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