33 Carnival Victory Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Bahamas

This was my girlfriend's first cruise ever, and my third. I was a little concerned about the ship being scheduled to go into drydock in just a few months, but the ship did not seem to be in disrepair or having maintenance problems. On ... Read More
This was my girlfriend's first cruise ever, and my third. I was a little concerned about the ship being scheduled to go into drydock in just a few months, but the ship did not seem to be in disrepair or having maintenance problems. On the first day in the promenade hallway near the casino, we noticed some water dripping from the ceiling. We let security know and apparently it was fixed quickly as we went through that area several times and never saw the problem again. Other than that, no maintenance issues. Service: There was one employee (an assistant manager) in Pixels photos who didn't seem to know the difference between a 4x6 and a 5x7. And kinda insulted my intelligence. Other than that the staff gets high praise all around. Our room steward was Marhar and he did wonderful. Every time we asked for something he had it back to us within a minute. The dining room staff was great and bar staff ranged from ok to great as well. No complaints there. Another thing about Pixels photos: Beware of any "free prints with a purchase of X" deals. The prints they give you are random pics of the ship, not your funpix photos. I found that very misleading. Not using this as a negative mark against the Victory because I'm sure Carnival does this on all of their ships. But just a word of caution. Food: This is highly subjective but after a dozen or so meals in the dining room on carnival cruises, I have yet to have a meal that I would classify as bad. This cruise was no exception. My girlfriend and I both enjoyed the dining room food. Some of the buffet food is so-so, as to be expected on any Carnival cruise. Just have to know what to look for and what to skip. I finally tried the breakfast omelettes for the first time and now I know what everyone is raving about. They are awesome. Guy's burgers were as good as ever. Pizza is still okay. Entertainment: The highlight was definitely the live band in the casino bar: Music Boardwalk. They played a wide variety of country, rock, and pop hits. Had people dancing every night. Went to three of the R rated comedy shows and both comedians were great. Karaoke was entertaining as always. Pools: I love the pools and hob tubs being open until midnight. Other Carnival cruises I did they were open until 10PM. Unfortunately Serenity was closed the last two days because of high winds but we still made the most of the back pool and hot tubs on lido. Love the salt water pool back there, and the Siren's bar is open early-late and never seemed too crowded. I also like the fact that on lido deck there are pool lounger's staggered on the different outdoor decks. Makes things less crowded. We never seemed to have a problem getting a lounger even if we have go up one deck from the pool which doesn't take much effort to do so. One note about bars: The Blue Iguana Tequila bar closed every night at 6PM. Not sure if this is normal but I wish I would have gotten a little more time there. Half Moon Cay: Awesome beach port that I want to revisit. The Island Barbecue was ok. Best food on the BBQ was the jerk chicken. also spent time at "I wish I could stay here forever" bar and stopped in at the captain morgan pirate ship bar as well. Soft white powder sand, and turquoise blue water. Everything a Caribbean beach should be. Nassau: Did the straw market and pirates museum. Followed by a visit to Graycliff's Chocolatier and then Senor Frogs for lunch and drinks. I enjoyed myself enough but I think Nassau will be a one and done port for me. If I ever go back it may be flying there just to do Atlantis. The Pirate's museum is worth doing if you haven't before. Part museum part themed attraction. Takes only an hour to get through. Overall: My girlfriend loves cruising now and can't wait to go back. We both had a great time and look forward to seeing how the ship changes once she becomes the Radiance. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We cruised recently with two small & naughty kids, (ages 5 and 2) and it was super awesome experience. Crew members were very nice & gentle. Food was super delicious as we tried Blue Iguana Cantina for taco, Lido for dinner ... Read More
We cruised recently with two small & naughty kids, (ages 5 and 2) and it was super awesome experience. Crew members were very nice & gentle. Food was super delicious as we tried Blue Iguana Cantina for taco, Lido for dinner buffet, Atlantic for breakfast and Pacific Restaurant for dinner, Indian veg meal and there we met dinning staffs Rituparna , Christy , Ashish and they were so good & kind. We enjoyed movies with yummy popcorn every evening. Casino and Arcade was also well maintained & nice. We left our kids to Ocean camp Children's club several times which was on Deck 11 & they enjoyed all activities and were very happy with the staffs working there. I will definitely recommend my family and friends for Carnival Cruise lines. And next time whenever will plan for Cruise , we'll surely plan with Carnival Cruise lines for a week or more because 3 nights was not enough for us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was my second time cruising with Carnival. The Carnival Victory definitely needs some upgrades. The staff was just Ok, they seemed to be very annoyed by many of the Guest!. I did meet one Staff member in the sit down dining area a ... Read More
This was my second time cruising with Carnival. The Carnival Victory definitely needs some upgrades. The staff was just Ok, they seemed to be very annoyed by many of the Guest!. I did meet one Staff member in the sit down dining area a woman from Ukraine who was very pleasant. As I was dining she walked up to me and asked how everything was and asked if I needed anything ( I thought that was very nice she was the only Crew Member to greet me literally). The food was cool the great thing about it was if you did not like an entre' you could order another. There were plenty of children and Teens on the boat who were very loud and obnoxious. The Pool was a traffic jam daily, Jacuzzi also. I brought a day Pass at the RIU resort in the Bahamas for my excursion. It was wonderful ( all inclusive) with a banging Jerk Chicken Hut next to the pool.. Thank me later). it was 20.00 cheaper than online to just show up and pay for it. My taxi ride was 4.00 each way!. I thought is was horrible Carnival shut the pool down at 5 pm on Sunday ( the cruise was not over). They were very slow to put more cups out by the ice and drink machine. That was completely lazy and disrespectful to the guest. They acted as if the Guest was getting on their nerves. If you want to Smell Weed be around wild children cutting in front of you on all parts of the boat, this is definitely the boat for you. I had a room with a Balcony so that's where I received all of my Peace. I definitely will find a more upscale cruise line for my taste!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
If you're looking for a cruise with nonstop fun, Carnival does just that for you. My boyfriend and I cruised Jan. 11th-14th and it was my boyfriend's first cruise. He's never been very interested in cruising before but after ... Read More
If you're looking for a cruise with nonstop fun, Carnival does just that for you. My boyfriend and I cruised Jan. 11th-14th and it was my boyfriend's first cruise. He's never been very interested in cruising before but after this fun 3-day cruise, he already wants to book his next. Embarkation was very easy and quick and we left our luggage with the guys at the port so once we got on the ship we went straight to Cantina and had some deliciousss tacos! The fun began with the Sail Away party which was SO much fun and they had a special on margarita pitchers so... enough said. Food was great, music was great, very upset that we didn't get lobster on elegant night 'cause let's face it, Carnival can afford it and we are paying for it and for past cruisers, WE KNOW YOU USED TO OFFER IT SO..... I'd like to make a special shout-out to our room attendant Johnny from Peru. He was awesome, so attentive, and always ready to help us with anything we needed. Also, the guys from the restaurant were so sweet and patient and helped us make great selections. I, unfortunately, forgot their names but they were a wonderful group from Singapore and Iran. The cabin was very nice and clean, I really liked it, the bed was so comfortable and there are automatic lights that turn on when your feet hit the floor in case you need to use the bathroom late at night. The entertainment on board was awesome, the performance at dinner was hilarious and the shows at the theatre they have is SPECTACULAR! One thing I didn't like was that on Deck 8 there was a weird mildew smell by the elevators and constant smell of weed which surprised me being that the rooms are always being cleaned and I figured by the end of the first day they'd nip that in the bud quick. Also, they only have four of those private bed things on the Serenity Deck and I feel they could add a few more of those!! I don't think I would do Victory again only because I'd like to explore other ships but for anyone who hasn't ever gone, I'd definitely recommend. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Both embarkation and disembarkation process were seamless. The deck was always lilvely with fun-filled activities. The food was on point everyday. At dinner at the Atlantic Upper 4th floor, Felix and Ajjie were phenomenal, so warm ... Read More
Both embarkation and disembarkation process were seamless. The deck was always lilvely with fun-filled activities. The food was on point everyday. At dinner at the Atlantic Upper 4th floor, Felix and Ajjie were phenomenal, so warm and friendly ... best staff ever. Our day in nassau was fantastic, we explored Bay Street, Atlantis and Fish Fry. The Comedy show Saturday night was great. The young lady who sang on the 3rd floor Sunday night was brilliant. She had us rocking and vibing and singing along. Our day at sea on Sunday was so much fun, the entertainment staff had the hairy chest men playing a crazy wild funny game. DJ Blaise was so good, she had the place rocking. What I thought was so good and so touching was the segment for donation to St. Jude’s hospital in Texas. I had a massage in the spa on the 11th floor, quite relaxing. Lazing about In the hammock, then soaking in the hot tub looking out at the beautiful Caribbean Sea was absolute bliss. I literally did not want it to end. I cannot wait to start planning my next Carnival cruise vacation. Highly recommended cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Hands down, this was the absolute worst traveling experience, i've ever had! From the hair in the beddings to being awakened at 5:45 am by the fighting people in the room next door! Upon checking to the room, i inspected the bed, ... Read More
Hands down, this was the absolute worst traveling experience, i've ever had! From the hair in the beddings to being awakened at 5:45 am by the fighting people in the room next door! Upon checking to the room, i inspected the bed, where i found long blonde hair in the bed. I called room service, they apologized profusely and "changed the sheets". When my husband and i returned from dinner, i checked the sheets again and the same hair was there, plus the sheets were not changed! I made a mark on them to be sure if they were or not. Not!!! The free food was disgusting, except for the breakfast and dinner served in the dining rooms. The boat was so old, we had to take showers outside of the shower! The toilet seat in room 2254, was stained!! I brought clorox wipes and still was unable to get the stains off! The other passenger were smoking marijuana, e-cigarettes and cigarettes on the ship, even in the adult only areas and nothing was done to stop this behavior. I really wanted and needed to enjoy this cruise! It was a huge let down, and waste of money, that could have been well spent, elsewhere. The comedian on the cruise called it the "section 8 cruise!" he was exactly right! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
many of my friends was talking about the carnival cruise- so for my fiance's birthday- i suggested a cruise to the bahamas. here's a rundown of our cruise: 5/4: Tagging our luggage- very nice person- he informed us where to go ... Read More
many of my friends was talking about the carnival cruise- so for my fiance's birthday- i suggested a cruise to the bahamas. here's a rundown of our cruise: 5/4: Tagging our luggage- very nice person- he informed us where to go and where to line up at- very helpful since we informed them that we were 1st time cruisers. Lining up at Guestcare- just so that we can put a credit card on file- which later i found out that we didnt need to put one on file. stood in line for 1 hour- no biggie- we were enjoying the scenery. getting on the ship: was cool- everyone was nice and pleasant to be around- we walked around until our room was ready. After 2.5 hours- we started to go to our room- per our sheet that we got from Guestcare- PROBLEMS: someone elses luggage was there- sheet that gave us iteneraries for the day- was not US- the room was supposed to be decorated with balloons and a drink for my birthday surprise for my fiance- WAS NOT THERE OR DONE. so.....thinking - it was simple mistake- we will find our luggage the decorations must have been an oversight- no problem- BUT- when we asked our stewards about our luggage- he was not helpful- said- "they were very busy and maybe 2 hours- we can get our luggage".... or " i can go to Guestcare- soo...we decided to go to Guestcare- where there was a line of people and long and behold- our luggage was sitting on the hallway- tag has been removed from porting- so there was no way of us finding out unless we look inside the luggage- which we did and thats how we find out that was our luggage. 5/5: we asked several for room service, since our room has not been cleaned- we asked for clean towels- only to be told that - they are on thier way to cleaning the rooms... 5/7: carnival DOUBLE charge my debit card- i had to wait until 5/9 to call guestcare and talk with them so that i can have my bank release the funds- in the meantime- my account in the negative for 2 days- no money until they released it- it was exhausting- Guestcare said that they failed to tell us about the hold- ...overall- the rest of the cruise was good- carnival pushes for Guestcare and how amazing they are- but we didnt feel- it was awful experience at first. we would like to cruise again- not sure if we will use carnival this time tho- but i really liked my carnival planner- greg- tho.. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Always wanted to go to Miami and the Bahamas. We got taken care of with one trip. Arriving at the Port and boarding was quick and easy. We had priority. Everyone was great. Drinks wait time was quick the whole cruise. Tip the bartender on ... Read More
Always wanted to go to Miami and the Bahamas. We got taken care of with one trip. Arriving at the Port and boarding was quick and easy. We had priority. Everyone was great. Drinks wait time was quick the whole cruise. Tip the bartender on the first day last day. He knew my drinks and would tend to me as soon as I walked up. Wait staff was quick and attentive. Late dining for ud no rush or to be pushed out. First stop after day at sea. Half Moon Cay was beautiful and we got a villa for 8½ of ud. Best decision we made. It was hot and we had shade with AC along with hot tub. Great place for pictures. Next stop was Nassau. Spent our day at the British Colonial. Not bad but not sure if I would do it again. Did some nice shopping rather my wife did. When we returned to Miami. We were off the ship by 8:15 am. Process was fast and organized. We took the Carnival shuttle which was worth. Lady working tjere boarding was rude but forget about her. Will do again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We sailed on this ship 2 years ago on almost the same itinerary. We picked it because of Half Moon Cay and it lined up with our flights. We were very pleasantly surprised with the new improvements. The cabins had been updated, the ship ... Read More
We sailed on this ship 2 years ago on almost the same itinerary. We picked it because of Half Moon Cay and it lined up with our flights. We were very pleasantly surprised with the new improvements. The cabins had been updated, the ship was newly remodeled to a less tacky decor color scheme and the new food venues were fantastic. One recent review stated the vents in the cabin doors let in noise. I couldn't agree more. I had to sleep with earplugs and that still didn't drown out all the sounds from drunk people yelling in the halls at all hours of the night and the dreadful steel drum music that played from 6 pm until 10 pm. I got headaches from all the noise and it was hard to relax and go into your cabin to just sleep when you needed it. The vents do help with smells in the cabin, but bad from noise control. Guy's Burger joint is so yummy and fun. The Blue Iguana gives made to order burritos, tacos for breakfast and lunch options. The buffet has gone downhill however. This is especially true for Dinner. The food one night was just awful. It was a weird combo of dishes: veal parmesan, pasta with peas, rice, top round, succotash...I pretty much went hungry that night and we checked the dining menu that was the same. The bad thing is that Guy's closes at 6pm and Blue Iguana closes even earlier. The buffet needs serious improvements! I really missed the chicken tenders that used to be served at lunch too. Breakfast is pretty good in the Lido restauant, but they need to put fruit in the express area. You can wait over a half hour in line just to get fruit. Our cabin was remodeled with woods that gave it a spa feel. We were in 8272. It was a horrible location. We were next to the cleaning closet, so the stateroom attendants would park their carts on both sides of the door and talk non stop at all hours of the day and evening loudly and bang around. People would seem to congregate by our door talking and sounds from the lobby (steel drums) would carry up to our room as it was located right at the opening. Avoid this room at all costs!! The mattress is hard as a rock and pillow hard or lumpy. It wasn't the comfortable beds we have been used to on Carnival. The entertainment on the ship needs an overhaul. The exact same shows as two years ago with less talent. The comedy "all ages" show was lames as heck. The first night, the second guy (Derek) basically rehashed the first show's material. The second night, Derek, couldn't produce any laughs. He seemed ill prepared. The Vegas style show "Livin' in America" was awful. The girls were g-string style clothing that is inappropriate for kids especially and the singing was bad. We lasted 10 minutes and bailed. The Love and Marriage show was good though :) I love the exercise facilities on the ship. There are many new weight machines and tons of cardio equipment. One of the best cruise ship gyms I have been in. Many of the tv's on the machines are broken. The girls working in the spa and night very nice and when I asked for a price list, they said they didn't have one. They gave me a $50 random credit in the spa for the Half Moon Cay day, but services were so pricey, I couldn't find anything to spend the credit on ($160ish for a massage or facial)? The ship colors have been changed from Multi-disco rainbow bright colors to turquoise and coral/orange but looks like someone sponged turquoise on all the gold painted trims to update it. The carpet is new. The ship was clean and in good repair. The walkways especially in the dining area were very cramped. There is only tea/coffee, lemonade and hot cocoa to drink on board without paying extra, but I noticed people bringing one 12 pack of soda each onboard to use. Embarcation went pretty smoothly. We'd arrived at 11:35 am for our 11-11:30 am appointment and bypassed the line. Debarkation was awesome! They made an announcement at 7 am that if you had all your luggage with you, you were cleared to leave right then (although the info sheet the night before stated you could only get off per deck starting at 8:15 am). I noticed a lot of conflicting info. The cruise director would announce one thing (like if you are near your cabin at muster, to grab your life jacket) but when we did, the stateroom attendant told us to leave them in our room. Another time they said that if you were near your stateroom, you could watch the muster on your tv, but they made it very clear at muster, that you HAD to attend no matter what. Muster took a ridiculous amount of time to complete. Mostly, it was because people took so long to get to their muster stations. They need to speed this up more. We were supposed to depart from Miami at 4 pm, but the ship didn't sail until after 6 pm, which was fine with me, but just strange and inconsistent. Most of the crew seemed to be trying really hard to be friendly and nice. We were on anytime dining and so the first night, we got one waiter who was very rude. He didn't say two words to us, didn't pour our drinks and barely showed up. We waited forever to get each course of our dinner. Their were only us two at our table and it took 90 minutes to get through dinner. I'm not sure what his problem was. I also experienced sea sickness on the 2nd and 3rd night. The ship was rocking quite a bit. We were worried about Half Moon Cay being cancelled due to strong winds. The winds were between 15-20 mph and we still were able to do Half Moon, but it was only 72 degrees and not warm enough to get into the water there with the wind. We still enjoyed it very much and had shade (although it was behind the clam shells which blocked our view of the ocean. Over all, we weren't expecting much since before on this ship, things were pretty bad. We were very pleasantly surprised and liked our cruise despite a few issues. We are glad that Carnival is stepping it up a bit and hope they work on a few things to make the experience even better. This is our 7 cruise (5th on Carnival and 2nd time on the Victory). Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Just returned from 3 day Bahamian trip on Victory. 1. Various areas on board smells of sewage, particularly on Promenade and Lido decks. 2. Steward cleaned room once. Body wash dispenser in shower started off almost empty and was ... Read More
Just returned from 3 day Bahamian trip on Victory. 1. Various areas on board smells of sewage, particularly on Promenade and Lido decks. 2. Steward cleaned room once. Body wash dispenser in shower started off almost empty and was never filled. Toilet paper not replenished. 3. Several sanitary hand cleaner dispensers were inoperable, including 2 on the Lido deck at the start of self-serve food lines. Never experienced this before on ANY cruise ship before. 4. Food has never been Carnival's strong suite, but it taste even more bland and uninspiring. Victory didn't even have a Guy's burger joint as a alternative. 5. Bought "Cheers" drink package. My drink of choice is Johnny Walker Black, which has been part of the package the last 3 times I've sailed with Carnival. JWB is the most widely distributed brand of blended Scotch whisky in the world. So, of course, Carnival has stopped serving it altogether. One bartender at the Casino bar said that "no one drinks it". They had plenty of Ardbeg, though. Great for drinking if you like the way an extinguished house fire tastes/smells. 6. Guest getting rowdier and ruder each time I travel on a Carnival ship. Saw 2 drunken near-fights, and fellow guests carry on loud drunken conversations at 3 am RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR ROOM! 7. Couldn't wait to leave ship. They even managed to screw that up, with long waiting time for our deck to disembark, and winding lines that went through narrow spaces;ours going through a isles between seating in the Theater before circling back to where the line started IN THE LOBBY! Was planning trip this Fall for Vista. Not after this. Will give Royal Caribbean a try instead. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I got married on the Carnival Victory because it had a short itinerary on the only date during the year that worked for my maid of honor and the wedding package was awesome. There are some things that Carnival did very, very well, but it ... Read More
I got married on the Carnival Victory because it had a short itinerary on the only date during the year that worked for my maid of honor and the wedding package was awesome. There are some things that Carnival did very, very well, but it failed in crucial areas. First, the good. The wedding package is fantastic for the couple that doesn't want too much fuss or planning, is budget-conscious, and isn't a stickler with the small traditions. A typical cruise wedding budget is $10k, a far cry from $35k, and that was the huge appeal of Carnival. We had 50 guests onboard, with an open bar, nice hors d'oeuvres and a tasty wedding cake all included for the "Time to Celebrate Big" package ($2,500). Who can complain about a price like that? We were extremely surprised by how good the food was. Moreover, the boarding process was incredibly smooth. Because the wedding parties are the first to board, we didn't have to deal with long lines -- just breezed through check-in. The negative side is that everyone is sitting together for 1.5 hr as the ship is cleared by customs, so for the bride/groom that doesn't want to see each other prior to the wedding, this would be a deal-breaker. My husband and I actually preferred this arrangement because we got to spend quality time with our guests as they waited to board with us. But we're also not the type to get queasy before something like this. Carnival also seems to have sent us a dedicated photographer who was killer at her job. We really loved working with Rosanna Garcia. Despite meeting me when I put on my dress, she fit into our day naturally and got who I am. It came out in her work, and we splurged on the most expensive photograph package because she did such a great job. Now, the bad. Every morning, my guests and I would compare notes as to what commotion disrupted our sleep the night before. We all slept on different decks. Sometimes, it was fights between the guests, but most often, it was just partiers who got too loud and too profane. One night, the loud screaming and laughing lasted so long that I poked my head out only to be told by a fellow cruise to "Go back to bed, b****." This is not a problem I've ever had on any other cruise. No one from Carnival did anything to stop this behavior, and in fact, Carnival contributed to the problem by broadcasting over the PA between 4 and 5 am on two separate occasions for people to rejoin their parties. I was grateful to get a good night's sleep on the plane AFTER the cruise. This really shouldn't be. My neighbors also smoked weed at all hours of the day and blasted music (not the clean version, of course), which limited my ability to enjoy the double private deck in my suite. Need I mention that there were toddlers in my party? Both of these problems could easily be remedied if cruise staff took a more active role to step in when hallways become noisy and ensure that the few obnoxious guests are not ruining the experience for the others. Security could also check for drugs during embarkation, but especially after the problem becomes apparent. No such steps seem to have been taken. Overall, I will not be cruising with Carnival again. This is sad, considering I got married at this venue. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I was planning to celebrate my wife's birthday at cruise, and it was beyond expectation. Its life long memories for us. Really happy with Carnival staff service, especially housekeeping and dining. Food - Food was awesome, ... Read More
I was planning to celebrate my wife's birthday at cruise, and it was beyond expectation. Its life long memories for us. Really happy with Carnival staff service, especially housekeeping and dining. Food - Food was awesome, I got vegetarian food without onion and garlic , I never expect I received such a great service, Dining staff was awesome, enjoyed dance with them. Dining staff arranged separate cake for my wife's birthday and they sing the birthday song Shows - There were multiple options available for fun,enjoyed comedy shows, deck instruments, songs, music, casino, Jacuzzi. Housekeeping - very well organized and quick service, well decorated room, very well maintained room including towel animals. well decorated room for birthday celebration with awesome chocolate cake. Photo shoot - awesome professional photographers, they have very good investment like piano,background posters, picture quality was awesome. Thanks Carnival staff for giving us such wonderful memories, I'll recommended to all of my friends, Appreciated your service. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was a little getaway for our 35th anniversary. We have sailed with Carnival in the past (8 for me, 4 for my husband). We have only good things to say about this cruise. The ship is beautiful, and our stateroom was refurbished. The ... Read More
This was a little getaway for our 35th anniversary. We have sailed with Carnival in the past (8 for me, 4 for my husband). We have only good things to say about this cruise. The ship is beautiful, and our stateroom was refurbished. The food was great, as usual. The service was wonderful, and the crew is friendly and helpful. Our cruise director, Marcelo, was very funny and friendly ! High points: Half Moon Cay... one of the most gorgeous little islands I have ever seen. Chocolate extravaganza on our seaday... thumbs up ! Serenity adult space. Breakfast in the dining room. Our balcony cabin. Friendly people. Good music selections throughout the ship. Miami Vice drink ( never disappoints ). I do not have any low points to report. This cruise gave us exactly what we were looking for. We will be cruising with Carnival again ! See you soon ! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My fiancée and I booked this quick trip from Miami to Nassau to get away from the cold Minnesota weather in December. We cruised last New Years on the Carnival Ecstasy (I believe the oldest and smallest Carnival ships) so my expectations ... Read More
My fiancée and I booked this quick trip from Miami to Nassau to get away from the cold Minnesota weather in December. We cruised last New Years on the Carnival Ecstasy (I believe the oldest and smallest Carnival ships) so my expectations were low but not low enough unfortunately. We will be booking Norwegian or Royal Caribbean next time - we would pay 3x as much for a more updated ship with more options for activities and food! Good: -Katya, the bartender in the Serenity Pool/Bar area (21+) was very attentive, polite, and remembered our names after the first order. -Food at the Atlantic dining room (dinner service - Your Time Dining) was tasty. The service was quick and polite. It did take awhile to get drinks though. We only had to wait to be seated one of the three nights (about 20 minute wait). -We paid $50 for the excursion to the "private beach day" with no lunch which was a wise choice judging by some of the food others received. It is actually a nice beach shared with Sandals. The transport there was slow (30 minutes) and the transport back was about the same but instead without warning they dropped us off at the end of the pier (not where they picked us up) and we had to wade through vehicle traffic as well as vendors. That was annoying but expected. Unless you want to go to Atlantis, Nassau isn't worth it in my opinion. -Cheers package for $50/pp a day is worth it if you are drinking 5+ drinks a day. -Paid for a balcony room and glad I did to get some fresh air as besides the top deck (which is typically very loud) there was no where to enjoy peace and quiet. -Comedy shows were a blast - Percy Crews and Macio were the highlights of our evenings. Bad: -The ship is designed poorly, most floors don't allow you to walk from the forward to the aft of the ship without going up or down stairs. Just feels very sliced up and cramped. Elevators take awhile too. - We spent most of our time at the Serenity Pool/Bar area (21+) as we did not travel with children. Unfortunately, the 21+ aspect was not monitored and there were frequently children in the whirlpools. -All three days we did the Pacific dining room (seated breakfast). We asked to be seated separately on the last day and we were seated with 8 others who also did not know each other though about 80-90% of the tables were unused. -The housekeeping staff were nice and always greeted us by name (Michael), but unfortunately the rooms (sheets and bathrooms) were not very clean, as there was black hair everywhere - my fiancé and I are blondes. -This is our 2nd and 3rd cruise and maybe it was the time of the year (December 2-5) or the price ($650 all in for a balcony room for 2 people) but the crowd who cruised were mostly loud and impolite. -Just like the Carnival Ecstasy, after 11 PM the only food is room service and the Pizza Pirate (no matter what time of the day this was only staffed by one employee despite the line being 40+ people long). Why doesn't Carnival staff this better or at least have other late night options? Very frustrating. -Took 1.5 hours to embark. -The safety briefing took 45 minutes and they loaded hundreds of us into the sides of the ship which were mostly enclosed and VERY hot. One person even fainted. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We live in Central Florida, Port Canaveral is the only port we've cruised out of in 8 cruises. Embarkation is such a pleasant experience, as is disembarkation.... We sailed on the Carnival Victory for the 1st time. Past cruises ... Read More
We live in Central Florida, Port Canaveral is the only port we've cruised out of in 8 cruises. Embarkation is such a pleasant experience, as is disembarkation.... We sailed on the Carnival Victory for the 1st time. Past cruises were 4 Carnival Sensation cruises, and prior 3 Royal Caribbean cruises. The ship was awesome! Larger than the Sensation, but not too big. We had originally booked an 8B Balcony cabin on deck 6, but received an email for an upgrade to the Lido deck, 8E, Balcony for just $10.00. We gladly took that opportunity. We don't do the MDR experience...We enjoy the Lido Buffet, the Pizza Pirate, and the Deli, also Room service. We did enjoy the Piano Bar, Rob was Super!! The Karoke Bar was a little too close to the Piano Bar, as they were such small rooms. The best part of our experience was in the Trident Bar near the Casino....The BEST Bartender ever, LENNY LUIS!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise "by default" because there was no other choices for the budget we had. Although the cruiseship was showing a bit of wear and tear and our cabin was old (they have refurbished the cabins since), we had a great ... Read More
We chose this cruise "by default" because there was no other choices for the budget we had. Although the cruiseship was showing a bit of wear and tear and our cabin was old (they have refurbished the cabins since), we had a great time and had so much fun. I did wish I had booked a room that wasn't mid-ship because there was noise in the hallways on the first night... The staff and crew members were all so nice and efficient and to our surprise, the food was fantastic. We ate at Chopsticks and Pizza Pirate every single day. The food in the MDR was also pretty good. We loved the show Vrooom and we tried not to miss the comedy shows. Overall, the cruise was an excellent value for the price we paid. We are already booked for another cruise on the Victory (I was told that it's going to be a Funship 2.0 when we go back... Can't wait!) Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my and my wife's second cruise ever, both this year! The first was on the Emerald Princess, so it was interesting to see the different focus of different lines. Princess is a lot more traditional and old-school - even their ... Read More
This was my and my wife's second cruise ever, both this year! The first was on the Emerald Princess, so it was interesting to see the different focus of different lines. Princess is a lot more traditional and old-school - even their ships feel like real ocean liners in a lot of ways. The Carnival Victory, though, is definitely of the early 00's era - there is no wraparound outdoor promenade deck, no real outdoor areas at all other than the top decks, and the decor is colorful, if not garish. Sometimes it feels like they're doing all they can to convince you that you're *not* on a ship. The ship is older by today's standards, but it looks and feels well maintained. There may be an odd light bulb out here and there, or a piece of decorative trim or railing that's bent, but generally everything was in working order and looked clean and pretty new. We took this ship not by choice but because it was available over the few days we had. I know it's missing some of Carnival's newest upgrades, but I'm not sure I missed them on such a short cruise. It's still got plenty of bars and nightclubs, and the young-ish crowd definitely used them. It's definitely possible to find quiet areas on this ship, but the bars and clubs were always packed, to the point that it was difficult to even get a drink (and took a while once we were able to finally order). This is a party ship, especially with these 3 day cruises. There's plenty of rowdiness and annoying behavior, and there apparently was even a fire in one of the cabins on the last day of the cruise (the captain made several announcements assuring the rest of us that we were safe). Plenty of people smoke in their rooms, which they're not supposed to do. They throw their cigarettes over the side, along with other garbage. Lots of drunk people making noise in the hallways at all hours too, which wasn't a problem on the Emerald Princess (it attracts an older crowd). Still, I don't mean to overstate this - as a middle aged couple, we were able to enjoy ourselves and we slept fine. My wife's a log at night and I'm a night owl that doesn't need a lot of sleep, so I can outlast any of these partiers. The entire ship seemed to be asleep by 2AM, which for me is early. I enjoyed just sitting on the balcony at night and listening to the water against the ship; for the most part it was quiet out there. The food was ok, but I felt a little sick all cruise long; not sure if I should blame the food or not. Nothing I ate really jumped out at me as all that great. The jerk pork loin tasted good, for example, but it was rubbery and tough. The corn chowder was salty and not "corny" enough. The buffet was in some ways better; probably the best meal I had was the hand carved rib roast at the buffet. I also tried the pizza for a late night snack; not bad, but I'm from NYC. It's hard for pizza to impress me. The service in the dining room, though, was excellent. Daniel was our heat waiter and he was very attentive. We went to a couple shows, both of which were musical song and dance numbers focusing on the past (one mostly old standards, the other classic rock and disco) that seemed a little out of place on a ship with such a young crowd. My wife and I both agreed that they felt a little dated even for what they were; it was like watching "Solid Gold" in the early 80's. I did think the rock show ("Vroom...") was the better of the two, but it was still a little kitschy. We had a great shore excursion in the Bahamas: an ATV and beach adventure. Book it if you can physically take it - it's incredibly intense, but really fun. You'll basically be climbing through the woods in an ATV for more than an hour, which is a lot more physically taxing than I expected. But it's beautiful and not something I ever thought I'd do. Then you get to cool off at a private beach, away from all the crowds. The ship overall was definitely a bit disorganized. As suite owners, we were supposed to get priority embark at Port Canaveral and priority debark in the Bahamas. Embarkation went well and we did get on the ship before anyone else, but in the Bahamas nobody showed up to take us off the ship at our meeting place. Ditto for disembarking at Port Canaveral; the announcement for our deck came 20 minutes late, by which time we'd just gone down and gotten into the line. Princess was a lot better about all of this. The safety briefing was hellishly long and held on the deck with everyone packed together in the 90+ degree heat. On Princess, it was in a nice air conditioned lounge where everyone could sit down and was only about 10 minutes. Not sure why Carnival chooses to do it the way they do; it's almost like a punishment. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I have always enjoyed cruising with Carnival but this last trip has me questioning my loyalty to them. It appears that Carnival changed their standard of "house keeping" of their boats. Our Stateroom was a balcony room and we ... Read More
I have always enjoyed cruising with Carnival but this last trip has me questioning my loyalty to them. It appears that Carnival changed their standard of "house keeping" of their boats. Our Stateroom was a balcony room and we enjoyed it the first night we were on board but it slowly just went downhill from there. Our bathroom sink leaked the entire time we were there. We called about it twice and were pretty much told it could not be fixed. So we dealt with a puddle of water on our floor majority of the cruise. We also so several ants in our cabin and the trim of the vanity/desk area was completely torn off in several areas. One night our cabin was neglected in the nightly cleaning. I talked to guest services and they just brought us towels and didn't even offer to change the sheets or make the bed. It was very aggravating considering Carnival used to come through the rooms twice a day but now they only give you the option either in the morning or evening and they completely skipped us one night. I have attached a photo of what appears to be mouse poop that we found on our couch after we moved the "throw" that was on the couch. Overall the room was TERRIBLE. As soon as you walked onto the boat you immediately smell cigarette smoke from the casino. I understand the casino is a smoking area but better ventilation would have been nice. You could smell smoke anytime you were on the 4th or 5th floor. The food was average at best. Basic buffet food during the day and then a little fancier version for dinner. Our waiter was extremely slow most nights. One night our dinner took 3 hours and half our table left before they even received the dessert menu. The entertainment was decent. It appeared that the Cruise Director was trying to make an effort on the sea day to have fun. The "singing show" was average. I felt bad for the singers because only two (one boy and one girl) sang the entire show even though the others had talent and sang during small side shows (like the newlywed game). The debarkation went quickly getting off at Nassau and leaving the boat after the cruise. I would not suggest the Carnival Victory to anyone and I am hesitant to even refer Carnival to any friends. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My husband and I sailed on the Victory to Freeport and Nassau from August 14th – 18th, and we had an amazing time! It was my fifth cruise, fourth with Carnival, and my husband’s first cruise. He was already talking about our “next ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Victory to Freeport and Nassau from August 14th – 18th, and we had an amazing time! It was my fifth cruise, fourth with Carnival, and my husband’s first cruise. He was already talking about our “next cruise” by the second day, and I think it was my best cruise yet. I had read quite a few bad reviews of the ship, so I was nervous, but it ended up being fine. There were a few minor hiccups, but nothing that had an actual impact on how much we enjoyed our vacation. Embarkation was a breeze. We parked at Park Port Canaveral for about half the price of parking at the terminal, and they shuttled us to and from the port, and helped with our luggage. We had Faster to the Fun, so we got to the port around noon and were onboard by 12:15. After grabbing lunch, we went straight to our cabin, Balcony Cabin 8405, which we were pleasantly surprised to find had been updated with a flat-screen TV, new thermostat, new carpet, and refurbished tile and vanity in the bathroom. We met our steward and requested to have our room turned down morning and evening. I think that only happened once or twice, since our nap times kept aligning perfectly with their cleaning schedules, but everything stayed clean and well stocked. We ordered room service breakfast three out of the four mornings with the door-handle cards. On the first morning, it never got picked up, but I just called in our order and it was still delivered within the time frame we put on the order card, so no harm, no foul. I was worried about the sewery smell that several other reviewers had mentioned, but we only noticed it a few times, and it was mild and fleeting, and never in our cabin. I did not notice the lines for food nearly as much as I had expected to. The only time we waited more than five minutes for food at any of the buffets was on embarkation day lunch, which was to be expected. We ate lunch in the lido restaurant every afternoon and one morning. We didn’t care for the desserts on the lido deck, but everything else was great. The Mexican buffet on Night 3 was excellent! We got late-night pizza a few times, and Carnival must have listened to the feedback about the understaffed station and long lines, because there were always two of three guys working at the pizza station, and only a short wait. The best food and service, of course, was in the dining room. The first two nights, we were seated at a table for four, and our tablemates never showed up. We ended up asking to move to a table for two by the window in the same section of the dining room for the last two nights, and they had no problem with that. I was slightly disappointed that the only selections at Afternoon Tea on the sea day were plain Lipton black tea and plain Bigelow green tea, which were also available everyday on the lido deck. I expected at least a couple other types varieties to be offered at the event specifically about tea, but it wasn’t a huge deal. The entertainment was great. We went to three of the comedy shows, and both comedians were hilarious! Don’t sit in the front row unless you want to share a bit of the spotlight, and definitely don’t show up late for Jorge’s shows! We also went to karaoke every night, and it was probably the funnest venue onboard. The Love and Marriage show was great, but that had a lot to do with the fact that they picked funny couples. We also did a few of the trivia games, and won a Ship on a Stick at Trivial Pursuit (thanks, George!). Overall, we had an amazing vacation. I don’t know what previous reviewers are complaining about. Yes, it’s an old ship and repairs are underway, but the staff goes out of their way to accommodate for any issues that may arise, and disruptions are kept to a minimum. A vacation is what you make it. If you’re capable of shaking off the small things and going with the flow, you’ll have a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Just returned from a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas. This was my 5th cruise, all with Carnival. I cruised each year from 2005-2008. My travel plans and family circumstance took me to other places: local beaches, Mexico, Jamaica, etc. This ... Read More
Just returned from a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas. This was my 5th cruise, all with Carnival. I cruised each year from 2005-2008. My travel plans and family circumstance took me to other places: local beaches, Mexico, Jamaica, etc. This year, my group decided to take a kid free vacation and we landed on a Carnival cruise. My cruising experience had been nothing short of amazing. Great food, entertainment, friendly staff, etc. We were excited to be back after all these years. I'll start with the positives: Great breakfast at the Pacific Restaurant Comedy Show was incredibly funny I had a blast at the casino. However, smoking is allowed and more than once I had to get up from the blackjack table because the cig smoke was overpowering The nightclub was fun Now.. on to what will never bring me back to Carnival Dinner was horrid. I really mean horrid. The wait staff seemed overworked, stressed and frankly uninterested in being there. Our dinner time was 8:15. We asked for our drink order to be taken. That did not occur until 9:20. Despite asking several times. The best meal I had (beside breakfast) was pizza. Everything else was overcooked and underwhelming. I was told we could get off the boat at 12. So we arranged for a 4:00 flight. However, we had to get off at 10. Which meant for a long travel day. While the serenity deck was a welcome respite from the kids aboard, the drink service was extremely slow. Noting, there is a bar one floor below. However, I've been spoiled by quick poolside service by other resorts! There is no pool on the serenity deck as advertised by Carnival. It is a luke warm jetted hot tub. Internet Connection-I get it. People should be able to disconnect while on vacation. And I did! However, I have children back home and I needed to be able to communicate with them and my Mom and MIL that were caring for them. We opted for the messaging package that allowed for FB messaging. That really helped. But if other resorts can offer free wifi, why can't Carnival. Their charge was $30 per Will I cruise again? Sure. Just not with Carnival. For about the same $, I could have went back to my fav all inclusive in the Caribbean. The lack of good food, entertainment, customer service and pricey internet service was a turn off. Carnival is not the same company that kept me coming back 4 years in a row. I'm not sure what happened in the last 8 years.But the bar has definitely been lowered. Don't get me wrong, I still had a blast!! I was with my BFF (husband, sisters and BIL)! So, we will make the best of any situation. If you have high expectation, I suggest passing on Carnival. You've been Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Victory Cruise Ship, Port Canaveral, Florida really let me down! I got married on the ship and my wedding was amazing but what ensued upon cruising was terrible. 1) They were doing major work on the lido deck ... Read More
Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Victory Cruise Ship, Port Canaveral, Florida really let me down! I got married on the ship and my wedding was amazing but what ensued upon cruising was terrible. 1) They were doing major work on the lido deck where most of the dining occurs right next to the pool. The work included tar and other equipment. It was dangerous for children and others. It impacted the use of the pool and we were never informed before booking over 60 people for the cruise that major work would be done. It also lasted the entire cruise and my guests were pretty annoyed with me about my choice in cruise ships. Not to mention you had to wait online for at least 20 minutes to get anything on the Lido Deck. At one point the staff yelled at me for trying to get a hotdog for my 2 year old son saying if "I let him eat everyone has to eat. This food is for us...the staff."2) My bag was put into a night stand by one of my "bridesmaids" I left the cruise without it and was not able to re-board to get it. I called immediately to let them know I left my bag on the ship. I called back after getting information about where my bag was left. I was told that my bag was not on board and not found. I was later contacted by the person who was given my room who had my bag. Which questions how well they clean the rooms? If they ever even looked? How much they care about customers? Especially one that booked over 20 state rooms???? Thank God for Good People because Carnival could care less. They were rude on the phone and very dismissive and to think my bag with my entire life was exactly where I told them it would be. Imagine how unclean the room is if large bags can be left??? Several of the guests complained about the state of their rooms as well. 3) My camera went mysteriously missing....My husband purchased so we could capture our time. 4) We waited literally 2 hours and 40 minutes to ask a question about our bill at the customer service desk. The information/ customer service desk is the only place you can get a room key reissued, ask a question about a bill, or a host of other things. It was terrible trying to do a group activity because we could not get support coordinating, events in advance, or service on the ship. 5) I called the post cruise customer service and the supervisor was absolutely the most rude and disrespectful manager I have ever spoken to . I guess after they receive thousands of dollars they don't really need your future business. Carnival we have cruised with other lines and we were very disappointed by the experience. It was a let down and disappointment that could have been rectified with some courtesy and compassion. Thank you for an amazing wedding and a terrible cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We took this cruise for our honeymoon. My husband has sailed on Carnival many times before and swears by it. I have only sailed on Princess Cruise Lines and decided to give Carnival a chance because the crowd on a Princess cruise is ... Read More
We took this cruise for our honeymoon. My husband has sailed on Carnival many times before and swears by it. I have only sailed on Princess Cruise Lines and decided to give Carnival a chance because the crowd on a Princess cruise is typically pretty senior citizen so I was looking forward to having a good time with people closer to our age. Embarkation was really pretty easy but once we were on the ship, that's when all hell broke loose. By the time we got on the ship we were pretty hungry and being offered lunch while on the ship seemed like a good idea. The lines for food were long and there was literally no place to sit. We had to consider just sitting on the floor to try and eat, finally we found a dirty table to try and sit at and we had to sit with someone else's gross food for the longest time hoping someone would end up busing the table, that never happened. But by that point we hadn't lost hope we knew that all these passengers had no where else to go because you can't go into your room until 1:30pm. At 1:30pm we went to our room. At first glance we were convinced that house keeping had never even been inside the room to clean it. The bed looked like it had been slept on, there was even short black hairs in the bed *gag*, there was make-up smeared everywhere, there was toilet paper on the balcony, the floor was wet, the towels had what looked to be food stuck to them, there was food on the couch and our "Fun Times" the ship's newspaper, was just scattered around the room. I know that house keeping is in a time crunch to turn around a ship, but sheesh, its not that hard to notice make up everywhere. We called house keeping to let them know and it took them hours to come to our room, by that time we had figured they gave up so we just took hand sanitizer and cleaned our room ourselves. They did eventually show up and we let them know about the situation. Overall our cabin just had this Motel 6 feel to it. It was dirty, you could lay in bed and just stare at all the dust in the ceiling lights and behind picture frames, the sheets were always wrinkled, the walls looked gross, you didn't even want to touch the floor with your feet. I'd comment on the decor but whats the point. The ship was built from 1997 to 2000 and it looks like bad 90s decor. The ship is in desperate need of a remodel. We paid for a room with a balcony which it had, but once you find someone else's toilet paper on a balcony its hard to feel comfortable out there. When the shower was on it leaked all over the bathroom, not only were we always standing in 2 inches of water in the shower because it didn't drain fast enough, but the shower also leaked out into the bathroom and once we stepped out of the shower there was at least inches of water in the bathroom as well. Every night the water smelled like sewage and would cause the whole room to stink. I don't care if the door to the balcony said not to keep it propped open, we had to, it was the only way to get the stink out. The hallway on Lido deck 9 smelled like sewage all the time as well, after the stop in Nassau the hallway smelled like weed which was actually a nice change. As for the overall ship decor; it is similar to the cabin, it looks dated, the wall paper is peeling in places and it has an overall bad 90s feel to it. If you look up into the rafters of most the public areas you could see years of settled dust just hanging there, the whole ship was covered in dust basically. The pools were weird. The Serenity area for adults 21 and up was horribly placed. There was nothing serene about it. During the day it was hot and loud. All we wanted on our honeymoon was to relax on a hammock up there and cuddle but with only 2 hammocks for all the passengers that was never possible. The "hot" tubs on the serenity deck were not hot at all, in fact they weren't even luke warm. Main dining: In previous cruises both my husband and I talked about how wonderful our wait staff was, I can still remember most of their names, I knew about their families and had time to and talk to them and enjoy their company. On this cruise though I have no idea who our waiter even was because so many waiters stopped by our table, yet no one offered to refill our drinks for us. We spent most of our dinners thirsty or begging for refills. The food was nasty, we always ordered multiple main courses each so we could try everything and none of it was anything to write home about. I'd compare it to hospital food but I don't want to insult hospital food. Dinner always took at least 2 hours because they were so slow. I'm guessing it was all understaffed, The best thing I can say about the food is that at least we didn't get food poisoning. We did enjoy the Happy Honeymoon song and the special cake we got on elegant night. That was very nice and actually really good. The desserts were delicious though and I have no complaints about them. (See I didn't hate everything) As a credit to our wait staff, one night we got to talking to some poor sad looking guy alone in the deli area of Lido deck and he told us they were all on the last month of a 9 month work schedule so I am sure that all the staff was tired. I have worked at both Disney World and Universal and I know its grueling to try and always seem happy about working. Maybe Carnival should do 3 months on and 1 month off for everyone to improve moral? In the cabin there was continental breakfast cards you could fill out and put on your door for the next morning. Of our 5 day cruise we only received one of the cards so we were never able to eat breakfast except once and on that day the milk was warm, the coffee wasn't hot and neither was the bread. We really needed breakfast on the first day of the cruise because we chose a 12.5 mile bike ride as an excursion in Freeport but not eating made the excursion very difficult. The house keeping staff really needed to make sure we got our breakfast cards but they never did. Never in either one of our cruising histories have we ever starved on a cruise. On this cruise we did. Trying to get food at anytime of the day on Lido deck was impossible. The lines for the pizza bar literally wrapped around the room and took about 40 minutes or more. Seemed like every time we were next in line someone in front of us would take all the pizza available and we'd have to wait another 10 minutes for pizza. btw the pizza wasn't even good and its hard to find a bad pizza. The rest of the food on Lido deck was alright if you could stand to wait in line for it. The crowds on this ship were impossible and the type of people cruising were rude, loud and selfish. Late at night we could hear them chanting about giving BJs outside our door. Entertainment and Activities: I'll start with activities, there were none unless you want to count the hairiest chest contest as an activity. In previous cruises I've been on there was always something fun to do, like learning a new hobby but on this one there really wasn't anything. The only thing I really wanted to do was check out the Dr Seuss evening but that happened from 6:00-6:30 which was right when our dinner was and we weren't about to miss dinner because that was the only meal of the day we really got to eat due to the crowds on Lido deck. As for the shows they were good. Smiley Joe Wiley was really funny up until the end where he got all depressing and serious. Joe, stick to funny, it works better for you. The Vegas style shows were good and I really enjoyed Vroom! and the Love Game but even then, I've seen better on other cruises. Ports and excursions: Freeport is beautiful and the people who live there were wonderful. It was a beautiful place to visit. We chose to do the 12.5 mile bike ride across the island. Our guide, Mikey, was wonderful, informative and very accommodating. Due to the fact we never got breakfast because of what i mentioned earlier it was hard to bike 12.5 miles in the sun but Mikey gave us a lot of breaks, carried water for us and even offered to have a bus pick us up if we couldn't do it. The lunch at the Grove was beautiful as well and so were the stops at the local beaches. Nassau: We chose to do the 2 reef snorkeling adventure. Even though it seemed like organized chaos it was a lot of fun. The reefs were not that pretty but the fish were for at least a few minutes. Once everyone got off the boat most of the fish got scared off so we really didn't get to see many fishes. The guides were very helpful, the water was choppy and the first thing that happened to me was I sucked in a ton of water into my lungs through my snorkel and they were right there with an extra life vest to float on. Kudos for to them. Once the excursion was over and we were back at port, Nassau was awful. The people there were creepy it was like they were casing us, I didn't know if they were just desperate to sell us something or waiting to steal something from us. We really wanted some souvenirs but we ended up just buying them in the ship's gift shop. We headed back the ship early to get away from them, luckily we were docked next to the Disney Dream and from our balcony we were able to watch The Lion King on their jumbo screen which was loud enough for us to hear the movie as well. It was a bit sad watching the people on the ship next to us have more fun than we were. I'm sure the cruise industry can't control the vendors at the ports but Nassau an awful place to be dropped off at and we genuinely feared for our safety. Debarkation was actually really easy, we were able to make it off the boat and through customs in less than 20 minutes. So that's a plus. Overall we made the best of our honeymoon. We spent most of our time on our balcony because the rest of the ship was so crowded and stinky. We had a good time but this review isn't about our time as a newly married couple. We made the best of a bad situation. I would not suggest the Carnival Victory to anyone, maybe one of Carnival's newer ships would be better, or maybe its better when the staff hasn't been stuck on the ship for 9 months but I would never give Carnival another chance. From now on I will stick with Princess or try out Disney because just being docked next to them was more fun than being on our own ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our third cruise, all with Carnival, and by far our worst to date. I'll start with the good first, then get into our issues with it. First, the ship was extremely stable and motion was not an issue at all for either of ... Read More
This was our third cruise, all with Carnival, and by far our worst to date. I'll start with the good first, then get into our issues with it. First, the ship was extremely stable and motion was not an issue at all for either of us. Next, the food was mostly good, Lido buffet was solid, dining room food was good, and we even did some room service. Of course the social aspect of cruising is always good. My wife and I aren't much into the club scene, but we've always enjoyed chatting with new people in the hot tub, on deck, or at meals. Now, for our issues. First and foremost, the crew was just awful. Obviously there were exceptions, some warm personalities, the room steward is always great (although we saw MUCH less of him than we did on our previous cruises). The on deck crew ranged from absent (forget about a traveling bartender anywhere other than Lido) to unapproachable. There were several occasions where crew members where plowing right through passengers to get to wherever they were heading. It was sad how frequently we encountered crew members that were actively avoiding eye contact and the very worst thing was that many of them were on their personal cell phones texting/surfing while on duty! Did I mention the crew was ignoring passengers in favor of burying themselves in their personal cell phones????? Second, the ship just wasn't clean. On our previous cruises, empty drink cups were an oddity and dirty dishes were promptly removed. Not so on this cruise, where drink cups sat around all day, probably until the overnight cleaning and tables on lido remained dirty for 20-30 minutes. Then there was the underlying smell of raw sewage, as has been reported by several users. There were times in the shower, too, where I questioned whether or not the water filtration system was working properly. Next, serenity was a big disappointment which is a feature we most look forward to. For starters, it is right next to the water slide which is right next to lido. Unlike the fantasy class ships where serenity is on the back and very separate, serenity on the victory is loud. There was a bar up there, but it closed sometime around dinner and was not ever once open in the evening. As mentioned earlier, there were ZERO traveling bar tenders who made their way up there to grab drink orders, so you were stuck walking down to the busy lido bar to get your drinks. The hot tubs on serenity were also awkward, frequently too hot to enter, but also had a strange bench that forced you into an awkward uncomfortable position. Trust me, the second you sit down in one, you'll say "oh, I see what he meant!" Finally, as previously mentioned, empty drink cups sat out up here all day long, and Serenity is also the area where the sewage smell tended to be the worst. Onto our cabin, which I will open by saying I fully admit our issues were partially my fault for lack of planning, but I'll get to that in a second. This time, we sprung for a balcony cabin and booked very early. I checked regularly for, and got, several upgrades thanks to early saver. We ended up in an 8F balcony on the 11th deck which, according to their number/letter rating system, should have been one of the better balcony cabins on the ship. First off, we ended up having a balcony that was NOT private because our lack of roof meant that folks hanging out at the railing on serenity might as well have been sitting on our balcony with us. Moving on from there, Camp Carnival was on the deck right above us, and I'm pretty sure they spent most of the day playing a game called "lets see if we can jump down the stairs while screaming". Last, and certainly worst, was the cleaning ritual that occurred starting at about 0300 above our heads. If I went up there and found them bowling, it would have actually made sense, as it sounded like their deck cleaning involved dropping boulders off the crows nest down onto the deck. Again, I accept responsibility for not planning better. I am normally much more diligent about getting a cabin sandwiched in between passenger decks, but it was just bad. Moving on to the dining room. The food was good, something about the waitstaff was off. They all seemed to be very stressed and were all running extremely slow. We did anytime dining, as we have done in the past, but this time the service was so slow that we started wondering if they were understaffed and teams were responsible for too many tables. Our water cups were nearly always empty, food was slow to arrive, and orders were slow to be taken. On our last night in the dining room, we showed up at 6:15 and didn't get out of there until just before 8. For the most part, the staff was nice, but they were very very rushed and the maitre'd seemed to be playing his own game of "can I make an appearance at every table in the dining room in under 60 seconds". Steak and lobster night wasn't a thing either, which was a bummer. You could get steak or lobster, for $20.... The entertainment staff was meh also. On our past cruises, the cruise director was interactive and informative, on this one, we never really knew what was going on. As an example, formal dining happened without a single announcement. Had I not noticed the small blurb that it was cruise formal night in the daily pamphlet, we would have showed up to dinner in shorts. We also watched the "hairiest chest contest" on lido and the MC clearly did not want to be there, making jokes so sarcastic that he wasn't really funny, just plain nasty. Finally, despite being a bigger boat than what we've cruised on in the past, it just felt crowded and plain. It honestly just felt like a bigger version of the fantasy class but with the same staff and more passengers. Lines were much longer than I've ever seen. Overall, it just wasn't the same experience. My own personal opinion is that a change of crew management, or at least a change of direction for them, is all that's necessary to bring this cruise to greatness. Had we never cruised before, we would likely say this would be our last cruise, but we do know that it can and has been so much more with a better crew. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose this cruise because it was over our anniversary and a quick weekend getaway...The embarkation and debarkation process was efficient, the dining room staff was friendly. That's the only good thing we can say about this cruise. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was over our anniversary and a quick weekend getaway...The embarkation and debarkation process was efficient, the dining room staff was friendly. That's the only good thing we can say about this cruise. We booked a balcony cabin because we like to have our morning coffee while watching the water in our pajamas, well it was never delivered, when we called to complain, they had a "oh well" attitude. We never had turn down service with Carnivals signature towel animals until we had to request it, then it was received with attitude. The bar staff and guest services staff were incredibly rude and unfriendly. The decks were littered with trash, empty beer cans and spilled drinks. You could hardly find a table because they were not cleared between patrons. The security staff was not present, there was a shirtless guy in the casino stomping cigarettes out on the floor, there was a couple having sex on the lido deck and a used condom laying on the deck by a public seating area. Certainly not what you want to see while having your coffee. The overall experience was very disappointing. we have done several cruises with Carnival but his may be our last. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I am a longstanding VIFP Club member but this ship was the worse I have seen. The suite 1233 had the wallpaper pealing and the desk laminate was peeling also. The small analog TV was to small and distorted to watch. These items were fixed ... Read More
I am a longstanding VIFP Club member but this ship was the worse I have seen. The suite 1233 had the wallpaper pealing and the desk laminate was peeling also. The small analog TV was to small and distorted to watch. These items were fixed by the third day but this suite should never have been offered. On the afternoon of the 26th, there was food on the floors under our table and we notified the bus person. It was never cleaned up during our meal. The afternoon of the 27th my wife had filthy silverware and we showed it to the maitre'd. He apologized and sent 6 chocolate strawberries to our room. The ship is in poor condition overall. It was reported that the ship had recently been refurbished but crew members told me just the water slide was added. I was not offered the 100% guarantee. I love Carnival but this cruise was not up to their standards. Is the all mighty dollar more important. The staff was very nice to make up for the issues. It wasn't their fault. Carnival Corporate Office seems to not take my issues seriously. Victory needs refurbishment now. I just don't want others to spend their dollars for a substandard cruise ship. I will give props to the nice casino and outside theater. The steward, housekeeping were very accommodating. The ship is old and shows it's age. With all these issues I am only giving a one star. There were many mixed reviews on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
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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