The Carnival revolution takes a triumphant turn
Carnival Cruise Lines' 102,000-ton, 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph entered service in 1999 boasting new features that represented the culmination of Carnival's two-decade-long evolutionary - and revolutionary - shipbuilding program.
She is now clearly established, delivering five-day Western Caribbean sailings as well as seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from New Orleans.
The changes are most clearly apparent on Carnival Triumph’s expansive Lido Deck - an open-air recreation and entertainment complex where guests relax poolside. They include more open space for deck chairs than any other Carnival ship, Continent and New World pools fore and aft bordered by “wading” areas a few inches deep, and a larger swimming area created by eliminating the swim-up bars found on sister ship, Carnival Destiny.
Flowing fountains and statues crafted by South Florida sculptor Susana Holt add elegant new touches to the pool area, as does a graceful, winding staircase leading to upper decks.
The big stage adjacent to the main Continent pool is even bigger than the one on Carnival Destiny, and it has been reconfigured to allow more space for guests at deck parties, and to make the pool deck more open and visually appealing. Another modification is the placement of a small performance stage aft on Lido Deck near the New World pool.
Joe Farcus, interior architect for Carnival’s entire “Fun Ship” fleet, says: “Many of the enhancements on Carnival Triumph were made with the goal of creating a unique on-board vacation experience. We have made changes to the lounges and bars throughout the ship which provide guests with a wide choice of entertainment venues, from dance clubs to intimate gathering places.”
One example is the Oxford Bar, a warm, walnut-paneled lounge decorated to resemble a traditional British library, which has been designed with a large dance floor and a layout that offers guests easy access to its club-like atmosphere.
On the World’s Way promenade, a new gathering place was created by arranging the furniture near the Vienna Cafe in a configuration that opens it up to the adjacent promenade, along with an associated seating area surrounding a CD player piano. This is an intimate setting where guests can enjoy specialty coffees and pastries while listening to relaxing live or preprogrammed piano music.
For guests of a more energetic bent, a live performer supplies upbeat music just down the promenade from the Vienna Cafe, outside the World’s Bar, from a lighted stage with its own sound system.
The ship also features cellular phone service, an Internet cafe, and wireless access in virtually all public rooms and areas.
Carnival Triumph offers a wide variety of spacious accommodations, including spectacular suites and a wide selection of staterooms offering dramatic ocean views from private balconies - ideal for scenic cruising. All accommodations feature the new “Carnival Comfort Bed” sleep system featuring plush mattresses, luxurious duvets, and high quality pillows and linens.
All Carnival ships feature the line’s top-rated Camp Carnival children’s programme, as well as Club O2, created in partnership with Coca-Cola, which offers specialised activities and facilities for teens.
Operated by Carnival Cruise Lines
Built at Fincantieri, Italy
Entered service: October, 1999
Registered: The Bahamas
Gross tonnage: 101,509 tons
Cost: $420 million
Speed: 22 knots
Crew: 1,100, international
Cabins: 1,379 including
- 853 outside
- 526 inside
- 508 with balconies
- 25 for wheelchairs
Two main dining rooms (four sittings), alternative dining options, casino, library, three outside swimming pools (one with magrodome), three-level show lounge, gymnasium, self-service launderette.
Carnival Cruise Line
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