The Rome Lounge, spanning decks 3 and 4 aft, is Triumph's main theater. This is where you'll find evening entertainment with vocalists, the Triumph Dancers and the Triumph Showband. (The ship has not switched over to the line's glitzy Playlist Productions.) Other activities there include game show events, large screen trivia contests and Seuss-a-palooza Story Time. Drink service is available.
Looking for a hairy chest contest? You've come to the right ship. Sea days on Triumph have mixology contests, trivia games, shopping and spa "lectures," art auctions, bingo and "Dive In" concerts and movies broadcast on the Seaside Theater above the main pool. The Underground Tokyo arcade has air hockey, skeeball, pinball and a few video games.
Carnival has made comedy a centerpiece of its cruises, and the nightly shows are extremely popular. (We couldn't find seats the first night we tried to go.) Look for PG shows early in the evening, with things getting raunchier as the night goes on.
The Monaco Casino on Triumph takes up a fair amount of room on Deck 5, with a stage for live music and a rollicking bar for smokers. Options include Texas Hold 'Em, slot machines, blackjack, craps and roulette.
Karaoke takes place every night in the Oxford Lounge. Other evening events include Liars Club, dance parties on the Lido Deck and Motown Guessing games.
Carnival Triumph Bars and Lounges
The bars are hopping on Carnival Triumph, not surprising given its homeport states of Texas and Louisiana; these people know how to day-drink. Mixed drinks and buckets of beer are what you'll find most people imbibing, to a soundtrack of live music and loud dance tracks by the pool. This is not the ship for oenophiles or quiet conversation.
Capitol Lobby (Deck 3): This bar in the ship's grand atrium attracts a crowd right after embarkation and on port days. There's music both before and after dinner, until late.
EA Sports Bar (Deck 5): Never miss a game while you're at sea. Coverage on a typical cruise could include the NBA Finals, the Women's World Cup and hockey.
Casino Bar (Deck 5): The Monte Carlo casino takes up a wide expanse of Deck 5, and there's a large bar to keep the gamblers going. Live music also plays there, which is a nice touch. Smoking is allowed, and it's open late.
Alchemy Bar (Deck 5): Carnival's nod to the craft cocktail craze shakes up martinis and mixed drinks with ingredients like elderflower liqueur. Try the Cucumber Sunrise, a vodka drink made with watermelon syrup and garnished with fresh cucumber. Note: Most drinks there are over the $10 limit for the line's Cheers drink package program.
Venezia (Deck 5): Triumph's cigar bar also has music before dinner (from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) and after. It's open late.
Oxford Lounge (Deck 5): This book-themed space tucked midship on Deck 5 has a genteel library feel to it. Too bad it's headquarters for karaoke.
Big Easy Piano Bar (Deck 5): Exactly what the name implies, this oyster-shell-bedecked bar gets rowdy with people howling along to their requested favorites. It's open 9 p.m. to late.
Hollywood Lounge (Deck 5): Triumph's disco draws the ship's partying crowd with '70s and '80s night, free sparkling wine for women and modern dance music. Smoking is allowed, and it's open 10 p.m. to late.
Club Rio (Deck 5): Home of the Punchliner Comedy Club, this space on Deck 5 aft packs people in for PG shows in the early evening, followed by adults-only laughs after 10 p.m.
BlueIguana Cantina (Deck 9): Margarita madness holds forth at the drinking arm of Carnival Triumph's Mexican restaurant on the Lido Deck. Finding a stool during peak tanning hours can be difficult.
RedFrog Rum Bar (Deck 9): Opposite the main pool from BlueIguana, the rum bar serves up all kinds of beachy drinks, plus Carnival's own RedFrog Beer. Both this bar and BlueIguana are prime people-watching spots during the day.
Pool Bar (Deck 9): With no visible name, this bar offers drink service to passengers who choose this quieter corner of the Lido Deck.
Carnival Triumph Outside Recreation
Carnival Triumph has three pools, a water slide and five hot tubs onboard.
On Deck 9, the main pool, named Continental, has RedFrog on one side and BlueIguana on the other, with a phalanx of deck chairs arranged in amphitheater style. These chairs face the large Seaside Theater screen, where movies and concerts are broadcast. There are two hot tubs nearby.
Also within the main Lido area is a second pool, close to where the Carnival Twister water slide discharges its frolickers. This pool is kid central, with a hot tub just for the young set.
There is a smaller pool, along with two hot tubs, at the back of Deck 9. This pool area, called the New World, has a retractable roof so you can lie on deck chairs even when the weather is poor. This area is quieter than the main pool, but you'll still see lots of kids there, as there's no adults-only area on Triumph.
The 214-foot Carnival Twister water slide is in the central Lido area. Accessible from Deck 14, the slide splashes down near the Universe pool area. Kids need to be 42 inches tall to ride.
Triumph has a mini-golf course on the port (left) side of Deck 12, while the right side has beanbag-toss games and Ping-Pong. There's also a basketball court that seemed to get quite a bit of use during nice weather. Shuffleboard is available on Deck 14, inside the jogging track.
The ship has plenty of spots to work on your tan. Besides the chairs that are near all of the pools, loungers are available on each side of the ship on Deck 10 and by the funnel on Deck 14. The loungers are rather simple -- no special cushions -- but they do the trick.
Carnival Triumph Services
Most guest services are located off the Grand Atrium, which opens on Deck 2 and spans the entire height of the ship. The Art Gallery is almost invisible, tucked away on Deck 2. On Deck 3, there's a lot more action, with guest services and the shore excursion desk on either side of the Capitol Bar.
Moving up the Atrium, you'll find the photo gallery on Deck 4. There's also a nice card room/library on this floor (although some of the bookcases were impossible to open).
Deck 5 is Triumph's shopping hub. There's a store that offers duty-free alcohol and Carnival logowear, as well as toiletries. Across the atrium, you'll find a jewelry store and another shop that has duty-free makeup, purses and resort wear.
The Internet Cafe is tucked away in a corridor just off the Oxford Lounge. Wi-Fi is available shipwide, although it can be very slow in cabins. Cost for Internet plans is as follows: $29 for 45 minutes, $59 for 120 minutes, $89 for 240 minutes and $159 for 480 minutes. You can also pay as you go for 75 cents a minute.
Self-service laundry facilities are located on various decks ($3 per wash or dry). You can also send your laundry out to be done.