Sail Date: June 2018
Firstly when we got onboard it smelt like poop then go to the cab and there's no water they fix that then only cold water. The crew was not the nicest. The bartenders were kind of rude when you just ordered a Coke. The food was okay ... Read More
Firstly when we got onboard it smelt like poop then go to the cab and there's no water they fix that then only cold water. The crew was not the nicest. The bartenders were kind of rude when you just ordered a Coke. The food was okay nothing great not much on the buffet to choose from if you don't like seafood. The cruise director and shows were great. The amount of marijuana that was smoked on the boat with a bit too much for my liking. People were smoking it in the smoking section as young children were walking by. The pools were always overcrowded and hot tubs. The Pizza Chef was very rude. The serving staff in the dining were awesome. The guest services Workers were always very rude when you went up there. The merchandise in the shops were good priced in my opinion they are very pleasant employees. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
this is my 6 cruise and I have to said is the worst cruise ever, from the overall lack of cleanliness in the hallways, personal cabin, all restaurants and all areas around the cruise, dirty windows everywhere, sewage smell around the ... Read More
this is my 6 cruise and I have to said is the worst cruise ever, from the overall lack of cleanliness in the hallways, personal cabin, all restaurants and all areas around the cruise, dirty windows everywhere, sewage smell around the hallways, elevators and bars, , food is mediocre as best, terrible, always cold, no flavor at all, taste frozen, overcooked and re use , awful presentation, this goes for the buffet and sit down dinners, not to much interaction from the overall staff, slow service in all areas, lack of supervision or presence from either chefs, front of the house managers, officers etc checking the product, no sense of security, I report every night noisy neighbors in other cabins screaming and fighting each night and no one came to check on it, it was too many problems in the cruise with people misbehaving, bad language, screaming and no security was around to take control of the situation, I felt that I was in a wrong place all the time, no standards established at the sit down restaurant for people dressing in the main rooms, I saw people in tank tops, sandals, broken shorts and they let them eat there, people doing karaoke in their tables during dinner, making the ambience uncomfortable, I definitive will avoid Carnival Cruises moving forward and I strongly suggest to avoid this specific cruise Victory for a good , safe , relax vacation Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
I surprised my husband for his birthday and booked the Victory (Stateroom 6202) for it's May 14 2018 sailing. It had been three years since we last cruised but a well needed vacation. Embarkation from the Port of Miami was okay. They ... Read More
I surprised my husband for his birthday and booked the Victory (Stateroom 6202) for it's May 14 2018 sailing. It had been three years since we last cruised but a well needed vacation. Embarkation from the Port of Miami was okay. They never showed us where our luggage was supposed to go to be checked so we unfortunately had to carry our bags onboard. Not Carnival's problem but better signage and attentive workers at the port are more to blame for that. The ship in my opinion does not show its age. It could use better/updated signage on the 3rd floor where guest services is because the lighted signs are hard to read. Like others have noted, I did not like having to use the 6th floor or walk through the smokey casino (in in appearance but in smell) to get to the comedy area, karaoke, alchemy bar or Atlantic dining room but the only way to fix that would be to completely redesign the boat. The casino needs better ventilation as the cigarette smell radiated up to the 6th floor. Also, it would be great of the sports bar was not exposed to the casino to eliminate the smoke smell as well. Our cabin was great. Ironically enough I was super sick (motion sickness) from the flight earlier that morning but absolutely fine in the aft of the boat. It was very clean and efficiently stocked/tended too. Dining, le sigh. Lower your expectations. I learned my lesson that the cheaper the cruise is, the worst the food's quality would be. I'm glad I didn't book the Chef's Table. My husband was served raw eggs in this Breakfast bowl and the staff was always absent, slow and not personable. We had breakfast in Atlantic every morning and the taste of the food was inconsistent, but the service was always consistent in that the servers were inattentive and not personable. Entertainment was okay. I hated the shows outside of the newlywed show because it was centered around rock n roll and older style selections. As 30 somethings who listen to pop, R&B and gospel, the shows were very unappealing to our generation and culture. The comedian Azeem was good but his mature (18+) show was definitively not for the faint at heart. Lots of f & b bombs but I still found humor in some of his act. Service was more of a miss than a hit. Our cabin steward was the best and our dinner staff on the last night was the best service we received the entire cruise. The ports were okay. I wish we could have stayed in Key West a bit longer but we made the most of it while there. We did the hop on hop off trolley and enjoyed seeing the new and old island and hearing the history. During our Cozumel port the gangway was damaged due to a very bad storm so many people were stuck outside the boat for at east 4-6 hours while the gangway was repaired. We were happy we stayed on board that day to enjoy the empty boat. The passengers weren't the best but not the worse either. Many were friendly, most were 20 somethings who preferred being drunk/intoxicated so I'm sure they would cruise this boat again. We are more mature, laid back, foodies so this wasn't an appealing cruise for us, nor were we anxious to do another one very soon. Disembarkation was a mess and very disorganized. We carried our luggage off the boat and they called too many floors at once. We stood in a long line for a while and once back in the Port of Miami you were treated as if the vacation was over. Unenthusiastic employees who chanted "Welcome back" in a very monotone voice who made it clear to keep moving and leave the port ASAP. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We flew into the Miami Airport where we were able to check in with Carnival avoiding the long lines at the port. Our family was in balcony rooms on Deck 8, rooms 8267 (this room was too near the elevator lobby doors and was too noisy at ... Read More
We flew into the Miami Airport where we were able to check in with Carnival avoiding the long lines at the port. Our family was in balcony rooms on Deck 8, rooms 8267 (this room was too near the elevator lobby doors and was too noisy at night), 8269, and 8271. They opened one of the doors for us on the balcony creating a joined balcony which was so nice. We loved Guy's Burgers, and the dining room's food was delicious every night. Our grandchildren loved the water slide, the playground, and the putt putt. All Carnival employees were friendly, helpful, and kind. We parasoled with Sebago Watersports in Key West. Absolutely a wonderful adventure for all the adults. Easy lift off and easy return! So peaceful and the view was to die for. In Cozumel we taxied to Playa Mia, a resort on the beach with all kinds of water toys, beach chairs, and a splash pad for the kids. It was a great bargain for the cost. We disembarked ourselves and were to the Miami Airport by 9:30am. They had a checkin for our luggage right where we got off the bus, and were able to print our boarding passes for the plane there too. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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, where ... 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise because it fit a scheduled family visit. We live in Florida but the visitors were from Oregon and had never been or a cruise. The price, length of cruise, itinerary, cruise reviews and dates available were perfect for ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit a scheduled family visit. We live in Florida but the visitors were from Oregon and had never been or a cruise. The price, length of cruise, itinerary, cruise reviews and dates available were perfect for this trip. My wife and I had not been on Carnival in 10 years and we are currently Platinum with Royal Caribbean. Honestly I felt like we were taking a step down by choosing Carnival but for sure I was WRONG! There is much to like about Carnival and I now see why they are the biggest cruise line out there. there is so much to like about this experience, I hope I can convey it all 1. The ship is huge but not too huge 2. The ship was in amazingly terrific condition for an 18 year old ship 3. We had interior rooms on the bottom deck at the rear of the ship. Much to my surprise there was very little motion felt and almost no engine or propeller noise. We had a very quiet hallway and our cabin steward Antonio was nothing short of amazing. For a budget room, I give it 5 stars. Oh yes, the shower was the largest I have ever had on a cruise ship 4. I have to say, the food quality and selection was actually better than Royal Caribbean. We had a party of 8 and were seated on the upper deck of the Pacific MDR. We we is a quiet corner and it felt like a cozy local restaurant, we never felt like we were eating with 500 other people. Our wait staff, Donald, Luis and Dewar made our trip more than memorable. I cant say enough good about the entire dining experience 5. The entertainment was non stop through out the ship. There were activities for all age groups. The main show called Livin In America should have had an R rating. Not good for little children, very sexually suggestive and too much skin. The other show was a rock and roll tribute, it was terrific. 6. Service throughout the ship was spot on. There when you needed it but never overdone or "in your face" 7. CRUISE DIRECTOR: A Cruise Director can make or break a cruise. Our Cruise Director Felipe was hands down the Best of the Best. He managed to touch everyone in our group. 8. Ports of call Key West and Cozumel, great time, much better than the Bahamas. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
My first issue started with embarkation. I handed the rep my family’s documents, she mixed them up and then said there is a problem and had to send me to someone. I had to go straighten everything out in which I was told, there was ... Read More
My first issue started with embarkation. I handed the rep my family’s documents, she mixed them up and then said there is a problem and had to send me to someone. I had to go straighten everything out in which I was told, there was no problem. All documents were there. The rep then asked if we had any food allergies, I informed her that I documented the information in my cruise portal. She informed me that I needed to let her know. So I did, we boarded shortly afterwards, I was getting excited. As we were walking to the Lido deck, we were ambushed with tons of staff in which were trying to sell us so many different services, get us to sign up for raffles, to take photos. I felt very uncomfortable. Although the cruise fee was inexpensive, I still felt as if I paid my money to enjoy myself and not to be harrassed on every floor, at every elevator. It got aggravating as this occurred the whole cruise. We finally get to our room only to notice, my daughters luggage was missing. We went to guest services, the line was toooooo long. So we thought to enroll my 2 younger children for camp, in which was closed, during the cruise they were closed more than open and when I was able to drop off the kids, I was given 1 hour to 2 hours to assure I pick them up. All day went by and no suitcase. I finally went got to guest services, I received no help there, but the staff was very pleasant. I returned back to my room before dinner and finally the luggage was there. We get to the Atlantic dining hall and again I was asked to repeat my daughters food allergy list ( I was asked every night, at every seating) I will say I do appreciate RICA ROSA, who memorized my daughters name and allergy list from the first day of the cruise, although she wasn’t assigned to be our wait staff, she visited us at every sitting to assure we were okay. ( we miss her). The second day my husband and I found out that carnival deactivated our account due to a mistake on their end. They finally apologized after 30 min of arguing and forcing me to contact my bank, in which my bank informed me that carnival was pulling funds from my account after the authorization of the $100.00 was held. They totally screwed up my account and fixed it after frustrating myself and my husband. I really wanted to go home after that. The pool bar staff was very very rude, as I purchased 2 bottomless bubbles package (1 for me and my daughter) and I’m guessing I was wasting their time asking for Sprites with cherries (I don’t drink alcohol). My 11 year old was allowed to purchase jewelry and charged it to the room, when I took the jewelry back I was told that they didn’t know how to refund the item. This became a nightmare on top of a nightmare. I did enjoy being on the water, and watching the sun set and the beautiful sight seeing however I really wish I would have chosen a different cruise line. The sales people, and being harassed to buy, buy, buy really put me in a funky mood. I literally was dodging sales people by maneuvering around the ship by walking the back halls. Ugghhhhhhh... I would not recommend Carnival to anyone!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We drove to FL and parked at the Jet Port parking. Very easy to find right off of I-95 and if you get there for the first 10:30 departure is very quick to board the bus and they take care of your luggage. They drop you off at the port and ... Read More
We drove to FL and parked at the Jet Port parking. Very easy to find right off of I-95 and if you get there for the first 10:30 departure is very quick to board the bus and they take care of your luggage. They drop you off at the port and load your luggage on the carnival cart. The next we saw our bags they were in our room! Embarkation was a breeze. We are old fashioned and took just our BC and drivers license since departing from a US port and returning.(we intend on getting passports) We were through and on board with a Margarita by 11:15am. The ship is very accommodating but could get very crowded around the Lido deck bars and eateries. The buffet was very crowded at meal times, We enjoyed the dining room dinners but opted to skip the formal dinner. We were told that dressing up would be semi optional for Carnival was trying to get away from people feeling they are too dressed up or not enough. I think the atmosphere was semi casual rather than formal, with a few exceptions. Although casual was swim suits in the buffet and should have been left for sunbathing! Guys burgers was our favorite! My only complaint was with the Serenity adults only deck. Was not too crowded as i have seen in other reviews however, it is located near the entrance to the slide. When the slide was backed up on sea days the attendant looped the line into the serenity area. There were 20 kids lined up jumping and screaming while serenity guests were sunbathing and relaxing., This should be corrected with the line left out in the slide entrance area. The age in serenity is 21 and older for a reason!!!!! Entertainment was enjoyable. My husband was asked to join the classic rock band in the casino for a few songs. He is a drummer and played right along. We also joined in on the Military gathering on the last day. Very heart warming and our cruise had the original Top Gun author that wrote the book made into the movie on board along with the GPS founder. Would not have known this unless i attended. A few tears shed and great military stories from passengers. A must if future cruises offer!!! We carried our luggage off the boat since we did not have a flight to catch. Just as easy as boarding!!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We had 2 cabins. It was a lot of us and all with similar opinions. The food looked old tasted old and still had a frozen food smell. It was slimy. Very little options with the variety of foods. It looked like they just heated the same food ... Read More
We had 2 cabins. It was a lot of us and all with similar opinions. The food looked old tasted old and still had a frozen food smell. It was slimy. Very little options with the variety of foods. It looked like they just heated the same food everyday! The food at dinner was smelly meat, guey and the shrimp tasted old, the fruit was old and sour. We ordered and left everything in fear of getting sick! This was an issue everyday on board!! Honestly it was horrible to be hungry having paid thousands and cant even get a fresh meal. I felt trapped eating there. When we got of the ship, those were the only times we had good food. Not to mention our cabin stunk like musk and the prior occupants items were left behind. I mean c'mon I've been on the fascination and that ship gave us a better experience compared to this one. I will not travel with carnival again for a while because I'm afraid of wasting my time, money and possibly getting food poisoning and who wants that on their vacation!! 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 and where ... 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
Carnival Victory Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 3.5 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.3

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