I have cruised before on other lines. I knew Carnival’s reputation for budget cruising - I was footing the bill for a party of nine so price was a key determiner. My husband and I blended a family this year - 5 young adults ages 22-29, two with their spouse/SO’s. First, the positives: the Triumph is an older ship (actually going into dry dock for a facelift in 2019) and if you google it you will learn it has the unfortunate distinction of being the “Poop” ship. So my expectations were low. However, the positives: staff couldn’t have been nicer, more engaging and welcoming. Ship was extremely clean - our room smelled wonderful and the bathroom was spotless. While it is showing it’s age (Dated decor, chipped paint, unraveling carpets) over all it is what you would expect from a ship of this age.
My complaint? They are raking in money on these cruises and their “payout” for prizes is pitiful. Bingo with 150 participants at $40/shot and your “winner” gets $250? Winner of a Trivia contest gets a(n) (Unframed) photo of the ship?!?!? Really? Come on Carnival - put some meat on those prizes!
The entertainment is very subpar compared to other lines - I left the “Big Easy” show early because my daughter’s high school theatre group is better; the singers are about what you would find in better-than-average-but-not-great clubs in New Orleans or any major city. The contests were run by harried crew members who had 6 other jobs - this job tagged on and usually they were clearly not enjoying it. (I did gain a deep respect for crew members - hardest job/s on the planet. I can’t imagine why they don’t have more turnover than they do.)
Extremely nice. Clean, fresh sheets, clean bathrooms -