34 Carnival Victory Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

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
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 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
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
We really enjoyed this cruise. Jiffy Jeff shuttle got us to and from the miami port and FLL airport. I recommend and would use him again. We ported in three different ports on a 5 night cruise with Carnival. I have only cruised with ... Read More
We really enjoyed this cruise. Jiffy Jeff shuttle got us to and from the miami port and FLL airport. I recommend and would use him again. We ported in three different ports on a 5 night cruise with Carnival. I have only cruised with Carnival, so I have nothing else to compare it to, had a great time. There was plenty to do for my husband and I and our teenager daughter. Grand Turk had a rocky beach, made for good snorkeling. Half Moon Cay was nothing but white feel good sand all the way to the ropes, clear beautiful water. I have been to Nassau a long time ago, it has changed, not as spacious as it use to be. Walked on a skinny sidewalk, between a fence and lined up taxi's to get to boat to take us to Balmoral island. Balmoral has a good sandy beach. The dolphin encounter at Balmoral Island was worth penny, bring swim shoes, rocks in the dolphin area. Great vacation! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This being my first cruise, I traveled with my boyfriend, mom, and his family. It was absolutely wonderful. From unlimited food, to the lemonade and the beautiful view from our balcony I was hooked. Marcelo and Hugo did a fantastic job at ... Read More
This being my first cruise, I traveled with my boyfriend, mom, and his family. It was absolutely wonderful. From unlimited food, to the lemonade and the beautiful view from our balcony I was hooked. Marcelo and Hugo did a fantastic job at keeping us all entertained. The shore excursions were exactly what we expected. At grand Turk, we did the sting ray one and snorkeling. They took us to a 7,000 ft drop off and we got to pet sharks. It was honestly like nothing I had ever experienced before. After enjoying the beach, we went back to the ship and took a nap for a few hours. The fun continued for us at around 7 PM as we had the dine anytime dinner. We went to dinner, then to a show and then the casino. There was always music playing and a nice staff. The next day was half moon cay and we booked a cabana. Not only was it amazing, the ocean water was like pool water. The carnival staff came and cooked for us and we all had lunch which was wonderful. We did the same as the days before, nap and then continue our fun. At Nassau we went to Atlantis. The park was exactly what we expected it to be, but there was a small confrontation with another woman who started screaming at us for going into an 6 ft pool with floaties because her children couldn't swim and they had been getting hit with them all day. This was not a problem with carnival, but with Atlantis because she had been doing that to several people all day and Atlantis security did nothing about it. We decided it wasn't worth our time and just left while she continued screaming at several others. We will continue to take many cruises for years to come. It was a vacation that we will never forget. All in all, it was perfect. We did not let the crazy woman ruin our time at Atlantis, but maybe their security should be a bit better. We hope to see Marcelo and the staff very soon! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This is my 4th cruise - 1st time on the Victory. My husband found an awesome deal and airfare and couldn't pass it up. Not the Carnival's fault - but not kids friendly. There was no kids on this boat which was a big ... Read More
This is my 4th cruise - 1st time on the Victory. My husband found an awesome deal and airfare and couldn't pass it up. Not the Carnival's fault - but not kids friendly. There was no kids on this boat which was a big disappointment for our kids. They still had fun but they didn't get to meet many new friends. We had a 1yr old as well and the looks we got.... just made us very uncomfortable. It definitely was more of a younger party crowd. Again, not blaming Carnival for that. Just one reason why this ship didn't work for us. The boat is old and ugly - our room showed its age big time, but whatever, it was clean. Our in-laws had a suite and it was really nice! The public restrooms were totally disgusting - I wont get into detail but imagine nasty times 100! didn't seem to ever get cleaned. Food was OK - its nice to have the options of trying new things. Soda package for my teenager was a waste of money! She never got served - you have to go to the BAR to get soda. So the bartenders would pretty much pay attention to the people buying alcohol, she never once got served. I had to go up there and get her soda. We have been on other boats and felt more welcomed. Didn't even get a towel animal :(. Next cruise is on the Pride - been on that one and it was more family friendly. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We have cruised before with Carnival and really enjoyed it. This time not so much. Reading reviews prior our vacation had set my expectations that it needed a little make over - I can deal with that, I don't need fancy to have a ... Read More
We have cruised before with Carnival and really enjoyed it. This time not so much. Reading reviews prior our vacation had set my expectations that it needed a little make over - I can deal with that, I don't need fancy to have a good time. Our room was SO outdated however my in-laws had a suite and their room was super nice. The wait to get to check in was crazy long - wouldn't be so bad if it was just me and my husband but we had 3 kids. We purchased the soda package - none of the kids got any service because you had to go to the bar. And serving people alcohol is priority because that is where they make a lot of their money. The crowd on the boat was not very appealing and a lot of younger people - more of a party atmosphere, not too many kids on this boat. The restrooms were absolutely disgusting - don't want to go into much detail but it was amazing how gross some people could be. I have had great experiences with Carnival so I wont let this one deter me from sailing again (we actually have one booked for next year out of Baltimore). I just wont do the Victory again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our first cruise and probably our last on Carnival. Room was as expected small but clean, the bathroom had an odor that smelled like a nursing home. Music on Lido deck was nothing but hip hop for 3 days. We waited to go after ... Read More
This was our first cruise and probably our last on Carnival. Room was as expected small but clean, the bathroom had an odor that smelled like a nursing home. Music on Lido deck was nothing but hip hop for 3 days. We waited to go after spring breaks were over so that we could enjoy a more Caribbean vacation. When we tried to get away from the "club" scene and go to the back of the ship there were people playing their personal music devices loud (again hip hop). The putt putt golf only had 3 golf balls so you had to wait until someone was finished to play. Getting off the ship at Grand Turks was absolute chaos! There was no staff to control the crowd. People were pushing and shoving, cutting lines and overall being rude. Food was ok, nothing too impressive. Could only get pizza most nights after 9. We did go to the deli one night for my husband to get a ham and cheese and were told they didn't have anymore. The only sweets I could find late night was icecream.I knew going in that drinks were going to be expensive but beware on Half moon Cay when you get the larger bucket of beer(6) and 1 mixed drink cost 63.00. My son had a great time with the Circle K club. The stops we had were very nice. Grand Turks was my favorite, you can rent a car for 65.00 and drive wherever you want. Snorkeling was great. After talking to several people who have cruised a lot they said it was the worse cruise they ever had been on. I have nothing to compare it to so I can't say. I would like to go on another one and hopefully have the experience I was expecting. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our first cruise, and our first on Victory. A family of six, and we had adjoining rooms, on the Main deck. Elevators took us any place we needed to go.. Rooms were what I expected, for the money and were clean. Only complaint was ... Read More
This was our first cruise, and our first on Victory. A family of six, and we had adjoining rooms, on the Main deck. Elevators took us any place we needed to go.. Rooms were what I expected, for the money and were clean. Only complaint was the windows were dirty on outside( from Salt water).. We left our butler a tip everyday, so the ship gave us our gratuities back.(Didn't use the dining room services either).. We didn't do much drinking, except for sodas, lemonade, tea, etc. The food was good, with many choices, and a menu change every day. The pizza was good, the deli too.. On ship there was always something going on,, from shows, music, food, 2 movies every night, to all the swimming you wanted. If you wanted to sleep the beds were comfortable, we were out of our cabin most of the day. I won over $400 at the casino.. Stopped in Bahamas- hated when you got off ship and locals surrounded you. Stopped At Half Moon Cay-Could have stayed two days here. Nice clean beaches, kids swam with the Sting Rays Stopped at Grand Turks-nice, but stones in water at beaches- not easy to walk on or swim. Go to pool instead.. At Grand Turks when getting on ship- we had a rude officer that thought we were cutting the line. There were two entrances, he never blocked off the one not to use, so many people tried going up that one, he made us all turn around and go back after standing in the hot sun. I know you can't please everyone, but as a family of six and on a budget, we had a good time. Maybe next time i won't do Bahamas.... Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We have sailed Carnival in the past, a couple times on an Fantasy, once on Freedom and now on Victory. We have also sailed four other lines and none have provided such poor quality. The ship is advertised as refurbished a couple times. ... Read More
We have sailed Carnival in the past, a couple times on an Fantasy, once on Freedom and now on Victory. We have also sailed four other lines and none have provided such poor quality. The ship is advertised as refurbished a couple times. Built in 2000. I hate to think what is was like before the refurb! Our cabin was, shall we say interesting! There was a single nite stand that was shoved under the vanity because the small loveseat next to the bed did now allow sufficient room for the nite stand to be beside the bed - mind you it was only one stand for one side of the bed. Never before have we not had a nite stand on either side of the bed. The chair for the room was in front of the loveseat - so you had to choose to use the chair or the loveseat, not both. The vanity had a small upholstered cube for sitting. Room was packed. The deck had two chairs and a small table - standard equipment. The chairs were nice, they even had a recline function - which you could not use because if you did it would block the door or you would need to put the table inside the cabin and crawl over one another to get in and out. The floor was clean but the area below the rail was rusted, filthy and even had some debris in it. Disgusting. We unpacked and found a couple surprises. First there were no hangers that resembled anything we have seen before. There were five small plastic knobs permanently affixed to the clothes rod in the closet. There was a slit on either side of the knob which accommodated two flimsy, plastic like hanger things with a post protruding out the top (a spike actually). So you had to try to get your flimsy bending plastic hanger to support your garment and then insert the spike in the slots on the knob. Two garments on each side of the knob. Four garments on one knob. The hanger would bend and the shirt, dress or whatever fall in a heap on top of your shoes. No pants or skirt hangers for anything that required clips. When I called to request some I was told I needed to wait till 3 PM when the steward would be on duty and get them from him. Mind you I placed the call at 3:35 - go figure. We finally did get hangers later in the evening so I could hang the few things that needed a clip. Both of the main closet doors had a left hinge which meant you could only open one closet at a time. The third had a right hinge so you had to close everything and shinny by to open the door with the safe inside and hope you could do things without lite since it was then like a cave. The doors opened into the walk way and between the two closet doors the bathroom door opened into the standing space. It was a puzzle to get into the bathroom or the closet without adjusting a couple doors. What a joke for people who are in the business of designing and building ships. My six year old grandson could have done a better job. The bathroom had lots of cracked tiles, caulked areas and black mildew. Smelled of musty and mildew also. It was clear that whenever there had been a cracked tile they just caulked over it without drying out the floor and now I'm guessing if they remove that floor it will be a sheet of black mold. Several areas of the shower had black grout which means they were not properly cared for. We had sufficient counter and shelf space in the bathroom, lots of towels and a corner shower with a curtain that really didn't do much to keep water in but there was a floor drain that was easy to use to dry up the floor. The bedding is superior quality. Bed was comfortable also. We unpacked and went to put our suitcases under the bed. Well we couldn't because they had an extra bed, collapsed, mattress and all under our bed. Never had that before. This is like the three stooges designed and equipped the cabins. The temperature control was interesting. We kept looking for a thermostat but couldn't find it. Then when I was lying in bed I saw a blue half circle blue arrow on the air vent in the ceiling. I got out a chair and stood on it so I could reach the vent. Sure enough, there was a small plastic lever on the vent that would open and close the air flow - thus it allowed you to adjust the cabin temp. Chair or stool REQUIRED! We thought the dining room, buffet area and most of the public lounge areas were well cared for and clean.The pool areas are the exceptions which needs serious work. Lots of rusted areas around the pool and in the adults only pool they don't bother to clean out the stuff that blows in like napkins, candy wrappers, umbellas from drinks etc. By the third day you see all sort of debris sweeping around the drains in the bottom. Not very inviting and few people were in the water more than just getting wet to cool off. Nobody would actually swim. Insufficient number of chairs. Towel desk was mid ship so you had to go search. Not an easy task on a boat that has obstructions that prevent you from going from one area to the next without going up or down a deck. Most areas had obstructions that would not let you get to the area. You would walk along and run into a wall. You had to go up a deck, walk a bit, then go back down because they built a kitchen, a lounge or some equipment room in the middle of the deck. Dumb design. Food was good. No complaints there. We had great table service and fun table mates. The buffet area food was good as well. Good selection and comfortable seating. Several other areas to get food as well at the pizza and burger counters near the pool and the deli. This minimized the crowding. Lots of options. Dining room rules were posted and ignored. Never did we see anyone tell the jerks in flip flops, short shorts, sleeves Tshirts, baseball caps and ragged clothing to go dress properly - even on formal nite. Slobs were plentiful. Who wouldn't like to look at all the prison quality tattoos on legs, arms and torsos while dining at a formal event? Seems like a no brainer to have the matre'de who wants to be tipped every night to stand at the door and enforce the rules - at least for the elegant/formal evening. We had about 1/3 of the ship spring breakers. Again, it would not take a brain surgeon to put them all in one area of the ship so they can party hardy and disturb one another and not the rest of the ship. when you get three or four 20 something's booking an inside cabin in March it would be a pretty good bet that this is a party crowd and if you are in doubt it could be confirmed by the mess the stewards find in the morning. Again, no enforcement of the common sense rules. Entertainment was the Carnival song and dance crew every nite. The comedy club had two comedians, one was quite good the other so so. No other entertainers. Every nite the show as watch the dancers change costumes and do the same stuff to a different song. The last nite was a talent show of passengers that didn't start till 10:30. Really the nite before debarkation the show starts at 10:30! Did they really not think folks were packing and getting their bags outside. This is really ignoring the needs of the paying passengers. We wanted to go listen the only live music band but they put them in the smoking area at the end of the casino. so if you wanted to listen then you had to stand in the blue haze and have everything you wore smell like an ashtray and let your eyes water. There was a single guitar player at one bar who was average. Those were your options. Pathetic! On Elegant/formal nite we were solicited to come take part in the new Pixels offering. The photographer actually came up to us as we waited for a particular background and asked us to come try out the new black and white photos - we thought she was talking about the black and white backdrops. Not so. We followed her to another studio and she took about 25 shots of us together and individually and made an appointment for us to see them the next evening. We came back to the studio and she had them ready for viewing on a big screen TV. Turns out you can buy the package, the disk and the photos on vinyl or add $100 and they will print them on metal for the bargain price of $1200.00. A single photo was $499! I think $1200 I could nearly get a wedding photographed! If I were really going to spend that kind of money on a photo I would have my make up and hair done professionally and carefully pick out my attire. These guys are just plain nuts! We chuckled, told them it was crazy and too expensive and left! The day we stopped at Half Moon Cay we were late arriving. Scheduled to dock at 9:30 - why so late nobody knows but we came from Grand Turk which is not a long haul. The tenders were delayed because they had to take supplies over for lunch. Finally at nearly 1:00 our number for the tender was called. (you had to go to the theatre and wait for your number to be called before you could go to the gangway). Generally 90 to 120 minute wait. We got there and there was not a chair to be had on the island. Now this is their own island and they know how many passengers are on the ship so they should know how many chairs they need. Lots of folks with no place to go. Want a drink then walk half the beach (and carry your stuff because there is no chairs to park your stuff) to the bar or pay the bar servers the $12.95 for the drink in the wonderful hurricane glass. This drink was usually $9.15 on the ship (which was already a rip-off).Those are the options. Victory goes to dry dock after next week. It needs it. I really don't think it will improve much, the rooms have old TV's that are 18" thick, beach towels are ragged and faded but my guess is they will only invest what they absolutely can't make work any longer and call it refurbished. Clearly they are about making as much money as they can rather than providing a cruise experience. Not much concern in the area of providing a quality experience - just the bottom line is important. We are not likely to be frequent Carnival cruisers.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
4 day cruise from 2-12 to 2-17. My husband and I had a great time. We are VIP so on the boat first, room ready (7348) balcony. Room dated but clean and we had plenty of room. Are steward Muhammad was awesome !!!! First port Keywest had a ... Read More
4 day cruise from 2-12 to 2-17. My husband and I had a great time. We are VIP so on the boat first, room ready (7348) balcony. Room dated but clean and we had plenty of room. Are steward Muhammad was awesome !!!! First port Keywest had a great time on Duval St. lunch at fogerty's drinks at Sloppy Joe's. Second port Cozumel went to Mr. sanchos beach too crowded. Been to Cozumel before Paradise beach much better. We did anytime Dining it worked out ok. Service was Ok nothing to brag about. Overall we were on this boat 10 years ago it is dated but clean. We enjoyed the warm weather as it was 20 below at home. We also won in the casino added bonus. One last comment I have is we did the Cheers program for drinks we felt it was well worth it. :). Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Let me start by saying that our entire family is loyal to Carnival. But our recent cruise on the Victory was not the Gold standard that Carnival usually delivers. The entire cruise was not good from the errors in charging my account for ... Read More
Let me start by saying that our entire family is loyal to Carnival. But our recent cruise on the Victory was not the Gold standard that Carnival usually delivers. The entire cruise was not good from the errors in charging my account for the full price of the cruise, the rude sales people that I spoke with about the accounting issues, all the way to leaving the ship the last day, nothing was as usual for Carnival. I did the early price guarantee. There was to be an on board credit placed on my account. Even after calling 3-4 times, I had to get onboard and have guest services send a request for the credit. We finally got it on the last day of the cruise. Good thing I wasn’t counting on it being there to book excursions. Very poor customer service!!! The lines to get on the ship in Miami were horrendous. Although there were 30 or more agent terminals, only one half were staffed at the time we were boarding. Finally more staff came. Our balcony room was very disappointing. There was black mold in the shower. I have pictures. There was so much dust on the TV that I wrote “Dust Me” on the screen. The curtain in our room had so many holes in it that at night it looked like stars in the sky with the light shining through it. Our balcony was gross dirty. There was hair hanging on the dividers and hair in the rails. The deck was dirty. They did do a deck “cleaning” while we were on ship. The only difference we saw was a wet deck. There was still debris on the balcony. Food service in the dining room was terrible. The second night on board we were seated between 6:15-6:30 for dinner. We do understand this is not fast food. But at 7:45 we still did not have dessert. We had to leave dinner to catch the 7:45 show. Sunday night we were seated at 6:00. It was 7:58 when we finally got dessert and were able to leave to try to enjoy the onboard entertainment. The next morning it took us nearly 2 hours to get off the boat. Not a good experience. The room service was the best part of the cruise. But we were very disappointed that breakfast was not available for room service. That is the one meal of the day that most people enjoy having in their rooms. I REALLLLLY do not understand why this cruise on this ship was so bad. It is causing our family to rethink the bookings that we are going to do in March for our Alaskan Cruise on Carnival. Can you please address these concerns? Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was our first sailing on Carnival. We have sailed twice on Celebrity twice before. We never started cruising until our son, Jordan Peterson, became a solo pianist/vocalist on cruise ships. He had sailed previously on the Celebrity ... Read More
This was our first sailing on Carnival. We have sailed twice on Celebrity twice before. We never started cruising until our son, Jordan Peterson, became a solo pianist/vocalist on cruise ships. He had sailed previously on the Celebrity Summit and the Century. He started this contract in September of this year and he had only been on the ship for a couple of weeks before we invaded him! We had a large group of 10 family members and friends traveling with us. We arrived Friday evening in Miami from our flight from Omaha. We had a late flight and arrived to the Comfort Suites Miami Airport North just before midnight. We chose this hotel because of the free shuttle to the cruise port, which worked out pretty slick. There were MANY cruisers staying in the hotel, so needless to say, it was busy at the complimentary breakfast. Rooms were basically good, we got a good rate of $99, and we were not really going to be there long, so it was adequate. We boarded the shuttle around 9:45 a.m. and were at the cruise terminal in no time. Embarkation was very easy as somehow we ended up in Group 1! Not sure how that happened, but we actually boarded the ship before some priority guests. I liked the embarkation process much more on Carnival compared to Celebrity. It seemed much more organized and the whole process was a breeze. We were impressed with the Victory upon arrival. Grand foyer was very colorful and full of action. Many people complain about ships, I just take them for what they are. Sure, there are things that are worn out, etc., but the ship was clean. There is MUCH more smoking on this ship than on Celebrity (which bans smoking on balconies.) Upon arrival, we were greeted by Jordan in the lobby. We had a quick drink and headed to our stateroom. We got lucky and were able to get one of the aft cabins on deck 8. We immediately were made aware of the "smoking is ok on the balconies" policy. Got used to it, but it made some of our beautiful views not-so-beautiful. Our cabin was very comfortable with the king bed and the hide-a-way couch that our other son slept on. We were very comfortable with three adults in the room. The bathroom seemed larger compared to Celebrity and he had no issues with anything. We discovered right away that this was going to be more of a "fun"group, compared to Celebrity, where the average age of the guests is usually above 60! We really enjoyed the layout of the ship compared to others we have been on. The first night we were actually able to watch the Huskers play football at the sports bar. The Victory has the usual amenities that most ships have, but the pools on were plentiful. The adult only hot tubs on the Sky Deck in the Serenity Lounge, seemed like a great place to relax. The water slide was a nice addition for some extra pool fun! Our grandson enjoyed the kids wading pool, which we only discovered on the LAST day... Buffet was CROWDED every day and was the average buffet food. Compared to Celebrity, we would have to say the food was better there and the wait time less. Main Dining Room food and service was great. Wait staff learned our names the first night and never forgot them. We had open dining each night and never had to wait for our large party of 10. Each night the staff put on quite a show and we were ready for the "It's Showtime" announcement. Some of the staff really knew how to put on a show!! The 24 hour pizza station by the aft pool was a great place to get a snack at anytime. The quattro formaggi pizza was my personal favorite! Our favorite place on the ship was the "Irish Seas" piano bar where Jordan performs nightly. We found early that if we did not get there early, we would not find a seat! Each night, more and more people showed up to be entertained by Jordan and to sing along. Actually our favorite thing to do when we watch him perform is to see everyone's reactions to him. He really has a knack for entertaining. We spent every evening there but one, when he had a night off. He had many regulars come back each night to enjoy the great piano bar atmosphere. The wait staff was top-notch also with Wira being our favorite! One problem I see on the ship is the comedy club, Punchliners. Each evening there is karaoke there and then the club is cleared out before the comedy starts. I am not sure that a line that stretches from one end of the ship to the other is what Carnival is looking for in customer satisfaction. We attempted to go to one of the "adult" shows, but the line was so long, we decided to forget it. We talked to some people the next day and they said, "the wait was not worth it..." I know they are trying to make this a "comedy club" type of atmosphere, but this just is not fun. We hit the arcade one night, which was fun and reasonable. It is pretty small, but enjoyable. We even hit the "Club Arctic" one night AFTER the piano bar closed and had a pretty good time there. Pretty cool atmosphere for the usual club activities. We enjoyed the pool deck on sea days and never had a hard time finding a beach recliner. They were plentiful and everyone seemed to have somewhere to relax. The aft pool was a nice change from the busy large pool, so we went there a few times. We did not sign up for any formal excursions in Jamaica, but decided just to explore on our own. Right in the heart of the shopping areas was "Margaritaville Ocho Rios" which had a beach connected right to it. We decided that this was as good as anywhere to get some swimming in, so we ate there and then had some beach time afterwards. One world of caution, be careful of the sea urchins out side of the roped-off area of the beach, I found this out personally, if you know what I mean. We did some shopping around the area after swimming and then headed back to the ship. Prices were pretty good for souvenirs and the vendors were willing to negotiate some. We did sign up for the "Snuba Adventure" at the Cayman Islands. What a GREAT time!! My son and two others in our party did this and had a complete blast! They did an excellent job of instructing and guiding us on our 30 minute snuba adventure. We even were able to see a shipwreck and many species of fish, including a stingray. I can't recommend this enough. After the snuba excursion, we the the Green Parrot Bar and Grill and had some AWESOME beer battered fish (fresh grouper) and chips. Sampled the local Caybrew and relaxed while waiting for others in our party to arrive from Victory. We then did some shopping around the port in Cayman Islands, but that is about it. We "tried" to attend the opening show, but honestly, it was not great. We did attend the Michael Jackson tribute show one night and it was pretty enjoyable, after starting pretty slow. Some people did walk out at the beginning of the show, but it was not too bad. Disembarkation was clearly the best we have ever experienced. We were in group 12 and once we were called, we were through customs and off of the ship and on the airport shuttle bus within 10 minutes!! Wow. In summary, we would definitely do this cruise and ship again. We were curious how Carnival would be different from Celebrity, and we found out right away. We honestly felt more at ease and relaxed on this ship-mainly because of the younger crowd-no offense, Celebrity! As long as our son keeps working on cruise ships, I guess we will just have to follow him around! Here is a link to images I captured from the Victory: https://www.flickr.com/photos/petesfamily/sets/72157648728210782/ Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
My September 29 - October 4 cruise on the Victory out of Miami was as I'd hoped for, relaxing and enjoyable. We'd sailed the Victory almost a year before, so we knew what we would get in the ship. It is a little older, and a ... Read More
My September 29 - October 4 cruise on the Victory out of Miami was as I'd hoped for, relaxing and enjoyable. We'd sailed the Victory almost a year before, so we knew what we would get in the ship. It is a little older, and a little more worn, but I understand that the Victory will be in for the Fun Ship 2.0 refurbishment next spring, which should help prolong its life. We elected for the early seating for dinner, and wound up assigned to a 4 person booth with a wonderful Canadian couple, Eric and Deb, for dinner partners. Each night was full of excellent conversation, and our head waiter, Luis, and his assistant, I Gusti, were very personable and attentive. The food, although nothing worth raving about, was tasty and in good portions to sate us. The Lido deck buffet had its normal lines, and the food was, at best, ordinary and edible. We stayed away from most of the ship's shows this time, as we had seen them the year before, but we did find that the Love & Marriage show, once again, to be extremely funny. Movies under the stars were fun and relaxing. The casino, still smoky, provided short term entertainment for me (I came out about even!), and we did take advantage of the specialty coffee and dessert bar this time, enjoying some tasty indulgences. We also availed ourselves to spa services this time (bamboo massage for me, iontothermie for my companion), which were overpriced, but enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Let me start off by saying this.. I have been on several ships including: Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Valor, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Miracle, Norwegian Pearl, Grand Pincess, Valor of the Seas, ... Read More
Let me start off by saying this.. I have been on several ships including: Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Valor, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Miracle, Norwegian Pearl, Grand Pincess, Valor of the Seas, Disney Dream and now the Carnival Victory.. What I have learned from all of these ships is that if expectations are too high then your experience will suffer. Carnival to me is all about fun. Don't take it too seriously, gamble, drink, party, eat too much. Its a cruise thats what they are for. The design of the all the Carnival ships I have been on or the "Farkitecture" as people call it (Joe Farkus designer) is definitely different. And I think that is what sets Carnival apart from the rest. Anyone can do a plain -jane ultra modern vanilla space with no real differentation from the lobby to the casino. But Carnival ships are all about changing the experience from one space to the next. Whether its to your taste or not it, it definitely gives you something to look at and discover as you pass from room to room. Victory is no different. the lobby.. Wow gut wrenching green and over the top... But playful and fun. The casino... Wild red pagoda looking stuff and blue lion statues. Everywere you look its something to look at and everything is themed differently. Okay onto the actual cruise: Bars: Awesome service everywhere, we bought the cheers beverage package and made good use of it,. The comedy club was good, the karaoke was good pool bars were also good. I really felt that the crew on the ship went above and beyond every time we saw them. They remembered our names and what we drank. A++ For the beverage staff Food:Considering How many people they fed, I think they did a good job. The sea-day brunch was a very nice surprise and our servers in the dining room were fantastic. Now as far as the Matre d' is concerned. An over stuffed Italian with a horrible demeanor and even worse attitude. One of our party was dressed in shorts on the so called Elegant night and with scowl and huff the matre de Dofar I think was his name refused service. We returned with a pair of long Miller Lite pajamas and asked if it was ok. He said it was not but that we could eat anyway. We said thanks for the permission and went in. We watched as he turned several tables away. He needs to understand that a dress code can be suggested, however enforcing a dress code is not up to him. It is our vacation not his. Room: Absolutely hideous bathroom pink and brown tile, but clean as a whistle, comfortable and ha d no real issues. Overall: I liked this cruise. It was a Thursday thru Sunday itinerary which lends itself to lots of locals and it was a partying ship. Maybe more so than other itineraries. However we met other passengers from Scotland, England and Ireland as well as other states. If people driniking and partying isn't your scene maybe try a Princess cruise. If you want a good time, for a good price, then this is a good option.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was the worst cruise I have ever been on. I will never sail on Carnival again. Starting with making the reservations. The travel agent with Carnvial was very pushy. I was told no one would beat their price. After making my reservation ... Read More
This was the worst cruise I have ever been on. I will never sail on Carnival again. Starting with making the reservations. The travel agent with Carnvial was very pushy. I was told no one would beat their price. After making my reservation with her, I found that cheap cruises was giving $50. onboard credits for the same price. Since I booked 3 rooms that would have been $150. I asked Carnival to match it, and they refused. Part of the reason I had booked this ship was because they had a waterslide, and my grandson had enjoyed the waterslide on a Royal Carribean ship so much last summer. The first day on the ship I took him to the waterslide. He was about 1/2 inch shorter than the height requirement. The attendant wouldnt let him slide. I offered to go down the slide with him, but again the attendant refused. This was after waiting in line for about 30 minutes. The height requirement sign is only at the top where the attendant is standing. I was frustrated so I went to customer service. They said they would have someone contact me, but no one ever did. They did inform me of the kiddie pool which was about a 6 ft round pool with about 6 inches of water in it. A little too babyish for a 4 year old boy. It was a joke. So basically not a good cruise for his age group. The music on the main deck was obnoxiously loud, and it wasnt even good music. Carnival tries to get you to buy their expensive drinks to the point of where it is very irritating. They even pushed us to buy shots every evening at dinner in the main dining room! The entertainment was the pits! Dancers every night except one, when they had a comedian who wasnt even funny. I guess to try to liven up the boring dancers, they had them wear g-strings one night. They were still boring. The lines at breakfast were ridiculously long. The lines getting off the ship in Jamica took over 2 hours. Dont go to the public beach in Grand Caymen unless you want to pay $30 to rent a chair. They wouldnt even let us lay our towels in the sand. Not a fun vacation. After getting off the ship, I called Carnival to ask about their Fun Guarantee, that kept popping up on my computer screen. They said in order to be eligible for that, you have to request to get off the ship within 24 hours. Had I known how the cruise was going to go... I defintly would have asked to get off that ship. From here on out, If I decide to take another cruise, I will gladly pay a little extra for Royal Carribean. Much nicer ships, better service, defintly better play area for little ones, and larger rooms, and a much better time than Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
This was our 4th Cruise, 2nd with Carnival. It was my husband and I, and our 3 children. We stayed at the Comfort Suites Miami Airport North the night before. It was very nice, recently built and many restaurants within walking distance. ... Read More
This was our 4th Cruise, 2nd with Carnival. It was my husband and I, and our 3 children. We stayed at the Comfort Suites Miami Airport North the night before. It was very nice, recently built and many restaurants within walking distance. It includes your transportation from the airport and to the cruise terminal, as well as breakfast. You can also set up your transportation after the cruise there for a decent price. Embarkation was easy; once the hotel dropped us off we were on the ship within an hour, around 11:30 AM. We went to the Lido deck and had lunch, and room was ready by 1:00 and luggage arrived before the Muster drill. Our room was a balcony view, a little outdated but nothing to complain about. It was clean. We never really saw our room attendant, but he did clean our room twice a day. We were right under the lido deck and all night you could hear the chairs being moved around. I am not sure why, but you could really feel this boat move. On our 1st day, it moved so bad the pool was like a wave pool, but the waves in the ocean didn’t seem so big. I talked to an employee and she said it was always wavier on the way there but better on the way back. It didn’t bother us, but if you get sea sick easy, this boat is not for you. On the last night, it got really wavy in the ocean and wind picked up due to a cold front coming in and they stopped letting people up on the higher decks. We went to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. Grand Turk was great; It seemed to have something for everyone. We just went to the beach and relaxed and fun swimming. They do have rafts you can rent and inflatables that you can play on for $10 all day. Half Moon Cay is the private island of Carnival and you have to take a tender to it, but once you get there, it is worth the wait. Beautiful beach, but the water is a little colder than Grand Turk. You can purchase drinks there but the prices are higher than the on the boat and a limited selection. Nassau was okay. We were beached out by the time we got to here, but didn’t want to pay the outrageous prices for Atlantis. We took the city tour, for our party of 6 it was $100. He drove us around, took us to the water tower, shopping and to Atlantis to walk around. When got back we did some shopping, but a lot of people trying to get you to buy stuff outside the stores. The ship warned us about safety there and said not to leave the tourist areas, but I never felt a threat there. Overall it was a great cruise, and we had a good time.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
My friend and I set sail out of Miami on January 6, 2014 for a week of no kids or husbands. We arrived very early...and embarking was quick and painless. Ana...a front desk customer service crew member was rude and not delightful. :-( ... Read More
My friend and I set sail out of Miami on January 6, 2014 for a week of no kids or husbands. We arrived very early...and embarking was quick and painless. Ana...a front desk customer service crew member was rude and not delightful. :-( The victory was mediocre...nothing special AT ALL. And who was the cruise director?? WHO KNEW?? you heard him occasionally on the speaker, and only saw him once a day if you went to the theatre. He was not a fun and energetic director. Goose was his name. He was ok, but definitely far from the best. The room was old, and I took a picture of the ceiling over the vanity...YUCK! Sprayed coke or something all over the ceiling. There was hair on the ceiling above the shower that belonged to neither my friend, or myself. The room steward was nice, but he did enter without knocking one time when I was napping and my friend was in the shower. No fridge.. Carnival tender...STINKS! I HATE having to get in a line to get a ticket, to wait, to get in another line to get on the tender. The food...eh...not great..and Chopsticks made my friend throw up and me almost throwing up. That was on day two. One nice entertainment crew member, Lee...he gave me a ship on a stick to take home to hubby. that was the highlight, I guess. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
First, let me start by stating that this is only the second cruise that I have been on, so I don't have much to compare it to other than the Celebrity cruise I took with my husband out of Spain two years ago. Overall, we had a good ... Read More
First, let me start by stating that this is only the second cruise that I have been on, so I don't have much to compare it to other than the Celebrity cruise I took with my husband out of Spain two years ago. Overall, we had a good time on the Carnival Victory which we sailed on from Miami on June 1. I always say, you get out of your vacation what you want. If you want to complain about every little detail . . . you set yourself up for a bad time and horrible memories. Go with the flow and try to relax and have a great time. Boarding and leaving Miami was a breeze. We stayed the night at the Marriott Biscayne Bay and got a tax over in the morning around 11:30. I think the whole process took about 25 minutes to get our id's (for my husband, myself, son and our nephew), get a photo taken and get on the ship. We were told to go have lunch on the Lido deck while the rooms were being prepared. With that being said, we headed that way, and were shocked to already see somewhat long lines for the lunch service. I have read reviews before on here regarding the Victory and its layout, and they were point on. The ship is designed poorly so the lines backup and the flow is not good. It took us awhile to get through and get seated and have lunch, but it was not anything that would make the average person too upset. I did, however, notice right away, that the options for healthy dining on this ship were going to be somewhat limited at the buffets. They served massive amounts of hot dogs, hamburgers and fries every day, and that line was always long. There was a place called Chop Sticks which offered some Chinese food options (which were a lot better tasting than some of the other offerings) and a deli that made sandwiches fresh to order. I made a habit to hit the Mediterranean buffet every day at lunch to fix myself a big salad. The choices for veggies, salad dressings and toppings were always pretty good. This buffet also served different meat options each day, and one day did have roasted turkey that was pretty tasty. I also had a made to order omelet each morning from the omelet station, and those were fine. As far as the main dining room in the evenings, we did the anytime dining in the Atlantic each night. The food was hit or miss there each night. Some of the entrees we ordered were pretty good, but then there were nights that some of the food ordered were barely touched because of lack of flavor, or bad flavor, etc. I don't want to spend my whole review talking about the food on the ship, but just think people should know that they should expect to wait in some long lines in order to get breakfast and lunch. Also, one of the other complaints I did have about the buffet lines has nothing to do with the Carnival Victory at all. It is the people. It amazed me to watch how people behaved at the buffets, and I know that I am not the only cruiser who noticed it, because several people we had met and talked to on the ship had the same complaints. We saw people eat off a piece of honeydew melon one morning and leave the rind from it right in the middle of the place where your plate would go as you move down the buffet line. Also, several of the people acted like they were never going to get another meal, and would cut, take way more food than they would eat, etc. It was just a bit disturbing to witness, and I am not easily offended, etc. Staff on ship was overall very friendly. There were three EXCELLENT bartenders at the Sirens Pool bar at rear (aft) of the ship. Their names were Cindy, Kayun and Eugene. They went out of their way to help the guests back there. We made sure and tip them additional for each drink because they were so good. Speaking of drinks, we purchased the drink package for approximately $49 per person per day (with a limit of 15 drinks per person per day). Overall, we didn't drink enough to cover that entire $500 plus it cost us, but both my husband and I liked the idea of not worrying what our bill would look like in the end. Also, when I have a mixed drink, I don't want the house brand of liquor due to the fact that it gives me a headache (even after one). So, it felt good to know I could order all the margaritas, etc. that I wanted with top shelf liquor. So, I guess it depends on what type of drinker you are as to whether or not you purchase the package. We met some folks that drank their limit each day so they were pretty happy with the cost! :-)As other cruisers have mentioned, the ship is old, and does not some renovations, but overall it was clean. The staff works hard to maintain it. However, we did notice a lot of people leaving drinks on the elevators and glasses, etc. wherever they wanted on the ship. I say treat it like it is your own home, and that will help with the messes. Ports were fun. We did the Dunns River Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and we had a really good time. Water is cool and refreshing. Just be prepared to get driven crazy for tip money at every turn while in Jamaica. We also did the Bob-sled at Mystic Mountain, and my son and nephew both loved that. Grand Cayman was our favorite. We did a tour with Captain Marvins to the Stingray City, and it was an incredible experience. We also did a snorkeling stop at a reef, and we all enjoyed it. The water was very rough the day we were out because of the tropical storm Andrea, but we still were able to do our excursions. Getting back to the boat from Grand Cayman takes a little time because you have to tender to the ship by a small boat. Be prepared to wait in a long line, with little shade.Also, we did a lot of the shows in the evening, and found them all very entertaining. These kids on the ship work really hard to put on a good production. It is no Vegas high dollar show, but it was some decent entertainment for the venue. We also like the trivia that was offered at the casino bar at various points during the cruise, and we enjoyed the live band that played at the casino each night as well.Definitely want to do another cruise again, but just think my family would enjoy a newer ship a little more. Definitely worth the price to do this cruise, just be prepared for it to be pretty basic with no glam. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
If I had a choice to do it over again, there would be no way that I would ever book with Carnival again! We have never been treated so rudely by staff in our life. My daughter was treated so badly that she never went back to the desert ... Read More
If I had a choice to do it over again, there would be no way that I would ever book with Carnival again! We have never been treated so rudely by staff in our life. My daughter was treated so badly that she never went back to the desert bar, which was sad to me since she just accepted in Denver's culinary arts program as a junior in High School. We were drug around for 15-20mins by a hostess that took us to three different restaurants on the ship and when asked what was going on we were yelled at by the Manager that if we didn't go we would have top wait for an hr, that was what were planning on since we were going to take pictures. I was very offend being treated like I was a child. Then you having flashing moving lights in the middle of dinner for a waiter dance, as a migraine suffer this caused me to have leave the restaurant ASAP as I couldn't stand the pain and again this was not our normal restaurant. That whole experience ruined our entire night, as I had to go bed with medication.My carnival card was grabbed out of my hand when returning to the ship by an employee because I didn't know know what she wanted to me to do, would of been helpful if she would of gotten the phone! We would order food/drinks at dinner and would never get them. We got tired of having to ask again and treated like we were bothering them, so we just gave up.We encountered this treatment throughout the whole cruise!!I finally lost it when the carnival shuttle staff took our tickets and ended up putting us on the wrong shuttle to wrong airport and then I had to pay for a $75. taxi ride to get us back to Miami instead of Ft. Lauderdale and one of suitcases was destroyed on the plane that one of the wheels was just hanging on by a thread and my son had to carry it all the way to the car.You will also pay for everything you do on the cruise, Bingo, Putput golf, Pingpong everything was $25. a person, nothing is included. We have traveled all over the world and this was our first cruise and we are not even sure that we ever want to go on a cruise again after this experience with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
This was our 4th cruise on Carnival. The last time (2006) we decided we would never go on Carnival again. We have been on around 18 cruises so far. The price was just too good to pass up. Husband, son, daughter-in-law and myself left on ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise on Carnival. The last time (2006) we decided we would never go on Carnival again. We have been on around 18 cruises so far. The price was just too good to pass up. Husband, son, daughter-in-law and myself left on May 22nd for a five day cruise on the Victory. Embarkation was probably only 15 minutes. Lunch buffet was really good. Rooms were ready around 1:15. Service was very good. So far so good. The first thing we did was flush our toilets and they worked. Air conditioning was not working up to par but was fixed very fast. Shower head was not putting out much water and not hot water. That also was fixed very fast. We ate at "anytime" in the Atlantic Dining room. Waiters Michael and Oliver were our favorites. All of the staff tried to remember our first names during the meal. Dinners on this ship were the best we have ever had and large potions. Listen to your waiters for tips on what is the best. Lunch buffet was not my favorite but I could find something to eat that was good. Although you have many great choices to make your own salads with many salads dressings. What I did not like was that on all but one day there was not a dining room open for lunch. The entire ship had to go to 9th floor to stand in huge lines to find something to eat. This also means trying to find a CLEAN table. Dishes were stacked up on tables that had not been cleaned. Guest were stacking dishes to clean off their own table so they could eat. One day I did see a senior matrade I thought his name was Marvin but was told later that was not his name. Any way he was going around stacking dishes and helping his staff clean the table faster. I complimented him but later on the problem persist and he was not around nor any other day. Entertainment was just okay except the last night and it was super. The female singer was off key many times. Son and Daughter-in-law went scuba diving at Grand Turk. They had a great time. They saw a turtle arms length away and a baby nursing shark. My favorite is Half Moon Cay. My favorite beach of all time. We just shopped in Nassau. We had cabin 6207. It was noisy each morning at port. The crew were working. It is a smaller handicap room, bathroom and balcony than we have ever seen, but it was just fine otherwise. The service from everyone was very good. You could tell they were trying very hard and it worked. Disembarkation went faster than they ever predicted. We were out in our shuttle about 30 minutes early. To sum up our cruise: even though we are platinum on NCL, I would sale carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
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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