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There's a lot I could say about the Triumph, but I would just be repeating what I'm reading in other reviews. We just returned yesterday, and I'm writing mainly to warn people to NOT accept a room on deck 2 aft. When the ship slowed down, the engine rattled and roared and the whole stateroom just shook & quivered. It wasn't so bad when we were pulling into Cozumel and Progresso, since this was after 7 a.m. and we were getting up anyway. But returning to New Orleans the last night, the ship started slowing down around 11:30 p.m. and our room shook and rattled for the next 2 hours as the ship started up the Mississippi. Absolutely no sleeping to be done, and we had a long drive home ahead of us the next day. I asked other family members if they had this experience; one was on deck 2 forward, the other on deck 10, and they did not feel or hear this. Both my husband and adult son (who was with us) commented that it sounded as though this engine still had problems, so I won't be surprised to hear that it conks out again. But for now - if Carnival assigns you a cabin on deck 2 aft, do everything in your power to switch it. The noise and vibration is very intense. We never even met our cabin steward and all in all, the staff was just not very outgoing or friendly. I wouldn't say they were unfriendly; they just didn't extend themselves. We were warned about revealing costumes before the illusionist's show so were prepared, but they really should have given the same warning about the show on the final night (New Orleans). Very risque costumes and certainly not a family-friendly production. If we had not booked an excursion (NOT a Carnival one - through Auto Progresso) in Progresso, that port would have been a bust. Just a bunch of shops and a very long way from the town. All in all, this cruise was nowhere near the quality we have experienced with Princess, Celebrity & Royal Caribbean. While I wouldn't say I was disappointed with the cruise, that's only because we were celebrating Christmas with our entire family and being together with no one having the burden of cooking and hosting made it all worthwhile. But I certainly won't go on this particular ship or cruise again, and will avoid using Carnival as much as possible (I am not always the decision maker for family cruises).

Refuse deck 2 aft rooms

Carnival Triumph Cruise Review by zsazsap

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior Upper/Lower
There's a lot I could say about the Triumph, but I would just be repeating what I'm reading in other reviews. We just returned yesterday, and I'm writing mainly to warn people to NOT accept a room on deck 2 aft. When the ship slowed down, the engine rattled and roared and the whole stateroom just shook & quivered. It wasn't so bad when we were pulling into Cozumel and Progresso, since this was after 7 a.m. and we were getting up anyway. But returning to New Orleans the last night, the ship started slowing down around 11:30 p.m. and our room shook and rattled for the next 2 hours as the ship started up the Mississippi. Absolutely no sleeping to be done, and we had a long drive home ahead of us the next day. I asked other family members if they had this experience; one was on deck 2 forward, the other on deck 10, and they did not feel or hear this. Both my husband and adult son (who was with us) commented that it sounded as though this engine still had problems, so I won't be surprised to hear that it conks out again. But for now - if Carnival assigns you a cabin on deck 2 aft, do everything in your power to switch it. The noise and vibration is very intense.

We never even met our cabin steward and all in all, the staff was just not very outgoing or friendly. I wouldn't say they were unfriendly; they just didn't extend themselves. We were warned about revealing costumes before the illusionist's show so were prepared, but they really should have given the same warning about the show on the final night (New Orleans). Very risque costumes and certainly not a family-friendly production.

If we had not booked an excursion (NOT a Carnival one - through Auto Progresso) in Progresso, that port would have been a bust. Just a bunch of shops and a very long way from the town.

All in all, this cruise was nowhere near the quality we have experienced with Princess, Celebrity & Royal Caribbean. While I wouldn't say I was disappointed with the cruise, that's only because we were celebrating Christmas with our entire family and being together with no one having the burden of cooking and hosting made it all worthwhile. But I certainly won't go on this particular ship or cruise again, and will avoid using Carnival as much as possible (I am not always the decision maker for family cruises).
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