Embarkation was the smoothest I have seen. If this was what is now the norm, then Carnival has really improved things in this area. We arrived around 1230 and where on the ship in 30 minutes flat. There were lots of people directing traffic and all the counter spots were working.
We had a balcony and inside cabin on the Empress deck. Although a bit of a let down from last years Cat 12 suite, there was still enough room for us. The rooms where sparkling clean and well appointed.
Dining and Food
Diner was great every night. Our wait staff was extremely attentive and made sure we had everything we order (and sometimes some extras). We had room service breakfast one morning (coffee, bagels and danish) but most of the time we ate the South Beach Club (Lido buffet). Breakfast on the Lido, is pretty mundane fare, however it was always fresh and tasty. Other meal choices where the Deli, pizza and Coney Island grill. I can't say enough about the Reubens from the Deli and the Steak sandwiches from the grill. If you go on this ship and don't try these, then you are denying yourself. Carnival's 24 hour Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt was also available.
I really wish this ship had a fish and chips station, and sushi bar both were missed.
For the most part, the Rome Lounge offered two shows per night (with a couple of exceptions). Shows included, Song and dance reviews, magic shows, comedy acts and Guest talent night. I only made it to the Magic Show, but it was awesome.
Other venues included the Hollywood Dance Club disco, The Big Easy Piano bar, The Venizia Club (live music and dancing) and Club Rio (Karaoke, late night shows and art auctions).
The Oxford Lounge acted as a Cigar Bar and Jazz Club in the evening, and in the afternoons Tea time with Classical Music.
There is also of course the Casino, where I spent entirely too much time (and money).
The ships staff was very friendly, and more then happy to help in any way (sometimes before you even know you need it).
The Cruise Director Stuart was a hoot and his social staff worked real hard to make sure everyone was having a good time. Stuart kept the ship wide announcements to an absolute minimum and always injected a little "Aussie" homour into each one to make them worth listening to. Burned forever into my head is the image of Stuart in his Leprechaun outfit for the Saint Patrick's day festivities.
There were three debarkation options. First Self-assist passengers, where you take all your own luggage off this started at 6:30 AM. VIP and early flights, where you meet in the Rome lounge and wait to be called. These guest started debarking at 8 AM. The third option (our choice) was to wait for your deck color to be called. We were in the third group called around 9 AM. We made our way down to the lobby deck where we "punched out" a final time then off the ship and into the terminal. Our first stop was with an immigration official then down to the warehouse to pick up our bags, that accomplished we handed our customs declaration to an official and walked out to our bus. I was sitting on the shuttle bus 20 minutes later.
This cruise took place during a heavy spring break week, except for some loud talking in the halls late at night, I never found this too be a problem. The ship carrying over 3000 passengers, never felt crowded and lines never seemed overly long.
The Triumph is a great ship, and I would recommend her to anyone.