Carnival Triumph Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

disappointed with Carnival

Sail Date: November 07, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

For a Carnival ship, this was probably fine - decent food, accommodations and activities. However - our prior cruises were on Royal Caribbean (excellent) and Norwegian (very good). In comparison, this cruise was average/adequate but certainly nothing special and less than we'd expected.

Pros: Mayan ruins - Uxmal shore excursion

Cons: food, restaurants and activities

Recommends Carnival Triumph? No.

Main activities seemed to be bingo, karaoke and silly pool games (hairiest chest). Many shows were scheduled at or after 10:00 pm - some as late as 12:30, which meant we never were interested in attending.
Service and Staff
Ship Quality
Everything was fine but not nearly as nice as the other ships we've been on. They had a separate theater and showed first-run movies (here the big screen on the pool deck showed films of concerts of Cher, Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow and kids' movies.
Food and Dining
Food selection and variety was adequate but again, not nearly what we'd expected after our prior cruises. The buffet area was poorly laid out (one double-sided line with one salad/dessert bar) and always congested. The same dinner choices were available at the buffet or dining rooms - again, pretty disappointing. We'd expected much different, more sophisticated choices in the dining rooms.
Cabin / Stateroom
We stayed on the Spa deck (11th floor), which was great. The view and location (away from the main ship's areas) made it very desirable.
Progreso (Merida), Mexico
Uxmal Mayan ruins were great and well worth the trip. We arranged the trip through Carnival rather than Orbitz - saved at least $50 and were much happier with the arrangements.
Don't Miss: Mayan ruins
Cozumel, Mexico
we just went shopping in the port, which was a typical Mexican town.
Don't Miss: shopping

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