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

The crew is friendly but rather unhelpful, they never clarified any instructions and I was offered a drink maybe once in my several days by the pool. There was no one out taking drink orders and bringing drinks. The food at the formal ... Read More
The crew is friendly but rather unhelpful, they never clarified any instructions and I was offered a drink maybe once in my several days by the pool. There was no one out taking drink orders and bringing drinks. The food at the formal dining was not great, and even upon sitting at the bar my younger sister tried to get the crews attention for over 30 minutes. I’m addition when we made it to our second stop we originally were told we could get off at 11, well going through customs has people still on the boat it’s alrwady 2 o’clock. Originally they also said we didn’t have to be back on the hot until 8, that has also been moved up until 6:30. This is the most unruly cruise I’ve ever been on, people are missing their excursions they paid hundreds of dollars for, and frankly it isn’t even worth it to get off the boat anymore. Simply ridiculous. All of this said, we were looking for a cheaper cruise but I feel even for the price it wasn’t worth it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I have am a slight handicapped passenger. i did not need a wheel chair. I had preregistered on line and the curbside support was great. the first dock people in the terminal were more interested in text on thier cell phones and not ... Read More
I have am a slight handicapped passenger. i did not need a wheel chair. I had preregistered on line and the curbside support was great. the first dock people in the terminal were more interested in text on thier cell phones and not helping the passengers. when I asked what time I had to board she said its on my boarding pass. No zone was or number was on the pass that I made on line. I am a gold member and that meant nothring. I had signed up for a 12:30 boarding time and the not attentive two gate agents siad you wil jjust have to wait. when i was charging my phone I can what appeared to the supevisor or the gate area and she said I could have boarded already. We finally started the process of getting onto the ship. That is when all service disappeared. We go to the room after waiting and hour in the buffet area. the buffet line was over an hour wait. there was no assistance offered and I finally gave up and went directly to the salad bar. for a ship with over 3000 guest I would have thought more possible stations then the pasta hamburger and buffet areas would be open. the pizza was also an hour wait and the hambuger and pasta areas were also an hour wait. why the main dining rooms werent open I have no clue. When qwe got to the room. the 3rd wasnt there. We had expected a drop down bed but instead with had a trundle bed with a reaslly crappy mattress. No one was answering the steward line and no one was answering the service line. we finally went to the front desk another 45 min wait. Once I got the desk I was completely rebuffed with the fine print of the contract. if we had been told it was a trundle bed we would not have reserved the extended balcony for three. we would have gotten a standard balcony wiht the drop down ben. I asked for wheel chair assist and waited over 25 min. so my first 4 hours with Carnival were horrible. No food. room number ready and no wheel chair every showed up. when I gave up on the wheel chair another supervisor who was directing the traffic asked if he could help. My legs at that point had giving out and caused me to fall. Again no help from a staff to get up or get a wheel chair. then the continuous annoouncements. We douldnt understand and single word fo the announcements. if the ship needs to do this as load as they are it needs to be fixed. the announcements at 10 am and later should be eliminated and teh training load horns on the cozumel day were horrible. I thinki I load the hearing from laying out on the serenity deck. The food on the ship was about mcdonalds level of tastiness. poor soups, same deserts every night and the meat was 1/2 rate. this was my 11th crusie and 10th with carnival my gold level on this cruise ment nothing except the pin. no captains toast and nothing in docking etc. The service team needs to go to jet blue RCCL or southwest about service. our room steward was decent and no one got an additianal tip. I should have actually reduced all of the tips to $0 dollars. I was with 10 other men and trying to get carnival to get us onto a single table was like asking moses to party the red sea. We ended up with drunk lady that pissed off one of our guest who was celebrating his birthday and we ahd men at 3 other tables. The pizza was only decent. for the wait I would have expected more. It was basic but very greasy. I asked for vinegar for my fries and was told they didnt have any. IN all of my cruises on carnival I looked forward to different appetizer and never turned away a main because the pasta, sauce or meats were great. the sauses were average, the plate was filled with stuff that didnt look or taste good and the desert bar at the buffet was the same stuff each day. I guess the desert chefs have been allowed to serve substandard fare. I will not take the Victory again. I have had a ton better service on teh smaller ships like sendation and facination. and the ship we had in Alaska. I think we will use RCCL and celebrity for future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Departed Port of Miami on Carnival Victory for short jump to Key West (yawn) and then over to Cozumel (double yawn) before "day at sea" return to Miami. I will tell you we are seasoned cruisers, 13 total, across many lines (RCCL, ... Read More
Departed Port of Miami on Carnival Victory for short jump to Key West (yawn) and then over to Cozumel (double yawn) before "day at sea" return to Miami. I will tell you we are seasoned cruisers, 13 total, across many lines (RCCL, Princess, HAL, NCL, Disney, others) and have successfully avoided Carnival until the wife's company booked a 200 person sales reward cruise based on, guess what? Cost. I will be honest: the cruise overall was not terrible. It only seemed like it at many points during time on board. Embarkation and Debark relatively trouble free and the majority of shoreside Carnival reps are helpful and polite. No way to avoid the feed-lot scene; they do it as well as most. Here is my summary of key aspects: Cabins: we had a balcony cabin, which was good. Would never want an interior cabin, unless you are Never there. Balcony cabins are bad enough. The bed was decent, because we added a topper (key request of cruise). The room was small, the TV was bad (old tube type, which should tell you all you need to know about this tired old boat). The bathroom was pink tile (no kidding, would I make this up) with tons of caulking and ugly stains. It had a couch so that was a plus. Everything in the room was old, but it did not smell. The food: not as bad as I thought it would be. The lobster formal night was actually good. All other food I would rate a 3-4 on scale of 10. If you rate it higher than this, you've not been around. The burger and chicken finger bar was passable. The sandwich bar was meh. (ordered reuben twice. Got ham and cheese twice.) The buffet was so resistable I never ate one meal there. The pizza bar was decent, but you had to order a pizza and then wait for it, some 10-15 minutes later. Idiotic, easily the worst food policy I have ever seen on a cruise. The ice cream machine served something else. Most folks had nary a problem with any of this, as the usual scenario was heap the plate and force a lot down, damn the taste. Drinks/bars: the usual assortment of high-margin fruity drinks of the day and overpriced beers, but hey, this is the way you got your $349 or less cruise price. Buckets of beer the best deal. Soft drink packages at $27/cruise not bad if you guzzle more than 5 or 6 a day. Entertainment: Knew it would be lame so didn't go. Pools: Give me a break. Use these pools? With all these kids? And drunk teenagers? Death wish for sure. Never saw a hot tub without a dozen teens packed in. Sun and deck chairs: hardly ever a problem, only slightly for day at sea. Towels decent enough, mostly worn out. Chairs reached the end of useful life about 100 cruises ago. Bottom line: If not for the worst imaginable most insensitive idiots I ever had the extreme displeasure o being assigned a cabin next door to (think trash talking at all hours of day and night, and I mean ALL hours; gang bangers at their finest) I might not have minded the cruise. But this, along with the usual empty-headed teen drinkers, killed it for me because you cannot control the crowd, and let's face it, the uncouth low-budget cruiser is Carnival's primary target for this type of short out'n'back cruise. Here's the deal: the cruise was free for us, and I Still wish I hadn't gone. Read Less
Sail Date June 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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