Carnival Triumph Dining
There are two main dining rooms on Triumph -- the London and the Paris. Breakfast and lunch are open seating in the Paris dining room while both are open for two dinner seatings each night (6 and 8:15 p.m.). Passengers also have the option to sign up for My Time Dining, Carnival's flex-dining program. You can make reservations or show up anytime between 5:45 to 9:30 p.m. (Note: One of the restaurants has a designated My Time section.) Both the London and the Paris have two levels and feature an open and airy floor plan that minimizes any crowded feeling once at your table. However, there may be long lines and crowds around the entrance on the first night, consider arriving at the dining room 10 minutes late to stroll right to your seats and receive attention from your server immediately.
The dinner menu in the formal dining room is limited, but there is enough of a variety to make choosing difficult. Choices are broken down into starters (blue cheese salad, gazpacho, fried shrimp), mains (linguini with sausage, oven roasted turkey, petit filet) and choices "from our comfort kitchen" (beef brisket, shrimp & fries). Vegetarians always have a dedicated main (tofu steak) and healthy options are designated as such with a little heart. Desserts, including the notorious chocolate melting cake, finish off the meal.
Hint: The New York Deli is popular and each order is taken individually, often resulting in long lines. It has extended hours of operation, though, so you may want to check it out in the off-hours when the majority of the lunch crowd is elsewhere.
Other options include the Coney Island Grill that features hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries by the pool, and the 24-hour pizzeria that serves up your typical toppings but also offers a few gourmet selections (goat cheese and mushroom) and a Caesar salad. If your sweet tooth is acting up between meals, head to the Vienna Cafe where you can get a slice of cake or a gourmet coffee at an additional cost. A room service menu with salads and sandwiches is available free of charge 24 hours a day and the service is usually prompt. If you've partied a little too hard, you can hang your breakfast preferences on your door until 5 a.m. for delivery at the time of your choice.
Hint: If you enjoyed a particular wine during dinner and then decide you'd like another bottle delivered to your room, be sure to make a note of its name. The room service staff has no access to a wine list and is unable to help in any selection beyond red or white.
In keeping with the "fun" theme, there is complimentary ice cream and frozen yogurt offered at various stations 24 hours a day.
Also available on all of Carnival's ships is The Chef's Table dining experience, which affords a dozen passengers a multicourse dinner with a master chef, a private cocktail reception and a tour of the galley and its operations. This dining option usually takes place in a nontraditional venue, such as the galley or library, and it can be booked onboard at the information desk for a per-person cost of $75.