Budget, Not Brilliant

Carnival Triumph Cruise Review to Mexico
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Carnival Triumph

Sail Date: December 01, 2012

Ship: Carnival Triumph

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review Summary

Older\, outdated ship. Visible wear & tear all over ship\, mauve decor in cabin\, dirty with stains\, and mold in bathroom. Needs renovation. Windows (throughout ship) rarely cleaned\, most very dirty! The food was bad\, far from the quality of our other cruise. Service in the main dining was slow. Severe sense of motion entire cruise. Kids clubs inadequate--a 12 y.o. is NOT interested in dances\, club only open 1 hour/day for video games. Our 10 y.o. didn't find any activities she liked. Ports of call too short--we had to be back on the ship at 2:30 PM. Then\, when the hungry passengers return from excursions\, the buffets close just when you need to eat. The entertainment was mediocre at best. Poor layout--forced to walk through smoky casino to get from one end to the other. Or walk\, go up/down floors\, walk\, and up/down again. We thought that all cruises would be as wonderful as our other--but we've nicknamed this one the kmart of cruise ships.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Low quality food\, slow service\, buffets close when you need them most.


1 out of 5
Second-rate entertainers\, kids club activities poorly planned\, not enough activities for 'fun day at sea'.

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
Mostly dances offered for 12 year old. He had NO interest! Whenever he wanted to just go play video games--the place was always closed! There weren't any activities that our 10 y.o. was interested in\, either. She tried going on a scavenger hunt\, but they were sent to find kids who were not signed up for the club as their hunt!

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The ships saving grace--friendly\, helpful staff. Our SR steward always greeted us by name.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Dirty\, outdated. Forced to walk through smoky casino to get from one end to the other. Visible wear and tear all over.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
Mauve decor\, with pink fake-marble sink\, tiny pinkish tiles with moldy grout. Beds not most comfy\, fairly firm. The size of our stateroom was large\, which was nice for a family of 4.

Pros: Friendly employees

Cons: Where do I start . . .?

Recommends Carnival Triumph? No.

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