Carnival Triumph Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

Amazing deal for extended cruise time

Sail Date: November 04, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

If you have the extra vacation days, this is a great cruise. Many ports to visit, plus days of relaxation, for an unbelievably low price. And it's Carnival, so you get great food, entertainment (not just the regular shows, but the comedy clubs at late night are off the hook) and the friendliest crew. We have cruised on several lines and I have to say, no other cruise line offers so much, with such great crew, no matter the ship. The only complaint I have is the casino smoking, mid ship, you would have to go up or down decks and cross over and go up or down again to move from one end to the other on the same floor. There are so many activities, they overlap, so you have to pick one fun activity over another. 

Cabin / Stateroom
Wish it had a fridge, and night table on both sides. Maybe rotate the bed 90*? Loved all the closet space. Very generous.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Both quick and efficient. But please educate your crew for safety, wheelchairs go up forward, but go down backwards so passenger doesn't fall out (or feel like they could fall out).
Ship Quality
'Can't get there from here" on some decks because of crew only space, like galleys. Also casino location, mid-ship meant you went through a smoke filled space to go from one end to the other end of that deck or played the up/down elevator or stair game to avoid the smoke.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
So many choices, so little time.
Children's Programs
We did not use, but even though not too many kids on this cruise, the staff made sure they didn't feel left out of the big picture.
Entertainment
The best we have seen on any cruise line. And the comedy club is off the hook.
Service and Staff
The shopping guy was not always where he was scheduled to be, or arrived late.
Food and Dining
Food not given full respect by critics. The food on Carnival is really good, loved the local menu choices representing the port we were at that day. Sea days brunches were a relaxing option, and tea time was delightful. And dining room staff always cheerful, smiling and eager to please. They work so many hours, and always have a positive attitude. Wish their 'show' would parade around entire dining room, not concentrated on center stairs.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Just our embarkation port, but we came in the night before. Had great lunch at ElCameron, recommended by our cab driver. It was not a tourist trap, but a place local business people frequented. Huge servings, very low prices and really yummy local cusine. Tables were constantly filled.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Go in town to buy liquor, port stores limited in choice. The port shopping area is not very old, but has not been kept up, looks run down.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Ferry ride to town is a fun and inexpensive self tour, even if you are not shopping. But there are plenty of stores for port shopping, too.
Antigua, West Indies
Local tour company not to be trusted. Quoted one price from 'dispatcher', another by the driver. We passed, fearing we would be held up on the far side of the island for even more money to get back to the ship on time. But port shopping area has expanded, and is nicely maintained.
Grand Turk Island
Local drive tour was better than expected.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
Local vendors only take cash, but one store is run by Carnival, so you can use your ship card to pay for stuff (same stuff as on the ship, and same price).
Galveston, Texas
No time to explore, and no side tours/excursions are offered. But very efficient and organized to get picked up.

Tip

Bring your own dijon mustard, only yellow mustard available. Pack a bit less, you can do laundry on-board yourself, or for a minimal fee, have the crew do it for you.



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