Carnival Triumph Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Meh. Some good, some not so much.

Sail Date: September 17, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

To be fair, this was the last cruise on the Triumph before it went into dry dock. So the deck had no varnish, the bathrooms smelled, and I think the crew was ready for their own vacation, so the overall service was lackluster. Smoking was rampant everywhere. Smoking rules were not enforced. The hallways were filled with cig and pot smoke. My cruise mates left much to be desired; ignoring the dress code (bare-chested and barefoot in several venues), being brought on board in a wheelchair because they were passed out from partying too hardy on shore, generally drunk and obnoxious, etc.

Pros: Chef's Table. Exquisite. Foodie heaven and spectacular service!

Cons: Bathroom smelled like a sewer. Mediocre service. Not my favorite kind of cruise mate (chain-smoking redneck party animals).

Recommends Carnival Triumph? No.

Ship Quality
As I mentioned, this was the last cruise on the Triumph before it went into dry dock, so it was in poor shape. As for layout, with the galley in the middle people had a difficult time realizing they had to go to particular decks before they could traverse the ship.
Shows were good, gambling was good, CD was excellent (Good job, Tex!). Wine tasting was fine, trivia games were a blast. Many people liked the bean bag toss competition and the live music.
Food and Dining
Have to say average because although the dining room was pretty good, the buffet was really bad. Especially the Asian food. Ee-yuck! Service in the main dining room for dinner was excellent. Not a lot of choice on either menu.
Cabin / Stateroom
Steward could have been more attentive, bathroom smelled like a sewer and it's an older ship, so the wear and tear was noticeable.
Service and Staff
The kitchen and wait staff were great. Everyone else was fair to middling. I wasn't impressed. Like I said, I think they were ready for their own vacation. However, that doesn't excuse them from not making mine exceptional. That's what I paid for after all.
Cozumel, Mexico
Great place for shoppers! Be prepared to tip like a crazy person. Lots and lots of activities from laying on a beach to racing around in a dune buggy or snorkeling.
Don't Miss: I did the Twister boat trip to Isla Pasion. Woo hoo!
Progreso (Merida), Mexico
If you just want to go shop or hang out with the partiers (and get delivered to the ship in a wheelchair), then you can just walk to the little village-on-the-pier. If you want to invest brain cells on a more cerebral activity, take an excursion to one of several Mayan ruin sites in the area. Fascinating and picturesque. The town of Progreso itself was rather depressing. None of the money coming in from the ships seems to have made it's way to the locals. Sad.
Don't Miss: Mayan ruins.

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