R D's hubby here to post a very mini review of our recent trip on the Carnival Triumph to the Eastern Caribbean on December 3rd.
The ship itself: Attractive,not so gaudy as some of the other ships we have been on but oh, the carpets! Virtually all the high traffic areas were heavily stained and appeared very grubby. Lots of deck space and the ship never felt crowded on deck.
Food: Awful! The South Beach Lido deck lunch menu was no more than average whilst the evening menu lacked variety. But the biggest let down was in the Paris Dining Room.Rollerdonna will explain in detail about this in her review.
Entertainment: Superb-at least the shows we saw. Carnival is hard to beat for it's main lounge shows.
Cabin: Great! No. 8296 on the Veranda Deck left side. We had the best room stewardess ever. Her name was Svetlana from the C.S.S.R. and she did a fabulous job looking after everything.
Cruise Director: Matt Ross from Ohio. Great personality and did his job well despite repeating the same tired old jokes we have heard on all the other Carnival Cruises we have taken.
Embarkation/de-embarkation: A breeze. We arrived at the pier close to 1 p.m.and joined a long line up outside. But it kept moving and we were on the Triumph by 2 p.m. Getting off the ship we chose the Self Assist method and were on the bus to Miami Airprt at 8-45 a.m. You can't beat that.
Ship's staff: Very friendly and helpful at all times.
Shore Excursions: Good with the beach excursion to Mullet Bay in St. Maarten being the highlight.
Finally there were many people who were sea sick on this trip due to the strong winds and 13 foot seas. Coming back from St. Maarten was particulary bad with a the ship pitching and rolling for hours. I sat on our balcony (whilst Donna tried to keep down her supper!) and literally watched the ship ride up on these waves then down into the trough before rearing up again with the next wave. The sea was an angry mass of foam and noise. We won't forget this trip in a hurry!!!
So the cruise rates a 7 from me with the food being a huge let down.
Regards to you all