We did the Triumph 2 yrs ago and had a blast. The entertainment, food and activities were great. The con was it was overbooked on our Thanksgiving cruise and there were way to many kids running rampant and pool chairs were hard to get. Id suggest to book it when kids are in school for a less maniac cruise. Other than that its deffinantly a FUN SHIP.
Pros: One of the larger ships with comfortable rooms, wonderful food (don't forget to try the steak sandwiches at the grill at lunchtime -- you have to ask for them), lots of things to do and classic itineraries. Staff is very helpful. Nice touch is being allowed to wait for deembarkation in your cabins, as opposed to having to assemble in public areas and wait forever). Our Romanian waiter and Philipino Assistant Waiter were very enthusiastic about Carnival and provided the best service we've ever had in 6 cruises. Didn't feel much motion so no seasickness (cruised in 4/01). Very good kids' program and video games. Met some really nice people. Ship was immaculate and the quality of the shows were good.
Cons: The whole "saving deck chair" experience is a pain -- either get up and save your chairs early (and go back to bed?) or give up any expectation of sitting by the pool. Your lounge chair will be close enough to your neighbor to read their book (lounge chairs on Carnival are not plastic and not particularly comfortable anyway). Lots and lots of people everywhere, particularly when shows or dining seatings get out. This was the only cruise that we didn't get much service from our cabin stewardess (she was being closely monitored and her rooms were being checked by her supervisor, so we didn't think she was going to be with Carnival much longer). Elevators were slow and non-working sometimes, so we used stairs more than on other cruises. Ship is so big that hiking from one end to another qualfies as exercise. The wait was so long for the laundry room that they should be considered essentially unavailable.
Conclusion: We would go on the Triumph again in a minute. It was a wonderful trip, and one of our best cruise experiences. It this is your first cruise experience, you may be disappointed if you try an older, smaller ship next time. Have a wonderful trip!!!
Just got back from the Triumph over Easter break. It was our first cruise. We have three kids ages 15,13,10 and they had a blast. I am very particular about cleanliness etc. and the staff did a great job. Our room steward could have been more attentive but he had a load of teenage rooms to clean up after. The shows were top-notch. The food was fresh and there was plenty of it. We wished we had more time in the ports. The only real down-side was that we were in a balcony cabin sandwiched between two chain-smoking cabins. I mean these people smoked night and day so that when we opened our door to balcony the smoke smell was unbearable even at sea. We never used the balcony. I think Carnival should at least have non-smoking floors on some ships. Public areas on board were tolerable. The entire port side of the open decks is smoke free. Have fun on your cruise. Carol.