6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This was my second Carnival cruise, the first about 10 years ago. I wasn’t much of a fan the last time but Carnival Victory managed to win me over, in spite of my reservations. Here were the pros and cons: Cons: -The hallways were ... Read More
This was my second Carnival cruise, the first about 10 years ago. I wasn’t much of a fan the last time but Carnival Victory managed to win me over, in spite of my reservations. Here were the pros and cons: Cons: -The hallways were noisy at night. I expected this so I had already braved myself to endure it. -The food was only mediocre compared to Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity, and Norwegian. However, it wasn’t bad. -The bed was very hard. -The ship is aging, and while they try to maintain her, some of her facilities are showing their age. For example, several elevators had tiles missing from the floor. Accent lights were out in random spots all over the ship. The whirlpools and pools showed major wear with the finish rubbing off and showing rust. Pros: -The ship was clean. Very clean in fact. This made up for the wear due to age. -The service was great. These folks are proud of their ship. -The Cruise Director, Filipe is phenomenal. He was friendly, energetic and approachable. He seemed to genuinely care. -The onboard activities and entertainment were great and diverse. All in all, I felt like the value and experience for the price was great. The crew and service more than made up for the cons that I had. Would I book another Carnival Cruise? Absolutely, already have. Would I try and book a newer ship, yes. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
If you want to experience the worst cruise ever, come aboard. If not, STAY AWAY!!!! The FOOD - TERRIBLE, the ROOMS-SMALL... the SHIP IS SMALL!!! And the staff is RUDE. In all aspects, this cruise is terrible. It is sad that we spent so ... Read More
If you want to experience the worst cruise ever, come aboard. If not, STAY AWAY!!!! The FOOD - TERRIBLE, the ROOMS-SMALL... the SHIP IS SMALL!!! And the staff is RUDE. In all aspects, this cruise is terrible. It is sad that we spent so much money on below-standards food and service. And they charge for everything. The food is disgusting and poor quality, and the staff seems to be unhappy and lacking enthusiasm. Expanding on the food, the truffle aioli is loaded with mayonaise, the prime rib is always medium rare no matter how you ask for it, our mac and cheese was served cold and smaller than a kids portion... I will never come back on this cruise ever again. I will never go on a Carnival Cruise again. And if you are reading this review STAY AWAY. I am embarassed that I went on this cruise and will never give them my money again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Have cruised Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian lines. To start off with we arrived early to board only to find mass confusion and long lines. We arrived at about 11:30 and did not get on board until close till 3:00. We then ... Read More
Have cruised Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian lines. To start off with we arrived early to board only to find mass confusion and long lines. We arrived at about 11:30 and did not get on board until close till 3:00. We then attempted to get some lunch after boarding but lines for the buffet were absolutely horrible.... If there was communication in regards to why such late boarding we did not hear or get it. Our frig never worked, even though we continuously asked about getting a different one. I had beers and water delivered so that we could enjoy a few drinks in our room but we could never get them cold... Our bathroom seemed to not have gotten cleaned because of the hair on the floor in the sink and in the shower. Super disgusting.. The remote for the TV also only worked after continuously pressing the buttons, removing batteries ect... when we asked about it we were told that it really wasn't the right remote that is why it didn't work correctly. um ok The food was probably the biggest disappointment. Of the cruises that we have taken I have never had such low quality food. Our evening dinners were NEVER even warm... and we are not that picky of eaters but even the buffet food was difficult to find something warm. We did like the fresh omelette station which doubled as a sandwich stop during the day too. The hamburgers were good also. But we did not go on a cruise to eat hamburgers.... We met several other couples that expressed the same feelings about the food. If I would have found a review previously on this I probably would not have selected this ship. As of now I would not ever go on another Carnival line cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Wife and I decided to forgo Anniversary and Christmas presents and go on a cruise instead. We are both glad that we made that choice. This is our second Carnival cruise and we had a blast. I know people like to call it the party ... Read More
Wife and I decided to forgo Anniversary and Christmas presents and go on a cruise instead. We are both glad that we made that choice. This is our second Carnival cruise and we had a blast. I know people like to call it the party cruise line but it really wasn't any different than the Norwegian Cruises we have gone on. This one had very few children most likely due to the time of year. Embarkation onto the ship was lightning fast. We had filled out our stuff online...we after showing passport we pretty much walked onto the ship. No hassles at all. When we got to our room, we were quite surprised at the size of it. We just booked an interior room as we figured we wouldn't be in the room other than to sleep and chose to save our money for other things. The room was big, with huge closets, and a nice dressing area. The bathroom was a typical cruise bathroom. Flat screen TV on the wall....but the TV choices were pretty bad. Room was clean and was well serviced throughout the trip. The dining experience was very good throughout. Everything seemed to be of good quality and was all at least on par with what you would find at a chain restaurant like TGIFriday's. They have minimized most of the luxury items like lobster or put those on the premium menu, but even the nightly dinner options had something for everyone. Our wait staff was amazing. Steven and his assistant Ronald and Audeleen were one step ahead of us at every turn, and Steven surprised us as he was the featured waiter in the end of cruise show. Our best meal was a breakfast with steak and eggs....the steak being a 6 oz filet mignon that was cooked PERFECTLY. We love Carnival's chocolate lava cake and had that every night but one. The other deserts were hit and miss but there was good variety each night. The buffet was average and to us was the least enjoyable option. We enjoyed the burgers from Guy Fieri's, the Chinese food from Chopsticks and the Pizza Pirate. None were the best we ever had, but all were at least restaurant quality. People that we talked to that went to the Mexican eatery said it was very good. We didn't check out the sushi or the deli. We didn't drink a lot of alcohol but the drinks we did get were good and had a fair amount of alcohol. The entertainment highlights were definitely the comedians. Steve White and Al Romero were the two on board, and both were hilarious. Steve did 4 different shows and Al did 3. My wife bought Al's book and it is very interesting. Travis was the acoustic guitarist in the main lobby and he was exceptional. The other musical acts did not stand out. We didn't do the nightclubs or the deck dance parties. We LOVE the Dive In movies and watched three of them. It was chillier than expected on the deck, but the staff did provide blankets so we were comfy. I thought the daily schedules were decent every day except the sea day. There just wasn't very much to do during the day and then they cancelled the first showing of the stage show. There were a lot of excursions available. We are frequent visitors to Key West so we just did our own thing there. On Cozumel we did the Thrill and Chill zipline and snorkeling tour. It was a short taxi ride away from the port and was a lot of fun. New experience for my wife and I and we loved it all. The staff was a bit obnoxious with screams and stuff while ziplining but we felt comfortable and safe the whole time. Snorkeling was very basic as they had you follow a guide. It was a great intro to snorkeling....my wife and I are very experienced so it was nothing new to us but the water visibility was amazing and the area had a fair amount to see being right off the beach. When we got down we were supposed to have beach time and access to a bar and restaurant...but by the time we got done snorkeling there were only 15 minutes left. THere should be another hour at least so you can get some beach time. Disembarkation was easy as well, we took our own bags and were off the boat in about 15 minutes and through customs in maybe 10 more. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend Carnival to our friends. THe ship was older but was clean. The food and entertainment was all good for the most part and we felt we definitely got our money's worth. The one significant change I would make would be to have the sea day the first full day, have Cozumel the second day, cruise back to Key West to have time there at night and then return to Miami. We did have a little drama as we had to turn around after leaving Key West for a medical emergency and there was a lost passenger that turned up after a while. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
I have traveled in Miami with a good friend in January. My son suggest us the Cruse. We booked it from Miami just one week before our cruise. The low cost ''4 days Carnival Victory Cruise'' for Caraïbes escapes ... Read More
I have traveled in Miami with a good friend in January. My son suggest us the Cruse. We booked it from Miami just one week before our cruise. The low cost ''4 days Carnival Victory Cruise'' for Caraïbes escapes motived our choice. We started from Maimi and visited Keywest and Cozumel. Ports and shore excursions weren't our priority. So we decided to make excursions by ourselves. It was a good idea and not expensive to reach Paradise beach, were we past a wonderful sunny day. The cabin was on first floor and close to elevator so it was easy to acces upper floor to eat, dance, swim etc... We were very satisfy from staff. Guelmar our roomate at cabin 1343 and Wendie who work at buffet in morning. They were nice and always ready when we need them. Also the staff in upper Pacific restaurant were we eat late dinner. We also enjoyed activités on 9Th floor : Art auction, dance, spa and drink. We recommend the Cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was a last minute booking with an amazing deal for a balcony room. We went in with no expectations coming in and left totally blown away with what a great time we had. Overall cleanliness on the boat was impressive in all the common ... Read More
This was a last minute booking with an amazing deal for a balcony room. We went in with no expectations coming in and left totally blown away with what a great time we had. Overall cleanliness on the boat was impressive in all the common areas. It didn't take more than a few minutes for an un-attended cup or plate to be scooped and cleaned away by service staff. Food was delicious with the exception of the Pizza Pirate. It nice to have that available 24 hours but we only needed to try it once and we were happy to fill up on all the other great options on the boat. Guy's burger joint was delicious as was the blue iquana tacos and burritos. The main dining was room was a great highlight with menus that changes and they always highlighted food influences by the port of call. Don't forget that you can always order more than one appetizer/entree/dessert! Our waiter during our entire cruise was Retno. She was very pleasant and new our name from the first evening and never forgot until we left. Even on open seating night and breakfast, she came by just to say hello and ensure that we were well taken care of. Desserts were always a highlight at every dinner. Entertainment on the boat was good. There was always a good selection of live music to be heard. Travis was a one man acoustic guitar player that was especially good. So were the multiple evenings of Karaoke!!! We definitely sailed with a talented bunch of passengers! Embarkation was quick and organized and leaving the boat was also pain free and easy. Highlighted destination was Cozumel at Chankanaab. All inclusive eating, drinking, snorkelling and finished off with a tequila tasting tour. Definitely worth checking out if you are considering an excursion. I was brave and had the ice and water while there. I have a sensitive stomach and it had no effect on me. Definitely peace of mind if you are worried about that. There's also a starbucks on site if you need a coffee fix. Overall great itinerary, entertainment and value for what was paid. FUN is definitely what was had and Carnival definitely upholds their reputation for being a fun boat. They should also be known for great service which was an unexpected highlight! Great job to all on the Carnival Victory! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
If you're looking for a cruise with nonstop fun, Carnival does just that for you. My boyfriend and I cruised Jan. 11th-14th and it was my boyfriend's first cruise. He's never been very interested in cruising before but after ... Read More
If you're looking for a cruise with nonstop fun, Carnival does just that for you. My boyfriend and I cruised Jan. 11th-14th and it was my boyfriend's first cruise. He's never been very interested in cruising before but after this fun 3-day cruise, he already wants to book his next. Embarkation was very easy and quick and we left our luggage with the guys at the port so once we got on the ship we went straight to Cantina and had some deliciousss tacos! The fun began with the Sail Away party which was SO much fun and they had a special on margarita pitchers so... enough said. Food was great, music was great, very upset that we didn't get lobster on elegant night 'cause let's face it, Carnival can afford it and we are paying for it and for past cruisers, WE KNOW YOU USED TO OFFER IT SO..... I'd like to make a special shout-out to our room attendant Johnny from Peru. He was awesome, so attentive, and always ready to help us with anything we needed. Also, the guys from the restaurant were so sweet and patient and helped us make great selections. I, unfortunately, forgot their names but they were a wonderful group from Singapore and Iran. The cabin was very nice and clean, I really liked it, the bed was so comfortable and there are automatic lights that turn on when your feet hit the floor in case you need to use the bathroom late at night. The entertainment on board was awesome, the performance at dinner was hilarious and the shows at the theatre they have is SPECTACULAR! One thing I didn't like was that on Deck 8 there was a weird mildew smell by the elevators and constant smell of weed which surprised me being that the rooms are always being cleaned and I figured by the end of the first day they'd nip that in the bud quick. Also, they only have four of those private bed things on the Serenity Deck and I feel they could add a few more of those!! I don't think I would do Victory again only because I'd like to explore other ships but for anyone who hasn't ever gone, I'd definitely recommend. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Prior to this cruise I had taken 11 Carnival cruises and loved them all. I had also done this itenerary 3 times in the past and loved it. I was really wanting to visit Key West again and was only 8 days after a cruise on the ... Read More
Prior to this cruise I had taken 11 Carnival cruises and loved them all. I had also done this itenerary 3 times in the past and loved it. I was really wanting to visit Key West again and was only 8 days after a cruise on the Fascination,craving another cruise. This one was perfect ,Key West Interary and nice ship i had never been on. Embarkation was quick and easy.This particular ship has the sign and sail cards placed in the mailbox outside the cabin rather than issued at check in,so that speeds things up considerably. You can use your boarding pass to purchase drinks,etc prior to getting to the cabin to pick up your card. I loved the design and decor of this ship,so lovely!! the crew were so nice and helpful at all times. I only had dinner in the MDR twice,as I simply didnt see anything on the menu I was in the mood for the other two days.The food is delicious and of great quality. I booked this cruise for the interary,and it did not disappoint. I booked the Hop on,hop off conch train in Key West so I could see all the sights I wanted. I know you can walk up Duval to get to the Southernmost point,but I was not up for that long of a walk so I did the train. You can get off at a stop and walk over a short distance to it,so thats what i did.Key West is beautiful,and I highly suggest the conch train or the trolley tours for a great tour of the island This trip to Cozumel was my best ever. I booked a tour through the shore excursions desk that included snorkelling,lunch , a tableside guacamole demonstration,as well as a tequila tasting and demonstration. Protip: the passionfruit tequila was my favorite . Yum! this was my first attempt at snorkeling so I struggled a little with getting the hang of keeping water out of the mask and snorkel but when was doing it right it was amazing to look down at the fish and coral just a few feet below me! I felt like I could reach out and touch the fish. This was just a great cruise all around. I would definitely book this ship again. I hear it is going to be redone and changed to the Radiance,so I willl be trying it when it gets done. 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: August 2018
So - if you want a cruise director who is annoying, then this is a cruise for you. The cruise director was very annoying, but thinks he is funny and he is not. The ship is in need of repair from rust damage. I have pictures from our ... Read More
So - if you want a cruise director who is annoying, then this is a cruise for you. The cruise director was very annoying, but thinks he is funny and he is not. The ship is in need of repair from rust damage. I have pictures from our room (8435) which show extensive rust-through support beams as well as extraordinarily bad painting with blotches of white paint on the rails, windows, and chairs. Based on previous Carnival Cruises, this was sub-sub par. Put the ship in dry dock and fix it! The ship needs work - it shows throughout the all decks on the ship. Food service was good - given the volume of meals - a good job - Jose and his team in the Atlantic main dining room were awesome. The shows were AWESOME! Until Carnival decides to invest on their fleet via maintenance (we have 8 cruises on Carnival) - I cannot recommend this ship until structural improvements are made. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first cruise and we loved it. We departed from Miami, which we did not explore because what we did see in Miami we we're not impressed. To be honest it looked dirty and unsafe, but that can be anywhere. The food in Miami ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we loved it. We departed from Miami, which we did not explore because what we did see in Miami we we're not impressed. To be honest it looked dirty and unsafe, but that can be anywhere. The food in Miami was amazing though. Getting on the ship was easy but we paid for a fast track so we would not have to stand in line as we have a 1 year old. The embrakation was smooth. They did a safety drill for each Munster station which was a mess. I suggest they scan room cards as you come in and pass out bands for children 12 and under that way you don't have to stand for an hour waiting to get a demonstration of putting on a life jacket. Other than that it was easy to go. The ship itself was beautiful and looked new. The 5th floor had a Casino for those who want to gamble and life music with an amazing band. The fun shops are small but amusing. The theater is huge and beautiful. The public areas were beyond clean. Oh there is a small playground for kids, my daughter loved it! Our cabin was awesome. It was clean as a whistle upon our arrival. The showers have shampoo and body wash dispensers so that is convenient. We had a balcony beautiful room but wish I got a room with a window only for extra play space.l enjoyed seeing a new towel animal daily after house keeping cleaned. Which is done daily. Dining OMG food galore!!! I ate 7 meals a day, the Lido deck had a great buffet. There were great restaurants to eat at that we're free. I didn't do fancy dining cause I'm on vacation with family not the President of the United States. So I can't tell you about the food you pay for. Room service food was delicious too and the employees that bring it are beyond amazing. One was from Thailand another from Bahamas and Ukraine, amazing! I did not do adult entertainment because o was more concerned we the my daughter having fun so I did that. Their we're movies every night. We did a parade and story time. Tons of pictures with Dr.Suess characters she loved it. I wish there were more activities like that for her during the cruise. The music selection was not my favorite but hey peoy want to party, but I think there should have been more of a variety! Service was stellar! Seriously if anyone complained they had to be drunk. The photographers we're amazing and professional. Housekeeping professional, hilarious and worked hard. Cooks well the best because they fed us. Capatin out of this world. Our Cruise director Felipe the best. And I remember Josh the guy who was always making a joke for the performances great and funny. Bartenders quick and polite. Room service quick and didn't mind me picking their brains! Ports Key West Sucks! Their only place to walk is Duval St and nothing is open when you dock. Boring during the day and I will stay on the ship when I cruise again and it's a stop. Cozumel, totally beautiful. The natives are hilarious and so friendly, they do everything they can to sell stuff but hey that have to make a living too. The atmosphere here outstanding! I'd visit Cozumel Mexico anytime. The save the sea turtles was an amazing excursion my older kids did it and said that was the highlight of their day. Disembarkation was a gaggle they need to exit those who paid for quicker exit first by floors not herd us into a room tells us to sit then now leave. Customs was friendly and polite. The biggest issue of leaving was Miami TSA rude, rude, rude except for 3 TSA women who was awesome by my daughter. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Firstly when we got onboard it smelt like poop then go to the cab and there's no water they fix that then only cold water. The crew was not the nicest. The bartenders were kind of rude when you just ordered a Coke. The food was okay ... Read More
Firstly when we got onboard it smelt like poop then go to the cab and there's no water they fix that then only cold water. The crew was not the nicest. The bartenders were kind of rude when you just ordered a Coke. The food was okay nothing great not much on the buffet to choose from if you don't like seafood. The cruise director and shows were great. The amount of marijuana that was smoked on the boat with a bit too much for my liking. People were smoking it in the smoking section as young children were walking by. The pools were always overcrowded and hot tubs. The Pizza Chef was very rude. The serving staff in the dining were awesome. The guest services Workers were always very rude when you went up there. The merchandise in the shops were good priced in my opinion they are very pleasant employees. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We needed a Mon-Fri cruise and this was the only one that fit. We loved Guys burgers and the Blue Iguana breakfast burritos. The entertainment was pretty good, and our cruise director, Felipe, was awesome. Lloyd, the guy in charge of the ... Read More
We needed a Mon-Fri cruise and this was the only one that fit. We loved Guys burgers and the Blue Iguana breakfast burritos. The entertainment was pretty good, and our cruise director, Felipe, was awesome. Lloyd, the guy in charge of the comedy club, was great as well. He was very funny. The service was not very good though. The MDR was hard to find a waiter, even with 3 of them assigned to us. The food in the MDR was not very good either. I rarely saw any crew members willing to talk or answer questions except to sell us something, and once we did buy, they ignored us again. Our room was near the elevators on deck 7 and we could hear the music from the bar on deck 3 until midnight. In was glad I brought ear plugs. Fun cruise overall, but I expected more. We may try one of their bigger ships if we sail Carnival again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
many of my friends was talking about the carnival cruise- so for my fiance's birthday- i suggested a cruise to the bahamas. here's a rundown of our cruise: 5/4: Tagging our luggage- very nice person- he informed us where to go ... Read More
many of my friends was talking about the carnival cruise- so for my fiance's birthday- i suggested a cruise to the bahamas. here's a rundown of our cruise: 5/4: Tagging our luggage- very nice person- he informed us where to go and where to line up at- very helpful since we informed them that we were 1st time cruisers. Lining up at Guestcare- just so that we can put a credit card on file- which later i found out that we didnt need to put one on file. stood in line for 1 hour- no biggie- we were enjoying the scenery. getting on the ship: was cool- everyone was nice and pleasant to be around- we walked around until our room was ready. After 2.5 hours- we started to go to our room- per our sheet that we got from Guestcare- PROBLEMS: someone elses luggage was there- sheet that gave us iteneraries for the day- was not US- the room was supposed to be decorated with balloons and a drink for my birthday surprise for my fiance- WAS NOT THERE OR DONE. so.....thinking - it was simple mistake- we will find our luggage the decorations must have been an oversight- no problem- BUT- when we asked our stewards about our luggage- he was not helpful- said- "they were very busy and maybe 2 hours- we can get our luggage".... or " i can go to Guestcare- soo...we decided to go to Guestcare- where there was a line of people and long and behold- our luggage was sitting on the hallway- tag has been removed from porting- so there was no way of us finding out unless we look inside the luggage- which we did and thats how we find out that was our luggage. 5/5: we asked several for room service, since our room has not been cleaned- we asked for clean towels- only to be told that - they are on thier way to cleaning the rooms... 5/7: carnival DOUBLE charge my debit card- i had to wait until 5/9 to call guestcare and talk with them so that i can have my bank release the funds- in the meantime- my account in the negative for 2 days- no money until they released it- it was exhausting- Guestcare said that they failed to tell us about the hold- ...overall- the rest of the cruise was good- carnival pushes for Guestcare and how amazing they are- but we didnt feel- it was awful experience at first. we would like to cruise again- not sure if we will use carnival this time tho- but i really liked my carnival planner- greg- tho.. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
I choose this cruise because we brought family with us who never cruised before. It was the shortest cruise we ever did. I have always took a cruise with carnival to celebrate my anniversary. I got a gift card that was expired. ... Read More
I choose this cruise because we brought family with us who never cruised before. It was the shortest cruise we ever did. I have always took a cruise with carnival to celebrate my anniversary. I got a gift card that was expired. They didnt sing Happy Anniversary to us or acknowledge us at dinner. This was completely strange to us. We always get a bottle of wine and the waiters sing to us. We actually enjoy the special attention they paid to us on our last cruise. We also told them it was my nieces birthday and they didnt acknowledge her at all. Every night we heard waiters singing happy anniversary and happy birthday to other guests. Destinations were at Key West and Cozumel. I think it would have been nice to know that at both destinations we docked away from all the major attractions, all on the other side of the islands. Key West was too quick, and they rushed us back on the ship ...we had until 1:30, that changed to 1PM and then they told us to be on the ship by 12 noon...we got off the ship close to 8:30AM that left no time to see anything on the other side. The food quality has gone down, cold food, no surf and turf (included) everything was extra which usually isnt for at least one dinner. The activities for late dinner guest were not properly timed. We missed the comedy and other things we would have liked to do. The ship was extra rocky. I witnessed one of the food servers using the restroom and walking out without washing her hands. This is my last carnival cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
This was my 7th cruise but the first with Carnival. The experience was what I expected which was a good cruise trip. This was a "guys trip" weekend getaway so the price of the cruise is what drove us here. The boat was dated, ... Read More
This was my 7th cruise but the first with Carnival. The experience was what I expected which was a good cruise trip. This was a "guys trip" weekend getaway so the price of the cruise is what drove us here. The boat was dated, but clean. We had a balcony room with was a smaller balcony that I've had on other ships, but did have two chairs and was an ok place to sit. Food lines were long at the buffet and most of the food was mediocre at best. Certainly the lowest quality of food I've had on a ship. That being said, the pizza station actually made a very good pizza to your specs. The seafood bar was nice (but an additional charge). The crew were all VERY nice and helpful. A massage at the spa was $129 for 50 minutes and was ok. They hit you hard about buying all their products when you're done which wasn't the most pleasant way to end the massage. 15% gratuity is added to every drink order and the cost of the "all you can drink package" is high in my opinion. Both occupants of the room have to buy the package and it is almost $0 per day per person. For our cruise, leaving Friday afternoon and returning Monday morning (7am) they wanted $395 for the drink package. (which limits you to 15 drinks a day) Beer was $8.00 a pop so you can figure out your breakeven point. It is a younger, less refined party clientele and for a guys weekend party trip was the perfect ship. I will choose other cruise lines when taking the wife on a nice vacation. Overall the majority of the Victory crew were very nice and helpful 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: March 2018
My wife, eight friends and I went on this cruise as a work trip. Our first cruise was 4 years ago on the Carnival Liberty and we absolutely loved it. This trip however, paled in comparison to that one and our second trip last year. I have ... Read More
My wife, eight friends and I went on this cruise as a work trip. Our first cruise was 4 years ago on the Carnival Liberty and we absolutely loved it. This trip however, paled in comparison to that one and our second trip last year. I have absolutely no complaints regarding the boarding process. It was simple, and seamless, exactly how I remember it. The let down came our first night on the ship at dinner. We ate in the Atlantic dining room and I had the prime rib. I ordered it medium rare, which it was when I received it, no complaints about that, BUT it was cold. This, as I learned quickly would hold true for almost every meal I had on this cruise. My prime rib was cold as were all of my sides. The only food I ate on that ship that was hot were the burgers from Guy Fieri's Burger Joint and the fresh omelette I had for breakfast every morning. Even the breakfast sides(bacon, sausage, potato, french toast, pancakes etc.) were cold. I ate at the buffet only once because the first experience was no different. When I go on vacation, the food either makes or breaks the trip for me and in this case, the food definitely put a damper on my trip. It was certainly not up to the high standards I have come to expect from cruising. Another thing that really irritated me, perhaps more than it should have was the fact that the dress codes for the dining room was not enforced at all. On Carnival's web site, they state that the dress code for their dining rooms are informal and formal. On the informal nights you may wear long shorts and a collared shirt. No bathing suits and t-shirts. On formal nights, dress pants and a dress shirt. Every night we were in that dining room I saw people in bathing suits, t-shirts and flip flop sandals. Even on the formal night there were people in shorts and t-shirts. I asked our server, Conrad why this was happening and he said, "That's the way Carnival is going, catering to a younger crowd." I understand catering to a younger crowd, but either enforce your own rules, or get rid of them! Speaking of Conrad, he was one of the bright spots on the cruise. We sat with him every night and absolutely loved him. Also, our cabin steward, Husry was another bright spot. I feel that we got to know them both quite well. I have no complaints about the ship itself, or the cleanliness. Other than what I've mentioned above, the trip was so-so. If this is the way Carnival is going, then I've probably sailed for the last time with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Just being able to spend the day at Half Moon was worth the trip! I wish we could have stayed longer! I was sceptical about tendering but it was a double deck tender and it fit at least 150 -200 ppl so it went real fast! As it turns the ... Read More
Just being able to spend the day at Half Moon was worth the trip! I wish we could have stayed longer! I was sceptical about tendering but it was a double deck tender and it fit at least 150 -200 ppl so it went real fast! As it turns the pathway corner to get into the island is gorgeous! The BBQ was not bad either - the selection was pretty darn good and I am particular. The chocolate brownies were scrumptious - different texture that I would love to be able to have the recipe for...crumbly but moist. The weather started cloudy but by 11 am it had cleared; however, even if it hadn’t the day would have been just as great clouded over. The water was crystal turquoise blue and clear to the bottom with no waves. It was like a perfect watering hole - I fell in love with it and wished we could have stayed loner! The cruise ship was packed with spring break families and the embarkation was easy - the buffet was a little nerve racking because there were line ups everywhere but everybody got to eat in due time. Night entertainment was pretty decent too.Fitness centre excellent! Can’t complain about anything! This was a party boat - everybody was game to live it up! If you don’t like crowds then this is not for you. We neither love it nor do we hate it. Nassau was also gorgeous - we took a taxi to Paradise Island where we bought a $47.00 pp pass to walk the resort and visit the aquariums and then spend time at the hotel beach. It was well worth the pass to see the premises. We even got a free tour from Caitlin at the aquarium who explained everything about the fish and the site highlights. Great little cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Depressing and old ship, the service was terrible the bartenders and one Asian guy serving the burgers who basically through us a food we don't understand how a person like that works in a cruise. Thank God our waiter at the ... Read More
Depressing and old ship, the service was terrible the bartenders and one Asian guy serving the burgers who basically through us a food we don't understand how a person like that works in a cruise. Thank God our waiter at the restaurant (Mario) was very friendly because if it wasn't for him we wouldn't have anything positive to say about the service. The quality of the food in general is horrible. There was only one show (living in America) which by the way was very good. The Latin band not organized, always starting late and didn't have a program to follow they improvised all the time. The smoking areas were in the middle of the ship in the bar next to the casino an area too big and impossible to avoid. the pool area also people smoking. We don't recommend this ship to anybody and never returning to this ship 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
There was 5 of us in total, (20,21) 2 in a 4J cabin #9203 and us 3 (31, 42,48) in an 8D cabin #9229. The kids kept their cabin a mess 90% of the time so cabin steward did very little in their cabin all week. But our cabin steward was ... Read More
There was 5 of us in total, (20,21) 2 in a 4J cabin #9203 and us 3 (31, 42,48) in an 8D cabin #9229. The kids kept their cabin a mess 90% of the time so cabin steward did very little in their cabin all week. But our cabin steward was good, introduced himself and we never saw him again all week. He did ask us if we wanted service, morning, evening or both? I told him both and he came twice a day. We always had plenty of towels and our beach towels were always replaced. The balcony was small as usual. There was only two mirrors in the entire cabin, bathroom and vanity. There wasnt even a full length mirror in the cabin?! Weird So us 3 were always fighting fo mirror time before dinner. Purchased FTTF but only one of the 5 got their luggage immediately. The rest of us had to wait until after munster to get ours like 4:30. Also though we had 10:30 checkin time, we still were made to wait over an hour to board. First time using FTTF and not sure I will use it again. The 2 things we wanted it for, luggage and early boarding was a bust. We ate every nigth but one in the dining room. We had anytime dining and had to wait every night with a pager to be seated, whether it was 3 of us or 5. Most nights, we waited 30-40 mins. Dinner was okay, nothing to rant and rave about. But we definitely didnt go hungry either. We ate pizza late most nights and there was always a line. Three of us purchased CHEERS package and we loved it. Wont ever sail Carnival without it again! We bought Jeep tour through Viator for $85 a person and loved it. It was our 3rd time doing this excursion so we knew already what to expect. The weahter was perfect all week and we all got beautiful tans to show off when we got home. Went to 2 theater shows and 2 comedy shows. Both were good but comedy shows were the best. Didnt find ship freeze inside venues at night. Disco was packed every night with DJ playing a variety of music from 80s-current. All in all a wonderful cruise for the price we paid. $400pp for a balcony on Lido pool deck was cheap! Looking forward to going again real soon. Any questions, message me. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Sailed Non 2017. We loved this ship from the minute we got on-board. It was showing it's age a bit but nothing terrible. I believe it is in dry dock at the moment for a small update. Which will be great because we are returning on the ... Read More
Sailed Non 2017. We loved this ship from the minute we got on-board. It was showing it's age a bit but nothing terrible. I believe it is in dry dock at the moment for a small update. Which will be great because we are returning on the same cruise in Feb. 2018, same cruise, same ship and same room. Felipe Couto is the cruise director and he is amazing. By far the best we have ever seen. Looking forward to seeing him next month. Back to the cruise. We were worried 4 days would pass too quickly but it didn't. We had a great time. Food, entertainment and the ship were just great. We did not take any excursion because of the short itinerary and mainly because we cruise for the ship. We stayed on-board and enjoyed ourselves. We have cruised on other cruise lines but we prefer the Fun Ships of Carnival. This will be our 5th cruise with Carnival and will definitely not be our last. F or those who have cruise with Felipe Couto, Woohoo! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We’ve done the same cruise last two years. Cheap cruise, but excellent time. We got engaged on the victory in 2015. We went again the same week in 2016 and got married in Key West on the second day. The whole crew was excellent the ... Read More
We’ve done the same cruise last two years. Cheap cruise, but excellent time. We got engaged on the victory in 2015. We went again the same week in 2016 and got married in Key West on the second day. The whole crew was excellent the entire week. Super bar tenders that we attended all week. I honestly have zero complaints. The food in the dining room is just ok, but we are fine with that for the price we paid. We already have a spring break cruise booked on carnival triumph for the family in March. We had a suite so we had the faster to the fun. I don’t think we will go again without it. It is worth every penny. As for the ports, Key West is awesome. They had cleaned up nicely from the hurricane. Looking forward to going back again. Cozumel, is what it is. Very touristy, but a fun time. 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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