42 Carnival Victory Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Western

We chose this cruise because it was the same itinerary from the same port we took on our honeymoon 25 years ago. Embarkation/Debarkation were both very smooth. Quickest on/off the boat we have had. Carnival's new procedures for ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was the same itinerary from the same port we took on our honeymoon 25 years ago. Embarkation/Debarkation were both very smooth. Quickest on/off the boat we have had. Carnival's new procedures for priority were amazing. We were on the boat in probably 20 minutes including security, and off and in the uber in 15 or less. Really liked our cabin - 8320. Afternoon there is some noise from Lido, but nothing that bothered us. It's a good location for getting to the lido, and I really like the decor and the amount of storage. Dining was just ok. Enjoyed Guys Burgers, but everything else was pretty much just average. This was our first shorter cruise in many years, and will probably be our last. Lends itself to a bit more of a rowdy bunch than we are, and the crew doesn't seem to work on the connection to passengers that you get on the longer cruises. We didn't meet our steward until later in the evening, and I really felt that I was bothering him. It was a struggle just to get our wet pool towels changed out. And the cabin wasn't nearly as clean as it should have been. Our waiter Thomas was very nice and worked hard to provide service, but his assistants seemed overwhelmed, and we had almost no interaction with them. But not because they weren't there, they were just constantly working! Really enjoyed Key West, but they really need to give us more time. Nothing opens until 10, and we had to be on the boat at 1, with the last shuttle leaving for the boat at 12:30. Felt a little rushed and didn't get to see all that we would have liked to. On the other hand, loved the schedule in Cozumel. 12-10 was just perfect. Got several hours at the fabulous Mr. Sanchos and got to close it down, then onto town for a delicious dinner at Palmeras where we dined on our honeymoon, followed by Cuban cigars and delicious, reasonable drinks across the street at La Casa del Cabano. Did enjoy the big screen movies, and the smoking area is very large and comfortable for my DH who is an avid cigar smoker. The Latin Duet was really good as well. We didn't go to any of the bigger shows. Spent most of our time in the adult pool which never got too crowded with plenty of tables around. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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Getting on the boat was a breeze! I am blown away by the service that we received while on board. Our servers in the restaurant were absolutely amazing. They called us by name every time they addressed us; they pulled out my chair for me; ... Read More
Getting on the boat was a breeze! I am blown away by the service that we received while on board. Our servers in the restaurant were absolutely amazing. They called us by name every time they addressed us; they pulled out my chair for me; and I loved the dancing. Putu Agus was our lead server. He was awesome! So friendly and funny! There was plenty to do each day, and the drink package was well worth it. The drinks were delicious, and the bartenders were quick and always smiling. In fact, I never saw a single team member who was not smiling. Fellipe, the cruise director, was also wonderful. He was so full of “energy”, as he would say. I was always glad to see him hop on stage at the different events. Our room was a lot bigger than I expected. Wir did an excellent job at keeping our room tidy and checking in on us. There was also a ton of room for storage. He also did a great job with the towel animals! I loved seeing those each day! Getting on and off the boat was easy, yet still secure. The shops were nice, the casino had plenty of room, and the boat never felt crowded. I love that they had adult-only areas. It was a nice spot for people without kids. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this ship. It was lively, entertaining, spacious, and the service still blows my mind. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We choose a quick getaway and it was affordable. It was by far the worst cruise line we have ever sailed with. Food was terrible, cold, long lines, they even burned a hot dog. They also ran out of differfent dishes at the buffet. Room ... Read More
We choose a quick getaway and it was affordable. It was by far the worst cruise line we have ever sailed with. Food was terrible, cold, long lines, they even burned a hot dog. They also ran out of differfent dishes at the buffet. Room service coffee was cold. And NO ADA accommodations for those who need it. The fancy dining room was a joke and no management around. The pork chop was so tough, it almost went flying off the plate as I tried to cut it. What was good, was our cabin steward, he was wonderful, knew us by name and cared. The others don’t care. We tried to call customer service and guess what, no direct dial to customer service. It was such a disappointment. Spa, we used the spa for a couples massage, don’t do it, there’s no zen, you hear slamming doors and very noisy. Not to mention we were misquoted on the prices. They are not honest on their pricing and then you get the bill and they deny what they told you. I will certainly be contacting Carnival corporate. Stay far away from this ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Have cruised Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian lines. To start off with we arrived early to board only to find mass confusion and long lines. We arrived at about 11:30 and did not get on board until close till 3:00. We then ... Read More
Have cruised Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian lines. To start off with we arrived early to board only to find mass confusion and long lines. We arrived at about 11:30 and did not get on board until close till 3:00. We then attempted to get some lunch after boarding but lines for the buffet were absolutely horrible.... If there was communication in regards to why such late boarding we did not hear or get it. Our frig never worked, even though we continuously asked about getting a different one. I had beers and water delivered so that we could enjoy a few drinks in our room but we could never get them cold... Our bathroom seemed to not have gotten cleaned because of the hair on the floor in the sink and in the shower. Super disgusting.. The remote for the TV also only worked after continuously pressing the buttons, removing batteries ect... when we asked about it we were told that it really wasn't the right remote that is why it didn't work correctly. um ok The food was probably the biggest disappointment. Of the cruises that we have taken I have never had such low quality food. Our evening dinners were NEVER even warm... and we are not that picky of eaters but even the buffet food was difficult to find something warm. We did like the fresh omelette station which doubled as a sandwich stop during the day too. The hamburgers were good also. But we did not go on a cruise to eat hamburgers.... We met several other couples that expressed the same feelings about the food. If I would have found a review previously on this I probably would not have selected this ship. As of now I would not ever go on another Carnival line cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Wife and I decided to forgo Anniversary and Christmas presents and go on a cruise instead. We are both glad that we made that choice. This is our second Carnival cruise and we had a blast. I know people like to call it the party ... Read More
Wife and I decided to forgo Anniversary and Christmas presents and go on a cruise instead. We are both glad that we made that choice. This is our second Carnival cruise and we had a blast. I know people like to call it the party cruise line but it really wasn't any different than the Norwegian Cruises we have gone on. This one had very few children most likely due to the time of year. Embarkation onto the ship was lightning fast. We had filled out our stuff online...we after showing passport we pretty much walked onto the ship. No hassles at all. When we got to our room, we were quite surprised at the size of it. We just booked an interior room as we figured we wouldn't be in the room other than to sleep and chose to save our money for other things. The room was big, with huge closets, and a nice dressing area. The bathroom was a typical cruise bathroom. Flat screen TV on the wall....but the TV choices were pretty bad. Room was clean and was well serviced throughout the trip. The dining experience was very good throughout. Everything seemed to be of good quality and was all at least on par with what you would find at a chain restaurant like TGIFriday's. They have minimized most of the luxury items like lobster or put those on the premium menu, but even the nightly dinner options had something for everyone. Our wait staff was amazing. Steven and his assistant Ronald and Audeleen were one step ahead of us at every turn, and Steven surprised us as he was the featured waiter in the end of cruise show. Our best meal was a breakfast with steak and eggs....the steak being a 6 oz filet mignon that was cooked PERFECTLY. We love Carnival's chocolate lava cake and had that every night but one. The other deserts were hit and miss but there was good variety each night. The buffet was average and to us was the least enjoyable option. We enjoyed the burgers from Guy Fieri's, the Chinese food from Chopsticks and the Pizza Pirate. None were the best we ever had, but all were at least restaurant quality. People that we talked to that went to the Mexican eatery said it was very good. We didn't check out the sushi or the deli. We didn't drink a lot of alcohol but the drinks we did get were good and had a fair amount of alcohol. The entertainment highlights were definitely the comedians. Steve White and Al Romero were the two on board, and both were hilarious. Steve did 4 different shows and Al did 3. My wife bought Al's book and it is very interesting. Travis was the acoustic guitarist in the main lobby and he was exceptional. The other musical acts did not stand out. We didn't do the nightclubs or the deck dance parties. We LOVE the Dive In movies and watched three of them. It was chillier than expected on the deck, but the staff did provide blankets so we were comfy. I thought the daily schedules were decent every day except the sea day. There just wasn't very much to do during the day and then they cancelled the first showing of the stage show. There were a lot of excursions available. We are frequent visitors to Key West so we just did our own thing there. On Cozumel we did the Thrill and Chill zipline and snorkeling tour. It was a short taxi ride away from the port and was a lot of fun. New experience for my wife and I and we loved it all. The staff was a bit obnoxious with screams and stuff while ziplining but we felt comfortable and safe the whole time. Snorkeling was very basic as they had you follow a guide. It was a great intro to snorkeling....my wife and I are very experienced so it was nothing new to us but the water visibility was amazing and the area had a fair amount to see being right off the beach. When we got down we were supposed to have beach time and access to a bar and restaurant...but by the time we got done snorkeling there were only 15 minutes left. THere should be another hour at least so you can get some beach time. Disembarkation was easy as well, we took our own bags and were off the boat in about 15 minutes and through customs in maybe 10 more. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend Carnival to our friends. THe ship was older but was clean. The food and entertainment was all good for the most part and we felt we definitely got our money's worth. The one significant change I would make would be to have the sea day the first full day, have Cozumel the second day, cruise back to Key West to have time there at night and then return to Miami. We did have a little drama as we had to turn around after leaving Key West for a medical emergency and there was a lost passenger that turned up after a while. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
After a really bad year prior, I wanted to get my family out on a genuine vacation, not one spent constantly visiting family members in the hospital (it had been one of THOSE years). We were going to spend some time near Orlando, so ... Read More
After a really bad year prior, I wanted to get my family out on a genuine vacation, not one spent constantly visiting family members in the hospital (it had been one of THOSE years). We were going to spend some time near Orlando, so decided to check out a cruise for a number of reasons: * My husband is disabled and has mobility issues, so he spent a lot of time in a wheelchair during this trip. I was a bit concerned about how easily we were going to be able to get onto the ship and how we would navigate crowds, but they had an area for handicapped embarkement, which made the process simple. We didn't have terribly long lines for elevators and people in general and crew were very helpful, which was awesome, though there's always that one twit who can't figure out that it's HARD to stop a 175# man in a wheelchair when going up and down the ramps. He was able to navigate his own way around the ship to a certain extent, which is something he's often leery of attempting. This experience really built his confidence. * This means he also doesn't drive much, so I was handling most of the driving. The appeal of a cruise was that we could visit different locations without having to switch hotels, repack everything or have long drives in between destinations. We could sit back and enjoy ourselves instead. Because of this, I'm now looking at cruising for most of our vacations, because it takes a lot of strain off of me, his primary caregiver. * Because it was the first time my daughter and I had been on a cruise, we went with cabin 1001, which is an interior with a walkway view, thinking that we'd be able to see the horizon if needs be for seasickness issues. We couldn't, but it was just a few steps to get out onto the deck where we could see the horizon, and we went there a number of times over the cruise because it was almost always empty and quiet - adding a couple tables and chairs would make it an ideal quiet spot for hanging out. Fortunately, nobody got sick anyway. The cabin, being ADA compliant, was a good size. It was kind of odd that they seemed to have removed a couch under the pull-down berth for our daughter, and had left a couple chairs in its place, but we really weren't in the cabin enough to worry about it. * Circle C: My daughter has some food allergies and is a total geeky introvert, so I was really worried that she wasn't going to want to hang out there with the other kids or get involved in the activities. SHE LOVED IT! There were several days and evenings we barely saw her, though we did have the rule that she check in regularly (this is where the app with messaging was priceless in terms of value!) and have dinner with us each evening. * WiFi: I work remotely, so I knew I had a few clients I would need to work with over the course of the cruise. The middle-road wifi, though a bit pricy, did the job quite well enough. I know some people complain about this, but it wasn't much slower than my usual country internet on our farm. * Carnival Hub app: As I mentioned above, for $5 each, the messaging feature on this app rocks! We were able to quickly communicate with our family members, including our then-13-year-old daughter who managed to get lost trying to find her way around. It also had the option that you could select if you were interested in an activity and see if anyone else in your group was also interested in it, which made it MUCH easier than the usual, "What do you want to do?" "I dunno, what do you want to do?" conversations ;) * Main dining room: We did the late dining option as it would get us to the table after having a chance to clean up and change from getting back on the ship when in port, and by having a fixed time, we never had an issue with cold food or long waits. I don't know if he's still on the ship, but we had Raymond as one of our servers, and he was just such an awesome little ball of energy! Always happy, always ready to help with anything. We also had breakfast there when we got back to Miami, and were able to get a solid, filling breakfast before we started the next leg of our journey. * Key West: My daughter and I just walked off the ship and walked around town. We had a wonderful time and got to take some great photos. There were excursions available, but we just decided to do some wandering on our own and did fine. * Cozumel: My husband joined us for this port, and we again just wandered off of the ship and did our own thing. He is fairly fluent in Spanish, so we just passed all of the usual port-of-call ripoff stores, got a taxi and went further inland. We went to a Catholic church on the island, San Miguel Archangel, which had some beautiful stained glass work and artistry. We then wandered around the markets in the area there and had some fun haggling. Most of the folks in the area there had some English, but would talk my husband's ear off when they realized he spoke their language :) Very friendly people. We then headed back towards the port and caught a taxi to a resort to do a little snorkling. I had picked up a couple full-face snorkles off of Wish that were about $35-40 including rush shipping and they worked fabulously, for less than the cost of one on the ship. Had dinner at Three Amigos near port, and though it was a little loud inside, sitting outside under the stars was beautiful! * Activities: There was always something going on - not being game-show or drinking folks for the most part, we still had fun looking at the gallery, participating in the art auction, going to shows, enjoying music, watching movies on deck (in the hot tub! How much better does that get!), doing crafts and just having fun. If you like a bit of quiet and the main pool area isn't doing it for you, head aft towards Pizza Pirate, as that area of the deck is much quieter. * Serenity retreat: I was actually really disappointed with this, because my husband could only access the bottom deck of this, and the amount of noise bleeding through from the main pool area was overwhelming. Kid-free? Yes. A quiet retreat? Not a chance. We did better at the aft pool area. * Faster to the Fun: We went ahead and picked this up, partially because I wasn't sure how worn out my husband would be by the time we got on the ship and wanted to be able to get right to our cabin fairly quickly. Well worth the investment! * General impressions: Sure, the Victory is aging a bit and beginning to show that, but the way some people talk, you'd think it was falling apart. It's still a solid, serviceable ship with decent traffic flow, lots to do and low prices. We liked it enough that we returned for a 3-night weekend cruise in May for just the hubby and I and had a wonderful time! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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
My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary on Carnival Victory over Labor Day weekend. The ship while old has had some upgrades such as new televisions in cabins. Embarkation was a breeze!!! I have NEVER gotten on and off a ... Read More
My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary on Carnival Victory over Labor Day weekend. The ship while old has had some upgrades such as new televisions in cabins. Embarkation was a breeze!!! I have NEVER gotten on and off a ship so quickly! We boarded in Miami and they have changed the process We got Fast to Fun pass and it was great. Smooth sailing. Our cabin was 1014 which was balcony. Good for two people. We were portside so we can see ships and Nassau when we can into the port. Dinning was ok. The burgers at Guy’s was best. We stayed over night in Nassau Bahamas so it allowed us to stay longer at Atlantis. We booked Atlantis Aquaventure with lunch in Nassau which comes with access to entire Atlantis. I would strongly recommend water shoes. It is large facility with a lot of water. The pavement was too hot for bear feet and some sections have been pressure washed in a while. Overall great getaway trip and nice anniversary. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose our first summer cruise (6th cruise overall) to celebrate our 20th Anniversry! It was fun! We arrived later than normal the day boarding at 2pm. Easy peasy. Once onboard we went to our stateroom where our keys were waiting outside ... Read More
We chose our first summer cruise (6th cruise overall) to celebrate our 20th Anniversry! It was fun! We arrived later than normal the day boarding at 2pm. Easy peasy. Once onboard we went to our stateroom where our keys were waiting outside our room. We opted for our first balcony experience and we quite enjoyed it! We were in room 8300. Quiet spot, lots of room and storage, comfy King bed. Of course we brought a power bar and put it to good use. Shower was hot all the time, bathroom big enough for us. Mini fridge is always handy. One day an hour after we left Cozumel I noticed a large fish in the water below our balcony. After watching it for a few seconds it came up for air and I realized it was a baby dolphin! I called my wife out too see but she was too late. Not two minutes later we saw two more young dolphins! A very cool experience we wouldn’t have gotten if we didn’t have a balcony. Most of the time the balcony upgrade is too pricey but for this four day cruise it made sense. One great upgrade in all rooms was the night light that would come on near the floor when you got up to go to bathroom in the dark! Someone was thinking, cool feature to have it on a floor motion detector. Only came on when your feet hit the floor. Food was good on board. The Atlantic dining room was our place to “anytime dine” and Nick and his crew were fantastic! Food was hot and tasty and Nick worked hard to make our experience great. We even got sang too and presented with a special dessert for our anniversary. That was a nice touch. We found that line ups were often long at the deli and pizza place. Go in off peak times to avoid this. My GF diet was catered too everywhere on ship except at the Blue Iguana, no corn taco shells!! Even the deli had a turkey wrap ready in a FF wrap! Buffet was decent and had two omelette stations. We had the cheers drink package and really enjoyed ordering whatever we wanted without worrying about the cost. Entertainment on board was great! Good shows in the main showroom and funny comedians, two of them. Wasn’t a big fan of Leticia, solo singer. Voice seemed to over power the ambiance. The casino was Smokey in areas but fun! We were premier guests and enjoyed Kyle and his crew with all the fun games and draws. I won $75 in one game when my playing card was pulled and I got to select an envelope to open. My wife’s name was drawn for a $400 prize but she was enjoying the balcony and couldn’t make it in time to collect her prize. Slot tournaments were fun as well as the BJ one. First cruise I ever finished up at. Only $300 but I’ll take it! Pool areas were fun, crowded but we just hopped in to cool off then jump in the outdoor shower. Water slide was fun, I enjoyed trying it. Lots of chairs could be found if you weren’t stuck on a particular area. I found good service at all the bars, staff was great. We really liked the itinerary, Keywest is vey fun and reminded us of a mini New Orleans. We did a hop on hop off trolley tour for $35 each, 90 min. Narrated. It was a great way to see things and hear the history. Next time we can go do something more specific. Leaving at 1pm made it a short stay, would love to hang out in Sloppy Joes and other bars longer. Cozumel is one of our favs and this time we booked an excursion privately with four other lovely people we met here on cruise critic. Tour was awesome, picked up in an air conditioned van and taken to a Tequelia farm, local bar, Coconuts bar and Tortuga Beach bar where we were fed free lunch (yummy tacos) and got to do some snorkeling for free. Very cool, was a 5 hour tour all over the island. Thanks to our tour organizer Cindy and Michael (NCL CIN) for including us and for our other new friends Tonya and Jill for being great passengers with us!! Tequelia farm is NOT to be missed and none of us were Tequelia fans prior to this. It tasted NOTHING LIKE the Tequelia we drink in North America. So tasty and smooth, no salt and lemon needed. Everyone bought a bottle Beiderbecke we left. Local bar was eye opening, 8 drinks and free apps, the bill was $25!! Coconuts was on the no hydro side of the island and well worth the trek. Drinks were pricey but bar and view was fantastic. All in all another great Carnival cruise, felt longer than four days! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
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
Looked for a short cruise while we were in Florida from Monday to Saturday. This one fit the bill. We have sailed Carnival before but not this ship and not a 4 day. But the timing and price were right so we took it. Glad we did. The ... Read More
Looked for a short cruise while we were in Florida from Monday to Saturday. This one fit the bill. We have sailed Carnival before but not this ship and not a 4 day. But the timing and price were right so we took it. Glad we did. The weather was great each day. The ship was not perfect but it's not new and we didn't expect perfection. All the staff were pleasant and seemed to enjoy their jobs. Everyone greeted us with smiles. Compared to our last cruise on MSC, which was over-hyped and didn't deliver, this cruise was Very Good! Only 2 ports of call were on this itinerary. We have never been to Key West but have been to Cozumel many times. I was surprised at the the arrival times for both ports - 7AM for KW and Noon for CZ. Many of the stores in KW were not open until 9 or 10 am. Since the ship departure time was 1 PM, that didn't leave a lot of time for shopping - which was okay with us because we packed light and could not take anything back with us anyway!!! We simply wandered around KW with no plan except to take a photo and the Southermost Point in the USA. There was a long line of people there so we just got a photo of the monument and left. We past the Southernmost House, the Southernmost Southermost House, the Southernmost Hotel, the Southernmost Donut Shop, the SM this and SM that, etc... Once we were back on board, we had a nice BBQ lunch waiting for us in the dining room. On other Carnival ships, the BBQ was cooked and served outside which was much more enjoyable. We arrived the next day in Cozumel and it was HOT! We had no plans and took our time to get off the ship. We walked by all the trinket and souvenir shops until we had to get some shade. We turned into a bar for $1 beers and decided that we were also hungry. We ordered chicken nachos and they were great! Back on board, we sat by the pool the rest of the day. The ship departed at 10PM. The last day was a sea day as we made our way back to Miami. We did sign up for the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast. It was well worth the $5 just to watch all the kids! And the food was fun too! Just in case it isn't mentioned later, embarkation was absolutely the best of our 16 cruises so far! We walked from our taxi right to our cabin with only one stop to show our passport and boarding pass. Our Sign N Sail cards were waiting for us at our cabin. No lines, no stops (we skipped to photos) and no waiting anywhere! Unbelievable! Good job, Carnival! Disembarkation was a breeze. Our deck was called 15 minutes after release, so we were off the ship before 8 AM. No excursions. No complaints. Good memories. Yes, we would do it again but we prefer longer cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
BACKGROUND: Decided to book a last minute cruise to celebrate my 73rd birthday. We drove from Savannah ,Georgia to Miami on Sunday. We stayed at The Holiday Inn Express Airport Doral Area where I had booked a cruise package that includes ... Read More
BACKGROUND: Decided to book a last minute cruise to celebrate my 73rd birthday. We drove from Savannah ,Georgia to Miami on Sunday. We stayed at The Holiday Inn Express Airport Doral Area where I had booked a cruise package that includes hotel stay for 1night, free parking for duration of the cruise and 1 way shuttle transport to the port on Monday morning. See review on Trip Advisor. We arrived at the port at 11am and because I had purchased a "Faster to the Fun" we were able to board very quickly and were in our stateroom by 11:15 Our stateroom was ready and very nice. The only picky thing I can complain about is that the picture window was not very clean but considering how close to the water we were I can understand how it would be difficult to keep them clean. SHIP: We were pleasantly surprised by the condition and decor of the ship. We saw crew members cleaning all the time. The ship is small enough that you can find your way around easily. The lobby area, pool area and Lido buffet area appeared crowded but the rest of the ship was surprisingly uncrowded and we were always able to find a quiet place to sit. The aft elevators only go to deck 9 so you need to use the midship or forward elevators to go to the top decks. Also the location of the Atlantic Dining Room on Deck 3 and 4 will prevent passage from the back of the ship to the front so you will have to go up to Deck 5 to access that area. DINING: We had early dining (6pm) in the Pacific Dining Room. There are VERY few tables for 2 in this dining room so if this is important to you, you should go see the Maitre D as soon as you can-if you wait until the evening they will probably not be able to help. The food was good in the MDR-not great but we were always able to find something we liked. The desserts were very good. The service was excellent. The singing and dancing waiters were FUN!! We did not utilize the buffet for meals so I can't comment on the food or service. We also ate at Guys Burger, Pizza Pirate, The Deli and had ice cream at Swirls and desserts and drinks at the buffet. All were very good-long lines at Guys and Pizza. There are seating areas available on several decks so if the tables in the buffet area is crowded look for seating on the upper decks ACTIVITIES , FITNESS. SPA, CASINO: We did not utilize but the gym looked to be large with lots of equipment and floor to ceiling windows. There were several free seminars offered. There is a jogging track on one of the upper decks, a small miniature golf putting area, shuffleboard, corn hole, video arcade. There is, however, not a promenade deck where you can walk all the way around the ship. The casino was small and very smoky. We did not go in the pools or the hot tubs but they looked inviting and clean but quite small. Lots of loungers available on multiple decks. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. The cruise director, Felipe, and his "fun staff" were very present during the cruise and were a lot of fun. CHILDREN: Children were well behaved SERVICE: We were pleased with the service. Everyone we met was friendly and happy to help. ENTERTAINMENT: This is the only area we felt was lacking. The Comedy Club was fabulous. There were two production shows that were, in our opinion, not very good and we actually walked out of Vroom. There was entertainment in various locations throughout the ship. We did enjoy the poolside entertainment events. PORTS of CALL: Key West 7am-1pm. We just walked around on our own. Cozumel 12noon-9pm. Carnival all inclusive excursion to Passion Island by power catamaran. The food was just ok, the included drinks were fine, the service was ok, the crew on the cat were fun. We got 3 hours on the island which was plenty of time. The island is pretty, the water was warm and a beautiful color, the sand was soft and white-what's got to like!!! The port area is very nice with lots of shops and several bars and restaurants. We ate dinner at Three Amigos at a waterfront table overlooking the lit up Victory and a lovely sunset. We were unexpectedly entertained by several "ladies" who apparently had had a little too much to drink who decided to hop up on the bar and dance and twerk. Quite interesting Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We traveled as a couple and stayed in a balcony room. The room was clean and Sari, our attendant was great. The food was average to good during the stay. The drinks and bartenders were very attending. The only issue is that this was Spring ... Read More
We traveled as a couple and stayed in a balcony room. The room was clean and Sari, our attendant was great. The food was average to good during the stay. The drinks and bartenders were very attending. The only issue is that this was Spring Break, and while I knew that and was prepared; there was a party going on down our hallway every night until the wee hours. Called Security and they would go back to their rooms and come right back out like mice. Thus, it was hard to sleep some nights. Learned my lesson there. We still had a great deal of fun and the weather was phenomenal.. Especially nice was the casino area. The band was very good and the staff worked very hard with a smile. Keep in mind that you cannot gamble until the ship leaves the port. One other thing, Always bring your ID! In Key West, we docked at the Navy Base and on the way back they stopped the shuttle and checked everyone's ID. A few did not have it and had to get off the bus. I do not know if they got back on the ship. it is not only a Navy base, but the Navy Seals train there, thus I believe the security is a little higher. Two excursions we booked on our own. One, we simply rented biked in Key West from Eaton Bikes. It was easy and I would recommend a ride out to the fort and the beach next to it. Secondly, in Cozumel, we booked Nachi Cocum Beach Club off their website. If you are looking for a less crowded beach with pretty good service, I would recommend. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We took a 4 night New Years Eve cruise from Miami on the Victory. The crew was great. Our dinning team was outstanding....friendly, efficient, outgoing....made dinner a joy. Same goes for room steward. Four shows (2 nights) were cancelled, ... Read More
We took a 4 night New Years Eve cruise from Miami on the Victory. The crew was great. Our dinning team was outstanding....friendly, efficient, outgoing....made dinner a joy. Same goes for room steward. Four shows (2 nights) were cancelled, one for weather, 2 for 'technical difficulties". Lounge entertainment was mediocre. First young man had a Karaoke voice andvorite a limited repertoire. Second was a steel drum player...she was ok...but 3 nights of steel drum.....really? The 1 show we did see was short and not very exciting...for entertainment....a C grade. Food was good and plentiful, B+. I will say that their boarding procedure was the best/easiest I have ever encountered. I like that cabin rooms are even on one side of ship, odd on the other....cuts down on confusion trying to find room. Don't like that cabins were only turned down either am or pm....not both. My guess is that they cut back on room stewards (to cut costs) and decreased service. I believe that Carnival is trying to be 'family friendly' which is fine for folks with children. They seem to have a lot for the kids, which is a good thing...but if you are cruising to have time away from the kiddos, then reconsider your choice. There were many unruly little ones running about. I was very surprised that there were very few stations to sanitize your hands...2 days after cruise I suffered Montezuma's revenge. Very few chances to sanitize. I have cruise other lines and will probably go back to my favorite...Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We’ve done the same cruise last two years. Cheap cruise, but excellent time. We got engaged on the victory in 2015. We went again the same week in 2016 and got married in Key West on the second day. The whole crew was excellent the ... Read More
We’ve done the same cruise last two years. Cheap cruise, but excellent time. We got engaged on the victory in 2015. We went again the same week in 2016 and got married in Key West on the second day. The whole crew was excellent the entire week. Super bar tenders that we attended all week. I honestly have zero complaints. The food in the dining room is just ok, but we are fine with that for the price we paid. We already have a spring break cruise booked on carnival triumph for the family in March. We had a suite so we had the faster to the fun. I don’t think we will go again without it. It is worth every penny. As for the ports, Key West is awesome. They had cleaned up nicely from the hurricane. Looking forward to going back again. Cozumel, is what it is. Very touristy, but a fun time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
My husband and I have been on 19 Cruises with Carnival being the one we choose most of the time. In November of 2017 we were on a 5-day cruise to the Keys and Cozumel. I can honestly say I have been on a bad cruise until this cruise, this ... Read More
My husband and I have been on 19 Cruises with Carnival being the one we choose most of the time. In November of 2017 we were on a 5-day cruise to the Keys and Cozumel. I can honestly say I have been on a bad cruise until this cruise, this ship was terrible! Let’s start with our cabin. Our room smelled like the sewer off and on. I do not believe it was cleaned from the previous cruise. The floor was not vacuumed, there was chocolate on a corner of the sheet that drapes over the comforter, the couch in our suite that pulled out to a bed was sticky and the comforter on that had what looked like someone had eaten Cheetos and wiped their hands on it. The Kleenex box was empty the whole cruise and when I pulled one off from the bathroom shelf and placed it on the counter it was never put into the Kleenex container. On our second day when we went to get off ship I told the cabin person that our floor needed to be cleaned, he asked if we wanted our room cleaned in the am or pm, I said pm but the floor needed to be vacuumed now! I was a little confused because on all other cruises they have made up the beds in the morning and turned them down each night, why am I paying him at end of cruise if I had to make my bed every day which is what I ended up doing? On all the other cruises it is normal to see hand sanitizers all over the ship, not on the Victory, on the first night in the dining room we saw one when entering but it was empty. Also on all other cruises you always see people cleaning everywhere, not on the Victory. Now let’s get to the food. It was not good! We have had many conversations with friends defending Carnival's food. I personally do not like buffet food, no matter where it is so we always go to the Dining room and that is what we tell friends when they say "I heard Carnival's food is not good" but this time I can say it was not good. I am not sure if Carnival has changed their food, their cleaning policies or what or if each ship is managed differently but I am probably not going to go on another Carnival cruise until I find this out, you have no idea what you getting into until the boat is at sea and then it’s too late because you cannot get off. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was a quick getaway for my wife and I (49-42), we are experienced cruisers with 5 celebrity, 2 carnival, and 1 Holland. Let me first say the highlight of our cruise was dinner in the dining room, our staff worked hard and ... Read More
This was a quick getaway for my wife and I (49-42), we are experienced cruisers with 5 celebrity, 2 carnival, and 1 Holland. Let me first say the highlight of our cruise was dinner in the dining room, our staff worked hard and were very accommodating (a shout out to Ozwit and his partners), the food was also well prepared. We had a balcony room 7396, it was a good location, the room attendant did a good job of keeping the room clean. The ship its self seemed clean and well kept, but small for the amount of people on board, there were crowds and long lines everywhere. This was a big problem especially in the lido buffet area, sometimes the lines where so long we just gave up and got pizza or a burger, one day we skipped lunch until around 3:00 when the lines went down. We also had the drink package, but sometimes the bartenders were so busy that it took long times at certain bars, I did hit my 15 drink limit on the last day and was told while in the casino that I could have no more, that sucked because I was drinking beers all day and was fine. The fellow passengers on board gave us a show everyday, most were very over weight and did not mind showing it in there bikinis, it was like a floating Walmart. The cruise overall was just ok, if this was my first one I might be turned off from cruising, but I know there is better. With that said the Wife and I have vowed never to cruise on less than a 7 day, and probably stay away from carnival. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our first cruise with a big cruise line. We had taken a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas on a groupon offer two years ago. We loved that cruise. We thought that a bigger cruise line with a bigger ship, more restaurants, more ... Read More
This was our first cruise with a big cruise line. We had taken a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas on a groupon offer two years ago. We loved that cruise. We thought that a bigger cruise line with a bigger ship, more restaurants, more entertainment would be even better, we were wrong. Embarkation and Debarkation were easy peasy! We came at our assigned boarding time, 1:00 and we just walked right on, no delays or waiting at all. It was about 1:20 when we got on the ship. We had to wait til 1:30 to get into our cabin. We carried our own luggage on so we didn't have to wait for that either. We loved the cabin! We got 6th floor, 6276, right by the elevators and since we are night owls, noise didn't bother us at all. Having a balcony suite was amazing! The bed was big and comfortable. There was so much storage we didn't even use half of it! Loved standing on the balcony before going to bed. One night we even saw bioluminescence in the water, it was a dream! We didn't need to use the extra electrical plugs I brought along because there were plenty in the room. We didn't see our steward very much but we really didn't want to. He kept the room clean and tidy and made cute animal towels for us (a dog and an elephant). This ship was pretty confusing. We still didn't quite have it down even when we left. The first port was Key West. We did not even leave the ship. The hours the ship was docked were 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At that time of day pretty much the only thing to do is shop. We had been to key west many times so there was no draw for us to get off and walk around shops, especially in the intense heat. We stayed on the ship and played the lobby games that were going on, trivia and connect four. My husband won the first trivia game and won a ship on a stick, a cute replica of the Carnival Victory. We purchased the drink package and did not come close to drinking the 15 drinks that were allowed. It was still probably worth it because drinks range from 6.00 for beers to 12.00 for specialty drinks. The only problem I have with this package is that we pay for 5 days and there are really only 4 days or less (depending on what time you arrive on the ship and how long your excursions are) The last "day" of the cruise is not a "day", its barely a morning. By 7:00 a.m there is constant badgering by loudspeaker to leave the ship, politely, of course. From what we observed, nobody was pouring any alcohol on disembarkation day. We didn't run the length of the ship, of course, but from what we did see, that was the case. We believe Carnival should change its policy on Cheers. Disembarkation day should not be charged for as there is little to no opportunity to take advantage of it. We understand that it is known before hand but when a policy is wrong, it should be changed as a sign of respect for customers. Breakfast in the pacific dining room was listed in disembarkation day from 6:30 to 8:30, however when we arrived at 8:15, there was nobody but wait staff there and there was nobody even cleaning up as if the dining room had been serving. The buffet was open but with the long lines and the quality of the food, we decided to pass. Now, about the food. We were very disappointed! The buffet was almost inedible. Actually, it was inedible, for us. It was also very disorganized, for instance, people were lined up, back to the pool, it went slowly. Also, they placed the waffles at the end of the buffet and placed the syrup in the middle of the buffet so people had to break into the line to get syrup for their waffles. Out of all the meals we had, only 3 were worth eating. The first one was elegant night, with the captains dinner, very good prime rib and strawberry bisque and chocolate melting cake. The second was late "snacks" on the cozumel excursion day, salsa, guacamole, RUM BALLS!!!!!!, octopus ceviche. The third meal was on fun at sea day, breakfast in the pacific dining room, popovers, filet mignon, eggs over easy, roasted tomato, fruit plate, delicious. Other than that the food was substandard. The flank steak was tough, the shrimp cocktail was basically 6 small, apparently previously frozen limp shrimp with sauce. The last night I ordered something interesting, hot buttered popcorn, something or other. It ended up to be flan in a cup with three kernels of stale caramel corn on top. On our first cruise the food was amazing, beef wellington, for example, I expected much more on this cruise. Our excursion was the VIP Mayan Ruins and Cenote swim. The tour guide, Carlos, was amazing. We could tell he loved his country and its history, he was a font of knowledge from start to finish. We were treated like royalty, always in air conditioned accomodations. The first leg of the journey was an hour ferry ride to the mainland, then an hour bus ride to Tulum. When we arrived in Tulum we were treated to snacks of salsa and chips and guacamole and chicken enchilladas with water and coke. This was served in a little shopping area where people were trying to sell merchandise. We would have loved to shop but this was a "moving" tour, no time to shop. Our next leg was a walk to the ruins. It was at least a mile. Along the way we saw black iguanas, birds, etc. It was quite a swift walk and very hot. When we arrived at the ruins there were a lot of hills, steps, walking and VERY HOT! Carlos did his best to help, stopping in shaded areas to tell about the history of the ruins. We were there about an hour with 20 minutes on our own to take pictures. It was a beautiful site along the sea side cliffs to the ocean below. After the ruins we got back onto the bus, we were handed a cold wet towel before boarding, HEAVEN. About a 20 minute bus ride to the first cenote where we boarded canoes and paddled to the 2nd cenote. It was a paddle of half a mile or so, but still a little bit of a work out in the heat. Next was another 1/4 mile walk to the last cenote, the "blue" cenote. By this time the mosquitoes were starting to come out. We spent about a half hour swimming in the cenote. It was beautiful, crystal clear, with little caves around the edges. There was a high edge for cliff jumping, which we did not do but alot of people were having fun doing it. We had bought full face snorkels for this trip and enjoyed using them in the cenote. Next leg of the trip was another 3/4 mile walk to an authentic mayan village that people live in today. The huts are made of bamboo with thatched roofs. The people sleep in hammocks with mosquito netting, it was very interesting. We were served a traditional meal of roasted chicken, beef, pork, vegetables, fruit, hibiscus punch (delicious) and coffee. They had two salsas, one mild and one HOT!!!!! I tried the hot. it was HOT!!!!! After the meal we walked another half mile to the bus, through heavy jungle vegetation, not machete heavy, there was a rocky path, but definately jungle. The mosquitoes were voracious! It was very unpleasant as there was nothing one could do but swat and slap. This was not the problem of the tour company, it is just the nature of things. Once on the bus the mosquitoes were gone and we began our trek back to the cruise ship. I forgot to mention, at our first stop in Tulum we were encouraged to buy charms made by the local people, they are made of black rock and they have your name written in mayan symbols. 99.00 for two, we bought them and they are very pretty. We arrived back at the dock at 9:30. We were very hot and tired but had a good time. When we got on the ship we realized that all the restaurants were already closed. We took showers and then went to look for food. That was the day they had the good "snack" buffet, thank goodness. We did our best to use our cheers package that night but the most we could do was 6 drinks. We have to mention the staff. Especially the staff at Alchemy Bar, Nathan, Nickola and Dayiana. They were spectacular. We spent quite a bit of time there and got to know them. They understood that I loved spicy hot so they crafted a drink especially for me with habanero infused tequilla, delicious! The pools were nice, a little small. We never actually went into any of the main pools because they were very crowded, a lot of children. We spent our time in serenity soaking in the hot tubs and meeting very nice, fun people from all over the world! We spent a few nights in the disco, it was always hopping and was open late, as was the casino. We did not gamble but got a few drinks at the casino bar. The only entertainment we saw was the comedy club with Manny Oliveira. He was FANTASTIC! Filled to capacity for every show. This guy would do his act on stage then bring up the house lights and interact with the audience, each show was different and each show was great. We would see him again in a heart beat! All in all, a good trip but we feel the food was very disappointing, restaurants and bars shut down earlier than we had expected, it was more crowded and had more children than we expected and the urgency of staff to empty the ship the last day was a bit disconcerting so basically all I can give is 3 stars. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My family and I really enjoyed this cruise. We were part of a group of 17 people. We had a row of rooms on the 6th floor. They opened our balconies and that made it nice that we were able to walk about to each other room via balcony. We ... Read More
My family and I really enjoyed this cruise. We were part of a group of 17 people. We had a row of rooms on the 6th floor. They opened our balconies and that made it nice that we were able to walk about to each other room via balcony. We chose the 10:30 check in time. That was nice but we were still not able to get on the boat until almost noon. It was nice not having to take pictures or anything when getting on the boat. They used your picture from your passport. The ship was an older ship but it was extremely clean. I loved our room. We never really wanted for much. There was plenty to do at all times. I would surely recommend this boat for any one who doesn't want to be on one of the newer mega ships. My only reason I couldn't give a perfect rating was because on night 3 dinner was more of a freestyle dinner so my husband and I were sitting at a table with a couple we didn't know. I would have liked to been with our group. My four year old daughter loved Camp Ocean and they loved her as well. She was always happy to go. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was my second cruise and overall, it was amazing! The food was particularly wonderful, the staff was friendly, the activities were plentiful and even the hiccups left my best friends and I with some amazing stories! Ship: Overall, ... Read More
This was my second cruise and overall, it was amazing! The food was particularly wonderful, the staff was friendly, the activities were plentiful and even the hiccups left my best friends and I with some amazing stories! Ship: Overall, the ship was well-decorated (personal opinion), clean and easy to navigate. The only negative we encountered about the ship overall was that in some areas (certain hallways, common areas) there was an unpleasant "restroomy" smell. Cabin: We booked an interior cabin that was supposed to have two twin beds and a pull out couch since we had 3 guests. The ship was not able to accommodate that request and instead gave us an average sized interior room with two beds. We were told that a cot would be brought to our room. It wasn't delivered until very late at night which would have been inconvenient if we wanted to nap that day or go to bed early. When the "cot" finally came, it was the equivalent of a blow up mattress on the floor. That was a bit disappointing. The linens on this "cot" were also never changed during our 4 day cruise. Other than that, the room was clean and service was good. Dining: The food was EXCELLENT! The Lido deck breakfast never disappointed and the dining room food and service was absolutely superb. One of our guests had a seafood allergy and was given the menu for the following evening every night so that the staff could be sure that her food would be prepared separately and safely. It also gave myself and our other friend the chance to get a sneak peak at what would be served. We also had the chance on this cruise to try the Seaday Brunch and it was delicious. Entertainment: What can I say? It was definitely a "Fun Cruise". During all of our relaxing we didn't get to do as many of the activities as we wanted, but each one we did get the chance to experience was fun. We went to Bingo, Karaoke (the Red and Black Lounge is beautiful btw), the Hairy Chest Competition and the Spa demonstration just to name a few. Ports: Key West was beautiful, but a short trip so plan activities wisely. There is not much of a beach, but the water is beautiful. Also, in regards to the shuttle that Carnival provides to and from the port at Key West, a million people will show up for the last shuttle so try to get there early just to be safe. We loved the Fat Tuesdays here! Cozumel was a lot of fun! We booked the Helmet Sea Floor excursion through Carnival and the experience and service were awesome. The tour guides were super helpful and two free drinks were included! Afterwards, the cab driver that was called for us by the tour guides took us to a resort called "Paradise Island" with the most beautiful heated pool! We could have stayed forever. The beach was a little underwhelming. I prefer the white sand and bluer water I experienced in the Bahamas. I enjoyed the Latinx culture and flavor of this destination but don't know if I would chose it again. Overall, it was a wonderful vacation and I definitely plan on sailing the Victory again when I get the chance! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
All of the people that worked on the cruise ship were great!! A few stood out to me though, Joel was our steward he was fantastic the room was always cleaned perfectly with a new towel animal everyday. Then at the casino there is a girl ... Read More
All of the people that worked on the cruise ship were great!! A few stood out to me though, Joel was our steward he was fantastic the room was always cleaned perfectly with a new towel animal everyday. Then at the casino there is a girl named Luane she was very attentive always remembered us when we came...... and trust me guys she brings you luck. We dined at the Pacific upper deck at table 671 with one other couple. Nino and Dwiyoga (we called him Yoga) took care of us. They were phenomenal. On our anniversary they brought us a cake and sang to us. I was a server for many years when I was younger so I have had the pleasure to work with many great people. Those 2 were by far the best servers I have every met and so very funny. All of these people work for 6 to 7 months straight away from their families to take care of all of those on board and they do an amazing job. Besides all of this Matey is a hoot we talked to him personally and watched everything he was performing and/or hosting he is definitely a treat to watch. All of the shows from the punchliner with Reno Collier (funny man) to the dancers are a guaranteed good time to watch. Plus they have all kinds of extra activities for all ages and tastes. the only issue I had was I went to the Art Auction and won a free painting from the art director Jay, we set an appt to come back to give shipping info and he asked us to come back the next day, we did and came the day after, never found him. The only one we found was Gio and he did not know where Jay was, so sadly I will not get the painting I loved. Still with that it was a great trip with wonderful people. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
NEVER AGAIN! May 15th -19th of this year (2017), My girlfriend and I decided to celebrate my birthday on Carnival, BUT, had a terrible experience on Carnival Victory. 1st, the stench of sewage was on every floor and lasted for the entire 4 ... Read More
NEVER AGAIN! May 15th -19th of this year (2017), My girlfriend and I decided to celebrate my birthday on Carnival, BUT, had a terrible experience on Carnival Victory. 1st, the stench of sewage was on every floor and lasted for the entire 4 day cruise to Key West and Cozumel. We spoke to the Guest Services Manager and were told there was nothing that could be done about the smell and that it happens on EVERY ship on EVERY cruise line. (we've been on 3 Norwegian cruises before this and did not smell sewage ever. Not even once.) He proceeded to tell us that if the smell was to bad for us, we could fly back home from Cozumel at our own expense!! GTFOH! Anyways, the smell was the worst on the 9th floor a.k.a. Lido Deck, which happens to be the same deck that the main buffet is on. Smell the sewage while getting food = contaminated food. No surprise both my girlfriend and I caught a virus that could not be medicated and had to run its course. This was confirmed by the E.R. when we returned home. We went to the medical center on the ship to show them that we were both ill and they would ONLY give us Tylenol and Asprin for A FEE! After a nurse confirmed my 102degree temperature, the receptionist at the medical center was beyond rude and made a point to explain that the smell on the ship is normal and was not something they are concerned with. With the exception of 4 specific crew members, the entire crew was rude, and at times condescending when we tried to express our concerns. On night 3, we were both woken up around 4:30a.m. to the nice, warm aroma of feces in our room. Literally smelled like someone took a dump on my face. We went outside for some fresh air just to be greeted by the fresh, morning aroma of varnish the deck hands were applying to all of the outdoor handrails. We purchased the Bottomless Bubbles (unlimited soda) which was a waste. While boarding, we noticed some guests bringing their own 24 packs of soda onto the ship. We were told we could not bring our own soda onto the ship until we actually boarded! Once on board we were told we can bring 1 24 pack of soda per person on the ship. We paid $29 for the unlimited soda package when we could have kept that and spent $1.99 for 24 sodas at a Wal-Mart. But we bought the soda package. SMH! And get this, I went to the bar to get a soda and was charged 18 cents!!! WTF?!?! I inquired about the charge and was told that soda is only free for those who have the unlimited soda package ONCE YOU'RE IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS! We couldn't see the Florida Coast and were told we were not quite in international waters. Free soda package and still paying for soda. The lines to the buffet were WAAAAYYYYYY long. Your best bet is to hit the buffet at times when most others have already eaten. Did I mention the smell of raw sewage on the buffet line? Think about this......if you smell something, i.e. raw sewage, that means particles from the sewage itself, small enough to be airborne are not only in the air.........but ALSO ON YOUR FOOD!!!!! This is not my opinion, this is a proven fact. Apparently the amount of fecal matter on your food is in such small quantities, that it has been deemed "safe" by whatever authority handles this specific issue. So you ARE EATING RAW SEWAGE! Any idea why BOTH my girlfriend and I caught a virus that had us miserable to the point that we couldn't enjoy anything? This was not only supposed to be a birthday cruise for myself, but also an anniversary cruise for my girlfriend and I. I know people usually rush to spill the beans on bad experiences and leave out the positive so without further adeu... The positives = every time we were off the ship. In closing......This is a cruise line. When people have terrible experiences on a cruise line, REST ASSURED you will NOT be contacted by the cruise line and offered anything to make up for the poor experience in attempt to show you that they really can provide you with a positive and awesome vacation. Remember, you are only one person - or party - and you are not "the masses". We are just two people, Carnival has shown us that they care ONLY about the masses.... which is where majority of their revenue comes from and they do not care about the "every - now - and - then" bad experience. After all it's about the bottom line right? Should you choose to cruise with Carnival Victory, cruise at your own risk and enjoy the food :-) Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I have been on a few other Carnival Ships and I must say this was my least favorite. We were in cabin 8401 which I knew might be a bit loud. But I found it louder than I thought. It would sound as if people were walking in our cabin as ... Read More
I have been on a few other Carnival Ships and I must say this was my least favorite. We were in cabin 8401 which I knew might be a bit loud. But I found it louder than I thought. It would sound as if people were walking in our cabin as they were walking the halls. Had had an incident in our hallway from our neighbors fighting. From that point on our neighbors would congregate outside our door and talk. I know not Carnival's fault, but if our room's walls wasn't so paper thin, I wouldn't have to listen to it. The buffet on Victory seems different in respect to the salad buffet. It was very limited and the salad dressing wasn't marked. Some lady raised her voice at me because they were not marked.(I don't work here lady and not my job to know) And when we did eat on the buffet we were having issues processing it.(IF you get my drift) I found myself staying in my cabin because of it. I found myself having to eat at the crab shack because the food was better. I shouldn't have to pay extra to have a good meal. When they say this boat is more congested that most, they are right. From the boats I have been on, this one seemed the most congested. Walking down the halls was a pain.(main) I personally hate having to walk in congested areas all the time. One of the worst experience of the trip was sleeping in the bed. It was the most uncomfortable bed I have ever been in on Carnival. I found myself sleeping on the couch. Which only alleviate the issue slightly. You can quote me on this, I won't be back on Victory. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The entire wedding experience was so well organized and beautiful. They met every need we had and the ceremony was perfect. The reception was in the night club and the toast, dances, cake and food could not have gone any better. My husband ... Read More
The entire wedding experience was so well organized and beautiful. They met every need we had and the ceremony was perfect. The reception was in the night club and the toast, dances, cake and food could not have gone any better. My husband and I are soo happy we made this choice! Personally, I don't see any other way being easier or less stressful. Our wedding guests list included over 30 people and everyone was always able to find something to do that they enjoyed. Smaller groups chose to do different excursions when we all met back at the ship we would talk about our different experiences and everyone said they really enjoyed whatever activity they did that day. The photographer Vitalina did such an amazing job it was impossible to pick which pictures we wanted, they were all great! Our wait staff in the dining hall was incredible and we all miss Yonathon! He and his team made every night so memorable. The food was fantastic and everyone who goes on this ship needs to check out the comedy shows and experience karaoke night. I loved every minute of this trip and will never forget it! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We was on cruise 15 times. This time we choose carnival victory. It was our worst cruise ever . waste of time and money. Dirty ship , cheap food. So crowded. Lines for food. Stay in line to grab some breakfast food than we have to ... Read More
We was on cruise 15 times. This time we choose carnival victory. It was our worst cruise ever . waste of time and money. Dirty ship , cheap food. So crowded. Lines for food. Stay in line to grab some breakfast food than we have to look for place to sit. It's impossible to walk around with plate in hand Traffic so heavy. Service close to zero No entertainment except load music all day long. 4 days cruise I had no chance to be in pool. That how over crowded it was. Wondering what the capacity of it. Pretty sure it was more. And service. It was 3 of us my husband and 9 years old boy and me. The kid should sleep on on bunk bed. We was doing his bed. Our Stuart introduce him self on second day and on 3rd thhe bring the ladder. For the bunk bed. Nightmare!!!! Will never ever go with carnaval Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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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