We have just booked our third cruise on the Triumph for 12-7-09. I have a couple of questions if anyone can or will answer.
1st for the wife is: Where can we find a menu for this ship for her to read and drool over for the next few months.
2nd is we have previously cruised on the Grand Princess in 2001, then last year (2008) on the Fantasy. How does the Triumph compare to the other two we have been on. I assume in the middle, but to be honest we are not that particular as long as we are getting to cruise again. We went so long in between the other two, that when we finally got to go back on the Fantasy it was a dream come true. Just want to compare size ,years built, others exp's on the different ships.
3rd is on the Princess ship we had a balcony suite, that we never used, so on the Fantasy last yr we got an interior riveria deck room and were just as happy (again we are not hard to please). The question is that extended family is going on the Triumph with us and all of them have balconies on the Upper deck. We again went interior Riveria, and they want us to move up to at least an interior on the Upper deck just to be close to all of them. It is an extra $80 to move up. Would that really be worth it, it is 3 other rooms they have up there so we are the ones far away. We are all on the rear of the ship though and I would think it is just a quick elevator ride up. They want us together for muster drill and what that might entail. Any opinions? Both sets of grandparents offered to pay the extra $80 so they could have the grandchildren close. We say if they want to throw us some cash pay for a shore excursion or something.
Would it be worth $80 to move? Not really. An interior on Main is exactly like an interior on Riveria. The view is the same. The only thing you are getting is closer to the rest of your party. Only you can decide the importance of that.
On Carnival's website under the FAQ's if you do a search for menu it gives you a 7 day sample menu that is pretty accurate compared to what we had last year on the Triumph. I love looking at the menu's too, we live in a very small town and almost never eat out due to very limited selection so I enjoy getting to try new things. There is also a person that has a blog called Zydecocruiser that has some Carnival menu's and capers from her trip. I hope this helps.
We sailed on the Triumph this past February and it was a great ship. The triumph is a little older and there are tell tail signs of this but we thought that the crew did a wonderful job of keeping her spick and span.
If you are using a travel agent and your group has several rooms booked they might be able to get you an upgrade to an interior room on the upper deck, call and see.
Don't worry about the food, it all is great!
Have a great trip.
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We loved the Triumph... more because of the crew than the ship. Nice ship, some minor problems but overall great. Crew did everything to make your cruise wonderful. I personally would not worry about money so much as do YOU want to be that close? If you have a great relationship with the grandparents (both sides going.. WOW) and no worries about one side making demands, etc. then go for it. BUT you might want that elevator ride as a buffer between you and them. Yikes!
I pretty much agree with the above posters, having sailed "Triumph" in Feb. also. GREAT cruise, and superior food IMO. In reference to moving up a few decks, I personally don't think it's worth it, although, if it makes things go smoother on the cruise, then go for it. As noted, the cabins are exactly the same, and it's a short elevator ride to the parents/inlaws, etc. We cruise a lot, and have done the Grand/Golden/Caribbean Princesses, and once again, in my opinion, you'll enjoy "Triumph" just as much, and perhaps even more.
Who cares about being together at the life boat drill? Its short, happens only once and there is a boatload of other people around you anyway. Only if you have to abandon ship will you all be together in a lifeboat. Long odds indeed.
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Hey we are going on this same cruise . me and my hubby 2 kids ( 4 - 8 ) and my Parents. we are on deck one inside next door. if you plan on doing alot together and also this is our 3rd cruise and my parents first so we have an idea about the locations of things on the ships. We did the conquest twice before. if you are not in a suite or want a ocean view or balcony theere is really no diff. we only spent time in our state room to sleep , change clothes and watch like 10 min of TV everyday ! so save the money to buy stuff in port or for those things you usually don't do bingo, drinks, babysittting for kids and casino , video games ETC. u get the point.
Personally, I prefer a little distance between us and any family we might travel with. Except when it was our nephews and Carnival required adjoining cabins. But, I also like the inside cabins, lower decks because they tend to be quieter. But, your call.
I sailed on the Triumph three weeks ago, like the others said it is a older ship and it's starting to show. If you don't like long lines plan on eating all your meals in the dinning room.
We went in May and never had a problem with lines... The longest wait I had on the Lido was less than a minute. I will say that if I saw a long line at the deli or the other "specialty" shops I went on to hot dog or got some dessert til it died down.
Not sure where all the passengers were when you were able to get your food in less than a minute.
The buffet setup is not a good one. Only one line for the hot dishes, soup, and salad. The salad is what holds up everyone.
We love Carnival, but NCL & RCCL have a better setup with different stations for everything.
As long as you have a lot of patience, you should be fine.
I think we must have been on different ships. I can think of several lines for hot food. First, was the "taste of nations", then there was Asian, also there was the "rotisserie" which is probably the one you stood in line for, there is also the "hot dog/hamburger" station, as well as the hot/cold sandwich station, and the pizza line. I rarely stood in line for more than a couple of minutes, and that was probably for the chocolate buffet!
Don't know it you've checked lately, but the past guest rates on your sailing offer a free upgrade to upper deck. I don't care that much where I sleep either, usually inside unless great deals offered. I've only stayed on Riviera once and didn't love it, but booked there again in Feb, 2010 b/c I saved a lot of $.
We sail w/family alot and once we were on Panorama (free upgrade) and they were on Upper. It was a little difficult meeting up for things. We usually stay within a few cabins of one another and it works well-for us.
Sailed on the Triumph 3x and the Fantasy 2x - love them both. We're pretty easy to please, as well. Sailing on the Dream in December and we actually splurged to try one of the new Cloud 9 Spa cabins, the 24/7 use of the spa seems worth the $ since I tend to spend a good bit of time there. No smoking was also a great benefit.