Carnival Triumph Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

7+ cruises


Helpful Votes

2 out of 5

Good for a bargain, not much else :-/

Sail Date: June 06, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

This was my 8th cruise, but my first with Carnival and my wife's first altogether.  The ship was [generally] clean, the food was good enough [the 24hr pizza kitchen was the obvious stand-out!] and it was a generally good time.

That said, I don't recommend this cruise.

Our first struggle with this trip was the amount of selling that occurs once you are on board.  It is clear that Carnival recognizes a captive audience when it sees one!  From forced photographs to food upgrades at dinner or "Used Rolex Fire Sales!!!" announced via loudspeaker in the early hours an otherwise relaxing morning, the sales pitches are truly non-stop.

Another negative was our stop in Progreso - everyone I spoke to agreed that we would have been better off with another sea day!  I understand the 5 day cruise only has so many miles it can cover, but Progreso should be scratched from the dance card.  It did not feel safe, was full of pan-handlers, and barely had the infrastructure to support a ship's worth of people in its dilapidated beachside eateries.  The locals there were friendly enough and we enjoyed stretching our legs [I guess...], my group agreed that we would likely stay on the ship if we were ever to port there again.

Finally, we felt that the ship was overcrowded and very much had a "you get what you pay for" vibe throughout.  The staff was friendly though mostly unhelpful [we were told incorrect days and times for the women's world cup by the sports bar staff and missed games because of it], towels were scarce, heavy drinking encouraged, etc etc.  I could go on, but I think you get it. :)

I appreciate Carnival's efforts in giving people a fun and affordable vacation, and truth be told, this is probably a good option if you are set on a cruise and don't have much budget to work with.  But my advice?  Spend your money on a resort package, or save for an extra season to get on a nicer cruise line.  You won't be sorry!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
Galveston, Texas
Come early.
Progreso (Merida), Mexico
Stay on the ship...
Cozumel, Mexico
Paradise Beach is the way to go!

Was this review helpful?


Leave a Comment

Remember: Be polite and respectful. Our diverse community is home to members with different opinions and a broad range of cruise experiences.


* is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Back to Top