5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Wife wanted to go on her first cruise. So we decided to split the vacation. Sort cruise out of Miami then some time down in the Keys. Cruise started out bad with long 4 hour delay with everyone stuck in the port waiting building. Not ... Read More
Wife wanted to go on her first cruise. So we decided to split the vacation. Sort cruise out of Miami then some time down in the Keys. Cruise started out bad with long 4 hour delay with everyone stuck in the port waiting building. Not allowed on the ship but in this terminal building which was way overcrowded, not enough chairs. People sitting on the floor, only 4 vending machines with one of them not working and the others soon empty. No communication as to what the hold up was or when we would be able to board. Ship was suppose to leave port at 4:30 but we managed to pull out of port at 10:30, well there went on sunset at sea. Now for the food. We ate three dinners in the dinning room and one at the buffet. Did not matter the food was just plain bad. Never once was it hot and at some points downright room temp. We usually ate the appetizer, salad and picked a bit at the poorly made main course. Also if we had a baked potato had to ask several time to receive butter or sour cream which of course potato was not warm enough to even melt. Also days of class must be gone on Carnival. On so called "Elegant dress night" we put on the decent slacks and jacket and the wife a nice dress. Guess most of the guests did not get the memo. Since most were in shorts tanks and less. But since half of your dinner the staff is singing happy birthday or happy anniversary at the top of the off key lungs, what does it matter anyway. We tried the buffet one night and it was if anything even worse, and you had folks who looked like they had not missed many meals but seemed to be of the mindset that this one was there last. The activity's we really not good. They had trivia in a lounge which seemed like it may be fun, until I went and seen that the host could not speak English well enough for anyone to understand the questions. The "house band" I actually took a photo of just so I could show my buddies what the worlds worst cover band looks like. The room was fine. One of the closet doors was falling off but when we told staff the third time someone came in a fixed it. Ship itself is ok but a bit tired around the edges. Noticed some of the hot tubs closed down and looked like they had been for some time. The good. Staff were great, did what they could with what the ship has. The comedy show was really very good (be warned it is adult and somewhat crude) but very funny. If we ever cruise again it will not be with carnival Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
I was a 1st time cruiser and the Carnival Victory did not disappoint!! Embarkation was very organized and went very smooth. The ship was beautiful and clean when we finally got on board. The staff ushered us to pool decks and had lunch ... Read More
I was a 1st time cruiser and the Carnival Victory did not disappoint!! Embarkation was very organized and went very smooth. The ship was beautiful and clean when we finally got on board. The staff ushered us to pool decks and had lunch ready. Our luggage arrived within 2 hours of us boarding, so I was very pleased with that. Our cabin was upper interior (Deck 6) was tiny, but provided anything we could need from a cabin. Everyone traveling with us had very clean and functional rooms each day. The food was perfect for every snack and meal we had. We ate a ton, but stayed so active that I had no problem eating what ever I wanted. There were more activities than I could even attend, although I tried! The live bands and Comedy Club we my favorites. The hospitality was amazing, my drink was never empty and I was constantly smiling. Overall security was also impressive. My 15 year old spent the last two days with new friends that she met in Club 02. The club Manager was very involved with making sure the teens had a blast each day, all while not letting in strange adults. She made it a point to meet and know just about every parent who's teen went there. The ports were great, Freeport was less crowded than Nassau. We went to Tianio Beach in Freeport and did shopping in Nassau. The beach was a 12 mile drive across the Island but again, we had wonderful, local hospitality by our bus/cab driver. Traveling in a group of 10 with one in a Wheelchair and they made it happen so smoothly! My daughter made memories that will last forever. We will definitely cruise Carnival again and again! Everything else like the music, sail off parties, Dive in movie, and ALL of the wonderful staff was just as enjoyable. Can't wait to cruise again! Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was our first cruise, so we chose a short 4 day cruise to get a feel for it. We normally vacation at resorts. Check-in was not as long as anticipated. We arrived at the ship at 12:30 and were in our room by 1:30. We found our ... Read More
This was our first cruise, so we chose a short 4 day cruise to get a feel for it. We normally vacation at resorts. Check-in was not as long as anticipated. We arrived at the ship at 12:30 and were in our room by 1:30. We found our luggage on the carts and took it to the room ourselves. We also carried our luggage off at the end of the cruise, as I think most if the cruisers did. The Victory is a nice ship, with many activities that keep its guests hopping. Because of this, I didn't find the cruise relaxing. Crowds of people and the noise level also contributed to that. On the other hand, my teenage son felt there wasn't enough to do. He was signed up for the youth program, but wasn't impressed, so didn't attend. We ate in the main dining room two evenings and found the service to be very slow, so opted for the Mediterranean Restaurant for most of our meals. The food was, in general, very good. Our room steward was always cheerful and called us by name, though I never learned her name. We spent very little time in the pool area, mainly because it was crowded and hard to find deck chairs. We did enjoy the dive-in movie and the piano bar sing-along. I found the Caribbean stage shows a bit corny, and avoided the smoky casino. We fell for the "come to such-and-such room for a giveaway", and we did get a few free things. Hubby was given a bottle of champagne for making a fool of himself onstage, and son won a Beats Pill in the arcade. I had a free facial and was given some cheap jewelry. Time in the ports was short, but enjoyable. We did the coastal segway tour in Freeport, which was much shorter than advertised, and that was disappointing. I am glad I experienced this cruise, but think I will keep my feet on the ground from now on. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was my first cruise, so I have nothing to compare it to, but my two girlfriends and I had an amazing time (we're in our 30's and 40's). We took the Carnival Victory to Nassau and Freeport. We flew in the night before ... Read More
This was my first cruise, so I have nothing to compare it to, but my two girlfriends and I had an amazing time (we're in our 30's and 40's). We took the Carnival Victory to Nassau and Freeport. We flew in the night before and stayed at an airport hotel, then took a $40 roundtrip Cortran shuttle to the Port and back. (Great shuttle company, would highly recommend). There is literally something for everyone on the boat. We love to salsa dance and they had an awesome salsa band playing every night (Tropical Melao). We danced and danced and danced to the point we got blisters on our feet, but we didn't care, we were having so much fun. Great atmosphere, great crowd, great selection of activities. They had a comedy club, shows, spa, adult retreat, swimming pools, kids activities, exercise classes, movies, dance clubs, you name it, they had it. Comedy show wasn't great (comedian wasn't funny and was pretty offensive...don't take your kids). The shows hosted by the cruise director, Marcelo, however, were hilarious. He was so much funnier than the comedian, he should've run the comedy club, or have his own late night show. On some nights, the food was ok, and other nights it was great. Better than I expected. Lots of selection, which was really nice. We loved the Chinese food buffet, and the late night Mexican buffet. Wait staff was ok, nothing special. We enjoyed the waiters performances during the dinners. Cabins are very small, but I'm told that's how they are on most cruise ships. We also got an interior room because we didn't want to spend that much time in the room (and we didn't). Our room steward was very nice. As far as the ports were concerned, all we wanted to do was relax and go to the beach, so in Nassau, we took the #10 bus to Cable Beach and paid $35 at the Melia Hotel for a day pass. It included access to restrooms, beach chairs, towels, and a complimentary Bahama Mama (which was delicious). Beautiful Beach. We went to the beach at Port Lucaya in Freeport, another beautiful beach. Took a taxi van there with other people from the ship. Paid $20 for a day pass. Lots of shops around the beach and plenty of places to eat. I would say the only negative experience I had was the art auction. They advertised it as free champagne and a free piece of artwork, so my friends and I thought, why not? But they made you sit through a long, drawn out presentation that felt more like a slimy timeshare presentation. It felt like a swindle. Wouldn't even give us the champagne or artwork until it was all over, so we left early without it. Big waste of time. Other than that, we had a great time...food was good, staff was nice, music was great. Would highly recommend and would go back again! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
I filled out the third-party survey questionnaire that Carnival sent out, but thought I'd share my 'essay' answers and observations with others. This was our first cruise so we enjoyed it immensely. For so long now, ... Read More
I filled out the third-party survey questionnaire that Carnival sent out, but thought I'd share my 'essay' answers and observations with others. This was our first cruise so we enjoyed it immensely. For so long now, extravagant vacations have been out of the ordinary for us, both situationally and financially. We were land-locked, mature empty nesters and celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary, looking for romance, rejuvenation and adventure. So this cruise was over the top for us, an ocean voyage in tropical paradise. Our balcony stateroom was the ‘bees knees.’ Our three additional cost shore excursions were the private beach with free water toys and lunch on Grand Turk; swimming and snorkeling with Stingrays on Half Moon Cay; and the underwater sub adventure at Nassau. All three were absolutely amazing although very brief. +++++++THE GOOD NEWS+++++++ ●Our stateroom was wonderful: The balcony was awesome, the views breathtaking; the room layout made excellent use of the space; closets and storage space were very generous. The room was neat and clean. ●Service was exemplary, perfectly orchestrated and personnel were very disciplined in their trade: ~Steward/housekeeping service was incredible, maintaining such a low profile in the hallways yet being so efficient and timely; no matter when we left or for how long, our room was turned over quickly and seamlessly. ~The dining room wait staff were always friendly and inviting, remembering our names and tending every need; plating was very creative and appealing. ~Food servers kept the buffets well stocked and nicely displayed for such a large volume of hungry diners during meal rush hours; the lines moved along quickly. ~Bussers were very efficient in cleaning the dining areas and very discreet in carrying away our leavings (cloth napkins covering the dishes and trays is genius!). ~Embarkation and disembarkation crews were quick and efficient, as were the tender staff. ~Bartenders were masterful, descriptive and sociable. ~Marcelo, the Cruise Director, was charming and very informative. ●The ports of call and shore excursions were fantastic. Island and transportation staff were enthusiastic and expedient. --------THE BAD NEWS-------- ●Buffet food could be improved, nothing was very special or impressive, except the fresh fruit. Between meal rushes, the choices were very limited and dismal. Formal dining room meals (dinner only) were actually very good, but the choices and portions were very small. ●Carnival policy prohibits it’s passengers from bringing and consuming their own alcohol which is abhorrent, considering how inflated the bar prices and full bottle purchases are. The all-you-can-drink Cheers! program cost at $60pp/day(!) assumes all passengers are alcoholics threatening to run the ship dry. Extortion is an ugly way of guaranteeing over-inflated profits. ●The Bottomless Bubbles soda program is a ridiculous waste of extra money. Either offer all soda for free or make it available to soda program buyers in more areas than just the bars --like the buffet area since juice doesn't go with everything. ●Small coffee makers in the staterooms would be really nice and should be customary (I’ve seen online that other cruiselines do this, and for free no less). ●Having on-board professional photos available post-cruise, even for a limited time, would be a nice touch and still put money in Carnival pockets. The nominal cost of today’s technology (including data storage capacity) should make this an easy moneymaker for them. As first-time cruisers, we missed the opportunity to capture our memories before they were tossed overboard the minute we disembarked (sorry, I couldn’t resist the irony there). ⊙⊙⊙⊙⊙ Additional notes for virgin cruisers: ⊙⊙⊙⊙⊙ ●Be careful when comparing Carnival cruise package pricing with other cruiselines. This one seems more affordable at face value, but may NOT be when you consider what’s included, excluded, and what add-ons are right for you. ●If you’re a young family on a budget or a party animal, this cruise is for you: frolicky fun, kiddie activities, and bland food for the family; deejay music and boozie bar parties for the screamers, dancers and night clubbers. ⊙⊙⊙⊙⊙ CUSTOMER SERVICE SUGGESTION FOR CARNIVAL: ⊙⊙⊙⊙⊙ ●Those long walks from the ship, down the pier, and to port or island transportation (and back again) can be brutal for the arthritic, pain-addled and otherwise disabled travelers. As an alternative to those humiliating wheelchair rides, we would LOVE to see something more respectful and fun, like pedicabs, readily available to shuttle us back and forth. At little or no cost to you, it seems like a very enterprising business for locals willing to work for minimal rates or tips only. People like me would easily pay for such a service, and others would pay for just the sheer luxury or whimsical experience of it. At the piers of Victoria, British Columbia, their pedicab service (referred to as Kabuki Kab) works brilliantly and doesn’t just single out the disabled from the masses, but makes it fun for all. ●Motorized carts would seem like a low-cost alternative for you to offer your disabled guest Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2016
The ship had WAY too many people on it. Imagine a shopping mall on Black Friday with a Free Gift and you can compare that to the sheer magnitude of guests on a Carnival Cruise. It is ALL ABOUT GETTING YOUR MONEY! Not some, they want ... Read More
The ship had WAY too many people on it. Imagine a shopping mall on Black Friday with a Free Gift and you can compare that to the sheer magnitude of guests on a Carnival Cruise. It is ALL ABOUT GETTING YOUR MONEY! Not some, they want every penny you have and your credit card too. They push alcohol so much it is disgusting. It is like a giant college fraternity party for grown adults. The drinks cost $11 each with the automatic 15% tip added to the bill. It is not even negotiable. You must pay the tip. I'm glad I am not a drinker. FUN? Not a chance. They want to keep your drunk so you think you are having fun. From the moment I stepped foot onto that ship, I knew I wanted to leave but it was too late. I had drove all the way there with my family, I couldn't back out now. If broiling in the sun, standing in long lines with vultures circling the food buffet and being broke by the time all is said and done sounds like fun, you will be in euphoria! The lines for the buffet, the overcrowded deck with no chairs. The staff (except the dining room and room stewards) were terrible. The dining room staff and room stewards were excellent and deserve better than what Carnival gives them. The rest of the staff sucked. My booking agent ripped me off for the $150 on-board credit I was supposed to get, so I was short on money by the end of the cruise. No, they won't send you a bill either! You better have money on your credit card or have a relative to wire you the money, or they will send you to jail, it is as simple as that. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
A large group of 18 of us, cruised to Grand Cayman and Ocho rios, Jamaica 26th thro 31st Dec 2015. Lemme briefly get to the good and bad. Good: Stewardess are good, always approachable and ready to help. Room service was well taken ... Read More
A large group of 18 of us, cruised to Grand Cayman and Ocho rios, Jamaica 26th thro 31st Dec 2015. Lemme briefly get to the good and bad. Good: Stewardess are good, always approachable and ready to help. Room service was well taken care. Dinners were good. Comedians did a good job with their shows. Staff and crew were nice but not to the point were they leave an impression. And after running my own restaurant successfully I know what quality service means. Bad: Ship is so outdated. Water leaks in multiple places. 3 of our rooms reeked of stench. The toilet bowl would never flush. Plumbers were prompt to come and take a look but the problem was never solved. The plumber said there is less water in the bowl and will fix the problem. Never was fixed. Which resulted in bad smell and bathroom usage for my kids was a nightmare. Sorry to be so gross...but I had to always pour extra water to help flush, which was like ...yikes...esp on a vacation. The entire ship had these bad foul smelling spots and corridors smelled old and rusty. Breakfast and lunch lines were long with below average food. Very greasy too. Waiters for dinner times looked tired and over worked. They were not in a position to accommodate any small change , such as a new cup for water, as the one on the table smelled bad. Request for a wine glass would throw them off. They seemed trained like robots to just follow a set of code. Entertainment for adults was pathetic. No shows ,except for one average production . Comedy nights was the only saving grace. Dance club was not up to its mark Oh ..Pictures..How can I forget that...Very average photographers, who overlook a lot of broad details. Dont waste your $ on those pictures. We did buy , but realized it was a mistake ..a bit too late. Kids entertainment again is poor. On comparison , not as bad as for the adults. Overall, my strong suggestion is to look at the age of a ship before you choose. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
This was a first time cruise experience for my husband, grandson and I. My daughter had travelled on Carnival but it was nearly 20 years ago. The trip was planned to celebrate grandson's graduation from high school, and we ... Read More
This was a first time cruise experience for my husband, grandson and I. My daughter had travelled on Carnival but it was nearly 20 years ago. The trip was planned to celebrate grandson's graduation from high school, and we couldn't have had a better time! I was apprehensive because of motion sickness, but never once felt badly. Just take your meds and you'll be fine :-). The staff is very well-trained, and it's obvious that making sure the passengers are enjoying themselves is priority. Our room steward, Rai, always made sure he was as unobtrusive as possible..no knocking on the door to clean the room, and yet it was always clean and tidy. And of course the towel animals were a welcome addition. Our evening dinners were spent in the main dining room, and the food was quite good. The menu was varied, there was something for everyone, and the desserts were delicious. The dining room staff was exceptional...in particular Henry and Chen...we hated to say goodbye! We stayed with Carnival-sponsored shore excursions as this was all new to us, and were glad we did. Each day onshore was an unforgettable experience. All in all, despite what some previous reviewers stated, the ship is well-maintained and I wouldn't hesitate to sail on her again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
We live 30 minutes from the Port of Miami so we drove to port and parked there. Embarkation was super fast since since We are Platinum VIP. As soon as we boarded the ship, we checked out our cabin, then headed for lunch on the Lido ... Read More
We live 30 minutes from the Port of Miami so we drove to port and parked there. Embarkation was super fast since since We are Platinum VIP. As soon as we boarded the ship, we checked out our cabin, then headed for lunch on the Lido deck. We booked a balcony for this trip which was very spacious. I have sailed on this ship 3 times(in 2004, last summer, and now) This ship is in great condition and looks as new as it did back then. All of the crew members went above and beyond for all of the passengers. It was great to see my former room steward last year promoted to Casino bar bartender. Also the Casino Bar Band was the same that I had sailed with last year on the Liberty. It was great seeing them. They're amazing. There are so many fun activities scheduled. The entertainment staff and Cruise Director, Marcelo, are Carnival's Best. They're so funny and so much fun. The singers and performers are the best that I have seen on any ship. They still have the Production shows on this ship which I love. The food is delicious and there is a lot of variety even though they don't have the 2.0 upgrades. We had any time dining. Everything in the dining room was delicious, and the service was excellent! In Key West, we took the Conch Trolley Tour which we loved. In Cozumel we booked a Wave runner(jet ski) and snorkeling tour. We loved it! The tour guides stay with you the whole time to make sure that you feel comfortable operating it. I highly recommend sailing on this ship. It is the perfect size and it is very well maintained and taken care of. The service food, and entertainment were Excellent! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
First cruise, didn't really know what to expect. But, here are my thoughts on the Carnival Victory .... 1) lunch lines were very long, there was no way to get to a salad without going thru an entire line of other foods. 2) Salad ... Read More
First cruise, didn't really know what to expect. But, here are my thoughts on the Carnival Victory .... 1) lunch lines were very long, there was no way to get to a salad without going thru an entire line of other foods. 2) Salad choices were VERY limited at lunch. (a nice salad bar, away from the other food would have been a nice. 3) the Serenity Lounge offered an adults only deck area BUT it was directly above a kiddy pool, which disrupted the serenity of the Serenity Lounge 4) the rooms had plenty of storage, but were in need of an update (the appointment were old) - old phones, old hairdryers (which burned your hand while you dried your hair), out dated TVs, trim around bathroom door was rusty, tiles were lose, etc... 5) thousands of pictures posted each night seemed like a waste of photo paper, when all pictures taken could have been digitized and sent directly passengers rooms for viewing - and purchase could be made thru interactive TV - current method is dated and doesn't take advantage of available technologies 6) the steward staff taking care of the rooms were GREAT! as was the dinner staff waiting on our table. BUT - the remainder of the staff wasn't that helpful and often was unable to answer basic questions about how to get from here to there on the boat - All employees should be able to provide passengers basic info about the ship and where things are located. 7) we did a couple of excursions and enjoyed them, attended a couple of shows, and saw enough Karaoke to last a lifetime. Not sure I'll try another cruise - but I am sure it won't be on the Victory. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This being my first cruise, I traveled with my boyfriend, mom, and his family. It was absolutely wonderful. From unlimited food, to the lemonade and the beautiful view from our balcony I was hooked. Marcelo and Hugo did a fantastic job at ... Read More
This being my first cruise, I traveled with my boyfriend, mom, and his family. It was absolutely wonderful. From unlimited food, to the lemonade and the beautiful view from our balcony I was hooked. Marcelo and Hugo did a fantastic job at keeping us all entertained. The shore excursions were exactly what we expected. At grand Turk, we did the sting ray one and snorkeling. They took us to a 7,000 ft drop off and we got to pet sharks. It was honestly like nothing I had ever experienced before. After enjoying the beach, we went back to the ship and took a nap for a few hours. The fun continued for us at around 7 PM as we had the dine anytime dinner. We went to dinner, then to a show and then the casino. There was always music playing and a nice staff. The next day was half moon cay and we booked a cabana. Not only was it amazing, the ocean water was like pool water. The carnival staff came and cooked for us and we all had lunch which was wonderful. We did the same as the days before, nap and then continue our fun. At Nassau we went to Atlantis. The park was exactly what we expected it to be, but there was a small confrontation with another woman who started screaming at us for going into an 6 ft pool with floaties because her children couldn't swim and they had been getting hit with them all day. This was not a problem with carnival, but with Atlantis because she had been doing that to several people all day and Atlantis security did nothing about it. We decided it wasn't worth our time and just left while she continued screaming at several others. We will continue to take many cruises for years to come. It was a vacation that we will never forget. All in all, it was perfect. We did not let the crazy woman ruin our time at Atlantis, but maybe their security should be a bit better. We hope to see Marcelo and the staff very soon! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Take it from a first time cruiser; this ship is awesome! From the cruise director marcelo (who we nicknamed marshmallow) who was fun and energetic to seeing thomas brown's stand up at the punchline to having fellow passengers perform ... Read More
Take it from a first time cruiser; this ship is awesome! From the cruise director marcelo (who we nicknamed marshmallow) who was fun and energetic to seeing thomas brown's stand up at the punchline to having fellow passengers perform their favorite songs this was an enjoyable trip which i will never forget. Our room steward kunkun was a hard working and humble guy who really paid attention to details. The food was decent but you don't go on these cruises to dine on fine cuisine you're there to have fun! There is a wide selection of food from burgers and dogs to pizza to lobster tails to sit down breakfast so you will be fine food wise. The staff is friendly and courteous and the casino was a riot. Port stops were just right; enough time to frolick, explore, shop and taste the local fare (if going to nassau i recommend sharkees' fried conch with the mac & cheese). I have to say i shed a tear when it was over because it was so much fun you don't want to leave. So if you're considering the five day trip on victory (i also heard they do a three day key west & cozumel cruise) take it from someone who has experienced south beach, las vegas and rocky point mexico's best; you will not be sorry! Marcelo said the first night during the welcome show that we were a family on that ship and those were not empty words, you really felt that we were family during your cruise. Thank you carnival victory for making my first cruise a memorable one!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was my first cruise (for approximately $1600.00) and I must say, I expected considerably better. The son of one of our friends was getting married on the ship. We were invited to the wedding, and decided to stay for the cruise to ... Read More
This was my first cruise (for approximately $1600.00) and I must say, I expected considerably better. The son of one of our friends was getting married on the ship. We were invited to the wedding, and decided to stay for the cruise to Key West and Cozumel. The wedding was lovely and the wedding reception following, a lot of fun. The food at the wedding reception was quite good as well, and I expected that the food for the duration of the cruise would be even better. I was very wrong. In fact, the food served at the wedding reception was the only decent meal we had while on board the ship. With respect to the food, I have one general comment: very bland and served at an incorrect temperature. With omelettes being the exception, the breakfast offerings were served at room temperature (Salmon Benedict and hash browns as an example) while others were served barely warm (grits). The coffee was positively dreadful, and the coffee purchased at the coffee bar, not much of an improvement. Dinner was fairly lackluster. I've had better meals at the local Piccadilly cafeteria. The meals served aboard the Victory make Longhorn and Bonefish look like five star dining venues. At any rate, I really enjoyed Key West and Cozumel. Luckily, we had phenomenal food at both of those destinations and many enjoyable activities. Our accommodations aboard the ship would have been fine if it were not for the potheads in the cabin next to ours, smoking joints on their balcony and playing loud music at all hours of the night. Why they drew such attention to themselves is beyond me. Armed law enforcement officers came for them, once we were back in Miami (I don't know why they waited so long). I really believe these idiots were responsible for our debarkation running 2.5 hours behind schedule. Oh well. Our room, although obviously aging (tears in the curtains and broken plastic venting over the lights) was kept very clean and tidy. Every evening, our cabin steward had towel creations waiting for us. I was really impressed with the gym onboard the ship. Lots of nice equipment, and a great view of the ocean while working out. I also loved the Alchemy Bar. All the drinks were made with fresh ingredients. Thanks to all the Cruise Critic members that have provided the recipes for these drinks on this forum. Wouldn't you know it, the only drink that I cannot find the recipe for is The Remedy. That was my favorite Alchemy drink, and I keep experimenting with the proportions on the ingredients, and still cannot get it right. I thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment. While on the ship, I was able to attend a couple of musical renditions (very talented performers), and a couple of comedy skits. All were quite good. I do not think that I will ever take a Carnival cruise again, and certainly, not on the Victory. I look forward to cruising on either Royal Caribbean or Princess in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
Me and my Husband decided to take our first cruise for our wedding anniversary and it was our best vacation yet. As soon as we got on the ship we were treated with the up most respect from all the staff. Especially our steward Rory and our ... Read More
Me and my Husband decided to take our first cruise for our wedding anniversary and it was our best vacation yet. As soon as we got on the ship we were treated with the up most respect from all the staff. Especially our steward Rory and our waiter Juaqim (sorry if mispelled). They honestly made our day/night everytime we were able to talk to them. They made our vacation even better with them always making sure we had everything we needed and the best service they could offer us. The atmosphere on the pool decks were always upbeat and had a lot of fun things going on. Loved all the movies they would show everynight along with the great performances of their shows everynight as well. We ported at Grand Turks, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. All very beautiful places and beaches that I would love to visit again very soon. The dinners everynight were amazing and never left on an empty stomach. Was also fun when they would do a little performance everynight during dinner for a great laugh. As soon as we got back we have been searching for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
I had never been on a cruise before. Overall, this was an amazing vacation. Food in both the Lido & MDR were great, the MDR was by far better. Our cabin was very nice. Everyone we came in contact with was friendly & helpful! ... Read More
I had never been on a cruise before. Overall, this was an amazing vacation. Food in both the Lido & MDR were great, the MDR was by far better. Our cabin was very nice. Everyone we came in contact with was friendly & helpful! Alchemy Bar was the best bar on the ship! The casino was fun. There was a main pool area where the party seemed to be and then an adults only pool that was much quieter and laid back. There was mini golf, movies on the big screen, a waterslide, and so much more. Getting off & on the ship was smooth & we didn't run into any issues. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
I took my two children 21and 23 on our first cruise May 2nd with Carnival on the Victory. We had a balcony cabin on the lido deck. The room was great. There was plenty of space. It was clean and the view was amazing. The lido deck ... Read More
I took my two children 21and 23 on our first cruise May 2nd with Carnival on the Victory. We had a balcony cabin on the lido deck. The room was great. There was plenty of space. It was clean and the view was amazing. The lido deck location was perfect. A few steps to the pool deck, bar and buffet. It was a low foot traffic hallway so it was quiet as well. The ship was beautiful and laid out well. Everything was a short walk from any elevator or stair. There were many activities scheduled throughout the day. Too many to do them all. Our favorite was the vroom show. We had purchased the faster to the fun so embarking and de barking was quick and easy. Well worth the price. We enjoyed the variety of food offered and the attentiveness of the crew. They were very friendly and accommodating We went to Jamaica and Dunns River Falls. It was so beautiful. The shops at the end were great too. The Jamaicans were friendly and nice, not pushy at all. We also went to Margaritaville. it was a creat time. They had a pool with a swim up bar and a beach with inflatables in the ocean it was fun for all and a really short walk back to the ship. On Grand Cayman we went to Royal Palms resort. We enjoyed the beach, the pool and Caybrew. We also walked around Georgetown. Everything was overpriced. Jamaica was a much better value. We did go on the secret forward deck one night and the views of the stars was awe inspiring. In all we can't wait for our next cruise and Jamaica is someplace I would definitely go again. Also a shout out to Ducky our cruise director. He was fabulous Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
My husband and I were first time cruisers and after taking this cruise are also last time cruisers. It started out with total chaos trying to board the ship....no one knew what they doing and we got a different answer from every employee ... Read More
My husband and I were first time cruisers and after taking this cruise are also last time cruisers. It started out with total chaos trying to board the ship....no one knew what they doing and we got a different answer from every employee we asked. Once on the ship, we went to our balcony room (Deck 11). What an extreme disappointment! The room was super outdated, the faux leather couch was faded, worn, and stained as was the small table in the room. The counter areas all had a white powdery dust-like substance covering them. The bathroom sink had rusty overflow holes and a broken, rusty towel bar. The sheets and towels were grayish, had thin spots, and even stains. One towel had a bright pink make-up stain on it! The rooms have no refrigerators, no ice buckets, and small safes. (Don't expect to fit any larger electronics in the safe ie. laptops). The room looks nothing like the pictures on Carnival's website for balcony rooms (deck11) on the Victory. No flat screen TV's, it's a small outdated TV with a poor picture. The food was a great disappointment. The breakfast buffet is filled with tasteless mostly cold food. The juice (lemonade or orange) in the self-serve machines is so thick and syrupy that we couldn't drink it. The Pacific dining room offers a sit down breakfast. It has slightly better quality food, but the waitress messed up my husband's order and therefore he watched me eat, and then I watched him eat. It takes a long time to get your breakfast in the dining room, esp. when they mess it up. Lunch was terrible. You get the same buffet choices every day....hot dogs, chicken fingers, burgers, fries, or Chinese food. They do have cold cuts, but they are thickly cut and very low quality as is the rest of the food. My burgers had grizzle. They had a carving area as well. I took a picture of my slice of turkey and will post it if I can. It has purple globs of nonedible meat. For dinner, we ate in the Atlantic Dining Room. The chicken breast, which is an option every night, is actually a pressed piece of chicken....like the consistency of a cheap chicken nugget, not a real chicken breast. It had fatty/rubbery spots that were disgusting. The desserts in the dining room were the only food that were good. If you want a better piece of steak, expect to pay $20/pp for a filet. I did not do this, so I can't comment on it. Room Service is included, but don't count on it. We used it twice and both times it took way longer than they said (over an hr.) and the food/drinks (coffee/tea) were cold and not drinkable and the fruit was dried out. The ship has many smoking areas that are VERY smoky and in areas that the general population will have to use or at least walk through often. We saw smoking in non-smoking areas as well, and the staff did nothing about it.....unfair to non-smokers. The ship overall is in need of updating in many areas. The fitness center is very nice and clean....the bathrooms in there are way nicer than the bathrooms in the upgraded cabins. The staff, for the most part was nice and friendly. Overall, this cruise was a total disappointment....not enough good entertainment options....I don't call lots of hip-hop dance parties with very loud music or hairy chest contests fun. And forget a ton of BINGO, add some more diverse activities that don't cost money. The food was very low quality, the cabins were nothing like they advertise. They were old, outdated, and dingy. We feel like we got ripped off for the money we paid versus the quality we received. We will never take another Carnival cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
While I was on the ship everything was good but getting to the ship from FLL we took the carnival shuttle and was charged double what they told me I would be charged. Getting on the ship was kind of long but not terribly long. The dining ... Read More
While I was on the ship everything was good but getting to the ship from FLL we took the carnival shuttle and was charged double what they told me I would be charged. Getting on the ship was kind of long but not terribly long. The dining was ok but I was on vacation and dont like having to dress nice in order to eat in my assigned dining facility everynight. Shorts and tshirt should have been good enough. Unlimited list of things to do on the ship. That was good. My room was nice and clean everyday. Tne gym was advertised as state of the art. Wasnt that but was ok. Getting off the ship once we got to jamaica and caymons could have been done a lot better. Next time I will just wait for a few hours before I get off to avoid the traffic jam of people trying to get off. Once you get off you have no problem getting a tour bus. I wouldnt ever pay for an excursion through carnival. You can get find a better deal once you get off the boat. The thing a got more upset about is when we got back to miami. They tell you that you can tag your bags the night before so they can come get them from your room and take them off the boat for you or you can carry your bags yourself. Common sense would tell them that people can get off the boat faster and easier if tney didnt have to carry their own bags. Well they thought the opposite and let the people who are carrying their own bags to have priority getting off. They should have also let people who that had a flight out get out early. Customs cleared the ship at 9am. I finally got off the boat about 11am and had to wait in a long customs line, made our way to the carnival shuttle a little after 12 to find out that the shuttle wasnt leaving for another 40 minutes. The ride to the airport was 45 minutes long and so I missed my flight. There should be multiple shuttles for carnival that dont wait so long to run. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
This was our first cruise and probably our last on Carnival. Room was as expected small but clean, the bathroom had an odor that smelled like a nursing home. Music on Lido deck was nothing but hip hop for 3 days. We waited to go after ... Read More
This was our first cruise and probably our last on Carnival. Room was as expected small but clean, the bathroom had an odor that smelled like a nursing home. Music on Lido deck was nothing but hip hop for 3 days. We waited to go after spring breaks were over so that we could enjoy a more Caribbean vacation. When we tried to get away from the "club" scene and go to the back of the ship there were people playing their personal music devices loud (again hip hop). The putt putt golf only had 3 golf balls so you had to wait until someone was finished to play. Getting off the ship at Grand Turks was absolute chaos! There was no staff to control the crowd. People were pushing and shoving, cutting lines and overall being rude. Food was ok, nothing too impressive. Could only get pizza most nights after 9. We did go to the deli one night for my husband to get a ham and cheese and were told they didn't have anymore. The only sweets I could find late night was icecream.I knew going in that drinks were going to be expensive but beware on Half moon Cay when you get the larger bucket of beer(6) and 1 mixed drink cost 63.00. My son had a great time with the Circle K club. The stops we had were very nice. Grand Turks was my favorite, you can rent a car for 65.00 and drive wherever you want. Snorkeling was great. After talking to several people who have cruised a lot they said it was the worse cruise they ever had been on. I have nothing to compare it to so I can't say. I would like to go on another one and hopefully have the experience I was expecting. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
This was our first cruise, and our first on Victory. A family of six, and we had adjoining rooms, on the Main deck. Elevators took us any place we needed to go.. Rooms were what I expected, for the money and were clean. Only complaint was ... Read More
This was our first cruise, and our first on Victory. A family of six, and we had adjoining rooms, on the Main deck. Elevators took us any place we needed to go.. Rooms were what I expected, for the money and were clean. Only complaint was the windows were dirty on outside( from Salt water).. We left our butler a tip everyday, so the ship gave us our gratuities back.(Didn't use the dining room services either).. We didn't do much drinking, except for sodas, lemonade, tea, etc. The food was good, with many choices, and a menu change every day. The pizza was good, the deli too.. On ship there was always something going on,, from shows, music, food, 2 movies every night, to all the swimming you wanted. If you wanted to sleep the beds were comfortable, we were out of our cabin most of the day. I won over $400 at the casino.. Stopped in Bahamas- hated when you got off ship and locals surrounded you. Stopped At Half Moon Cay-Could have stayed two days here. Nice clean beaches, kids swam with the Sting Rays Stopped at Grand Turks-nice, but stones in water at beaches- not easy to walk on or swim. Go to pool instead.. At Grand Turks when getting on ship- we had a rude officer that thought we were cutting the line. There were two entrances, he never blocked off the one not to use, so many people tried going up that one, he made us all turn around and go back after standing in the hot sun. I know you can't please everyone, but as a family of six and on a budget, we had a good time. Maybe next time i won't do Bahamas.... 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: January 2015
This is my first time on a cruise, and I had such a wonderful time on it rather than the food. It was ok, not much about the creamy and cheesy food. Went to dinner and I love the shrimp cocktail the most then my last day was the tofu. I ... Read More
This is my first time on a cruise, and I had such a wonderful time on it rather than the food. It was ok, not much about the creamy and cheesy food. Went to dinner and I love the shrimp cocktail the most then my last day was the tofu. I guess because I'm Asian so I couldn't eat much of the American or Italian food. I missed my Asian food :) o my waitresses was fun and friendly. I had a good time at the casino as well. "Ole" short of Olexander was a great dealer. He's friendly, nice, good looking guy too. i miss him. He always call my name and said "hi" to me even when I just passed by his table. I'll sure go on Carnival victory again in the future. :) Oh, forget about the room. The Stewart guy came and clean my room at least 2 times a day. So my room always clean and organized. Thanks Roderick. I learned something was the crew working on that ship. They're hard workers. I want to say thanks to them for being there and made us happy with our vacation time. I wish I could do something to help you guys. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
This was our first Cruise so won't able the real comparison but for first timer it's definitely a good start. Ship condition was good. Lots of things to do on ship and off the ship. Since people has already wrote about those ... Read More
This was our first Cruise so won't able the real comparison but for first timer it's definitely a good start. Ship condition was good. Lots of things to do on ship and off the ship. Since people has already wrote about those stuff, I will just focus on one thing FOOD. Being Indian vegetarian, we have to always plan out food else things can become challenging. Food Quality - 4.5/5 Food Service - 5/5 Breakfast - Masala Tea, Pancakes, French toast, Bagel, Croissant Lunch - Veggie sandwich, salad and my favorite veggie stir fry. There is 24 hr pizza so you can eat it any time. Dinner - There is a special menu for Indian Vegetarian for dinner. There will new times every day. Food quality is better than Indian restaurant in US. The only complaint we had was they didn't has chapati or naan. *We also don't eat Onion/Garlic (Swaminarayan / Jain), they will make special dinner for you, all you have to do is place an order every evening for next day evening (hint: after 2 days, staff and chef will know so it will become just a formality). The only downside is that your food will take bit more time since it's a special order so we end up spending time 1-2 hrs on dining table but good thing is we always get to see 9 o'clock ShowTime .. :) Dessert - If you don't eat egg then your choices are limited, like ours. All you can eat is an ice cream during day. For dinner, we talk to Maitre d' and on 3rd day chef made some mousse and a cake next day. I feel they went extra length to make eggless dessert. I really liked the service. Maitre d' was really polite and considered all our request. On very first day when we embark, there was not much we could eat so he made some special dishes just for use. (Embankment day is usually very busy time for them, they don't take any special order) Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
Cruised with 3 co-workers & my daughter--3 veteran & 2 rookie cruisers. Chose this ship & itinerary to see how the novice cruisers would like cruising. I flew in the morning of the cruise & took advantage of the check-in at ... Read More
Cruised with 3 co-workers & my daughter--3 veteran & 2 rookie cruisers. Chose this ship & itinerary to see how the novice cruisers would like cruising. I flew in the morning of the cruise & took advantage of the check-in at the Miami airport--once we got to the port ( in record time due to our NASCAR- trained cabbie), we were on the ship in about 15 minutes! Sail away was pushed back to after 6:30 due to scheduled maintenance on the lifeboats, so we wound up having dinner while still docked in Miami. Saw the welcome aboard show then hit the comedy club & the piano bar all on the first night. Our cabin was a balcony with 2 single beds and a pull down bed , while my friends opted for an ocean suite down the hall. No complaints about the location ( Empress Deck) & we had a wonderful cabin steward who took care of us! We only had a short time in Key West on Friday (7:30-2), so we did a quick stop to the Southernmost point then hit Duval St for a mini pub crawl. We booked Nanci Cocom Beach Club for Cozumel the next day--this was the highlight of our trip! After a short cab ride ($21 for the 5 of us), we hit paradise. There were only 2 other ships that day with us (Paradise & Elation), and they left much earlier, so we had the beach club to ourselves after about 2:30 (we got there at 1:30). They kept the beach open til 6 since our ship docked later.My crew opted to snorkel and get massages on the beach. The staff took great care to keep our food and drinks coming and they were very friendly. Got to see a marvelous sunset & still had plenty of time to shop once we got back to the pier. Spent most of my evenings at the piano bar as the same folks kept coming back each night-Marty, our piano man was so much fun. Also saw the evening movie on the deck and checked out the comedy shows. Sun time was spent entirely on the Serenity Deck as we were always able to get lounge chairs. My only negative was anytime dining--this was my first time since I prefer late seating. My friends didn't want to eat late, so we opted for this. We wound up getting seated in 3 different sections as my first night's server ( good service) was full the other 2 nights. Service was a bit uneven and I miss getting to know my servers--I'm going back to late seating next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
I am a veteran cruiser, but took a first time cruiser on this cruise. Both of us enjoyed our time on this cruise. Carnival is known for its "Fun Cruises" and this was no exception.. The food in the dining room was very good the ... Read More
I am a veteran cruiser, but took a first time cruiser on this cruise. Both of us enjoyed our time on this cruise. Carnival is known for its "Fun Cruises" and this was no exception.. The food in the dining room was very good the passengers super friendly and the ship clean. This ship is older but the rooms were clean and in good condition and provided the biggest bathroom I have ever had on a cruise! Entertainment was good, the comedy was TOO offensive for me, but others might enjoy it. Carnival staff were all-around great and I really do not have any big complaints. Personally I am not a Buffet Person and we ate dinner every night in the dining room. Our table was situated in a spot that was pretty hidden and we weren't able to view anything going on in the restaurant Unfortunately, the dining room is no longer available for breakfast and lunch every day, so you are forced to the buffet if you want to eat then, and I wasn't impressed with anything I had at the buffet. At ports we went to the Bamboo raft river trip in Jamaica and Snorkeling and the Stingray Swim in Grand Cayman We enjoyed both excursions, but the snorkeling and stingray excursion was excellent and so much fun. Read Less
Carnival Victory Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates N/A 4.3

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