Carnival Triumph Review

Carnival Cruise Lines
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  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars 3.5
  • Expert Rating:3.0-stars 3.0
  • Traveler Rating:3.5-stars 3.6
    • Couples: 3.6
    • Families w/ young children: 3.5
    • Families w/ older children: 3.6
    • Singles/Friends: 3.7
    • Groups: 3.4
  • Health Rating:
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 1999
  • Refurbished: 2013
  • Ship Size: L
  • Total Cabins: 1,379
  • Restaurants: 4
  • Pools: 4

How it Ranks: Carnival Triumph ranks #21 out of 24 Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Built in 1999 and renovated in 2013, the 2,754-passenger Carnival Triumph is outfitted with many Fun Ship 2.0 features like various dining options, numerous bars and pool deck parties. With 1,100 crew members catering to guests, service may not be as tailored as that found on smaller cruise ships; however, past cruisers were particularly impressed with the food quality and service aboard Triumph. Passengers have five dining venues to pick from, including two main dining rooms, the Lido Buffet, Guy's Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina. And with comedy acts at the Punchliner Comedy Club, musicals at Playlist Productions and dive-in movies at the Seaside Theatre, the entertainment options are just as plentiful.  While grown-ups play cards at the casino, kids can play games at the video arcade, splash around the pool or make new friends at the children's clubs, designed for passengers ages 2 to 17. When it comes to lodging, guests can choose from Interior, Ocean View or Balcony staterooms (185 to 245 square feet), or spring for a Suite (310 to 430 square feet) for extras like a whirlpool tub, minibar and VIP check-in. Regardless of which cabin category you select, you can rest assured that you'll have a flat-screen TV, a safe and 24-hour room service. While Triumph received some negative media attention in 2013, when a high-profile ship malfunction stranded it in the Gulf of Mexico for almost a week without air conditioning, running water or working toilets, recent cruisers gave the ship high marks for its family-focused programs and activities. (Though some past cruisers noted unpleasant and noticeable smells still waft through the ship at times.)

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Carnival Triumph Cabins

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Carnival Triumph Deck Plans

Carnival Triumph contains 13 decks. Find out which features are available on each Carnival Triumph deck.

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.