1,544 Carnival Victory Cruise Reviews

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
I was a little fearful about this ship after reading some of the recent reviews. But after 4 very enjoyable days, I wonder if they were on the same ship? All the employees did whatever they could to make you comfortable and happy. Our ... Read More
I was a little fearful about this ship after reading some of the recent reviews. But after 4 very enjoyable days, I wonder if they were on the same ship? All the employees did whatever they could to make you comfortable and happy. Our steward, Tri , was excellent, and our waiter, Nick, and his team were just wonderful. We never encountered any long lines, and both getting on and off went very smoothly. Guy’s Burgers, and the Blue Iguana were so yummy! And the Seafood Shack had excellent food for just a few dollars. All the bar people were so helpful, never had to wait for more than a couple of minutes- they were all so efficient! We had a small suite for 3 people, and with the extra big balcony, it was positively roomy, with so much storage. I know Victory won’t be around much longer, but I am so glad we took this lovely short, 4 day cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Wow
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
Had a great time on the Victory sailing to Key West and Cozumel. Great medium sized ship, very upbeat vibe and the staff was spectacular. Fastest embarkation and debarkation we have ever had. This is an older ship, so does not have all of ... Read More
Had a great time on the Victory sailing to Key West and Cozumel. Great medium sized ship, very upbeat vibe and the staff was spectacular. Fastest embarkation and debarkation we have ever had. This is an older ship, so does not have all of the bells and whistles of the newer ships, but it has that awesome vintage cruise vibe with lots of fun to be had and very relaxed atmosphere. Food was very good. Guy's Burgers awesome poolside on Lido deck, with no lines. Formal dining room service was excellent and food above average. Coffee bar on Promenade was delicious for specialty coffee and milkshakes. Casino slots loosest I have seen on a cruise. The only complaint I had was the super long wait at guest services. Having to wait on line for an hour in the middle of a beautiful sea day was not ideal. We had a fabulous time overall. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our second trip on the Victory. This sailing was to Key West and Cozumel, while the previous trip was a few years back from NY to Canada. On this most recent sailing, we noticed areas that were dirty, rusted or otherwise ... Read More
This was our second trip on the Victory. This sailing was to Key West and Cozumel, while the previous trip was a few years back from NY to Canada. On this most recent sailing, we noticed areas that were dirty, rusted or otherwise somewhat neglected since the previous sailing. We had the feeling that the crew are letting things slide a bit because they know the Victory is scheduled for a major overhaul in the near future. Nothing too terrible, but wall paneling was worn and stained in our cabin and in some public areas, cushions on lounge chairs were worn out and sometimes missing, toilets and fixtures were stained. None of the issues were so bad that I would avoid cruising on Victory, but just know you're sailing on an old vessel that's ready for an update. And speaking of the need for updates, there are a few areas that really show their age due to old/bad design. For example, the buffet on the Lido deck is organized in such a way that during popular times, lines will run out of the dining room, and there were a couple times with long waits at the buffet. We tried to avoid it when possible, but on both embarkation and debarkation days, as well as when returning from the short day in Key West, there weren't really many other options. Also, while a Guy's Burger was added during a past update, it's location causes some traffic jams and heavy crowds in the small doorway between pool area and buffet area. Finally, if you don't smoke, the casino is an unpleasant place to visit. The ventilation is poor and the entire promenade near the casino becomes full of smoke. Hopefully, this will be fixed in the overhaul, as the smoke on the Victory was worse than on most other ships we've been on. Unfortunately, the biggest issue we had on this cruise was an unusual overabundance of rude, ignorant, entitled fellow passengers. We had guests running and screaming down the hallways at all hours of the night, packs of children congregating/loitering on stairways with no parents or supervision to be seen, guests singing on their balcony, full volume, at sunrise. And finally, there were a few guests that were smoking on nearby balconies, making our balcony an unpleasant spot to just sit and relax. Balconies are all 'no smoking', but it seems that Carnival doesn't (can't?) enforce this. Food: We had 'Your Time' dining. We found the food to be very inconsistent. On the first night, we had great appetizers, but the main entrees were nothing special. On the 2nd night, lobster (extra cost) was over-cooked, creme brulee' was very undercooked, but on the 3rd night, almost everything was cooked to perfection. I know it's tough cooking for 3000 or so guests, but it seems they are missing a bit of quality control in the kitchen. Staff: Our cabin steward was OK - friendly enough, and responsive when we had problems, but on arrival, things were a bit dirty, with some trash still in cans, hair in a couple of drawers, and greasy finger prints on the walls. I suspect this is due to the rush to 'turn over' the ship for the next arriving passengers - but again, like with the food, it seems a bit more quality control is needed here. Our dining staff were, like the meals, inconsistent. We had one group of servers that were excellent (KUDOS to Dino, Dedik, and I Made - they knew our names, refilled drinks, and were pleasant to talk to), and then the next night, we had the worst shipboard service we've ever encountered from a different group of servers, bringing food and drinks very slowly, never checking on us afterwards. Fortunately, we were able to ask for the first night's service crew for our remaining dining visits, so that was appreciated. Ports/Excursions: Since we only had a few hours on Key West, we took the provided shuttle downtown and just strolled to the usual tourist spots (Sloppy Joe's, Southernmost Spot, Hemingway House...). But it was a whirlwind of a tour since time was so short. Most disappointing was how disorganized the return shuttle to the ship was. There was a line stretching down the road of passengers waiting to board the shuttle...and that was an hour before return time, so we lost additional time on this already short visit. Since we've visited Cozumel several times before, we tried the KunChe Mayan ball game (Pok-Ta-Pok) excursion for something different. The tour guide was friendly and informative, and the excursion was interesting, with a bit of culture, a bit of sports, and included meal. Debarkation: We found Carnival's new debarkation procedure to be a bit confusing. They now debark 2 different groups, somewhat consecutively, but it was a bit unclear how it was going to go until groups were called. In short, if you carry off your bags, you're called to leave based on muster station, in reverse order (so muster station A is last). Almost simultaneously, but starting a bit after the 'bag people', are the folks that put bags out the night before. You get called based on tags that you pick up outside of the casino the night before, with an early group and a late group. What wasn't clear is how the early group is called in relation to the muster station groups - and even after going through the process, we're still not quite sure what happened :-) but we had 'early' tags for the luggage assistance group, and we were called after 4 of the muster station groups were called. And when you get to the warehouse to find your bags, be sure to check the 'decoder' sign posted near the bags, because your bag might not be where you'd expect (ie: we were group 9, but our bags were in area 'D' with many other groups). Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
loudmouth and no class is an accurate description of 90% of the people on this cruise, noisy hallways, all night noise, could not sleep,breakfast and lunch was okay but dinner was horrible you could tell the food was coming out of a ... Read More
loudmouth and no class is an accurate description of 90% of the people on this cruise, noisy hallways, all night noise, could not sleep,breakfast and lunch was okay but dinner was horrible you could tell the food was coming out of a microwave, customer care staff needs more training,the toilet in my room wreaked of urine..house keeping should use bleach to disinfect toilets, the staff was great, the views from the ship were amazing, the ship could use some upgrades after all the ship is almost 20 years old, the cabin was okay and the balcony too, the entertainment and activities were good, service was good, my waiters name was Segundo...he was great and made my vacation a little better,port and excursions were long lines,one of the most important reason for going on vacation is to enjoy eating great food, that didn't happen on this cruise, I wont be going on a cruise any time soon and would not recommend it to anyone,i think you would spend much less traveling by plane. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
First cruise and perhaps my last but the experience wast terrible. To start loud noises and rockus accured all hours of the night in our room. Feral children run rampid. Same days we got an itenerary of events and other days we did not. I ... Read More
First cruise and perhaps my last but the experience wast terrible. To start loud noises and rockus accured all hours of the night in our room. Feral children run rampid. Same days we got an itenerary of events and other days we did not. I tripped one night and fell into the toilet (yes the bathroom is on step and many people I've heard his happened). Customer service was all of he place some employees really tried to help guest while others didnt care. I think communication overall was tired.The rooms we very very small. The premium wi-fi ($51) was less than edge most of the cruise. The rooms never swept and the hallways dirty. It definitely wasn't worth the price. Food was the best thing. Gym is 3. I would like to see weight bar. Part of the resonbility falls on the guest too (again very load guest not sure what was going on or if it was fluke) . Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
They say that there's no such thing as a bad cruise. You're not at work. You're healthy and fortunate enough to afford such a luxury. But there are levels to these things. In case you don't want to read a novel ... Read More
They say that there's no such thing as a bad cruise. You're not at work. You're healthy and fortunate enough to afford such a luxury. But there are levels to these things. In case you don't want to read a novel here's the summary: Come with realistic expectations. There's a reason Disney and Virgin Voyages charge a premium. There's a reason Carnival doesn't, particularly on this ship. Walmart or worse quality of service in most areas. We had a great time but the deficiencies in operations, maintenance and staff were glaring. Bottom line- you get what you pay for. Overall I would have traded the balcony room on this ship/cruise and paid the same for interior on NCL or Royal and had a higher quality experience. The affordability of this cruise opens up cruising to a lot of folks, and that's wonderful. Unfortunately the bad experience may leave anyone with an actual option of who to cruise with to never willingly coming back. For some background we've sailed Carnival before and also, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Disney. My wife and our 10-year-old daughter stayed in an AFT extended balcony room on the 7th deck and were on the 4 night Caribbean to Key West and Cozumel. We'll start with the positive and go downhill from there. The Best Hunter Deblanc at Piano Bar. Hands down, most entertained I've ever been. We're from Vegas. We have no shortage of fun places and entertaining things to do. Hunter was biggest highlight of this cruise. If I we were on the fence between two cruises in future and he were on one of them, I'd pick that one. He's that good. Not your mother's piano guy. At least not after 1030pm. Extra awesome was the fact that he was making extra sure that the server Suresh was being taken care of and treated well by patrons. Outstanding in every way. The Pretty Darn Good Gym. Overwhelmed. Clean. Well stocked and exceeded expectation. Sauna being free, albeit aged, was also a plus. Adult's only deck area was nice and enjoyable, when the slide line wasn't full of kids that is. Above Par- Oswi & Ace our servers on our next to last night were the only meal time service that was above par. They were excellent. Everyone else was Walmart or worse. These guys stood out like a sore thumb they were so good and attentive. More Oswi's and Ace's and this cruise is a different level. My wife had two treatments at the Spa and said both technicians were excellent, particularly the massage therapist The Ok- Food options. For the price, the options of food was good. Not necessarily the quality, but the options were better than expected. Mind boggling Who puts a small sushi car next to the bar in a smokey casino?! The freshest, cleanest food available (for a $ too) and you stick it in an ash tray? We would have gotten sushi if it were anywhere else on the ship. Terrible decision. Busy lunch time as port time ended in Key West and there's one person at the very popular Pizza Pirate. A line of 10-15 people, myself included waited for 15 minutes without the lone employee so much as saying a word. A simple "I'll be with you as soon as possible" would have done wonders. This is the Walmart level stuff that was evident throughout the ship. The Bad Balcony glass was filthy. Like nasty. Beautiful ocean view only to be ruined by being seen through nasty, grimy lenses. Total shame. Curtains had holes and various questionable stains. Coffee, maybe a little blood. Who knows but they were nasty and since we had a balcony we saw the dirty curtains every time we stepped in/out to look at the dirty glass... I mean nice view. The Worse In hindsight I wish I would have said something at the time. After boarding we were waiting in Camp Ocean for our daughter to check it out and some middle aged white corporate lady with a British accent was belittling a camp employee. She made a comment about Carnival being a multi million dollar company while criticizing the employee. First off, you're saying that to a person making very little money during 9 month tour. Secondly, I've never reprimanded a subordinate in public. Doing what she did in front of customers who could clearly hear was very unprofessional. Left me with bad taste in my mouth. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We took two grandchildren on the short Victory cruise this week. Miami, Key West, Cozumel and a day at sea. Did the Fast to the Fun and it worked well. Got on board shortly after arriving. We parked at the Port of Miami garage D right ... Read More
We took two grandchildren on the short Victory cruise this week. Miami, Key West, Cozumel and a day at sea. Did the Fast to the Fun and it worked well. Got on board shortly after arriving. We parked at the Port of Miami garage D right across from the ship at only $88. Just walked over. The food in the Lido was limited. Not a great salad selection. It was almost impossible to get wine or beer while seated in the Lido. Good desserts though. The whole Lido experience was like an OK cafeteria. The "Chopsticks" chinese area was only open occasionally. Long lines at the Deli. And the Lido glass walls were filthy. The food in the MDR was much better and service was great. Prime Rib was rare as ordered. The Indian food slection was great. Soups and breads were very good. And Guy Fieri's burgers are delicious. The Blue Agave tacos were also good. We went to two musical shows. Both were pretty good; very energetic. The bad; the pool is so small you couldn't move. Adults drinking in the pool spilling beer and drinks.. Rude and shoving adults. Kids were fine. I'm sorry, but it was a fairly trashy crowd. Women in net bathing suits in the buffet, men with no shirts in buffet, etc. Had a balcony cabin with the bunks for the kids. Worked fine and the steward, Rommel from the Philippines did a great job. My granddaughter did go to and enjoyed on night at her 12/13/14 group activity. But my grandson age 9 hated his one time. I guess they didn't have enough kids in his 9/10/11 age group so they brought in the 6/7//and 8 year olds. He was a little offended and woulndn't go back. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was my first cruise and I was not impressed with this one. Let me start with the only positive. Ease of getting on board was fairly simple. The ship is extremely old and outdated. We had an ocean view room with rusted windows, ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I was not impressed with this one. Let me start with the only positive. Ease of getting on board was fairly simple. The ship is extremely old and outdated. We had an ocean view room with rusted windows, bathroom reeked of urine throughout our stay and the shower never drained properly. The staff was borderline rude and they weren't the friendliest. Once we got the key to the room they had a meeting that took place at the muester stations. The staff member literally knocked on our door once and before I could answer they used a key to burst into the room which was very disrespectful and wrong. What if I had been naked or my children? No one spoke clear English and forget asking a staff member where something was. They seemed to never could explain or give proper directions which was frustrating as the ship was very big. The food was hit or miss. The only good food was at dinner time but it was never hot. The servers at dinner were the friendliest throughout the entire ship. The food served daily was ok but there were times where some were closed and hundreds of people on the ship would be left standing in long lines for food at breakfast and lunch time. Watch out for the charges to your account! There were so many people that complained about extra gratuities and the guest services lines were always long. Forget trying to call guest services from your room it was always busy or they simply never answered. The bathrooms for use throughout the ship were always dirty and gross. Feces left in toilets, tissue everywhere and urine on the floors and the staff never seemed to care. They would clean all around the ship but would not clean the bathrooms as often as they should have been. The pools seemed rusty and the water always looked dirty. It was literally thousands of people aboard the ship so you would think they would keep everything stocked but their were times when the ice cream machines weren't working, cones weren't stocked and the lemonade that they offered was not filled on some machines. You literally get what you pay for! Pay more for an updated ship! I would never recommend this ship to anyone and I will probably never do carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was my second cruise, first being with just my son (10 months at the time), and I. This second cruise was with our whole family. It was by far the worst family vacation we've ever had. Never again will we use carnival. They ... Read More
This was my second cruise, first being with just my son (10 months at the time), and I. This second cruise was with our whole family. It was by far the worst family vacation we've ever had. Never again will we use carnival. They screwed up all our room assignments (they gave me a $300 on board credit that got immediately eaten up by gratuities), staff is beyond rude, no one cares if you are having a issue unless you inform them you are having issues with locating your autistic son due to the incompetent staff shuffling my kids to the wrong zone for the drill. My son was suppose to be excused from the drill due to his medical issues but nooooooooo the steward staff made my son, daughter, and grandmother leave their room. By the time I reached my son he was a minute away from passing out. He has heat triggered seizures. The guest service manager tried to prevent me from getting my son out of the drill area. I had to yell at her he needed to leave. When she came to find me to try to I guess tell me about myself she realized the situation was actually serious she then changed her stank attitude and tried to kiss butt. Same with the dinning room staff in the Atlantic dinning room. The hostess was so rude and the head manager as well but of course when I said to my fiance that situation was just one more thing to add to our email to corporate he changed his attitude. It seems in order for the crew to be nice you have to inform them you are contacting corporate. I could honestly go on and on about how horrible the crew was but Ill save myself from getting frustrated again. As far as food.... It was gross. Eggs are super runny, bacon is dang near raw, pancakes taste like crap, syrup is watered down, even the main dinning room dinner is just bad. The only thing i enjoyed was the crab legs and I had to pay $25 for it. No matter if it was breakfast, lunch, or dinner its crap. We did the cat in the hat breakfast and although my kids enjoyed meeting the characters the food was basic. Now the port.... We stopped in Nassau bahamas and man oh man that port was NASTY. As soon as we got off the ship we were disgusted by how dirty the port was. And then when we got past the tourist information gate we were swarmed by ppl trying to push services or merch on us. That was annoying but i get it. What got me really annoyed was numerous guys came up to us (my kids too) asking if we needed weed or "blow" (im assuming thats cocaine). Like they have no care in the world there are little kids there. A lot of shops try to play you aswell and take your money claiming they have no change. Thank god I read and did my research before we got there and knew not to buy anything at the port and to walk a few blocks down to get everything cheaper. the straw market was interesting.... VERY hot so that was interesting to see how all these vendors just deal with the heat. Getting on and off the boat was pretty easy but we did get off 2 hours after we ported and got back on a way before everyone else. Now the debarking wasn't too bad. I didnt wait for our deck number bc frankly my son was just tired of waiting and starting to get a big sensory overload. They didnt give me issues about leaving before our deck was called. Aside from all the issues with food, staff, ect, the boat it self was overly crowded, our room didnt even get turned one day, there was a lot of rust around the boat, there isnt much to do either. Even with the little they had to do it was so packed it wasnt worth waiting for the activities. We also had a party crew in the room across from us and holy crap they were loud. The screaming and laughing lasted up until around 3am and started right back up at 8am. It was very annoying. Security even came up a few times bc i guess other guest complained but those ppl could care less and the moment security was gone they started yelling again. Oh and lets not forget about on both decks 6 and 7 (I had two rooms) the hallways reeked of marijuana. Def not something I want my kids to be smelling. Oh and let me not forget to mention how the communication between the 800 number, the crew on the boat from the different departments and management has HORRIBLE COMMUNICATION. No one knows anything and none of the requested accommodations I requested for my autistic child and my other child with server food allergies were granted So if asked if i would ever use carnival again.... my answer would be "HECK NO"! This will have been the first and the last time I ever give them a shot. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose this cruise because it was on dates that fit into our inflexible travel schedule and the price was right. It was me, my wife our two young daughters (6 & 3) and my mother. We had an ocean view suite and a neighboring standard ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was on dates that fit into our inflexible travel schedule and the price was right. It was me, my wife our two young daughters (6 & 3) and my mother. We had an ocean view suite and a neighboring standard stateroom. Accommodations: The suite size was okay. The balcony was very nice. The furnishing were worn but serviceable. However, we immediately noticed a septic stench in the room that made the room far less appealing. It got worse so we notified our room attendant. It got better once he addressed it but soon returned. Then, the floor tile in the bathroom started cracking and raw sewage started seeping up from under the cracked tile grout. Rather than relocate us, they insisted on fixing the issue. Each fix was a bandaid and the issue kept returning. It was disgusting! I finally insisted they move us but they said," just let our plumber see if they can fix it". It was just another temporary fix and septic stench and the seeping sewage came right back. The ship is old and feels it. The on board entertainment was virtually unwatchable. The child care camp was glorified babysitting. The food was mediocre and uninspired. The pools were drained multiple time for "unsafe bacteria levels". We complained and they credited us $50 off our final invoice and offered us $250 credit toward another cruise. We gave Carnival a chance to make this right and they would not step up. Just a really really really terrible experience. Never will I choose Carnival again and my wife was so traumatized she's just turned off to cruises in general now. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I've been on over 12 cruises and this is the worst one ever. The ship is small and crowded. 40 percent of the staff are rude as hell. and not helpful at all. Treat you like they're the ones on vacation and you're getting on ... Read More
I've been on over 12 cruises and this is the worst one ever. The ship is small and crowded. 40 percent of the staff are rude as hell. and not helpful at all. Treat you like they're the ones on vacation and you're getting on their nerves just to answer a question. ESPECIALLY customer service! Drinks were flowing and pretty good. However they don't tell you that after you purchase the drink package to include tax you still have to pay an extra tax per drink while you're still in Florida waters...what a scam! The food was decent, especially the burger and taco stand. Don't even think about eating at the buffet unless you want to spend an hour in line. Ridiculous! Our dining room waiter, Darryl was excellent and very accommodating... 5 stars for him! Food was decent, cant really complain about that. The Music was good. But not enough shows onboard. Only had 1 game show and Bingo. I'll never take carnival again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was my second time cruising with Carnival. The Carnival Victory definitely needs some upgrades. The staff was just Ok, they seemed to be very annoyed by many of the Guest!. I did meet one Staff member in the sit down dining area a ... Read More
This was my second time cruising with Carnival. The Carnival Victory definitely needs some upgrades. The staff was just Ok, they seemed to be very annoyed by many of the Guest!. I did meet one Staff member in the sit down dining area a woman from Ukraine who was very pleasant. As I was dining she walked up to me and asked how everything was and asked if I needed anything ( I thought that was very nice she was the only Crew Member to greet me literally). The food was cool the great thing about it was if you did not like an entre' you could order another. There were plenty of children and Teens on the boat who were very loud and obnoxious. The Pool was a traffic jam daily, Jacuzzi also. I brought a day Pass at the RIU resort in the Bahamas for my excursion. It was wonderful ( all inclusive) with a banging Jerk Chicken Hut next to the pool.. Thank me later). it was 20.00 cheaper than online to just show up and pay for it. My taxi ride was 4.00 each way!. I thought is was horrible Carnival shut the pool down at 5 pm on Sunday ( the cruise was not over). They were very slow to put more cups out by the ice and drink machine. That was completely lazy and disrespectful to the guest. They acted as if the Guest was getting on their nerves. If you want to Smell Weed be around wild children cutting in front of you on all parts of the boat, this is definitely the boat for you. I had a room with a Balcony so that's where I received all of my Peace. I definitely will find a more upscale cruise line for my taste!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We sailed on the Victory from Monday, June 17th to Friday, June 21st out of Miami to Key West and Cozumel. We traveled with our two older sons 18 ad 17 and 6 year old daughter. It was a great ship and cruise length for first time cruisers. ... Read More
We sailed on the Victory from Monday, June 17th to Friday, June 21st out of Miami to Key West and Cozumel. We traveled with our two older sons 18 ad 17 and 6 year old daughter. It was a great ship and cruise length for first time cruisers. We had a balcony room which made it even more special. The ship was easy to navigate and did not seem overly crowded with people. They had several pools but they were really small especially in the afternoon when it was really hot. Plenty of seats to lounge in and out of the sun. The buffet was nice and stocked nicely with food. I highly recommend the omelet station and Guy's Burger place for places to eat. Dining room for dinner was very nice and the food was amazing! We did not drink alcohol but did get the soda card for the week, which I recommend. Service all around the ship was wonderful. Everyone was very helpful. The entertainment was wonderful! I loved the night time shows and they were only about an hour so you had time to eat again or watch a movie on the Lido deck. We did not use the shore excursion this time but will look into them for the next time. I can honestly say this was one of the best family vacations we ever had. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We are 8 Platinum cruisers with Carnival ranging in age from 14 to 73. We typically book Carnival however have sailed other lines as well (NCL, RCCL & Princess) The Good: Crew was fantastic Weather was awesome Itinerary ... Read More
We are 8 Platinum cruisers with Carnival ranging in age from 14 to 73. We typically book Carnival however have sailed other lines as well (NCL, RCCL & Princess) The Good: Crew was fantastic Weather was awesome Itinerary was great Drinks were free flowing Rooms cold and beds comfortable Pizza was delicious and delivery was a great service Guys Burger's What can you say !!! Comedian's- Doug Williams was fantastic. We never laughed so hard The Disappointing Coffee shop staff ( rude and not friendly) Dining Room food for dinner was just okay (Carnival needs to add some new entrees) Breakfast in dinning room was slow Lines in the buffet were horrendous Room service was not good (except the pay Chicken tenders and sweet potato fries) Kids running wild This was a great vacation. The Victory is an older ship and does not have some of the upgrades the new ships have however, there is something for everyone. We always found drinks, a chair to people watch, food to eat and a place to relax. This was a great 4 day get away and would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was my second Carnival cruise, the first about 10 years ago. I wasn’t much of a fan the last time but Carnival Victory managed to win me over, in spite of my reservations. Here were the pros and cons: Cons: -The hallways were ... Read More
This was my second Carnival cruise, the first about 10 years ago. I wasn’t much of a fan the last time but Carnival Victory managed to win me over, in spite of my reservations. Here were the pros and cons: Cons: -The hallways were noisy at night. I expected this so I had already braved myself to endure it. -The food was only mediocre compared to Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity, and Norwegian. However, it wasn’t bad. -The bed was very hard. -The ship is aging, and while they try to maintain her, some of her facilities are showing their age. For example, several elevators had tiles missing from the floor. Accent lights were out in random spots all over the ship. The whirlpools and pools showed major wear with the finish rubbing off and showing rust. Pros: -The ship was clean. Very clean in fact. This made up for the wear due to age. -The service was great. These folks are proud of their ship. -The Cruise Director, Filipe is phenomenal. He was friendly, energetic and approachable. He seemed to genuinely care. -The onboard activities and entertainment were great and diverse. All in all, I felt like the value and experience for the price was great. The crew and service more than made up for the cons that I had. Would I book another Carnival Cruise? Absolutely, already have. Would I try and book a newer ship, yes. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This is our second time on the Carnival Victory. Some of the areas could definitely be updated and Carnival is aware as the Victory will become the Carnival Radiance in 2020. We chose the ship because our two young boys enjoyed it the ... Read More
This is our second time on the Carnival Victory. Some of the areas could definitely be updated and Carnival is aware as the Victory will become the Carnival Radiance in 2020. We chose the ship because our two young boys enjoyed it the first time we were aboard. The embarkation process was quick and easy. We have paid for Faster to the Fun(FTTF) in the past but decided to save the money this time to see how smooth things went. My advice: Save your money. We were on the ship within 20 minutes of arriving at the Cruise Port. The lines moved quickly and the staff was accommodating. If you have all your forms filled out and a credit card on file before boarding, you are quickly shuffled through the port to board. In the past, you waited while your info was collected and waited for your Sail N Sign cards. Now you can go right to the Lido deck to enjoy lunch. If you do want to purchase beverages, you only need to give them your cabin number and they will charge accordingly. TIP: if you don't want to wait in line for Lido Buffet, the exact same items are set up in the Atlantic Dining Room on Deck 3. Grab a quick bite, then head up to the fun on Deck 9. This was the first time we chose an inside cabin. We usually book a Ocean View or Balcony cabin. We chose an inside based on a quick, inexpensive get-away and it's location. We were located on the Lido Deck and as for location, it was perfect for our sons. They were able to walk 50' and be at the pools, hot tubs, and activities. A quick in the elevator took us to Camp Ocean or down to Casino/shopping. I will say that we will probably not book an inside for any future cruises. It was very tight for four people. There was no sitting area and the desk was unusable since the bed was nearly up against it. The cabin steward was okay, but surely not one of the best that I have had. He started off with good service, but by day two we were trying to find clean towels and picking up our room by ourselves. As for on-ship activities and areas, our boys do enjoy the Camp Ocean activities. The staff is always friendly and genuinely seem like they love working with the kids. Our boys are 8 and 11 and were in the Stingray and Sharks age group. My 11 year old usually hangs out with kids age 10-11-12 because of sports and there were a few activities that he opted out of so he didn't want to hang with 3rd graders. The DJ was okay. He played a lot of the same Bob Marley songs every day and by day 4 I was over the music. The Steel Drum musician was on point. He created a great atmosphere when he was on deck. The Living in America production was well done. Great sets and costumes, however most of the music was geared toward over 50 crowd. Vast majority of those in the crowd had no idea what half of the songs even were. Our last cruise (Carnival Sunshine) had shows with Rock music and lots of modern hits. Crowd was more into the modern show, for sure. Cruise Director Felipe was okay. Some people seem to write reviews of how wonderful he is, however we have been on a dozen cruises and he rates as mediocre with us. He would come to events and if he was running late for the next, he would leave to start the next. He would always make comments about his staff doing all the work to get him around the ship. This made it seem like a job for him as other Cruise Directors in the past made the job seem like they were just there hanging out with friends and having fun even though it was a job. You can sense the difference. Although smoky, the Casino bar was always fun and we met some great people there. The bands played some great music that had everyone singing along and bartenders Geron and Benedicto made you feel like you were at your own hometown pub. The food was good as always. The buffets had a different theme each day, but the staples such as fruit, salads, and sides were the same each day. The Blue Iguana taco and burritos were excellent. I highly recommend the pork tacos. Lines for pizza were always long late at night when the buffets closed. It was also awkward taking the kids back to get pizza in the adults only area of the lido. Kind of defeats the purpose of adults only by having food stands beside the pool. As for dining, we chose early dining in the Pacific Dining Room. Our waitstaff was superb. Our headwaiter Dedik was solid the whole cruise. Along with I Made and Marius, they made my family feel special and never let us wanting. They all felt like family when we were ready to leave. Our boys really enjoyed their company and always looked forward to going to dinner to see "D". I highly recommend trying different foods that you would normally not order at a restaurant. When would you ever risk paying for something you may not like? Here you can order Ox Tongue, take a bite, then order a chicken breast when you are not ready to take a second bite of the ox. Debarkation was quick and simple as well. We had a quick bite to eat on the Lido Deck then chose to carry off our own luggage. The only hang up is trying to get around elevator area of Deck 3. There is no staff to direct anyone and there is a hug bottle neck of people waiting in line, coming down stairs, and exiting elevators. Some passenger's patience was wearing thin with the confusion of where everyone was to go. Getting through customs was a breeze and the shuttle back to the airport was quick and easy. We will definitely cruise with Carnival again and look forward to sailing on the Radiance when it is done. Great cruise, great price. TIP: While in Cozumel, skip booking an expensive excursion through Carnival. There is a resort within walking distance (exit dock, take a left, and walk 3 blocks) of the cruise port called "El Cid". It is a beautiful facility that includes a pool, hot tubs, two private beaches, and so much more. For $22 per person, they will give you a day pass to use their facility. You can swing on hammocks in the ocean, use their snorkeling gear, swim in their pool, use their changing areas, etc. The best part is that they give each person a $13 credit for food and beverages. So a day pass is only $9! The only out of pocket expense is any overage for your purchases over the credited amount. Throughout the day, we had 6 beers, 2 mixed drinks, 2 smoothies, 4 sodas, a large pizza, fish tacos, chicken Caesar salad, and French fries an our total bill was $72. Minus the credit, I only owed $20. That meal/food at home would have been twice the amount. Service was great and grounds were 5 star. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
If you want to experience the worst cruise ever, come aboard. If not, STAY AWAY!!!! The FOOD - TERRIBLE, the ROOMS-SMALL... the SHIP IS SMALL!!! And the staff is RUDE. In all aspects, this cruise is terrible. It is sad that we spent so ... Read More
If you want to experience the worst cruise ever, come aboard. If not, STAY AWAY!!!! The FOOD - TERRIBLE, the ROOMS-SMALL... the SHIP IS SMALL!!! And the staff is RUDE. In all aspects, this cruise is terrible. It is sad that we spent so much money on below-standards food and service. And they charge for everything. The food is disgusting and poor quality, and the staff seems to be unhappy and lacking enthusiasm. Expanding on the food, the truffle aioli is loaded with mayonaise, the prime rib is always medium rare no matter how you ask for it, our mac and cheese was served cold and smaller than a kids portion... I will never come back on this cruise ever again. I will never go on a Carnival Cruise again. And if you are reading this review STAY AWAY. I am embarassed that I went on this cruise and will never give them my money again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We went on this cruise with some other couples. We did Faster to the Fun- it was helpful to get right on the ship, but apparently we could have gotten on earlier... Our cabin was ready to go with our room keys and we went to grab some ... Read More
We went on this cruise with some other couples. We did Faster to the Fun- it was helpful to get right on the ship, but apparently we could have gotten on earlier... Our cabin was ready to go with our room keys and we went to grab some lunch in lido buffet. The way they have the food lines does not make for an easy experience. You have to wait in line cafeteria style instead of having different stations. One morning I just wanted some grits and the line was wrapped around the corner. So, that was a no. Also, they have upstairs seating which is great except you can't get to it because the sweets station is there and they have cake cutters right at the entrance to the stairs which means there are people on both sides trying to get cake and you can't walk by them as there is just not room. Guy's burgers were great- except at peak times they just hand you a cheeseburger- there is no ordering one off the menu. The breakfast burritos were pretty good at the Blue Igauna (i think that was the name). The dining room was hit or miss food wise. My husband ordered off the $20 steakhouse menu the last night- his food came out way later than everyone else's and was super tough. He didn't even eat half of it. Room service was not advertised except for breakfast. There was a hanging menu. We ordered the $3 breakfast biscuit one morning and neither one of us could eat it. The sausage was disgusting. Like spat it out gross. The waiters were great. The room steward was super nice. Our particular room was on the 8th floor and was the extended balcony-room 8428. We couldn't use our deck half the time because water pooled around the entrance to the door ( I mean several inches deep). Our steward had to sweep it several times. Stuff would fall down (cigarette butts, hats, random liquids) and kids at the pool deck could look down on us so that was not awesome. On the sea day, we got a note saying they were doing routine work on our balcony. Basically, they hosed it down and it was soaking wet so again, we couldn't use it. So disappointed. The comedians were funny, karaoke was super entertaining, and the shows- well people walked out. I felt bad, but they were not very good. The ship overall was pretty good, the lobby was nice. But, because they galley for the kitchens was located in the middle of decks 3 and 4, you had to go to 5 to get across the ship- which meant walking through the smoky casino (kids, families, everyone). Not my favorite. Our excursions were ok. Key West, we took an uber to the southernmost point and then walked to Hemingway House. Great tour and loved it. Then, headed to Sloppy Joe's for a drink and a small bite to eat. Didn't have enough time - 7 am- 1:30 ( i think). Cozumel excursion was not worth it. We did the downtown shopping and beach break. The tour operators were great - no complaints there. We got on a large and pretty comfy bus to go to downtown Cozumel. On the way, they tell us that everything is shipped in as Cozumel does not produce anything. Then to the shop, which is basically like the dollar store of crappy souvenirs. We were there about 40 minutes in that one store. Nice bathrooms though. Then, we went back on the bus to another shopping area- except it was different crappy souvenirs that you had to haggle the price on. Most people had already bought stuff so we just sat in chairs we could find for another 40 minutes. Waste of time. Then to the beach. We only had like an hour or so to enjoy the water and chairs. It just wasn't enough time to do much. Overall, the trip was fun because of who we were with, but I wasn't pleased with the final experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We have sailed carnival many times but feel that they have really cut back. - boarding was fast and easy. Surprisingly fast. We were really confused though as you why we didn’t get our sail and sign cards before boarding. First ... Read More
We have sailed carnival many times but feel that they have really cut back. - boarding was fast and easy. Surprisingly fast. We were really confused though as you why we didn’t get our sail and sign cards before boarding. First time since that has changed and there was nothing to tell us that during the boarding process. - cheers program was well worth the cost based on menu prices on board. - While we like to stay near the elevators, I will not choose the primary elevators again. We could hear everything from lobby entertainment well into the night from our suite. Lesson learned. - Dinner. I was rather disappointed in the main dining room. The service was no where what it once was. Wait times were long, food was ok. Nothing special like I had become accustomed to. - Pool Staff at the adult only pool were great about keeping kids out. - Room. Our room itself was fine. We didn’t see our cabin steward until day 2 when they asked if we wanted morning OR evening service. I have always had both as a basic cruise standard. Our steward did do a great job the one time a day our room was done and U was fine with it, just surprised of the change. - The Alchemy Bar and staff was our favorite spot each evening. They did an amazing job with awesome cocktails. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
First Anniversary/Honeymoon and First Cruise....choose this ship to break our virginity. Learned alot about cruising and loved the ship despite it showing some minor cosmetic wear. Will be even better after the dry dock. Shout out to ... Read More
First Anniversary/Honeymoon and First Cruise....choose this ship to break our virginity. Learned alot about cruising and loved the ship despite it showing some minor cosmetic wear. Will be even better after the dry dock. Shout out to Vladimir and Suzette great bartenders and very friendly. Food was good for people not used to fine dining never did lido buffet cause always crowded, but Guys and BlueIguana better than imagined. Carnival should ban smoking in Casino and consider adding a GPS type app to the hub to help get you around. But again overall very very happy and satisfied looking forward to next cruise. Embarkation and Debark were quick and smooth. A little more time in Key West would've been nice, but Cozumel, Mr Sanchos made up for that. Customer service on ship was always helpful and as a Anniversary present treated ourselves a couples massage even though it was expensive and they push product still worth it....hey its vacation. Felipe was a very entertaining cruise director.....heck the crew we experienced were all very friendly....thank you Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
2nd time on the Victory / this time sailing with daughter and granddaughter. Food was adequate, entertainment top notch, and staff very friendly, Alcoholic drinks get pricier on nearly ever ship. We love the ports of Cozumel and Key ... Read More
2nd time on the Victory / this time sailing with daughter and granddaughter. Food was adequate, entertainment top notch, and staff very friendly, Alcoholic drinks get pricier on nearly ever ship. We love the ports of Cozumel and Key West. Shuttles from Truman Annex easily accommodated my wife on her mobility scooter. Exciting Cruise Director Filipe! Ship ran ontime. Very long lines at the Lido Buffet. Not gourmet food but lots of selections to choose from. Dining room experience much more pleasant. Food is good quality and wine selections very good but pricey. Excellent service at all meals. Living in America and VRoom were fantastic productions with live band. Dancers and costumes very good. Female singer well tuned. Male singer a little flat but OK. Typical jamb of stairwells and elevators for port debark. We were stuck at the elevators servicing the Pacific Dining Rm for breakfast. My wife needed elevator since she was on a mobility scooter. None of the elevators could qued. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We took this cruise because it fit between two weekends in which we had big events. This became our bridge to them. It helped that I had never been to the two ports of Key West and Cozumel. I didn't have high expectation for the ship ... Read More
We took this cruise because it fit between two weekends in which we had big events. This became our bridge to them. It helped that I had never been to the two ports of Key West and Cozumel. I didn't have high expectation for the ship or the Cruise Line but was pleasantly surprised. We don't usually travel on Carnival because of all the families and kids who are typically on board. I found that that wasn't an issue this time around. Embarkation was the easiest I've ever done. At your appointed time for entry you just showed your passport and boarding docs and went up to the buffet for a drink or some food. Your sail away card was were delivered to your stateroom on your cabin door when you were allowed down to your cabins. There were no lines and no hassles. Other cruise lines should take note. Our cabin was roomy with plenty of storage. We were on deck 7 at the front of the ship. It was listed as a Interior with a Picture View and it certainly delivered. It felt like our own balcony as there was deck that no one used right in front of us. We felt like we had a balcony. Although we had preordered the queen bed variation it was not completed before we arrived and had to ask our cabin steward. I had ordered a birthday package and they did decorate the room with balloons and hanging greetings which we enjoyed along with the cake. The bathroom came equipped with a funky smell, which the crew tried to fix but it never really left the room. It felt like the pipes needed cleaning. Otherwise the shower was nice with good pressure. The bed was comfortable and the hallways were quiet. The food was just okay. There were really long lines for the buffet. They could have used at least one more serving line. The lines were so long they stretched back along the walkways and interfered with the small specialty dining options that were offered to help space out the food lines. It was awkward at best. There were very limited sugar-free options available to eat and drink. If you needed that diet restriction, this would not be your ship. The food was standard fare, good but not overly original. There was a carving station and small salad bar at lunch and dinner. There were a fair number of activities on board for folks to do however many of the ones we wanted to do were at the same time in the morning so we couldn't do many. They were no repeated on the short cruise. There was a large cruise staff and they had good energy. They kept people bust, mostly on deck with dancing and parties. The shows were entertaining using a production crew . The seating in the showroom was uncomfortable on the main level. Seating upstairs was better, The ship was small and compact which we prefer over the Mega ships. There were lots of places to walk and sit outside. Movies under the stars were poolside on the very big screen. Warm blankets would have been nice rather than just grabbing a towel from the stand. There were 2 areas that were Adult only with 2 pools and hot tubs. They were very crowded given all the children on the ship and the need to find a quiet place near water. The staff were very friendly but not terribly engaging. They did not necessarily greet passengers as they passed them on deck or engage in spontaneous conversation. We only saw our cabin steward a few times but he kept our room very clean and fully provisioned. There were lots of announcements by the Cruise Director, perhaps more than necessary. I only heard the captain once talk about the ship, direction and weather. The ports of call of Key West and Cozumel were just fine, once you got there. This ship parked at the Naval Base in Key West and you needed to be transported into town. It was time consuming. Getting back to the ship was even longer as there were only so many buses in operation and each bus had to be checked by military authorities before you could be unloaded next to the ship. That created long lines and almost an hour wait in town, in the hot sun and heat with no water to drink waiting for a bus to arrive. Knowing that was the case a suggestion to Carnival would be to set up a tent with towels and water at the bus stop in town. Guests are going to wait until the last minute to get back to the ship and they need to account for that. Disembarkation in Cozumel was awful. Long lines, throughout the ship including the stairwells, only one gangway, times to leave were not followed made for angry people. Carnival needs to do a much better job. As good as embarkation was at the start of the ship it was that bad trying to get off. The other disappointment was the use of the Internet and kiosks aboard the ship. None of them worked well. They were slow and near impossible to do anything regarding ships business. Yet, we were told over and over again we could conduct business rather than wait at guest services but by the end of the trip folks had pretty much given up. It was easier to talk to a person. While on shore it was easier to use your own data plan. I did use Carnival's Hub App which worked okay but you couldn't look days ahead and plan your calendar. It was a today only thing. Overall, the people are what make the ship a happy place and we found ourselves engaged in conversations with folks at meals and at other times. It made the trip go quickly. I know Carnival is known as a Party Ship Line and people were partying especially as it was Spring Break, but we enjoyed ourselves as we kept our expectations low so that we could come away happy when they were met or exceeded. If you are looking for a quick trip to get away, this could be your answer for some fun and sun as long as you keep your expectations even. 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Sail Date March 2019
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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