great cruise, not so great room

Carnival Triumph Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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11 Night Southern Caribbean Carnival Journeys (Galveston To San Juan)
Sail Date: January 16, 2016
Ship: Carnival Triumph
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8217
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

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). 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
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.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
See my comment for food and dining.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
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.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
See my other comments. Mattress was awful. Bathroom was hideous.

Ship Tip

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.

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
The Samur snorkling excursion was great! The captain was so personable and told great stories.
3 out of 5
The beaches were beautiful but the island is still in recovery from hurricane damage a couple years ago.
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