Embarkation was very stress free and easy, only headache was that they had mixed up who was staying in what room and this continued to plague us the whole week even after we had changed everything at the Guest Services Counter.
Yes the lines are long as everyone says everywhere you go and you just have to bare with it.
You will need to be patient with things like getting your breakfast and lunch, getting an elevator etc.
Big suggestion is to have dinner in the dining room each night...the food is wonderful compared to the buffet given the shrimp, steak, ribs, pasta, and salads offered. The service is fantastic and it's a nice atmosphere to spend time with your family or friends for dinner conversation rather then a cafeteria style buffet restaurant.
The spa is a hoax...they over charged us time and time again and it took my husband 3 fulls days to make sure they got their accounting straight, it was very stressful and did not make for a relaxing vacation given the errors in billing the manager at the spa made. The body wrap was very good but it's not worth the hassels and even the discounted price is too much, when I can get the same thing for cheaper at a spa on land.
Defiantly do use the exercise facilities though, very nice and clean and lots of equipment to keep you fit.
The Lido deck is great for sunning and taking a dip in the pool or hot tubs. Tip: take a half day excursion on a port day and then spend the other half on the Lido deck swimming and in the hot tub etc without all the hundreds of kids splashing in the pool and all the people saving all the deck chairs...it's so relaxing on the port days!
The 'World' theme of the ship was pretty much NOT what it was made out to be when reading about the ship on the Carnival site. The Paris and London dining rooms looked nothing like Paris or London..they were fancier nice dining rooms but there was no theme in them, nor was there on most of the ship. The best theme was Tokyo Underground with the caves..that was really well done, and the Vienna Cafe was quite nice, otherwise it wasn't that highly themed. I guess the Carnival Designer got a little more creative with the newer ships like the Valor, which I was on in 2007.
The Cruise Director Ryan was a good guy..although the jokes he told must be out of the cruise directors manual because they told the same jokes on the Valor the year before. The Shows were different, the comedian was so so, the dancer shows were out of this World and the majic guys were good but it was easy to figure out their tricks.
Overall the staff was excellent as usual, as Carnival prides itself on service, the rooms were great except for the fact my parents oceanview was reaking of smoke from day one and those ionizer machines didn't help too much, it sort of ruined their experience in their room.
I would sail with the Triumph again if I got a great deal as the staff made the experience a good one. As people say..the experience is what you make it!