1,557 Carnival Victory Cruise Reviews

So for it to be my first time on this cruise i am very upset on how they handle things the cabins was tight and the bunks are so uncomfortable. Ithe only way for the cabin to be cleaned is whenever you call for it to be cleaned i went into ... Read More
So for it to be my first time on this cruise i am very upset on how they handle things the cabins was tight and the bunks are so uncomfortable. Ithe only way for the cabin to be cleaned is whenever you call for it to be cleaned i went into my cabin and seen the king bed made but not the bunk nore the restroom. Purchased alcohol from outside the cruise i received a not stating that is was confiscated and that i can pic it up before getting off the boat. Then they go to tell us that they threw it away when we clearly got the note saying we can pick it up i don't think i will be sailing with this cruise line ever again i will be taking my business to another cruise line maybe I'll receive better service there than going on this cruise again. Food was not it i was served undercooked and raw food and bland some of the food i ordered was cold and been sitting out to long the server wiped his nose cause and sneezing without washing his hands we ask did he just wipe his nose he said "yes i have a little cold".........Why are you taking orders knowing you can spead it amongst the guests you are serving so we asked for another server to handle our order. I just don't want this to happen to anyone who jump on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was my girlfriend's first cruise ever, and my third. I was a little concerned about the ship being scheduled to go into drydock in just a few months, but the ship did not seem to be in disrepair or having maintenance problems. On ... Read More
This was my girlfriend's first cruise ever, and my third. I was a little concerned about the ship being scheduled to go into drydock in just a few months, but the ship did not seem to be in disrepair or having maintenance problems. On the first day in the promenade hallway near the casino, we noticed some water dripping from the ceiling. We let security know and apparently it was fixed quickly as we went through that area several times and never saw the problem again. Other than that, no maintenance issues. Service: There was one employee (an assistant manager) in Pixels photos who didn't seem to know the difference between a 4x6 and a 5x7. And kinda insulted my intelligence. Other than that the staff gets high praise all around. Our room steward was Marhar and he did wonderful. Every time we asked for something he had it back to us within a minute. The dining room staff was great and bar staff ranged from ok to great as well. No complaints there. Another thing about Pixels photos: Beware of any "free prints with a purchase of X" deals. The prints they give you are random pics of the ship, not your funpix photos. I found that very misleading. Not using this as a negative mark against the Victory because I'm sure Carnival does this on all of their ships. But just a word of caution. Food: This is highly subjective but after a dozen or so meals in the dining room on carnival cruises, I have yet to have a meal that I would classify as bad. This cruise was no exception. My girlfriend and I both enjoyed the dining room food. Some of the buffet food is so-so, as to be expected on any Carnival cruise. Just have to know what to look for and what to skip. I finally tried the breakfast omelettes for the first time and now I know what everyone is raving about. They are awesome. Guy's burgers were as good as ever. Pizza is still okay. Entertainment: The highlight was definitely the live band in the casino bar: Music Boardwalk. They played a wide variety of country, rock, and pop hits. Had people dancing every night. Went to three of the R rated comedy shows and both comedians were great. Karaoke was entertaining as always. Pools: I love the pools and hob tubs being open until midnight. Other Carnival cruises I did they were open until 10PM. Unfortunately Serenity was closed the last two days because of high winds but we still made the most of the back pool and hot tubs on lido. Love the salt water pool back there, and the Siren's bar is open early-late and never seemed too crowded. I also like the fact that on lido deck there are pool lounger's staggered on the different outdoor decks. Makes things less crowded. We never seemed to have a problem getting a lounger even if we have go up one deck from the pool which doesn't take much effort to do so. One note about bars: The Blue Iguana Tequila bar closed every night at 6PM. Not sure if this is normal but I wish I would have gotten a little more time there. Half Moon Cay: Awesome beach port that I want to revisit. The Island Barbecue was ok. Best food on the BBQ was the jerk chicken. also spent time at "I wish I could stay here forever" bar and stopped in at the captain morgan pirate ship bar as well. Soft white powder sand, and turquoise blue water. Everything a Caribbean beach should be. Nassau: Did the straw market and pirates museum. Followed by a visit to Graycliff's Chocolatier and then Senor Frogs for lunch and drinks. I enjoyed myself enough but I think Nassau will be a one and done port for me. If I ever go back it may be flying there just to do Atlantis. The Pirate's museum is worth doing if you haven't before. Part museum part themed attraction. Takes only an hour to get through. Overall: My girlfriend loves cruising now and can't wait to go back. We both had a great time and look forward to seeing how the ship changes once she becomes the Radiance. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise to experience a different New Years, other than just partying at home as we normally do. We arrived at the port by 10:30 am on Monday 12/30/19. First thing noticed, the staff was all super friendly and nice. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise to experience a different New Years, other than just partying at home as we normally do. We arrived at the port by 10:30 am on Monday 12/30/19. First thing noticed, the staff was all super friendly and nice. We checked in and handed over out luggage to the bag attendant. We had three suitcases and a backpack with toiletries. We proceeded to board the ship and look around until our room was ready for us to enter by 1:30 pm. We take the elevator to deck 2, while walking to our cabin #2353 we notice one of our bags was placed in cabin #2333 which was the incorrect cabin number. We noticed the bag attendants were still delivering bags and let them know one of our bags was placed in the wrong door. We asked to have the other two bags and backpack delivered to us, which they did right away. Once in the cabin, we started to unpack and settle in. I noticed my hair diffuser was missing from my backpack. Apparently the bag had opened and the item fallen out. I was a bit disappointed that happened and was hoping someone found it and turned it in. I went to guest services and asked, but it was not found. The highlight of the entire cruise was the Cruise Director Savanah, who was an amazing host and kept the energy level up thru the entire trip. Our stateroom stewards Arvin and Handayani Dwi were both super attentive and very welcoming. They were both amazing people. The cabins were very clean and everything needed was in place. The dinner service and waiters were amazingly friendly and attentive. Some of the concerns we had was the safety tutorial which was way too hot and crowded. It should be organized differently and maybe at different times. I found some of the food in the breakfast Lido deck buffet was not as hot as it should of been. I noticed the ship was a bit old and needs some upgrading to look a bit more up to date and clean. There were areas where I could feel the floor tiles were loose. The carpet had a funky smell in certain areas as well. The pool deck giant monitor screens need to be replaced, since one side was hanging halfway off. My main complaint will be the drinks. We drank Bahama Mama drinks most of the trip. Each drink was 11.74 and tasted as if no alcohol was in it. I found that a bit disappointing since we were paying for a drink that was more like a mix juice drink. I found myself having to tell the bartenders to please pour alcohol in our drinks. Overall, we had an amazing time and New Years experience on the trip and would definitely do it again. As I mentioned Savanah the cruise director was an amazing host and so was Olivia. Our stateroom stewards ARVIN and HANDAYANI DWI were courteous, attentive, kind and welcoming!!!!!!! Till our next trip Carnival!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Pros: - Embarkation and debarkation were smooth and fast - Cabin was very spacious and clean - Staff was amazing and worked very hard to keep the place clean - Food was okay but formal dinner service was extremely fast - ... Read More
Pros: - Embarkation and debarkation were smooth and fast - Cabin was very spacious and clean - Staff was amazing and worked very hard to keep the place clean - Food was okay but formal dinner service was extremely fast - Plenty of things to do - cruise director Savannah was hilarious and wanted to be her best friend - Shows were well choreographed but I think magic/acrobatics would’ve been more entertaining - Gym facilities were great but its location in the ship was very wobbly and made running on the treadmill difficult - Comedians were hilarious Cons: - Fellow cruisers were some of the greasiest, rudest, grossest people I’ve ever encountered. Such low class and were basically every American stereotype come to life - Lines for the buffet were extremely long despite what time of day it was, and the layout of the ship made everything extra squishy. Proximity to the pools meant half the people were soaking wet and overall the lines were a huge turn off to getting food - Pools were pretty small and worn out. Did not want to go in all - The mandatory safety training before sailing away was too disorganized and personally felt it was useless. A new system is definitely needed (play on TVs in rooms?) Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We just got off the ship today and I would like to share my experience. First and foremost we had a blast. Embarkation was quick and easy. The cabin was clean and the stewards were our friends by the end of the trip. We found ... Read More
We just got off the ship today and I would like to share my experience. First and foremost we had a blast. Embarkation was quick and easy. The cabin was clean and the stewards were our friends by the end of the trip. We found this to be the case for many staff. So the shower had a dispenser with shampoo and shower gel. I had a small bottle of conditioner from a recent hotel stay which worked out since we didn't check baggage; couldn't bring large bottles of liquids. We traveled with our older children.. they loved the gym. Tip .. if you get back on the ship after an excursion and you all need to shower use the gym.(spa). There is an 18-20 meet up on the first night. As mentioned on previous reviews it lasted for 10 minutes so don't miss it and they'll have friends for the rest of the trip. We all found food we liked. Breakfast in the dining room was the best but for a quick bite, the Lido buffet is just fine. .. also the breakfast burrito was good. Lunch was fun. On the Lido there is a Guy Fieri burger joint (yummy) and the Blue Iguana where you can get taco salads, burritos, tacos... The fixins bars at both were great. We had dinner in the main dining room most nights and the food was really good. Service was also good and the wait staff learned our names on the first night. Cruise director Savannah never rested. She had everyone dancing, singing, and laughing. We enjoyed the comedy shows the most, George and Percy; also their host Edwina was adorable! Shore excursion Key West: We did the Catamaran snorkeling trip. I live to do this. Full Stop! Unfortunately the weather took and downturn and our excursion in Cozumel was cancelled. This was the same week if you recall in which 2 Carnival Ships crashed in Cozumel. No worries, we shopped, then got back on the ship early and the kids met up with their friends. This was not our first time doing this route so I hope to try the different routes in the future. Hope you enjoy your trip and bring your positive attitude. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We cruised recently with two small & naughty kids, (ages 5 and 2) and it was super awesome experience. Crew members were very nice & gentle. Food was super delicious as we tried Blue Iguana Cantina for taco, Lido for dinner ... Read More
We cruised recently with two small & naughty kids, (ages 5 and 2) and it was super awesome experience. Crew members were very nice & gentle. Food was super delicious as we tried Blue Iguana Cantina for taco, Lido for dinner buffet, Atlantic for breakfast and Pacific Restaurant for dinner, Indian veg meal and there we met dinning staffs Rituparna , Christy , Ashish and they were so good & kind. We enjoyed movies with yummy popcorn every evening. Casino and Arcade was also well maintained & nice. We left our kids to Ocean camp Children's club several times which was on Deck 11 & they enjoyed all activities and were very happy with the staffs working there. I will definitely recommend my family and friends for Carnival Cruise lines. And next time whenever will plan for Cruise , we'll surely plan with Carnival Cruise lines for a week or more because 3 nights was not enough for us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise for both the itinerary and for the low price. In retrospect, I think we would choose something different next time. With Key West's stop being just a few hours in the early morning, I think we all missed out on ... Read More
We chose this cruise for both the itinerary and for the low price. In retrospect, I think we would choose something different next time. With Key West's stop being just a few hours in the early morning, I think we all missed out on a lot that the town has to offer. Cozumel, we didn't even get off the ship, instead choosing to lounge around and enjoy the solitude and empty spa! Before I get too deep - bring a straw. The sugar straws are like...candy cigarettes from the 80's. When they sit in your drink too long they turn into a wormy noodle and gag-o-matic. Anyway, to the food/drinks! MDR Anytime Dining (Atlantic): Our headwaiter Damir was the absolute peak of service. Couldn't have been happier. We had to share him with the Captain's table, and I can see why. Incidentally, the senior officers...they get fed VERY well. I am accustomed now to the singing/dancing that is normal on cruises, but there was a young man who flat out serenaded the dining room each night, and he was amazingly talented. He had a great voice, and I was surprised! Baked Alaska was all that I hoped it would be. I was disappointed that there was no Escargot available, however. That was more than made up for by the amazing beef tenderloin on sea day dinner service, which was as close to perfect as I've ever had. Express breakfast (Pacific): Meh. Pancakes were served completely plain - no syrup, no butter. There was, per menu, supposed to be ricotta with them, but the waiter told us that there would not be, and that we could come back for Sea Day Brunch for that. Cream cheese was frozen. Sea Day Brunch: Next cruise, I'm going to ensure it has TWO sea days minimum. This is where it is, folks. I had the Aft Deck burger (Which wasn't a burger - it was sliced BRISKET), and the carbonara scramble. Both were tops! Daughter got the Seafood tower, which was also great. Buffet: It was okay. It definitely seemed busy. Pizza Pirate: I feel like the product really isn't the same anymore. The crust was cracker thin, and the wait time for everything but a slice of pepperoni was entirely too long. The pizza pirate staff did NOT seem to be enjoying their jobs, nor the stream of customers. Guy's Burgers: Well, I finally tried Guy's, and it was a serviceable burger. Perhaps it is because I am an adept grillmaster, but I would rather have just made one myself, or had it from the old seaside grill but with the toppings available. The toppings, in this case, make the burger, because the meat is uninteresting. Blue Iguana Taco/Burrito: Legit. I really enjoyed a breakfast burrito, and had a fine shrimp burrito on the jalapeno tortilla. Both were really good. The salsa bar was frequently ravaged, but had excellent selection. Seafood Shack: I got a pair of Lobster Rolls, and they were just okay. It felt like they were missing some kind of acid, and the pieces of lobster were very small. I saw a few people taking away orders of fried seafood, and feel like I missed out on that. Bonsai Sushi Express: The selection that was available looked great, but it was sat right outside the casino. I couldn't get over the idea that that fish was there being cold-smoked in cigarette. Did not participate. Deli: I had a Cuban Mixto sandwich, and it was very passable. I think it needed a minute or two under a plancha to be perfect. Coral Sea Cafe: Donna was another superstar on this cruise. First time I've ever had coffee bar service where the person behind the counter was pleasant (cheerful, even), organized, and FAST. Her workstation was supremely clean. I've never ordered so much coffee in my life, and it's because she was so pleasant to deal with. Alchemy Bar: Listen to me. Get your Cheers package. Go to Alchemy and park yourself there. Make friends with Ioanna - she is hands down the best bartender/mixologist I have met in my entire life. I learned SO much about how to make a balanced cocktail, how to use bitters, how to present a drink properly She was making me Old Fashioneds using Macallan Quest scotch, and I thought it was the best thing I had ever tasted in my life until she did it with Santa Teresa Rum instead, and then THAT was the best thing I had ever tasted. My wife's final drink of the cruise, Ioanna went in the back of a cabinet and garnished her drink with three small dried roses. Just such an experience from an absolute master of her craft. Some of the warts on the cruise: Hot tubs were more body temperature than Hot. Sometimes the Sauna wasn't hot, sometimes the Steam Room wasn't. I couldn't find an attendant or controls. It seemed like an awful lot of the lockers were broken as well. Did you know the atrium bar is closed to everyone but B2B cruisers at embarkation? I sure didn't. We stood around for several minutes (one bartender asked if we were b2b - we said no, and she just walked away without a word) before someone explained that we wouldn't be served. Concerning Trivia - The Moon Orbits The Earth. This is how we have phases of the moon. If the Moon did not orbit the Earth, it would take a year from New Moon to Full Moon, not ~28 days. Fun Squad - They did something wrong at Muster drill, I guess, and we got a nastygram in our cabin saying that since we didn't attend, we would need to go to another private session. We did not and it never came up again. Never encountered CD Savannah. Eddar was reading the questions at Trivia and God Bless him, I am sure that he will learn English better the more practice he gets. Oh, let's see - the crazy lady at Miami port who was sorting us into different lines, she was efficient but could probably switch to Decaf. Disembarkation was an absolute breeze - we did FTTF Early disembark. Might have taken ten minutes. No muss, no fuss. A cab to the airport was $28. We didn't sit for any shows, and missed the band (which sounded VERY good) because we were always at Alchemy. There was a lot of "Not My Problem" coming from staff. One night, we went to deck 10's smoking area to have a cigar and a drink. There was a group of people in the back blasting a bluetooth speaker so loudly that you could clearly hear it at the complete other end of the area. I saw staff walk by, take notice, and just keep on going. Finally, I have to come out with this: The people on this cruise were really kind of jerky to staff, and to each other. Some guy from Pittsburgh, at sail away, literally squeezed in between a woman's chair and the rail to watch the sail away. He legitimately forced his butt into her face so he could be in front of her. There was just a lot of head-in-butt scummy behavior. The bride to be that twerked and fondled her breasts for the whole dining room to see, people trying to force their way into full elevators that people are trying to get off of, people walking down the hallways determined to not make room for people coming the opposite way (I'm 6'4" and 320 pounds, I tried to politely make room till I finally got sick of nobody extending the same courtesy and just bumped into people for not giving way). I don't know if this is a function of the cruise coming from Miami, or because it was priced low. What I do know is that our next cruise will be longer, and NOT from Miami because I'd rather not risk it. So, in spite of the negatives, I still had a good time, and will not focus further on the few floaters in the bowl. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I chose to cruise with family who needed a quick cruise out of Miami. So, we set sail on Carnival Victory’s 4-day excursion to The Bahamas. I stayed in room 8331. The Cabin. The inside of the cabin was nice looking and updated. ... Read More
I chose to cruise with family who needed a quick cruise out of Miami. So, we set sail on Carnival Victory’s 4-day excursion to The Bahamas. I stayed in room 8331. The Cabin. The inside of the cabin was nice looking and updated. The bathroom was clean and functioned well, although my family next door and the next few cabins had sewer backup problems. There was a lot of storage. I tipped the room steward an extra $50 cash and he cleaned the room every time I stepped out! Awesome! And, I had a mattress topper put on the bed for extra old-bone comfort. Good call! That was a heavenly bed. On the negative side .... the room is right under the Rum Bar and Lido deck. There was unbelievable noise (chairs scraping the floor, music, yelling) all day and night. There was also a constant foul smell out on the balcony. It never went away and it was overwhelming! It was like a mixture of raw sewage, vomit and paint thinner. The view from the balcony is impeded by the rail on the balcony. It is right at eye level when you are sitting. Electrical outlets include two 110 outlets on the wall opposite the bed. There are two USB outlets on the wall opposite the bed. The Food. Overall the food was bad. The hot food in the dining room was luke warm at best. Meats were very dry from sitting under warming lamps so long; portion sizes were tiny; most of the food was over-salted. But the service was great. It amazes me how the staff remember your names. The Mediterranean buffet was the same except you had other guests’ unwashed hands touching food, serving spoons and tongs. The best food was From the seafood grill on aft deck nine. I had king crab legs and they were worth the extra cost ($17/pound). The taco bar was good sans the unwashed hands-thing and the same for Guy’s burger joint. Guy’s burgers were very greasy, so make sure your stomach can tolerate that on a rocking ship. The hot tubs. The water is not hot. It is slightly warm. There are 5-6 stairs going to the tubs on aft 9 and they are very slippery when wet. I took a nasty fall! Be careful. The bars. Great drinks and creative bartenders. The ship. The Victory needs an overhaul. Period. It smells; it is dark and dingy in the interior public areas; it is dirty. There a very few hand sanitizer stations and no public hand washing areas. This ship is begging for a viral sweep. The public restrooms outside the main dining room have toilet cubicles so small you will be climbing over the nasty toilet to close the stall door. Guest services is understaffed. There are public laundry rooms that are very useful. I will also address the cruisers themselves here. This is a ship making short hauls for a relatively cheap cost. It attracts some unmannered, loud and cheap customers. It is pitiful for customers to show up at the formal night dinner in shorts and sleeveless tanks, but they do. It is just plain wrong for the cruise line to allow it. What I wish Carnival would do. Enforce a dress code on formal night. Place more trash cans and dirty dish trays around the ship so tidying up is easier. Place ‘Quiet’ signs in the cabin hallways to remind guests that others may be sleeping and they should be quiet in the cabin halls. Cut back on salt! Bloat happen! Monitor hand washing/sanitizing upon entering the buffet lines. This so dangerous! My recommendations to cruisers. Before your cruise, leave instructions for your room to have a fan (noise control!) and an eggcrate/mattress topper. Give your room steward a nice extra cash tip — this person will make a big difference in your comfort level. If you are a medium to light sleeper, don’t book a cabin under large public areas. Collapsible luggage is easier to stow under the bed. Bring baby powder to get the Bahama sand off your feet. Pack a small amount of laundry detergent, some ziplock or waterproof bags and some magnetic clips to hang your daily schedules. Bring a card, any card, that is the size of a credit card to put in the room light switch. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I sailed the Victory back in 2001 when it was the Flag Ship of the fleet, so in a misguided fit on nostalgia I booked a 4 day out of Miami. The ship will drydock in the spring and be re-badged the Radiance. Carnival has clearly given up on ... Read More
I sailed the Victory back in 2001 when it was the Flag Ship of the fleet, so in a misguided fit on nostalgia I booked a 4 day out of Miami. The ship will drydock in the spring and be re-badged the Radiance. Carnival has clearly given up on this ship in the meantime and I fault management much more than the workers. Where to start? First, no recognition of my gold status. Nothing. Didn't even get the pin! The beds were together even though we requested them to be separate online weeks in advance. Took all day to separate. We requested two Fun Times daily programs and for the ice to be filled twice a day. The steward could not handle that. Breakfast food was cold. Everything that was supposed to be hot was cold except for fresh made omelettes which I'm very sick of now. Even first thing in the morning the tables were dirty and the seats too! Dust all over the place in the Lodi Buffet. Coffee machines down....etc. Terrible. Guys burgers were good but the fries could be very salty. The Deli was good as was the Chinese place Chopsticks. Dinner was hit or miss. Again, crumbs all over the seating and at times cold food. The Serenity adult area was OK. The hot tubs weren't hot though and very uncomfortable. Half shallow and half deeper but both sides uncomfortable. Drink service was practically nonexistent. They got your money from the drink package and just don't care. Music onboard was very repetitive. The comedians were terrible. The shows were just OK. Savannah the cruise director was doing the best she could with what she was working with. The hallways were very noisy day and night. Forget about a nap. The final morning the crew nagged the hell out of us because we were 5 minutes late getting out of the cabin. Very aggressively knocking on the door repeatedly. We were a few minutes late getting out because we had trouble getting back from breakfast because the elevators were backed up. The 2001 Victory cruise had always been the favorite of my 40 cruises. Now that memory is permanently tainted forever. I'm sure the newer Carnival ships have a better experience but I'm not going to hurry back anytime soon. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We took this first cruise expecting to relax. Boy where we surprised to no end. We got a balcony room, so it was a good room, and it was quiet. But I wanted to drink, well approx 360.00 later and having to buy a drink package for my ... Read More
We took this first cruise expecting to relax. Boy where we surprised to no end. We got a balcony room, so it was a good room, and it was quiet. But I wanted to drink, well approx 360.00 later and having to buy a drink package for my partner, which is a recovering alcoholic. The adult area only hot rubs should be renamed as cold tubs!!! It was my first and last cruise. Oh on a last note, they would not even let us order drinks to be sent to our room. They said we had to go to bar and get them. This was after a bar tender told us we could.. carnival needs to be put out of business!!!!! Also, I did not see anyone win anything at the casino. The ship needs to be renovated immediately. And clear English should be spoke by employees.... I HATED IT Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
It sailed on my sons birthday and he only likes weekend cruises . I love carnival and went in with an open mind because some folks are just too nit picky. This is an older ship but it feels like back in the day cruising. Plus we had a ... Read More
It sailed on my sons birthday and he only likes weekend cruises . I love carnival and went in with an open mind because some folks are just too nit picky. This is an older ship but it feels like back in the day cruising. Plus we had a great amazing deal with perks. The staff was amazing from the guest services young lady Alexandra to our cabin steward who’s name I just can’t spell. The piano bar guy Mike is a must see ! He’s phenomenal! And the one comedian on our trip ken Boyd ? Omg ! Never laughed so hard in my life ! Holly the host in the punchliner was awesome. Folks on the cruise were nice , friendly and polite. Did well on the casino as well playing black jack with Sushi. The movies at night on lido were excellent choices as well with popcorn to munch on. Had a fanstastic time . Oh and let me tell you our beds in cabin 9228 were the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in on a ship. Knocked out immediately and the temp in the room was perfect MDR was good . One night my food was cold but I told the waiter and he got me a fresh dish warm and post haste . Best breakfast ever is a breakfast burrito from the blue iguana! Had that twice ! The shows in the theater ? Someone needs to hire a pro and teach these poor folks how to dance. It was bad ! I’ve never walked out on a show but ? Again piano bar , comedian and the bands that played next to the casino were amazing ! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We like Key west and wanted a short getaway. Actually, it's our 4th or 5th time on the Victory & we're going again December 2nd. The ship externally is tired, but a quick inspection below decks looks like brand new. ... Read More
We like Key west and wanted a short getaway. Actually, it's our 4th or 5th time on the Victory & we're going again December 2nd. The ship externally is tired, but a quick inspection below decks looks like brand new. ('Vic') is going to Spain in March for a complete refit. The food is equal to or better than any other cruise line. (This was our 46th cruise). Our balcony was bigger than most, head (bathroom) was also bigger than most others. Ship was kept extremely clean, but wear and tear and outside rust everywhere. But, being built in 1998, it was looking great from a distance. We compare the ship to the NCL Spirit regarding decor level. Beautiful ship. The new name will be Radiance. Crew was especially attentive and we're looking forward to seeing them again in December. Their dis-embarking procedure needs work. One had to go to the purser go get luggage tags. These have, in the past, been delivered to your stateroom. Also, uponboarding, we we couldn't find the time for MUSTER DRILL even by reading the notice on the cabin door. Getting off was a nightmare due to port facility problems and NOT Carnival's problem. We have avoided Carnival due to some big problems in the distant past. We're letting bygones be bygones. The dis embarkation was NOT Carnival's fault. It was with the port facility escalator and half the ship had to go through only one elevator. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was my first cruise & I was very impressed. The people on the ship & everyone there is very polite,friendly & helpful. The food was very good overall, there is a lot of variety and there are several restaurants that you ... Read More
This was my first cruise & I was very impressed. The people on the ship & everyone there is very polite,friendly & helpful. The food was very good overall, there is a lot of variety and there are several restaurants that you can enjoy but that you will have to pay but prices aren’t bad. The rooms are very clean & spacious. Also they have a lot of thing to do for lots of different ages. I think you should definitely go. It was well worth it. There is lots of variety in music & there is a few adults only places which is good if you would not like to be around kids & also lots of ways to win free items & money. The process of getting on & off the ship is awesome & good thing is that I was able to travel without a passport just with my drivers license & my birth certificate. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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
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Getting on the boat was a breeze! I am blown away by the service that we received while on board. Our servers in the restaurant were absolutely amazing. They called us by name every time they addressed us; they pulled out my chair for me; ... Read More
Getting on the boat was a breeze! I am blown away by the service that we received while on board. Our servers in the restaurant were absolutely amazing. They called us by name every time they addressed us; they pulled out my chair for me; and I loved the dancing. Putu Agus was our lead server. He was awesome! So friendly and funny! There was plenty to do each day, and the drink package was well worth it. The drinks were delicious, and the bartenders were quick and always smiling. In fact, I never saw a single team member who was not smiling. Fellipe, the cruise director, was also wonderful. He was so full of “energy”, as he would say. I was always glad to see him hop on stage at the different events. Our room was a lot bigger than I expected. Wir did an excellent job at keeping our room tidy and checking in on us. There was also a ton of room for storage. He also did a great job with the towel animals! I loved seeing those each day! Getting on and off the boat was easy, yet still secure. The shops were nice, the casino had plenty of room, and the boat never felt crowded. I love that they had adult-only areas. It was a nice spot for people without kids. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this ship. It was lively, entertaining, spacious, and the service still blows my mind. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
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
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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