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

We chose this as a last minute cruise. We booked an interior guarantee and got upgraded to a balcony (8201). A terrific financial deal. The crew was nice and it was a shorter cruise (4 days) but the food and activities were not good. ... Read More
We chose this as a last minute cruise. We booked an interior guarantee and got upgraded to a balcony (8201). A terrific financial deal. The crew was nice and it was a shorter cruise (4 days) but the food and activities were not good. I think this ship is going in to be restored but they seem to have given up a bit. The ship is a really good layout and I hope it will be restored to this original glory. Embarkation was very easy but disembarkation was a nightmare. No explanation of disembark zones so everyone self disembarked with their luggage. I'm accustomed to luggage tags but that didn't happen. So with everyone trying to get off the ship, it was quite a mess. But once we got off to our transport, it was quick and easy. First time we ever used room service and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We did not go to the main dining room, we mainly ate at Guys and Deli, since buffet was pretty bland and blah. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We took two grandchildren on the short Victory cruise this week. Miami, Key West, Cozumel and a day at sea. Did the Fast to the Fun and it worked well. Got on board shortly after arriving. We parked at the Port of Miami garage D right ... Read More
We took two grandchildren on the short Victory cruise this week. Miami, Key West, Cozumel and a day at sea. Did the Fast to the Fun and it worked well. Got on board shortly after arriving. We parked at the Port of Miami garage D right across from the ship at only $88. Just walked over. The food in the Lido was limited. Not a great salad selection. It was almost impossible to get wine or beer while seated in the Lido. Good desserts though. The whole Lido experience was like an OK cafeteria. The "Chopsticks" chinese area was only open occasionally. Long lines at the Deli. And the Lido glass walls were filthy. The food in the MDR was much better and service was great. Prime Rib was rare as ordered. The Indian food slection was great. Soups and breads were very good. And Guy Fieri's burgers are delicious. The Blue Agave tacos were also good. We went to two musical shows. Both were pretty good; very energetic. The bad; the pool is so small you couldn't move. Adults drinking in the pool spilling beer and drinks.. Rude and shoving adults. Kids were fine. I'm sorry, but it was a fairly trashy crowd. Women in net bathing suits in the buffet, men with no shirts in buffet, etc. Had a balcony cabin with the bunks for the kids. Worked fine and the steward, Rommel from the Philippines did a great job. My granddaughter did go to and enjoyed on night at her 12/13/14 group activity. But my grandson age 9 hated his one time. I guess they didn't have enough kids in his 9/10/11 age group so they brought in the 6/7//and 8 year olds. He was a little offended and woulndn't go back. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Was looking for a short cruise for my first time cruisers grandsons 9 & 7 years old it doesn't have a splash park but they did keep the kids busy with camp carnival and build a bear on the one sea day we had plus the one water ... Read More
Was looking for a short cruise for my first time cruisers grandsons 9 & 7 years old it doesn't have a splash park but they did keep the kids busy with camp carnival and build a bear on the one sea day we had plus the one water slide they do have and the movies at night on deck. that's the good part ,now the bad the food in the dining room was cold and seemed to be poor quality nothing great the Buffett food also had a problem with temperatures as well as being nothing great and the carving stations meats were mostly overcooked desserts reminded me of the ones you get at a Chinese Buffett nothing great .i like to get up early in the morning and walk the ship usually getting a coffee in the Buffett however i wasn't able to do that because they never had a machine ready for early risers also i noticed several times at 4:30 am several young children roaming the halls with no parental supervision it's like carnival just didn't seem to care about this ship and left me wondering if they were trying to cut corners to save $$$$$ very disappointing.this was my 3 rd cruise with carnival and probably my last Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We needed a Mon-Fri cruise and this was the only one that fit. We loved Guys burgers and the Blue Iguana breakfast burritos. The entertainment was pretty good, and our cruise director, Felipe, was awesome. Lloyd, the guy in charge of the ... Read More
We needed a Mon-Fri cruise and this was the only one that fit. We loved Guys burgers and the Blue Iguana breakfast burritos. The entertainment was pretty good, and our cruise director, Felipe, was awesome. Lloyd, the guy in charge of the comedy club, was great as well. He was very funny. The service was not very good though. The MDR was hard to find a waiter, even with 3 of them assigned to us. The food in the MDR was not very good either. I rarely saw any crew members willing to talk or answer questions except to sell us something, and once we did buy, they ignored us again. Our room was near the elevators on deck 7 and we could hear the music from the bar on deck 3 until midnight. In was glad I brought ear plugs. Fun cruise overall, but I expected more. We may try one of their bigger ships if we sail Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I surprised my husband for his birthday and booked the Victory (Stateroom 6202) for it's May 14 2018 sailing. It had been three years since we last cruised but a well needed vacation. Embarkation from the Port of Miami was okay. ... Read More
I surprised my husband for his birthday and booked the Victory (Stateroom 6202) for it's May 14 2018 sailing. It had been three years since we last cruised but a well needed vacation. Embarkation from the Port of Miami was okay. They never showed us where our luggage was supposed to go to be checked so we unfortunately had to carry our bags onboard. Not Carnival's problem but better signage and attentive workers at the port are more to blame for that. The ship in my opinion does not show its age. It could use better/updated signage on the 3rd floor where guest services is because the lighted signs are hard to read. Like others have noted, I did not like having to use the 6th floor or walk through the smokey casino (in in appearance but in smell) to get to the comedy area, karaoke, alchemy bar or Atlantic dining room but the only way to fix that would be to completely redesign the boat. The casino needs better ventilation as the cigarette smell radiated up to the 6th floor. Also, it would be great of the sports bar was not exposed to the casino to eliminate the smoke smell as well. Our cabin was great. Ironically enough I was super sick (motion sickness) from the flight earlier that morning but absolutely fine in the aft of the boat. It was very clean and efficiently stocked/tended too. Dining, le sigh. Lower your expectations. I learned my lesson that the cheaper the cruise is, the worst the food's quality would be. I'm glad I didn't book the Chef's Table. My husband was served raw eggs in this Breakfast bowl and the staff was always absent, slow and not personable. We had breakfast in Atlantic every morning and the taste of the food was inconsistent, but the service was always consistent in that the servers were inattentive and not personable. Entertainment was okay. I hated the shows outside of the newlywed show because it was centered around rock n roll and older style selections. As 30 somethings who listen to pop, R&B and gospel, the shows were very unappealing to our generation and culture. The comedian Azeem was good but his mature (18+) show was definitively not for the faint at heart. Lots of f & b bombs but I still found humor in some of his act. Service was more of a miss than a hit. Our cabin steward was the best and our dinner staff on the last night was the best service we received the entire cruise. The ports were okay. I wish we could have stayed in Key West a bit longer but we made the most of it while there. We did the hop on hop off trolley and enjoyed seeing the new and old island and hearing the history. During our Cozumel port the gangway was damaged due to a very bad storm so many people were stuck outside the boat for at east 4-6 hours while the gangway was repaired. We were happy we stayed on board that day to enjoy the empty boat. The passengers weren't the best but not the worse either. Many were friendly, most were 20 somethings who preferred being drunk/intoxicated so I'm sure they would cruise this boat again. We are more mature, laid back, foodies so this wasn't an appealing cruise for us, nor were we anxious to do another one very soon. Disembarkation was a mess and very disorganized. We carried our luggage off the boat and they called too many floors at once. We stood in a long line for a while and once back in the Port of Miami you were treated as if the vacation was over. Unenthusiastic employees who chanted "Welcome back" in a very monotone voice who made it clear to keep moving and leave the port ASAP. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I choose this cruise because we brought family with us who never cruised before. It was the shortest cruise we ever did. I have always took a cruise with carnival to celebrate my anniversary. I got a gift card that was expired. ... Read More
I choose this cruise because we brought family with us who never cruised before. It was the shortest cruise we ever did. I have always took a cruise with carnival to celebrate my anniversary. I got a gift card that was expired. They didnt sing Happy Anniversary to us or acknowledge us at dinner. This was completely strange to us. We always get a bottle of wine and the waiters sing to us. We actually enjoy the special attention they paid to us on our last cruise. We also told them it was my nieces birthday and they didnt acknowledge her at all. Every night we heard waiters singing happy anniversary and happy birthday to other guests. Destinations were at Key West and Cozumel. I think it would have been nice to know that at both destinations we docked away from all the major attractions, all on the other side of the islands. Key West was too quick, and they rushed us back on the ship ...we had until 1:30, that changed to 1PM and then they told us to be on the ship by 12 noon...we got off the ship close to 8:30AM that left no time to see anything on the other side. The food quality has gone down, cold food, no surf and turf (included) everything was extra which usually isnt for at least one dinner. The activities for late dinner guest were not properly timed. We missed the comedy and other things we would have liked to do. The ship was extra rocky. I witnessed one of the food servers using the restroom and walking out without washing her hands. This is my last carnival cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We cruised with carnival before in bigger and newer ships and for longer cruises, so we knew what to expect comparing to other cruise lines. But I guess we were not prepared for the "non stop spring break mood". We chose this ... Read More
We cruised with carnival before in bigger and newer ships and for longer cruises, so we knew what to expect comparing to other cruise lines. But I guess we were not prepared for the "non stop spring break mood". We chose this cruise because we wanted a small cruise before another that we take a week before Victory. The ship looked ok, nothing to write home about or to make you feel extremely impressed. The atrium was really nice. Our cabin (port hole) was great, even better than others in upscale cruises where we have been. We liked the food; there were considerably less buffet choices comparing to what we are used to, but we liked the food. The MDR service was so quick that we never had the opportunity to see the employees dancing. Loved the quiet area pool, but it was impossible to stay in the main pool because the DJ music was way too loud...I'm used to go to night clubs and never in my life it was so uncomfortable to stay in one place with music like the Lido pool. The entertainment was so so...maybe we are being unfair because we are comparing to the big Broadway productions on other cruise ships, but the shows were similar to what we were used 25 years ago, actually made the 4 of us fall asleep during the 2 main shows. We normally travel during the spring break month, but for the first time we had a bad experience concerning to it: there were room parties, screaming and laughing until 4,5,6 a.m. and the security did nothing to help the ones who would love to sleep a couple hours. There was also a lots of alcohol around and alcohol effects. Victory was ok, for a small cruise, but we would not love to repeat a longer one. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We wanted something family friendly. We find Carnival to be that cruise line. Our stewart was great (alex) on the 7th forward. I thought the upgrades of the red frog and Guys etc was great. I can do without the fish market it smell at ... Read More
We wanted something family friendly. We find Carnival to be that cruise line. Our stewart was great (alex) on the 7th forward. I thought the upgrades of the red frog and Guys etc was great. I can do without the fish market it smell at times and dont appreciate the extra cost, I do wish they had the speciality dining like the steakhouse, etc. I also wish Carnvial would upgrade the american table in the Main dining. I would rather themed each night e.g. mexican, American, etc.... Was just like the food we had the Breeze last year. Staff was great, I did miss the morning show, has Carnival done away with it on TV? Also like the new Miami boarding with the keys in the room when you arrive no waiting. I just wish it was easier to get extra keys since we have kids and mutiple rooms. Overall I give it 3.5 stars Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We took a 4 night New Years Eve cruise from Miami on the Victory. The crew was great. Our dinning team was outstanding....friendly, efficient, outgoing....made dinner a joy. Same goes for room steward. Four shows (2 nights) were cancelled, ... Read More
We took a 4 night New Years Eve cruise from Miami on the Victory. The crew was great. Our dinning team was outstanding....friendly, efficient, outgoing....made dinner a joy. Same goes for room steward. Four shows (2 nights) were cancelled, one for weather, 2 for 'technical difficulties". Lounge entertainment was mediocre. First young man had a Karaoke voice andvorite a limited repertoire. Second was a steel drum player...she was ok...but 3 nights of steel drum.....really? The 1 show we did see was short and not very exciting...for entertainment....a C grade. Food was good and plentiful, B+. I will say that their boarding procedure was the best/easiest I have ever encountered. I like that cabin rooms are even on one side of ship, odd on the other....cuts down on confusion trying to find room. Don't like that cabins were only turned down either am or pm....not both. My guess is that they cut back on room stewards (to cut costs) and decreased service. I believe that Carnival is trying to be 'family friendly' which is fine for folks with children. They seem to have a lot for the kids, which is a good thing...but if you are cruising to have time away from the kiddos, then reconsider your choice. There were many unruly little ones running about. I was very surprised that there were very few stations to sanitize your hands...2 days after cruise I suffered Montezuma's revenge. Very few chances to sanitize. I have cruise other lines and will probably go back to my favorite...Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
There was 5 of us in total, (20,21) 2 in a 4J cabin #9203 and us 3 (31, 42,48) in an 8D cabin #9229. The kids kept their cabin a mess 90% of the time so cabin steward did very little in their cabin all week. But our cabin steward was ... Read More
There was 5 of us in total, (20,21) 2 in a 4J cabin #9203 and us 3 (31, 42,48) in an 8D cabin #9229. The kids kept their cabin a mess 90% of the time so cabin steward did very little in their cabin all week. But our cabin steward was good, introduced himself and we never saw him again all week. He did ask us if we wanted service, morning, evening or both? I told him both and he came twice a day. We always had plenty of towels and our beach towels were always replaced. The balcony was small as usual. There was only two mirrors in the entire cabin, bathroom and vanity. There wasnt even a full length mirror in the cabin?! Weird So us 3 were always fighting fo mirror time before dinner. Purchased FTTF but only one of the 5 got their luggage immediately. The rest of us had to wait until after munster to get ours like 4:30. Also though we had 10:30 checkin time, we still were made to wait over an hour to board. First time using FTTF and not sure I will use it again. The 2 things we wanted it for, luggage and early boarding was a bust. We ate every nigth but one in the dining room. We had anytime dining and had to wait every night with a pager to be seated, whether it was 3 of us or 5. Most nights, we waited 30-40 mins. Dinner was okay, nothing to rant and rave about. But we definitely didnt go hungry either. We ate pizza late most nights and there was always a line. Three of us purchased CHEERS package and we loved it. Wont ever sail Carnival without it again! We bought Jeep tour through Viator for $85 a person and loved it. It was our 3rd time doing this excursion so we knew already what to expect. The weahter was perfect all week and we all got beautiful tans to show off when we got home. Went to 2 theater shows and 2 comedy shows. Both were good but comedy shows were the best. Didnt find ship freeze inside venues at night. Disco was packed every night with DJ playing a variety of music from 80s-current. All in all a wonderful cruise for the price we paid. $400pp for a balcony on Lido pool deck was cheap! Looking forward to going again real soon. Any questions, message me. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We were in cabin 7290 which was a little small when there are two twin beds but we made it work since we were only in there to sleep. Cabin steward Tskita took care of us. Menu in the Atlantic dining room was okay, we ate there only 2 of ... Read More
We were in cabin 7290 which was a little small when there are two twin beds but we made it work since we were only in there to sleep. Cabin steward Tskita took care of us. Menu in the Atlantic dining room was okay, we ate there only 2 of the 4 days and enjoyed the buffet the oth4r days. Burgers were really good. We took the cruise to get away from the everyday ho hum not for a gourmet meal so we weren't disappointed. If you are looking for 5 star menu/quality you may want to try sail on one of Carnival's newer ships. The staff on the Lido Deck was amazing, hugs and more hugs to Kelly who went out of her way to care of our needs. Felipe was awesome as the cruise director and the Broadway shows and comedy shows are a must see. We had the honor, minus the rain, of being able to catch 2 of the dine-in movies on the Lido Deck, King Kung (Skull Island) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Embankment and Dis-Embarkment went smoothly. The ship is one of their older ones and these are not as tip top as one would expect but we weren't expecting perfection. This is my 3rd time cruising on the Victory and for quick cruise I'd do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
WE drove into Miami for 2 days than took Carnival Victory (7/17-21/2017) to Key West Florida and Cozumel Mexico. This was a Family & Friends Cruise and it was very nice. This is my 2nd time on Carnival Victory and it is one of the ... Read More
WE drove into Miami for 2 days than took Carnival Victory (7/17-21/2017) to Key West Florida and Cozumel Mexico. This was a Family & Friends Cruise and it was very nice. This is my 2nd time on Carnival Victory and it is one of the older ships of Carnival but it was nice. Had a Balcony Room and it suited my needs. Although Carnival use to be my Favorite Cruise line, I am a Royal Caribbean Fan. However Carnival service has slacked in the past years, I am a VIFP member and feel that Carnival use to be top quality but they are starting to slack off their professionalism. However we still enjoyed the Family and Friends that we were surrounded by and we enjoyed the entire Cruise, Another problem I have is that the Cruise was too Short !!!!! I really like 7 or more days on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this cruise to celebrate my granddaughters high school graduation. I was looking for a short four day cruise that was not too expensive and suitable for a young lady having a good time. Carnival is not one of my favorite cruise ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate my granddaughters high school graduation. I was looking for a short four day cruise that was not too expensive and suitable for a young lady having a good time. Carnival is not one of my favorite cruise lines but they made a good attempt to make it an enjoyable experience. There are problems one being the low pricing structure bring in a lot of first time cruisers who seem to be lost enjoying the total experience. It seems spending all their time at the buffet and screaming at each other is all they do. The buffet on this ship is too small and since it was a full ship they could not accommodate the people. Food was just ok, better than MSC but not up to NCL or Celebrity. The dinning room staff were excellent and attentive. We had early dinning and I was impressed that knew out names right from the get go and never forgot them. The dinning staff performed two "shows" and the dinning staff were great! But every day the staff sang happy birthday to guests over and over and it was so bad it got annoying. The two shows on this cruise were fair at best. The first was so disjointed it became boring. The second was better but with only two singers it was redundant. The smokey casino was hard to walk through at times, I now know why people complain about so much smoke. The room for three people was very good, clean and kept in order by our cabin steward. We only saw him one time but the room was always kept clean and neat. Rest of staff were friendly and helpful, as I said they did a good effort to make this short five day cruise and enjoyable one. We did a buggy tour in Cozumel and it was a blast. All three of us enjoyed it each for different reasons. I enjoyed driving a stick shift buggy, my wife enjoyed seeing the beauty of the island and GD enjoyed snorkeling. Well worth the money. Key West was a bust four hours is not long enough to do anything and have been there many times before so went to Sloopy Joes and had a drink after taking the tour around the island. Pretty much a bust. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
we had never been on a cruise and spent 3400 for 4 people as a grad gift for my son and a friend. The staff was great they really try to make your experience great and they remember your names. dinner was served in a nice room if you ... Read More
we had never been on a cruise and spent 3400 for 4 people as a grad gift for my son and a friend. The staff was great they really try to make your experience great and they remember your names. dinner was served in a nice room if you prefer instead of the buffet but sit down the presentation was extremely great and the server Neumann in Atlantic was by far the best server we ever had very very accommodating. however we sat the same table each night in the corner of the room upstairs and each night there was a show that we never got to see because where we were assigned to sit. They should have TVs so the people who are stuffed away can enjoy the experience like the others. the night we all had to share the dinning area was at Cozumel no dinner set times just open from 6 to 930. the people to the right of us the girl threw up on the table they left it there the entire time we sat to eat ( over 30 Minutes) that was disgusting and unsaintly should have been cleaned right away the people next to us left. they came back for take out and were served at the same table to go gross. on the other hand The director was great he tried to get everyone involved and had a great personality his name was Matey. The problem with the cruise is they have no rules once on board that people must follow and no enforcement of rules so young kids run among screaming at all times of the day and night not accompanied by adults which means that if you want to sleep you have to listen to the noise and no one stops them this happened as late as 2 am There is no rules keeping them from hanging and ruining outside the rooms, They have no guidelines if you cannot control your children than there is absolutely no consequences and the chikdren run around screaming as the parents are no where to be found. they should have children under a certain age should be accompanies by an adult because the youngest kids were wondering alone and screaming which ruined it for a lot of people. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
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
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
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
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
We planned this cruise as a family celebration for my mother's 60th birthday. Everyone in the group of 8 are previous cruisers with Carnival so it was the logical choice. We were looking for a cruise shorter than 7 days to work with ... Read More
We planned this cruise as a family celebration for my mother's 60th birthday. Everyone in the group of 8 are previous cruisers with Carnival so it was the logical choice. We were looking for a cruise shorter than 7 days to work with everyone's work schedules. We found the 4 night Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Victory sailing out of Miami. In September I cruised out of Miami and was surprised to find a Carnival Check-in Desk at the airport. We flew into Miami Airport and found the check-in process at the airport pretty quick and easy. The bus was waiting for us as we finished checking-in. (We had purchased our transfers ahead of time) A short bus ride to the dock and we were ready for our cruise vacation. When you check-in at the airport, you get to by-pass all the lines at the port. By the time we arrived at the ship, our cabin was to be ready, so we went straight there to check it out and drop some things off. Entering our cabin, we noticed 2 things. The cabin was dirty and our air conditioning was not working. We left the cabin to look for our cabin steward, and not being able to find him, we went to guest services. I had brought a can of Lysol wipes as part of my norovirus prevention kit, so I was not concerned about the spills left on the counters. We notified guest services of our A/C problem and set out to find lunch. When we returned to the cabin after lunch the steward stopped and told us the A/C was down for maintenance, but will be back up soon. When we returned to the cabin for the night, the A/C was trickling out of the vent. The room was more bearable than before but not by any means acceptable. While preparing for bed, my wife and I began to notice more and more dirt that had not been cleaned up. Most of the horizontal surfaces had a build-up of dust. There was dried splatters on the mirrors and the picture frame. There was residue from a spill still on the vanity top. All of the light switches and reading lights had a build-up of filth around the switches and the crevices. In the bathroom, there was rust on the ceiling and hair in the shower, The door frame was rusted through on the bottom. The grout in the tile on the floor was either stained or missing. When I pulled back the bed, I found a fair amount of hair in the sheets. The AC never worked real well the entire cruise. I went to bed warm each night and the cabin became hot and humid after every shower. I was disappointed the cabin steward never noticed or followed up on our A/C problem. We ate most breakfasts and lunches in the Lido. The food was good and I didn't notice too many lines. I did have to wait 10-15 minutes for pizza every time I went. The staff seems to wait until there is a long line to start making pizzas. We ate every evening in the Atlantic Upper Dining Room. The service was pretty typical of other Carnival ships I have sailed on. Pretty good service with an occasional slow-down in the pace or a delay to get water glasses refilled. The staff went out of their way to accommodate the 2 children in our party. They ordered their meals as requested and even cut up dishes that required it for both girls. I participated in the Tour De Cycle class the 2 times it was offered. The bikes are pretty dated, but mine worked as intended. The instructor (can't remember his name) put on a decent class but wasn't real interactive with the class. It was a real intense workout though. I have noticed a decrease in the quality of the entertainment in the main show lounge over the last couple years. Carnival says they are investing more money in the technology of the show and less in the performers. I believe this ship has the old style entertainment with the singers and many dancers. I enjoyed the shows, but question the kid friendliness of the show Vroom. I noticed they have a couple of equipment issues on this ship. In the gym, the sound system doesn't work properly causing the instructor to leave the class to fix it. In the piano lounge the lady was constantly complaining her equipment wasn't working and calling for assistance to fix it. Disembarkation was easy. We signed-up for the Everglades tour with transfer to the airport. We met in the lounge at the time, were lead to the baggage claim, pick-up our bags, through customs and boarded a motor coach for our tour. Probably the quickest and easiest disembarkation. My wife and I have no desire to sail on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
This was my 12th cruise in ten years and if it wasn't for my family, it would have been the worst. The rooms were dirty, thank goodness for baby wipes. I wiped down all the counter tops,and the remote made me want to go ewwwwwwwwwww. ... Read More
This was my 12th cruise in ten years and if it wasn't for my family, it would have been the worst. The rooms were dirty, thank goodness for baby wipes. I wiped down all the counter tops,and the remote made me want to go ewwwwwwwwwww. The food was awesome, the wait staff in the dining room were great. Carnival needs to be more conscious of the entertainment with children. The hairiest chest competition got a little disgusting with all the children in the pool area. Having the guys strip down to skivvies in Vroom was a little much for the 8:30 PM show when you know kids will be in attendance. Camp Carnival was awesome, the Granddaughters loved it. Room service was non-existent, on previous cruises we ordered milk and cookies for the girls, it took at least 8-9 calls a night just to get them to answer the phone. Also, the variety of things on TV were poor. Other Carnival cruises had movies at night for the kids. The new Monsters University started at midnight, really? The pizza station was great but they only made one pizza at a time, he told me to come back in 5 min and when I did the pizza was gone! On nights when you have shore excursions that don't get back to the ship until after dinner, you think you might need two or three people making pizza's? Also, we couldn't find a burger when we came back from Cozumel, all the stations were closed. I had a great time, sunshine and 84 away from the snow and ice, spending time with the family, could it have been better - yes! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
This was our first cruise with Carnival. I think the old adage of "you get what you pay for" is apt to describe our experience on this cruise. I went in with very low expectations and, for the most part, Carnival barely met the ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Carnival. I think the old adage of "you get what you pay for" is apt to describe our experience on this cruise. I went in with very low expectations and, for the most part, Carnival barely met the low bar I had set for it. I liken it to dining at a McDonalds. You will pretty much get the same demographic, similar food, similar ambience etc. Don't expect to pay low prices and get a top notch experience. Dining - We had dinner in the Atlantic dining room every day. The food there was barely edible. The breakfast and lunch buffets were a similar experience. You could generally find one or two items on the buffet that were decent enough to fill you up. I appreciate good food but I am generally not a picky eater. I am glad I was on a 4 night cruise. I can't imagine having to eat that food for any longer than that. The buffet lines were long. It took us anywhere from 20-30 minutes to get our food every time. Service - was spotty. We had some good experiences with our Dining room waiter. The staff in Camp Carnival was friendly. Other than that, the service was what you would expect from a 'bottom of the barrel' cruise line. The room steward was generally absent. The other staff was ok. Nobody went out of their way for anything. Cleanliness - This was a major let down for me. The ship is old. The decor is horrible. Bathrooms looked like cesspools. Missing tiles, peeling paint. People leaving empty drink glasses in the elevators. You name it. This ship was generally filthy. This is definitely a deal breaker. Embarkation/Disembarkation - Was very smooth. Best part of this cruise experience. The general ambience on the ship was loud. The music by the pools was blaring all the time. The loud drunk people in the stateroom hallways etc. I don't think I will ever go on a Carnival cruise again. I know the prices are cheap but if you can afford to spend a little bit extra, then, NCL or Royal Caribbean may be a better option. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
I was extremely excited about this cruise. I knew everything about the ship before i got on. I was very disappointed with the outcome. We first got there and the people helping us on board were jerks. When we got on board we met our ... Read More
I was extremely excited about this cruise. I knew everything about the ship before i got on. I was very disappointed with the outcome. We first got there and the people helping us on board were jerks. When we got on board we met our room steward and tipped her. Then that night we got a new one and had to tip him too. He was very rude. he got mad at me for coming in while he was cleaning my room. Most of the bartenders were inclusive to certain people and served us after every one was gone. One of my biggest pet peeves was that their first language was not English. You could hardly understand anyone. The food was adequate. The 24 hour pizza was horrible and took forever. Room service was limited. For a cruise line, the food was a little limited. there was breakfast till 12, then lunch till 2:30, and that was it until 5:45. Pizza, ice cream, and room service were the only other thing s you can eat. The buffet was am-mature. The Asian cuisine part, however, was authentic and delicious. Every once in a while, the dining room food did not taste good. At 12:00 the grill opens back up for 2 hours. The ship was gorgeous. There was so much to do. I had such a great time with family. The youth program were well organized as well as the shows and casino. The Only problem I had was my mom kept on getting lost. They need people everywhere to direct people to places. So overall, The service was horrible, the food was adequate, and the ship was beautiful. I enjoyed the ports. I also enjoyed family time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Carnival Victory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates N/A 4.3

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