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Ship Details
Began service: July, 1999
Guest capacity: 2,758
Total staff: 1,100
Length: 893 feet
Passenger decks: 13
Swimming pools: 4
CDC inspection score: 99

Triumph Overview

The Triumph cruise ship departs from the Port of Miami. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to the Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean.

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Carnival Triumph has some of the best nightlife at sea, with entertainment for every taste and age group. The Triumph-class ship also has one of the largest casinos, spas and fitness centers on a cruise ship. Guests will find a huge variety of dining options, excellent food, spacious and comfortable cabins, friendly and professional service and an exceptional value for the dollar.

T he Carnival Triumph is one of the largest cruise ships ever built. We were surprised to discover how easy it was to find our way around this vessel. We quickly learned that the key was finding out which elevator banks served which public rooms.

There was a full slate of activities and entertainment for every age group and taste -- from ballroom dancing, classical music concerts, tea time and art auctions to hairy chest and knobby knees contests, blackjack and slot machine tournaments, bingo and karaoke.


The Carnival Triumph has an additional deck of balcony cabins that her twin sister, the Carnival Destiny, does not have. The balcony cabins are smaller on the inside (180 sq ft.), to allow for the 40 sq ft. balconies. Outside standard cabins without balconies are 220 sq ft. The inside cabins measure a 195 sq ft. Bathrooms in all categories have showers, a hair dryer and a medicine cabinet.

The bathrooms on the Carnival Triumph are among the largest we've ever seen on any cruise ship. Carnival is phasing in a new program to offer free toiletry/amenity kits on all of their ships and is now providing terry cloth bathrobes in the higher category cabins. All cabins have color TV, radio, direct-dial telephone and individual climate control. All cabins boast ample closet and drawer space. Most cabins have twin beds that can be converted to a king bed, upon request. There are self-service laundry rooms with washing machines, dryers, irons and ironing boards. A very nice touch on the Carnival Triumph that we have not seen on any other ship is self-service ice machines and Coca Cola vending machines ($1 per can).


The London and Paris Dining Rooms are each two-decks high, with two seatings for all meals. The food was the best we've had on Carnival and much of the food was better than what we've recently had on other cruise lines. Carnival has upgraded and expanded their menus to include more contemporary and gourmet dishes (they offer broiled lobster one night), but they still offer plenty of meat and potatoes for less adventurous diners. Carnival also features tasty vegetarian entrees and low-fat, low-sodium Nautica Spa selections on their dining room menus. The nightly entertainment by the waiters is part of the "Fun Ship" experience and many guests enjoy it. The service in the dining room was efficient and professional.

The Art Deco-style South Beach Club restaurant on the Lido Deck is two-decks high. This is the place for the breakfast and lunch buffets, as well as for the optional casual dinners. The breakfast buffets included typical hot and cold breakfast dishes, as well as made-to-order omelets. The lunch buffets feature different selections each day, plus a salad bar and bowls of fresh fruit. The South Beach Club has free iced tea and lemonade all day, as well as soft ice cream and frozen yogurt machines. The Hong Kong Noodle Factory, featuring stir fry dishes and other Asian fare, is located on one side of the buffet. The very popular New York Deli is located on the other side of the buffet, offering freshly-carved deli sandwiches, as well as potato salad, cole slaw and kosher-style pickles. Pizza and Caesar salad are available 24-hours a day. The Coney Island Grill serves grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts and french fries all day. There is also complimentary 24-hour room service with a limited menu of cold sandwiches. Carnival has a newly-expanded children's menu, with hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, chicken nuggets, pizza and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


Carnival's shows are arguably the best afloat. The fabulous Vegas-style shows feature extremely talented singers, dancers, and costume designers -- even the lighting effects are spectacular. Additionally, late-night, R-rated comedians entertain the grownups. Various bars throughout the ship offer music entertainment during the cruise with a mixture of music styles. Underground Tokyo is the popular dance club where everything from house music to disco keeps passengers dancing.

Fitness & Recreation

The Carnival Triumph's two-level Nautica Spa is one of the largest at sea. The gym, with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views, has treadmills, Stairmasters, stationary bikes, rowing machines, free weights, and progressive resistance machines. There are men's and women's saunas, steam rooms and locker rooms, plus two coed whirlpools. There is also a separate aerobics room and juice bar. Trained instructors lead a variety of exercise classes. Personal trainers are available at an additional charge. There is an outdoor, one-eighth mile, padded jogging track and a golf driving net. Golf lessons are available with a PGA pro through Carnival's Fore! Golf Program. The spa and salon offer every kind of massage, facial and treatment imaginable.

The Continent Pool area is one of the Carnival Triumph's most popular features with its 214-foot-long water slide. The deck around the pool is laid out in levels, creating an amphitheater-like effect. There is also open deck space around the aft New World Pool, with its retractable glass ceiling. Topless sunbathing is allowed in a secluded section near the main funnel.

Public Areas

One enters the Carnival Triumph by way of a soaring seven-deck atrium called The Capitol, which is dominated by a huge, gold-leafed globe. The Carnival Triumph has a global theme that is intended to capture the spirit of the world's greatest cities.

The three-deck-high Rome Lounge is the venue for the Carnival Triumph's nightly Las Vegas-style floor shows and reviews. This state-of-the-art theater boasts laser lights, special effects and a spectacular sound system. This lounge also has a video projection system, a revolving stage and a retractable orchestra pit. Two brand-new shows have been created especially for the Carnival Triumph -- "Wonderful World" and "Century Cafe." Be sure to get there early to get the best seats. Some of the seats have limited or obstructed views of the stage.

The New Orleans-themed Big Easy Piano Bar is the sing-along piano bar. This was one of the few places that we noticed very serious overcrowding. It was often impossible to get inside the door , let alone find a seat. Passengers in the mood for a high-octane dance club will find the entrance to the Hollywood Dance Club nearby. More than 500 video monitors cover practically every inch of wall space, and the glass dance floor features various lighting effects. A winding staircase leads down from the disco to the cozy Oxford Bar, which is reminiscent of a traditional English library. Club Rio features late-night comedy shows, art auctions and live dance music. The Olympic Sports Bar features multiple TV monitors that show most of the major professional sporting events. The Club Monaco casino is one of the largest afloat, with every imaginable type of slot machine and table game. Additional public rooms along the World's Way Promenade Deck include the Vienna Cafe, offering pastries and specialty coffees; the Underground Tokyo video game room; and the California Wine Bar.


The Camp Carnival program is one of the best children's programs. There are age-appropriate activities available for the various groups. There is an outdoor area with a kiddie pool and playhouse for the younger kids. Children's World features arts and crafts (including spin art and sand art machines), an activity wall and a bank of educational computer games. All age groups are supervised by experienced counselors, and regularly-scheduled activities take place between 9am and 10pm. Baby-sitting services are available from 10pm - 3am at an additional charge. Carnival offers Fountain Fun Cards to all guests under the age of 21. These cards cost one flat price and they are valid for unlimited fountain soft drinks.

Expert Triumph reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Triumph cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Triumph Score: 99

Cruise Critic: Triumph
The Cruise Critic gives Carnival's Triumph a 4-ribbon rating.

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