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Good entertainment at reasonable prices is one of Carnival Cruise Line’s greatest strengths. This commitment to all things fun is evident on Carnival Triumph, a family-friendly ship that mostly sails shorter cruises out of southern U.S. ports.In the main dining room, waiters take breaks to dance to the Macarena or sing Frank Sinatra. The decor is also fairly exuberant. The ship’s theme is the world’s greatest vacation destinations, and venues feature names like Club Monaco, The Big Easy and South Beach.

Accommodation

Carnival Triumph features 1,379 cabins in five main categories: insides, outsides, balconies, mini-suites, and suitesRooms are decorated in salmon tones and copper-colored metal. The line is in the process of adding flat-screen TVs, and all rooms should have them by the end of 2016.Decor aside, the standard rooms are more spacious than most, at 17 square metre. Each room has a vanity and stool, a chair or a sofa and table, two twin beds that can convert into a king, a TV and a safe. There are plenty of drawers and closets for storage, and suitcases can fit under the bed. The beds only receive one nightstand.Triumph has eight Grand Suites, which are each 32 square metre with an 8-square-metre balcony. The suites have shower-tub combos and a few perks, such as priority embarkation/debarkation.

Food

As one of the line’s older ships, Carnival Triumph lacks the specialty restaurants that you find on new-builds, and the fact that most of the dining options are included is refreshing. With plenty of choices aimed at a squarely American palate, passengers won’t go hungry. The main dining room is divided into two restaurants, London at the front of the ship and Paris at the back. Paris has assigned dining at 6pm and 8.15pm, while London has set dining. The lower part of London restaurant is open for Your Time Dining, where passengers can eat anytime between 5.45pm and 9.30pm.Sea-day brunch is an indulgent affair. Dishes include French toast, steak and eggs, mac and cheese, salmon and pasta choices. There’s also a Bloody Mary bar with a lengthy list of garnishes. Book ahead for this multi-course tasting experience, generally only held once per cruise. The meal, overseen by the ship’s executive chef, also includes a private tour of the kitchen.

Activities

The spa and salon are on Deck 11, combined with the fitness centre. Triumph offers a variety of massages, facials and body treatments, many of which are discounted during certain hours or when the ship is in port. The fitness centre is behind the spa on Deck 11. All the standard gym and weight equipment is there, as well as cardio machines such as ellipticals, treadmills and stationary bikes. There’s a separate room for classes for spinning, Pilates, and yoga.

Families

Carnival has a reputation as a family-friendly line, and Triumph is no exception. During summer, there can be as many as 1,200 passengers younger than 18 on board. The ship has an extensive kids’ program with events and activities geared for different ages. The minimum age for sailing on Carnival is six months. Teens have their own spaces in Circle C and Club O2, the designated hangout for 15- to 17-year-olds. Both are located on Deck 12. Activities for this age group don’t start until noon, presumably so everyone has time to sleep in. They include late-night pizza parties, scavenger hunts, card games, karaoke meet-ups and mini-golf outings.

Verdict

One of Carnival’s older ships, Triumph offers good value food with most dining options included, and plenty of fun for kids and teens.

– Cruise Passenger 

“Triumph delivers a classic, fun cruise experience that allows passengers to let loose and relax.”

– Cruise Critic 

“A floating fun palace for ultra-casual family cruising.”

– Berlitz

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