Carnival Triumph Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

Relaxing except for embarkation

Sail Date: November 14, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We booked this cruise and completed our online check in several months ago which included a two hour check in window. .  Imagine my surprise in getting a flurry of emails and automated phone calls just days prior to the cruise telling me I needed to select a specific 1/2 check in time.  Suffice it to say, the embarkation system is one hot mess for those of us that do not have VIP or priority boarding.  Count on at least two hours from arriving at Galveston terminal to actually boarding the ship.


We did hit rough seas so the ship rolled quite a bit but my transderm patch kept me from getting seasick.

Cabin / Stateroom
We had an aft cabin and loved it. Deeper balcony and panoramic view. Bring your own hangers if you have more than 2 outfits that need to be hung.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
See earlier rant on embarkation. Lots of waiting for disembarkation - another 2 hours to get off ship.
Ship Quality
I could see a little rust building up in places but overall very clean. Going front to back on Deck 5 requires passing through the casino.
Destinations and Excursions
We did the top ten of Nassau and am not sure about recommending it. Warning: they oversell this tour so some poor souls are going to have to be squeezed in a fold down middle jump seat. The stop at Atlantis is a complete waste of time as you can't get past the lobby. also, beware the place they take you for lunch. It's only a 45 minute stop and the pricey restaurant simply can't handle a bus tour. some people either never got their complete order or it was delivered literally 5 minutes before we needed to leave. Waiter chased one guy to our bus because he wanted payment on food that didn't arrive!

Freeport city/brewery tour was fun. Not much to see but beer tastings were good.
At Key West we just stopped for drinks at Sloppy Joe's and ate conch fritters from a stand.
Onboard Activities
Good: lots of trivia contests. Bad: On two of our sea days trivia was held in a SMOKING area (Casino bar). As a result, wouldn't/couldn't participate - am guessing other non-smokers felt the same as there is heavy smoke and odors in the casino.

Positive: nightly karaoke in smoke free pubs.
Magic show was outstanding. Great tricks, fantastic dancers and costumes on that show. Comedy - meh. Big Easy show a bit too manic. And what's up with passengers bringing their kids to a late show and letting them play on a tablet where the glare from the screen disrupts other audience members?
Service and Staff
Everyone very friendly. all cabin stewards greeted us with a smile. Ditto for dining room wait staff.

Not sure where to put this comment but a warning about purchasing alcohol at the FunShip store: They make you pick up your purchase between 7-8am on disembarkation morning! By 6:30am long lines had formed and fist fights were ready to break out due to line cutters. Orders were screwed up, especially for those who bought 6+ bottles of liquor. Another hot, hot mess I'll avoid on the next cruise if this is now a standard policy.
Food and Dining
First, We booked this ship because it had a Guy's Burger. (Seriously). If you love a great burger and fries this may be Carnival's culinary highlight.

Carnival has eliminated smoked salmon from the room service breakfast menu. but the deli makes a really good lox/bagel and cream cheese sandwich.

We did discover that the LIDO deck serves almost the same entrees as in the main dining room. Eggs Benedict at breakfast and most offerings from the dinner menu with exception of melting chocolate cake and "free" lobster. None of the meals were outstanding but we no longer have high expectations.

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