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We chose this cruise because we just couldn't beat the price for a 5-night get away. It was much, much less than the Disney and Holland America cruise we had taken previously in the last year. This was only my third cruise ever and I had heard about how Carnival is the "budget" cruise line. I had read reviews of Carnival and of the Triumph ship so I was eager to see it all for myself. We drove from our home in Georgia the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn across from the New Orleans convention center. We were able to leave our car at the hotel and take a shuttle to the boat just a couple of blocks away. Embarkation was fairly standard. It was well organized and we were on the ship by noon which is what we were expecting. Our luggage arrived by around 5pm. A little late but not a big deal. The cabin was pretty much a standard balcony room -- room to sleep 4 (my wife and I and our 2 kids, 8 and 10 years of age.) The condition was OK -- clean but not perfect. The room had enough storage for a 5 night cruise so I had no problems with the room. Maybe I am just easy to please but I thought the overall dining experience was excellent. Dinner each night was at the London restaurant. Food was fantastic, service was excellent and I really couldn't have been happier. Entrees were tasty and dessert was delicious. Breakfast every morning was at the South Beach atrium. I love a good breakfast buffet and this one was good. The only thing I would want to change would be that I wish it would open earlier. I am a morning person so by 6am I am starving. Yes I could do room service but I don't want to disturb everyone else in the cabin. The good thing for me is that even though they had the "closed" signs out they were putting food out earlier and so I could sneak a bowl of cereal to tide me over until it officially opened. Coffee was excellent! The only thing lacking would be entertainment. On other cruises we had plenty of good options, not so on this cruise. But then again, entertainment isn't a big point to me so it's not as big a deal to me as it may be for others. The ship has a great Twister Slide and kids and adults both enjoyed it. The line moves fast so waiting is kept to a minimum. The pools are adequate and there are plenty of hot tubs to soak in. I enjoy working out and the gym is really nice. Plenty of weights and machines to use. It was rarely crowded when I was there so it was nice to not have to wait on anything. The first excursion was to Cozumel and a chance to swim with the dolphins. We loved it. The next day we stopped off at Progreso and visited a resort with access to lovely pools and the beach. When we disembarked on Saturday morning it went as smoothly as it could really. And we were off and on our way home. Our kids had a great time in both the kid's club and the pools/water slide. On this trip we met up with another family that we are friends with back home. The adults get along great and the kids adore each other. It is so nice to have another family to do things with as opposed to doing everything alone. I would go on another Carnival cruise on the Triumph ship in a heartbeat!

A fantastic deal for a 5-night family getaway!

Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by clay1g

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Trip Details
We chose this cruise because we just couldn't beat the price for a 5-night get away. It was much, much less than the Disney and Holland America cruise we had taken previously in the last year. This was only my third cruise ever and I had heard about how Carnival is the "budget" cruise line. I had read reviews of Carnival and of the Triumph ship so I was eager to see it all for myself.

We drove from our home in Georgia the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn across from the New Orleans convention center. We were able to leave our car at the hotel and take a shuttle to the boat just a couple of blocks away.

Embarkation was fairly standard. It was well organized and we were on the ship by noon which is what we were expecting. Our luggage arrived by around 5pm. A little late but not a big deal.

The cabin was pretty much a standard balcony room -- room to sleep 4 (my wife and I and our 2 kids, 8 and 10 years of age.) The condition was OK -- clean but not perfect. The room had enough storage for a 5 night cruise so I had no problems with the room.

Maybe I am just easy to please but I thought the overall dining experience was excellent. Dinner each night was at the London restaurant. Food was fantastic, service was excellent and I really couldn't have been happier. Entrees were tasty and dessert was delicious.

Breakfast every morning was at the South Beach atrium. I love a good breakfast buffet and this one was good. The only thing I would want to change would be that I wish it would open earlier. I am a morning person so by 6am I am starving. Yes I could do room service but I don't want to disturb everyone else in the cabin. The good thing for me is that even though they had the "closed" signs out they were putting food out earlier and so I could sneak a bowl of cereal to tide me over until it officially opened. Coffee was excellent!

The only thing lacking would be entertainment. On other cruises we had plenty of good options, not so on this cruise. But then again, entertainment isn't a big point to me so it's not as big a deal to me as it may be for others. The ship has a great Twister Slide and kids and adults both enjoyed it. The line moves fast so waiting is kept to a minimum. The pools are adequate and there are plenty of hot tubs to soak in.

I enjoy working out and the gym is really nice. Plenty of weights and machines to use. It was rarely crowded when I was there so it was nice to not have to wait on anything.

The first excursion was to Cozumel and a chance to swim with the dolphins. We loved it. The next day we stopped off at Progreso and visited a resort with access to lovely pools and the beach.

When we disembarked on Saturday morning it went as smoothly as it could really. And we were off and on our way home.

Our kids had a great time in both the kid's club and the pools/water slide. On this trip we met up with another family that we are friends with back home. The adults get along great and the kids adore each other. It is so nice to have another family to do things with as opposed to doing everything alone.

I would go on another Carnival cruise on the Triumph ship in a heartbeat!
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Cabin 8C 8220
Clean room, maybe a little worn but more than adequate for us. Bed was really nice. The linens were comfortable and the mattress was very good -- we all slept very well. Bathroom was a good size with a shower stall instead of a bathtub which few people actually use. More than enough storage for a family of 4. The balcony was nice.
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