaoke (min. age 15 y.o.) I think they should add tween and teen karaoke in the afternoon or in the evenings before the adult one starts. enterainment was good in a cheesy Vegas style sort of way. One show in particular had my children and I hysterical laughing because it was so bad it was funny. Just think of the end of Blazing Saddles with Dom Delouise... My 12 y.o. daughter ripped apart the dancers(eg. pretending to Irish step in BALLET SLIPPERS not GILLIES while the sound track for hard shoes {tap} was playing)

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
tween and teen karaoke would be a plus, karaoke starts at 15 y.o., also my 12 y.o. did not find enough of the activities entertaining for her age group during the day and there were "packs" of bored tweens/teens roaming the bioat

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
I found the staff to be very accomodating/friendly. I was amazed that with over 3200 people on the ship that staff remembered you by name and remembered little things that were said or that happened to "reminisce" with you. I was less thrilled with the pursar's desk. Someone accidently picked up my bathing suit from the cabin bathroom with the wet towels. The staff at the pursar's desk denied that it happened and told me I was mistaken. This went on for three days. Finally someone called the laundry to see if the suit was there but no luck. So I was in the Carribean with no bathing suit from day 3 of the cruise on...

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
see above, I even saw green mold in the rounded edge of the New World Pool, there was also stucco missing from the ceiling in places and light bulbs that needed replacing. therre was a briny/sewage smell on the staire between the 5th and 6th floors, towards the end of the 2nd day on ship, there were repair men with flashlights looking around trying to find the source of the odor

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
the room was what I expected with the exception that I thought it would be clean upon arrival. The countertops were sticky/dirty and the soda cans in the room had a thick layer of dust. There was even belongings in the closets and under the beds that belonged to the prior occupants. Before we could settle in, I had to use washcloths from the bathroom to clean!!

Ports Of Call

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

5 out of 5
I thought this was thr prettiest of the three ports with the lush greenery, waterfalls and the mountains. shopping prices were much better here and by all means... HAGGLE for better prices. I was able to get most vendors to drop 20-30% off the listed price; it was sad to see beautiful villas next to little run down shanties but it was not as abjectly poor as Mexico
Don't Miss: we loved the zipline adventure through the forest/jungle

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
didn't see much of Cozumel due to time constraints... we arrived 4+ hours late to port due to a sick passenger that had to be helicpotered off the ship, we only had time to get on our "ferry" to our excursion on the main land of Mexico and then directly back to ship. to the credit of the cruise line, they stayed in port an extra 2 hours to try to make it up to passengers, which was nice of them
Don't Miss: family loved the Jepp/cavern adventure

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
pretty/upscale area at the port, lots of duty free shopping but definitely the most expensive port of the three, although their alcohol prices were comparable to other ports
Don't Miss: snuba with the stingrays was awesome!!!

Pros: convenience re: getting from one destination to another

Cons: service/food was mediocre

Recommends Carnival Triumph? No.

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