First, we are not first time cruiser and have sailed on both Carnival and Royal Caribbean so we do understand that you get what you pay for and what you should expect on a cruise this being our 7th cruise in 5 years. We were married on Independence of the Seas (excellent ship) and have been on 6 different ships. We have had both good experiences and not so good bad with both lines, so let's be fair.
First, this is an older, smaller ship and we knew that going in. I had sailed before on Carnival Victory (sister ship) and although older, it had good upkeep. There are some things that ships both young and old should always have in common though............that is overall cleanliness. The Triumph is not only run down by her age, it is plain dirty as evidenced by cobwebs in the common area bathrooms, muck on the railings, and the consistent musty/moldy odor in the gangways.
Our toilet had trouble flushing. Although it made a lot of noise and went through the motions, the bowl never rinsed out with water (picture available on request but too sickening to post) leaving the bowl disgusting. I won't blame the housekeeper because he was constantly cleaning when he could, but it was not proper. Positive side...it was fixed promptly when reported.
Roomy for interior cabin. Ugly decor but you get what you pay for. Flamingo Pink in color but not a bad place to crash nightly, and shower in the morning. Toilet didn't work right.
didnt get off ship
good public transportation. plenty to see and do. on the debarkation day, get a late flight and use the advanced baggage company outside the cruise terminal to handle your bags from the terminal to the airport. if you then hop on the streetcar at the end of the riverwalk, it takes you right into the French Quarter for $1.25 or $3.00 for a day pass. New Orleans is hugely walkable and a carriage ride is cool too (we ran out of time) After your day, just grab a cab and meet your bags at the check in. best 15 dollars/ bag we have ever spent not to be saddled with bags waiting for a plane.