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

We chose this cruise to experience a different New Years, other than just partying at home as we normally do. We arrived at the port by 10:30 am on Monday 12/30/19. First thing noticed, the staff was all super friendly and nice. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise to experience a different New Years, other than just partying at home as we normally do. We arrived at the port by 10:30 am on Monday 12/30/19. First thing noticed, the staff was all super friendly and nice. We checked in and handed over out luggage to the bag attendant. We had three suitcases and a backpack with toiletries. We proceeded to board the ship and look around until our room was ready for us to enter by 1:30 pm. We take the elevator to deck 2, while walking to our cabin #2353 we notice one of our bags was placed in cabin #2333 which was the incorrect cabin number. We noticed the bag attendants were still delivering bags and let them know one of our bags was placed in the wrong door. We asked to have the other two bags and backpack delivered to us, which they did right away. Once in the cabin, we started to unpack and settle in. I noticed my hair diffuser was missing from my backpack. Apparently the bag had opened and the item fallen out. I was a bit disappointed that happened and was hoping someone found it and turned it in. I went to guest services and asked, but it was not found. The highlight of the entire cruise was the Cruise Director Savanah, who was an amazing host and kept the energy level up thru the entire trip. Our stateroom stewards Arvin and Handayani Dwi were both super attentive and very welcoming. They were both amazing people. The cabins were very clean and everything needed was in place. The dinner service and waiters were amazingly friendly and attentive. Some of the concerns we had was the safety tutorial which was way too hot and crowded. It should be organized differently and maybe at different times. I found some of the food in the breakfast Lido deck buffet was not as hot as it should of been. I noticed the ship was a bit old and needs some upgrading to look a bit more up to date and clean. There were areas where I could feel the floor tiles were loose. The carpet had a funky smell in certain areas as well. The pool deck giant monitor screens need to be replaced, since one side was hanging halfway off. My main complaint will be the drinks. We drank Bahama Mama drinks most of the trip. Each drink was 11.74 and tasted as if no alcohol was in it. I found that a bit disappointing since we were paying for a drink that was more like a mix juice drink. I found myself having to tell the bartenders to please pour alcohol in our drinks. Overall, we had an amazing time and New Years experience on the trip and would definitely do it again. As I mentioned Savanah the cruise director was an amazing host and so was Olivia. Our stateroom stewards ARVIN and HANDAYANI DWI were courteous, attentive, kind and welcoming!!!!!!! Till our next trip Carnival!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise for both the itinerary and for the low price. In retrospect, I think we would choose something different next time. With Key West's stop being just a few hours in the early morning, I think we all missed out on ... Read More
We chose this cruise for both the itinerary and for the low price. In retrospect, I think we would choose something different next time. With Key West's stop being just a few hours in the early morning, I think we all missed out on a lot that the town has to offer. Cozumel, we didn't even get off the ship, instead choosing to lounge around and enjoy the solitude and empty spa! Before I get too deep - bring a straw. The sugar straws are like...candy cigarettes from the 80's. When they sit in your drink too long they turn into a wormy noodle and gag-o-matic. Anyway, to the food/drinks! MDR Anytime Dining (Atlantic): Our headwaiter Damir was the absolute peak of service. Couldn't have been happier. We had to share him with the Captain's table, and I can see why. Incidentally, the senior officers...they get fed VERY well. I am accustomed now to the singing/dancing that is normal on cruises, but there was a young man who flat out serenaded the dining room each night, and he was amazingly talented. He had a great voice, and I was surprised! Baked Alaska was all that I hoped it would be. I was disappointed that there was no Escargot available, however. That was more than made up for by the amazing beef tenderloin on sea day dinner service, which was as close to perfect as I've ever had. Express breakfast (Pacific): Meh. Pancakes were served completely plain - no syrup, no butter. There was, per menu, supposed to be ricotta with them, but the waiter told us that there would not be, and that we could come back for Sea Day Brunch for that. Cream cheese was frozen. Sea Day Brunch: Next cruise, I'm going to ensure it has TWO sea days minimum. This is where it is, folks. I had the Aft Deck burger (Which wasn't a burger - it was sliced BRISKET), and the carbonara scramble. Both were tops! Daughter got the Seafood tower, which was also great. Buffet: It was okay. It definitely seemed busy. Pizza Pirate: I feel like the product really isn't the same anymore. The crust was cracker thin, and the wait time for everything but a slice of pepperoni was entirely too long. The pizza pirate staff did NOT seem to be enjoying their jobs, nor the stream of customers. Guy's Burgers: Well, I finally tried Guy's, and it was a serviceable burger. Perhaps it is because I am an adept grillmaster, but I would rather have just made one myself, or had it from the old seaside grill but with the toppings available. The toppings, in this case, make the burger, because the meat is uninteresting. Blue Iguana Taco/Burrito: Legit. I really enjoyed a breakfast burrito, and had a fine shrimp burrito on the jalapeno tortilla. Both were really good. The salsa bar was frequently ravaged, but had excellent selection. Seafood Shack: I got a pair of Lobster Rolls, and they were just okay. It felt like they were missing some kind of acid, and the pieces of lobster were very small. I saw a few people taking away orders of fried seafood, and feel like I missed out on that. Bonsai Sushi Express: The selection that was available looked great, but it was sat right outside the casino. I couldn't get over the idea that that fish was there being cold-smoked in cigarette. Did not participate. Deli: I had a Cuban Mixto sandwich, and it was very passable. I think it needed a minute or two under a plancha to be perfect. Coral Sea Cafe: Donna was another superstar on this cruise. First time I've ever had coffee bar service where the person behind the counter was pleasant (cheerful, even), organized, and FAST. Her workstation was supremely clean. I've never ordered so much coffee in my life, and it's because she was so pleasant to deal with. Alchemy Bar: Listen to me. Get your Cheers package. Go to Alchemy and park yourself there. Make friends with Ioanna - she is hands down the best bartender/mixologist I have met in my entire life. I learned SO much about how to make a balanced cocktail, how to use bitters, how to present a drink properly She was making me Old Fashioneds using Macallan Quest scotch, and I thought it was the best thing I had ever tasted in my life until she did it with Santa Teresa Rum instead, and then THAT was the best thing I had ever tasted. My wife's final drink of the cruise, Ioanna went in the back of a cabinet and garnished her drink with three small dried roses. Just such an experience from an absolute master of her craft. Some of the warts on the cruise: Hot tubs were more body temperature than Hot. Sometimes the Sauna wasn't hot, sometimes the Steam Room wasn't. I couldn't find an attendant or controls. It seemed like an awful lot of the lockers were broken as well. Did you know the atrium bar is closed to everyone but B2B cruisers at embarkation? I sure didn't. We stood around for several minutes (one bartender asked if we were b2b - we said no, and she just walked away without a word) before someone explained that we wouldn't be served. Concerning Trivia - The Moon Orbits The Earth. This is how we have phases of the moon. If the Moon did not orbit the Earth, it would take a year from New Moon to Full Moon, not ~28 days. Fun Squad - They did something wrong at Muster drill, I guess, and we got a nastygram in our cabin saying that since we didn't attend, we would need to go to another private session. We did not and it never came up again. Never encountered CD Savannah. Eddar was reading the questions at Trivia and God Bless him, I am sure that he will learn English better the more practice he gets. Oh, let's see - the crazy lady at Miami port who was sorting us into different lines, she was efficient but could probably switch to Decaf. Disembarkation was an absolute breeze - we did FTTF Early disembark. Might have taken ten minutes. No muss, no fuss. A cab to the airport was $28. We didn't sit for any shows, and missed the band (which sounded VERY good) because we were always at Alchemy. There was a lot of "Not My Problem" coming from staff. One night, we went to deck 10's smoking area to have a cigar and a drink. There was a group of people in the back blasting a bluetooth speaker so loudly that you could clearly hear it at the complete other end of the area. I saw staff walk by, take notice, and just keep on going. Finally, I have to come out with this: The people on this cruise were really kind of jerky to staff, and to each other. Some guy from Pittsburgh, at sail away, literally squeezed in between a woman's chair and the rail to watch the sail away. He legitimately forced his butt into her face so he could be in front of her. There was just a lot of head-in-butt scummy behavior. The bride to be that twerked and fondled her breasts for the whole dining room to see, people trying to force their way into full elevators that people are trying to get off of, people walking down the hallways determined to not make room for people coming the opposite way (I'm 6'4" and 320 pounds, I tried to politely make room till I finally got sick of nobody extending the same courtesy and just bumped into people for not giving way). I don't know if this is a function of the cruise coming from Miami, or because it was priced low. What I do know is that our next cruise will be longer, and NOT from Miami because I'd rather not risk it. So, in spite of the negatives, I still had a good time, and will not focus further on the few floaters in the bowl. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Had a great time on the Victory sailing to Key West and Cozumel. Great medium sized ship, very upbeat vibe and the staff was spectacular. Fastest embarkation and debarkation we have ever had. This is an older ship, so does not have all of ... Read More
Had a great time on the Victory sailing to Key West and Cozumel. Great medium sized ship, very upbeat vibe and the staff was spectacular. Fastest embarkation and debarkation we have ever had. This is an older ship, so does not have all of the bells and whistles of the newer ships, but it has that awesome vintage cruise vibe with lots of fun to be had and very relaxed atmosphere. Food was very good. Guy's Burgers awesome poolside on Lido deck, with no lines. Formal dining room service was excellent and food above average. Coffee bar on Promenade was delicious for specialty coffee and milkshakes. Casino slots loosest I have seen on a cruise. The only complaint I had was the super long wait at guest services. Having to wait on line for an hour in the middle of a beautiful sea day was not ideal. We had a fabulous time overall. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We sailed on the Victory from Monday, June 17th to Friday, June 21st out of Miami to Key West and Cozumel. We traveled with our two older sons 18 ad 17 and 6 year old daughter. It was a great ship and cruise length for first time cruisers. ... Read More
We sailed on the Victory from Monday, June 17th to Friday, June 21st out of Miami to Key West and Cozumel. We traveled with our two older sons 18 ad 17 and 6 year old daughter. It was a great ship and cruise length for first time cruisers. We had a balcony room which made it even more special. The ship was easy to navigate and did not seem overly crowded with people. They had several pools but they were really small especially in the afternoon when it was really hot. Plenty of seats to lounge in and out of the sun. The buffet was nice and stocked nicely with food. I highly recommend the omelet station and Guy's Burger place for places to eat. Dining room for dinner was very nice and the food was amazing! We did not drink alcohol but did get the soda card for the week, which I recommend. Service all around the ship was wonderful. Everyone was very helpful. The entertainment was wonderful! I loved the night time shows and they were only about an hour so you had time to eat again or watch a movie on the Lido deck. We did not use the shore excursion this time but will look into them for the next time. I can honestly say this was one of the best family vacations we ever had. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We are 8 Platinum cruisers with Carnival ranging in age from 14 to 73. We typically book Carnival however have sailed other lines as well (NCL, RCCL & Princess) The Good: Crew was fantastic Weather was awesome Itinerary ... Read More
We are 8 Platinum cruisers with Carnival ranging in age from 14 to 73. We typically book Carnival however have sailed other lines as well (NCL, RCCL & Princess) The Good: Crew was fantastic Weather was awesome Itinerary was great Drinks were free flowing Rooms cold and beds comfortable Pizza was delicious and delivery was a great service Guys Burger's What can you say !!! Comedian's- Doug Williams was fantastic. We never laughed so hard The Disappointing Coffee shop staff ( rude and not friendly) Dining Room food for dinner was just okay (Carnival needs to add some new entrees) Breakfast in dinning room was slow Lines in the buffet were horrendous Room service was not good (except the pay Chicken tenders and sweet potato fries) Kids running wild This was a great vacation. The Victory is an older ship and does not have some of the upgrades the new ships have however, there is something for everyone. We always found drinks, a chair to people watch, food to eat and a place to relax. This was a great 4 day get away and would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This is our second time on the Carnival Victory. Some of the areas could definitely be updated and Carnival is aware as the Victory will become the Carnival Radiance in 2020. We chose the ship because our two young boys enjoyed it the ... Read More
This is our second time on the Carnival Victory. Some of the areas could definitely be updated and Carnival is aware as the Victory will become the Carnival Radiance in 2020. We chose the ship because our two young boys enjoyed it the first time we were aboard. The embarkation process was quick and easy. We have paid for Faster to the Fun(FTTF) in the past but decided to save the money this time to see how smooth things went. My advice: Save your money. We were on the ship within 20 minutes of arriving at the Cruise Port. The lines moved quickly and the staff was accommodating. If you have all your forms filled out and a credit card on file before boarding, you are quickly shuffled through the port to board. In the past, you waited while your info was collected and waited for your Sail N Sign cards. Now you can go right to the Lido deck to enjoy lunch. If you do want to purchase beverages, you only need to give them your cabin number and they will charge accordingly. TIP: if you don't want to wait in line for Lido Buffet, the exact same items are set up in the Atlantic Dining Room on Deck 3. Grab a quick bite, then head up to the fun on Deck 9. This was the first time we chose an inside cabin. We usually book a Ocean View or Balcony cabin. We chose an inside based on a quick, inexpensive get-away and it's location. We were located on the Lido Deck and as for location, it was perfect for our sons. They were able to walk 50' and be at the pools, hot tubs, and activities. A quick in the elevator took us to Camp Ocean or down to Casino/shopping. I will say that we will probably not book an inside for any future cruises. It was very tight for four people. There was no sitting area and the desk was unusable since the bed was nearly up against it. The cabin steward was okay, but surely not one of the best that I have had. He started off with good service, but by day two we were trying to find clean towels and picking up our room by ourselves. As for on-ship activities and areas, our boys do enjoy the Camp Ocean activities. The staff is always friendly and genuinely seem like they love working with the kids. Our boys are 8 and 11 and were in the Stingray and Sharks age group. My 11 year old usually hangs out with kids age 10-11-12 because of sports and there were a few activities that he opted out of so he didn't want to hang with 3rd graders. The DJ was okay. He played a lot of the same Bob Marley songs every day and by day 4 I was over the music. The Steel Drum musician was on point. He created a great atmosphere when he was on deck. The Living in America production was well done. Great sets and costumes, however most of the music was geared toward over 50 crowd. Vast majority of those in the crowd had no idea what half of the songs even were. Our last cruise (Carnival Sunshine) had shows with Rock music and lots of modern hits. Crowd was more into the modern show, for sure. Cruise Director Felipe was okay. Some people seem to write reviews of how wonderful he is, however we have been on a dozen cruises and he rates as mediocre with us. He would come to events and if he was running late for the next, he would leave to start the next. He would always make comments about his staff doing all the work to get him around the ship. This made it seem like a job for him as other Cruise Directors in the past made the job seem like they were just there hanging out with friends and having fun even though it was a job. You can sense the difference. Although smoky, the Casino bar was always fun and we met some great people there. The bands played some great music that had everyone singing along and bartenders Geron and Benedicto made you feel like you were at your own hometown pub. The food was good as always. The buffets had a different theme each day, but the staples such as fruit, salads, and sides were the same each day. The Blue Iguana taco and burritos were excellent. I highly recommend the pork tacos. Lines for pizza were always long late at night when the buffets closed. It was also awkward taking the kids back to get pizza in the adults only area of the lido. Kind of defeats the purpose of adults only by having food stands beside the pool. As for dining, we chose early dining in the Pacific Dining Room. Our waitstaff was superb. Our headwaiter Dedik was solid the whole cruise. Along with I Made and Marius, they made my family feel special and never let us wanting. They all felt like family when we were ready to leave. Our boys really enjoyed their company and always looked forward to going to dinner to see "D". I highly recommend trying different foods that you would normally not order at a restaurant. When would you ever risk paying for something you may not like? Here you can order Ox Tongue, take a bite, then order a chicken breast when you are not ready to take a second bite of the ox. Debarkation was quick and simple as well. We had a quick bite to eat on the Lido Deck then chose to carry off our own luggage. The only hang up is trying to get around elevator area of Deck 3. There is no staff to direct anyone and there is a hug bottle neck of people waiting in line, coming down stairs, and exiting elevators. Some passenger's patience was wearing thin with the confusion of where everyone was to go. Getting through customs was a breeze and the shuttle back to the airport was quick and easy. We will definitely cruise with Carnival again and look forward to sailing on the Radiance when it is done. Great cruise, great price. TIP: While in Cozumel, skip booking an expensive excursion through Carnival. There is a resort within walking distance (exit dock, take a left, and walk 3 blocks) of the cruise port called "El Cid". It is a beautiful facility that includes a pool, hot tubs, two private beaches, and so much more. For $22 per person, they will give you a day pass to use their facility. You can swing on hammocks in the ocean, use their snorkeling gear, swim in their pool, use their changing areas, etc. The best part is that they give each person a $13 credit for food and beverages. So a day pass is only $9! The only out of pocket expense is any overage for your purchases over the credited amount. Throughout the day, we had 6 beers, 2 mixed drinks, 2 smoothies, 4 sodas, a large pizza, fish tacos, chicken Caesar salad, and French fries an our total bill was $72. Minus the credit, I only owed $20. That meal/food at home would have been twice the amount. Service was great and grounds were 5 star. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Wife and I decided to forgo Anniversary and Christmas presents and go on a cruise instead. We are both glad that we made that choice. This is our second Carnival cruise and we had a blast. I know people like to call it the party ... Read More
Wife and I decided to forgo Anniversary and Christmas presents and go on a cruise instead. We are both glad that we made that choice. This is our second Carnival cruise and we had a blast. I know people like to call it the party cruise line but it really wasn't any different than the Norwegian Cruises we have gone on. This one had very few children most likely due to the time of year. Embarkation onto the ship was lightning fast. We had filled out our stuff online...we after showing passport we pretty much walked onto the ship. No hassles at all. When we got to our room, we were quite surprised at the size of it. We just booked an interior room as we figured we wouldn't be in the room other than to sleep and chose to save our money for other things. The room was big, with huge closets, and a nice dressing area. The bathroom was a typical cruise bathroom. Flat screen TV on the wall....but the TV choices were pretty bad. Room was clean and was well serviced throughout the trip. The dining experience was very good throughout. Everything seemed to be of good quality and was all at least on par with what you would find at a chain restaurant like TGIFriday's. They have minimized most of the luxury items like lobster or put those on the premium menu, but even the nightly dinner options had something for everyone. Our wait staff was amazing. Steven and his assistant Ronald and Audeleen were one step ahead of us at every turn, and Steven surprised us as he was the featured waiter in the end of cruise show. Our best meal was a breakfast with steak and eggs....the steak being a 6 oz filet mignon that was cooked PERFECTLY. We love Carnival's chocolate lava cake and had that every night but one. The other deserts were hit and miss but there was good variety each night. The buffet was average and to us was the least enjoyable option. We enjoyed the burgers from Guy Fieri's, the Chinese food from Chopsticks and the Pizza Pirate. None were the best we ever had, but all were at least restaurant quality. People that we talked to that went to the Mexican eatery said it was very good. We didn't check out the sushi or the deli. We didn't drink a lot of alcohol but the drinks we did get were good and had a fair amount of alcohol. The entertainment highlights were definitely the comedians. Steve White and Al Romero were the two on board, and both were hilarious. Steve did 4 different shows and Al did 3. My wife bought Al's book and it is very interesting. Travis was the acoustic guitarist in the main lobby and he was exceptional. The other musical acts did not stand out. We didn't do the nightclubs or the deck dance parties. We LOVE the Dive In movies and watched three of them. It was chillier than expected on the deck, but the staff did provide blankets so we were comfy. I thought the daily schedules were decent every day except the sea day. There just wasn't very much to do during the day and then they cancelled the first showing of the stage show. There were a lot of excursions available. We are frequent visitors to Key West so we just did our own thing there. On Cozumel we did the Thrill and Chill zipline and snorkeling tour. It was a short taxi ride away from the port and was a lot of fun. New experience for my wife and I and we loved it all. The staff was a bit obnoxious with screams and stuff while ziplining but we felt comfortable and safe the whole time. Snorkeling was very basic as they had you follow a guide. It was a great intro to snorkeling....my wife and I are very experienced so it was nothing new to us but the water visibility was amazing and the area had a fair amount to see being right off the beach. When we got down we were supposed to have beach time and access to a bar and restaurant...but by the time we got done snorkeling there were only 15 minutes left. THere should be another hour at least so you can get some beach time. Disembarkation was easy as well, we took our own bags and were off the boat in about 15 minutes and through customs in maybe 10 more. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend Carnival to our friends. THe ship was older but was clean. The food and entertainment was all good for the most part and we felt we definitely got our money's worth. The one significant change I would make would be to have the sea day the first full day, have Cozumel the second day, cruise back to Key West to have time there at night and then return to Miami. We did have a little drama as we had to turn around after leaving Key West for a medical emergency and there was a lost passenger that turned up after a while. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
After a really bad year prior, I wanted to get my family out on a genuine vacation, not one spent constantly visiting family members in the hospital (it had been one of THOSE years). We were going to spend some time near Orlando, so ... Read More
After a really bad year prior, I wanted to get my family out on a genuine vacation, not one spent constantly visiting family members in the hospital (it had been one of THOSE years). We were going to spend some time near Orlando, so decided to check out a cruise for a number of reasons: * My husband is disabled and has mobility issues, so he spent a lot of time in a wheelchair during this trip. I was a bit concerned about how easily we were going to be able to get onto the ship and how we would navigate crowds, but they had an area for handicapped embarkement, which made the process simple. We didn't have terribly long lines for elevators and people in general and crew were very helpful, which was awesome, though there's always that one twit who can't figure out that it's HARD to stop a 175# man in a wheelchair when going up and down the ramps. He was able to navigate his own way around the ship to a certain extent, which is something he's often leery of attempting. This experience really built his confidence. * This means he also doesn't drive much, so I was handling most of the driving. The appeal of a cruise was that we could visit different locations without having to switch hotels, repack everything or have long drives in between destinations. We could sit back and enjoy ourselves instead. Because of this, I'm now looking at cruising for most of our vacations, because it takes a lot of strain off of me, his primary caregiver. * Because it was the first time my daughter and I had been on a cruise, we went with cabin 1001, which is an interior with a walkway view, thinking that we'd be able to see the horizon if needs be for seasickness issues. We couldn't, but it was just a few steps to get out onto the deck where we could see the horizon, and we went there a number of times over the cruise because it was almost always empty and quiet - adding a couple tables and chairs would make it an ideal quiet spot for hanging out. Fortunately, nobody got sick anyway. The cabin, being ADA compliant, was a good size. It was kind of odd that they seemed to have removed a couch under the pull-down berth for our daughter, and had left a couple chairs in its place, but we really weren't in the cabin enough to worry about it. * Circle C: My daughter has some food allergies and is a total geeky introvert, so I was really worried that she wasn't going to want to hang out there with the other kids or get involved in the activities. SHE LOVED IT! There were several days and evenings we barely saw her, though we did have the rule that she check in regularly (this is where the app with messaging was priceless in terms of value!) and have dinner with us each evening. * WiFi: I work remotely, so I knew I had a few clients I would need to work with over the course of the cruise. The middle-road wifi, though a bit pricy, did the job quite well enough. I know some people complain about this, but it wasn't much slower than my usual country internet on our farm. * Carnival Hub app: As I mentioned above, for $5 each, the messaging feature on this app rocks! We were able to quickly communicate with our family members, including our then-13-year-old daughter who managed to get lost trying to find her way around. It also had the option that you could select if you were interested in an activity and see if anyone else in your group was also interested in it, which made it MUCH easier than the usual, "What do you want to do?" "I dunno, what do you want to do?" conversations ;) * Main dining room: We did the late dining option as it would get us to the table after having a chance to clean up and change from getting back on the ship when in port, and by having a fixed time, we never had an issue with cold food or long waits. I don't know if he's still on the ship, but we had Raymond as one of our servers, and he was just such an awesome little ball of energy! Always happy, always ready to help with anything. We also had breakfast there when we got back to Miami, and were able to get a solid, filling breakfast before we started the next leg of our journey. * Key West: My daughter and I just walked off the ship and walked around town. We had a wonderful time and got to take some great photos. There were excursions available, but we just decided to do some wandering on our own and did fine. * Cozumel: My husband joined us for this port, and we again just wandered off of the ship and did our own thing. He is fairly fluent in Spanish, so we just passed all of the usual port-of-call ripoff stores, got a taxi and went further inland. We went to a Catholic church on the island, San Miguel Archangel, which had some beautiful stained glass work and artistry. We then wandered around the markets in the area there and had some fun haggling. Most of the folks in the area there had some English, but would talk my husband's ear off when they realized he spoke their language :) Very friendly people. We then headed back towards the port and caught a taxi to a resort to do a little snorkling. I had picked up a couple full-face snorkles off of Wish that were about $35-40 including rush shipping and they worked fabulously, for less than the cost of one on the ship. Had dinner at Three Amigos near port, and though it was a little loud inside, sitting outside under the stars was beautiful! * Activities: There was always something going on - not being game-show or drinking folks for the most part, we still had fun looking at the gallery, participating in the art auction, going to shows, enjoying music, watching movies on deck (in the hot tub! How much better does that get!), doing crafts and just having fun. If you like a bit of quiet and the main pool area isn't doing it for you, head aft towards Pizza Pirate, as that area of the deck is much quieter. * Serenity retreat: I was actually really disappointed with this, because my husband could only access the bottom deck of this, and the amount of noise bleeding through from the main pool area was overwhelming. Kid-free? Yes. A quiet retreat? Not a chance. We did better at the aft pool area. * Faster to the Fun: We went ahead and picked this up, partially because I wasn't sure how worn out my husband would be by the time we got on the ship and wanted to be able to get right to our cabin fairly quickly. Well worth the investment! * General impressions: Sure, the Victory is aging a bit and beginning to show that, but the way some people talk, you'd think it was falling apart. It's still a solid, serviceable ship with decent traffic flow, lots to do and low prices. We liked it enough that we returned for a 3-night weekend cruise in May for just the hubby and I and had a wonderful time! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I have to say that I didn't expect much of my cruise after reading the bad critics from other folks in this tribune and this is why I am writting about my experience. We are an early 50 year couple which experienced Carnival a ... Read More
I have to say that I didn't expect much of my cruise after reading the bad critics from other folks in this tribune and this is why I am writting about my experience. We are an early 50 year couple which experienced Carnival a second time in our last 18 cruises history and I gotta say, we weren't dissapointed. First, the price of this cruise was so accessible that all together, it was a bargain for all that was offered to us. Yes, the ship needs to be refurbished but is still in shape and clean to continue to operate, has fair size cabins (not too small like the new ships) but are not well insulated as you hear noise from the hallway. Staff on board are great, helpful and very nice . Plenty of activities took place on the ship, dance & games around the pool, movies, comedy and shows were adequate and lively, We attended the main dining room all days of the cruise at dinner and we didn't feel going elsewhere as we liked the variety of dishes and taste but we always had a peak at the buffet and it seemed ok. I must say the line up at the buffet for breakfast and lunch are way too long. The fitness center is great and also include a steam room and sauna at no charge.(don't see that ofter these days).. Embarkation and disembarkation went very well... All together, this is a value cruise that really worth it. I would recommend to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary and the size of the ship. I have sailed on the Conquest twice and the Victory had almost the exact set up. I booked the Captains Suite because that is the Cabin I stayed in on the ... Read More
I chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary and the size of the ship. I have sailed on the Conquest twice and the Victory had almost the exact set up. I booked the Captains Suite because that is the Cabin I stayed in on the Conquest. The Victory is in beautiful shape. They truly upgraded her. She is clean with new carpets, paint, etc. However, what was excluded was the Steakhouse and that was a big mistake. The reason I didn’t give Victory 5 stars was the food in the MDR. I’m not a big foodie but when I have a dinner I don’t mind an upcharge if the dinner is worth it. I love lobster and I know it will be an upcharge but honestly I’ve eaten shrimp that were larger. And it tasted like hamburger grease. The shrimp cocktail was a joke. So my cruise mate and I decided to try the Seafood Shack and what an improvement. Yes we paid market value but boy was it ever worth it. When the food in buffet is better than the MDR well Carnival you have a problem with your food service. So back to the real review, the personnel couldn’t be more accommodating. Our suite was very clean and our room steward Hamid was great. I loved the slot machines and they loved me. Came away with around $400 cleared. Not a fortune but it was fun and that’s all it should be. The movie channels were good because one night my cruise mate was sick so we stayed in and watched movies. Both Key West and Cozumel were great ports to visit. Overall I loved it, you can’t go wrong you’re on vacation and on the ocean. As I stated before, Carnival has a great product but MDR is sadly lacking. I may try Norwegian next year just to see something different. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose our first summer cruise (6th cruise overall) to celebrate our 20th Anniversry! It was fun! We arrived later than normal the day boarding at 2pm. Easy peasy. Once onboard we went to our stateroom where our keys were waiting outside ... Read More
We chose our first summer cruise (6th cruise overall) to celebrate our 20th Anniversry! It was fun! We arrived later than normal the day boarding at 2pm. Easy peasy. Once onboard we went to our stateroom where our keys were waiting outside our room. We opted for our first balcony experience and we quite enjoyed it! We were in room 8300. Quiet spot, lots of room and storage, comfy King bed. Of course we brought a power bar and put it to good use. Shower was hot all the time, bathroom big enough for us. Mini fridge is always handy. One day an hour after we left Cozumel I noticed a large fish in the water below our balcony. After watching it for a few seconds it came up for air and I realized it was a baby dolphin! I called my wife out too see but she was too late. Not two minutes later we saw two more young dolphins! A very cool experience we wouldn’t have gotten if we didn’t have a balcony. Most of the time the balcony upgrade is too pricey but for this four day cruise it made sense. One great upgrade in all rooms was the night light that would come on near the floor when you got up to go to bathroom in the dark! Someone was thinking, cool feature to have it on a floor motion detector. Only came on when your feet hit the floor. Food was good on board. The Atlantic dining room was our place to “anytime dine” and Nick and his crew were fantastic! Food was hot and tasty and Nick worked hard to make our experience great. We even got sang too and presented with a special dessert for our anniversary. That was a nice touch. We found that line ups were often long at the deli and pizza place. Go in off peak times to avoid this. My GF diet was catered too everywhere on ship except at the Blue Iguana, no corn taco shells!! Even the deli had a turkey wrap ready in a FF wrap! Buffet was decent and had two omelette stations. We had the cheers drink package and really enjoyed ordering whatever we wanted without worrying about the cost. Entertainment on board was great! Good shows in the main showroom and funny comedians, two of them. Wasn’t a big fan of Leticia, solo singer. Voice seemed to over power the ambiance. The casino was Smokey in areas but fun! We were premier guests and enjoyed Kyle and his crew with all the fun games and draws. I won $75 in one game when my playing card was pulled and I got to select an envelope to open. My wife’s name was drawn for a $400 prize but she was enjoying the balcony and couldn’t make it in time to collect her prize. Slot tournaments were fun as well as the BJ one. First cruise I ever finished up at. Only $300 but I’ll take it! Pool areas were fun, crowded but we just hopped in to cool off then jump in the outdoor shower. Water slide was fun, I enjoyed trying it. Lots of chairs could be found if you weren’t stuck on a particular area. I found good service at all the bars, staff was great. We really liked the itinerary, Keywest is vey fun and reminded us of a mini New Orleans. We did a hop on hop off trolley tour for $35 each, 90 min. Narrated. It was a great way to see things and hear the history. Next time we can go do something more specific. Leaving at 1pm made it a short stay, would love to hang out in Sloppy Joes and other bars longer. Cozumel is one of our favs and this time we booked an excursion privately with four other lovely people we met here on cruise critic. Tour was awesome, picked up in an air conditioned van and taken to a Tequelia farm, local bar, Coconuts bar and Tortuga Beach bar where we were fed free lunch (yummy tacos) and got to do some snorkeling for free. Very cool, was a 5 hour tour all over the island. Thanks to our tour organizer Cindy and Michael (NCL CIN) for including us and for our other new friends Tonya and Jill for being great passengers with us!! Tequelia farm is NOT to be missed and none of us were Tequelia fans prior to this. It tasted NOTHING LIKE the Tequelia we drink in North America. So tasty and smooth, no salt and lemon needed. Everyone bought a bottle Beiderbecke we left. Local bar was eye opening, 8 drinks and free apps, the bill was $25!! Coconuts was on the no hydro side of the island and well worth the trek. Drinks were pricey but bar and view was fantastic. All in all another great Carnival cruise, felt longer than four days! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our first cruise so, we have nothing to compare it to. Our family of 5 adults took the Cozumel, Key West on the Victory cruise Dec. 24th. We really enjoyed the cruise and have no complaints. Our cruise director, steward and ... Read More
This was our first cruise so, we have nothing to compare it to. Our family of 5 adults took the Cozumel, Key West on the Victory cruise Dec. 24th. We really enjoyed the cruise and have no complaints. Our cruise director, steward and waiters and the whole Victory staff were wonderful. Every single person was friendly and helpful. We never felt as though we were bothering anyone and they were always happy to help. This is uncommon in the service industry. The next time we go on a cruise, I'll choose a ship that has more food options available in the evenings. We like the pizza but, would have preferred more options. Also, we would only eat in the dining room on elegant night because it took too long especially on Christmas. We would also choose a cruise that allowed more time at the visiting ports. We felt rushed through Key West, especially since we arrived late. There wasn't enough time to go on a good excursion. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Sailed Non 2017. We loved this ship from the minute we got on-board. It was showing it's age a bit but nothing terrible. I believe it is in dry dock at the moment for a small update. Which will be great because we are returning on the ... Read More
Sailed Non 2017. We loved this ship from the minute we got on-board. It was showing it's age a bit but nothing terrible. I believe it is in dry dock at the moment for a small update. Which will be great because we are returning on the same cruise in Feb. 2018, same cruise, same ship and same room. Felipe Couto is the cruise director and he is amazing. By far the best we have ever seen. Looking forward to seeing him next month. Back to the cruise. We were worried 4 days would pass too quickly but it didn't. We had a great time. Food, entertainment and the ship were just great. We did not take any excursion because of the short itinerary and mainly because we cruise for the ship. We stayed on-board and enjoyed ourselves. We have cruised on other cruise lines but we prefer the Fun Ships of Carnival. This will be our 5th cruise with Carnival and will definitely not be our last. F or those who have cruise with Felipe Couto, Woohoo! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Took this cruise because a frind was getting married on the ship. Wedding was well done by the staff, short and sweet, reception was very well handled by staff. I never had such an easy embarkation before. Even the emergency drill went ... Read More
Took this cruise because a frind was getting married on the ship. Wedding was well done by the staff, short and sweet, reception was very well handled by staff. I never had such an easy embarkation before. Even the emergency drill went easily on this ship. I really enjoyed eating in the formal dining room most of the time, the buffet always had a very long line, as did the specialty dining. The comedy club was great, the production shows were very weak, sort of boring, never stayed through an entire show. The service I got from my wait staff and room staff was always outstanding. The ports were rainy, both Key West and Cozumel, but nothing anyone could do about that. The excursion I took was very well staffed and planned out. I was surprised by some of the little things I would find when I walked around corners, like a steel drum playing in the lobby or a cute little bar tucked away in a corner. Over all, I'd say it was a very good time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Staff on the ship were very friendly and made a point to know our names. Plenty of activities to choose from. some days was hard to choose between activities. Wish there was more time allotted in Key West. Wish we would have gotten to know ... Read More
Staff on the ship were very friendly and made a point to know our names. Plenty of activities to choose from. some days was hard to choose between activities. Wish there was more time allotted in Key West. Wish we would have gotten to know our cabin steward.better but rarely saw him. My 16 yr old son felt isolated in the older teen group as the group leader didn't bring the group together like the Circle C group leader did for my daughter. It seemed to take us and lots of other passengers 2-3 days to navigate around the ship. Would have been a great idea to provide ship tours and more networking opportunities at embarking. Casino payout was worth the time. Plenty of food choices and our kids loved the 24 hr pizza and ice cream options. The HUB app was well worth the $5 each as a way to stay in touch with each other and friends made. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My family and I really enjoyed this cruise. We were part of a group of 17 people. We had a row of rooms on the 6th floor. They opened our balconies and that made it nice that we were able to walk about to each other room via balcony. We ... Read More
My family and I really enjoyed this cruise. We were part of a group of 17 people. We had a row of rooms on the 6th floor. They opened our balconies and that made it nice that we were able to walk about to each other room via balcony. We chose the 10:30 check in time. That was nice but we were still not able to get on the boat until almost noon. It was nice not having to take pictures or anything when getting on the boat. They used your picture from your passport. The ship was an older ship but it was extremely clean. I loved our room. We never really wanted for much. There was plenty to do at all times. I would surely recommend this boat for any one who doesn't want to be on one of the newer mega ships. My only reason I couldn't give a perfect rating was because on night 3 dinner was more of a freestyle dinner so my husband and I were sitting at a table with a couple we didn't know. I would have liked to been with our group. My four year old daughter loved Camp Ocean and they loved her as well. She was always happy to go. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our first cruise and I was a bit worried looking at previous reviews, however I shouldn't have been because we really enjoyed our cruise. The room 6355 & 6359 were excellent, I understand the the ship was refitted last ... Read More
This was our first cruise and I was a bit worried looking at previous reviews, however I shouldn't have been because we really enjoyed our cruise. The room 6355 & 6359 were excellent, I understand the the ship was refitted last year and the balcony rooms we had were of a very good standard a really comfortable. We used the serenity area mostly as we were happy for others to engage with the extensive fun stuff, chilled and relaxing. The service was excellent, the housekeeping staff looking after our rooms were excellent, (sorry can't remember his name but really great service) The ship is some 20 years old but it was in great condition. The buffet restaurant is sometimes a bit of a scrum but offers a wide choice of options, don't miss the freshly cooked Chinese selection. Tip, rather than do the buffet breakfast, which is very good, treat yourself to breakfast in the the main restaurants, we took breakfast in the Pacific restaurant, waiter service, was excellent. My only 2 criticisms would be, and hence the 4 stars:- - Smoking inside the casino, I'm sorry, but where in 2017, do organisation's allow smoking inside! Scientifically proven to kill people, yet Carnival allow their staff and the vast majority of passengers to be subjected to cancerous smoke. Note the casino is a walk through area from the back to the front of the ship. We held our breadth, but why Carnival think this is ok nowadays is frankly beyond comprehension, even my friends who are smokers are surprised! Come on Carnival change your policy. - every entertainment option was a bit too loud, I know you are reading this thinking why go on a "fun" ship then, but even the piano bar was too loud to have a conversation, so we ended up on the lido bar watching a film which was ok with the free pop corn. Smoking and volume aside, we really enjoyed the victory, it's not Cunard, but it doesn't pertend to be, it's good value and for us a good introduction to cruising. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My family went on this cruise for a wedding on the ship and the wedding was very well organized and everything went well. We typically cruise on another cruise line and I was impressed with a few things. We really liked how the dress ... Read More
My family went on this cruise for a wedding on the ship and the wedding was very well organized and everything went well. We typically cruise on another cruise line and I was impressed with a few things. We really liked how the dress code was casual, you could wear shorts to dinner except formal night. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They served lox (salmon) every day. A few things we were not please with was the pop package since you had to go up to bar or ask your server to get you soda pop which sometimes took forever. The entertainment was good but they needed more choices. We did get off the ship to explore Key West and Cozumel and they were both nice and we have been to both ports prior. I have been on one carnival cruise in the past and I would consider trying it again mainly because of the casual atmosphere. The service was typically good. We had my time dining and that took forever, we were in the dining room for over 2 hours but we did have a party of 8-10 on most nights. The food was pretty good, we tried lots of things. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was my second cruise and overall, it was amazing! The food was particularly wonderful, the staff was friendly, the activities were plentiful and even the hiccups left my best friends and I with some amazing stories! Ship: Overall, ... Read More
This was my second cruise and overall, it was amazing! The food was particularly wonderful, the staff was friendly, the activities were plentiful and even the hiccups left my best friends and I with some amazing stories! Ship: Overall, the ship was well-decorated (personal opinion), clean and easy to navigate. The only negative we encountered about the ship overall was that in some areas (certain hallways, common areas) there was an unpleasant "restroomy" smell. Cabin: We booked an interior cabin that was supposed to have two twin beds and a pull out couch since we had 3 guests. The ship was not able to accommodate that request and instead gave us an average sized interior room with two beds. We were told that a cot would be brought to our room. It wasn't delivered until very late at night which would have been inconvenient if we wanted to nap that day or go to bed early. When the "cot" finally came, it was the equivalent of a blow up mattress on the floor. That was a bit disappointing. The linens on this "cot" were also never changed during our 4 day cruise. Other than that, the room was clean and service was good. Dining: The food was EXCELLENT! The Lido deck breakfast never disappointed and the dining room food and service was absolutely superb. One of our guests had a seafood allergy and was given the menu for the following evening every night so that the staff could be sure that her food would be prepared separately and safely. It also gave myself and our other friend the chance to get a sneak peak at what would be served. We also had the chance on this cruise to try the Seaday Brunch and it was delicious. Entertainment: What can I say? It was definitely a "Fun Cruise". During all of our relaxing we didn't get to do as many of the activities as we wanted, but each one we did get the chance to experience was fun. We went to Bingo, Karaoke (the Red and Black Lounge is beautiful btw), the Hairy Chest Competition and the Spa demonstration just to name a few. Ports: Key West was beautiful, but a short trip so plan activities wisely. There is not much of a beach, but the water is beautiful. Also, in regards to the shuttle that Carnival provides to and from the port at Key West, a million people will show up for the last shuttle so try to get there early just to be safe. We loved the Fat Tuesdays here! Cozumel was a lot of fun! We booked the Helmet Sea Floor excursion through Carnival and the experience and service were awesome. The tour guides were super helpful and two free drinks were included! Afterwards, the cab driver that was called for us by the tour guides took us to a resort called "Paradise Island" with the most beautiful heated pool! We could have stayed forever. The beach was a little underwhelming. I prefer the white sand and bluer water I experienced in the Bahamas. I enjoyed the Latinx culture and flavor of this destination but don't know if I would chose it again. Overall, it was a wonderful vacation and I definitely plan on sailing the Victory again when I get the chance! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our first cruise and I was told to check out Carnival's line. We choose Victory primarily because of dates and it was going to Cozumel which I'd always wanted to go to. I was advised to purchase FTTF. So glad I did. ... Read More
This was our first cruise and I was told to check out Carnival's line. We choose Victory primarily because of dates and it was going to Cozumel which I'd always wanted to go to. I was advised to purchase FTTF. So glad I did. While our itinerary didn't have any tender ports it definitely helped with embarkation and debarkation. The moment we got off of the shuttle it was easy to see where to enter with FTTF. After going through security we were led to an area to wait with other FTTF people. On a side note when doing all my online info with Carnival it had me select a staggered boarding time. Ours was 10:30-11am. Not really sure what the point of this was as even with FTTF we didn't board until 11:30. Needed to wait on priority passengers to board. Not a problem with me just not sure what the point in selecting staggered times was for. But back to embarkation...we boarded at 11:30am and I had my one carry on bag. Tried to go to the room immediately like I thought we were supposed to be able to. Saw all of the doors closed off with signs that rooms wouldn't be ready until 1pm. Decided to go to lunch. Found the buffet on Lido's deck. Very few people in line at the time so we grabbed lunch. Food was pretty good. After that we toured the ship and went to the room at 1pm. Our luggage showed up about 15minutes after that. Awesome!!! Our room was a good size compared to what I expected and we just got an ocean view. Loved how they came in the morning and cleaned the room then again showed up in the evening for turndown and left the brochures for the next day's activities. Being our first cruise I didn't really know what to expect so the ship was pretty large and awesome for us. BTW it was just myself, my 11yr old daughter and 15yr old son. We found the kid area and they both checked out their clubs. Most of the cruise they hung out in their club or with friends they made. The amount of activities they had on the ship definitely kept me entertained. I tried to go to all the shows and comedy acts. I definitely wasn't bored at any time. Our Cruise Director Matey made things pretty fun. Getting off at the ports was easy enough. Many people recommended not doing any excursions and just do your own thing. In Key West this was fine. We walked the shops and did the hop on hop off trolley. Only had a few hours there. Now in Cozumel we actually found ourselves not knowing what to do. We walked the shops and headed out of the port area. Didn't go too far. Ate lunch at Hard Rock. Walked back to the shops and headed back to the ship. We had an entire day at Cozumel and only spent about 4 hours there because I didn't know what to do. I was so worried about transportation, exchange rate, going too far from the ship and getting back too late. For people who have traveled to these places before or just know what to do, going of on your own might be nicer. But for those newbies like me an excursion would have been better. So to say I was disappointed is an understatement. But it was my decision not to do an excursion and one I won't repeat. Dining on the ship was entertaining and the food was good. We chose the early dining so we all knew what time to meet up for dinner each night and I could make the show right after. I loved how after a night the waiters knew exactly what the kids liked or didn't like. It amazed my kids how they remembered their names and would joke with them or ask them about their day. The food was really good and I liked the ability to order a couple different things so you could try foods we've never had. My son learned he loves calamari! The Chocolate Melting Cake was probably the best dessert I'd had on the whole trip! We also did the Dr. Suess Breakfast. It was enjoyable but not something I need to repeat. Food was similar to the breakfast in the dining room (unless you ordered green eggs and ham) so you're really just paying to meet the characters. As I said earlier the ship was really nice. I don't have anything to compare it to yet. There was times when the Triton pool was closed off and the splash pad was closed the whole time. Not a big deal with my older kids but had I had younger ones it would have been disappointing. The main pool was much smaller then I thought and the kids barely swam at all because of that. We watched the Dive in Movies a couple of nights. They showed Beauty and the Beast, Moana, and John Wick II. We definitely liked that they showed new movies. Debarkation was a breeze. We awoke early and ate breakfast in the dining room. We chose to carry our bags off and we met in the room we were supposed to at 7:30 for FTTF people or those who had early flights/long drives. We sat down with our bags and then immediately had to get back up as they were ushering the FTTF guests off. Walked right off, went through customs and was outside by 7:45. Shuttle pulled right up and we were back to our car and on the road by 8am. Not sure if this was the norm but I was wowed by how easy and fast that process went. Overall we had an amazing time for our first cruise. My kids had so much fun they started researching carnival cruises on the very long ride home. It wasn't until then that we realized how small our ship was compared to other ships and that most of the other ships have been updated to get the Guy's restaurants and other features. By the time we got home we had figured out what ship, port ect we were doing next and booked it a day later. I definitely purchased FTTF again!!! This time I will use what I learned on the first cruise. We will book a few excursions this time to make the most of our ports. So here's counting down to our cruise on Carnival Dream 2018!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We are gold status about 50 points on Carnival about the same on Royal Carribean, we have done a Norwegian, Princess and MSC specialty cruise. We had cabins 1334 & 1330 connecting outside cabins, ocean view no balcony 1st deck. ... Read More
We are gold status about 50 points on Carnival about the same on Royal Carribean, we have done a Norwegian, Princess and MSC specialty cruise. We had cabins 1334 & 1330 connecting outside cabins, ocean view no balcony 1st deck. Our first time that low we liked them.. we were limited because we needed connecting cabins. They were newly renovated, the ship is going through a at sea upgrade. Easy on easy off no real lines or issues. We got on at noon and left at 915am and were backed at Ft Lauderdale Airport by 1030. I was personally very concerned about the internet, my son uses a lot of YouTube etc... bought the premium plane worked reasonably good. Not perfect but solid. We did early dining pacific room, nice staff, food was good , I noticed it had improved. I was concerned about an older ship but the staff did a real good job. We did the Conce train in Key West and Mr Sanchez in Cozumel all perfectly fine no issues. Overall Carnival has improved... Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We wanted to go back to Key West and go to Mexico for the 1st time. We only had soo much time to take off work, so was a nice short get away. We had great weather! The ports were good. We did learn not to wander to far in Mexico tho, ... Read More
We wanted to go back to Key West and go to Mexico for the 1st time. We only had soo much time to take off work, so was a nice short get away. We had great weather! The ports were good. We did learn not to wander to far in Mexico tho, unless you WANT to be offered drugs! I was asked four times in one block. So decided to go back to safer areas. It was beautiful there! In Key WEst my daughter just had to go see the Robert Doll at the Martello Museum. Was quite interesting. The ship was maintained very good. Always someone close if you needed anything. We were treated wonderful by everyone that worked on the ship.Was just the get a way we needed to break away the the Pa winter..... We are trying to decide where we want to go next with Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We were concerned about the condition of the ship based on some reviews. It was in good condition. There are things were you can see wear and tear. For example, our cabin's rug had a piece that was torn and was missing a small ... Read More
We were concerned about the condition of the ship based on some reviews. It was in good condition. There are things were you can see wear and tear. For example, our cabin's rug had a piece that was torn and was missing a small piece of rug. The bathroom had a little damage on the sink area and the caulk around the tiles look worn. But, for most part everything is in good condition. We had a outside window cabin and it was spacious for cruise ship standards. Food was okay. Two musical shows they offered were amazing. Non-stop singing, dancing, change of wardrobes, change of sceneries, etc. Totally entertaining. We did the Dr. Seuss parade and story time. It was very good. I have to say that their Cruise Director Marcelo does a great job. He is funny, nice and approachable. the first night show as well as the typical couple question shows that most cruises offer were a success thanks to him. He is hilarious and provided great entertainment. There is a lot to do. Music throughout the cruise was great. I did not enjoy all the lines I had to do. I am not sure why, but I have never been on a cruise that I have had to do more lines than this one. From from the beginning over an hour just to get on the ship. Super super super long line. They need to put more attendants to move that line faster. It was very frustrating and put me in a bad mood to start a cruise. Any time we were going to go eat at the Lido deck there were long lines. Very frustrating. I really never enjoyed any of the food in the lido deck. Breakfast was the food that was always good. Dinner was a hit and miss. Sometimes it was very good and other times disappointing. Appetizers were great, the issue was with the main entrée. I was better off just eating all appetizers. Never had a lunch that I really enjoyed. The pizza was good, but get ready for a long line and a long wait. There were lines to take pictures. There were lines to go into some of the shows. There were lines to play miniature golf. Lines, lines and lines... For golf there were never enough clubs. If you went at night there were hardly any balls to play, so we would have to share clubs and balls to play. For first time found some staff that were just not nice especially a gentleman at Pixels the picture place. He was just rude to everybody. Not sure if they are over worked. Our waitress was always rushed and could not focus on getting our order or have a conversation without looking around and being pulled away. They work hard, no question on that. I liked it better when you had the same wait staff all cruise. They got to know you and what you liked. It seemed like they would get frustrated if you asked for something extra or out of time. My son is a good eater and ordered a large breakfast at the brunch they offered. For first time every I heard a waiter say "that is a lot of food". Guess what, he ate it all. Picture quality has also dropped, they are trying to take so many pictures and again so many long lines that they are just rushing people through and the results are pictures with arms cut off, no concerns if the kids are smiling correctly, if ties are straight or shirts are out of place because of the positions they put you in. The results of this was that we had to takes over 30 pictures to get just a few that were worth paying $22 for. I did feel at times that we were being pressured to pay for the extras that are offered. I guess the days of all inclusive cruise are truly gone. Felt we were being nickled and dimed for activities. Not sure if they do this to limit the folks that will attend to control how many people will go to the activities? Or maybe they are just looking to make money any where they can. The pools and Jacuzzis were crowded. There was a line for the slide. Did not enjoy the ports of call nor the times we were there. Hard to do anything in Key West getting there at 7:30 AM and leaving at 2 PM. By the time we had breakfast and got off the ship we only had several hours to do anything. Oh, did I tell you that we had to wait almost an hour in the hot sun to get back on the ship in Key West. For Conzumel you get there at 1 PM (noon Conzumel time), but all beach ativies close at 5 PM. So, by the time you get off the ship and get to wherever you are going you can only enjoy it for 3 1/2 hours. Did not enjoy Conzumel that much. This was my third time there and my least favorite. It is totally commercialized. There are all these resorts that want your money to be able to use the beach. Downtown did not feel safe. Considering the exchange rate, they have US prices for activities, food and drinks. But, they pay Mexican salaries, so someone is making tons of money. Good thing was that there was not a line to get back on the ship. I found the Carnival excursions very expensive compared to the excursions you find in the ports. Disembarkation in Miami was easy. We were able to have breakfast and then find a nice spot we can sit and talk for a little bit over an hour until we got called at around 10:30 AM to get off the ship. Would be great if they did have some entertainment while we waited to get off. It does make it seem longer since there is nothing at all to do other than sit and wait. Perhaps music, anything that would entertain the folks and easy enough for them to be willing to walk away from it when they are called. This whole disembarkation process has always been a sore item. The number process some way seemed a little more organized then before. You do have an idea as to when you will disembark. At least they are not charging for early disembarkation as they do for early/fast embarkation when you first board. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We had a great time on Carnival Victory! We were on the first sailing after drydock (4/4/15). It's an older ship, but looked good. The 2 new bars looked nice. I will say that I would never sail during spring break again. There were ... Read More
We had a great time on Carnival Victory! We were on the first sailing after drydock (4/4/15). It's an older ship, but looked good. The 2 new bars looked nice. I will say that I would never sail during spring break again. There were 1,000+ kids onboard, and they were not well-behaved. We saw paintings hanging by their wires on the walls. Our 2 teens decided not to go to the teen club program and hang with us. One heard a group of kids saying they wanted to fight each other. Knocking paintings off the wall so they were hanging by wires. Running the halls until after 1AM while screeching - not so relaxing, and I don't understand parents letting their kids do this. It was crazy around the pools when the larger kids were jumping on top of smaller ones and throwing items at each other. Parents not in sight. Security on the ship could have been better. Overall service by Carnival staff was excellent. Our cabin steward Hery was amazing. We preferred dining in the Lido buffet areas. Food was awesome in the main dining room though! LOVED room service, and we always had cash for tipping. Well worth it. We did purchase Faster to the Fun - well worth the money to get on the ship and into our cabin early. Plus we were able to get off the ship early, too. For future family cruises, we will likely sail on a newer ship with more entertainment options for us and the kids. I wouldn't mind sailing on Victory with my husband during less peak times. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I have sailed on a few other Carnival ships in the past. The Victory is not the newest or nicest but they make up for it with the staff and activities. The ship itself is a little dated and the cabins could probably use some remodeling ... Read More
I have sailed on a few other Carnival ships in the past. The Victory is not the newest or nicest but they make up for it with the staff and activities. The ship itself is a little dated and the cabins could probably use some remodeling but it did not take anything away from the experience. The staff is tremendous. Agus, the room steward was awesome; Victor, the waiter made us feel first class and Marcello, the cruise director, was hilarious and fun. There were shows and activities taking place almost all of the time and at various places on the ship. You can do as much or as little as you desire. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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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