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Age: 53

Occupation:real estate

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Triumph

Sailing Date: 2011-12-29

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

Review of Carnival Triumph Western Caribbean, Sail Date 12/29/11.

Accommodations: we had a balcony room, 7th deck, starboard side. It was very spacious, and definitely exceeded our expectations. Towels were good quality and robes were provided. The toiletries provided were limited (soap, shampoo, shower gel). Overall, I would stay in this room again anytime. Bring your own hairdryer if you need one. Theirs is inadequate. Service: Cabin service was very prompt and room was always made up nicely. Service at dinners in the Paris dining room was outstanding. From the maatre de to the wait staff, service was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast service was equally friendly but a little more disorganized. Nevertheless, service overall was very good.

Food: Ranged from very good to just okay. The dinners in the Paris were very, very good, the breakfasts were good (except the toast and bacon, which were both undercooked). The 24 hour pizza service was good. We only did the buffet once and found it acceptable. Overall, I found that for the large number of people being fed, the food was good, and I am an admitted "food snob". It was certainly at or above my expectations for this trip. Activities: There was plenty to do and you would never be bored. Loads of activities, we did dance classes, trivia contests, shuffleboard, used the gym (which was nice). If you can find something to do here, it's your own fault.

Safety: We felt very safe. Security was in evidence at the pools and we were on board for New Year's Eve and never felt things were wild or out of control.

Embarking/Debarking: Embarkation involved a few long lines but nothing too bad. Overall, it proceeded in a fairly orderly manner. I have nothing to compare as this was my first cruise, but it was no worse than security lines at most airports. Debarking we used self-assist and were off in a jiffy and on our way. They did a good job of explaining the options and various procedures.

Overall, I was impressed and I would recommend this cruise to anyone looking for a reasonably priced four day get away.

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