Just got back from our cruise on the Carnival Triumph and had a wonderful time!
The ship is older but well maintained. It is fairly easy to get around with a few spaces being a little more difficult to find. After a couple of days you get used to it.
The crew runs like a well oiled machine. Service is very efficient and the employees were usually cheerful, if not they were at least pleasant. I must say the cabin steward Johl was outstanding. He took very good care of us. If you are lucky you will get a cabin in his section.
Food was decent. We always found something that we liked. Especially enjoyed the lobster on elegant night and the Chateaubriand in the main dining room. They also make a great omelets on the buffet area.
Ports were fun and easily accessible. We chose a ship excursion to the Uxmal Mayan ruins in Progresso. This was simply amazing. We had an air conditioned coach and great tour guides. Be prepared to walk and climb a lot if you go. It is worth it though!
After our trek through the ruins we were worn out so we decided to chill in Cozumel. We did a little shopping in town, ate Mexican food and drank cervezas. Pretty subdued and relaxing. Cozumel is always fun!
The shows were really good. We especially enjoyed the magic show with Anders and the French Burlesque show (for 18 and up)at midnight. The adult comedy shows were just okay but the best comedians aren't on a cruise ship. lol
The sing along bar in the Big Easy was a lot of fun. Jerry in the World Bar (lobby) was very entertaining. He is quite talented. We also enjoyed the hilarious newlywed game!
The Big Easy show in the Rome Lounge on the last night was pretty cool. Throughout the trip we were amazed by the stage sets and costumes. They spared no expense.
Embarkation and debarkation were painless. We did choose self debarkation which we would highly recommend if you are able.
The ship was not full and there were very few children on it so I am sure our experience was different than yours will be say in March (Spring Break) or July when the kids are out of school. We took a chance cruising in peak hurricane season and it paid off. Less crowded, few kids (nothing against kids by the way), low fares. Luckily the weather was perfect!
I would recommend this cruise in September to anyone that enjoys a short cruise, in a relaxing casual atmosphere. If you are looking for an upscale, formal setting you should look elsewhere.