Cruise Ship Review – Review of the Carnival Triumph
The Triumph is an older, not as well designed ship, in the Triumph class of ship sailing under the Carnival banner. The theme of this ship is cities. You can have dinner in the Paris dining room or watch a stage show in the Rome lounge, or enjoy a drink in the New York Bar.
Most of the Carnival ships are designed for fun, hence the advertising tag, “the Funships”. Your cruise on board one of these funships will be less elegant and the service will not be as good as on board one of the more expensive and therefore, more refined other cruise lines such as Princess or Holland America. It is for this reason that the Carnival ships are difficult to review.
The design of the ship can best be described as unfortunate. It is not possible to get all the way across the Promenade deck of the ship without going up and down the stairs. And it is most unfortunate that you almost always have to go through the casino to get anywhere on decks 3 and 4. But the major flaw of this ship is the fact that it is the only vessel I have ever sailed on that does not have an around the ship walking track. The only way to go for a fitness walk around the ship is either on the running track or the Lido deck.
Since the predominate theme of the Carnival ships are fun, more than luxury, service or class, a lot of your enjoyment of the cruise will be in the Cruise director and his or her staff. It is especially important to take full advantage of all the seemingly crazy activities on board the ship. On my recent carnival cruises I have performed Island dancing, been runner-up on Carnival fear factor, and even been a finalist on Carnival Idol. These sorts of activities are as far from my homelife persona as one could be but I really enjoy my cruises and you should too.