Carnival Triumph Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

great cruise, not so great room

Sail Date: January 16, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We sailed out of Galveston Jan 16th, 2016. We stayed in a balcony room on the 8th floor/starboard/forward. With the history of this boat, I expected it to be immaculate and appear completely refurbished. Not so much. The bed (2 twins pushed together) had a ridge down the middle that felt like bare metal w/very little padding, and both mattresses had huge dents in the middle. We did not sleep well. The bathroom was an orange-y/pink color straight out of 1974. There was a sewer-esque smell that lingered in the hallway the entire cruise. Other than these issues, it was a great cruise. No major snags at all. The ports were amazing (we enjoyed Bonaire, in particular). 

Cabin / Stateroom
See my other comments. Mattress was awful. Bathroom was hideous.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
The designs were fine (although the dining room was reminiscent of the mid-80's), cleanliness was good, bed/mattress was awful, bathroom was hideous but functioned fine.
Destinations and Excursions
This was an outstanding itinerary. I wish we could have stayed and done the 21-day trip, but we had to get back to work.
Service and Staff
See my comment for food and dining.
Food and Dining
The service in the dining room on pretty much every cruise we've been on is slow for our American standards. Long wait times for greeting, drinks, and between courses seems to be the rule across all the major cruise lines. The food was delicious, though.
Galveston, Texas
George Town, Grand Cayman
Oranjestad, Aruba
Bonaire, Netherlands Special Municipality
The Samur snorkling excursion was great! The captain was so personable and told great stories.
The beaches were beautiful but the island is still in recovery from hurricane damage a couple years ago.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
San Juan, Puerto Rico


This boat is one of the smaller ones in the fleet, and so you feel it moving a wee more than the bigger boats (not bad, but definitely some). We had no issues with motion sickness, but if you have that tendency, you should talk to your doctor about medications.

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