Carnival delivers is now-famous 'Fun Ship' product in a newer, larger, more modern package called the Carnival Triumph. This ship is the newest and most-modern ship to join the Carnival fleet. It is very large and one can easily get lost without a map (provided at the purser's desk). Cabins utilize the space well; our Category 1 upper-and-lower cabin was able to accommodate a small love seat and roomy bathroom. The Promenade Deck is the hub of many of the ship's activities and amenities, such as the gift shops, ATM ($5.00 surcharge), casino (encompasses about one-third of the deck), coffee bar, wine bar, piano bar, disco, video arcade, jazz club, main showroom at the front of the ship and a comedy lounge in the back. The Spa Deck is dedicated solely for the spa and gymnasium facilities but be prepared to spend some money for the packages offered. No one will be in want of food. Besides the two large dining rooms, there is a pizzeria, a deli and an indoor buffet that serves lunch and dinner.
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Though the size of the ship is impressive, it does not overshadow what one comes to expect from a Carnival cruise. The main shows are first-rate, a variety of tours and activities are offered, cabin and dining room service as good as ever and a cruise director and staff that kept the passengers entertained.
This ship can handle upwards of 3,000 passengers and, despite the expert use of space, there can be crowding and congestion. Couples seeking an intimate cruise will find it difficult. Our cruise, taken in September, had many children aboard. Though there are usually two of every main show, the talent show was only shown once and, since it is very popular, the main showroom could not handle the overflow.
All things considered, it appears that the Triumph will be triumphant in providing the Carnival experience.