187 Carnival Victory Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

It was a speciality 10 day charter cruise, and as we were told the ship was in dry dock for the almost the month of January 2018 and we were the second cruise after dry dock. We found the staff to be very attentive and very good at ... Read More
It was a speciality 10 day charter cruise, and as we were told the ship was in dry dock for the almost the month of January 2018 and we were the second cruise after dry dock. We found the staff to be very attentive and very good at providing the services. Yet, basically I have to ask why was a hot tub broken, did they even clean the windows, the solarium broke the third day of the trip, fresh paint was applied to the starboard side of the ship at our dock in Amber Cove, noticed multiple rusted out points supporting the stern gangways for outside maintenance. Now having sailed the salt water seas I fully understand the maintenance issues on ship and they are huge. Yet painting something only looks good from afar, close-up does not cover-up things very well. I went tot he breakfast buffet the first day, it was the last time I tried it, I either went to the dinning room or to the specialty breakfast areas thereafter. Same for lunches and dinner. The buffet was just not good. Carnival makes a pretty good red ale and I enjoyed it more than the other offerings, yet I was surprised when I used the self service beer dispenser that I was charged a 15% tip each time I used the dispenser. An automatic 15% tip is applied to all drinks, which i have no problem with because I usually tip 20%. I do not care for automatic tips. We took two excursions through Carnival, the Bonaire Sea-Cow Snorkel tour, which was great, well trained guides interested in our safety and providing a good tour experience. The other was on Curacao, a sea turtle snorkel trip, which was totally messed up. Word of advise, when the the tour guide comments that this is there first excursion, get of of the bus. NO water was provided, very little information provided by Carnival, the turtle beach was a fishing pier with no facilities and no water to drink and 50 minute bus ride away from the ship. The beach was hazardous as it had a high drop off and the tour took 5 hours versus the stated four. In closing staff was good, Carnival's maintenance and policies not so good. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This cruise was supposed to be a special occasion for us but instead it wound up being our worst cruise ever. We were coming off of an NCL cruise in Miami and just had to walk down the dock to get to the Carnival Terminal and the ... Read More
This cruise was supposed to be a special occasion for us but instead it wound up being our worst cruise ever. We were coming off of an NCL cruise in Miami and just had to walk down the dock to get to the Carnival Terminal and the Victory. We got there about 30 minutes ahead of our 10am scheduled arrival and had a seat outside the terminal entrance. At 10am the question was asked, "What's going on?" and the answer was that the Victory had just come out of dry dock (surprise #1) and embarkation was going to be delayed while they unloaded construction equipment and workers who had been on the ship for the last two weeks. "How long?" we asked. The answer did not sit well with those who had already gathered at the terminal expecting to check in and have a seat inside a comfortable terminal with chairs and restroom facilities. Noon was the answer. So we waited and when Noon arrived there was more delay and nobody in a uniform that worked at the terminal (not Carnival folks but the agency they use to operate the terminal) had any answers. So let's skip to the boarding which started about 2pm and continued for the next 3 or 4 hours. We walked onto the ship at Deck 3, Atrium Level and noticed there were a lot of pallets of material still on the deck outside. Upon entering the ship we were met by the Hotel Director and some of the Entertainment Staff who said because we were the first ones on the ship that we were going to be escorted to the Lido Deck to help celebrate the opening of some new venues that had been placed on the ship. Blue Iguana Cantina was the one we had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon for. We got our picture made, a free margarita and a thank you from the staff. That was the highlight of our cruise because it is all downhill from here. We had an Oceanview B room on Deck 2 towards the aft of the ship and it was for us a good location. Close to the elevator and a lot of the nightly entertainment venues. Large and spacious room with lots of closet space. Stateroom was #2398. During the week we experienced, along with everyone else on board, a dirty, dusty environment because of the construction that had taken place and was still being done even while we were sailing with 2000 passengers on board. There was problems with the water, the water pressure, hot water and noise. Smells of paint thinner, although we were told it was not harmful to humans, wafted through the ventilation systems and into the staterooms at times and sometimes was so strong that we had to leave our room and find an outside fresh air source. And that was also a problem because they had the outside decks on 3 and 4 fire doors closed during the entire trip to keep passengers from going outside. The decks were dirty and railings were missing in places. Only the smokers ventured out on these decks and I think even they felt inconvenienced. We addressed these issues, including the fact that there was no Internet Cafe/Kiosk area on the vessel, with the powers that be. Included were the Guest Services Manager and the Hotel Director. We actually thought that we were making some headway into getting some answers or at least get something done while speaking with the Hotel Director on the 4th afternoon in the Atrium because about 8 to 10 Officers, whom you never see on Carnival, had come to the Atrium and we thought they were there to discuss the problems that were being reported by dozens if not hundreds of passengers but as it turned out they were just there to be interviewed by a TV crew who were reporting on the renovations being made to the ship. Disappointment was the word. The Hotel Director offered us a glass of wine. No thanks. Later we received a call from the Guest Services Manager offering a bottle of wine as a gesture of good faith. We made an appointment to meet with her and we had another opportunity to express our concerns and feelings. Not much came out of the meeting with the exception of an approximate refund of one days fare for our troubles and assurances that we would not lose another nights sleep worrying that the paint fumes would again wake us in the middle of the night and force us out of our room. We skipped the Platinum/Diamond VIFP party on the last night as we didn't want to see or speak with any of the officers who for the entirity of the trip seemed to take a side door through a secret passageway whenever a passenger approached them. And what is it with Carnival Officers and their phones? Are they really speaking to someone or is that their way of avoiding conversation with people? So in summation I would recommend that the Carnival Victory be marked off your To-Do list at least for another couple of months or until they can prove that conditions warrant our bookings. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise as a special family celebration. The staff on board was OUTSTANDING! Never a complaint with the employees. However, the ship had just come out of dry dock and we were expecting clean, neat, issue free sailing. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a special family celebration. The staff on board was OUTSTANDING! Never a complaint with the employees. However, the ship had just come out of dry dock and we were expecting clean, neat, issue free sailing. There were three rooms in our group. One of the three had major issues; flooded toilet, no working toilet for part of a day, and horrible smells, on multiple days, that had to be corrected when people were asked to leave the area. We didn't have hot water in our room. Thankfully, we were able to use the spa for a hot shower, but we didn't pay for a room with a shower to. To be able to use it. Several days, we did take a cold shower, or just leaned over the shower to wash our hair due to time. We called to have it fixed, and it was.....for one shower.... The line for guest services was always so long, we didn't complain, because that would have taken time away from why we were there. The slide was operational for a short time on only one of the five days. Multiple public bathrooms were out of order the entire cruise. We had an embarkation time, but once we got there, it didn't matter. People that had time after us, were let on before or at the same time. The main show was canceled and felt like it should have been announced there would be a change before we got there. The entertainers (singers) were far from great. Cheap entertainment at best. The music was EXTREMELY loud on the lido deck, at all times. We have been on two other Carnival ships, and you could at least carry on a conversation while on board those, but NOT on the Victory. This was definitely our least favorite cruise. We enjoyed the resort at Amber Cove, but not much going on at Grand Turk, other than the beautiful water. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
As this ship was just out of dry dock we expected it to be in tip top shap, WRONG! They were still putting it back together, decks you could not go out on because the railings were loose or missing, bathrooms/toilets that were out of ... Read More
As this ship was just out of dry dock we expected it to be in tip top shap, WRONG! They were still putting it back together, decks you could not go out on because the railings were loose or missing, bathrooms/toilets that were out of order the entire cruise, our cabins was next to one they were working on all week and constantly smelled of acetone, we were not able to be in our cabin, each night they had to use an ozone generator in it prior to us being able to sleep in it, constant headaches. Hot water was not working in our shower , stained cushions on loungers in adult areas, torn beach towels, children in adult pool, areas. Food was awful, service was terrible, noise from hallways into staterooms was very loud as they have vents cut into cabin doors into hallways, no privacy. Music in pool areas was obnoxiously loud, everyone was complaining of headaches. Even the crew we talked to could not believe they did not cancel the cruise, ship was not safe to have guests on it. Guests were constantly lined up 20+ deep to complain at the service desk, the issues go on and on..........I will attach some photos if I can. Embarkation was a joke, they waited as long as possible to let anyone even into the waiting area as the continued to work on the ship, I personally saw 2 elderly men pass out in line. Entertainment was awful. Don’t waste your money on Carnival when you can have a true wonderful cruise experience with Royal Caribbean, I will stay loyal to Royal from now on! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Because of Hurricane Matthew, my Bahamas cruise was rerouted to The Grand Turk. I was sent an email 3 days before my sail date. When I looked at the new itinerary, I saw that I went from having 3 stops to just one. The missing 2 stops were ... Read More
Because of Hurricane Matthew, my Bahamas cruise was rerouted to The Grand Turk. I was sent an email 3 days before my sail date. When I looked at the new itinerary, I saw that I went from having 3 stops to just one. The missing 2 stops were replaced with "fun day at the sea." I called and spoke with a Lead Customer Solutions employee. She flat out told me that there would be no compensation for my cruise because they reserve the right to make any changes at any time. She was very blunt and rude. I understand that Hurricane Matthew wasn't Carnival's fault but a little customer service would have been nice. I am being sent to a place that I had no desire to go or I would have chosen that destination when I booked the cruise. I will never sail with Carnival again due to their lack of customer service. I think at the very least, an on board credit should have been issued for me loosing 2 ports and going to a destination that I could care less about. The ride was so rough that people couldn't walk without being shifted from side to side. We were told that the Captain had to go faster than normal to make the designation on time and that's why the ride was so rough. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We were initially not assigned a room until our boarding day. Our luggage tags were labeled TBA. At the airport they found our names and tagged the luggage with a room on the 9th deck. During the embarking we were given our room card on ... Read More
We were initially not assigned a room until our boarding day. Our luggage tags were labeled TBA. At the airport they found our names and tagged the luggage with a room on the 9th deck. During the embarking we were given our room card on the 2nd deck. When we told her it was different she said "they'll figure it out". While walking around we got off the elevator on the 9th and there they were...on the cart going to the other assigned room. The steward left us take them since he saw our sail and sign card which matched the luggage name. They would have been outside that other room for who knows how long. Overall the food was good, but the poor pizza station needs help. There's only ever 1 and sometimes 2 guys busting their butts to keep up and the lines are ridiculous especially in the evenings and after excursions. There is now an up charge for lobster and steak on elegant night..that's different. Since this was my 8th cruise with Carnival I can say that I find it getting tiresome. They need to change things up. The same old activities over and over like the hairy chest contest, the art auction, the bingo, bingo bingo. The only entertainment that I can say that I enjoyed more on the Victory compared some of the other ships was the young performers. The singing and dancing troupe did a great job. On some other ships there is some more in the way of high tech backgrounds and less dancers but I generally like the kids performing more than big screen videos in the background. The ship is clean, but needs some updating and renovations. Tables on the deck need refinished (they're tacky to touch). The windows need replaced or at least cleaned on the outside. The views were terrible and thru no fault of the staff. They cannot clean the outside. I tried to upload two pictures of the windows. They are cloudy and streaky and that makes the views terrible. We had an oceanview and were disappointed. Another disappointment is that Carnival never responded to my review of the cruise. Guess they don't really care. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We have been back from our cruise for about a week and I was thinking about how great the trip to Florida was. This was our fifth total cruise and our fourth one on Carnival. Compared to the other Carnival cruises it was second best one, ... Read More
We have been back from our cruise for about a week and I was thinking about how great the trip to Florida was. This was our fifth total cruise and our fourth one on Carnival. Compared to the other Carnival cruises it was second best one, but noticed some cutbacks. As far as embarkation, we ran into some weather problems and were traveling from West Palm beach and cut it too close to get on the ship. When we got to Budget rental (downtown location) which we booked because they offer a shuttle to the ship, the shuttle had ended. No where did it state there were end times for the shuttle. We had to hail a taxi and call the emergency travel line for the ship to let them know it would be after 3 pm to get on. It was raining that day so we didn't want to get on too early, but it was a bad judgment call on our end and didn't anticipate the other problems. We were the last ones on the ship and muster started almost as soon as we dumped our luggage on board. We obviously didn't wait in line. We were disappointed when we had to throw away our 6 pack of Mountain Dew and bottle water because didn't didn't allow plastic bottles on board. What is strange is they sell plastic water bottles on the ship so that didn't make sense. Just another way to nickle and dime you on the ship I guess. The ship itself for the public areas was better decor than other ships we've been on. It was a french quarters type of feel instead of a tacky casino so that made me happy. The serenity deck was always crowded and we never once were able to get a half shell lounge. One side of the serenity area was always windy and shady (not warm) and the other side was roasting in the sun with no shade. Also, people totally save chairs despite the 20 minute policy that they claim staff will remove towels left to save spots. I wish we saved chairs ourselves. Due to the busy itinerary we didn't have much time to lounge on deck. The one time we did it was windy and I left me sunglasses behind which somebody stole and didn't return. The exercise room was adequate but quite dumb you aren't allowed to use spin bikes which just sit there. I would go into the room before 7 am and help myself to the bikes anyway haha before staff arrived. The sauna has an ocean view which was nice. The machine selection for cardio was limited and their stair climbing machines (two of them) were very awkward and in effected to use. It was impossible to get a good work out. The other machines cup holders were missing so your water bottle would fall through. The entertainment was pretty great. The VIVA show was fantastic and the comedy club (PG) version that we attended comedian was pretty funny. My complaint about the entertainment was that the shows usually were scheduled very late starting at 10 pm. We don't drink and tired out quickly so it was too late for us with early dining. The day at sea was pretty boring. More activities are needed during that day. The food was pretty good especially in the dining. We loved the grill food during lunch which was burgers, brats, hot dogs, nachos and chicken tenders and fries. We LOVED the tenders and honey mustard sauce they provided. We were stuck with late dining as we booked late but right at the start of dining time, we got in line at 5:15 to wait to change our time. It was a good thing we did because there was one open time for 6 pm available and they were able to assign us. We would've never eaten at 8:15 pm. It is too late a time. It would be better to do 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Main entrees of halibut, salmon, ahi, pork tenderloin, flank steak and brisket were good. We tried the baked Alaskan for dessert but it wasn't the real version so a little weird. The apple pie was disgusting so we usually went for the chocolate melting cake every night. One night my husband wasn't feeling good with a headache, so I went to the lido dining for dinner. I had chicken corn chowder which was delicious. The rolls at dinner were very good as well. Most of the dining room dinner choices are available in the lido dining I noticed. Do not expect lobster or filet Minion without paying a $20 up charge per person for dinner. This was even the case on formal night. The side dishes were a little strange, but appetizers were usually good (with the exception of the crab cake which tasted like tuna fish). The photos of us taken on the ship were always terrible so we didn't purchase. The hot tubs are always luke warm on these cruises with this time not any different and murky water was gross so we never went in the pools or hot tubs which was unfortunate. The port of calls were fantastic. Grand Turk was pretty and deserted. There is a cruise welcome center at Margarittaville with free chairs and access to the pool but extremely crowded with another ship docked there as well. We walked to Governor's beach first to snorkel and see the shipwrecked ship and then went back to the cruise center to relax. There is no need to book an excursion especially with the limed time there (9am-2 pm). There isn't much to that island. Our favorite place was Half Moon Cay. Make sure to get an early tender time first thing the morning of or you'll be waiting for a long time. There was a delay getting on the tender boat because they said it was very windy, but weirdly when we got on and went to shore there was no wind besides a slight breeze so wasn't sure why they said that. It was good to get to shore early as we found shade along the back side of the beach next to the "bud light" drink shack provided by pine trees. We didn't need to spend $25 on the half shell chairs. there is a lot of shade (you'll need it) available without paying. There is a large man-made pirate ship shaped building where there is an inside bar. Nearby are trials to pavilions and picnic tables. They bring a large bbq feast to shore and the smells of the charcoal grilling made our mouths water. The picnic was burgers, hot dogs, tropical salads, fresh cut fruit, brownies, cookies, whole fruit, corn tortilla chips, tea and lemonade. It was soooo good. There was a live dj at the pirate ship and there were a few games on the beach. We walked all the way down the beach along the half-moon curved and also brought our own snorkel equipment. There is an area by the docks and children s water aqua play area where its good snorkeling. The funny thing is that we put our masks on but before going under water, large schools of blue and yellow striped fish surrounded us and you could see them in the water. Once we got our masks on and went into the water they went away. There supposedly were turtles in the water, but we missed them. We saw the horse corrals on our walk and that looked like it would be a great excursion. We waited to the lasted time to go back to the ship. The water was the most amazing color of blue and the sand was soft like silk. We've been to Nassau before and went to Atlantis for the first time. We actually walked to Queen's Staircase (about a half mile from the ship) and then walked over the bridge to Paradise Island. We were able to get as far as the aquariums for a look around. We didn't buy passes as it wasn't very hot to swim. It looked fun though :) The debarkation was smooth because we handled our own luggage and got off the ship early and didn't have to wait in line so that went well. I thought the cruise was great. You will love the itinerary that no one else offers. That alone made it worth it. We had a lot of fun despite the challenges and issues I claimed. Most workers on the ship don't seem very happy to be there and it showed. We had a good time with the Victory. One last thing to add is you don't get much more than two bottles of water up to your first nine cruises which is poor perks for someone who has been loyal to Carnival for four cruises. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I filled out the third-party survey questionnaire that Carnival sent out, but thought I'd share my 'essay' answers and observations with others. This was our first cruise so we enjoyed it immensely. For so long now, ... Read More
I filled out the third-party survey questionnaire that Carnival sent out, but thought I'd share my 'essay' answers and observations with others. This was our first cruise so we enjoyed it immensely. For so long now, extravagant vacations have been out of the ordinary for us, both situationally and financially. We were land-locked, mature empty nesters and celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary, looking for romance, rejuvenation and adventure. So this cruise was over the top for us, an ocean voyage in tropical paradise. Our balcony stateroom was the ‘bees knees.’ Our three additional cost shore excursions were the private beach with free water toys and lunch on Grand Turk; swimming and snorkeling with Stingrays on Half Moon Cay; and the underwater sub adventure at Nassau. All three were absolutely amazing although very brief. +++++++THE GOOD NEWS+++++++ ●Our stateroom was wonderful: The balcony was awesome, the views breathtaking; the room layout made excellent use of the space; closets and storage space were very generous. The room was neat and clean. ●Service was exemplary, perfectly orchestrated and personnel were very disciplined in their trade: ~Steward/housekeeping service was incredible, maintaining such a low profile in the hallways yet being so efficient and timely; no matter when we left or for how long, our room was turned over quickly and seamlessly. ~The dining room wait staff were always friendly and inviting, remembering our names and tending every need; plating was very creative and appealing. ~Food servers kept the buffets well stocked and nicely displayed for such a large volume of hungry diners during meal rush hours; the lines moved along quickly. ~Bussers were very efficient in cleaning the dining areas and very discreet in carrying away our leavings (cloth napkins covering the dishes and trays is genius!). ~Embarkation and disembarkation crews were quick and efficient, as were the tender staff. ~Bartenders were masterful, descriptive and sociable. ~Marcelo, the Cruise Director, was charming and very informative. ●The ports of call and shore excursions were fantastic. Island and transportation staff were enthusiastic and expedient. --------THE BAD NEWS-------- ●Buffet food could be improved, nothing was very special or impressive, except the fresh fruit. Between meal rushes, the choices were very limited and dismal. Formal dining room meals (dinner only) were actually very good, but the choices and portions were very small. ●Carnival policy prohibits it’s passengers from bringing and consuming their own alcohol which is abhorrent, considering how inflated the bar prices and full bottle purchases are. The all-you-can-drink Cheers! program cost at $60pp/day(!) assumes all passengers are alcoholics threatening to run the ship dry. Extortion is an ugly way of guaranteeing over-inflated profits. ●The Bottomless Bubbles soda program is a ridiculous waste of extra money. Either offer all soda for free or make it available to soda program buyers in more areas than just the bars --like the buffet area since juice doesn't go with everything. ●Small coffee makers in the staterooms would be really nice and should be customary (I’ve seen online that other cruiselines do this, and for free no less). ●Having on-board professional photos available post-cruise, even for a limited time, would be a nice touch and still put money in Carnival pockets. The nominal cost of today’s technology (including data storage capacity) should make this an easy moneymaker for them. As first-time cruisers, we missed the opportunity to capture our memories before they were tossed overboard the minute we disembarked (sorry, I couldn’t resist the irony there). ⊙⊙⊙⊙⊙ Additional notes for virgin cruisers: ⊙⊙⊙⊙⊙ ●Be careful when comparing Carnival cruise package pricing with other cruiselines. This one seems more affordable at face value, but may NOT be when you consider what’s included, excluded, and what add-ons are right for you. ●If you’re a young family on a budget or a party animal, this cruise is for you: frolicky fun, kiddie activities, and bland food for the family; deejay music and boozie bar parties for the screamers, dancers and night clubbers. ⊙⊙⊙⊙⊙ CUSTOMER SERVICE SUGGESTION FOR CARNIVAL: ⊙⊙⊙⊙⊙ ●Those long walks from the ship, down the pier, and to port or island transportation (and back again) can be brutal for the arthritic, pain-addled and otherwise disabled travelers. As an alternative to those humiliating wheelchair rides, we would LOVE to see something more respectful and fun, like pedicabs, readily available to shuttle us back and forth. At little or no cost to you, it seems like a very enterprising business for locals willing to work for minimal rates or tips only. People like me would easily pay for such a service, and others would pay for just the sheer luxury or whimsical experience of it. At the piers of Victoria, British Columbia, their pedicab service (referred to as Kabuki Kab) works brilliantly and doesn’t just single out the disabled from the masses, but makes it fun for all. ●Motorized carts would seem like a low-cost alternative for you to offer your disabled guest Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Not sure where to start. I guess I'll go do the "good, bad and ugly" Good- -We had a late flight we got to the Port of Miami around 3:00 PM. Only took 15 minutes to get on the ship. (Glad we didn't do the ... Read More
Not sure where to start. I guess I'll go do the "good, bad and ugly" Good- -We had a late flight we got to the Port of Miami around 3:00 PM. Only took 15 minutes to get on the ship. (Glad we didn't do the faster to the fun--would have been a total waste) -Most of the staff attempted to be helpful. -Pizza Pirate, Carnival deli and the burgers served on the lido deck were good. -Serenity was a good place to hang out when you wanted some quite time. Get there early and reserve your chairs. Carnival says you can't reserve chairs with towels--and they will remove them after 40 minutes. They don't enforce this rule at all. Bad- -Food was pretty bad. I'm far from a picky eater. The options on boat this are very limited. Anytime they had anything that was worthwhile, they control portions. Usually lines were so long that you would be discouraged from having seconds. (Chopsticks was the worst about this) The buffet was nothing spectacular. Surprised that the buffet had almost everything that the main dining-room served. The taste bar was good, only open 3 of the 5 nights we sailed. -Smokers rule the ship. We knew that going on--so can't complain too much about that. Just be prepared if you don't like smoke. -Cabin was very dated. Bathroom was dirty, sink was clogged. Balcony was rusty. -We ordered a 4 pack of beer from the "fun shop" to be there when we got on the cruise. It was in our cabin--but no refrigerator or ice to cool the beer--because everybody wants to drink warm beer... -Photographers were a bit annoying but polite when you say no. Most annoying thing was when they would come to us during dinner telling me to stand up and move the other side to table to get pictures. When I'm eating I don't want to be bothered by pushy photographers. -Shuttle from Fort Lauderdale airport is not worth it. We waited for 45 minutes on shuttle. Just get a cab. If you're traveling with two or more people it's just as good or better deal. -Ugly -Luggage porter when we got off shuttle was rude harassing for tip. (I am a good tipper but when someone attempts to humiliate me into tipping-they will get nothing) They lied and told me they would personally get my luggage to my room (which is false) I carried and put my luggage on the cart--which they rolled 10 ft and had someone else unload. -This ship was filthy. Room, balcony, cabin--all filthy. I would be embarrassed to be associated with this ship. I doubt the windows have been cleaned on this ship in the past 60 days. -Lots of things on this ship did not work. It's like they gave up fixing things that were broken on this ship. Fountains at both pools-broken. One the two hot-tubs in Serenity-broken. Old tube TV in our cabin--missing buttons. Had to use remote. Doors and drawers were missing rollers and did not function properly. -Lots of lines for everything. EVERYTHING -People on this cruise were trashy and rude. Rude to the staff and other patrons. If a Wal-Mart could float, it would be the Carnival Victory Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
My wife and I flew down to Miami from Minneapolis on 1/17/16 and stayed overnight at the Embassy Suites Airport in Miami. We have stayed at this fine hotel before many pasts cruises. They have a nice managers cocktail "hour" and ... Read More
My wife and I flew down to Miami from Minneapolis on 1/17/16 and stayed overnight at the Embassy Suites Airport in Miami. We have stayed at this fine hotel before many pasts cruises. They have a nice managers cocktail "hour" and a full breakfast the morning before you board. We take a cab to the port which runs about 30.00. The hotel also has a airport shuttle to and from the airport to the hotel. I believe you can also purchase a transfer to the port but we find taking cab works better for us. We had no problems boarding, we are Platinum but we noted the boarding seemed to go good for other passengers as well. We were on the ship just before 1PM and headed to the Lido deck for a snack or two while our cabin was being readied. We were in our cabin by 1:30 or so. I always try to book a mid-ship balcony cabin on a lower deck as my wife does better with a cabin in this location, less movement for her. We had early dinning and shared a table with three other nice couples. We both enjoyed the meals in the main dinning room for the whole cruise. The food was done the way we like it and the service was very good. The menu's were the regular ones, not the American table ones I have read about in some postings. Generally we were very happy w/all the food we had on this five night cruise! We have been to these ports of call many times before, Grand Turk, Half-Moon Cay and Nassau. We did not do any excursions, we did the beaches in Grand Turk and Half-Moon Cay and shopped a little in Nassau. We had some drinks at Margarita Villa in Grand Turk and Fat Tuesdays in Nassau. We just enjoyed the ports and more so being on a nice ship. Overall we felt we had a very good cruise. The weather was a little cool but much warmer then the -22 we left when we flew down from Minneapolis. We did stay an extra two days after our cruise at the Embassy Suites and flew back on 1/25/16. We got an excellent airfare on a non-stop flight w/Sun Country, 245.00 r/t! The only negative was the internent package we purchased while on the ship which was 40.00. My wife was able to connect once and couldn't get online again. I went to the Pursers Desk and they quickly removed the charge from our statement. We also remove our tips from our statement and tip the the last night of our cruise. I guess we are kind of old fashion but this is what we prefer. We had no problem w/getting off the ship. We like to head up to the lido deck area after leaving our cabin, for breakfast and wait until most people are off the ship then we just walk off and get our bags and head to airport or to the hotel with this cruise. We would rate this cruise a 9 out of 10. We had a wonderful time and are now booked for Feb.2017. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Just off the Victory on Saturday. This was our 19th cruise. We take a winter cruise with our two daughters and grandson and the one in the fall is just us two old retired people, We noticed more cut backs in service since our last cruise ... Read More
Just off the Victory on Saturday. This was our 19th cruise. We take a winter cruise with our two daughters and grandson and the one in the fall is just us two old retired people, We noticed more cut backs in service since our last cruise in October. No more robes, one room make up per day , ice only when requested each day and if you want herbal or flavored tea it was $2.00 a bag even during the afternoon tea. This ship was rolling more than any other ship I've been on even when the water seem smooth. The food was good and was still the old menu. I like table clothes and bread offered by the waitstaff. The ports were nice a poolside cabana in Grand Turk and another for Half Moon Cay. Visited the new Margarettivile in Nassau. We were the last ones on due to an accident at the airport but exiting was real easy and fast. Due to the snow storm we rented a car and drove to Orlando to catch a flight. Eight people four rooms ready to try it again Our grandson went to Camp Carnival twice but would rather play putt putt golf . The pizzia was good and ice cream 24 hours a day Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
The ship had WAY too many people on it. Imagine a shopping mall on Black Friday with a Free Gift and you can compare that to the sheer magnitude of guests on a Carnival Cruise. It is ALL ABOUT GETTING YOUR MONEY! Not some, they want ... Read More
The ship had WAY too many people on it. Imagine a shopping mall on Black Friday with a Free Gift and you can compare that to the sheer magnitude of guests on a Carnival Cruise. It is ALL ABOUT GETTING YOUR MONEY! Not some, they want every penny you have and your credit card too. They push alcohol so much it is disgusting. It is like a giant college fraternity party for grown adults. The drinks cost $11 each with the automatic 15% tip added to the bill. It is not even negotiable. You must pay the tip. I'm glad I am not a drinker. FUN? Not a chance. They want to keep your drunk so you think you are having fun. From the moment I stepped foot onto that ship, I knew I wanted to leave but it was too late. I had drove all the way there with my family, I couldn't back out now. If broiling in the sun, standing in long lines with vultures circling the food buffet and being broke by the time all is said and done sounds like fun, you will be in euphoria! The lines for the buffet, the overcrowded deck with no chairs. The staff (except the dining room and room stewards) were terrible. The dining room staff and room stewards were excellent and deserve better than what Carnival gives them. The rest of the staff sucked. My booking agent ripped me off for the $150 on-board credit I was supposed to get, so I was short on money by the end of the cruise. No, they won't send you a bill either! You better have money on your credit card or have a relative to wire you the money, or they will send you to jail, it is as simple as that. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was my third cruise, second one with Carnival. My first Carnival cruise was on the Destiny ship during spring break, about four years ago. This time I went with my mom and two sisters. My sisters and I are all in our twenties. We went ... Read More
This was my third cruise, second one with Carnival. My first Carnival cruise was on the Destiny ship during spring break, about four years ago. This time I went with my mom and two sisters. My sisters and I are all in our twenties. We went for Christmas! I really loved the Christmas Eve Service. It was short and sweet, but really amazing. The singers were great. The Cruise Director, Brian was a great orator. Lastly the content was truly touching. I loved the Symbols of Christmas story! It was great to have this experience even while on the cruise! The water slide on Lido Deck was really fun and thrilling. The line wasn't too long either. Yonnathan or Yonni, our dining room waiter, as my sister nicknamed him, has an amazing personality. He was very welcoming and friendly to my entire family. He was attentive and overall a joy to be around. We really love him! Anita, our dining room server, was informative, friendly and fun. She knew used our names from the very first dinner. She was accommodating and flexible, as my family required. She was super cute and was good to be around. Damien, a bartender, was very nice and friendly. He always used our names and remembered what drinks I ordered previously. My sister also thought he was very nice to look at. Glenn, a bartender, was very personable and entertaining. He was everywhere and really funny. Michael, our Stateroom Attendant, always recognized us and made nice little towel displays. Our stateroom was always nice and he was very flexible when we stayed in the room too long! The Living In America Show was really great! The costumes were good and overall production was awesome. I'm so amazed at what they were able to do on a moving ship. The Comedy Show was good timing, not too long. The comedian was quality and the lounge was very nice. I love the Inch of Gold event. I get something made every time I get a chance. Don't ever stop doing it! Brian, our Cruise Director was overall efficient and great at his job. I liked that as a VIFP I got a free water in my stateroom. Room Service was really great. I loved using it as a wakeup call. Who wouldn't want to wake up to warm croissants and fresh orange juice every morning? The Pizza Pirate was very good, fresh and gave good portions. There were a couple of times were a pizza was burnt or the basil sauce was spread properly, but the good times outweighed the bad. I love pizza, so that's a big deal to me on a cruise ship. It would be good if they could keep some made so the line moves faster. I appreciate how fresh it was though. Lastly, I loved the structure and organization of the Half Moon Cay port of call. It was such a great time! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We are an experienced third cruise couple. This was the thanksgiving cruise and we had no issues. Boarding and embarkation was perfect. We enjoyed the quality and diversity of the formal dinners. We took advantage of an excellent brunch ... Read More
We are an experienced third cruise couple. This was the thanksgiving cruise and we had no issues. Boarding and embarkation was perfect. We enjoyed the quality and diversity of the formal dinners. We took advantage of an excellent brunch in the pacific dining room when at sea. Room service was always on time and excellent. The buffets were diverse and as expected with 24 hour made to order pizza a real nice surprise. We enjoyed every show - the dancers were excellent but it was difficult to hear the marginal singers. The two comedians were enjoyable. The victory is a big ship in good condition. The 1st level cabin had a great window and it was spacious for the cost:). The sports bar is small as is the alchemy martini bar. It was difficult to obtain enough hold em players but the casino seemed lively. The piano bar player "Steven" was the most unique and enjoyable aspect of the cruise with his enthusiasm and diversity and customer engagement. Both ports - Amber Cove and Grand Turks offer a New style totally safe and segmented shore experience. I am not a fan of the totally controlled carnival shore experience and we found a taxi to explore the DR. But you can be safe in these brand new cruise port areas with some shopping and the typical jimmy buffet/cocos Caribbean bar experiences. Carnival is a genuine cruise value and offers a full range mainstream cruise experience. My next cruise will be planned further in advance and I will likely look for a more upscale cruise next time. Transportation to POM was free with a dollar rent a car bus from Miami car rental center. We found an inexpensive cab at the well planned embarkation to MIA . Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
You're going to see the three circles and think "They really didn't like this cruise." In fact, we loved almost every minute of it! We would do this same cruise, on this same ship, with this same crew, all over again. ... Read More
You're going to see the three circles and think "They really didn't like this cruise." In fact, we loved almost every minute of it! We would do this same cruise, on this same ship, with this same crew, all over again. But, we know more now. Embarkation: Mixed. We were suite guests, with priority embarkation. The trip through the metal detectors, Xray machine and initial screening went extremely well. We entered the priority lounge and had our on-board passes within minutes. The woman behind the desk was very pleasant, efficient and professional. The lounge was comfortable, if spare. It lacked any real amenities, though (water and lemonade? Spring for some chips or something, huh?). When the time came to board we were herded together and told to stay in line. Then, things went badly awry. Carnival officials paraded us through the main lobby, full of 3400 people "patiently" waiting to get aboard. Of course we got intermingled with everyone else. Of course there was confusion. What would anyone expect? A harried, not very polite fellow demanded my (put away- why would I need it now!?) boarding pass. I tried to explain it was buried in my backpack, and he was sniffily reluctant to let me get somewhere and dig it out. His half-hearted apology...he could have saved it. We entered a maze alone and got quickly lost. "Your cabin will be ready when you board." Hah! All of the bulkhead doors were closed until 12:30, the sign said (it was 11:15). Well, they might have been closed, but they weren't locked. We let ourselves into our cabin which was, in fact, ready for us. Once we got that fixed, we repaired to the buffet, had a light lunch and several very tasty (and potent) "Fun Ship" sail away drinks at the fantail, watching harbor traffic come and go. Our server chatted with us about Indonesia (his home country) and made us feel welcome. Heaven. Cabin: Spacious, if dated. The main dresser drawers took considerable effort (and some technique) to pull out and push in. Plainly, they were worn out - the inexpensive wood on wood construction was tired. Lots of closet space. Nicely appointed mini bar. Very comfortable bed. The carpet was old, but clean. The balcony door was a brute to open - we much prefer the sliding doors in other lines. Koko, our steward, was very nice and accommodating. We always had fresh ice, a made bed and a towel animal in the evening. Oh - lots of noise (we were close to the stairs and the opening to the third floor lounge). It took a night to get used to the commotion. We are a special needs couple, in the medical sense as opposed to the high maintenance sense (I hope). Every need was addressed to our total satisfaction. Food: Okay. The main dining room fare was excellent, if sometimes unimaginative. I had Blue Crab Ravioli so good I would expect it from an upscale Baltimore restaurant. My wife had Mahi Mahi that was superb. Everything was at least four spoons. Made (pronounced Mah Deh), our server, was as fine a pro as you'll find anywhere. Patrick, who brought out the drinks, was also a delight, big smile to accompany the wine selection ritual. We lucked out on our dinner mates, too. The dancing seemed a little forced - do I really need to watch our servers up on tables? The Buffet, on the other hand... Ah, the buffet. This ship cries out for a renovation. The number of choke points were amazing, places where one person could slip through while ten people waited. The serving spaces did not account for common human behavior ("Which two of these thirty identical pancakes do I really want?") leading to long, slow-moving lines. Oh, the one thing I might have brought aboard was hot sauce. The scrambled eggs were marginal, when they weren't hideous, and a good dose of cholula might have helped (the condiment stations didn't have hot sauce of any description). The food was otherwise plentiful and consistently fine. Beverage stations were abundant, the orange juice happily seemed to have derived from recently-harvested oranges and the machine coffee was so good we never used the specialty coffee bar (although they insisted a fresh cup be used for each new dose of coffee. Ok, but was there someplace obvious for used cups? I never found it). Seating was not an issue once we learned where people congregated, which leads to the big downside of our trip. Several years ago, we were aboard another line. We watched a Carnival ship depart - people on that ship waving and cheering, music playing. "That," I said to my beautiful wife, "is a happening place." Well, it happened to us. Someone has somehow concluded (right or wrong) that loud music and fun are synonymous. The louder, the more likely fun is being had in greater proportion. Which one causes the other (or whether they spring to life simultaneously) I know not. We found it difficult to carry on a normal conversation in many of the shipboard venues. Everywhere we went, the music was louder than where we left. We spent a lot more time in our cabin this trip just to get away from the music. Let me pause for a moment - the live stuff was fine. That we expected. And the stuff ashore - Margaritaville Grand Turk was horribly, unacceptably loud, and for some reason pier-side speakers blared second-tier reggae music at us the whole time we were docked. Can't blame Carnival for that. And the idiot who brought the boom box to the secluded strip of beach we'd found. Not Carnival's fault, either. But, "China Grove" with my coffee and cornflakes? Let me at least wake up. That said - the movie on deck was great fun. The day on the beach at Half Moon Cay... I would pay a premium to sail to Half Moon Cay and stay there for a week. Keep the ship at anchor, charge me per tender ride. Don't care. It is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Getting off the ship - a breeze. Thirty minutes after we reluctantly left our cabin behind we were on the shuttle bus. As I said earlier, we would do this whole thing again, warts and all. This boat had an adept captain (who successfully skirted a tropical storm), a splendid crew and nothing standing in the way of a great cruise. But, we'd love them to turn the music down. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Ok...it is an older ship and could use some modernization, but then the price of the cruise would go up as well. Honestly, I like the Victory and would go back anytime. We flew in to Miami and they let us on the ship at 11:30. Lunch was ... Read More
Ok...it is an older ship and could use some modernization, but then the price of the cruise would go up as well. Honestly, I like the Victory and would go back anytime. We flew in to Miami and they let us on the ship at 11:30. Lunch was waiting for us. Rooms were ready by 1:30. Luggage arrived at 2pm. (However; we were early arrivals). Food is good. Love the 24 hour Pizza Pirate and the melted chocolate desert. We also did the Cheers package. It was a great deal for us. Staff was friendly as usual. Grand Turk: Did a beach excursion $79. It included alcohol (The local beer and Rum Punch). but there was no way I was hitting the booze that early. There were about 30 people on the excursion. Wasn't worth it for my wife and I. Amber Cove: Did the $49 excursion which was a tour of the town, tour of the rum factory and a couple hours on the beach with lunch. It was on a very nice bus with a very pleasant guide who was very informative and very proud of his home. The lunch was great (you chose from a menu at a beachside restaurant. I will say the the residents of this town are the best I have witnessed. You can tell that someone had a talk to the entire population there about tourism and making the guests happy. There was only one high-pressure area and that was at the Fort where we stopped to take photos. Other than that, we were never haggled to buy anything and never experienced any tip hustling. I was very impressed! Other than that, had a great time at the pools and bars. Piano bar was great. Definitely, no kiddos allowed! Casino bar had a great band as well. The Alchemy, which is the gay friendly bar (I think) was great to. Everyone there was nice. Pretty cool drink concocsions too. And most were under 10 bucks so if you did the Cheers 15 drink/day program, you were fine! The fitness center is very nice. The Steam Room and Sauna don't come on until 8am...however, I had a problem getting the sauna to stay hot this time. To sum up...We really like 5 day cruises. We have a blast but then have to come home, wind down, work off the food and drinks, get feeling good again and go back to work fresh! I would definitely do this again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I read a lot of reviews about how old the ship is and in need of this and that I found it just fine.I couldn't pin point one thing wrong with it.Neither could my family which ranged in age from 21-59. We all did the late seating ... Read More
I read a lot of reviews about how old the ship is and in need of this and that I found it just fine.I couldn't pin point one thing wrong with it.Neither could my family which ranged in age from 21-59. We all did the late seating and had table 532 with our head waiter Lucien Jean,I Gusti,and Kadeck.They were all very friendly and knew by the second day what you liked to drink.They are very hard workers.I saw them at the morning brunch then again at 8:15pm and always with a smile on their face. The entertainment on the ship is very good and so many different places to go to for music. Marcelo Marshmellow is a very good cruise director and very funny. This was my 9th cruise and I got to say this ship has the most friendliest workers on it,and the food was very good. There are so many places to go hang out in without feeling crowded. Serenity is very nice if you want peace and quite or the lido deck for that party atmosphere. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
As a frequent cruiser (14..all on Carnival) this by far was the worst. Let's start with my biggest problem....service!!! It was plain awful the entire dining staff made it seems as we were "bothering" them. It took us 45 ... Read More
As a frequent cruiser (14..all on Carnival) this by far was the worst. Let's start with my biggest problem....service!!! It was plain awful the entire dining staff made it seems as we were "bothering" them. It took us 45 minutes from the time we ordered our dinner just to get the appetizers. Guests seated after our table received their meals before us, the first night I overlooked it due to excitement of being on the Victory for the first time. My friends and I cruise every year, mind you we flew from New Orleans to Miami just to sail a different Carnival ship. Oh but we were mistaken when we thought this was going to be a great trip. For breakfast the dining staff got our orders wrong, and when asked to correct it they proceeded to ask us before I go back to the galley do anyone else need anything, with an attitude. Did I miss the memo, when did you getting orders wrong turn into to us being treated rudely. Wow!! Next complaint was the music on the Lido deck, it was not versatile, mostly latin music, it would have been nice to enjoy hanging out on the Lido deck and hearing music I could relate to. Don't get me wrong not anything against the music it's just they needed to mix it up. This is the first time I have ever rescinded/modified my gratuities in the 12 years I've been cruising. Thank goodness our cabin attendant was nice and we entertained ourselves otherwise this cruise would have been a bust. So sad for Carnival, definitely won't ever sail on the Victory again! This is only an excerpt of the issues, there is definitely more, but these were the biggest concerns of ours. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We had a stateroom balcony where we had very loud neighbors which we had call guest services the first two days, we asked to be changed to another room and they denied this option to us. The third day loud people in the hallway at 3:30 am, ... Read More
We had a stateroom balcony where we had very loud neighbors which we had call guest services the first two days, we asked to be changed to another room and they denied this option to us. The third day loud people in the hallway at 3:30 am, the fourth day the door was banging and woke us up also, the fith day the bathroom was having a terrible smell and they also woke us up with some cleaning they were doing in another balcony. The milk was rotten. We couldnt have one peacefull day. The food was not good either. The tour we chose in Jamaica was not close to what the explanation was, it was a VIP restaurant with food and drinks. Not close to a VIP restaurant, the food terrible,the drinks bad, I rather had beer than the rum and punch, no live band, it was a dj and the music was not reggae.We just couldnt wait to get home and get a nice sleep again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We had a family/friend reunion which we started every couple of years and normally go through Carnival. This is the last sailing through them!! There were 31 of us which was 18 cabins. When I first started talking to a booking agent, I ... Read More
We had a family/friend reunion which we started every couple of years and normally go through Carnival. This is the last sailing through them!! There were 31 of us which was 18 cabins. When I first started talking to a booking agent, I informed them there would be a huge group and we wanted the best deal. Well we didn't get it!! When I found out we weren't under a group booking, I was told it was too late and they couldn't move us. We booked the cruise at least 7 months in advance. When we tried to complain, we were told we could be moved but then it would cost us more money. Every time we tried to complain, it was always a different story. Once on the ship, 2 of the rooms were booked wrong. 2 of the friends booked suites and just received balcony rooms even though they paid for suites. Both had to stand in line for over an hour on the ship before talking to someone. They were refunded the difference but could not change rooms since the cruise was sold out. The rooms were all out dated along with the decoration on the ship. There was a lot of fried foods or food cooked in too much butter. I know it was 2 years since my last cruise but it seems like everything went down hill!! The only nice thing I can say about the ship was the employees. Our Steward was one of the nicest people. The bartenders remember us by name. At least Carnival hires them better then the booking agents!!! Sorry Carnival, we are parting ways!! Next time hire booking agents that doesn't give you the wrong information and book guest in the wrong rooms!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Just a couple little bits about a quick cruise out of Miami. We had a good time. The best thing was kissing a stingray. The reef was bad, but the rays were fantastic! The food was not as good as Princess. It wasn't bad, just not as ... Read More
Just a couple little bits about a quick cruise out of Miami. We had a good time. The best thing was kissing a stingray. The reef was bad, but the rays were fantastic! The food was not as good as Princess. It wasn't bad, just not as good. The breakfasts were the best. The omelet station was great! The pizza place had fresh Moz, so I could get a white pizza, without sauce. Dinners were good. The last night dinner, 6:30 was too early for us. WE had honey burbon glazed chicken, salmon, and a crab cake that was better than everything. Of course, they do the baked Alaska flaming coming out of the kitchen. It was too rich to eat. At lunch they had a carving station, but we were gone most of the time. Fun stuff- the comedy show was good. There were two shows. The second one was not for kids... adults only! The slide was lamo. There was no obstacle course on the ship. There were two kid's arcade rooms. And there was a 18 to 20 year old nights. There was a Serenity Club, for 21+ with hot tubs, towels and bar. The flow rider was hard. I was the only one left after about 20 minutes, but got beat to heck. On Half Moon Cay I won the sack race, beating out all the little kids... sorry. The sand on the beach was very nice. Just walked around Paradise Island (Had been there before a couple times) and Nassau. Did not have any problems, even though we had been warned. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We had 2 balcony rooms with connecting balconies. Our rooms were clean and well maintained. Bathroom is old but clean. We did have the old TV's but they worked better than the TV's in the pre-cruise hotel in Miami we stayed at ... Read More
We had 2 balcony rooms with connecting balconies. Our rooms were clean and well maintained. Bathroom is old but clean. We did have the old TV's but they worked better than the TV's in the pre-cruise hotel in Miami we stayed at and they were on a high shelf that did not take away any counter space. The room was not perfect but it was the first cabin we ever stayed in that did not rattle or have some sort of noise. Housekeeping was excellent. Loved being in the aft. Convenient to dining room and buffets. Buffet lines were long, we ate mostly at the express area by aft pool with limited food selections. It was fine for us. Dining room food and staff were great. Not much going on on sea days. They need to work on this. Staff also needs to learn more English. Most of the time they did not understand us or we did not understand them. Loved our itinerary, sea day, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay & Nassau( could have skipped this port, stayed on ship). Overall we had a great relaxing vacation and the price was right. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We booked this cruise due to a deal we received from Carnival and received a great discount. This was our first cruise with our 2 year old daughter and we were on the Victory for our Honeymoon 10 years ago. Since our last time onboard ... Read More
We booked this cruise due to a deal we received from Carnival and received a great discount. This was our first cruise with our 2 year old daughter and we were on the Victory for our Honeymoon 10 years ago. Since our last time onboard there were clearly some items that remained the same and some that were brand new. Upon entering the ship you are immediately greeted by the sea of green that the Victory is known for. I still think it is very pretty. The casino has received some upgrades, so has the addition of the Alchemy bar and the sports bar is beautiful. Our room (9208 Interior) was good. Some areas show some age. Some of the tiles in the bathroom have clearly been replaced and a handle on one of the closets needed some repair, but overall the room was very clean and comfortable. I happen to love a carnival bed. We visited the Camp Carnival and were not that impressed. Mainly because it was just one large room for the kids 2-6 and I envisioned an area for sleeping, an area for playing, etc. We took our daughter one time and she hated it. I believe being 2 she was just outnumbered by some older kids closer to 6 and they ran the room. So we kept her with us the entire trip. What she did love was the kids pool on Deck 12. Great location and in the shade. Was a fantastic place to hang out with her. We only went to the Dining Room twice. As you can imagine no 2 year old can sit through a 2 hour dinner. The food was hit or miss. The steak was very good, but the beer battered fish was just ok. The spring rolls were great! Our main server was just ok, but what wasn't ok was his lack of a supporting team. Usually and on past cruises each table has two or three people waiting on you. This guy (sorry I cant remember his name) seemed to be alone. So the service took even longer which was not good for us or our daughter (or anyone around us). Where I feel the Victory fell very short was the buffet. The selection was always lacking and unless you get there in time for the other options, like the Asian or the Deli, you are stuck. Our trip went to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. Grand Turk is nice, but not that impressive. Not a lot to do in the port area other than beach and Margaritaville. We had fun, but nothing too exciting. Half Moon Cay was AMAZING! Our first time there an we rented a cabana. I can not tell you how much this alone was worth the entire trip. Gorgeous beach, wonderful cabana, beautiful water, great lunch, amazing drinks. Just simply one of the best days I have ever had on a cruise! It was raining in Nassau and we have been before so we decided to not get off the ship and allow the weather to pass. We enjoyed the mini golf area to ourselves and really the whole boat to ourselves. There was a real lack of activities going on if you stayed on the ship, but that was ok. Finally, I will just add that the embarkation and debarkation process in Miami is always an easy process. We live locally and get to the port early enough to always be in one of the first groups boarding. I was surprised at the generally lateness of this. And let me explain, I have been on board some cruises by 10 am and off some cruises by 7 or 8 am. On this one the previous cruise was still debarking at 11 am and we were on board by noon ish. Just the same, our debarkation was not scheduled until 9:45 am since we checked our luggage and didn't need a trip to the airport. Not bad, but just seemed later than I was used to. In summary, I was glad to be aboard the Victory again and had a wonderful time. A great first trip with our daughter. We booked on her again for this January. And while I am excited about seeing the Victory again, I can not wait to get back to HALF MOON CAY!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was a first time cruise experience for my husband, grandson and I. My daughter had travelled on Carnival but it was nearly 20 years ago. The trip was planned to celebrate grandson's graduation from high school, and we ... Read More
This was a first time cruise experience for my husband, grandson and I. My daughter had travelled on Carnival but it was nearly 20 years ago. The trip was planned to celebrate grandson's graduation from high school, and we couldn't have had a better time! I was apprehensive because of motion sickness, but never once felt badly. Just take your meds and you'll be fine :-). The staff is very well-trained, and it's obvious that making sure the passengers are enjoying themselves is priority. Our room steward, Rai, always made sure he was as unobtrusive as possible..no knocking on the door to clean the room, and yet it was always clean and tidy. And of course the towel animals were a welcome addition. Our evening dinners were spent in the main dining room, and the food was quite good. The menu was varied, there was something for everyone, and the desserts were delicious. The dining room staff was exceptional...in particular Henry and Chen...we hated to say goodbye! We stayed with Carnival-sponsored shore excursions as this was all new to us, and were glad we did. Each day onshore was an unforgettable experience. All in all, despite what some previous reviewers stated, the ship is well-maintained and I wouldn't hesitate to sail on her again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
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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