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

We just got off the ship today and I would like to share my experience. First and foremost we had a blast. Embarkation was quick and easy. The cabin was clean and the stewards were our friends by the end of the trip. We found ... Read More
We just got off the ship today and I would like to share my experience. First and foremost we had a blast. Embarkation was quick and easy. The cabin was clean and the stewards were our friends by the end of the trip. We found this to be the case for many staff. So the shower had a dispenser with shampoo and shower gel. I had a small bottle of conditioner from a recent hotel stay which worked out since we didn't check baggage; couldn't bring large bottles of liquids. We traveled with our older children.. they loved the gym. Tip .. if you get back on the ship after an excursion and you all need to shower use the gym.(spa). There is an 18-20 meet up on the first night. As mentioned on previous reviews it lasted for 10 minutes so don't miss it and they'll have friends for the rest of the trip. We all found food we liked. Breakfast in the dining room was the best but for a quick bite, the Lido buffet is just fine. .. also the breakfast burrito was good. Lunch was fun. On the Lido there is a Guy Fieri burger joint (yummy) and the Blue Iguana where you can get taco salads, burritos, tacos... The fixins bars at both were great. We had dinner in the main dining room most nights and the food was really good. Service was also good and the wait staff learned our names on the first night. Cruise director Savannah never rested. She had everyone dancing, singing, and laughing. We enjoyed the comedy shows the most, George and Percy; also their host Edwina was adorable! Shore excursion Key West: We did the Catamaran snorkeling trip. I live to do this. Full Stop! Unfortunately the weather took and downturn and our excursion in Cozumel was cancelled. This was the same week if you recall in which 2 Carnival Ships crashed in Cozumel. No worries, we shopped, then got back on the ship early and the kids met up with their friends. This was not our first time doing this route so I hope to try the different routes in the future. Hope you enjoy your trip and bring your positive attitude. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I was a little fearful about this ship after reading some of the recent reviews. But after 4 very enjoyable days, I wonder if they were on the same ship? All the employees did whatever they could to make you comfortable and happy. Our ... Read More
I was a little fearful about this ship after reading some of the recent reviews. But after 4 very enjoyable days, I wonder if they were on the same ship? All the employees did whatever they could to make you comfortable and happy. Our steward, Tri , was excellent, and our waiter, Nick, and his team were just wonderful. We never encountered any long lines, and both getting on and off went very smoothly. Guy’s Burgers, and the Blue Iguana were so yummy! And the Seafood Shack had excellent food for just a few dollars. All the bar people were so helpful, never had to wait for more than a couple of minutes- they were all so efficient! We had a small suite for 3 people, and with the extra big balcony, it was positively roomy, with so much storage. I know Victory won’t be around much longer, but I am so glad we took this lovely short, 4 day cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was a last minute booking with an amazing deal for a balcony room. We went in with no expectations coming in and left totally blown away with what a great time we had. Overall cleanliness on the boat was impressive in all the common ... Read More
This was a last minute booking with an amazing deal for a balcony room. We went in with no expectations coming in and left totally blown away with what a great time we had. Overall cleanliness on the boat was impressive in all the common areas. It didn't take more than a few minutes for an un-attended cup or plate to be scooped and cleaned away by service staff. Food was delicious with the exception of the Pizza Pirate. It nice to have that available 24 hours but we only needed to try it once and we were happy to fill up on all the other great options on the boat. Guy's burger joint was delicious as was the blue iquana tacos and burritos. The main dining was room was a great highlight with menus that changes and they always highlighted food influences by the port of call. Don't forget that you can always order more than one appetizer/entree/dessert! Our waiter during our entire cruise was Retno. She was very pleasant and new our name from the first evening and never forgot until we left. Even on open seating night and breakfast, she came by just to say hello and ensure that we were well taken care of. Desserts were always a highlight at every dinner. Entertainment on the boat was good. There was always a good selection of live music to be heard. Travis was a one man acoustic guitar player that was especially good. So were the multiple evenings of Karaoke!!! We definitely sailed with a talented bunch of passengers! Embarkation was quick and organized and leaving the boat was also pain free and easy. Highlighted destination was Cozumel at Chankanaab. All inclusive eating, drinking, snorkelling and finished off with a tequila tasting tour. Definitely worth checking out if you are considering an excursion. I was brave and had the ice and water while there. I have a sensitive stomach and it had no effect on me. Definitely peace of mind if you are worried about that. There's also a starbucks on site if you need a coffee fix. Overall great itinerary, entertainment and value for what was paid. FUN is definitely what was had and Carnival definitely upholds their reputation for being a fun boat. They should also be known for great service which was an unexpected highlight! Great job to all on the Carnival Victory! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was a 4 day cruise. We were there for a wedding. On boarding was very swift and love how quick we got thru just to venture on the board for the first couple hours before we were able to get to our rooms. I must admit by the end of our ... Read More
This was a 4 day cruise. We were there for a wedding. On boarding was very swift and love how quick we got thru just to venture on the board for the first couple hours before we were able to get to our rooms. I must admit by the end of our cruise, i still felt like i didn’t discover everything on the boat. It was so much to do on there that we didn’t get to do everything. When we went to our reserved dining, the servers were very attentive. I really admired the dining room and the color combinations it had made it very interesting. The dining room staff also put on a show for their guest which was awesome. A lot of entertainment that kept us all laughing. There was so much activities that we couldn’t do everything we wanted. That a good thing. I’ve been on a cruise before and got bored very easily by the 2nd night. Really enjoyed going to the comedy club. Mr. Doug Williams was awesome. He had us laughing from the beginning to the end!! Key West- we really didn’t have much time to discover the port because this is where the wedding was hosted. We were at port for about 5-6 hours. By the time the wedding was over, we had about an hr & half left in key west. We wanted to get back in the ship and change. By the time we did all that, we were hungry and ready to eat. We were leaving port by the time we sat down and ate. I have to admit, key west was very beautiful tho. Mexico- it was awesome to walk around the port and seeing people dressed up in their background/heritage. We took a couple pictures with really cute costumes. We went to Mr Sanchos for a couple hours. Worth the reservations. Highly recommend it. All you can eat, all you can drink. The one thing I’ll advise is, if you are planning to purchase items from your destination, check for pricing before you leave the port to do other sight seeings. We found a decoration at Mr Sanchos for $35, when we got back to port, we found a simpler decoration for $5. That was our only negative about this. Everything else was well worth it. I definitely wouldn’t mind coming back on Victory again Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We flew into the Miami Airport where we were able to check in with Carnival avoiding the long lines at the port. Our family was in balcony rooms on Deck 8, rooms 8267 (this room was too near the elevator lobby doors and was too noisy at ... Read More
We flew into the Miami Airport where we were able to check in with Carnival avoiding the long lines at the port. Our family was in balcony rooms on Deck 8, rooms 8267 (this room was too near the elevator lobby doors and was too noisy at night), 8269, and 8271. They opened one of the doors for us on the balcony creating a joined balcony which was so nice. We loved Guy's Burgers, and the dining room's food was delicious every night. Our grandchildren loved the water slide, the playground, and the putt putt. All Carnival employees were friendly, helpful, and kind. We parasoled with Sebago Watersports in Key West. Absolutely a wonderful adventure for all the adults. Easy lift off and easy return! So peaceful and the view was to die for. In Cozumel we taxied to Playa Mia, a resort on the beach with all kinds of water toys, beach chairs, and a splash pad for the kids. It was a great bargain for the cost. We disembarked ourselves and were to the Miami Airport by 9:30am. They had a checkin for our luggage right where we got off the bus, and were able to print our boarding passes for the plane there too. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because it fit a scheduled family visit. We live in Florida but the visitors were from Oregon and had never been or a cruise. The price, length of cruise, itinerary, cruise reviews and dates available were perfect for ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit a scheduled family visit. We live in Florida but the visitors were from Oregon and had never been or a cruise. The price, length of cruise, itinerary, cruise reviews and dates available were perfect for this trip. My wife and I had not been on Carnival in 10 years and we are currently Platinum with Royal Caribbean. Honestly I felt like we were taking a step down by choosing Carnival but for sure I was WRONG! There is much to like about Carnival and I now see why they are the biggest cruise line out there. there is so much to like about this experience, I hope I can convey it all 1. The ship is huge but not too huge 2. The ship was in amazingly terrific condition for an 18 year old ship 3. We had interior rooms on the bottom deck at the rear of the ship. Much to my surprise there was very little motion felt and almost no engine or propeller noise. We had a very quiet hallway and our cabin steward Antonio was nothing short of amazing. For a budget room, I give it 5 stars. Oh yes, the shower was the largest I have ever had on a cruise ship 4. I have to say, the food quality and selection was actually better than Royal Caribbean. We had a party of 8 and were seated on the upper deck of the Pacific MDR. We we is a quiet corner and it felt like a cozy local restaurant, we never felt like we were eating with 500 other people. Our wait staff, Donald, Luis and Dewar made our trip more than memorable. I cant say enough good about the entire dining experience 5. The entertainment was non stop through out the ship. There were activities for all age groups. The main show called Livin In America should have had an R rating. Not good for little children, very sexually suggestive and too much skin. The other show was a rock and roll tribute, it was terrific. 6. Service throughout the ship was spot on. There when you needed it but never overdone or "in your face" 7. CRUISE DIRECTOR: A Cruise Director can make or break a cruise. Our Cruise Director Felipe was hands down the Best of the Best. He managed to touch everyone in our group. 8. Ports of call Key West and Cozumel, great time, much better than the Bahamas. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our family of seven went on the cruise from Miami to Mexico on April 30 to May 4. This was my first cruise trip and we really enjoyed. We had much fun in the ship. The best part is the food. We enjoyed the different varieties of food and ... Read More
Our family of seven went on the cruise from Miami to Mexico on April 30 to May 4. This was my first cruise trip and we really enjoyed. We had much fun in the ship. The best part is the food. We enjoyed the different varieties of food and kind service of waiters. We really appreciate Chef Finto Paul for feeding the good number of people with variety of food. We enjoyed the food and we have no complaints whatsoever. We really enjoyed the array of food with different country themes. The service of the waiters was excellent. I think of two of the waiters--Mafe and Loving (I think this was her name) for their amazing service. We applaud Chef Paul and his crew for the food service in Carnival Victor. I would really recommend my other family to take this cruise to Mexico or to Bahamas. Hats off to Chef Finto Paul and his team. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Just got off the Victory this morning and I miss it already. From beginning to end the Victory was a great exerience. Had a suite-level state room with priority boarding and got right on with no issues. Cabin was clean and spacious and ... Read More
Just got off the Victory this morning and I miss it already. From beginning to end the Victory was a great exerience. Had a suite-level state room with priority boarding and got right on with no issues. Cabin was clean and spacious and our steward (Evelyn) was very attentive. Great looking ship - had a lot of charm and style. Dining was good - not great - not bad - and the lido buffet had tons of options. Highly recommend Guy's Burger Joint , the Seafood Shack and the Deli. Entertainment was great and fun and our cruise director Felippe was hands down the most entertaining on the ship. We did go to comedy club one night - very funny - and the piano bar sing along was a blast. Loved the very hairy chest contest - super funny and they kept it (somewhat) clean for the younger kids on board. Key West was great - although we felt we didn't get to spend enough time there. Visit Hemmingway's house!! Cozumel was fantastic - best day of the trip - great port and with the Cozumel Plus we had a lot of time to explore. Service was excellent, staff were friendly and fun. I have nothing at all bad to say about this cruise and have already booked my next one. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
First time I've been on a cruise ..I was a little scared of getting seasick but surprised that i didnt even feel any movement of the ship at all and forgot all the worries on the very fist day .,very clean cabin , food and service of ... Read More
First time I've been on a cruise ..I was a little scared of getting seasick but surprised that i didnt even feel any movement of the ship at all and forgot all the worries on the very fist day .,very clean cabin , food and service of all the waiter ( esp.Filipino, Indonesian waiter ) were very hospitable and accomodating, the band called Music Power were excellent singer and good music( he sang the song of Journey , Eagles ) the Comedian -Percy Cruise 2 and most of all the guy name Felipe "good host" the shore excursion were sold out at the cruise but they were helpful and advise me where to go to book and the cleaner were very clean and trustworthy Thank you Carnival Victory you have all good staff overall and made our vacation a memorable one !! i shall return maybe this time another destination Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We did this cruise as a graduation trip for our daughter. It was our first time to go on a cruise but we have heard good things from some of our friends who have already gone on a cruise so we had high expectations. Our cruise was very ... Read More
We did this cruise as a graduation trip for our daughter. It was our first time to go on a cruise but we have heard good things from some of our friends who have already gone on a cruise so we had high expectations. Our cruise was very enjoyable, food was great, we were over fed and we really enjoyed the nightly dinner. We were assigned at the Atlantic dining room and received outstanding service from Melchor and Jovy and their teams. The same goes with the steward service, Eufracio and his team did excellent work on keeping our room serviced despite their busy routines. We decided to do the deluxe beach excursion in Cozumel which our kids enjoyed, those guys in the sailboat know how to entertain their guests with endless beer and margaritas which I enjoyed. There is only one thing that needs improvement and that would be the internet service. I tried the cheapest service at first and I cannot even avail of the expected services that were enumerated in that level so I tried upgrading to the next level. The second level was better but still very slow. I was tempted to upgrade again to the next level but it was expensive at more than $70 for just a few days. Overall I would rate our cruise excellent and yes, I would do it again in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The entire wedding experience was so well organized and beautiful. They met every need we had and the ceremony was perfect. The reception was in the night club and the toast, dances, cake and food could not have gone any better. My husband ... Read More
The entire wedding experience was so well organized and beautiful. They met every need we had and the ceremony was perfect. The reception was in the night club and the toast, dances, cake and food could not have gone any better. My husband and I are soo happy we made this choice! Personally, I don't see any other way being easier or less stressful. Our wedding guests list included over 30 people and everyone was always able to find something to do that they enjoyed. Smaller groups chose to do different excursions when we all met back at the ship we would talk about our different experiences and everyone said they really enjoyed whatever activity they did that day. The photographer Vitalina did such an amazing job it was impossible to pick which pictures we wanted, they were all great! Our wait staff in the dining hall was incredible and we all miss Yonathon! He and his team made every night so memorable. The food was fantastic and everyone who goes on this ship needs to check out the comedy shows and experience karaoke night. I loved every minute of this trip and will never forget it! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I chose this cruise for the dates available and the destinations. It was a first cruise for my son and 2 grandsons. Between the pools, water slide and the Circle C club, the 12 and 13 year old cousins found plenty to do on board. ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the dates available and the destinations. It was a first cruise for my son and 2 grandsons. Between the pools, water slide and the Circle C club, the 12 and 13 year old cousins found plenty to do on board. Since both boy were picky eaters, we did the buffet for all meals. They either went through the line with us or went for burgers or pizza while the older folk went through the line. Then we all met at the same table for our meal together. The cabin was a little small for 4 people but we didn't stay in it much. I loved the balcony. Sometimes I get up in the middle of the night and I was able to sit on the balcony and watch the stars or read my e-book. The cabin might have been more habitable if the kids weren't always leaving things in the floor but they did make a real effort. They often were just in a rush to get to the pool, slide or club. Both of the adults were able to find plenty of food we liked at the buffet or the deli. The kids foods choices almost dictated we eat on the Lido level but we didn't find it a hardship. We both enjoyed the Ruben from the deli. I have had better Rubens but I have had much worse and they certainly didn't short us on corned beef. My son was very impressed with how courteous the staff members treated our herd. We all enjoyed our short cruise. The Old Town Trolley driver in Key West, Louis, was a riot and very informative. In Cozumel we went to the Tulum ruins. Our guide Angel knew local history very well and kept us entertained and informed. The only negative I found was his rather pushy sales pitches for his buddies at a restaurant or shops. Also I didn't so much mind the extra $5 for having a camera at Tulum and $2 for the tram. It is just that I would have liked to know beforehand. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I sailed on this cruise last Christmas, and decided to sail this year again. This was my 29th cruise, and 5th time on the Victory. We live 30 minutes away from The Port of Miami. Embarkation-I received an email that they wouldn't ... Read More
I sailed on this cruise last Christmas, and decided to sail this year again. This was my 29th cruise, and 5th time on the Victory. We live 30 minutes away from The Port of Miami. Embarkation-I received an email that they wouldn't start embarkation until 1:30. I always get to the port at 11, and since receiving this email, we decided to get there at 1:00pm. We got there and it had begun hours ago. The agents sent us back and forth three times to get checked in for priority boarding. No one knew where to get us checked in. They were all misinformed. Cabin-We had a balcony cabin on the 7th deck. It was remodeled and absolutely beautiful. They have been remodeled like the cabins on the Breeze. Entertainment-They had Christmas activities scheduled every night as well as a Christmas show performed by the dancers, singers, and the children on board. The shows and activities were fun and absolutely beautiful. All of the bands and solo artists were amazing and well as the production shows. Staff-All of the crew and entertainers performed their job with perfection and such smiles on their face at this time of the year. They're so amazing! Dining-We ate in the dining room a few nights and a few on lido. Everything was delicious. We also had the Sea Brunch. We loved it. This was our first time having brunch. The Seafood Shack was delicious. Everything is freshly made as you order it. My mom had lunch here everyday. Everything at the buffet was also delicious. Ship-This ship is always well maintained. It always looks as new as it did when I first sailed on it in 2004. Ports of Call- In Key West, we just walked around since we have been there so many times, and in Cozumel we stayed at the port area shopping and laying down enjoying the sun on the deck chairs under the palm trees. It was so relaxing. Entertainment Staff- Marcelo is our favorite Cruise Director. We have sailed with him 3 times. He's super funny and a true professional. Paulie V., his assistant should be promoted to CD. He's great. Debarkation-Debarkation was smooth, and a lot more organized than embarkation. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I booked this cruise a week before sailing. It was a great deal that I couldn't pass up, and I live 30 minutes away from the Port of Miami. I always take my 16 year old nephew. He always has a great time. I had my brother drive us ... Read More
I booked this cruise a week before sailing. It was a great deal that I couldn't pass up, and I live 30 minutes away from the Port of Miami. I always take my 16 year old nephew. He always has a great time. I had my brother drive us to the port. This was my 25th cruise, and the 4th time sailing on this ship. The first time I sailed on it was in 2004, then 2014, and twice this year. The ship is in great condition, very well taken care of, and looks as new as it did when I first sailed on it in 2004. Embarkation was a breeze. We got there at 11:45 and were onboard at noon. I always sail during spring break and summer because I'm a teacher. I had never sailed during Christmas time. I was blown away when I walked into the atrium. It was beautifully decorated for Christmas. We had great weather in Key West. We walked around Duval Street, and went to the Ripley's Believe it or not Museum. Do not purchase this excursion through the ship if you're a Florida resident because at the museum they give a 50% off to Florida residents. I had purchased it through the ship before and paid $14.99. This time I paid $7.99 at the museum. I always purchase the excursions through Carnival, but we decided to go at the last minute. After the museum, we walked around the stores, and headed back to the ship since there isn't much time at Key West. On our way to Cozumel, we had rough seas. The weather was bad in Cozumel so all water excursions were cancelled. Carnival refunded everyone right away. We stayed in the port area and shopped at the stores since we have been there so many times, and it was pouring rain. On Sunday night, the rough seas continued. The production shows were cancelled, and the entertainment staff did an amazing job scheduling other activities. There were always a lot of fun activities scheduled. On this sailing, they scheduled a lot of fun Christmas activities every night, and on the last sea day, they had a Christmas show performed by the dancers and singers and by all of the children in Camp Carnival. It was absolutely beautiful, and I loved all of the Christmas activities every night. One night there was an ugly sweater contest. I wish I would have known. I have so many Christmas sweaters. I thought about packing one, but didn't think that anyone would be wearing Christmas sweaters. The cruise director was Brian Leavitt. He was very nice, and did an amazing job, but Marcelo on the Victory is my favorite. He is on vacation. The food was delicious in the buffet area as well as in the dining room. My nephew ordered the Lobster for a fee since it is no longer included for formal night. It brings 3 lobster tails. It was delicious as usual. All of the staff was super friendly and happy. I don't know how they can be so happy and do such an amazing job when they're away from their loved ones during the holidays. They're amazing. I highly recommend the Victory. They always have the friendliest staff, and the best entertainment team. Read Less
Sail Date December 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
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 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
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
My wife and I recently spent 4 days on the Carnival Victory over the Memorial Day Weekend. We wanted a quick getaway, and with great Florida residents rates, whats not to like. We arrived at the ship around 12:30 and breezed through ... Read More
My wife and I recently spent 4 days on the Carnival Victory over the Memorial Day Weekend. We wanted a quick getaway, and with great Florida residents rates, whats not to like. We arrived at the ship around 12:30 and breezed through embarkation. Fortunately our room was ready, so we dropped off our luggage and headed to the Lido deck for lunch. Some quick comments on the Lido Buffet. While at times the lines were long, they moved fairly quickly. Breakfast and lunch selections varied and followed different themes, i.e. Chefs Caribbean Lunch. The lido deck also had a grill area for hamburgers and hotdogs, etc., a sandwich bar, a Chinese restaurant and a pizza parlor. Tip: after you get your food, if the main seating area is crowded, go up the stairs to the next level. No one is there, plus you have an ocean view. The Victory is an older ship(built in 2000), but has been well maintained and is clean. While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the newer ships, it has plenty of lounges, bars, a nice casino, shopping area, and two large main dining rooms. Speaking of dining. We chose the "any time dining" plan which allowed us to enter the Atlantic Dining Room anytime between 5:30 and 9:30 PM. We never had a wait of more than 5 minutes and we usually showed up around 7PM. Plenty of tables for 2. Food was typical cruise ship style, but with good variety, and very good service. Night time entertainment was varied from a piano bar to a comedian to the usual game shows. We also had two PG rated Las Vegas style review in the main theater. While I am not a great critic of singing and dancing, I would give the shows a solid B. Our room, described elsewhere, was completely adequate and "roomy". No problems there. Ports of call included Key West, and Cozumel with a day at sea. Some excitement on our day at sea as the ship altered course and stopped to render assistance to two men in a rowboat attempting the crossing from Cuba to Florida. Unfortunately, the law required the Victory to report this to the US Coast Guard, and we later rendezvoused with a Coast Guard cutter and turned the men over. Brave guys. Disembarkation on our return to Miami was very easy as we had chosen "self assist" where you "schlep" your own bags. We left the ship at 8:15AM and were home by 10. Great time and will do it again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Sorry if this is long, but I read a lot of reviews to get information and hope to share what I have learned. I read the previous reviews for about a year and usually disregard the really good and really bad ones. I have to say that I was ... Read More
Sorry if this is long, but I read a lot of reviews to get information and hope to share what I have learned. I read the previous reviews for about a year and usually disregard the really good and really bad ones. I have to say that I was pleasantly pleased with just about everything during this cruise. I traveled with my 17 year old son and we came from PA. It was his first cruise and my second. Flew in the night before on Spirit Airlines and stayed in Fort Lauderdale. Stayed at the Super 8 and it was all we really needed. Free breakfast and free airport transportation. Had an independent transfer company (MJS) pick us up at the hotel and it took about 20 minutes to get to the Port of Miami. (POM). I would highly recommend this transfer company. $13 each person. The porters take your bags out front and the suggested tip is $1 per bag. We tipped more, but he never looked when slipping it in his pocket. Went through security and upstairs to receive our Sail and Sign cards. They take your photo so that no one else can use your card. The photo is not seen on the card, but comes up on their screen each time it is scanned. We arrived at 11 am and were on board by 11:45. Very easy. We went to the Lido deck (deck 9) and had lunch at the cafe by the pool. The chicken fingers and fries were good and so were the nachos. Went into the Mediterranean restaurant for desert and found that to be nice also. We went separately so that someone could stay with our carry on bags. My son enjoyed watching the fancy cars drive by. Nelson was working on our room when we stopped down at 2pm. We put our bags in the closet so we would not be bothered with them any more. We stood on deck and watched Miami sail away when we left at 4pm. FYI: Unsweetened Iced Tea, very strong Lemon aid and coffee is available for free all the time. You are allowed to bring on bottles or cans of pop and we brought a 6 pack with us. If you buy a coke, it is about $2 each so it wont break you if you have to buy a few and don't want to be bothered carrying them on board. Nelson, was fantastic. He did a great job of cleaning our room and called out to us when we were walking by most mornings. We left a small tip on our pillow daily but until I put a note with his name on it, he did not take it. The last day we tipped him personally. We were on the Main floor in room 2205 and our only complaint was a loud banging. Others in the front of the ship, on all levels also heard this. Heard it when the sea was rougher. Our dining room waiters were also top notch. Komang, Westerson and Andrei were a great team. I was very impressed with the food in the main dining room. We were in the Atlantic dining room. The crab cakes were the best I have ever had. The melted chocolate cake is yummy and the portions were just right. My son ordered 2 appetizers to help fill him up but there was never a question. I hate to see food wasted and so often portion size is too much. We even tried the unusual items, because we could. Like Escargot. Glad I tried it but will not order it again. The alligator fritters were actually good. The waiters dance one night and sing on the others. It is worth hanging around to see this. Even though my son was 17, he did not participate in the children s club, however we heard from a guest at dinner that their 15 year old son had a great time. Our intent was to spend time together. The show was very good. We were very impressed. Key West: I was not overly impressed with the people from Key West as we ran into a few that were just plain RUDE. I was very put off by that but as for the town, it was ok. We booked a parasailing trip with Parawest from home and they offered a great coupon special. It was about a third the price of what the cruise ship was offering. We were very pleased with them. Wanted to try Conch Fritters and stopped at Schooners Wharf Bar and had a waitress with attitude. Would not recommend going there and the fritters tasted like they had rubber bands in them. $13 for fritters and 2 iced teas. :( We did do the City View Trolley tour and enjoyed it. It was not full and the information was good. It is about $10 cheaper than the other tours and was very good. The Formal dinner was nice and we enjoyed dressing up. Some people came very casual and others went all out. No one made a fuss either way. We enjoyed having our photos taken beforehand. The VROOM show was after dinner and was fantastic. Very highly recommend going to see this. Surprised how many people do not do any of the shows. Cozumel: We visit Cozumel every year in the summer for a week and have friends here. We LOVE this island. We did some shopping as soon as we disembarked and then headed to the marina to Scuba Dive with our friends at Eagle Ray Divers. The diving is always fantastic even if the water temp was a bit cooler than it is in June. Had dinner at El Moro and as always, it was fantastic. Bought the coupon book on board at the Fun Shopping event but really not sure why as the coupons were limited for Cozumel and did not think I got my moneys worth. I may pass it on to my friends who cruise and hope they get some use from it. Be sure to buy all the items you want in the duty free area in Cozumel early as they closed shortly after 9 even though we did not have to be on the ship until 9:30. I had hoped to buy some things. Fun Day at Sea: We took the behind the scene tour on our full day at sea. It was $55 each and very worth the price. It takes about 2.5 hours. You see the Galley, Laundry, Engine Control Room, Bridge, Crew areas and a bunch of other places. Our guide Bobby was great. I would recommend this. Had the Brunch this day and used my prior Carnival guest free drink for a Mudslide which was quite good. Not used to drinking in the afternoon but it was free. Sat by the pool and got some sun. The Super Bowl was being played today but as my home town favorite was not in it, opted to do other things. The DJ at the main pool was a bit loud so we opted to sunbath at the back of the ship where it was quieter. Went to the Comedy show and I was very disappointed as to how disrespectful the people were to the comedian. They were so busy talking and were so loud that he continually had to try to quiet them down. Enjoyed the show but did not enjoy the rude people. Said farewell to the great wait staff at dinner and went to the Living in America show. Since we met Pam the dance captain at the behind the scenes tour, it was fun to watch her dance. Last Day: We were up and at open seating breakfast at 7:45. My son discovered Eggs Benedict and had them every morning. We needed to be out of our room by 8:30 and we were. Decided to do the self assist luggage and that meant we could leave whenever we wanted and did not have to wait till our Zone was called. We were through customs and ready for our ride at 9:30. MJS came in about 10 minutes to pick us up and took us to FLL airport. Our flight back to PA was good but it was hard to go from 82 degrees to 28 degrees in 2.5 hours. My only suggestion would be that there be a few garbage cans in public areas. I hate just leaving my garbage around for others to pick up. Such a small complaint...... Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Just back from a 5 day chartered cruise on the Victory with my 21 year old niece. Considering Victory is an older ship, I was skeptical about what shape she would be in. All my worries were for nothing. Of course, the Victory is showing ... Read More
Just back from a 5 day chartered cruise on the Victory with my 21 year old niece. Considering Victory is an older ship, I was skeptical about what shape she would be in. All my worries were for nothing. Of course, the Victory is showing signs of age here and there, but overall, the ship is in great shape. Very clean ship, friendly crew, and an overall positive experience. We flew into FLL the morning of the cruise with a 9:00 AM arrival. Picked up by pre-arranged car service, we were in the cruise terminal in Miami by 10:30, processed and on the ship by 11:30 (did not have FTTF). As part of the first group on, we had the ship to ourselves for a bit. Our room was unofficially ready around 12:30 and we dropped off our carryon bag in a closet. When we disembarked, we used the Carnival shuttle service back to FLL. I thought Miami had the smoothest disembarkation process and the shuttle was hassle free and quite convenient. Because this was a chartered cruise, all of the entertainment, including the cruise director were not from Carnival. I thought my cabin steward and dining crew were excellent. In my opinion, the food was good, not great. Unlike my last Carnival cruise, the dining room food was always hot. I liked most choices on the menu, and overall, I was happy with everything. Loved the warm bread at dinner every night. Bar service was not the best in the dining room. I did not love the Lido buffets, had issues with choices, appeal and temperature. Nothing was truly awful, so I can honestly say the food was generally ok. Best chocolate chip cookies of any cruise line though. Cabin was aft-wrap balcony, 7422. I loved this cabin and the balcony was amazing. I did think the cabin lacked drawer space and the location of the bathroom was unfortunate for the bed closest to the door (light in your face every time the door opened). We had rough seas on the last day, and even I was feeling a little queasy. We were upgraded into this cabin, and as much as I loved it, I don’t know that I would pay extra to have it. We didn’t get a lot of sun on the balcony, so the 2 loungers went unused. Unobstructed view of the stars was great. It was a quiet cabin with no noise from above, below, or anywhere else. We took a Carnival excursion to Dunn’s River Falls and Beach horseback riding in Ocho Rios. Excellent excursion, and I felt we were really taken care of by our excursion guide and everyone that was there to guide us throughout the day. This tour was such a highlight of my cruise, especially climbing Dunn’s River Falls. We had a non-ship excursion with Nativeway in Grand Cayman. Stingrays and snorkeling. Another fantastic day. Informative tour guides and really great interaction with the rays. Grand Cayman is now one of my favorite ports. Loved my Carnival Victory cruise. All of the entertainment that was part of the charter was amazing.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
My family and I just got back from a cruise on the Carnival Victory ship and we had a fantastic time! The staff, especially our room steward, were wonderful. They were attentive and friendly without being intrusive. The ship, while older, ... Read More
My family and I just got back from a cruise on the Carnival Victory ship and we had a fantastic time! The staff, especially our room steward, were wonderful. They were attentive and friendly without being intrusive. The ship, while older, was very nice. The lobby and dining room were beautiful. My husband and I found the food to be good. There were about 8 options available in the nice dining room each night and while they may not have been entirely gourmet each time, the food was hot and offered in right sized portions. Of course, you could always order more, but I felt the sizes were appropriate. Kids had the option to order of the children's or adult menus, which was nice as our 9 year old could then try some different meals. They especially loved trying the chilled strawberry soup and pumpkin soup as appetizers. We sailed to Jamaica and the Grand Caymans. We climbed the Dunns Falls in Jamaica. It is a little intimidating at first, but all in all was a really cool experience. Jamaica, while beautiful, didn't seem like the type of place you would want to explore on its own and the people were very pushy when it came to tips. We did the Paradise Beach Club along with the falls and the beach did have some nice sand for the kids to play in and we were able to find some neat shells to bring home. The Grand Caymans were gorgeous. The island is very clean and quite the people were not pushy as in Jamaica. My daughters and I did the sea turtle farm and dolphin encounter. The facilities were so clean and nice. The only pricey item there were the pictures. On board the ship, we received a daily itinerary of events for us and then the Camp Carnival program for kids had an itinerary as well. We had the girls choose what activities they wanted to do and often times they chose the camp over anything else. They loved the program. My 4 year old loved the princess party and craft activities that they did and my 9 year old loved the scavenger hunts and games, such as giant Jenga, that were done in her program. Overall, I highly recommend that program for anyone who has kids. We tend to be more of morning people, but let me tell you by being that way, you certainly have the run of the ship. We ate early each morning...lines weren't long and food was incredibly fresh. The pools, hot tubs and slides were practically ours alone. It was a nice experience. Overall, though, we really didn't experience any long lines at all. In terms of cost, we had opted for a nicer room on a shorter cruise. By purchasing the suites, you by-pass all the embarkation and disembarkation lines. It was incredible. We arrived at the port at around 1:30 - and checking in the ship took all of about 10 minutes. Same thing leaving the ship. Definitely worth it!! One tip, there is only 1 iron per floor, so I recommend pressing your formal clothes, etc early. Don't wait until right before you need to wait it or you won't be able to get it done quick enough. Overall, it was a good vacation for a reasonable price. I recommend Carnival and would travel there again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
I was very happy with this cruise overall and would def. do it again. The were a couple of cons but the pros heavily out-weighed the negatives. This was my fifth Carnival cruise but all my previous ones were on the fantasy class. I was so ... Read More
I was very happy with this cruise overall and would def. do it again. The were a couple of cons but the pros heavily out-weighed the negatives. This was my fifth Carnival cruise but all my previous ones were on the fantasy class. I was so used to the fantasy class layout that I was skeptical about trying something new. Well I can say that I'm glad I tried because the Victory was an awesome ship. It is a little bit older but I thought it was in very good shape. I'm sure if you were looking for things with a fine tooth comb you would find them, but I was happy with the layout, staterooms, and all public areas of the ship. Just like on every other cruise I have been on, the room stewards and the dining room waiters were all very nice and did their jobs well. Everything about this cruise and the Victory were excellent. The only con that stood out was an occasional knocking on the outside of the ship. Hard to explain, but it sounded like a loose piece of metal that was hitting against the side of the ship. I only noticed it at night and while we were moving. Oh, and the casino seemed to be on the smaller side. Other than that it was a great ship that I would recommend to anyone. The Victory is suppose to be going through a refurbishment soon and I hope I can book another one when she is all done. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Sailed on the Victory on Nov 21st to the Western Caribbean with stops in Key West and Conzumel, Mexico. Prior to booking this trip I was a bit skeptic as Victory is almost 13 years old. So I read many reviews until finally deciding to give ... Read More
Sailed on the Victory on Nov 21st to the Western Caribbean with stops in Key West and Conzumel, Mexico. Prior to booking this trip I was a bit skeptic as Victory is almost 13 years old. So I read many reviews until finally deciding to give it a try. i live in the Miami area so getting to the port was not a problem. We arrived at the port at around 11:30am and with our VIFP status we were give priority embarkation. We were on the ship no later than noon time. It was quick and easy. The ship does have a bit of wear and tear here and there due to its age but I found it very clean. We entered the lobby with our carry on bags and immediately one of the workers by the elevator suggested that although the rooms were not done yet we would be allowed to put our bags in the room which was quite nice. I chose deck 9 because it was close to the pool and the Lido Buffet. We left the bags in the room and proceeded to the buffet by the pool. We were early to board so there was no line no waiting. Just prior to 1pm our room was ready. This time around I chose an interior room since we don't spend much time in the room anyways. The room was very clean, had adequate closet space, it does have a pink bathroom but fits the purpose, it has an older tv from back in the day but it did have cable with multiple channels. The A/C was nice and cold and we had enough room. On day 1 at around 4pm they had a sail away party by the pool which was nice. They had a Game Show type show at around 8:45pm which was entertaining. They also a good show at around 10pm in the Caribbean Theater with dancers, singers, etc. As far as dinner we chose the early session at 6pm. We arrived to dinner about that time with no line, no waiting. We were escorted to table 344 on the Atlantic Restaurant 4th deck upper. We were served by Rana he was very nice, well informed, informative, pleasant to talk to, joyous. Our food was served on time with no delays. We were in a table with three other families from Ohio, North Carolina and Michigan. The thing we did notice that the food portions on the Victory are quite small and they do not make it a habit of offering you a repeat or offer you more than one choice. On other ships I been offered "hey do you want something else, do you want another one" but the food was good, hot and decent. On day 2 it stopped at Key West. Being from Miami I've been to Key West but had not been there in a long time. We chose The World Famous Conch Tour Train-Hop On, Hop Off. The driver was very well versed on the history of Key West being that he was born there and several prior generations of his family were born there. Very informative, very helpful. We were in train 110. The tour took about 1 1/2 hrs to go around the whole city. You had the option to get off at two stops and then just hop on the next train and continue. But the driver was so nice and so helpful we decided to stay with him the entire tour. Back onboard you have the typical bingo, sail away party on pool deck, later the different clubs. It was elegant night so you had to dress your best for photos and whatnot. Around 8:15pm they had another good show in the theater. Later on at night they have the Comedy clubs for family and the adult ones late at night. In Cozumel we took the Ancient Culture/Mayan Ruins & Island Sightseeing. The tour started promptly at 2:30pm. So we had an hour or so prior to the tour to look around the port shops. At 2:30pm were escorted by our tour guides Alex and Silvia. They were both very nice people, very informative, very helpful. Well versed in the history of Conzumel and the Maya history and ruins. One thing I do suggest if you take any escursion to the ruins take or buy mosquito repelent. There is a lot of mosquitos especially around the ruins. This tour was on an air conditioned bus. The bus was very clean, decent and the driver was excellent. The whole tour took about 3 1/2 hours. After the ruins it stopped for a little while at a beach that had a restaurant called el Pescador. Nice place, clean, not enough time to go swimming but good place to take photos and take in the views. Saturday Night was a bit boring onboard because there was no vegas style show. They tried to do a family type version of family feud called family face off and like 10 people showed up. The entertainment staff tried their best but the show had no flare. Then after that they tried doing the typical Love and Marriage Show that is copied on every other ship. Sometimes is funny and entertaining but this time around the contestants were not cooperating and it was quite boring. The casino, the evening clubs, comedy club was all quite nice. They had a group singing at the casino stage. Sunday was a day at sea. For being a day at sea there was not much to do onboard other than bingo, watch sale, fun shops shopping. At night they had a very good show at 7pm and 9pm which was very good. But during the day on Sunday did not find much to do. Other than the pool deck. The victory has a main pool with two jacuzzi's, it has a water slide next to a smaller pool. Kids have a great time on the water slide. They also have a big screen right above the pool that plays movies at night and you can watch from the pool deck. Overall I had a good time on the Victory. There are a few things they need to upgrade to make it better. I believe this ship is due for a renovation soon. The cons or what they need to change: The big screen on the pool deck is showing its age and has a lot of missing pixels on the display and you watching a movie and all of a sudden the missing pixels start flashing and doing weird stuff. You can still see the movie but you notice the malfunction. The grill buffet by the pool has no variety it was the same hamburger, hot dog, french fries menu every day. The lido buffet is decent and the menu changes daily but it does have long lines at times. After 6pm you are forced to go to the dining room, the only other thing open as far as food is the Pizza place deck 9 aft. Everything else is closed. As far as the free beverages they should offer different things. All you get is lemonade, tea or coffee. At breakfast they add orange juice. and one thing I did notice the cups have even shrunk. I remember on other carnival ships having bigger glasses. These are the size of a coffee cup. The day at sea they need to offer more entertainment to keep people happy and entertained. The shows like Family Face off and Love and Marriage need to change. One last thing upgrade the rooms like with hdtv's and fridge. There is fridge in the interior rooms. They provide an ice bucket but nothing to take the ice out you have to use your hands. Some people have issues finding their way around the ship but you can go from forward to aft via deck 3 and 5. Read Less
Sail Date November 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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