Carnival Triumph Entertainment
The majority of the big-ticket events on Triumph take place in the three-deck-high Rome lounge. Once again reflective of the ship's overall theme, the Rome lounge pays homage to its namesake with stately arches and columns. The main shows are Wonderful World, Big Easy and Kevin & Caruso Magic Show. The Wonderful World show is an international journey through the dancing and music of different nations while Big Easy celebrates its namesake with interesting costumes and set design, and the magic show is large-scale fun. For main shows it is a good idea to get to the Rome Lounge early. Although there is ample seating, some of the views are blocked, particularly on the upper levels.
The show lounge also hosts, at various times, lots of bingo and interactive audience events like the "In the Bag" and the "Not-so-Newlywed Game." The passenger talent show is quite enjoyable -- think the "American Idol" finals rather than the massive tryouts.
When the curtain's down, the World's Way Promenade on Deck 5 is where the evening action takes place. It's here you'll find the Club Monaco casino and the adjacent Olympic Sports Bar which shows the major sporting events through an ESPN satellite feed and news in the off hours. The California Wine Bar is a small but lovely nook that does in fact serve a variety of wines but inexplicably showcases only large bottles of Grey Goose vodka behind the bar. The Big Easy piano bar is small but often very crowded. This New Orleans-themed bar is decorated with oyster shells from floor to ceiling and features a recessed piano surrounded by a circular bar, a great spot for shouting your requests and singing along. (Underground Tokyo, the ship's arcade, is also on the WWP, and while it is cleverly decorated as a winding, narrow cave with games lining the walls, parents might be wary of its location -- right smack in the middle of the ship's mostly over-21 nightlife.)
If you prefer dancing to singing, head to the Venezia Lounge. The cover band plays a variety of familiar light tunes, and night after night the dance floor is likely to be crowded with couples of all ages. If your music or dance tastes are a little (or a lot) more high energy, head to the Hollywood Dance Club where hundreds of television monitors lines the walls from floor to ceiling. Here you'll find louder, more contemporary music and a younger crowd.
Other evening entertainment comes by ways of adults-only comedy show and karaoke competitions (this would be the time to drum up images of those early "American Idol" auditions.
On sunny sea days, the pool deck is the place to be. Passengers can determine which passenger's chest is hairiest, listen to a Calypso band, play trivia or take part in some classic deck games.
Carnival Triumph Public Rooms
When you board Triumph, you'll find yourself in the Capitol -- the ship's signature, Carnival-style atrium -- which, like the building for which it is named, features a soaring, gold-domed ceiling and a circular staircase rising seven stories. Here you'll find the Capitol Bar, and arranged around the open area on various decks the photo gallery, shops and shore excursions desk.
The Washington Library is decorated quite tastefully with dark wood tables, large gold armchairs and red carpeting. Though small, it is a peaceful retreat with a large selection of board and table games available. You can also check out books but the hours are very limited -- there is only one worker on duty for one hour, two times each day.
The Oxford Lounge is a quiet reading and gathering spot by day and a laid-back cigar bar by night. It is dimly lit with large red leather armchairs, low tables, book-lined walls and plenty of ashtrays. Adjacent to the Oxford Lounge is the Internet Cafe. It is more like six monitors along the wall of a hallway. There isn't always a manager nearby, however, to assist. Wi-Fi is available shipwide. The service may, at times, be spotty.
Hint: If you need to keep in touch with family or friends on shore, this is the way to do it. Phone rates are $7 per minute to the United States and $9 per minute internationally. The cost of the internet is 75 cents per minute if you pay minute-by-minute, but decreases with the purchase of a variety of packages that can bring the cost down to 42 cents a minute.
Carnival Triumph Spa & Fitness
Carnival Triumph has four pools, each with its own personality and purpose. The children's wading pool on Deck 12 near Children's World is often in use by the campers of Camp Carnival. Kids will also love the pool on Panorama Deck 10 -- the highlight is the 214-foot-long twisting and turning water slide. If you're looking for a party scene, head straight to the Continent Pool (Lido Deck 9, midship) where there is often live music and deck chairs are arranged on levels that resemble stadium seating. For something equally as fun but a little more low-key, the New World Pool is a great alternative and it even has a retractable roof for the less than perfect days at sea. There are also seven whirlpools around the ship, and with the exception of the two located in the gym, are fun and very lively day and night.
Triumph also features the Seaside Theatre, an outdoor jumbo-tron located poolside. Similar to sister line Princess' Movies Under the Stars (M.U.T.S.) concept, passengers can enjoy concerts, news and sporting events during the day, and movies at night.
The gym is really quite outstanding -- there are at least one dozen treadmills and enough other cardio machines and weights to rival any hometown gym. One thing your local gym probably doesn't have though is the floor to ceiling windows so you can look at the beautiful ocean while you work off your buffet butt. There is also a selection of classes offered -- the trendiest and most popular (Pilates, yoga and spinning) are $10 per person. Even with the surcharge, some classes can be much too crowded. In addition to the gym, there is a jogging track on Deck 12 if you prefer your workouts in the fresh air.
Take care when booking an appointment at SpaCarnival. On land, industry standard for a one-hour massage ($110 at SpaCarnival, although you can save money by booking in port) is about 50 minutes. At SpaCarnival, the whole experience -- from check-in to changing clothes to a consultation and filling out forms to then changing back into your clothes at the end -- can be less than one hour total. This alone would is problematic enough, but add to it a room directly underneath one of the Camp Carnival play areas so it constantly sounds as if the ceiling is about to come crashing down, it's not exactly relaxing. Less than polite response to complaints and such inconveniences as running out of robes add to the disappointment of the spa experience.
However, Spa Carnival does have a kid's spa called Generation Y, which has received rave reviews from passengers. The treatments are similar to the standards but with a fun twist -- for example, the fabulous fruity or acne attack facials. Massages are shortened to 25 minutes for the kids and there are even parent-child treatments for a little side-by-side quality time.