4 Carnival Victory Cruise Reviews for Group and Theme Cruises to Caribbean - Western

We went on this cruise with some other couples. We did Faster to the Fun- it was helpful to get right on the ship, but apparently we could have gotten on earlier... Our cabin was ready to go with our room keys and we went to grab some ... Read More
We went on this cruise with some other couples. We did Faster to the Fun- it was helpful to get right on the ship, but apparently we could have gotten on earlier... Our cabin was ready to go with our room keys and we went to grab some lunch in lido buffet. The way they have the food lines does not make for an easy experience. You have to wait in line cafeteria style instead of having different stations. One morning I just wanted some grits and the line was wrapped around the corner. So, that was a no. Also, they have upstairs seating which is great except you can't get to it because the sweets station is there and they have cake cutters right at the entrance to the stairs which means there are people on both sides trying to get cake and you can't walk by them as there is just not room. Guy's burgers were great- except at peak times they just hand you a cheeseburger- there is no ordering one off the menu. The breakfast burritos were pretty good at the Blue Igauna (i think that was the name). The dining room was hit or miss food wise. My husband ordered off the $20 steakhouse menu the last night- his food came out way later than everyone else's and was super tough. He didn't even eat half of it. Room service was not advertised except for breakfast. There was a hanging menu. We ordered the $3 breakfast biscuit one morning and neither one of us could eat it. The sausage was disgusting. Like spat it out gross. The waiters were great. The room steward was super nice. Our particular room was on the 8th floor and was the extended balcony-room 8428. We couldn't use our deck half the time because water pooled around the entrance to the door ( I mean several inches deep). Our steward had to sweep it several times. Stuff would fall down (cigarette butts, hats, random liquids) and kids at the pool deck could look down on us so that was not awesome. On the sea day, we got a note saying they were doing routine work on our balcony. Basically, they hosed it down and it was soaking wet so again, we couldn't use it. So disappointed. The comedians were funny, karaoke was super entertaining, and the shows- well people walked out. I felt bad, but they were not very good. The ship overall was pretty good, the lobby was nice. But, because they galley for the kitchens was located in the middle of decks 3 and 4, you had to go to 5 to get across the ship- which meant walking through the smoky casino (kids, families, everyone). Not my favorite. Our excursions were ok. Key West, we took an uber to the southernmost point and then walked to Hemingway House. Great tour and loved it. Then, headed to Sloppy Joe's for a drink and a small bite to eat. Didn't have enough time - 7 am- 1:30 ( i think). Cozumel excursion was not worth it. We did the downtown shopping and beach break. The tour operators were great - no complaints there. We got on a large and pretty comfy bus to go to downtown Cozumel. On the way, they tell us that everything is shipped in as Cozumel does not produce anything. Then to the shop, which is basically like the dollar store of crappy souvenirs. We were there about 40 minutes in that one store. Nice bathrooms though. Then, we went back on the bus to another shopping area- except it was different crappy souvenirs that you had to haggle the price on. Most people had already bought stuff so we just sat in chairs we could find for another 40 minutes. Waste of time. Then to the beach. We only had like an hour or so to enjoy the water and chairs. It just wasn't enough time to do much. Overall, the trip was fun because of who we were with, but I wasn't pleased with the final experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I choose this cruise because we brought family with us who never cruised before. It was the shortest cruise we ever did. I have always took a cruise with carnival to celebrate my anniversary. I got a gift card that was expired. ... Read More
I choose this cruise because we brought family with us who never cruised before. It was the shortest cruise we ever did. I have always took a cruise with carnival to celebrate my anniversary. I got a gift card that was expired. They didnt sing Happy Anniversary to us or acknowledge us at dinner. This was completely strange to us. We always get a bottle of wine and the waiters sing to us. We actually enjoy the special attention they paid to us on our last cruise. We also told them it was my nieces birthday and they didnt acknowledge her at all. Every night we heard waiters singing happy anniversary and happy birthday to other guests. Destinations were at Key West and Cozumel. I think it would have been nice to know that at both destinations we docked away from all the major attractions, all on the other side of the islands. Key West was too quick, and they rushed us back on the ship ...we had until 1:30, that changed to 1PM and then they told us to be on the ship by 12 noon...we got off the ship close to 8:30AM that left no time to see anything on the other side. The food quality has gone down, cold food, no surf and turf (included) everything was extra which usually isnt for at least one dinner. The activities for late dinner guest were not properly timed. We missed the comedy and other things we would have liked to do. The ship was extra rocky. I witnessed one of the food servers using the restroom and walking out without washing her hands. This is my last carnival cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
It was a charter for a nude cruise we have wanted to try. Generally all was great, however the buffet was less than acceptable at all meals. Switched to eating at deli, and dinning rooms for breakfast and dinners. Ship is older and ... Read More
It was a charter for a nude cruise we have wanted to try. Generally all was great, however the buffet was less than acceptable at all meals. Switched to eating at deli, and dinning rooms for breakfast and dinners. Ship is older and paint covers things up at a distance, yet up close not to good. Wondered why one hot tub was broken even after ship was in dry dock for a month before we sailed. Also, the pictures you see on the ads with nice clean windows are not true. Do not get me wrong, I know at sea that weather and water affect the windows views yet this was somewhat disappointing. Music everywhere except the fantail, music is nice yet it can be overbearing and weird going from one part of the ship to another with many different genres playing. Our steward was exceptional and very attentive. Did two excursions, one good, one not good. The "not good" one we should have gotten off the bus when the guide told us we were the first tour they were operating, plus taking us to a far off beach with no facilities without offering water was stupid. None of this was noted in our excursion information. Oh well, live and learn. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I first want to say I started off with low expectations so I wouldn't be disappointed and that did not help. First the check in process horrible people was confused they would call you then say go to another area. We get on the boat ... Read More
I first want to say I started off with low expectations so I wouldn't be disappointed and that did not help. First the check in process horrible people was confused they would call you then say go to another area. We get on the boat we had a balcony the room was set up for 3 people we only had 2 in our room. We kept looking for a steward we found someone to get us help. Then he didn't understand what was wrong and brought us sheets. Had to go to guest services to get them to get us help. In the end we had to move the beds around. Of course in that process we saw how dirty the room actually was. The TV was dusty and there was a diabetic strip (used) on the side of it. Then dinner the service was awful the first night couldn't get drinks to our table they was short with you to almost rude it's the first day dining service was all attitude for breakfast and dinner. You could never get a hold of room service or your cabin steward thru the phone. We had to call guest service to transfer us when we're we need room service. Wen we was at port they would turn off the air to our rooms. We would come back to hot rooms on the 2 port days. Food for dinner was what I expected blah and not good. I will leave with some good things had fun on our carnival paid excursions set up nicely. Entertainment was fun on ship. Alchemy bar was great. Sea day brunch food was nice ( still service poor) spa seminar was nice. Relax in the serenity area ( again poor customer service in that area Read Less
Sail Date August 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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