Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first cruise and we loved it. We departed from Miami, which we did not explore because what we did see in Miami we we're not impressed. To be honest it looked dirty and unsafe, but that can be anywhere. The food in Miami was ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we loved it. We departed from Miami, which we did not explore because what we did see in Miami we we're not impressed. To be honest it looked dirty and unsafe, but that can be anywhere. The food in Miami was amazing though. Getting on the ship was easy but we paid for a fast track so we would not have to stand in line as we have a 1 year old. The embrakation was smooth. They did a safety drill for each Munster station which was a mess. I suggest they scan room cards as you come in and pass out bands for children 12 and under that way you don't have to stand for an hour waiting to get a demonstration of putting on a life jacket. Other than that it was easy to go. The ship itself was beautiful and looked new. The 5th floor had a Casino for those who want to gamble and life music with an amazing band. The fun shops are small but amusing. The theater is huge and beautiful. The public areas were beyond clean. Oh there is a small playground for kids, my daughter loved it! Our cabin was awesome. It was clean as a whistle upon our arrival. The showers have shampoo and body wash dispensers so that is convenient. We had a balcony beautiful room but wish I got a room with a window only for extra play space.l enjoyed seeing a new towel animal daily after house keeping cleaned. Which is done daily. Dining OMG food galore!!! I ate 7 meals a day, the Lido deck had a great buffet. There were great restaurants to eat at that we're free. I didn't do fancy dining cause I'm on vacation with family not the President of the United States. So I can't tell you about the food you pay for. Room service food was delicious too and the employees that bring it are beyond amazing. One was from Thailand another from Bahamas and Ukraine, amazing! I did not do adult entertainment because o was more concerned we the my daughter having fun so I did that. Their we're movies every night. We did a parade and story time. Tons of pictures with Dr.Suess characters she loved it. I wish there were more activities like that for her during the cruise. The music selection was not my favorite but hey peoy want to party, but I think there should have been more of a variety! Service was stellar! Seriously if anyone complained they had to be drunk. The photographers we're amazing and professional. Housekeeping professional, hilarious and worked hard. Cooks well the best because they fed us. Capatin out of this world. Our Cruise director Felipe the best. And I remember Josh the guy who was always making a joke for the performances great and funny. Bartenders quick and polite. Room service quick and didn't mind me picking their brains! Ports Key West Sucks! Their only place to walk is Duval St and nothing is open when you dock. Boring during the day and I will stay on the ship when I cruise again and it's a stop. Cozumel, totally beautiful. The natives are hilarious and so friendly, they do everything they can to sell stuff but hey that have to make a living too. The atmosphere here outstanding! I'd visit Cozumel Mexico anytime. The save the sea turtles was an amazing excursion my older kids did it and said that was the highlight of their day. Disembarkation was a gaggle they need to exit those who paid for quicker exit first by floors not herd us into a room tells us to sit then now leave. Customs was friendly and polite. The biggest issue of leaving was Miami TSA rude, rude, rude except for 3 TSA women who was awesome by my daughter. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I want to start with the praises because the list is shorter. I loved our steward on the 10th floor although I didn't see him as frequently as stewards on previous cruises. I think they seemed short-staffed. He was sweet to replenish the ... Read More
I want to start with the praises because the list is shorter. I loved our steward on the 10th floor although I didn't see him as frequently as stewards on previous cruises. I think they seemed short-staffed. He was sweet to replenish the ice in my husband's beer bucket without our asking. That was kind. I liked one of the comedians. I think Cee Cee was his name. Although his R rated show should have been an X. I couldn't imagine taking my 18 year old daughter in there but he was funny. The other guy was ok. I think his name was BT or something but he engaged too much with audience members doing improv more than sticking with a skit. Loved the gym. Descent, modern equipment with a great view and never had to wait to use anything. Usually just a few people in there. The process of loading and unloading passengers went smoothly and our waiter at dinner was nice too. This is where my compliments stop. I get that it is impossible for there to not be some glitches but having to turn off plumbing in the middle of the night was a hassle. The smell of smoke walking through the casino was disgusting. Need better filters. The piano bar guy sucked. That has always been my favorite part of the cruise. In the past, the piano guys were so engaging. This guy got off course, only took requested if you tipped, would say he would play certain songs and never play them, and instead would play weird "non piano bar songs". No one stayed longer than one or two songs. There was never more than 10people in there. The waiter took my husband's half full beer when he went to restroom and refused to replace it. The food gets worse and worse each cruise. It's obvious they are cutting corners on a lot over the years. I don't think I took more than a couple of bites of any of my food. The sandwich wraps from deli were edible (hard to ruin) and the fish tacos at cantina were descent. The pizza sucked. I even was disappointed this time in Guys burgers. The dining room was horrible. Every entree, side, desert or appetizer was mediocre at best. I tried to avoid the buffets because some patrons act like it's a competitive sport and it's like Survivor: The Golden Corral Buffet. I kind of get PTSD with some neanderthals acting like they have never eaten or will never eat again. Seems more and more family reunion situations which is fine I guess but it sucks when an entire family camps out in certain sections like the pool, hot tub, etc and they act like they are the only ones there, yelling at the top of their lungs being obnoxious. The walls are paper thin. We were under the gym. Not sure if we heard weights being dropped all night or what but it was noisy. I wish there was a way to put noisy party animals on one floor, and people who respect their neighbors all on one floor. It sucks when either the Captain, staff, or neighbors are all taking turns making noise. I think they have cut back on a lot. They charge now for room service after 10 pm and all the "upgrades" we would get are gone. They also seem short staffed. In the theater, a waiter was ignoring us trying to get his attention so other customers had to point us out. I was bummed because we wanted to take advantage of being one of the few left on the ship after docking in Mexico. I went to hot tub, it was cold. Went to steam room and sauna, turned off. I guess they shut these things down in Port. The floors of the lido deck and the attached dining area were always wet. I lost count of how many people I saw fall. I have bad knees and ankles so I walk especially careful and slow and I slid a lot. Even saw an elderly guy in a wheelchair fall and there wasn't a staff member anywhere. My husband had to flag him down. All in all, u get what u pay for. Some people probably really get their money's worth. For families on a budget, it's a deal. U get your lodging, food, transportation and entertainment. Our teens have always enjoyed all the activities in the teen club but my husband and I would never step foot on this ship if it was just us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Was looking for a short cruise for my first time cruisers grandsons 9 & 7 years old it doesn't have a splash park but they did keep the kids busy with camp carnival and build a bear on the one sea day we had plus the one water slide ... Read More
Was looking for a short cruise for my first time cruisers grandsons 9 & 7 years old it doesn't have a splash park but they did keep the kids busy with camp carnival and build a bear on the one sea day we had plus the one water slide they do have and the movies at night on deck. that's the good part ,now the bad the food in the dining room was cold and seemed to be poor quality nothing great the Buffett food also had a problem with temperatures as well as being nothing great and the carving stations meats were mostly overcooked desserts reminded me of the ones you get at a Chinese Buffett nothing great .i like to get up early in the morning and walk the ship usually getting a coffee in the Buffett however i wasn't able to do that because they never had a machine ready for early risers also i noticed several times at 4:30 am several young children roaming the halls with no parental supervision it's like carnival just didn't seem to care about this ship and left me wondering if they were trying to cut corners to save $$$$$ very disappointing.this was my 3 rd cruise with carnival and probably my last Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I was traveling as a “Girls night out” vacation. We had 3 women in our 30s. This ship was a lot of fun! I normally travel on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean but I think I’ll be switching to carnival now. We had a ... Read More
I was traveling as a “Girls night out” vacation. We had 3 women in our 30s. This ship was a lot of fun! I normally travel on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean but I think I’ll be switching to carnival now. We had a balcony overlooking the back of the ship on deck 8. The room was great! The balcony was huge! Easily double the size than I am normally accustomed to. The beds were comfortable and there was ample storage. The only downside was the shower area wasn’t as nice as other ships. There was a gross curtain instead of the spa doors. But other than that it was ok. The muster drill was a complete failure. It was hot, it was crowded and disorganized. You couldn’t see or hear any instructions and they had us packed in so tight that a woman actually fainted. Not one staff member came to assist the poor woman. There’s got to be a better way to take care of this requirement. This was by far the worst experience on any ship I’ve been on. The lounge areas were nice. The club was a lot of fun and had good music. The pool areas were also a good time. I didn’t see any of the shows so I can’t comment on that. The dining experience gets mixed reviews from me. The food in the dining room was really good! We had any time dining and never had to wait for a table. The waiters were all very good and entertaining. The rest of the ship was hit or miss. It felt like every time I wanted to eat, everything was closed. I did not see the Mexican taco place open once the whole time. The burger place was mediocre at best. The sandwich shop was disgusting. The buffet had good food but it was closed more often than not. The pizza place never closed but the pizza was completely tasteless. Literally it tasted like dry cardboard. But unfortunately that seemed to be the only spot open for food for most of the trip. Overall I had an awesome time! I’m going to take a week long cruise on the same ship in August so I’m hoping that the dining experience will be different. Maybe the restaurants are open more for longer trips? Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
My family and I were apart of a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas traveling with a party of 65 people. My husband and I along with my 11 year old son and mother in law joined us. Let me first start out by stating that me, husband and son have ... Read More
My family and I were apart of a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas traveling with a party of 65 people. My husband and I along with my 11 year old son and mother in law joined us. Let me first start out by stating that me, husband and son have cruised before on the Disney Dream several times. I must say that you get what you pay for. I talked my husband into going knowing his only point of reference for cruising is on the Disney Cruise Line. In my earlier years (20's), I've traveled on the Carnival Cruise before and I must tell you, I think that experience was far better back then. The embarkation was smooth however the one representative that I encountered was not as friendly and appeared to be very upset that our boarding documents were printed on the front and back of the paper. This was a huge no..no! I was scolded for that and had to wait in line while she printed a new ticket for me. Once that was done, we proceeded to board the ship. It was smooth sailing after that. While on the ship, we arrived to our cabin at 1:30pm. We had a balcony view cabin. We didn't enjoy it much because the windows of the balcony was so cloudy and dirty, we couldn't really get a good view of the beautiful ocean and sites. We stood up most of the time looking over the cloudy window. We could tell that they didn't clean the windows nor did they clean the floor of the balcony due to the accumulation of dirt in the corners of the balcony floor. Our bed was a King size bed that was pretty comfortable until I rolled into the center and felt the crease. I then realized that I was sleeping on two twin beds pushed together. That tells me that the lining used on the bed was either thin or missing. I made sure not to roll in the center of the bed avoiding the crease in the center. Our cabin steward was very nice and kept our room clean. I never complained to him or anyone on the boat as I didn't want to appear to be a cruise snob. The dining was nice, food was good not great. Waiters were nice and accommodating. I came down for dinner once, and I didn't have a good experience so I opted to have dinner in other places on the boat. Entertainment and activities for children were lack luster. My son begged me not to leave him in camp carnival as I had him registered. My son is 11 years old and when we arrived to camp carnival, we saw a few dinosaurs and lock blocks on the floor. Some monitors with no wifi and a few children younger than his age group. He slightly tugged at my shirt and gave me the look and I read his lips...PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ME HERE!. I knew why and we left. Carnival should have more activities and things to do for that age group. The Entertainment for adults were okay! The comedian on board was funny but other than that, the night club was overcrowded and the waiters there would take your order and swipe your card then go on break. We had to track down the only waitress in the place and explain the situation. She was so upset by her coworker's actions but she remedied the situation, brought us our drinks and apologized. The service at the Blue Iguana Bar was horrible as was the service at the Seafood Shack onboard the ship. The crew members that serviced those areas appeared to be over worked, bothered by taking orders and dealing with guest. They lack customer service skills and just out right rude. Ports and Shore excursions - well we couldn't wait to get off the ship and head for the Atlantis so we could spend the day there and away from the Carnival Victory ship and it's staff. I must say, this was a good experience for my husband to experience other cruise lines other than Disney Cruise Line however, I created a beast! We could never cruise with this line again with our son who was like his dad...vowed to never return to Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted a 4 day that sailed during the week. We were on this ship December 2016 and enjoyed ourselves. This time we went July 2018. There were a few upgrades since our 2016 trip. Our room was already ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted a 4 day that sailed during the week. We were on this ship December 2016 and enjoyed ourselves. This time we went July 2018. There were a few upgrades since our 2016 trip. Our room was already renovated in 2016 but they did not have Guy's Burger, Red Frog, etc. We enjoyed the ports and the ship and the service is always great. However, the food was hit or miss. The breakfast buffet was not good. The last day we went to the dining room for breakfast and that was very good. The dining room food was average. My husband and I thought the food was much better on our first trip. We prefer to be in the aft part of the ship. Our room was on Deck 7 side aft. Every day about 3 pm or so, our room smelled for several hours. We assume is was when they started cooking for dinner, even though we were 3 decks above the dining room. Our first trip, we were on the back of the ship with an extended balcony on Deck 6 and didn't have a problem with odors. It was more crowded being that is was July and kids are out of school versus December. Overall, we enjoyed getting away. Even though it's a 4 day, I think the Monday to Friday itinerary makes is feel like a long trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary and the size of the ship. I have sailed on the Conquest twice and the Victory had almost the exact set up. I booked the Captains Suite because that is the Cabin I stayed in on the ... Read More
I chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary and the size of the ship. I have sailed on the Conquest twice and the Victory had almost the exact set up. I booked the Captains Suite because that is the Cabin I stayed in on the Conquest. The Victory is in beautiful shape. They truly upgraded her. She is clean with new carpets, paint, etc. However, what was excluded was the Steakhouse and that was a big mistake. The reason I didn’t give Victory 5 stars was the food in the MDR. I’m not a big foodie but when I have a dinner I don’t mind an upcharge if the dinner is worth it. I love lobster and I know it will be an upcharge but honestly I’ve eaten shrimp that were larger. And it tasted like hamburger grease. The shrimp cocktail was a joke. So my cruise mate and I decided to try the Seafood Shack and what an improvement. Yes we paid market value but boy was it ever worth it. When the food in buffet is better than the MDR well Carnival you have a problem with your food service. So back to the real review, the personnel couldn’t be more accommodating. Our suite was very clean and our room steward Hamid was great. I loved the slot machines and they loved me. Came away with around $400 cleared. Not a fortune but it was fun and that’s all it should be. The movie channels were good because one night my cruise mate was sick so we stayed in and watched movies. Both Key West and Cozumel were great ports to visit. Overall I loved it, you can’t go wrong you’re on vacation and on the ocean. As I stated before, Carnival has a great product but MDR is sadly lacking. I may try Norwegian next year just to see something different. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
3 night cruise with an overnight in Nassau. Second time on Carnival. First was a 7 night on Carnival Glory. The Glory was a bit nicer, food a bit better. This is an economical cruise that is as fun as you make it. The shows in the ... Read More
3 night cruise with an overnight in Nassau. Second time on Carnival. First was a 7 night on Carnival Glory. The Glory was a bit nicer, food a bit better. This is an economical cruise that is as fun as you make it. The shows in the main theater were fantastically performed. Singers (especially the female) were exceptional! Went to Karaoke 2 nights and had a blast. Everyone is so excepting! Food was hit and miss. The comedians started very late and one night, only did Rated R 18+ shows. NOT TO MISS: Guy's Burger Joint! If there is a long line - it's worth the wait. The Pacific dining room is at the back of the ship. The location is nicer than the Atlantic. We wanted My Time dining, but was waitlisted. So we had to eat at the Early Time = 6pm. For the timed dining, you have a set table where you will eat each night. I think the table location is based on your cabin number. Our cabin was 7431 and our dining table was 431. Our table had a great view right by the window. The steaks are a bit tough and flavorless (except for too much char flavor). Crabcakes were surprisingly super good. I could have eaten multiple. Caesar salad and Baked Alaska were great. Servers in the dining room were fantastic! Bartenders at the 3 bar locations we went to were NOT friendly. They barely look you in the eye. Husband got a massage and my daughter and I got the mother and daughter massage. We've had massages on RC and NCL and this is the best we've had. The most relaxing and less painful. There is a big up-sell and pushing of products at the end. But a polite "no thank you" was all that was needed. The salon and spa area didn't look as nice as the other ships we've been on. We waited in the salon for our massage therapists and saw a woman getting her hair done. She was Indian and was having a beautiful jewel on her forehead, threaded through her hair. At the end she asked him to part her hair down the middle and he flat out said "NO". Casino smoke was awful!! I smelled it on the Glory when walking through, but it was really bad on this ship. Also, marijuana wafted throughout our hallway every day. Not enough lounge chairs in the shade. There should be more along the sides of the ship. We liked to sit in the loungers by the ping pong tables - outside the doors to the pool, turn right and up the stairs. There might be more shady spots, but that's what we found. Putt putt was fun, but was way too hot to finish. We overnighted in Nassau. There is space for about 4 or so cruise ships. There were 2 ships already docked. Our ship was docked at the farthest spot from the entrance. It was a pretty long walk and very hot. We made our own arrangements and did not do a Carnival shore excursion. I got a day pass for Breezes. We had planned to take a bus to Breezes but were persuaded by the tourism people in the Welcome Center to get a taxi. They had told us it would be $18 and the drivers told us $24. It was all pretty stressful and chaotic. So be prepared to pack your patience. All of the food and drinks were included at Breezes. Jerk Chicken and Conch Fritters were awesome! We got there around noon and there were not a lot of umbrellas left. But we pulled up 3 loungers under a big palm tree and it was fantastic. The beach seemed very safe and only a couple of people asked if we wanted our hair braided or wanted wraps or necklaces. We took our snorkels but didn't see anything except sea grass and some weights. The water is crystal clear and calm. I'm glad we weren't staying at Breezes. It seemed a bit tired. Overall, a fun time. It's not luxurious. But it's an economical way to cruise! 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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