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Carnival Triumph Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


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Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
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Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 14, 2015
Ship: Carnival Triumph
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 7431
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

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.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
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.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
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.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
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

3 out of 5
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.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
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.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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.
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
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