First time on Triumph March 2012 5 day left on Thursday. Weather was still cool, Ship was cold in many public rooms, so take a jacket or long sleeves anyway. We usually take the least expensive cabin, this was no exception. Benefit of this cabin is less than twin inside but you have portholes so lots of light. Best advantage of that deck one location was for self-carry luggage-- we were first group off the ship. Debarkation started at 8am we were on the freeway by 8:30. If you are driving to the port, drop your luggage off- all of it as there is no room on departure shuttles from Lot A to the ship. However on debarkation, take your luggage with you as different (airport style) shuttles are used. When you park, be sure to note where you are as there are no row numbers.
The ship itself was similar to other Carnival ships of that vintage of 1500 or so passengers. We mainly danced and just had a great time. Every cruise is what you make of it. Would you believe there are people on this ship from Houston who do not know how to two step? We had a wonderful time. Food was same as we had on other Carnival ships with one difference in the Lido Buffet. There were no trays but huge rectangular plates large enough to put your bowl on as well as your food. There are two breakfast buffet lines, but for quick stuff in the center where the croissants are, they have oatmeal and eggs for a quick grab then you can wait for the line to die down if you want something else. Same at lunch, go to the center and get a salad then go back to the main line when the line recedes. The ship was not too crowded. We don't like being around smoke and it really was not bad. We spent time in the Casino dancing and having a good time and of course smoking was allowed there, but not everywhere.
Several live bands. Latin as well as country music. I was surprised that there was no lobby dance floor to speak of.
The only negative I would express is the hall running from the bow of the ship to the casino - Probably deck five- was kept crowded on formal nights with ship's photographers, lots of them. Reminded me of a midway at a carnival.
I guess we liked it. We are going again on April 28.