Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by Canthackit
- Sail Date: January 2017
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
This was the third time we have sailed out of New Orleans and the terminal people have their act together. We arrived at the port about 10:45 am (since Carnival now gives you a 30 minute window you are supposed to arrive in) and quickly moved through security, although they did have us open our bag and pushed on every one of our coke cans to make sure they were all genuine and not hiding alcohol. Then up the escalator to the second floor waiting room where we got our sail and sign cards and had a seat to wait for boarding.
We were on board by 11:45 and like everyone else, went to the lido deck.
Cabins were ready by 1:30 and we were in cabin 8367. You'll see more about that in my cabin review.
The food around the ship was very good. We ate in the Paris dining room every night at the early seating. The maitre d and his assistant came around several times during the cruise and made contact with our table. They are always asking how the food was and it was mostly great but because of being at a a table with people we really didn't know, we didn't really express our comments when he asked.
What we noticed first was that there are no longer tablecloths on the tables (except for the one elegant night). Our main server was Leo and he did a great job and got all of the orders correct at our 8 top table. The main thing we noticed was the slowness of the food coming out compared with our last 5 cruises. We noticed Leo had very little help from others and it just seemed like there were not enough staff to make things run quicker. The first night we got done at 7:55. It was a good thing our table mates we had just met were engaging and kept everyone talking so it was not a bad wait. The main problem with the wait is that it really makes you rush if trying to make an 8pm show and get a good seat. It also doesn't leave much time between the first and second seatings in the dining room except I did notice on this cruise that the second seating is now at 8:15 pm instead of 8pm.
The little lobster tails were not offered on elegant night but prime rib was. The prime rib was not as good compared with other cruises. You can get a better steak or a lobster tail in the main dining room but there is a $20 up-charge. The rest of the dishes we had were very good and the chocolate melting cake was perfectly done.
We ate on the lido for other meals and had great custom omelettes several mornings. The orange juice they serve tastes very fresh and of course you have to have lemonade daily too. I had a rueben from the deli and it was great. We ate pizza, tacos from Blue Iguana, stir fried wok foods and a burger from Guy's. In fact, the only place we didn't eat from is a new seafood walk-up on the lido deck near the back of the ship. It was all an up-charge place but you could order crab legs, lobster rolls, fish and chips, etc.
The cruise director, Adam was very good. He was funny and engaging and you didn't get tired of him. We also saw him around the ship a lot. He did a good job hosting some of the shows and did a good job with the marriage show.
This ship had a nine piece band complete with brass in the main ballroom. They were very good and could play any style of music. The shows on this trip were some of the best we have seen on-board. There is a male and female lead singer in the shows and they are both great, but she is by far the best singer we have heard on any ship and we have heard some great ones. The dance troupe was very talented and the shows were well produced.
There was a magician named Mark Bennick on this cruise who did a couple of full stage shows. These were not little parlor tricks, but full blown Vegas style stage illusions with appearing and disappearing assistants, stylish dancers, motorcycles, etc. I liked his show a lot.
There was also a filipino band named Asia that played around the ship. They were a four piece but could play anything.
The only excursion we booked was one called Holy Guacamole through Carnival. We would do it again. A bus picked us up at the port of Progresso and after about a 35 minute ride we arrived at a private house on the beach. Our tour guide was Misael and he was wonderful. He spoke good english and shared tons of information on the bus trip. He answered questions about the local area and was a pleasure to be around. Once at the location we all had our own cutting boards and tools and we had made fresh guacamole and pico. There was a small private pool, hammocks and the beach to enjoy.
All in all we had a good time and are looking forward to our first 15 day cruise in October. If I can't wait for October I may have to book this 5 day one again just to get a little fix before October.
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Luckily we were not under an area where deck chairs were but we did hear a large rumble above us lots of times. Wondering what it was, we finally discovered it was the big pushcarts in the lido dining area they push plates around on. That happens at all hours of the day or night.
We really don't have big complaints with our cabin but were the most disappointed to find there is no refrigerator in the room. Our cabin steward Putu did make sure we had fresh ice twice a day and that helped. He cleaned up the room at least twice a day and turned down the bed. We noticed there were no robes in the room but heard others say you could request them.
The other things we noticed were just little cosmetic things, little pieces of trim missing in places, and the balcony door handle trim was coming loose and had been bent. The door had settled and the little latch you lock the door with would no longer engage because it didn't line up. So the balcony door was never locked. On every cruise we've been on, if we left the balcony door unlocked, the steward would have it locked when we returned. Not the case on this cruise since it was impossible to lock. We had no valuables in the room anyway so were unconcerned it didn't lock.
We are used to the bathrooms on Carnival and this one was not much different except it had a mirrored medicine type cabinet on once side of the sink instead of the 3 shelves on each side of the mirror like in other ships. The cabinet actually held more than the little shelves would have. The other thing was the shower control. I think it must have been retrofitted with a different control. There was a little warning sign in the shower telling you to set your shower at a certain degree setting however this shower control didn't have a degree setting. It was a simply a single handle you lift up and move left or right to get your temperature to feel right. I'm thinking the old control get replaced with this one.
There are two 120v receptacles on the desk/makeup table so that was handy because sometimes there is only one. I use a cpap machine so I always have to string an extension cord across the desk, down the cabinet, across the floor and then under the foot of the bed and tape it all down. It's nice to have an extra plug to use for the cord.
The bed was plenty comfortable and the A/C was adequate. We had heard other cruisers speak of sewage smells on some decks but we did not have that issue at all anywhere on the ship.