This was our 5th cruise. All of our cruises have been with Carnival and we have always had a good experience. I can't say that this voyage was bad but it definately was not our favorite. I do chalk some of the disappointment to the weather which I know is out of anyone's control. However, overall the Triumph just did not meet my expectations compared to other ships we have been on.
Because of the bad weather, it would have been nice to have had some other activities to do while on board. It seemed like this ship had less activities planned and available. The last two days of the voyage are full days at sea and there just was not very much to do except gamble.
I also was not impressed with entertainment schedule. In past sailings they offered the main show, twice a night after each dining. The Triumph only had one show a day, usually at 10:30 and it competed with other late night acts such as the comedians etc. For us that was not too big of a deal as Carnival has not changed their Vegas style show since our last cruise two years ago.
I was not a fan of how the ship was layed out as compared to other ships as well.. I am sure it is just a preferance thing but I will not take another sailing on this class of ship again. The promenade deck was very congested in the area of the casino and World Bar due to all activities taking place there like trivia, karaoke etc. and then also throwing in the sushi cart into the mix. The congestion made it difficult to get from one end to the other and we would more than likely have to go up to the lido deck to get from one end of the ship to other and then go back down to get where we were going. This was also the area for professional pictures etc. Pictures,,, that was another area. Walking thru this area felt like you were on the streets of Mazatlan - the photographers begging to take your pictures - it was a little excessive and they did not like to take no for an answer. Overall it seemed like the common areas were kind of compacted and cramped for the number of people on the ship and it did not seem like Carnival utilized alot of the other common areas.
Service by wait staff was overall good and the staff was friendly as always. Even though this was not our favorite trip we still say anyday at sea on a ship is a good day and this trip will not detour us from cruising again.