6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
Carnival Triumph itself was okay, although very limited for younger ages and elders. The only thing you could really do was just lay out or go to the casino. Cozumel was very fun but with only 6 hours to visit, not much could be done. ... Read More
Carnival Triumph itself was okay, although very limited for younger ages and elders. The only thing you could really do was just lay out or go to the casino. Cozumel was very fun but with only 6 hours to visit, not much could be done. Be sure to book your excursions ahead of time because they will run out of room fast. The housekeeping was amazing! They get to know you and they are so nice!! Getting off the ship was absolutely horrible. After the process of getting off the ship, I do not think I would ever board the Carnival Triumph again. The arrival was over an hour delayed. After we had finally docked, they began calling people down by floors. This took almost an hour by itself. DO NOT CHECK YOUR BAGS. It is slower than carrying them, and only causes more of a hassle. Also, there is no point in going with your assigned group, because they do not check which group you are in. I would suggest going with the first group called in order to exit the boat as quickly as possible. The workers were very rude and not helpful in any way when getting off the boat. They would not let you stand anywhere for more than a second to get organized and were very slow. Overall the cruise was okay, but upon arrival it was horrible and I would not recommend the Carnival Triumph. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
First Cruise and didn't know what to expect. Be ready to drink, eat and gamble! We met some great people. The ship was huge. Many bars, places to eat. Paris dining was beautiful... scene right out of Titanic. The ships finishings were ... Read More
First Cruise and didn't know what to expect. Be ready to drink, eat and gamble! We met some great people. The ship was huge. Many bars, places to eat. Paris dining was beautiful... scene right out of Titanic. The ships finishings were dated and needs an update. Our weather was not great and probably accounted for the negative times we encountered. The staff and crew were AMAZING. Tended to every need... daily servicing and nightly turn down service with towel animals. Bring bottled water... it's worth it. If you are a drinker, either buy the package or buy a bottle of liquor for your room. Hot tea selections were great. I love hot tea in the morning and before bed. Stunning views of the gulf and other ships. It's a great trip if you are looking to relax and enjoy the ships amenities. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2014
Plenty of food, but was just, "okay", nothing to rave about. Pool?? DISGUSTING!!! No bigger than a bath tub, have to climb way up to get into, and was very small for a ship with that many people on it. Hot tub?? was a joke! 4 ... Read More
Plenty of food, but was just, "okay", nothing to rave about. Pool?? DISGUSTING!!! No bigger than a bath tub, have to climb way up to get into, and was very small for a ship with that many people on it. Hot tub?? was a joke! 4 people and you were elbow to elbow with each other, crammed in there. TERRIBLE! If you are unable to get around,wheelchair,etc. or can't get off the ship when it docks you are screwed, there is NOTHING to do on the ship to accommodate your time, the casino is closed until 5 or even later. Shops are closed, etc. Lots of drunks go on cruises, I found out, they will talk your ear off, wanted or unwanted, annoying to say the least. Access to alcohol all day long for those who drink but not other activities. Almost the same entertainment every day and night.First cruise for me I hope in the future IF I do take another I am better satisfied... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2014
We were so excited to be going on our FIRST cruise together and what better time than our Honeymoon!! I immediately jumped on Carnival's site and Pinterest, I just knew this trip would be EPIC! Then I made the mistake of reading some ... Read More
We were so excited to be going on our FIRST cruise together and what better time than our Honeymoon!! I immediately jumped on Carnival's site and Pinterest, I just knew this trip would be EPIC! Then I made the mistake of reading some reviews, fortunately that was a good thing because then my disappointment was as bad as it would have been if I didn't ... First of all each cruise is different and I don't want to discourage you. Ours was unique in that there was a dance competition going on, so there were a lot of kids on board!!! Not the worse thing in the world but the last thing you want on your honeymoon is to be bombarded by a group of RUDE TEENAGE BOYS! You will have to set up your Sail and Sign card - this can be done with a credit card (make sure you have at least $400- $500 on it because that's the hold that gets put on your card at first swipe) this card is used to purchase items on the ship. Don't fret, only the ACTUAL amount get's charged to your card on the last day. For your convenience, there are Sail & Sign ATM's on the ship where you can check your account to see how much you've spent and keep up with it. You can also opt for loading cash on your S&S instead of using a credit card. You can also change options, and add money to it as you go along. If you go over, you will have to pay the balance before leaving the ship. Make sure you have cash on you for the ports, they take credit cards at the shops but not for cabs, beaches etc. PROS: - It was really easy to board the ship. Just get there early. oh and I read somewhere to Tip the porters like $1 per bag when they help you unload. We had two suitcases and a carry-on each. - The comedy show was our favorite thing to do on the ship, comedians (there were 2 of them) were really funny! The comedy shows are really crowded, get there early or you will not be able to attend! - There are other entertainment shows that are pretty good, make sure to check them out, it gives you something to do! - You are allowed to bring a bottle of wine per person that's going. - We didn't know, but you are also allowed to bring your own bottled drinks (soda, water, juice) but I believe it has to fit in your carry-on. I'm also not sure about any limits they may have per person or anything like that. I suggest either looking it up or calling them. - The weather was great and the water was beautiful! - Find the Serenity Deck!!! It's behind the comedy club and a little hard to get to but it's ADULTS only and really peaceful! - They will leave a flier in your room each day, look over it for times of shows and other activities to do on board. Some of the games cost, so watch for those (like Bingo was $25 to play) - The little casino is nice if you like to gamble. - The room was bigger than we expected. We had a stateroom with a window and two twins that converted into a king ... that was really nice! - Our housekeeper was super sweet! - The overall staff was really friendly. - The TV selections are LIMITED - There are mostly kiddie channels, and standard CBS, ABC that plays older recordings, oh! and they have one channel that plays 1 movie a day ... the same movie every 3 hours! I watched "The Help" and "Grown Ups" a few times on this trip! CONS: - It's one of Carnival's smaller ship (or so I've read) so once you've gone around a couple of times it's the same thing over and over. - There isn't a mini fridge in the room so if you do bring drinks, wine etc. request an ice bucket. (Oh and if you bring your wine, don't forget your cork!! .. their corking fee is $15!!!!!! just to open your bottle, we found this out the hard way. I mean we knew there was a fee but $15??? Really?) - Drinks are ridiculous!!! $8/alcoholic drinks PLUS gratuity .. you pay like $10 per drink. Sodas are like $5 .. you can get the all day soda pass but we just opted to just bring our own MIO ... It was a suggestion I found on Pinterest that worked wonders! - If you do purchase liquor from the shops (they have really cheap prices for large bottles of alcohol, but you don't get your bottle until the last day) - They are constantly trying to sell you "deals" ... alcohol, jewelry, clothes etc. - You spend A LOT of time ON the ship. You only have a few hours at the ports. By the time you dock at 9am - eat breakfast and get off the ship it's 10am. Find your way through the shops to a taxi, take the taxi 20-30min to the beach it's 11am. Spend a couple of hours on the beach, find lunch, get a taxi back to port by around 3:30 because the ship will leave you at 4! I felt so rushed, no time to really relax. - The food is not that great, If I would have know better I would have packed some Tony's or something with me .... SERIOUSLY! - The pool is really small ... you'll see ... so if you want to swim, I suggest going late at night when most people are off trying to find "activities" to do. - They take your photo all day everyday - Boarding the ship, eating dinner etc. ... then it's displayed on the wall in the Pixus area -- Be forewarned they are like $8.00-$12.00 each to purchase them. Just bring your money, you'll wan to purchase at least one memory! - Make sure you have a copy of your booking receipts. We were hit with gratuity on our final bill that we thought we had already paid for when we booked. But we booked through a timeshare/travel agent so I don't have a record of it. I think we got hit twice ... :/ "Carnival Elation Gratuity - Carnival recommends $11.50 per person, per day. The guidelines allocate $5.80 to dining room services, $3.70 to cabin services and $2 per day for alternative services, which include kitchen, entertainment, guest services and other hotel staff members. The amount is automatically added to your shipboard account, but can be adjusted in either direction at the guest services desk. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar bills. Tipping for room service at delivery is expected (and appreciated) by the service staff." Biggest advice is to just enjoy each other and the time away! oh and read the reviews!! http://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=5 Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Service was acceptable. Room service - on the 2 occasions I ordered it - took an hour+ each time. Both times I received stuff I didn't order, not extra stuff, but replacement stuff. Wednesday we didn't even do dinner because it ... Read More
Service was acceptable. Room service - on the 2 occasions I ordered it - took an hour+ each time. Both times I received stuff I didn't order, not extra stuff, but replacement stuff. Wednesday we didn't even do dinner because it was all nasty. Breakfast was purely disappointing, the food was stale, dry, hard, etc. No flavor. The juices were watered down to the point that they were only distinguishable as juice based on their color, it was like drinking water tinted with food coloring. The desserts had no flavor, pretty much like eating sponges. The ship was clean. It was an older ship, so we expected it to be a little busted, but it really wasn't, it was a nice ship - in appearance. The food was a huge disappointment. We all were excited to eat and gain a little weight, but we actually lost weight because we didn't eat much. My parents got back from their 3rd cruise in October, and we had seen their daily itineraries, so we were looking forward to doing some of the activities -which on their ship were every 15-30 minutes. Our ship only had activities going on every hour - and they all sucked. There were 4 events that we even attended, because we're not really into cabaret lounge music. I was waiting for something from my lifetime to be played, but nada. I'm almost 34, I figured there would be something. So out of the 4 events we attended, one was labeled a "sushi-making", but it was actually just a demonstration - it sucked. The 2nd one was a napkin-folding class, the people running it never showed up. The comedy show - Chris Bliss - was not that funny. He made me laugh maybe twice and the best part of his gig was a juggling presentation to close his comedy performance. And the 4th event was seeing Ride Along in the movie theater - which was blurry and you couldn't see it clearly. So, to say that going to a napkin-folding class was the highlight of my activity agenda should pretty much sum it up. The pool movie screen played This is Us - The One Direction Movie MORE THAN ONCE and it was always filled to the max with 12 year olds. There was only one SMALL outdoor pool, the other was in a Solarium which was enclosed with glass - adults only - but it felt like a damn greenhouse in there. Waiting for drinks took 20-30 minutes. Getting a soda at dinner took 20 minutes, dinner itself at the main dining room took 2-2.5 hours to complete. Cabaret music everywhere. We actually looked forward to going back to our rooms to watch the same episodes of Molly & Mike & The Big Bang Theory over and over. Getting off the boat for the excursions at port took AT LEAST an hour. The excursions were the best part because we were off that boat, and could do what we wanted and eat what we wanted. I expected an old boat, that wasn't a concern, but to not have anything going on to appeal to people under 78 was absurd and to have food that rated lower that SOS jail food was just ridiculous. We just referred to our time on the boat as state prison, because federal prisons have more going for them. Also, I prepaid for our drink packages. The hustler on the phone said that if we wanted to drink coffee, we HAD to get the coffee/juice package at $20/day. My husband drinks coffee like a fool, so I had to get it. Come to find out, coffee is free, it's the premium coffee (lattes, etc.) that you need the extra package for. We didn't need that. So, I cancelled it. They said they were refunding the $100 back to my credit card. Well, they never did. THEN, they charged me 2 days for it on my SeaPass account, $40. And I was supposed to have a $50 onboard credit that they never applied, either. Early Saturday morning I tried to get the money situation straightened out and the "officer" in charge of SeaPass account disputes wasn't going to be there until AFTER we were getting off the ship. So, I have $190 in additional charges that I now get to dispute over the phone. Lucky me. And I didn't even have a cup in my room for my Coke package on the day of arrival. I had to go wait in the line for nearly half an hour to get a Coke cup! Then, I didn't have any tickets for my shore excursion either, had to go back to guest services and figure that out as well. I was told that there was a "glitch" in the system and it never showed up that I had bought a shore excursion. That ordeal took another 45 minutes of my vacation away from me. Thanks RC for Royally screwing it up. WORST vacation ever! WILL NEVER sail Royal Caribbean again!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
This was my first time aboard the Ruby Princess. I booked with a third party website because I got a great deal on the sailing. My good friend and I were looking for a relaxing weekend getaway and that was exactly what we got! Upon ... Read More
This was my first time aboard the Ruby Princess. I booked with a third party website because I got a great deal on the sailing. My good friend and I were looking for a relaxing weekend getaway and that was exactly what we got! Upon boarding, I was excited to see this was the biggest ship I had sailed on. I have been on three cruises now, 2 with Carnival and 1 with Princess. This ship was by far the largest and cleanest of the bunch. The staff was very friendly and very accommodating. Anything you wanted- you got. Sometimes even more than you wanted. The facilities were well maintained and there were a variety of activities to engage in on board. They had several classes in the fitness center, which was beautiful and situated at the front of the ship with excellent views. There were also several activities on board daily, which were detailed in the Princess Patter newsletter which was given to us nightly by our room steward. The shore excursion we went on was a great value for our money- we went snorkeling and were also taken to a private beach to enjoy time in the sun. It wasn't my first choice excursion, as the dolphin swim had been cancelled by the tour company (no fault of Princess). Princess did an excellent job of finding an alternative excursion for us last minute though. Our cabin was spacious and had a beautiful balcony- a surprise upgrade which was much appreciated! The food was excellent- I enjoyed most everything I ate on board. The only complaint I had was the steak I ordered one night seemed to be a little tough and not juicy enough for my tastes. However, everything else was excellent. There was a modest amount of entertainment at night- they did have some clubs (Skywalkers Lounge and Club Fusion) neither of which I visited while on-board so I cannot give a review on them. As far as the children's activities go, they had extensive children's facilities towards the back of the ship, which was excellent in my opinion, as it kept the children occupied but still gave the adults a taste of being in a quieter atmosphere. They seemed to do a great job of entertaining the children and keeping them occupied, although there weren't as many children or families aboard as there were on my previous cruises. Disembarkation seemed to move along quite nicely. We were in a walkoff group and they had us wait in a comfortable, air-conditioned dining room while announcing different groups for disembarkation. In summary, I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my Princess cruise. The staff was amazing and I loved the service; the room was beautiful and clean; the entertainment was nice but subdued for a quieter, less party-like atmosphere- which is exactly what my friend and I were looking for. The only thing I was significantly disappointed in was they advertised a jogging track but did not have one. The track they advertised was actually a walkway around the mini-golf area, which was close cut, narrow and had sharp corners. It was definitely not made for running. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2013
Sorry for the length, just bare with me if you choose to keep reading haha. This was my first cruise with my fiancee and it was exciting....for the first day. Still had fun just was bored sometimes. We live in Fort Myers which is only ... Read More
Sorry for the length, just bare with me if you choose to keep reading haha. This was my first cruise with my fiancee and it was exciting....for the first day. Still had fun just was bored sometimes. We live in Fort Myers which is only 2.5 hours away depending on traffic so we decided to drive as it would be pointless to fly and there weren't any flights from here to Miami anyways so that would be pointless. The drive was fine until we hit Miami and the construction that was going on didn't help as I had never driven to Miami before, and neither did my iPhone with directions but we all now how helpful those things can be. After driving all that time my transmission temperature light came on and my car went into "limp mode" so I couldn't accelerate and pretty much slowed down on its own. GREAT!!! I did NOT need this in the middle of Miami traffic but I got lucky and pulled over by an exit and just waited for my car to cool down and then we were fine. That didn't happen on the way back from Miami luckily. It is definitely very stressful getting to the Port if you've never been there before, next time I think we will try to leave out of Ft. Lauderdale or Port Canaveral. Embarkation: getting onto the ship was really easy and fast. It took us maybe 15-20 minutes to board and then we just hung out waiting to go to our room. Cabin: We booked a balcony room, 1018, and it was very nice. We didn't receive our cabin number until the day before sailing because we chose to do the cheapest option for Florida residents and they will pick your cabin, but that's okay because we had a great room. The bathroom was clean, shower was kinda small (we are a little on the large size ;-) ). The tv wasn't a flat screen but to me the cabin is just a place to sleep so I didn't plan on spending a whole lot of time watching tv in there anyways. Our room steward, Louie, was great we didn't meet him until after the safety drill and he was very nice, and remembered our names and always said hi to us in the hallway. The bed was comfortable and the balcony was really nice. WE enjoyed being able to sit outside. Service: The service aboard this ship was great. I never had a rude crew member or heard anything bad from other passengers. Our head waitress Sanja was amazing and fast! Bartenders were courteous whether i was buying an alcoholic drink or using my "bottomless bubbles". (I had heard that sometimes waiters or bartenders would be a little less enthusiastic about serving people who have the bottomless bubbles because there is no tip, I did not have that problem) Food: The buffet food was something to be desired. There were some food that was okay and some that was just bad or bland. The 24 hour pizza was bland and tasteless but I ate it nonetheless because I am a pizza fanatic haha. The deli where you can order a hot or cold sandwich was OKAY. I would only order the corned beef and pastrami sandwich because it was the only one I actually liked. The main dining room food was excellent compared to the buffet. I tried something new every night since I made it a goal to try some foods I don't normally eat. Granted sometimes the food was a little on the cold side but eh I didn't complain the taste kinda made up for it. We sat next to an amazing couple, Craig and Laura, who were from New York and we enjoyed eating dinner with them, very nice people. Entertainment: The entertainment is where you can tell they cut some corners to give you a cheaper cruise. The first main show "Living in America", was not that interesting at all. I actually started to fall asleep in my chair I was so bored. The schedule had maybe 2 or 3 timing conflicts with other items on the schedule; i.e there may have been two activities that you wanted to go to but overlapped each other so you;d be missing some of one or the other. On our second Sea Day my fiancee was actually bored and honestly I was too. The activities that we did try to go to were lame and no one really participated. I did use the casino, (for the first time now that I'm over 21 I can play table games), I unfortunately spent maybe a little TOO much time in the casino, but it was vacation money to be spent however I wanted anyways so no harm no foul, I made $143 on slots anyways :-) Excursions: We took an ancient culture and mayan ruin tour excursion. It was a tour on a bus that took us around the island of Cozumel and then to some mayan ruins. The bus's A/C wasn't working properly so it was a little warm in the bus and after walking around the ruins was a little disheartening but we did get a free bottle of water though so that helped a little. The ruins themselves seemed a little....I don;t know how to say it, kinda "eh" I guess would be it. They were "reconstructed" by the archaeologists from different universities in America so to me they didn't really seem "authentic". They were still real ruins, but to me just not that exciting. Maybe if we went to Tulum we may have had a better time. People: I don;t know if there's a whole lot to say about the other passengers but I did want to point out that on this ship there were a good amount of kids. Not enough to be overwhelming but how some of the kids acted, it makes you wonder if their parents taught them any manners? I had maybe 1 or 2 issues with children but that was because they had cut me in a food line or were just being rude. During the elegant night we had our photos taken and at one station there were these obnoxious teenage boys who just made a mockery of the whole thing and weren't even dressed up appropriately. You could tell that the photographer was annoyed. They just made stupid faces and poses and I found it very rude. The point of the pictures was to have a nice professional photo done while you were all dressed up. And some other passengers were just rude in general and it makes you wonder. I'm only 23 and sometimes I think I have more class than the older passengers who just don't care and have no manners. Prices: The prices on the ship for things were to be expected, and by that I mean it's a cruise ship and you're on vacation so they are going to make everything more expensive, just like if you went to Disney or Seaworld. It's really easy to just hand over that Sail and Sign card without really thinking twice about how much you just spent. We spent over $700, correction, mostly IIII spent over $700! Things add up very quickly if you're not careful. My fiancee wanted to get a massage and since we were on vacation and she never had one I said sure why not. I told her try to keep the package she picked below 150 since we were already racking up charges like crazy she said okay and picked the $149 package.....yeah haha. After her massage she tells there that the price didn't include a 15% gratuity. Excuuuuse me? That wasn't written anywhere so the massage was actually $179 >. Debarkation: Getting off the ship was actually fairly simple. I was surprised. We did "zone luggage", that's where they take your luggage the night before and then they call you by zone to debark. Well that was definitely a dumb idea. We had to wait for our zone to be called and then we had to wait for our luggage to come around on the belt and our luggage belt had 5 other zones on it along with ours. WE will definitely do self assist next time, we could have been out of there way sooner! Going through customs was easy, as long as you filled out your paperwork and had your ID in hand and ready to go, no problems. Parking ended up being $80 for the 4 days. So for being our first cruise we still had some fun and got experience a new place, there were SOME drawbacks but we dealt with them. Your vacation is what you make of it and we wanted to have a good time so try not to let stuff bother us too much. I think we will try a different cruise line just because we feel that Carnival has the least amount of entertainment compared to other lines based on what other passengers told us. But we will go on it again if we happen to be part of a group or something, cruising is fun and hey it's a vacation where there's free food! Read Less

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