Dazvaz- If you want a reply, you probably going to have to ask a more detailed question than that. At least narrow it done to something in particular. The Triumph is a good ship, but I don't know what it is you want to know about it.
I have started reading the postings and have had alot of questions answered and greatsuggestions that I am writing down. My rep at Carnival has been great too. I was more curious what people thought of the ship.I have friends that cringed when I told them we booked with Carnival they are RCL experienced cruisers.
With this being first time and paying for four people you hope all goes well.
Hi dazvaz. I haven't been on Carnival Triumph, but we recently cruised on her sister ship, Carnival Victory. Same layout, different decor.
As you are collecting tips, here's one more (taken from my yet-to-be published review):
You might have heard about the frustrating layout on Decks 3 and 4, most noticeable when searching for the Pacific Dining Room, located aft on those two decks. I had expected this, but still managed to get lost a couple of times. By Day 4 of the cruise, I had finally figured out some tips for navigating these two decks:
(1) For the Pacific Dining Room, take the aft elevator to either Decks 3 or 4. Alternatively, take the amidships elevator to Deck 4 and cut through the Internet Café and Ionian Bar.
(2) For the Atlantic Dining Room, use either the forward (lobby) or amidships elevator.
(3) For the photo shop, library, main show lounge, shore excursion desk, pursers desk and lobby bar, use the forward elevator only.
Hope that helps. The room names will differ on your ship, but I hope this gives you some idea.
Like Lisa, I have only cruised on her sister ship, Victory. But having said that, I don't think you have anything to worry about. Those that "cringed" when you said you booked Carnival, may have not cruised CCL in a long time (or never). The food on CCL has improved dramatically as to give anything RCL offers a run for their money (and I only base that information read in these forums) The crew can make a big difference in your cruise expereince also. The Victory's crews was great, but I can't speak fro Triumph.
As far as the dinning room location that Lisa mentioned... yes, that is a bit frustrating at first, but the easiest ways around it are to either take the Pool deck all the way to the aft evelevators and go down to deck 3. Or go down to deck 2 and go all the way aft and climb a flight of stairs. There are other routes from the other decks, but you will have to go up and down at places to get around the center service area located in the middle of the ship. Once you do that, the ship layout is no big problem. You'll have a great time.