127 Carnival Victory Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Caribbean - Western

Where do I begin. The embarkation process was long. It took almost a hour to get onto the boat. Once on the boat, we went to lunch. A friend that is allergic to tomato's asked for condiments without tomato's. The cook jut ... Read More
Where do I begin. The embarkation process was long. It took almost a hour to get onto the boat. Once on the boat, we went to lunch. A friend that is allergic to tomato's asked for condiments without tomato's. The cook jut removed the tomato's and attempted to give to her. She is allergic, they can't touch the other condiments. When she asked for a fresh plate that tomato's hadn't touched, the cook sighed and gave her attitude. How do you have attitude, this early in a cruise. Thought it was a isolated incident but it wasn't. Some staff were cordial but I got a lot of attitude from several staff at various times, when asking just basic questions. As well as being given misinformation from some staff. This is my 5th Cruise, 3rd with Carnival and I have never experienced a staff like they have on the Carnival Victory and I don't mean that in a good way. My first cruise was 20 years ago and the muster station process ha not changed and I needs to. Once you have waited a hour to get on the boat who wants to stand on a hot deck again. If you are in the back you can't hear or see the demonstration. Once you enter your state room, the process is playing on the TV. Why not have everyone watch the process in their state room. Then at a certain time, do the procedure in hallway of your state room, have the cabin steward perform them and then show where the boats are and have the passengers sign waivers. There has to be a better process. This time 2 passengers passed out due to it being too hot. My first cruise 20 years ago, they had midnight buffets. That if you were sleep you woke up to go to the Midnight buffet because the food was so good and the presentation was so beautiful that if you didn't eat, you still wanted to see the beautiful presentation of the food with the ice sculptures and such. The food on the Victory, got worse every day. No variety. The buffets had the same thing every day. The dining room food was no better. Since when do they have a up charge for Surf and Turf. In 2012 that was our meal at the Captains dinner. So disappointed with the food. This site stated they have a Sushi bar. They don't have a Sushi Bar... The cabin was a great size. The windows were so dirty you could barely see out of them. Every other cruise, at ports the staff were always cleaning the windows as we went on excursions. Never saw that happen this cruise and all the windows around the boat needed it badly. During this cruise, the production stage was down. So there was NO production shows until the last day. The club atmosphere was cool. Comedy shows good. Not enough parties on the Lido deck, like I expected. Use to daily parites on that deck that include congo lines and engaging the cruisers. They were not enough planned activities Disembarkation was fast for self assist. A lot of cruisers were double billed for things on their bill. I saw a lot of complaints of this at the guest services desk. You are allowed to bring on some beverages and you can also purchase them online pre cruise. I like this feature but ended up leaving most and not being able to enjoy them because my cabin steward was never around and never left ice for the beverages to be chilled and the rooms have no mini fridges. On the first day, I asked my cabin steward to keep me with some ice so I could enjoy my beverages. That didn't happen. I don't keep a junky room so sometimes it was hard to tell if he was ever in the room. At one point, I had sand on my floor for 2 days. The service I received from my cabin steward, did not meet my expectations, at all. In order to receive a band aide, you were charged $1.25. $10 for a ace band aide. $60 if the nurse put it on. Kind of excessive. But I must say that a medical emergency occurred on this trip and the staff was very exceptional in this area. They may have saved some ones life. And for this I must commend them. Bless you for that. We did the Dunns River Falls excursion with Bobsledding. The only bad thing I can say is that it wasn't long enough. We had a ball at both and everyone we encountered was very friendly. On the Falls a person in our group was struggling and wanted to quit. Our guide was so good, he took her hand the rest of the way and make sure she was good as well as leading the rest of us. Can't remember his name but the number on his shirt is #34. He is the bomb. He will take care of you. The falls, can be intimidating but with him. I felt secure that he would get me to the top safely. Our video guy was Rory. He did a great job as well. How he can run the rocks is beyond me. He captured the moment, as I watch the tape, he got everything. Worth the $40, you want the video. Everyone lets you know that the vendors are aggressive but I didn't find them to be. They only wanted you to look at their items. If you said No Thank You, I didn't experience any aggressiveness. After the falls we decided to do a relaxing all inclusive beach excursion on Tiki Beach. Food was good. Especially the jerk chicken. We were offered a beach cabana with nothing for $85 then $50. We declined after last year getting a beach cabana with electricity, floating devices, a bottle of wine & fruit and your personal waiter for $60pp. Not sure if we were in rough waters but this boat rocked the whole times as if it needed new stablizers, I had never experienced this before. Carnival Victory needs a overhaul by no way did this cruise meet my expectations. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Victory We arrived into MIA at 9:00am. Took a cab. It's a flat rate of $28.00. Best way to get to the port of Miami. If you're less them 6 people it's better pricing then a shared bus. I purchased a hop on hop off ... Read More
Victory We arrived into MIA at 9:00am. Took a cab. It's a flat rate of $28.00. Best way to get to the port of Miami. If you're less them 6 people it's better pricing then a shared bus. I purchased a hop on hop off bus tour on Big Bus. I purchased thru Travelzoo. This was very affordable because the tour was 50%off the normal pricing. This is a great way to see Miami!! My 13 year old loved the Wynnwood District. This is the green your bus. We were able to do the south beach your and Wynnwood in 3.5 hours. We didn't get off the bus. The Big Bus held out luggage while we toured. We picked them up after. It was a $5.00 cab ride to get to the port terminal. Arrived at port at 2:00pm. This was perfect lines to get on the ship were only 25 minutes at best. Cabin 2383 Deck 2 Our cabin had a window. It was large! I've been on 8 cruises this was one of the largest cabins I've ever had. There was a king bed. A trundle bed. The bathroom was large with a vanity with a cabinet for storage Two closets, a vanity, and four drawers dresser there were two night stands with storage inside the third closet had some area for storage. You could put suitcases under bed as well. The room had a safe. When arriving we noticed black hairs in the bathroom. Our room steward Herry cleaned this up. Overall, the room was nice not updated but nice. The ship Activities: For the kids Lido deck They have a blue Twister slide. Two pools 3 hot tubs for the entire family. This Area has a lot of chairs and tables. Multiple levels. There is a dive in movie theatre. During the day the play pictures if fish etc. Very relaxing. The lido can get very loud. The dj plays several hours per day. They do a sail away Miami. They had a St Jude's fund raiser on the last day at sea. The kids really enjoyed that party. Adult pools-21 and over There's a serenity deck with two levels. One has just chaise loungers and chairs. That level also has the spa like outside showers. Very refreshing after an hour in the sun. The other level had two hot tubs. Chaise loungers, chairs and a bar. This part is more lively. Adult pool Back of ship. A large pool with two hot tubs. I can honestly say I didn't see any children swimming in this areas. There's two bars. There's a coffee station as well as ice cream station. There's outside grill and the pizza pirates in this area as well This area has people over 18 years of age. You will see children in the area getting food. Activities children Camp Carnival for kids 8&over It was very organized as I registered my two girls before our trip. They have activities in the am and afternoon they close between lunch and early afternoon. The later after 10:00pm activities will be a charge. My 8 year old didn't want to be in the club as she still wants to hang out with mommy. The kids I saw in the club seemed to really enjoy their time. I did see slot of younger under 10 walking around the ship unattended. I thought this wasn't responsible of the families. One girl was lost!! Circle C for 12&14 My daughter who is almost 13 loved it! She went to the meet and greet the first night! She met a lot of kids her age. There were activities daily and nightly. She had a great time. I let her go to the circle club alone and gave her a curfew each night. Family activities Sail away party was a blast! They have two nightly shows. Early and later tines. Except on the last night. We did bingo on the first night and last afternoon. My kids loved it ! Again additional money for the activity. My daughters and I did the salsa and all the single ladies dance classes. They were organized and fun! We went to the family comedy show. We did family keroke every night. St Jude's dance party on the deck. Lots of fun! Adult activities Casino lots of partying. Bars open all day and night. White party. Comedy shows for over 21. Dining Buffet dining everyday. All meals. They have a pacific and Atlantic dining rooms for early dining or late. This was assigned seating. The ship offers anytime dining. This was the option I wanted but didn't get. My daughters and I ate at the pacific dining room. Good was good. I really use the dining as an opportunity to work on dinning teaching. We go out every weekend at home. Each night we got dressed up and made every night fun! We had Rudolf as our server. He was from Brazil. Very nice. He knew after the first night what our liked were. I had to tip him additional because his service was excellent! The food quality on carnival victory was good. We didn't starve Sea day brunch day I love breakfast brunch. My girls and I loved sea day. The good was great! If you want drinks it's additional. Day one Miami hop on hop off Day two sea day Perfect way to start Day three Grand cayman sting ray city tiki beach Bought the excursion thru carnival 199.00 for one adult two children Sting ray city was amazing a must do! Kids loved it and so did I Tiki beach The reviews were correct. Very rocky beach at the end of seven mile beach. Very pricey drinks paid $30.00 for 3 drinks 2 were non alcoholic. Wasn't thrilled with that pricing We were able to get chaise loungers and one rum punch was included. If you go out to the beach and walk to the left for 5 minutes you're at another public beach. Much, much nicer No rocks. Our excursion included transportation. Moby dick tours will pick you up at the dock and do the tour for 35.00 per child and 45.00 per adult. They offered to drop us off at the beach. Thus was a better deal because the tiki beach excursion with the rocks at the beach was horrible. But I didn't have enough time to book. If I go back I'd do the beach day at Westin and get s day pass. The seven mike beach is beautiful. The comfort inn offers a day pass as well. That hotel would be fine for the day but you have to walk down s path to get to beach Day four Jamaica We visited our local friends Dunn river falls. Beautiful place. Don't skip this excursion Yes its a tourist trap but it's worth it! When you get off the pier use an outside vendors. The locals will take good care of you. This is their livelihood. I did the blow holes several months ago. They were nice but Dunns river is breath taking Mystic mountain Sky explorer was beautiful. It takes you to the top of mystic. There's a restaurant up there as well as vendors. There's a infinity pi with a twists slide. The bobsled ride is a blast as well. So much fun! Overall Victory was very nice. It's a very diverse group of people. You will see everything from arguing on the deck. To people being so drunk they need a wheel chair. It's what you make of it. If you like to drink buy the drink package. I had a few drinks daily and still spent $700.00 total for extras. Pictures, one excursion, tips. Plus the price of my cruise In the future I will research my excursions outside of carnival. They price match Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We were concerned about the condition of the ship based on some reviews. It was in good condition. There are things were you can see wear and tear. For example, our cabin's rug had a piece that was torn and was missing a small ... Read More
We were concerned about the condition of the ship based on some reviews. It was in good condition. There are things were you can see wear and tear. For example, our cabin's rug had a piece that was torn and was missing a small piece of rug. The bathroom had a little damage on the sink area and the caulk around the tiles look worn. But, for most part everything is in good condition. We had a outside window cabin and it was spacious for cruise ship standards. Food was okay. Two musical shows they offered were amazing. Non-stop singing, dancing, change of wardrobes, change of sceneries, etc. Totally entertaining. We did the Dr. Seuss parade and story time. It was very good. I have to say that their Cruise Director Marcelo does a great job. He is funny, nice and approachable. the first night show as well as the typical couple question shows that most cruises offer were a success thanks to him. He is hilarious and provided great entertainment. There is a lot to do. Music throughout the cruise was great. I did not enjoy all the lines I had to do. I am not sure why, but I have never been on a cruise that I have had to do more lines than this one. From from the beginning over an hour just to get on the ship. Super super super long line. They need to put more attendants to move that line faster. It was very frustrating and put me in a bad mood to start a cruise. Any time we were going to go eat at the Lido deck there were long lines. Very frustrating. I really never enjoyed any of the food in the lido deck. Breakfast was the food that was always good. Dinner was a hit and miss. Sometimes it was very good and other times disappointing. Appetizers were great, the issue was with the main entrée. I was better off just eating all appetizers. Never had a lunch that I really enjoyed. The pizza was good, but get ready for a long line and a long wait. There were lines to take pictures. There were lines to go into some of the shows. There were lines to play miniature golf. Lines, lines and lines... For golf there were never enough clubs. If you went at night there were hardly any balls to play, so we would have to share clubs and balls to play. For first time found some staff that were just not nice especially a gentleman at Pixels the picture place. He was just rude to everybody. Not sure if they are over worked. Our waitress was always rushed and could not focus on getting our order or have a conversation without looking around and being pulled away. They work hard, no question on that. I liked it better when you had the same wait staff all cruise. They got to know you and what you liked. It seemed like they would get frustrated if you asked for something extra or out of time. My son is a good eater and ordered a large breakfast at the brunch they offered. For first time every I heard a waiter say "that is a lot of food". Guess what, he ate it all. Picture quality has also dropped, they are trying to take so many pictures and again so many long lines that they are just rushing people through and the results are pictures with arms cut off, no concerns if the kids are smiling correctly, if ties are straight or shirts are out of place because of the positions they put you in. The results of this was that we had to takes over 30 pictures to get just a few that were worth paying $22 for. I did feel at times that we were being pressured to pay for the extras that are offered. I guess the days of all inclusive cruise are truly gone. Felt we were being nickled and dimed for activities. Not sure if they do this to limit the folks that will attend to control how many people will go to the activities? Or maybe they are just looking to make money any where they can. The pools and Jacuzzis were crowded. There was a line for the slide. Did not enjoy the ports of call nor the times we were there. Hard to do anything in Key West getting there at 7:30 AM and leaving at 2 PM. By the time we had breakfast and got off the ship we only had several hours to do anything. Oh, did I tell you that we had to wait almost an hour in the hot sun to get back on the ship in Key West. For Conzumel you get there at 1 PM (noon Conzumel time), but all beach ativies close at 5 PM. So, by the time you get off the ship and get to wherever you are going you can only enjoy it for 3 1/2 hours. Did not enjoy Conzumel that much. This was my third time there and my least favorite. It is totally commercialized. There are all these resorts that want your money to be able to use the beach. Downtown did not feel safe. Considering the exchange rate, they have US prices for activities, food and drinks. But, they pay Mexican salaries, so someone is making tons of money. Good thing was that there was not a line to get back on the ship. I found the Carnival excursions very expensive compared to the excursions you find in the ports. Disembarkation in Miami was easy. We were able to have breakfast and then find a nice spot we can sit and talk for a little bit over an hour until we got called at around 10:30 AM to get off the ship. Would be great if they did have some entertainment while we waited to get off. It does make it seem longer since there is nothing at all to do other than sit and wait. Perhaps music, anything that would entertain the folks and easy enough for them to be willing to walk away from it when they are called. This whole disembarkation process has always been a sore item. The number process some way seemed a little more organized then before. You do have an idea as to when you will disembark. At least they are not charging for early disembarkation as they do for early/fast embarkation when you first board. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We live 30 minutes from the Port of Miami so we drove to port and parked there. Embarkation was super fast since since We are Platinum VIP. As soon as we boarded the ship, we checked out our cabin, then headed for lunch on the Lido ... Read More
We live 30 minutes from the Port of Miami so we drove to port and parked there. Embarkation was super fast since since We are Platinum VIP. As soon as we boarded the ship, we checked out our cabin, then headed for lunch on the Lido deck. We booked a balcony for this trip which was very spacious. I have sailed on this ship 3 times(in 2004, last summer, and now) This ship is in great condition and looks as new as it did back then. All of the crew members went above and beyond for all of the passengers. It was great to see my former room steward last year promoted to Casino bar bartender. Also the Casino Bar Band was the same that I had sailed with last year on the Liberty. It was great seeing them. They're amazing. There are so many fun activities scheduled. The entertainment staff and Cruise Director, Marcelo, are Carnival's Best. They're so funny and so much fun. The singers and performers are the best that I have seen on any ship. They still have the Production shows on this ship which I love. The food is delicious and there is a lot of variety even though they don't have the 2.0 upgrades. We had any time dining. Everything in the dining room was delicious, and the service was excellent! In Key West, we took the Conch Trolley Tour which we loved. In Cozumel we booked a Wave runner(jet ski) and snorkeling tour. We loved it! The tour guides stay with you the whole time to make sure that you feel comfortable operating it. I highly recommend sailing on this ship. It is the perfect size and it is very well maintained and taken care of. The service food, and entertainment were Excellent! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Granted that i have vacation on several cruise lines including the carnival. Booking with the carnival was a ''no brainer" for my family of six which include [3 young adults}. The ship have showed some age and needs some ... Read More
Granted that i have vacation on several cruise lines including the carnival. Booking with the carnival was a ''no brainer" for my family of six which include [3 young adults}. The ship have showed some age and needs some major upgrades. Rooms were average..toilets had a permanent black ring inside of the bowl...carpet looks very worn out! Food was a hit or missed on certain days!! Under cook lobster at dinner that was return to the kitchen twice!! Sections of the top deck was rope off for renovations and can visable see the wooden deck ripped off the floor. The entertament was excellent with the party host and dj was great!!! Motown show is a must see!! The cabin crew overall was great and friendly. Bingo is very deciptive and a joke!!! Advertise that the last day if you play bingo somebody will win $5,000...not!! They did not explain that you can only win the $5000 if you get bingo within the first 38 number draws. After the 38 draw whoever gets bingo wins $500. Really?? My kids had a great time and want to go back. Next time we vacation on the carnival i will make sure the ship is one of there newer ships before i book. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Just returned from the 4 day sailing on the Victory. As stated the ship is dated. Carpeting, and room furnishing could definitely use an update. For the most part staff was courteous, with a few exceptions. I wanted to go the Serenity ... Read More
Just returned from the 4 day sailing on the Victory. As stated the ship is dated. Carpeting, and room furnishing could definitely use an update. For the most part staff was courteous, with a few exceptions. I wanted to go the Serenity Pool and I was looking around the Spa asked them where it was, and they sent me to the Adult pool, on the other end of the ship and two decks down, when the Serenity Pool was right above me. This happened again when asking another crew member, when I was sent to the adult pool, where the serenity pool was. Serenity pool is nice but up high on deck 12, and not quiet since it is above the main pool, where the dj and all the events are held, so much for Serenity. Lines for the buffet are long, if you just want burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets and fries there is a buffet at the adult pool and line is never long. If you want pizza the line is also long, but well worth the wait, try right after the lunch hour, and it's much shorter. Wait staff in the dining room is fair at best we waited an hour and forty minutes for dinner to arrive after having ordered. If you want a good waiter ask for Hashbon, he was great. After two bad waiters first. Food was fair, but as on most cruise lines you can order as much as you would like. There is no speciality restaurant onboard, you can however order filet, and lobster any night for an additional fee of $20. Lobster and Prime Rib are however offered once during cruise and although separate entrees you can certainly order one of each and there you have your surf and turf. Every evening the wait staff put on a little show, cute but cheesey. Also know with any-time dining you can not choose to sit with others, you can only sit with who you came with. I was traveling with my teen-age daughter, and her got to her that she had to eat and only talk to mom each night. Just a side note, only cruise I've been where you can't find chocolate croissants, or chocolate chip cookies. Embarkation was a breeze, but we did have priority boarding well worth it. We checked in were given our room card, and with-in 30 minutes were in our cabin. Room steward was fine, room was always clean and the cute towel animals were on our beds every evening. We stayed in cabin 7270 an ocean suite. Room was fairly large two nice size closets, nice couch and small chair both dated. The cabin did have a dressing area that was nice and a separate bathroom. Note if you have any mobility issues the shower is also a jacuzzi tub so it is a very large step over to get into the shower. There is also No Helping Handle so it makes it a bit tricky. We did play Bingo, it was a little pricey, $20, 30, 40, but the system for getting your cards was a breeze you filled out an order form,before the game, and entertainment staff handed you your cards, no waiting in life, easy as pie. Be care when they say you can win a shore excursion or diamond prize, there is only ONE winner, so if there are multiple BINGO's called you pull an old Bingo Ball from the bucket the highest number wins. Entertainment the shows were average, with the steps seeming very basic with poor transitions between moves. The cruise director, Donkey who has taken some flack on this site, has a dry sarcastic sense of humor, so I can see where he can be offensive, but I think that's the persona he puts on for his job but doesn't really mean it. There is however a time and place for sarcasm. Laura, Shimmer, assistant cruise director was great and very personable. Great job at Bingo, and on deck party. The George Lopez, Comedy Club run by Tiny Tim was also great. We did go to the R rated shows and they did a great job of telling people it was R rated and if you were offended to leave, they also did not let in children under 18. Lou and Spike were HILARIOUS! Special Shout Out goes to entertainment staff Nicole really GREAT. The public rooms were adequate, just a note if you are not skin and bones the chairs will not be comfortable. They are not meant for larger people. We did not take any shore excursions since we had bee to both stops previously. Unless you go to the shopping seminars you will not have access to a map. I would think Carnival could leave them out on port days to make it easier but what do I know. Photographers were everywhere, as always hopefully soon they will attach your pictures to your cabin card where you can just insert into a machine to view, so you're not standing for hours looking for your photos. That would be very helpful to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
My family and I took our first cruise back in October on the Norwegian SKY. We loved it very much and decided we would try Carnival to visit Jamaica and Grand Cayman. We were told Carnival is known for being a "Party Cruise". ... Read More
My family and I took our first cruise back in October on the Norwegian SKY. We loved it very much and decided we would try Carnival to visit Jamaica and Grand Cayman. We were told Carnival is known for being a "Party Cruise". We ignored the warning and decided to see for ourselves. Well-we were in for a LOUD and definitely not a family friendly cruise. I understand fun...but this main pool area was so obnoxiously loud and geared towards the "party crowd"...that there was no time for relaxation and just enjoying our children and vacation time at Sea. Unfortunately, there were 2 "fun" days at sea and the kids wanted to use the waterslide, which was in the "loud pool area". Don't get me wrong...there is a small area on the back of the ship where adults can find a quieter pool area...but we couldn't leave our kids alone at the waterslide area...so that was not an option for us. As far as other areas of the disappointing ship experience, I did not care for the scheduled dinner times. We had the 6pm seating time. I didn't like the limited flexibility we had with that. The food was OK, but nothing to write home about. The Cruise director did not impress me in the least bit, nor did the entertainment staff. By the second night on ship, we had a very loud banging outside our ship ocean view window. They said the ship was booked solid so they could not move a family of 4. They offered us "ear plugs". Mind you, this happened ALL the time while the ship was moving...so sleepless nights were guaranteed. They did offer a SMALL contribution to our onboard account, but nothing that would make me want to try Carnival again. Another negative was that there were no "family activities" in the main areas. The kids either went to the Carnival Camp (which is basically just a room for day care) or they weren't really included in any of the activities, whereas our Norwegian Cruise really catered to families thru out the ship each day. The reason I did not give them a 1 for terrible is because I absolutely had a blast in Jamaica and Grand Cayman, so I can't say I had a 100% terrible time on this vacation. All in all, unless you are on Spring Break and ready to party...DON'T waste your vacation time nor your valuable quality time with your family. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We had such a great time on the victory. Our room was kept in perfect order with our steward Raynon. The food was excellent from my omelet at the breakfast grill to my reuben at the deli and dinner in the evening. Our waiter Innocenti was ... Read More
We had such a great time on the victory. Our room was kept in perfect order with our steward Raynon. The food was excellent from my omelet at the breakfast grill to my reuben at the deli and dinner in the evening. Our waiter Innocenti was great along with his assistants Ken and Felix, who provided such a wonderful dining experience, the food arrived at perfect temperature and met all expectations. We really enjoyed the piano bar with Steve Dooks. If you enjoy this sort of entertainment definitely check this out. Kadek will keep your beverages coming while you sing with your new friends. I would definitely go on the Victory again and lucky for us she will be moving to Port Canaveral next year which is only a 20 minute drive. Thank you to the crew for a great vacation. Gotta love Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We had a great time on Carnival Victory! We were on the first sailing after drydock (4/4/15). It's an older ship, but looked good. The 2 new bars looked nice. I will say that I would never sail during spring break again. There were ... Read More
We had a great time on Carnival Victory! We were on the first sailing after drydock (4/4/15). It's an older ship, but looked good. The 2 new bars looked nice. I will say that I would never sail during spring break again. There were 1,000+ kids onboard, and they were not well-behaved. We saw paintings hanging by their wires on the walls. Our 2 teens decided not to go to the teen club program and hang with us. One heard a group of kids saying they wanted to fight each other. Knocking paintings off the wall so they were hanging by wires. Running the halls until after 1AM while screeching - not so relaxing, and I don't understand parents letting their kids do this. It was crazy around the pools when the larger kids were jumping on top of smaller ones and throwing items at each other. Parents not in sight. Security on the ship could have been better. Overall service by Carnival staff was excellent. Our cabin steward Hery was amazing. We preferred dining in the Lido buffet areas. Food was awesome in the main dining room though! LOVED room service, and we always had cash for tipping. Well worth it. We did purchase Faster to the Fun - well worth the money to get on the ship and into our cabin early. Plus we were able to get off the ship early, too. For future family cruises, we will likely sail on a newer ship with more entertainment options for us and the kids. I wouldn't mind sailing on Victory with my husband during less peak times. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We went on this cruise for our two year anniversary and we enjoyed it a lot. The best thing about it was great food. Also, service was excellent for just staff on ship to our waiter to our steward. Everyone was so kind and happy. The ship ... Read More
We went on this cruise for our two year anniversary and we enjoyed it a lot. The best thing about it was great food. Also, service was excellent for just staff on ship to our waiter to our steward. Everyone was so kind and happy. The ship is a little old, but everything was so clean that we didn't even pay attention to some outdated things. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our 9th Carnival cruise and once again we had a fabulous time. It is true that Carnival has made cutbacks through the years and we miss things like the grand buffet and welcome basket. This time the famous Carnival chocolates were ... Read More
This was our 9th Carnival cruise and once again we had a fabulous time. It is true that Carnival has made cutbacks through the years and we miss things like the grand buffet and welcome basket. This time the famous Carnival chocolates were even missing from our beds at night. However, the staff on this ship was some of the best we've ever encountered and we had another wonderful time. The waits at the buffet line were not as bad as we expected. The food was delicious as always and plenty warm enough for us. I personally loved the nautical decorations. The cruise director, Marcello, was hilarious and approachable and the shows were hands-down the best we've seen on any ship. If you are a high maintenance person, this is not the ship for you. It is missing the specialty restaurants we've come to love on other ships, and the room we were in had a worn out bulky television with terrible color and no mini fridge. The ship is showing plenty of wear if that's what you want to focus on. If you are an easy going person that wants an affordable fun cruise, you will love the Victory. It has everything you could possibly need for a wonderful cruise. The activities and people truly make up for anything the ship is lacking and you'll pay less than you would for the fancier ships. Debarkation was not as smooth as it should have been. We carried our own bags and did self debarkation and there was a lot more congestion than there has been on other ships. We still were in our vehicle heading home at 9:30. In Jamaica, we did the Dunns River Falls and Horseback Riding with Swim excursion. The falls are so much fun to climb! The horseback riding was not that great, but riding on the horses swimming in the ocean was well worth it. In Grand Cayman, we just took a taxi to a beach where we could do water sports. This was our third trip to the island and we had already seen the stingrays and dolphins, etc. YOU REALLY DON'T WANT TO MISS THE SHOWS AT NIGHT!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I have sailed on a few other Carnival ships in the past. The Victory is not the newest or nicest but they make up for it with the staff and activities. The ship itself is a little dated and the cabins could probably use some remodeling ... Read More
I have sailed on a few other Carnival ships in the past. The Victory is not the newest or nicest but they make up for it with the staff and activities. The ship itself is a little dated and the cabins could probably use some remodeling but it did not take anything away from the experience. The staff is tremendous. Agus, the room steward was awesome; Victor, the waiter made us feel first class and Marcello, the cruise director, was hilarious and fun. There were shows and activities taking place almost all of the time and at various places on the ship. You can do as much or as little as you desire. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We flew in a day early for the cruise in case we had any delays with the winter weather. We stayed at a hotel not far the airport which had a pick up service for the airport. We stayed at the Baymont first time , it was ok, not overly ... Read More
We flew in a day early for the cruise in case we had any delays with the winter weather. We stayed at a hotel not far the airport which had a pick up service for the airport. We stayed at the Baymont first time , it was ok, not overly happy but it was clean and they offered port shuttle service for 15.00 each. However the pickup at the airport service they offer needs improvement. they say 15-20 min. when I called and it was an hour. I called 3 times. We my cousin and I was supposed to have a room with 2 beds but.... No inside pool or activities nearby in walking distance. There was fast food places in walking and a grocery, liquor store . Breakfast was ok. I would go back only if other hotels were full as the rooms were clean but for what I paid I expected more and the airport pickup was bad. We got to the ship and it seemed dark upon entry but was happy to be on board, lunch was great and the first inside cabin I've ever had with Carnival . Booking only 7 weeks from cruising we got a nice room lots of space as it was a handicap room not far from the elevator. We could hear the music from the club just under us so if you like quiet this isn't for you at night cabin #6429 however I did miss having a balcony but was happy with the room. The ship to me didn't have a lot to offer compared to other ships. Very small mini golf and not a lot going on around the pool areas like most ships do, but we still made the best of it. We loved our dining room staff and cabin stewarts, very clean rooms and fun fast dining service. We liked the Adult Comedy Shows and saw a few of them. The Main Pool was broke down one day sending families to the adult pools, understandably only to see that they were reminded it was for adults only. Sad for families with kids like 8-13 who don't want the baby pool and the main one out of service. My teen nieces were on board in another cabin with family, so that was a boring time for them. They should of accommodated for that during the break down and allowed families to be in the pool. We did enjoy going to Tiki Beach Resort at Grand Cayman but I would skip the all inclusive as the rum punch was watered down and the food was a grill set up on the back area with a choice of a grilled burger or a hotdog with a cold salad and canned fruit cocktail . If I went again I would order food at the rest./ bar instead as it looked better. But the chair were there and bathrooms so it was great day at the beach ! The entertainment really didn't spark me through out the ship but it was clean and lots of friendly staff and my company was great. Disembarkation was good, very smooth . Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My family and I cruised on the Carnival Victory on January 29-February 2, to celebrate my 21st birthday. This ship was crowded and filled with many young people. I am a gold member with carnival and through my previous experiences I had ... Read More
My family and I cruised on the Carnival Victory on January 29-February 2, to celebrate my 21st birthday. This ship was crowded and filled with many young people. I am a gold member with carnival and through my previous experiences I had never seen so many young adults. I barely saw any kids running around. Most people were drinking and having a good time. First we flew into Miami and stayed at the Comfort Suites. The hotel was pretty good for a quick one night stay. The parking there was bad and there was a weird smell as we walked into the hallway, but our rooms were clean. We had to call the front desk for extra towels and they took forever to give them to us. We took the free shuttle from the hotel to the port the next day. Embarkation was quick and easy. We were on the ship in 20 minutes. The food on the Victory was pretty good. I'm used to cruising on ships with the 2.0 upgrades, so I was missing my favorite Guy's Burger Joint and Blue Iguana. BEWARE... Omelet lines are extremely long. I waited at least 50 minutes in line for one omelet. The buffet was always crowded and it was difficult to find a place to sit after receiving my food. The best place to find a table was in the Aft, but depending on the time, it can also be difficult to find a table there too. The service in the main dining room was great. The servers were very friendly and we received our food quickly. I could have done without the Key West port. The ship docked in Key West at 7am and we had to be back on board by 1:30pm. This is not enough time to do many activities. Unless you plan on getting of the boat exactly at 7am, then prepare to be disappointed. My family and I decided to just do a train tour around the island. The tour was supposed to be a hop on hop off, but we were only able to get off once because of the lack of time.The tour was nice, but also pretty boring. As soon as it was over it was time to get back on the ship. I had been to Cozumel once before, but this time I had more time to explore the island. Normally ships get there early in the morning and leave mid-afternoon, but we were there from 1pm to 10pm. I loved this because I had more time to sleep in and didn't feel rushed to get off the ship. My family and I decided to do a small tour which took us to a private beach. We went snorkeling in the calm clear water. We were supposed to go do a tequila tasting after the beach, but we decided to use the extra time to do some shopping. Being that this cruise was only 4 days I didn't get a chance to do many activities. I did get on the water slide which was slow. I only did it once and never wanted to do it again. I guess I should have known something was wrong with it because there was hardly ever a line to get on. The pool next to the water slide looked really dirty so I didn't get in. If you choose to attend this cruise make sure you attend the comedy club. All but one of the comedians were funny. The Married couples show was funny as well. The night club was always packed. The music played in the club was pretty good as well if you are into loud, booty shaking music. Overall I enjoyed my cruise on the Carnival Victory, but I wouldn't do it again unless they upgrade the ship. The cruise is really outdated and missing all of the new and fun 2.0 upgrades. I think I only had as much fun as I did because it was my birthday and I was surrounded by 15 other family members. If you're young and ready to party I would suggest this cruise to you, but if you are older and just looking to relax on your vacation I definitely wouldn't recommend this cruise. Also I wouldn't recommend this cruise to people who are used to newer carnival ships. If you are new to cruising like some of my family members were, then I'm sure you will have a great time because you have nothing to compare it to. If you want to see my experience on the Carnival Victory go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtxmwM7JCKw and check it out. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We booked an interior room for a 5 night cruise with Carnival Victory to take our 3 kids on a vacation. We were so pleasantly surprised. The cabin was totally bearable for the 5 of us, it was located close to everything it seemed and ... Read More
We booked an interior room for a 5 night cruise with Carnival Victory to take our 3 kids on a vacation. We were so pleasantly surprised. The cabin was totally bearable for the 5 of us, it was located close to everything it seemed and although we could hear the show 2 nights, it did not disturb anyone. There is a need for some upgrading throughout the ship, it seems a little dated which makes it feel not as clean as it could be. All 3 of our kids participated in the Camp Carnival events and the people running it were so sweet and our kids really enjoyed it. Although there were some line-ups for food,(for omelettes, breakfast and pizza) the food was tasty and met my higher than necessary standards. We chose to do My Time Dining, and ate around 6pm each night. we were seated no problem each evening, however when we were leaving the dining room, there did seem to be a bit of a wait for a table. Baked Alaska on the last night was a real disappointment, stick with the melting cake. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Family went on the Victory and visited Falmouth and Grand Cayman. As faster to the fun members it allowed us to get on the ship early, put our bags in the room and get a bite to eat and then a seat by the pool all before noon and started ... Read More
Family went on the Victory and visited Falmouth and Grand Cayman. As faster to the fun members it allowed us to get on the ship early, put our bags in the room and get a bite to eat and then a seat by the pool all before noon and started to enjoy our vacation in the sun. Ship is in need of some love but that should and will hopefully change with the upcoming scheduled dry dock. Food was for the most part ok... not great but not bad... pizza was good and don't be shy on asking for chicken at the grill instead of the burgers. MDR had its moments good and bad- nothing special. It bothered me that they brought out all the dinners for our area and placed them on the serving station and left them there for 5-10 min before they brought to the tables... as a result, warm food at best. Entertainment on the ship was decent... one of the comedy shows was cancelled due to the comic and his flight to the one port being delayed. Kids club kept our kids entertained for a day and then they just did their own thing with the new friends they met. Service was good from everyone and great from a couple of bartenders who we made sure to reward for the effort and what seemed to be enjoyment of their job! We would walk from fwd to aft to get the awesome service by the adults only pool. I would like to give a big thumbs up to the Captain as he made the decision to change to the secondary tender location (Spotts Bay) at GC when the other ship decided to just pass on the island entirely. Even with the excursions that we had booked being cancelled we were still able to get off the ship and take a quick cab downtown and enjoy the shops and the 8 foot waves smashing over the breakwall. I quickly appreciated the reason why our excursions were cancelled and why we needed to try a different tendering location.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
My husband and I were joined on the Carnival Victory by our daughter, her husband, and three grandchildren in celebration of our 42nd wedding anniversary. We drove to Miami (about two hours) and arrived about 10:00 AM. We had purchased the ... Read More
My husband and I were joined on the Carnival Victory by our daughter, her husband, and three grandchildren in celebration of our 42nd wedding anniversary. We drove to Miami (about two hours) and arrived about 10:00 AM. We had purchased the Faster to the Fun package for our three cabins and although check-in was a breeze, we still waited about an hour before the ship began boarding. Once on the ship we arrived at our cabins to find only one of them ready. Apparently the last occupants had overstayed their welcome a bit, as it was explained to us. Soon they were ready though and we dropped off our bags, completely awed by the size of our "aft wrap" verandah starboard on deck 8. Our daughter had the "premium balcony" cabin on our starboard side so the steward opened the door connecting the balconies and it was just amazing, like being on a private yacht we had so much deck space for our family! The three teens had the interior across from us so of course they spent a lot of time hanging out on our "deck"! We quickly made our way up one flight of stairs to the buffet, which was not too crowded yet. The food was very good and plentiful; there was something for everyone, including roast beef carved by the slice. As others have mentioned, the only included drinks available are lemonade, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. We were able to find a nice table big enough for our family and thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. The dining area itself is very beautiful but does get quite crowded at times. By the aft pool deck there is a pizzeria with wonderful pizza, a grill with the usual cookout type food which we sampled in coming days and found to be very good, as well as soft serve ice cream, which our teens sampled every time they walked by! After lunch my husband and I went back to our cabin to unpack and have a bit of a rest while everyone else went to the pool deck to enjoy the great water slide; they loved it! At 3:45 PM it was time for the lifeboat drill. I have to say that this was the worst safety drill ever in our nearly 40 cruises! It was nothing short of brutal for those of us who are seniors and find it difficult to stand in rows of passengers four deep in one place for 45 minutes outside on a closed-in deck with very little air moving. Less than 10 minutes of that time was actually used for the safety drill. Although my husband is mobile, he is a disabled veteran who finds it very difficult to stand for any length of time. I cannot imagine why we were subjected to such abuse. Honestly, this was really our only truly negative experience on the whole cruise. At 6 PM we headed to the Pacific Dining Room for our Early Seating appointment. At table 609 we received very fine service and attention from our waiters who soon learned our names and used them throughout the cruise. We found the food to be very good in general, prepared and presented nicely, and while we didn't absolutely love every thing we ordered every time, for the most part we were very happy with our meals. The chicken dishes in particular were juicy and tasty, and my family enjoyed the lasagna bolognese though it was very different from the Italian cuisine that comes from my kitchen! Although we had been forewarned, it was a shock to see an extra $20 charge for steaks, lobster, or surf and turf on a MDR menu. Three of us ordered filet mignon one night anyway, since our amazing travel agent Nancy had scored each cabin $100 onboard credit somehow. And so we splurged. Those steaks were several inches thick and melt-in-your mouth perfect! On Elegant Night lobster and shrimp were offered, but we found them to be rather mushy and undercooked. Not horrible, but we've had better. I had wine every night; even tried the new Gifft wines from Kathy Lee Gifford and found them to be very nice indeed as well as easy on the budget. Upon returning to our cabins, we found them readied for bedtime, complete with towel animals and chocolates! Our cabin stewards were efficient and personable throughout the cruise. In fact, we found the staff on the Victory to be very friendly, atmosphere to be very relaxed, and the service outstanding on all levels. Since it was nowhere near bedtime, we explored the ship from top to bottom, wandered through the shops and purchased some necessary items, and spent some time our balcony. We are not the type who typically enjoys going to shows so I cannot comment on that aspect. We preferred to spend family time together instead. Our teens were not interested in the teen club thing. They wanted to hang out with us, imagine that! Finally my husband and I were ready to call it a night while the others were ready to work out in the gym! Our cabin was laid out in a triangular shape, with a sofa in one little alcove, and a table and two chairs in front of one of the two huge picture windows. The dresser and flat-screen TV were in front of the other window. The bathroom was quite tiny, but had a nice medicine chest with a door so things could be stored away from sight. The ship is 15 years old, but has well-maintained high-quality fittings in my opinion. My husband and I love vintage ships, and our favorite cruises were on the QE2, the Regal Empress, the Oceanic, the Britanis, the Ocean Breeze, and other ships that are sadly no longer with us; so the Victory is not really old--it is just a matter of perspective, is it not? The QM2 is also a great ship that just gets better with age! The beds in the Victory are very comfortable. We are very picky about beds because of our various aches and pains. We slept well on these beds. We have heard reports that the replacement beds after the 2.0 upgrades are very hard and a great disappointment to some Carnival cruise aficionados. That is too bad because the beds at the moment on Victory are very sleeper friendly! On the next morning we enjoyed continental breakfast delivered to our cabin. The rest of the family went for a big breakfast in the dining room which they said was great. Eggs Benedict done just right was the report we received. We spent time on our balcony reading and getting some sun until the ship docked in Key West, then headed off the ship. We walked all over the town, stopping to see the sights and shop in some of the stores. We live in Florida, so we can drive down to the Keys anytime the fancy hits anyway. It was a lovely day. We took lots of pics at the touristy places in any case! Once back on the ship we grabbed a quick lunch in the buffet. After reading and napping (I think the youngsters went to the pool) it was time to get ready for Elegant Night. Our family takes this very seriously, so ladies wore formals and men wore suits and ties. After dinner we had fun getting our photos taken in various settings. It turns out that the photographers are very skilled on this ship. Although we usually don't buy photos on a cruise, we ended up spending quite a bit for them this time around. They really turned out beautifully. As the evening wore on we proceeded to lose some money in the casino (really does not pay out well at all) then changed clothes and went to the gym to work out. It's open till 11:00 PM. The steam room and sauna closes @ 10:00. The next day was cloudy and rainy. After burgers and fries on the ship we walked all over Cozumel but hired a van when it started pouring rain. The plaza area that Carnival has built right at Puerto Maya is rather like a setting in Disney's Epcot, with organized street musicians, pristine "duty free" stores, rather a "contrived" experience. The port is several miles from town. There are good shore excur.sions available which we have enjoyed on previous cruises. We returned to the ship so we could enjoy the facilities while fewer people were onboard, and decided to skip the MDR so everyone could do their own thing for dinner. My husband was exhausted and went to bed early. I read my book while everyone else enjoyed the movie on deck and ate as much pizza and ice cream as they could I'm guessing... The Sea Day was fun. The adults parked themselves on the Serenity Deck but the kids ate more ice cream and went to the gym since they were unable to find deck chairs at 10 AM! People continue to save deck chairs for the day, and honestly, nothing is done about it. It is very crowded when all passengers are onboard. We went to the SeaDay brunch. Some of us had steak and eggs, but the menu was rather limited compared to our expectations. Not everyone found something they liked on it unfortunately. They would not allow off-menu orders either. After lunch we had some packing to do so returned to our cabins. I attempted to watch TV while busy packing but as others have said the channels available are the most limited of any recent cruise we've been on. Of course on some of those old liners years ago we had no TVs at all! We spent the rest of Sea Day shopping, in the Casino, enjoying our balcony, sampling whatever food venues we had not tried. Dinner back in the MDR was enjoyed by all. Several of us ordered Mahi Mahi and it was excellent! On each night the DR staff entertains with dancing and VERY loud music. This was a bit over the top in our opinion but all in good fun. One puzzling thing was that the baked Alaska was served with shredded melon pieces on top. Very odd and not at all fitting. We scraped it off. Strange. After dinner we walked around the ship, checked out the sales, and picked up our photo orders. Visited the wine bar and had a nice California Merlot. We spent the rest of the evening on our balcony before turning in. We were very sad that this cruise was nearly over since it had been a very good vacation. The last morning was relaxing because we planned it well and because Carnival rocks! We had put out our suitcases the night before and at 8 AM we all vacated our cabins and went for a leisurely breakfast in the MDR. Bravo to Carnival for not limiting its services on the last morning! Room service breakfast is still available, and Eggs Benedict is still on the menu in the DR! Woohoo! The Onboard Charge Cards can still be used, photos can be purchased, as well as specialty coffees and pastries. I really appreciate these things about Carnival. Since we were not in a hurry, we took our time and it was about 9:30 when we walked off the ship, picked up our luggage, and breezed through customs. Easiest debarkation ever! (Unfortunately my brand new hard shell luggage was badly damaged. I need to see if anything can be done about that). We were in our car and on the road in no time. The new Port Tunnel is open, making it very easy to get to and from the port using I-95. We had a wonderful time on the Carnival Victory. Everything was certainly not perfect, but then nothing ever is. (Well, except maybe our 10 day crossing on the QM2 last June but that's another story-you can read my review on that trip!) Carnival is a great product for families, with something for everyone (with the exception of ballroom dancing). Very few venues exist which can please everyone in a family from ages 13 to 67, but Carnival Victory managed it in our case, and we hope to do it again in the future! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We took our first "family" cruise last week out of Miami - and it was great! Six of us had separate but nearby rooms on Empress deck. Our room - 7425 - was the largest and we congregated there at night to play games and plan for ... Read More
We took our first "family" cruise last week out of Miami - and it was great! Six of us had separate but nearby rooms on Empress deck. Our room - 7425 - was the largest and we congregated there at night to play games and plan for the day. -Food: We ate most meals together during the flexible dining time and had fun sampling different offerings. Also liked the Sunday brunch and elegant night. I would recommend the vegetarian Indian choice from the regular menu, which I was afraid to try until the last night. Room service was wonderful, and if there was a time delay, we were told to expect it, which was good to know. -Excursions: My husband and I opted not to get off at Key West since we had been there before, and I really enjoyed having the ship's adult hot tubs to myself throughout the day. The kids opted for catamaran/snorkeling, which was not the best choice since it was rough seas and overcast. They also complained that the operators were not very responsive or friendly. In Cozumel four of us did an independent tour on Wild Tour's X-Rail - I'll write a separate review of that later, but the bottom line is NO! Our son and grand daughter arranged a last minute sting ray tour in Cozumel and they had a blast. It was perfect for her age group and not as costly as swimming with the dolphins. Other: Loved the Carnival Kids' Camp for our 7 year-old grand daughter. A highlight of the cruise was that my daughter won $500 playing bingo - she had to split the $1000 jackpot with another winner, but that's ok! -Recommendations: I do wish Carnival would approach the muster drill differently - it was horrendous, being made to stand on a hot, humid deck for such a long length of time surrounded by drunken, loud individuals. Never did see anyone come around to "count" us. It's not a good way to start a cruise! Another recommendation is to have someone "supervise" the kids at the main pool, or at least have someone in authority walk by occasionally - the kids tended to get a bit rowdy and the parents obviously weren't there to reign them in. Also, lounge chairs were saved by people putting items on them - then they never came back. That was frustrating for those trying to watch their kids and not being able to sit nearby. It had been about 8 years since our last Carnival Cruise and I was surprised that so little had changed. Seriously, they have the same programs, the same jokes, the same artwork at the auctions, the same muster drill, same everything. Surprised that they haven't "updated," but apparently it's working very well for them! Will we be back? Probably! If not Carnival, maybe another line. It's hard to beat the price, service, and diversity of entertainment options. Our only problem is the expense in getting there - I'm envious of those living close to cruise ports!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Sailed December 13-18 from Miami to Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. Our second trip on Victory, and we had a great time on both cruises. This time around we brought our three children along for the trip. We had two balcony cabins - 1010 and ... Read More
Sailed December 13-18 from Miami to Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. Our second trip on Victory, and we had a great time on both cruises. This time around we brought our three children along for the trip. We had two balcony cabins - 1010 and 1014 on the Panorama deck., and we had the balcony connector opened so we could share one large balcony. We normally try for a Lido deck balcony but we went up one to the Panorama this time. It was nice, but I like the proximity to everything from the Lido deck. The Victory is due into drydock next year to get refurbished. It's dated but well maintained. All the staff, but especially Viktor our room steward were friendly, helpful and professional. I have been reading some of the reviews of the Victory on here and I wonder what about people's expectations before coming onto the ship. Maybe because they have cruised on a pricier cruise line before Carnival, they have a set the bar higher than we do. This was our fourth cruise, all on Carnival, and we have nothing to complain about. We book Carnival because it's fun and a good value. Yes, the cabin could use freshening up, and that is in the works, but we don't spend much time there. As long as it's clean and well maintained we're happy.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
First Let me say please be an adult and not a troll and post ignorant replies just because you may like Carnival. I am posting my actual experience, as I have a right to like those that have positive experiences. There was so much that ... Read More
First Let me say please be an adult and not a troll and post ignorant replies just because you may like Carnival. I am posting my actual experience, as I have a right to like those that have positive experiences. There was so much that happened and too much to type that I have just reposted what I typed on facebook. The cruise sucked from the start. If this cruise would've just had a couple bad things about it I would probably try them again but it was screwed up from the start and lasted all throughout. Let me first say I'm referring to the Miami port with both cruise lines. First comparison, When you check in with Norwegian you flash your boarding pass at the door go through security then wait in a long line but you move fast because you have lots of staff available to check you in and give you your sail card. This takes about 10 minutes 15 tops. With Carnival you go and get into a long line with four people checking you in and wait for a long time then you go through security then there are two super long lines and not many people there to check you in to give you your sailing card and at the time there were three computers that had no one there to help people. total process was about an hour. To me it would be common sense to get rid of the first long line and use those four people in the second line to just check every body in at one time and give them their sailing cards. Why divide the process up into two lines? By the way prior to getting in all those freaking long lines I was told my luggage would be in my cabin in 30 minutes that was it 12:30, they couldn't find my luggage and I didn't get it until 6 PM. Back to boarding the ship, As we walk up the ramp everybody has a frown on their face. No one greets you as you're going aboard the ship and once you get one foot inside the ship there is someone with the tray of drinks and if you say you don't want one then they roll their eyes at you and mumble stuff. There was no one to be found to get directions from, with a lot of searching when you do find someone they are not pleasant and start to walk off while still talking. Norwegian on the other hand when boarding they have music playing and people dancing to welcome you aboard. I never waiting for my luggage more than 3 hours. Back to Carnival: Ryan and I drop our stuff off to our cabin. We were greeted to a clean room but when we pulled back the covers my bed had a pubic hair on it and Ryan's sheets had stains that looked like feces. I took pictures. We went to the upper deck buffet, they had music and the grill food was good, actually better than Norwegian's. We get our sheets changed. We don't do anything that first night because we were exhausted, angry and had headaches. But throughout the day we realized that even though I was on the upgraded floor and a great section I was unfortunate enough to be in the section with the scum of the earth. There were people talking loud, yelling loud, laughing loud and kids were running up and down the halls all times of the day and night. We first told our steward and they did get the one group of people to shut up for the first night but after that no matter if you reported it nothing got done. It was just loud, uncouth people acting like animals the whole cruise. Keep in mind I'm comparing The Norwegian Sky with comparable Carnival ship and the Carnival ship that I went on, "The Victory" I would say was supposed to be in a little higher class than the Norwegian ship that I'm comparing it to, even with that the Norwegian ship was much better especially with service. The food overall I would say was better than Norwegian. They had a better room service option but they did not serve pizza with room service which was disappointing. And I would have to say that even though Carnival did not have the other two specialty restaurants they offered a few extra things for the included price that was nice, so I'll give carnival the win for food that's included with your fare price. When we went to the safety drill, that was chaos, they had a section blocked off due to repairs so we had to walk in and out of the ship and were not properly directed to where we had to go which caused us to end up having to walk around the ship 2 times. And by the time we got the right freaking direction it had ended up being one dag on door down from where we originally started. Many people were angry about that. Service was horrible. Staff was very unfriendly, but our cabin steward was awesome. And the only other friendly people I encountered was two bartenders and the ship's buyer. Otherwise majority of the staff rarely smiled never greeted you nothing, it was just absolutely horrible service. I had read a bunch of feedback about that before I went, but I didn't know the extent of it and if carnivals getting this much bad feedback about the ship they need to hire different people. The decor in the clubs and the dining rooms were nice, and the decor in the state room wasn't too bad but the decor the main areas of the ship was very ugly, especially all of the ugly seahorses they had everywhere. They had a very pretty green ceiling that was nice but everything else is like a mix match. Norwegians the decor is not that much better but at least it wasn't mix matched, you had a constant flow of bad taste. The departure off the ship to go to ports was chaotic.and when we returned from the ports they just scanned us in no cold wet towels to wipe out faces or wipe our hands. With Norwegian when you come back onto the ship from a port they have either a DJ playing music for you or will have the music system on with people dancing, they have cold wet towels for you to wash your face, they have hand sanitizer, lemonade and water available before you board the ship. Back to Carnival. The direct tv was down, so no regular tv for half of the cruise. The ship rocking was really bad especially the last day. I know Carnival has no control of that, I'm just telling you everything that sucked. Some of the elevators weren't working during the whole cruise. But that wasn't a real problem until the very last day when we were trying to get off the ship. Shipmates weren't really friendly due to the type of people that were sailing. So I didn't get to have a lot of interaction like I've gotten on past cruises and get to meet people. Also it's normal to have a couple cabins smell bad on the ship but for half of our cruise the whole freaking floor smelled like poop, and two of the nights it was really horrible. Luckily I always carry air freshener with me when traveling. I'm sure there was more stuff I just can't remember it right now I'll add it if I remember. So all in all it was just absolutely horrible service very unfriendly people and scum that was just obnoxious and loud the whole trip. Having good service and a quiet cabin are two very important things when cruising. Now for the good things. It was nice having a variety for room service food options.. We enjoyed the karaoke, there were a couple of horrible singers that made us laugh. Then there were two especially this one girl that should have recording contracts. I should've videotaped them. The German guy and the Russian girl bartenders hooked me up with my drinks. We spent a little time in the casino but even there we got ripped off because in the coin dozer game the coins fell down but didn't come out. I can't think of anything else that was good on the ship he only redeeming things from the ship were the excursions that I booked. If it were not for the excursions off the ship I would've been extremely angry about blowing that much money on the cruise for it to be so crappy, especially since it was my son's first cruise and was part of a graduation gift for him. In Jamaica we got an all inclusive day resort pass which included all you could drink rum punch, water, sodas, beer and barbecue that had incredible jerk chicken and burgers, hot dogs Jamaican potato and cornbread. The water was clear blue and a perfect temperature. It was super hot there and Ryan got burnt and I got dark. They had Jamaican music and dancing and games. There are a lot of people there that were very intrusive about you buying stuff from them but the people were all in all very friendly they were the friendliest people out of all the people for the whole cruise and that was definitely our favorite stop and we had a lot of fun there. We got to Grand Cayman and it was cloudy and raining off and on luckily I had not booked the beach resort there but I always wanted to go to the Grand Cayman beaches so when Lauren and I go back in April I will probably do the resort thing there. The people in Grand Cayman were super unfriendly, it was like the crew members got off of the ship and start working in all the stores in the Cayman Islands. But the exception to that was the people that conducted our excursion for swimming with the stingrays, they were very fun, very nice, gave good instructions and told us a lot of history about the islands and the ocean habitat. It was just so neat to be able to take a boat out into the middle of the ocean and stand on the sandbar and swim with the stingrays, we really enjoyed that. We were able to hold the stingrays, we kissed them, we got a back massage from them and fed them. So that ended up being a very nice excursion as well. All in all the Caymans were not what I expected. More than the waste of money, it broke my heart for my son to be so excited for his first cruise, then hear him tell his friends how horrible it was. In conclusion the Carnival Victory ship sucks big time. We enjoyed shopping and the excursions. Jamaica was the best. I can't wait to go back to Norwegian and sail on the Epic in April and I will probably try Royal Caribbean because I have heard so many good things about them from people that have sailed with many different cruise lines.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Embarking: This was a complete nightmare. We arrived at 12:30 PM- we finally boarded the ship at 3:00 PM. The lines were horrendous. Access to room: We had immediate access to the room since we were so late getting on the ship. The ... Read More
Embarking: This was a complete nightmare. We arrived at 12:30 PM- we finally boarded the ship at 3:00 PM. The lines were horrendous. Access to room: We had immediate access to the room since we were so late getting on the ship. The Room: The room was ample, although a bit cramped for 4 people. Bathroom was a bit worn and cramped. The Ship: The layout was extremely confusing and the ship is showing a lot of wear and tear. It is definitely time for a dry dock. The food: We ate in the dining room for most meals and the food was adequate. We preferred doing this over eating at the poorly laid out buffet. The cruise: The cruise was smooth and the service was good. Our steward was very attentive and we saw him often. On our first cruise with Carnival, it seemed like we had plenty to do, but it seemed like there was a lot less going on during this cruise. Birthday Surprise Debacle: We planned a birthday surprise for my son so we had the room decorated while we were at Key West. When we were headed back to the room, the steward walked by us and said, "Happy Birthday Nathan." You could tell that Nathan was thrown off because it was 4 days before his birthday and how would the steward have this information? When we got to the room, you could tell that he wasn't as surprised. They also sent the wrong flavor of cake. They did give me a refund on the cake the next day, but it still ruined the moment. Cozumel: Our time in Cozumel saved this cruised. We reserved a spot at a private beach club- Nachi Cocum. This was completely amazing. There were maybe 20 people at the beach so we were closely attended to. The lunch was fantastic and the cocktails and beer never stopped coming. The water was so warm and clear. This was the absolute best time that our family has had at the beach. Overall: Overall, the cruise was average, but because of the Cozumel stop- it was pretty awesome. The ship needs immediate attention, but the service was above average. We will definitely try Carnival again after our upcoming cruise with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Getting on & off… Faster to the Fun gets 5 stars, The overall boarding process gets 4 stars. Disembarkation - Priceless Ship itself… Yes it’s a bit old, but nice… I did not notice any major ‘wear and tear’ it is maintained ... Read More
Getting on & off… Faster to the Fun gets 5 stars, The overall boarding process gets 4 stars. Disembarkation - Priceless Ship itself… Yes it’s a bit old, but nice… I did not notice any major ‘wear and tear’ it is maintained nicely. Not sure if it was just me, but never felt sea sick or felt that it was moving at all. That is a first for me. The Ship itself gets 4 stars. Cabin... Good size, liked the 3rd bed. Nice balcony... Overall clean & well maintained. Good closet and storage space. Cabin gets a 4 star. Food… Wow!! Not a good wow! This was chaos! There were a lot of people here. Lines were huge. And this did not change a bit through the entire cruise. Two times we waited in line for over 40 minutes to get food. This was way too much for me. Food tasted fine, some items were really good. Some were just OK, I couldn't say that I had anything that was bad. But the process was to get the food was very painful. The Sushi restaurant that they advertise in the brochures is closed- boo!! A little upset by that, feels a bit deceptive. For lunch,If you like to drink soda, prepare for the worst experience. Sodas are a bar item in this ship. We purchased Bottomless bubbles program, which is fairly priced, but you have to make a second HUGE line at the bar if you want a soda. Every single time you want a refill!!! Not cool! So to put this in perspective. 40 minutes to get food + 15 minutes to find a table + 20 minutes to get a soda = 1 hour and 15 minutes to start eating. In this order, almost certain that you are going to get to eat a cold lunch or dinner. Dining experience gets 1 star, Food taste gets 3.5 stars, Bottomless Bubbles program gets 2 stars. Activities… Everybody raves about the cruise director. I did not meet the guy or saw him once. Don’t think he is funny or annoying or anything at all. As far I am concerned, he is non-existent. However, I do know that he’s employees think that he is unorganized and don’t answer his calls. They also refer to him as a *******. Again, did not meet the guy, just overheard a couple of employees while sitting at the lounge. But I think that says a lot. The Spa, is a radically overpriced beauty salon. Although my wife and mother, did not seemed to mind, they got what they wanted. My only complaint is that after they enjoyed the $800 makeover (which they agree was worth it, I differ on that) , they felt really uncomfortable because of the amount of products they were trying to sell them. Not cool either. SPA started at 4 stars, because of the overselling they get 2. The pools were so full that I am still wondering how they all fit in there. At one point they couldn't move. The water also seemed yellow last time I passed through there, not sure if it was because of the reflection of the sun or the current chemistry at that particular time. Did not want to find out… At night, drinking seemed to be the main activity. By the end of the night, you would experience flying drinks to the lobby and art gallery followed by people throwing up in elevators, hallway boxing matches, and my absolute favorite, jumping furniture off the side of the ship. Activities get 2 stars, Organization get 1 star, Security, I don’t think they had any or they were way to busy. Overall Feeling... Felt like the ship had a capacity of 1,000 people and they jammed 2,500. Not a good feeling, will not cruise this one again. Overall value is a 1 star, I wanted to cruise to relax for ended up more stressed.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Just returned from my 16th cruise - fifth with Carnival - and first time on the Victory. Honestly, after reading the reviews I was not surprised by the ship... it's exactly what you'd expect. When you book a four night Carnival ... Read More
Just returned from my 16th cruise - fifth with Carnival - and first time on the Victory. Honestly, after reading the reviews I was not surprised by the ship... it's exactly what you'd expect. When you book a four night Carnival cruise out of Miami during summer you will have a party-ship no doubt about it. And a party ship we got. Not necessarily a bad thing at all. So the ship itself is in good shape. Well maintained and relatively clean, however the stewards don't do a lot of dusting in the room (ours had dust everywhere) - not really a huge deal I just have a habit of inspecting for dust. Weird, I know. The ship's layout is very 'choppy.' Not super easy to get around and some things are just poorly placed. Honestly, my biggest annoyance with the ship's design is the seahorses at the end of the stairwells that if you round the corner too tight you will smash your thigh into it... my thigh is hilariously bruised. Not a super big deal but definitely a design flaw. I was very happy with the amount of elevators! Finally it felt like I was on a ship with enough elevators. On all of my other cruises frequently I would opt out of getting in an elevator because it was so crowded however that did not happen once this cruise. The buffet is laid out pretty poorly, although there is ample seating. The two lines extend for quite a ways and begin to fade into the lines for the Deli or Chopsticks. Really slow lines at breakfast as well. Oh well, that's expected. In terms of food it was, well, exactly what I expected. Nothing super amazing but nothing that made me disgusted. The buffet food was quite alright and I enjoyed the Chopsticks selections as well as the Deli - although I wish the Deli was 24 hour. Not a ton of variety in the buffet but enough to do just fine, especially for four nights. I enjoyed how during the breakfast buffet there was always a type of Eggs Benedict (Salmon or Ham) - not a common buffet food so I was very happy to see that. MDR was fine - efficient service, average food with the occasional above average. Of course the melting cake is always on point. Staff and Service-wise the crew was pretty standard Carnival. Not up to the quality and friendliness of Royal Caribbean's crew by any means. I did, however have one bad experience with a staff member. The first was in the reception of the Gym and Spa. This one worker there, I swear, had it out for me! On the first day while still in Miami I went to work out with some friends and my cousin. They were out in front welcoming people and giving tours but we didn't need an introduction, we just wanted to work out. So, we start to walk past and she greets us and we acknowledge her with a typical "Hey, just headed to the gym, thank you." At which point she stops us and asks where we're going.. we once again say we're headed to the gym and start to walk again and she stops us and goes "Are you OKAY?!" (I wish I was making this up). I, having had enough of it, just kept walking and she comes out of the desk area to come get me and say "SIR, we are not finished" (what?!). So my friends and I go back to have her tell us we can work out but they're also giving guided tours... That was it. That's all she had to say. We were all in a little bit of shock after that. So throughout the cruise we worked out everyday and had gotten to know the other receptionists and gym staff and hadn't seen her since the first day. One the third day when going to workout we finally see her again and she stops us on our way in and asks how old we are (???) and that you have to be 18. We, confused, told her that we had been here everyday and she responds very sternly with a "That was not my question." So I gave in and I told her I was 21 (I'll admit I have a baby-face but wow... I didn't know it was THAT bad). My cousin tells her his age, 18, and she didn't believe him and demanded to see his ID, which was in the cabin. We had to sit there and basically argue with her that not only are we old enough to use the facilities by a long-shot but that we had been in and out every day. It was just really uncomfortable and annoying. On an better note the facilities were nice, especially the steam room and sauna with a view! The passengers onboard were a rowdy crowd but a fun one. All kinds of people from all over but of course leaving from Miami means you get a lot of people from Miami - which is just even more kinds of people from even more backgrounds. A very diverse group but a very party-centric group. Spending the 4th of July onboard was very fun as well - although the festivities were... well, stupid as can be and the DJ was just awful. The ports were alright - Key West was typical.. just some walking, some shopping. Very quick stop over. We were sailing for Cozumel by 2:00pm. Cozumel was great as usual - nothing super specific to add. I did like that we did not depart until 10:30pm which gave us a quite a while to enjoy the city, especially as evening set in. The entertainment was... hilariously terrible. Some people genuinely love it and that's great, but wow, I just... I really enjoyed it, although I don't think it was supposed to be a comedy. Speaking of comedy, the comedians the had on board were hilarious. In conclusion, the cruise was a great one and Carnival has a good product. I wish Carnival's staff was as sociable and friendly as Royal Caribbean's but it's not a huge deal. The crowd is rowdy and the ship is just fine. Like the title says, there's really no surprises. When you book a four-nighter on Carnival out of Miami you know what you're getting into. Would I take the same cruise again? Absolutely. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
My family and I went on this cruise with an open mind. We were traveling with another couple and it was their first cruise. I have cruised 7 times with Carnival and twice with 2 other lines. I have always enjoyed Carnival more than other ... Read More
My family and I went on this cruise with an open mind. We were traveling with another couple and it was their first cruise. I have cruised 7 times with Carnival and twice with 2 other lines. I have always enjoyed Carnival more than other lines until this last experience. We live in West Palm Beach about an hour away from the Miami Cruise Port. We parked our car in a lot (Port of Miami Parking) http://www.portofmiamicruiseparking.com/ for $6 per day and $7 for a round trip shuttle to and from the port. We arrived at the port around 11am and went through security with our carry on water with no problems. We had purchased Faster to The Fun for an additional $50 (for the entire family) and we were immediately escorted to the front of the line! NICE!! We would’ve boarded faster had it not been for the slow as molasses counter clerk we had. She took forever to give us out sail and sign cards. She had no register so I had to wait in another line to deposit cash to my sail and sign account. But finally we were on our way, stopping for our welcome aboard pic and off to our room (faster to the fun also pays for having our room ready when we board!) We dropped off our water and off to the Lido deck for lunch. Dinner was very nice. We had 3 fabulous waiters, Luis from Columbia and Ferdinand, and Sasa (pronounced Sasha) from Croatia. They were attentive to our needs, always calling us by our first names. Dinner every night was nice but the food wasn’t that great. The service was very slow, but we enjoyed having a nice sit down dinner every night with the same wait staff and enjoyed the shows they performed for us. It was getting a bit annoying having a photographer interrupt our meal EVERY SINGLE NIGHT to take pictures at the table. One night they scared the living daylights out of me when someone put a knife to my throat! It was a “pirate” for a picture! Good grief! We had a balcony on the Empress Deck Room 7354. I must say that I was very disappointed with my room. Like I stated before, I have cruised with Carnival before and I got pretty used to certain things like an immaculate room. Thank God I took Clorox wipes with me and I sanitized the counters and bathroom sink and toilet. I always had a bowl in the bathroom with free trial size items but this time there was nothing, zilch, nada. This was the first time I did not tip my stateroom steward extra. He did not go above and beyond at all. The other couple that was traveling with us experienced an embarrassing moment with their stateroom steward the first night as they were getting ready for dinner. They were in the shower and heard a noise. They were drying themselves when a stranger opened their bathroom door! There they were NAKED and this man whom they’d never seen before was standing in front of them! It was the stateroom steward who had entered their room without knocking! I guess he didn’t hear the shower running! They were in room 7386 also on the Empress Deck. What an embarrassing experience for these first time cruisers. They kept their “I’m Snoozing” sign up on their door the whole cruise because they were afraid he’d barge in again. The Entertainment: The cruise director was Marcelo. He was hilarious! But I think the shows were a bit corny. The welcome aboard show was literally 3 minutes of singing and dancing and the rest was Marcelo calling 6 people from the audience up on stage to embarrass them (which was pretty funny) but nothing compared to the shows they used to do. The Not so Newlywed Game was as always hysterical! The Talent show where the guests perform was very short. Only about 3 or 4 guests performed. The lobbies were full of photographers (deck 5 and deck 3) that you could hardly walk. The pictures are pretty outrageous. $21.99 for an 8x10, $15.99 for a 5x7 portrait , and $9.99 for a 5x7 pic taken at dinner or at a port. The canvas portraits are $59.95 and you receive the 8x10 of the pic “free”. I paid $40 for a canvas on the Imagination ship. So they are really charging you for the 8x10 picture. I did buy 2 8x10 photos and 1 canvas. My daughter’s picture made it on THE WALL OF FAME and she received her 8x10 FREE!!! The buffets: The buffets left a lot to be desired. This was the first time I went to the buffet and it was CLOSED! They would close it at 2:30pm every day. Only the lido pool buffet was open with the same burgers, hotdogs, and fries available which I did not want. Pizza was really good but there was always a wait because they only make one pie at a time which seems pretty stupid when you have 3000 passengers on board. The ice-cream cones were always delicious. Pool/Hot Tubs: We did get in the hot tubs twice and they were great. The pools were small but there were 4 pools. Can’t get used to the salt water pool though. Only lasted 10 minutes in their because your eyes begin to sting very bad. The night before we were to arrive in Ocho Rios, they slipped a note under my door that the balcony would be cleaned while we were in port so as to make sure we had no belongings on the chairs. Great I thought; A clean balcony because it was so dirty. When we got back on board I checked the balcony and it was as dirty as it was when we boarded the ship. I guess to them cleaning a balcony means hosing it down with water. But they did not “clean” all the filth nor did they clean the glass below the rails. Whatever, not a big deal but worthy of noting because their service has scaled down over the years. They are catering more to a party crowd. I have NEVER experienced anything like this on any other cruise. The first 2 nights, at 1am, 3 young women decided they were going to walk down the hallway of the Empress deck yelling at the top of their lungs, cursing, and yelling “Lets Get The Party Started!” 2 nights in a row they did the same thing and got away with it. On the 3rd night, “someone” ran down the hallway banging on every door at 2 am! The last night, (Wednesday) we noticed a young black male was following us. He would not stop no matter where we went. Finally I turned around and asked him if I could help him with something and he said no. But he continued to follow us to our rooms, but of course we did not go in our rooms because we were afraid. I don’t know if he was trying to steal our jewelry or the expensive camera my friend was carrying. Thank God he have up. All in all, the cruise was enjoyable but it was just so different from my previous cruises. But I really think I am going to stick with Royal Caribbean because Carnival is catering to wild crazy people who obviously have no self-control and no manners and probably have criminal records! Excursions Done: Ocho Rios: Chukka River Tubing - Was very enjoyable but not too exciting. Pictures are taken by employees and sold on a dvd. We purchased 20 pics for $50. Bus ride was very interesting and a bit scary!! Grand Cayman: We only shopped and boarded the ship early to get in the pool without the crowd.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We booked this cruise about a month before we sailed as a family vacation. The price was reasonable and it went to ports we have never been to. The boarding process was well managed and before long we were on board ready to enjoy all the ... Read More
We booked this cruise about a month before we sailed as a family vacation. The price was reasonable and it went to ports we have never been to. The boarding process was well managed and before long we were on board ready to enjoy all the Victory had to offer. We booked inside because we planned on being on deck more than in the room. The rooms were typical carnival staterooms small and clean. We had awesome cabin stewards who were in and out of our room twice daily making sure everything was clean and comfortable. We chose late night dining so we had time to enjoy the day. Our wait staff was friendly and called us by name each evening. The food was also your typical cruise food, nothing to complain about, As usual the chocolate melting cake was awesome! We enjoyed the two ports, Ocho Rios Jamaica and Grand Cayman. The only complaint from our group was that we needed more time in each port. Jamaica was more of a party, fun atmosphere while Grand Cayman was relaxing and laid back. We toured Jamaica,shopped and laid on Bamboo Beach. In Grand Cayman we did the shore snorkel excursion which was well worth the money. This was the first snorkel excursion for half of the group and they thoroughly enjoyed it. The ship could have used some updating and a larger liquor store, but overall, we had a great trip on the Victory and would definitely go on this shop again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Carnival Victory Ratings
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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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