2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
2nd time on the Victory / this time sailing with daughter and granddaughter. Food was adequate, entertainment top notch, and staff very friendly, Alcoholic drinks get pricier on nearly ever ship. We love the ports of Cozumel and Key ... Read More
2nd time on the Victory / this time sailing with daughter and granddaughter. Food was adequate, entertainment top notch, and staff very friendly, Alcoholic drinks get pricier on nearly ever ship. We love the ports of Cozumel and Key West. Shuttles from Truman Annex easily accommodated my wife on her mobility scooter. Exciting Cruise Director Filipe! Ship ran ontime. Very long lines at the Lido Buffet. Not gourmet food but lots of selections to choose from. Dining room experience much more pleasant. Food is good quality and wine selections very good but pricey. Excellent service at all meals. Living in America and VRoom were fantastic productions with live band. Dancers and costumes very good. Female singer well tuned. Male singer a little flat but OK. Typical jamb of stairwells and elevators for port debark. We were stuck at the elevators servicing the Pacific Dining Rm for breakfast. My wife needed elevator since she was on a mobility scooter. None of the elevators could qued. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We choose a quick getaway and it was affordable. It was by far the worst cruise line we have ever sailed with. Food was terrible, cold, long lines, they even burned a hot dog. They also ran out of differfent dishes at the buffet. Room ... Read More
We choose a quick getaway and it was affordable. It was by far the worst cruise line we have ever sailed with. Food was terrible, cold, long lines, they even burned a hot dog. They also ran out of differfent dishes at the buffet. Room service coffee was cold. And NO ADA accommodations for those who need it. The fancy dining room was a joke and no management around. The pork chop was so tough, it almost went flying off the plate as I tried to cut it. What was good, was our cabin steward, he was wonderful, knew us by name and cared. The others don’t care. We tried to call customer service and guess what, no direct dial to customer service. It was such a disappointment. Spa, we used the spa for a couples massage, don’t do it, there’s no zen, you hear slamming doors and very noisy. Not to mention we were misquoted on the prices. They are not honest on their pricing and then you get the bill and they deny what they told you. I will certainly be contacting Carnival corporate. Stay far away from this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
After a really bad year prior, I wanted to get my family out on a genuine vacation, not one spent constantly visiting family members in the hospital (it had been one of THOSE years). We were going to spend some time near Orlando, so ... Read More
After a really bad year prior, I wanted to get my family out on a genuine vacation, not one spent constantly visiting family members in the hospital (it had been one of THOSE years). We were going to spend some time near Orlando, so decided to check out a cruise for a number of reasons: * My husband is disabled and has mobility issues, so he spent a lot of time in a wheelchair during this trip. I was a bit concerned about how easily we were going to be able to get onto the ship and how we would navigate crowds, but they had an area for handicapped embarkement, which made the process simple. We didn't have terribly long lines for elevators and people in general and crew were very helpful, which was awesome, though there's always that one twit who can't figure out that it's HARD to stop a 175# man in a wheelchair when going up and down the ramps. He was able to navigate his own way around the ship to a certain extent, which is something he's often leery of attempting. This experience really built his confidence. * This means he also doesn't drive much, so I was handling most of the driving. The appeal of a cruise was that we could visit different locations without having to switch hotels, repack everything or have long drives in between destinations. We could sit back and enjoy ourselves instead. Because of this, I'm now looking at cruising for most of our vacations, because it takes a lot of strain off of me, his primary caregiver. * Because it was the first time my daughter and I had been on a cruise, we went with cabin 1001, which is an interior with a walkway view, thinking that we'd be able to see the horizon if needs be for seasickness issues. We couldn't, but it was just a few steps to get out onto the deck where we could see the horizon, and we went there a number of times over the cruise because it was almost always empty and quiet - adding a couple tables and chairs would make it an ideal quiet spot for hanging out. Fortunately, nobody got sick anyway. The cabin, being ADA compliant, was a good size. It was kind of odd that they seemed to have removed a couch under the pull-down berth for our daughter, and had left a couple chairs in its place, but we really weren't in the cabin enough to worry about it. * Circle C: My daughter has some food allergies and is a total geeky introvert, so I was really worried that she wasn't going to want to hang out there with the other kids or get involved in the activities. SHE LOVED IT! There were several days and evenings we barely saw her, though we did have the rule that she check in regularly (this is where the app with messaging was priceless in terms of value!) and have dinner with us each evening. * WiFi: I work remotely, so I knew I had a few clients I would need to work with over the course of the cruise. The middle-road wifi, though a bit pricy, did the job quite well enough. I know some people complain about this, but it wasn't much slower than my usual country internet on our farm. * Carnival Hub app: As I mentioned above, for $5 each, the messaging feature on this app rocks! We were able to quickly communicate with our family members, including our then-13-year-old daughter who managed to get lost trying to find her way around. It also had the option that you could select if you were interested in an activity and see if anyone else in your group was also interested in it, which made it MUCH easier than the usual, "What do you want to do?" "I dunno, what do you want to do?" conversations ;) * Main dining room: We did the late dining option as it would get us to the table after having a chance to clean up and change from getting back on the ship when in port, and by having a fixed time, we never had an issue with cold food or long waits. I don't know if he's still on the ship, but we had Raymond as one of our servers, and he was just such an awesome little ball of energy! Always happy, always ready to help with anything. We also had breakfast there when we got back to Miami, and were able to get a solid, filling breakfast before we started the next leg of our journey. * Key West: My daughter and I just walked off the ship and walked around town. We had a wonderful time and got to take some great photos. There were excursions available, but we just decided to do some wandering on our own and did fine. * Cozumel: My husband joined us for this port, and we again just wandered off of the ship and did our own thing. He is fairly fluent in Spanish, so we just passed all of the usual port-of-call ripoff stores, got a taxi and went further inland. We went to a Catholic church on the island, San Miguel Archangel, which had some beautiful stained glass work and artistry. We then wandered around the markets in the area there and had some fun haggling. Most of the folks in the area there had some English, but would talk my husband's ear off when they realized he spoke their language :) Very friendly people. We then headed back towards the port and caught a taxi to a resort to do a little snorkling. I had picked up a couple full-face snorkles off of Wish that were about $35-40 including rush shipping and they worked fabulously, for less than the cost of one on the ship. Had dinner at Three Amigos near port, and though it was a little loud inside, sitting outside under the stars was beautiful! * Activities: There was always something going on - not being game-show or drinking folks for the most part, we still had fun looking at the gallery, participating in the art auction, going to shows, enjoying music, watching movies on deck (in the hot tub! How much better does that get!), doing crafts and just having fun. If you like a bit of quiet and the main pool area isn't doing it for you, head aft towards Pizza Pirate, as that area of the deck is much quieter. * Serenity retreat: I was actually really disappointed with this, because my husband could only access the bottom deck of this, and the amount of noise bleeding through from the main pool area was overwhelming. Kid-free? Yes. A quiet retreat? Not a chance. We did better at the aft pool area. * Faster to the Fun: We went ahead and picked this up, partially because I wasn't sure how worn out my husband would be by the time we got on the ship and wanted to be able to get right to our cabin fairly quickly. Well worth the investment! * General impressions: Sure, the Victory is aging a bit and beginning to show that, but the way some people talk, you'd think it was falling apart. It's still a solid, serviceable ship with decent traffic flow, lots to do and low prices. We liked it enough that we returned for a 3-night weekend cruise in May for just the hubby and I and had a wonderful time! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
The crew is friendly but rather unhelpful, they never clarified any instructions and I was offered a drink maybe once in my several days by the pool. There was no one out taking drink orders and bringing drinks. The food at the formal ... Read More
The crew is friendly but rather unhelpful, they never clarified any instructions and I was offered a drink maybe once in my several days by the pool. There was no one out taking drink orders and bringing drinks. The food at the formal dining was not great, and even upon sitting at the bar my younger sister tried to get the crews attention for over 30 minutes. I’m addition when we made it to our second stop we originally were told we could get off at 11, well going through customs has people still on the boat it’s alrwady 2 o’clock. Originally they also said we didn’t have to be back on the hot until 8, that has also been moved up until 6:30. This is the most unruly cruise I’ve ever been on, people are missing their excursions they paid hundreds of dollars for, and frankly it isn’t even worth it to get off the boat anymore. Simply ridiculous. All of this said, we were looking for a cheaper cruise but I feel even for the price it wasn’t worth it. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Always wanted to go to Miami and the Bahamas. We got taken care of with one trip. Arriving at the Port and boarding was quick and easy. We had priority. Everyone was great. Drinks wait time was quick the whole cruise. Tip the bartender on ... Read More
Always wanted to go to Miami and the Bahamas. We got taken care of with one trip. Arriving at the Port and boarding was quick and easy. We had priority. Everyone was great. Drinks wait time was quick the whole cruise. Tip the bartender on the first day last day. He knew my drinks and would tend to me as soon as I walked up. Wait staff was quick and attentive. Late dining for ud no rush or to be pushed out. First stop after day at sea. Half Moon Cay was beautiful and we got a villa for 8½ of ud. Best decision we made. It was hot and we had shade with AC along with hot tub. Great place for pictures. Next stop was Nassau. Spent our day at the British Colonial. Not bad but not sure if I would do it again. Did some nice shopping rather my wife did. When we returned to Miami. We were off the ship by 8:15 am. Process was fast and organized. We took the Carnival shuttle which was worth. Lady working tjere boarding was rude but forget about her. Will do again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise because we found $40 airfare from Hartford to Fort Lauderdale and the cruise dates fit right in. We got a balcony rate of $278 due to some previous cruis gambling. Our room number was 6351. Very noisy at night when ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we found $40 airfare from Hartford to Fort Lauderdale and the cruise dates fit right in. We got a balcony rate of $278 due to some previous cruis gambling. Our room number was 6351. Very noisy at night when there was a band in the lobby. Otherwise it was pretty quiet. We loved the ship and all its amenities and spent a lot of time in the casino. I was invited to leave each of the nights because they were closing. We did very well and covered our bill. I could not get accustom to the food however and it really bothered me. Everyone else on board were clearly loving the food so as usual it was me. Our room was great our steward was excellent as was the whole crew. We stayed onboard in Nassau because we were there last October and had no desire to go back. We just wanted to cruise. I can fully recommend the Victory. We had a great time and would choose the Victory again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I have am a slight handicapped passenger. i did not need a wheel chair. I had preregistered on line and the curbside support was great. the first dock people in the terminal were more interested in text on thier cell phones and not ... Read More
I have am a slight handicapped passenger. i did not need a wheel chair. I had preregistered on line and the curbside support was great. the first dock people in the terminal were more interested in text on thier cell phones and not helping the passengers. when I asked what time I had to board she said its on my boarding pass. No zone was or number was on the pass that I made on line. I am a gold member and that meant nothring. I had signed up for a 12:30 boarding time and the not attentive two gate agents siad you wil jjust have to wait. when i was charging my phone I can what appeared to the supevisor or the gate area and she said I could have boarded already. We finally started the process of getting onto the ship. That is when all service disappeared. We go to the room after waiting and hour in the buffet area. the buffet line was over an hour wait. there was no assistance offered and I finally gave up and went directly to the salad bar. for a ship with over 3000 guest I would have thought more possible stations then the pasta hamburger and buffet areas would be open. the pizza was also an hour wait and the hambuger and pasta areas were also an hour wait. why the main dining rooms werent open I have no clue. When qwe got to the room. the 3rd wasnt there. We had expected a drop down bed but instead with had a trundle bed with a reaslly crappy mattress. No one was answering the steward line and no one was answering the service line. we finally went to the front desk another 45 min wait. Once I got the desk I was completely rebuffed with the fine print of the contract. if we had been told it was a trundle bed we would not have reserved the extended balcony for three. we would have gotten a standard balcony wiht the drop down ben. I asked for wheel chair assist and waited over 25 min. so my first 4 hours with Carnival were horrible. No food. room number ready and no wheel chair every showed up. when I gave up on the wheel chair another supervisor who was directing the traffic asked if he could help. My legs at that point had giving out and caused me to fall. Again no help from a staff to get up or get a wheel chair. then the continuous annoouncements. We douldnt understand and single word fo the announcements. if the ship needs to do this as load as they are it needs to be fixed. the announcements at 10 am and later should be eliminated and teh training load horns on the cozumel day were horrible. I thinki I load the hearing from laying out on the serenity deck. The food on the ship was about mcdonalds level of tastiness. poor soups, same deserts every night and the meat was 1/2 rate. this was my 11th crusie and 10th with carnival my gold level on this cruise ment nothing except the pin. no captains toast and nothing in docking etc. The service team needs to go to jet blue RCCL or southwest about service. our room steward was decent and no one got an additianal tip. I should have actually reduced all of the tips to $0 dollars. I was with 10 other men and trying to get carnival to get us onto a single table was like asking moses to party the red sea. We ended up with drunk lady that pissed off one of our guest who was celebrating his birthday and we ahd men at 3 other tables. The pizza was only decent. for the wait I would have expected more. It was basic but very greasy. I asked for vinegar for my fries and was told they didnt have any. IN all of my cruises on carnival I looked forward to different appetizer and never turned away a main because the pasta, sauce or meats were great. the sauses were average, the plate was filled with stuff that didnt look or taste good and the desert bar at the buffet was the same stuff each day. I guess the desert chefs have been allowed to serve substandard fare. I will not take the Victory again. I have had a ton better service on teh smaller ships like sendation and facination. and the ship we had in Alaska. I think we will use RCCL and celebrity for future cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Took this cruise because a frind was getting married on the ship. Wedding was well done by the staff, short and sweet, reception was very well handled by staff. I never had such an easy embarkation before. Even the emergency drill went ... Read More
Took this cruise because a frind was getting married on the ship. Wedding was well done by the staff, short and sweet, reception was very well handled by staff. I never had such an easy embarkation before. Even the emergency drill went easily on this ship. I really enjoyed eating in the formal dining room most of the time, the buffet always had a very long line, as did the specialty dining. The comedy club was great, the production shows were very weak, sort of boring, never stayed through an entire show. The service I got from my wait staff and room staff was always outstanding. The ports were rainy, both Key West and Cozumel, but nothing anyone could do about that. The excursion I took was very well staffed and planned out. I was surprised by some of the little things I would find when I walked around corners, like a steel drum playing in the lobby or a cute little bar tucked away in a corner. Over all, I'd say it was a very good time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
The entire wedding experience was so well organized and beautiful. They met every need we had and the ceremony was perfect. The reception was in the night club and the toast, dances, cake and food could not have gone any better. My husband ... Read More
The entire wedding experience was so well organized and beautiful. They met every need we had and the ceremony was perfect. The reception was in the night club and the toast, dances, cake and food could not have gone any better. My husband and I are soo happy we made this choice! Personally, I don't see any other way being easier or less stressful. Our wedding guests list included over 30 people and everyone was always able to find something to do that they enjoyed. Smaller groups chose to do different excursions when we all met back at the ship we would talk about our different experiences and everyone said they really enjoyed whatever activity they did that day. The photographer Vitalina did such an amazing job it was impossible to pick which pictures we wanted, they were all great! Our wait staff in the dining hall was incredible and we all miss Yonathon! He and his team made every night so memorable. The food was fantastic and everyone who goes on this ship needs to check out the comedy shows and experience karaoke night. I loved every minute of this trip and will never forget it! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We set sail on the Victory! We wanted to celebrate 2 special birthdays. What a great time and the staff helped make it extra special. Our 16 yr old totally enjoyed himself. He enjoyed himself at the teen center (said he was not going ... Read More
We set sail on the Victory! We wanted to celebrate 2 special birthdays. What a great time and the staff helped make it extra special. Our 16 yr old totally enjoyed himself. He enjoyed himself at the teen center (said he was not going to go there) spent hours there and hung out with other kids. He also took in the late night movies. The cabin was redone and so much room for the 3 of us. When we got to Nassau the 16 yr old went snorkeling for the first time and 2 REEFS did an awesome job very friendly. The staff, food and entertainment was awesome. And of course the casino!! Can't wait for our next cruise we are so ready to sail away with Carnival again! Best Karaoke I have heard in a long time. The young lady did an great job and the singers where so good! I can't stand and the crew noticed this so when we where waiting for the muster to start they told me to go inside and sit. Nobody has every done that before. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We were very excited to go on our family cruise (4 generations) and booked with carnival victory out of port canaveral, our experience at the port of embarkation was poor, because their computer system was down and this situation delayed ... Read More
We were very excited to go on our family cruise (4 generations) and booked with carnival victory out of port canaveral, our experience at the port of embarkation was poor, because their computer system was down and this situation delayed evertyhing, then when we get to the ship it is OLD , there are places where stinks, our rooms were supposed to be connected but I had to call 3 times for them to do so. VERY OUTDATED ROOMS, At 3 am the AC stopped working, we called for help (with a minor on the room) and they took about an hour to show, the guy pulls a little machine to measure the temp inside the room and said that his boss will check it and he was coming back. NEVER CAME BACK!!!!. after that the ac started again but was very low. I only saw the steward once and told him to please bring new towels, he never did. there was no entertaiment on the top deck, just regular music, but that was it. only 1 waterslide, therefore the line was horrible. on the lido buffet the only juice to drink was lemonade and water. camp carnival for kids was alright, nothing great either. the only great thing was our experience at bahamas. WILL NOT SAIL ON THE SAME SHIP. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Took this cruise with my wife and 12 year old son. My in-laws were with us in their own cabin on the same floor. We have cruised on Carnival exclusively since 2005 and our second time on the Victory. Embarkation went real smooth since ... Read More
Took this cruise with my wife and 12 year old son. My in-laws were with us in their own cabin on the same floor. We have cruised on Carnival exclusively since 2005 and our second time on the Victory. Embarkation went real smooth since we had one guest in a wheelchair we got to skip the regular line and was onboard within 30 minutes of arrival. Tried to see if our cabins were ready but doors to cabin areas were closed and a sign said rooms would be available after 1:30. Went to have lunch. Long lines and very hot and crowded but had a nice lunch and the first drink of the day. We were in cabin 6323 on the Upper deck mid-ship It is a balcony cabin with a trundle bed for my son. Was hoping for remodeled room but no such luck here. Tube TV, tile shower with some mildew visible, some wear and tear in different areas but I didn't mind and am aware that the ship is 16 years old. We had early dining (6pm) and service was one of the best we have had on a Carnival cruise. Staff was excellent and on point. Food was very good. Wife was a little disappointed with not seeing Cream Brulee on the menu. We love the entertainment the staff provides and my son loved it too. Shore excursion in Nassau was a mess that Carnival could have handled better. We booked the Cat sail and snorkel excursion through Carnival weeks ahead but the night before we arrived in Nassau we got a letter on our bed saying the excursion was being moved back to 3:30pm instead of 12:30pm. Since we had early seating for dinner we could not take the 3 hour excursion and be back in time for dinner. Went down to guest services and they said we would have to talk to the excursion desk. Excursion desk was closed so we had to wait until the next morning. Was told we could either cancel or book a different excursion. Did not really get much sympathy from the staff here and was told the time change was made aware to them 3 days prior! Wish I was made aware of this before or we would not have had to go through all this. Ended up picking the 2 Reef Snorkel Tour which was very good but still had to rush getting back to the ship by about 5pm in order to make dinner. Formal night is on the night you are in Nassau (which didn't make sense to me) instead of the at sea night so be prepared for a long day. My son did not go to Camp Carnival but instead we spent time watching movies on the deck, eating lots of pizza, playing in the arcade and exploring the ship. Even found ourselves in a restricted area by accident but the crew was cool about it. Over all we had a good time for a short cruise. Just have an open mind and don't stress over little things. After all you are on vacation and as my wife says their is no better vacation where you don't have to cook, drive, clean, etc. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
I was a 1st time cruiser and the Carnival Victory did not disappoint!! Embarkation was very organized and went very smooth. The ship was beautiful and clean when we finally got on board. The staff ushered us to pool decks and had lunch ... Read More
I was a 1st time cruiser and the Carnival Victory did not disappoint!! Embarkation was very organized and went very smooth. The ship was beautiful and clean when we finally got on board. The staff ushered us to pool decks and had lunch ready. Our luggage arrived within 2 hours of us boarding, so I was very pleased with that. Our cabin was upper interior (Deck 6) was tiny, but provided anything we could need from a cabin. Everyone traveling with us had very clean and functional rooms each day. The food was perfect for every snack and meal we had. We ate a ton, but stayed so active that I had no problem eating what ever I wanted. There were more activities than I could even attend, although I tried! The live bands and Comedy Club we my favorites. The hospitality was amazing, my drink was never empty and I was constantly smiling. Overall security was also impressive. My 15 year old spent the last two days with new friends that she met in Club 02. The club Manager was very involved with making sure the teens had a blast each day, all while not letting in strange adults. She made it a point to meet and know just about every parent who's teen went there. The ports were great, Freeport was less crowded than Nassau. We went to Tianio Beach in Freeport and did shopping in Nassau. The beach was a 12 mile drive across the Island but again, we had wonderful, local hospitality by our bus/cab driver. Traveling in a group of 10 with one in a Wheelchair and they made it happen so smoothly! My daughter made memories that will last forever. We will definitely cruise Carnival again and again! Everything else like the music, sail off parties, Dive in movie, and ALL of the wonderful staff was just as enjoyable. Can't wait to cruise again! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Just returned from an awesome cruise to Bermuda on the Carnival Victory. This was my 11th cruise overall and my 6th cruise with Carnival. Firstly, nothing can top the Mediterranean Cruise I took in 2007 on the Carnival Freedom; which was ... Read More
Just returned from an awesome cruise to Bermuda on the Carnival Victory. This was my 11th cruise overall and my 6th cruise with Carnival. Firstly, nothing can top the Mediterranean Cruise I took in 2007 on the Carnival Freedom; which was in service for a mere 7 weeks. I had a wonderful time on the Carnival Liberty in 2014. It was the fellow passengers who made it such a pleasurable cruise. I was pleasantly surprised with the Victory after reading the negative reviews. I enjoy cruises due to meeting new people and experiencing new places and cultures. I feel, if one wants to cruise for peace and quiet, to read, or to be glued to a cell phone and the internet, then cruising is not for you., Boarding was typical, but I am disabled and use a mobility scooter. However, the staff could not have been more accommodating. Once on board, the ship had a bit of a funky smell, but air freshener was. release shortly thereafter, and I had my travel size Febreeze with me to counteract any foul odors in the cabin. I booked a disabled cabin and had been used to booking a balcony on decks 6 and 7. However, this cruise, the only available disabled cabins were inside cabins with a picture window in the bow. I booked my 94 year old mother and her CNA in disabled cabin 6205 on the Upper deck and my sister and I in cabin 10-02 on the Panorama deck. I was skeptical about being so high up on deck 10, but we sailed through a terrible thunder storm one evening, and the ship barely rocked. I will definitely consider the Panorama deck in the future. The Panorama deck is a very short deck, so it was a short walk to the Triton pool and a jacuzzi. I was in a party of 2, but the cabin could accommodate 4 people. It was very spacious and included a full-sized sofa.. I had a beautiful view of the ocean and there was a door nearby which led to a small deck ion the bow of the ship. Our cabin steward was average, but when one finds staff such as this, one needs to be proactive and ask for what one needs. She complied with all of my request.s I had the early seating in the Atlantic dining room. I had only one bad entree during the entire cruise; which was the prime rib on the last evening. Whether I ate in the dining room for dinner or the buffet for lunch, I found the entrees to to be of quality ingredients. Throughout the cruise, I ate lobster tails, leg of lamb, roast pork loin, beef stroganoff, flat iron steak, and more. Each piece of meat was tender and contained minimal fat. I told my travel companion what I thought of the meals, and I maintained, "so Carnival doesn't serve Beef Wellington or Chateaubriand, but the quality can be found in the food." Lo and behold, that evening Chateaubriand was on the dinner menu. I ordered it, and it was as tasty and tender as a finest fillet mignon. My waiter Herculean, head waiter Joel, and the dining room maitre'd were superb. I don't know the spelling of the maitre'd, but he circulated the dining room and visited each an every table during every meal to be sure that the guests meals were satisfactory. I saw 3 shows and the 2 with the Carnival singers and dancers were spectacular. The dancers were professional and the costuming was magnificent. I attended one comedy show and found the comedian to be fair. If one sails on the Victory, be sure to stop by the Irish Seas piano bar with Rob; as he is hilarious and very genuine. The Alchemy Bar serves up some mean martini tastings. My destination Bermuda was very beautiful. As is typical of ports, there is much shopping. I found Bermuda to be quite pricey; particularly with Bermudian made items. I toured the island for 6 hours with 11 other passengers with Ricky's Island Tours. Ricky is a congenial, fun person to be with. He is very knowledgeable and intelligent. He left the corporate world some years ago to become a tour guide. Ricky truly loves what he does. The cost of the tour was a mere $60.00, which is a far cry from Carnival's 5 hour island tours at #100.00 and $110.00. I was saddened to disembark the Victory and I certainly would not hesitate to sale her again. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Placed us (2 Senior Citizens next to 4 rooms filled with loud obnoxious Grads. Slammed their doors and ran through the halls. Had too call security twice. Nothing accomplished and they did not offer to change our cabin. I asked one of the ... Read More
Placed us (2 Senior Citizens next to 4 rooms filled with loud obnoxious Grads. Slammed their doors and ran through the halls. Had too call security twice. Nothing accomplished and they did not offer to change our cabin. I asked one of the Grads Fathers to have them lower the noise level a little and he told the Grads to Quiet Down on Departure Day. I told Guest Relations about the poor placement and he told me we should have booked a suite. I told him no way and hung up on him. The cabin was quite spacious and my motorized scooter fit in nicely The room steward was okay but we did not get any drinking glasses. The mattress was far from comfortable. The extra blanket I requested was old and scratchy. We were dismayed to see that the dress code thru out the cruise was not adhered too People came to dinner on elegant night in shorts t shirts tank tops and sandals. Seems there is no dress code whatsoever. Guys ran thru the ship bare chested We cruise for value and good food. This was not a good value too us. The shows were good and the service in most cases The décor is like throw it together and see what sticks. The food was mediocre to lousy. The background music in the buffet area was repeated over and over again. Mostly Katy Perry and Beyonce. The music on the Lido Deck was so loud we had to leave the area. This was our 4th and final trip with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
The five night cruise to The Bahamas and The Turks & Caicos was our third in as many years, and we think it was our best. Like many of the reviews before us, Carnival Victory is a well-oiled and well-turned out vessel, with a crew ... Read More
The five night cruise to The Bahamas and The Turks & Caicos was our third in as many years, and we think it was our best. Like many of the reviews before us, Carnival Victory is a well-oiled and well-turned out vessel, with a crew that's confident, courteous and represents the good things Carnival Cruise Lines can be when it all falls into place successfully. Our embarkation through the Miami cruise port was fast, seamless and efficient. The capacity guests were processed and on board in record time. The customer service staff were friendly and inviting and made certain our cabin was ready as promised, within an hour of boarding this vessel. Cabin 8432 is an extended aft balcony cabin. Like most Carnival ships of its time, a bit garish in the style department, but everything was in tip-top shape: very clean, well-equipped and roomy. We appreciated the extra space afforded by the 9' deep balcony, suitable for a pair of chaise lounge chairs. Most days, we could drink in the late afternoon sun and we often toasted the early evening sail from our port of call while enjoying a panoramic view from the comfort and convenience of our own state room. Our steward (Carlos) was professional, diligent and discreet - he knew our names and our schedules immediately, and diligently worked to keep our cabin clean and dressed for the day. The five day itinerary is the perfect selection for those uncertain if they'd like to cruise. The three ports of call in a five day span is great. After the initial all day/night sail, the Turks & Caicos port of Grand Turk offers a gorgeous broad and shallow beach, with pristine turquoise waters and conveniently placed dockside. The Carnival-owned island of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas was next, and once again were treated to spectacular beach setting suitable for a relaxing afternoon on the Caribbean blue sea. Our final port of Nassau in The Bahamas was less pretty and interesting with its British Victorian style and history, but our visit was dampened by official declaration by the US, warning guests of the elevated crime and thefts in Nassau. After a brief visit to the down town core, witnessing our fair share of vagrants and dark alleys, we simply felt uncomfortable. Others seemed less bothered by the warnings, so it's a matter of personal choice how to proceed. Evening meals were taken at the first seating in the formal dining room. The menu was sufficient in variety and there were very few complaints from our table of eight. The food was prepared expertly, of very good quality and the presentation was excellent. Our only complaint: formal night dining remains a challenge for the kitchen and wait staff - service is slow, the food is always cold when trying to accommodate the demands of a full house in the dining room. Our table crew was simply amazing. The head waiter for table 630 was Fernando Bunyii - an eighteen year veteran with Carnival, and it showed... warm and friendly, attentive to every detail and he made certain his crew worked tirelessly to ensure his guest were spoiled. One of our cruise companion was disabled and Fernando made sure he greeted her every evening, escorted her by arm to the table - so sweet and attentive. His skill as a waiter is second to none: inviting and witty - never forced or phony, always a trick or two to entertain the crowd (the "is it a he or a she puppet trick" was funny and endearing). Of the many cruises we've taken - from Carnival to Royal Caribbean and more, without hesitation Fernando was the best head waiter we've ever had. I would do everything possible to secure a seating at his table(s). The evening shows were okay, par for the course, with the exception of the last show of the cruise. The musical tribute to various styles, themes and artists - from Elvis to Kiss was impressive. The dancing and singing was high calibre and the show was befitting a much higher standard than expected. We were especially impressed with the artistry of the costumes and the vocal ranges of its two principal stars. Whoever choreographed this award-winning show, one that apparently is seen across the entire fleet, really knew what they were doing. It managed to draw the crowd of all ages into the show with a repertoire that everyone knew and liked. Well done! Overall, we give our five-day cruise on board the well-seasoned Carnival Victory full marks for service, amenities (especially for the price), accommodations et al. After experiencing a less than stellar cruise on a prior Carnival voyage, Victory has managed to regain our confidence and faith in Carnival again, and we would recommend this specific ship to both seasoned and first-time cruisers. Look past the rather disturbing numbers of morbidly obese mounted on all sorts of motorized gear - insulin in one hand and a plate mounded with food in the other, that partake of the countless buffets... Americans accustomed to feeling privileged and who think an "open buffet" means mountains of food garnished from the restaurant, left virtually untouched and wasted on the tables... the many passengers who refuse to acknowledge the dress code (formal dining is not a "I'm Drunk Two" t-shirt, baseball cap and bathing suit wrap-wearing venue - visit the Lido buffet if you have such little respect for yourself and others)... If one is mindful that cruising today is less about catering to the elitist and appealing to all demographics, with broader appeal and more opportunities for everyone to enjoy a vacation at sea, then one cannot help but be pleased with the results. Carnival continues to offer a lot of value for the vacation dollar. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
Our decision to book on Carnival Victory was a last-minute one, as friends were going, and urged us to come along. We had cruised to the Eastern Caribbean on Celebrity Solstice from Fort Lauderdale in January, 2011, so we were eager to see ... Read More
Our decision to book on Carnival Victory was a last-minute one, as friends were going, and urged us to come along. We had cruised to the Eastern Caribbean on Celebrity Solstice from Fort Lauderdale in January, 2011, so we were eager to see more of the Caribbean islands. Some reviews of this cruise have been on the negative side, so my husband and I had drastically lowered our expectations, only to be pleasantly surprised! The decor, while over the top in places, is interesting and appealing. The Sleep System in the staterooms is very, very comfortable. The stateroom as a whole was well-organized. But what was most remarkable on the cruise was how friendly other passengers were. First off, a large contingent of passengers were Puerto Ricans who spoke Spanish. A Spanish-speaking Assistant Cruise Director hosted activities for them. A number of other cruisers hailed from South American nations such as Colombia and Uruguay. The cruise is also sold as a Barbados round-trip, so about 50 or so folks from Barbados come aboard on Day 4. And of course, there was a diversity of passengers from the U.S. with a number of African-Americans from the South and East. This was just the friendliest cruise I have ever taken. You could not leave the elevator without folks saying good-bye to you and telling you to enjoy your evening. Once I entered a hot tub where four Spanish-speakers were already congregated and talking. They acknowledged me right away and engaged me in conversation in English. I would describe this cruise as welcoming and accepting of all peoples. Carnival's focus on having fun, with the upbeat music playing on the lido deck and throughout the ship, the great shows, and the comedy, made this a very upbeat experience for me, my husband and our traveling companions. We flew into San Juan, PR, and stayed one night at the Sheraton Convention Center hotel. One of Puerto Rico's political parties had a huge rally there the day we left, and from our perch in the Sheraton's pool, we were overlooking the high-energy rally. For me, it was a huge bonus to see the politics and culture in action. The hotel room was extremely comfortable, and the hotel overall was fine for a one-night stay, though dining options are limited and seemed expensive. We arrived early at the cruise terminal, and experienced a smooth and fast embarkation. We were able to get to our stateroom early, and leave hand luggage in order to venture into San Juan where we toured the tropical garden at Casa Blanca, checked out the cathedral, and got a drink and appetizer at Picoteo in Hotel Convento in Old San Juan before returning to Victory for our 10 p.m. departure for St. Thomas. Our party of five enjoyed the early dining option in the Pacific Dining Room. We had an excellent waitstaff who learned our preferences on the first night -- things like a plate of lemon wedges for our water, and decaf coffee at the end of the meal -- and flawlessly served throughout. A note on Carnival dining room food: No, it is not Celebrity, though I found a number of very tasty appetizers, main courses and desserts. The buffet could stand serious reworking of its menu and quality, though. I liked the complimentary sushi bar, and the pizza was tasty enough. Entertainment on the ship included a fantastic juggler from Mexico, a motown crooner, a magician, and of course, the house band and dancers in City Lights. We saw three of the four comics who were on board during our cruise, and enjoyed the family-friendly shows. The music on board gets high marks for quality -- especially the Latin dance band. If anything, disembarkation was smoother than embarkation. We literally breezed through customs and were shepherded onto our bus #57 with Manuel for the transfer to the airport. There, a bellhop, whisked our luggage through agricultural inspection and checkin, and we suddenly found ourselves in the security line. Highest marks here. We did not do any of the ship's port excursions, so cannot comment, but people we talked to seemed happy with their excurions. Carnival focuses on activities such as snorkeling, zip lines, beaches, ATV and more, though always has one or two beach-and-shop excursions. Our stateroom service by Diah was excellent. Once she figured out we liked a bucket of ice, it appeared regularly. Room service breakfast of bagel, cream cheese and smoked salmon was excellent. The service was good, though one morning they lost our order, but rushed it to us when we phoned. Service in the buffet was a low point. If you were a worker removing the skim milk cartons because they had turned sour, wouldn't you indicate as much to a cruiser who chose one? My husband ruined his cereal, and had to completely start over to get his breakfast. The pizza service one day was very poor due to lack of clear communication. One suitcase was damaged after we handed it over to Carnival. We have been assured that they will pay for repair, but we will see. I found the six ports very interesting, and we found fun things to do on each one. Due to a back disability, I need to avoid jarring roads, and that was easy to do on St. Lucia where the roads to Reduit Beach are good to start with, and our excellent taxi driver took particular care over speed bumps and broken pavement. I cannot say the same for Barbados, where our taxi driver assured us he would drive gently, then proceeded to drive a shortcut on horribly rutted, barely paved roads when other, better roads were available. On St. Martin, we solved the problem by renting our own vehicle to get to a far beach. In summary, the Victory cruise was a winner because of the friendly folks, the nonstop fun onboard and in each port, the very good service and comfortable staterooms and beds. I would cruise Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
We began planning this cruise 8 months out when our daughter and her Navy husband were transferred from Italy to Portsmouth when he became ill. We hadn't seen them for almost a year, so figured this would be a good chance to get ... Read More
We began planning this cruise 8 months out when our daughter and her Navy husband were transferred from Italy to Portsmouth when he became ill. We hadn't seen them for almost a year, so figured this would be a good chance to get together and to celebrate Christmas as well. My SIL is a gourmet chef, so I tried to get tickets for the Chef's Table. I was told to request them thru John Heald and somehow, after getting no response to 3 emails, I wrote a final one somewhat tongue-in-cheek and asking if one had to sell their firstborn child in order to get a response. I did, but not from Heald. Several people sent me nasty replies accusing me of being crude and rude. Heald himself said he'd never heard from me. By the time I'd been flogged royally, I just figured the heck with SIL, we'd take him to the buffet! Ironically enough, my daughter posted a response to those kind folks who wanted me keel-hauled and SHE was offered reservations at the Chef's Table. By the Way, don't try to contact Carnival Corporate about any issues that you may have. They could care less and never make an error, nor do they care how inept or wonderful their employees are. BTW#2--I'm not saying anything negative about Mr. Heald other than I had trouble getting in touch with him about Chef's Table. That said, I had an email from someone from the restaurants that told me that he doesn't arrange that type of reservation. I truly hope that's not so, or many, many people who've said that they've gotten theirs thru him are going to be disappointed His physical being means nothing to me, nor does his manner of speech. We left for our cruise on 12/3, intending to meet the kids in Atlanta and fly the last leg to SJU together. We got on the plan in Houston and when the pilot turned on the cabin power in order to leave, nothing happened...except he came back on and told us to get off and make other reservations, he didn't think this plane would be leaving today. I'm disabled, so we had to wait for my scooter to be brought up from the hold and by the time we deplaned, the lines were way down the hall! Someone yelled out that we should call Delta on our cells and I did. Unfortunately, the reservationist we got did not speak much English and kept telling me that Delta did not fly to San Juan! After about 30-35 minutes, they came back on the PA and told us to re-board, we were leaving. As we passed the desk, they told us we were on Flt. XYYZ out of ATL but we didn't have seats. All the while this was happening, the kids were in the air so they had no idea what was happening, so we had to send them a text telling them to just meet us at the hotel (forgetting that we had the reservation info!) We arrived in ATL about the same time as they left for SJU! We checked in with the attendants as soon as they opened, but they could not provide us with bulkhead seating because it was by an exit. They put us in the next row, however. Once we boarded, I knew we were in trouble. The row we were in was not even as wide as a regular one (to keep the seats even.) I told the stewardess that my knee is partially fused and would not bend to acco-modate the seat and she said "then you'll have to get off this flight." Ironically enough, the seats across the aisle were not occupied by anyone who was disabled - there were two men sitting there using their computers. This was the last flight we could take and still make the cruise the next day, so I literally held my leg up and it was in the aisle (just where it had been, but I moved the bag it was sitting on. By the time we reached SJU, we were exhausted, but the kids met us and all was well. That night we stayed at the El San Juan Resort and Casino and it was gorgeous! We had breakfast there the next morning and lazed about until it was time to check in with Carnival. We did (and stopped in at the Duty Free shops too!) After we put our luggage in the cabins, we left to explore Old San Juan, returning in time to meet our fellow Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle friends for SailAway. I was still in pain and stopped for Ibuprophen before we boarded. One comment about the cabins - we were on the Lido deck, and it was wonderful. I do not book handicapped cabins on Carnival because they are SMALLER than "regular" ones. Carnival's omage to the handicapped traveler is a shower that you can wheel/walk in. There's no room in the cabin for you to put your wheelchair or scooter...except in said shower! I've asked the wigs at Carnival to spend a day in a scooter to see just how accessible their ships are, but so far, nobody has done anything about it! Monday was our stop in St. Thomas and when I woke, I could barely move, so I decided to stay behind, hoping a day's rest would solve my problem. I did go out to the Serenity area and sat in the whirlpool for a bit. I also checked with the Infirmary onboard and when I heard how much it would cost just to see the Dr. (when I knew it was sciatica), I just said no thanks. My DH, daughter and SIL visited the island on their own and checked to see if they could find any muscle relaxers, but no luck. The next day was at sea and I stayed in bed to see if it would help, but did get up for Formal Night, although it hurt. Our table was in the corner just where the doors to the kitchen opened. The noise was such that we couldn't even hear each other, but we tried. When dinner came, I'd ordered Beef Stroganoff. It was curdled and I barely made it to the rest room when I vomited into the napkin. That was enough and I headed back to my bed! My SIL spoke with our waiter and then the Maitre 'd about my dinner - which was definitely curdled. The waiter said nothing but got the Maitre 'd, who went to speak with the chef and came back and told us that nothing was wrong with the Beef Stroganoff (which was still sitting at my place!!!) We also request a change of seating, which was done without trouble. By Wednesday morning, I literally could not walk - and that lasted the entire trip. Luckily, I had pain meds that, while they wouldn't help the sciatica, would let me rest easier. When the time came to debark, I was in really bad shape and didn't know if I'd be able to get off the ship, but with enough meds in me, I made it, but can't tell you how!! Everyone else in our party did enjoy the cruise. We had only one more problem and that was on the Sea Day. We had reserved the Tamiami Sail tour in Barbados, and returned the tickets since it was obvious that I wouldn't be able to manage it. Although we did this well within the time for cancellation, the agent there gave us a hard time. In addition, she kept calling us "you guys" although we kept asking her not to! She said that we were doing this in order to take a different tour and got increasingly nasty. We finally asked for her supervisor, who came out and accused us of the same thing. She even said that she had the means of making sure that both of us didn't leave the ship! I was so upset that I left in tears and happened to meet my daughter en route. When she heard what happened, she went back there and raised all kinds of cain! Turns out that they had already refunded our money and they apologized to her! We used Spencer Ambrose (or they did) in St. Lucia and did Grey's Island Excursion in St. Kitts and were pleased with the value for the money. They also toured St. Martin on their own as we'd been there several times. Our cabin stewards were very nice and knew I was having problems so they worked around them. I was really grateful, especially when they let us stay in our cabin until the last minute on debarkation day. Getting off the ship was simple (at least I thought so, but as I said, I was drugged!! We stayed at the El Conquistador Hotel that night. We've begun flying in and out a day early/late just makes things easier. You don't have to race around that last day and fight the crowds at the airport too. This way, we got up and had a leisurely breakfast, then drove around for a bit before stopping at the airport. Will we cruise again - definitely! How do we like the Southern Caribbean? A lot! This was our 5th cruise to that area. My time wasn't much fun, but I guess if you have to be flat on your back in bed, the Southern Caribbean is a good choice! Will we sail on Carnival again? No - and I don't say this to "beat up" on them. We've sailed on Princess and RCCL and just have a better time on those ships than we have on Carnival. That said, our daughter got married on a Carnival cruise ship and it was lovely. We're just looking for more in a cruise line - and definitely for a line that does a better job with their disabled cruisers! If I tell someone my meal is curdled, I don't expect them to come back the next two nights and argue about it - especially when nobody but us sampled the meal in question! On other ships, if something isn't to your taste, they'll gladly bring you something else! I'd definitely encourage you to participate in a Meet and Mingle group, no matter what John Heald says about Cruise Critic! We've met some lovely people on ours and are looking forward to the next one too. If anyone had questions about this review, you're welcome to contact me at "cathi.deal@sbcglobal.net" - especially if you have questions about disability cruising! By the way, the MRI showed that I not only ruptured a disc but also had developed an abscess adjacent to it. I've been on IV Meds three times a day and will hopefully have back surgery in a month or so once the abscess has totally healed. Have another scan on Monday to see how it's doing... Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
My DH and I, our two children, ages 23 and 24 and my father and his girlfriend were all traveling together for this cruise. While my DH and I have cruised before, it was the first time for most everyone else. We left the snow of Ohio and ... Read More
My DH and I, our two children, ages 23 and 24 and my father and his girlfriend were all traveling together for this cruise. While my DH and I have cruised before, it was the first time for most everyone else. We left the snow of Ohio and had we not had a four wheel drive truck, we would not have made it to the airport at all. Our flight was slightly delayed because of ground trouble. Apparently, the tow bar was stuck to the plane! Our flight was delayed 1.45 hours and we missed our connecting flight. We were able to catch another connecting flight and arrived in San Juan within a reasonable time frame. Thank God we had cancelled our excursion to the bio bay thru East winds. While I was really looking forward to the tour, their cancellation policy left no room for error and we would definitely have lost our money on that one with the flight delay. We stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel which we booked thru Price-line ($105). This hotel was very beautiful with marble and service everywhere. I only wish we had time to use the wonderful pool area. Our party got a recommendation for Mi Costa located across the street from the hotel for authentic Puerto Rico food. The service was slow, but they were very busy. Although I wasn't crazy about the food, it was plentiful and I think it was my personal taste as others seemed to love it. The price was very reasonable. We retired as we had shoveled a lot of snow to get to the airport and everyone was tired. We ate at Burger King across the street from the hotel for breakfast and took a taxi to the cruise port. The lines were just starting to form and it didn't take us long to board the ship. We found the ship easy to navigate once you learn that floors 3 & 4 do NOT go all the way thru as they put the Atlantic dining room smack in the middle. This made it difficult sometimes with the electric wheelchair since our rooms were close to the Aft elevators. You would have to go up to the 5th floor, fight your way past the photo area to the front elevators and then go down to the 4th floor to get to the dining room. We watched the Superbowl sitting poolside with a bucket of beer and I have to say, this is the way to Superbowl! While we noticed many Puerto Ricans on the ship, we never encountered rudeness. Only language barriers occasionally. Service was wonderful in both the stateroom and the dining. We did anytime dining and was usually eating at about 5:45. The food was comparible to other cruises and no one ever went hungry. Loved the ice cream as it tasted like homemade ice cream. My biggest complaint was the entertainment and pool schedules. It seemed pools were closed often for cleaning instead of waiting until night. The movie screen times were noon (when we were in port) 6:00 pm (when we were at dinner) or midnight (late for such a port intense cruise). Golf was closed at 8:00 pm and during the day, it was too hot to play. The slide was only open a couple of hours a day and so never seemed to get used. The shows in the theater seemed often to be at odd times also. The adult show didn't start until midnight which again,was late if you got up early for the ports. I like the Princess theater schedule better with one show at 8:30 pm and one at 10:30 pm so early diners and late diners can see the shows. The one comedian, Percy Cruz II was great. The juggler was also good. The magician was only good when interacting with audience members. The rest of his show was lame. The other comedian wasn't as good. The embark and disembark was as good as could be expected. The airport was crowded and loud, but we made it thru with patience. Read Less
Carnival Victory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates N/A 4.3

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