Sail Date: December 2018
Both my friend and I wanted to get away for a few days and saw a great deal with Carnival and jumped on it. Being that we both have sailed on Carnival before and enjoyed our time, we were definitely looking forward to our upcoming trip. ... Read More
Both my friend and I wanted to get away for a few days and saw a great deal with Carnival and jumped on it. Being that we both have sailed on Carnival before and enjoyed our time, we were definitely looking forward to our upcoming trip. Trip day finally arrived, got on ship and was given wrong information about bag tags, checking in and was told to go have lunch.. it ends at 3:30pm. We got to the buffet at 3:05pm and was told it was closed and will reopen for after embarkation. We were soooo disappointed because we were starving after the early start of the day we had. We got to the area of embarkation meet up and the Carnival reps. Seemed to be confused of where people should be lining up. We were given our location and stood there for close to 40mins. During that 40mins it was hot, confined and noisey. Being on the ship before the embarkation procedure ran a lot more smoother than how it was being done on this ship. I asked one of the reps why they changed how they did things they told us that it’s always been this way. A few of us that had been on before told her no.... we were in a bigger area. The area was so hot and confined that someone fainted and had to get medical attention. If you are a foodie... this cruise is not for you. The buffet did not have variety and food was tasteless. Sit down dinner was the same. Service took forever to bring your courses out. Ship was extremely cold. Pack a sweater or jacket. Only positive, met a few workers that we will never forget with heatring their stories about life. Again, very disappointed with Carnival. This is our third time and will be our last. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
I have to say that I didn't expect much of my cruise after reading the bad critics from other folks in this tribune and this is why I am writting about my experience. We are an early 50 year couple which experienced Carnival a second ... Read More
I have to say that I didn't expect much of my cruise after reading the bad critics from other folks in this tribune and this is why I am writting about my experience. We are an early 50 year couple which experienced Carnival a second time in our last 18 cruises history and I gotta say, we weren't dissapointed. First, the price of this cruise was so accessible that all together, it was a bargain for all that was offered to us. Yes, the ship needs to be refurbished but is still in shape and clean to continue to operate, has fair size cabins (not too small like the new ships) but are not well insulated as you hear noise from the hallway. Staff on board are great, helpful and very nice . Plenty of activities took place on the ship, dance & games around the pool, movies, comedy and shows were adequate and lively, We attended the main dining room all days of the cruise at dinner and we didn't feel going elsewhere as we liked the variety of dishes and taste but we always had a peak at the buffet and it seemed ok. I must say the line up at the buffet for breakfast and lunch are way too long. The fitness center is great and also include a steam room and sauna at no charge.(don't see that ofter these days).. Embarkation and disembarkation went very well... All together, this is a value cruise that really worth it. I would recommend to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Embarkation and Debarkation went very smoothly. The ship was great and the movies played at night were awesome. The entertainment was amazing. For our excursion we went on a taxi which showed us around the Bahamas and took us to different ... Read More
Embarkation and Debarkation went very smoothly. The ship was great and the movies played at night were awesome. The entertainment was amazing. For our excursion we went on a taxi which showed us around the Bahamas and took us to different destinations around. We then went to the beach and the water was crystal clear and they were playing some good music. Our waiters at the restaurant, Pudjiono, Daniel and Putra were amazing! They were very kind and Pudjiono even learned our names and remembered our drinks from the night before. They were great people. Our room stewardess Odin was also spectacular, he always greeted us by name and cleaned our room during our chosen hours and did a great job. The activities on the ship were okay. The show during dinner was very exciting. Overall the cruise was amazing. The whole crew was full of great people and the fun was very good. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We booked this cruise after talking to a travel agent and weighing options. I have three children- 10 years, 7 and 1. We wanted something family friendly as we were traveling with a one year old. My kids love to swim, even the 1 year old ... Read More
We booked this cruise after talking to a travel agent and weighing options. I have three children- 10 years, 7 and 1. We wanted something family friendly as we were traveling with a one year old. My kids love to swim, even the 1 year old and we knew we would spend our time at the pools and hot tubs. Well we learned when it was too late that if your kid is not potty trained they cannot go in the pools- even in a swim diaper! This was strictly enforced and the life guards stopped us before we could get in the water on day one. There were NO activities for our one year old. There was a playground he could play on but wasn’t made for kids younger than 5. He obviously played on it but we had to watch him to make sure he didn’t fall off the sides. The location of the playground was tough as it was on the side of the ship and windy which made it cold. Basically our family was divided the entire time as my husband and I had to take turns walking the baby around inside because our baby would cry if he saw water and wanted to get it and couldn’t. We spent a lot of time walking up and down stairs as my one year old found that amusing. We were able to do a Dr Seuss read along play that lasted 30 minutes maybe. There was baby sitting offered but for added money only and honestly I just spent a ton of money getting on the cruise and wasn’t going to pay more for him to sit in a room with someone he didn’t know and honestly this was supposed to be a family trip where we are together doing stuff! There was a kids playroom for kids to play that were signed up for their camp program and I asked if I could take my baby in there and stay and play with him and they told me no I couldn’t do that. I asked for options for him then as he couldn’t swim and couldn’t be in the playroom and they told me there weren’t any options. There were staff on the ship that didn’t know babies couldn’t enter the pool yet when I questioned the policy and why it wasn’t advertised better and the answer I kept getting was it was in the contract. Obviously fine print as many staff didn’t even know! My 10 and 7 year old had a good time as they swam literally as much as possible. They went to the night club once but mostly they wanted to swim so I can’t say too much about those services. One mom I did talk to said she was disappointed with the kids program as they didn’t take them to the pool to swim, just inside activities and her kids liked being outside. There was a walking track and shuffle board but it was at the back of the ship near the smoke exhaust and that didn’t seem like the best lay out. The kids club area and arcade were also located poorly where you had to walk through the casino and smoke to get there. The rooms were bigger than we thought they would be- the beds were comfy and the food was good. Staff were super nice. They kept things very clean. If we didn’t have small children I would rate this cruise higher but I feel completely mislead and taken advantage of. I believe it’s poor business practice knowing the ages of the people signing up and not going over the restrictions for those kids ahead of time. I don’t want another family to go through what we did! Wait until your kids are older before you book! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
I just want to tell everyone pick a different cruise line. The only thing going for them is the wait staff and cruise director and spa staff. So lets begin so we board the ship and go to our room to start my wife's birthday cruise and in ... Read More
I just want to tell everyone pick a different cruise line. The only thing going for them is the wait staff and cruise director and spa staff. So lets begin so we board the ship and go to our room to start my wife's birthday cruise and in our room was supposed to be a large tropical bouquet and balloons cake and more..... We open the door and i'm hoping she is going to be happy with her surprise and nothing!!! As noting in the room but a very small bouquet and that was it.. So i call the front desk and ask where is my $182.dollars worth of stuff to surprise my wife they said they would check this is at at 4:20 pm so we go explore the ship and come back after be gone for 3 hours and still nothing i call again. They tell me they are working on it.so we do late dinner and come back to the room with the decorated with paper balloons and still no change with the flowers. The next morning i go down to the desk and asked for help they tell me they will call me about the flower and fix it.. So we get ready for our fun day in nassau we get to our boat and the weather is awesome we board the boat going to the private island and after waiting 30min they tell us our excursion is canceled our trip and the held us there. When the finally told us we could go. I ask what else could we do they told us we had to go back to the ship and see. So we did i went to the excursion desk and the lady they said we could go scuba diving and nothing else of we could just go to the public beach which if you do you home work you will find its advised not to do. So i go to the customer service desk and ask for help the tell me the will will refund my excursion money but i'm want my wife to have fun she only turns fifth once so can you help me they call the excursion desk and they told the desk the same we can go diving. So they tell me sorry nothing we can do. You can enjoy the boat or the shops in nassau. So 1pm and now three other boat have ported so place is packed so i take her to paradise resort buy taxi and try to make the best of it no thanks to carnival..we get though saturday. And finally sunday morning get a call from the vp of customer service at 11am telling me that she was going to send someone to take a picture of the flower and send it to corporate and i could handle it with them. Well them never showed to take the picture so i took one myself.. So monday when we got of the boat i called the customer service line and told everything that happened and the guy that works for the carnival told he was sorry but there is nothing he can do..... I will never ever take a cruise on this line again it was the worst experience of any cruise or trip i have ever taken. IF SOMEONE SPENT $3000 ON A 3DAY CRUISE WITH ME I WOULD FIND A WAY TO FIX THE PROBLEM Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
The beautiful Victory was just upgraded last January. It has the best kind of water slide - I slid 21 times. (The newer ships have slides that are too scary for me.) Sliding is best sitting up & leaning forward. (Walk carefully on the ... Read More
The beautiful Victory was just upgraded last January. It has the best kind of water slide - I slid 21 times. (The newer ships have slides that are too scary for me.) Sliding is best sitting up & leaning forward. (Walk carefully on the wet pool deck - it's very slippery.) Mini golf & ping pong were also fun. I loved the blue & green atrium with glass elevators & the cabin upgrades. Dancing in Club Artic was SO much fun, especially when they played 70's & 80's music for 30 minutes Saturday night. Dining was great - Carnival matched us with two couples of similar ages. The food was wonderful and so was the service. Most people on board were very friendly. The Blue Lagoon Island Beach Day is a great excursion if the weather is good. It's a beautiful private island with 5,000 palm trees. The boat ride to the island was pretty & fun, especially when our boat jumped a huge wake from the other boat. Dolphins walked backward on their tails, spun around & arched jumped together during their feeding right in front of us. We had a great time! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Prior to this cruise I had taken 11 Carnival cruises and loved them all. I had also done this itenerary 3 times in the past and loved it. I was really wanting to visit Key West again and was only 8 days after a cruise on the ... Read More
Prior to this cruise I had taken 11 Carnival cruises and loved them all. I had also done this itenerary 3 times in the past and loved it. I was really wanting to visit Key West again and was only 8 days after a cruise on the Fascination,craving another cruise. This one was perfect ,Key West Interary and nice ship i had never been on. Embarkation was quick and easy.This particular ship has the sign and sail cards placed in the mailbox outside the cabin rather than issued at check in,so that speeds things up considerably. You can use your boarding pass to purchase drinks,etc prior to getting to the cabin to pick up your card. I loved the design and decor of this ship,so lovely!! the crew were so nice and helpful at all times. I only had dinner in the MDR twice,as I simply didnt see anything on the menu I was in the mood for the other two days.The food is delicious and of great quality. I booked this cruise for the interary,and it did not disappoint. I booked the Hop on,hop off conch train in Key West so I could see all the sights I wanted. I know you can walk up Duval to get to the Southernmost point,but I was not up for that long of a walk so I did the train. You can get off at a stop and walk over a short distance to it,so thats what i did.Key West is beautiful,and I highly suggest the conch train or the trolley tours for a great tour of the island This trip to Cozumel was my best ever. I booked a tour through the shore excursions desk that included snorkelling,lunch , a tableside guacamole demonstration,as well as a tequila tasting and demonstration. Protip: the passionfruit tequila was my favorite . Yum! this was my first attempt at snorkeling so I struggled a little with getting the hang of keeping water out of the mask and snorkel but when was doing it right it was amazing to look down at the fish and coral just a few feet below me! I felt like I could reach out and touch the fish. This was just a great cruise all around. I would definitely book this ship again. I hear it is going to be redone and changed to the Radiance,so I willl be trying it when it gets done. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Anniversary Cruise with the wife. These things happened onboard and I reported them to Carnival Customer Care when I returned home. (Note: These issues were not resolved by onboard staff when they were reported.) 1) Friends were unable ... Read More
Anniversary Cruise with the wife. These things happened onboard and I reported them to Carnival Customer Care when I returned home. (Note: These issues were not resolved by onboard staff when they were reported.) 1) Friends were unable to board because Carnival was trying to determine if they had a medical device that I use. How did they get my information on their cabin? Carnival Customer Care Response: Because they had dinner with us the information was given to them. Wow!!! 2) Passengers next to and above us (they were together) decided it was a good idea to put 9-10 inch speakers in hallway and blast music. They also did this in their cabin. Reported to Guest Services & Security. Nothing done. Carnival Customer Care Response: None (Onboard security stated they only “...take care of these types of issues at night”. The cabin steward handles in the daytime.) 3) Pre-Ordered a vanilla anniversary cake to be delivered for dinner. Received a chocolate happy birthday cake. Wow #2!! Carnival Customer Care Response: Refunded money. 4) Ordered food from room service twice. Resulted in wrong drinks and cold chicken wings. Carnival Customer Care Response: None At this point we’re done with Carnival. My wife and I have only cruised Carnival in the past. I have 11 and she has 12. We are Gold & Platinum members respectively. We requested Carnival refund our money and were told via telephone by Alicia today that nothing would be done. She offered a credit on our next cruise. Next cruise, seriously?!?!?! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I had a really nice time on the Carnival Victory. The ship is in really nice condition, and the staff and food were exceptional. I flew into Miami the night before my cruise. Embarkation was probably the quickest and easiest I've had so ... Read More
I had a really nice time on the Carnival Victory. The ship is in really nice condition, and the staff and food were exceptional. I flew into Miami the night before my cruise. Embarkation was probably the quickest and easiest I've had so far. I arrived right at my arrival appointment, and never stopped in a line until I was getting my first drink at the bar. The ship is nice, though it took me a little time to acclimate to the layout, e.g. when going Aft from Deck 3 Fwd, you have to go up to Deck 5 and over to Aft because the two dining rooms and galley are right in the middle. But once I got used to that, I was good to go. The pool areas were nice; a decent amount of loungers, but I wouldn't have minded a bit more shade. I stayed in an 8C Balcony cabin. It was really nice and pretty spacious. There was a decent amount of storage. The ONLY thing I wasn't a fan of was the safe - it was the kind you need to swipe a credit card to lock. I wanted to put my credit card IN the safe LOL! The balcony itself was nice and I enjoyed sitting out there each day. Food throughout the cruise was very good. I really enjoyed the Blue Iguana Cantina. The only day I encountered crazy lines at the Lido buffet was embarkation. Otherwise, it wasn't too bad. Dinner in the MDR (Pacific) was good as always. Honestly, Carnival always excels in the food. This was my first solo cruise, and I was seated with a few other solos, and it was nice to come to dinner each night and chat about our days. I enjoyed the evening/night life on the ship. The piano bar was a lot of fun, and the Alchemy Bar is a neat concept. The shows are a little cheesy, but that's part of the charm. The staff on the ship throughout were top notch from the dining room to the bars to the "fun squad." Felipe is a really fun cruise director (woo hoo). This cruise stopped at Half Moon Cay and Nassau. HMC is one of Carnival Corp's private islands in the Bahamas and it is PHENOMENAL. Honestly, I could spend a week there and not get tired of it. The tendering process was quick and easy for me. Nassau is Nassau and it was fine; I didn't take an excursion this time and just enjoyed a quiet/empty ship. Disembarkation at the end was a zoo. There were a couple of "stops" so CBP lines could clear and it made the process/wait tedious. I don't know if it's always this way, or if it was an anomaly on this trip. Overall, I really enjoyed myself and would definitely go on this ship again. 10/10 Read Less
Carnival Victory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.1
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 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.3

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