2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Got a great last minute cruise deal on the Victory way to cheap to turn down. Downside was the cabin 1a upper lower 1201. Bottom of the ship first cabin starboard side. Looked around on cruise critic for pixs of the cabin saw none so I ... Read More
Got a great last minute cruise deal on the Victory way to cheap to turn down. Downside was the cabin 1a upper lower 1201. Bottom of the ship first cabin starboard side. Looked around on cruise critic for pixs of the cabin saw none so I took few posted below. This cabin is a porthole cabin so have a limited ocean view. The cabin is very quiet only when pulling into port and front thrusters are right under you so be prepared for early wake up on port days. Other then that very quiet no vibration or noise of any kind. I slept in upper and had room steward put it up during the day. Surprisingly comfortable some of the best night sleeps ever on board. Room big enough for second bed not sure why they don't have on but allows for much better space during the day. The only thing I found unusual was the bathroom floor being all plastic was spongy. I assume the glue holding it down has come loose but still solid once you step on it. The shower drain for some reason appears to be in the wrong corner for tray fills up in back but does drain without over flowing into rest of bath. We just took our foot after shower directed water to drain then threw the towels down in shower afterwards not a big deal to us. Now climbing in the bunk not for the old and frail especially with ship swaying in the water. I had no issue but if you have trouble moving around this would not be the room for you. The Victory herself is a very small ship or maybe I just got use to bigger ones. Walk one end to the other is nothing. She shows a lot of aging but kept in very good shape by an excellent crew and staff. Still had lots of things going on to keep you busy and kinda like the smaller ship. You into speciality restaurants and ton of outdoor activities not so much on this ship. Shows outstanding as usual but still Carnival thinks louder is better and way too loud. I take out my hearing aids and still too loud. The comedians had us crying laughing totally awesome. Even the the R rated shows which are sometimes to nasty with every other word the F word much more tasteful and more true to life. Both excellent and you'll love them as well. The food and service are excellent according to MDR crew 2nd best in the Carnival fleet. I must agree they did outstanding job speed, accuracy, taste and temperature of food perfect. I still love the Flat Iron steak very tasty and not tough or filled with grizzle like some other cruise lines. Wife had to have her chocolate lava cake as usual when on Carnival and did not disappoint. Our waiters Damireux and Sishui not sure about the spelling probably wrong think they pronounced it as Day-mar and Seesh but both did an outstanding job. The buffet food very good as well but Guys burgers one of our favorites for lunch. The new deli was also nice touch. Long lines for buffet especially in morning on port days but you'll find you go to back of ship in the pizza pirate and the fish place they will make your eggs the way you want and have most of the same things with small line or none at all. We set the bar low for this cruise for the price of $50/day for both of us and OBC would have to be terrible for us not to be happy. I must say this was much better cruise then our MSC cruise on larger beautiful boat but lacked the service and quality of the Victory and much more expensive. All in all this cruise set the bar high for the next cruise in September. No complaints what so ever and CCL went out of their way to make everyone cruise a pleasant experience. Hope to get another chance to cruise her again if the price is right of course. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We sailed on this ship 2 years ago on almost the same itinerary. We picked it because of Half Moon Cay and it lined up with our flights. We were very pleasantly surprised with the new improvements. The cabins had been updated, the ship ... Read More
We sailed on this ship 2 years ago on almost the same itinerary. We picked it because of Half Moon Cay and it lined up with our flights. We were very pleasantly surprised with the new improvements. The cabins had been updated, the ship was newly remodeled to a less tacky decor color scheme and the new food venues were fantastic. One recent review stated the vents in the cabin doors let in noise. I couldn't agree more. I had to sleep with earplugs and that still didn't drown out all the sounds from drunk people yelling in the halls at all hours of the night and the dreadful steel drum music that played from 6 pm until 10 pm. I got headaches from all the noise and it was hard to relax and go into your cabin to just sleep when you needed it. The vents do help with smells in the cabin, but bad from noise control. Guy's Burger joint is so yummy and fun. The Blue Iguana gives made to order burritos, tacos for breakfast and lunch options. The buffet has gone downhill however. This is especially true for Dinner. The food one night was just awful. It was a weird combo of dishes: veal parmesan, pasta with peas, rice, top round, succotash...I pretty much went hungry that night and we checked the dining menu that was the same. The bad thing is that Guy's closes at 6pm and Blue Iguana closes even earlier. The buffet needs serious improvements! I really missed the chicken tenders that used to be served at lunch too. Breakfast is pretty good in the Lido restauant, but they need to put fruit in the express area. You can wait over a half hour in line just to get fruit. Our cabin was remodeled with woods that gave it a spa feel. We were in 8272. It was a horrible location. We were next to the cleaning closet, so the stateroom attendants would park their carts on both sides of the door and talk non stop at all hours of the day and evening loudly and bang around. People would seem to congregate by our door talking and sounds from the lobby (steel drums) would carry up to our room as it was located right at the opening. Avoid this room at all costs!! The mattress is hard as a rock and pillow hard or lumpy. It wasn't the comfortable beds we have been used to on Carnival. The entertainment on the ship needs an overhaul. The exact same shows as two years ago with less talent. The comedy "all ages" show was lames as heck. The first night, the second guy (Derek) basically rehashed the first show's material. The second night, Derek, couldn't produce any laughs. He seemed ill prepared. The Vegas style show "Livin' in America" was awful. The girls were g-string style clothing that is inappropriate for kids especially and the singing was bad. We lasted 10 minutes and bailed. The Love and Marriage show was good though :) I love the exercise facilities on the ship. There are many new weight machines and tons of cardio equipment. One of the best cruise ship gyms I have been in. Many of the tv's on the machines are broken. The girls working in the spa and night very nice and when I asked for a price list, they said they didn't have one. They gave me a $50 random credit in the spa for the Half Moon Cay day, but services were so pricey, I couldn't find anything to spend the credit on ($160ish for a massage or facial)? The ship colors have been changed from Multi-disco rainbow bright colors to turquoise and coral/orange but looks like someone sponged turquoise on all the gold painted trims to update it. The carpet is new. The ship was clean and in good repair. The walkways especially in the dining area were very cramped. There is only tea/coffee, lemonade and hot cocoa to drink on board without paying extra, but I noticed people bringing one 12 pack of soda each onboard to use. Embarcation went pretty smoothly. We'd arrived at 11:35 am for our 11-11:30 am appointment and bypassed the line. Debarkation was awesome! They made an announcement at 7 am that if you had all your luggage with you, you were cleared to leave right then (although the info sheet the night before stated you could only get off per deck starting at 8:15 am). I noticed a lot of conflicting info. The cruise director would announce one thing (like if you are near your cabin at muster, to grab your life jacket) but when we did, the stateroom attendant told us to leave them in our room. Another time they said that if you were near your stateroom, you could watch the muster on your tv, but they made it very clear at muster, that you HAD to attend no matter what. Muster took a ridiculous amount of time to complete. Mostly, it was because people took so long to get to their muster stations. They need to speed this up more. We were supposed to depart from Miami at 4 pm, but the ship didn't sail until after 6 pm, which was fine with me, but just strange and inconsistent. Most of the crew seemed to be trying really hard to be friendly and nice. We were on anytime dining and so the first night, we got one waiter who was very rude. He didn't say two words to us, didn't pour our drinks and barely showed up. We waited forever to get each course of our dinner. Their were only us two at our table and it took 90 minutes to get through dinner. I'm not sure what his problem was. I also experienced sea sickness on the 2nd and 3rd night. The ship was rocking quite a bit. We were worried about Half Moon Cay being cancelled due to strong winds. The winds were between 15-20 mph and we still were able to do Half Moon, but it was only 72 degrees and not warm enough to get into the water there with the wind. We still enjoyed it very much and had shade (although it was behind the clam shells which blocked our view of the ocean. Over all, we weren't expecting much since before on this ship, things were pretty bad. We were very pleasantly surprised and liked our cruise despite a few issues. We are glad that Carnival is stepping it up a bit and hope they work on a few things to make the experience even better. This is our 7 cruise (5th on Carnival and 2nd time on the Victory). Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
The Carnival Victory was a disappointment from the time we got on board. There were major mechanical problem. Four of the 6 hot tubs were not in working order, the food was mediocre at best and the service was terrible. You have to pay $20 ... Read More
The Carnival Victory was a disappointment from the time we got on board. There were major mechanical problem. Four of the 6 hot tubs were not in working order, the food was mediocre at best and the service was terrible. You have to pay $20 extra for filet or lobster tail. so it is not really all inclusive.The ship was in dry dock for almost 3 weeks prior to our cruise, You would expect things to be in tip top shape. Many of the public rest rooms were out of service and the ones that were open were filthy. When I tried to talk to guest services regarding my concerns - I was told to call 1-800-Carnival when I got home!! The on board entertainment was good. Only bright spot on the cruise. Embarkation was a nightmare because the ship was not ready at the scheduled time. Even though the ship had an over haul it is still dated. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Depressing and old ship, the service was terrible the bartenders and one Asian guy serving the burgers who basically through us a food we don't understand how a person like that works in a cruise. Thank God our waiter at the restaurant ... Read More
Depressing and old ship, the service was terrible the bartenders and one Asian guy serving the burgers who basically through us a food we don't understand how a person like that works in a cruise. Thank God our waiter at the restaurant (Mario) was very friendly because if it wasn't for him we wouldn't have anything positive to say about the service. The quality of the food in general is horrible. There was only one show (living in America) which by the way was very good. The Latin band not organized, always starting late and didn't have a program to follow they improvised all the time. The smoking areas were in the middle of the ship in the bar next to the casino an area too big and impossible to avoid. the pool area also people smoking. We don't recommend this ship to anybody and never returning to this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise as a special family celebration. The staff on board was OUTSTANDING! Never a complaint with the employees. However, the ship had just come out of dry dock and we were expecting clean, neat, issue free sailing. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a special family celebration. The staff on board was OUTSTANDING! Never a complaint with the employees. However, the ship had just come out of dry dock and we were expecting clean, neat, issue free sailing. There were three rooms in our group. One of the three had major issues; flooded toilet, no working toilet for part of a day, and horrible smells, on multiple days, that had to be corrected when people were asked to leave the area. We didn't have hot water in our room. Thankfully, we were able to use the spa for a hot shower, but we didn't pay for a room with a shower to. To be able to use it. Several days, we did take a cold shower, or just leaned over the shower to wash our hair due to time. We called to have it fixed, and it was.....for one shower.... The line for guest services was always so long, we didn't complain, because that would have taken time away from why we were there. The slide was operational for a short time on only one of the five days. Multiple public bathrooms were out of order the entire cruise. We had an embarkation time, but once we got there, it didn't matter. People that had time after us, were let on before or at the same time. The main show was canceled and felt like it should have been announced there would be a change before we got there. The entertainers (singers) were far from great. Cheap entertainment at best. The music was EXTREMELY loud on the lido deck, at all times. We have been on two other Carnival ships, and you could at least carry on a conversation while on board those, but NOT on the Victory. This was definitely our least favorite cruise. We enjoyed the resort at Amber Cove, but not much going on at Grand Turk, other than the beautiful water. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This cruise was supposed to be a special occasion for us but instead it wound up being our worst cruise ever. We were coming off of an NCL cruise in Miami and just had to walk down the dock to get to the Carnival Terminal and the ... Read More
This cruise was supposed to be a special occasion for us but instead it wound up being our worst cruise ever. We were coming off of an NCL cruise in Miami and just had to walk down the dock to get to the Carnival Terminal and the Victory. We got there about 30 minutes ahead of our 10am scheduled arrival and had a seat outside the terminal entrance. At 10am the question was asked, "What's going on?" and the answer was that the Victory had just come out of dry dock (surprise #1) and embarkation was going to be delayed while they unloaded construction equipment and workers who had been on the ship for the last two weeks. "How long?" we asked. The answer did not sit well with those who had already gathered at the terminal expecting to check in and have a seat inside a comfortable terminal with chairs and restroom facilities. Noon was the answer. So we waited and when Noon arrived there was more delay and nobody in a uniform that worked at the terminal (not Carnival folks but the agency they use to operate the terminal) had any answers. So let's skip to the boarding which started about 2pm and continued for the next 3 or 4 hours. We walked onto the ship at Deck 3, Atrium Level and noticed there were a lot of pallets of material still on the deck outside. Upon entering the ship we were met by the Hotel Director and some of the Entertainment Staff who said because we were the first ones on the ship that we were going to be escorted to the Lido Deck to help celebrate the opening of some new venues that had been placed on the ship. Blue Iguana Cantina was the one we had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon for. We got our picture made, a free margarita and a thank you from the staff. That was the highlight of our cruise because it is all downhill from here. We had an Oceanview B room on Deck 2 towards the aft of the ship and it was for us a good location. Close to the elevator and a lot of the nightly entertainment venues. Large and spacious room with lots of closet space. Stateroom was #2398. During the week we experienced, along with everyone else on board, a dirty, dusty environment because of the construction that had taken place and was still being done even while we were sailing with 2000 passengers on board. There was problems with the water, the water pressure, hot water and noise. Smells of paint thinner, although we were told it was not harmful to humans, wafted through the ventilation systems and into the staterooms at times and sometimes was so strong that we had to leave our room and find an outside fresh air source. And that was also a problem because they had the outside decks on 3 and 4 fire doors closed during the entire trip to keep passengers from going outside. The decks were dirty and railings were missing in places. Only the smokers ventured out on these decks and I think even they felt inconvenienced. We addressed these issues, including the fact that there was no Internet Cafe/Kiosk area on the vessel, with the powers that be. Included were the Guest Services Manager and the Hotel Director. We actually thought that we were making some headway into getting some answers or at least get something done while speaking with the Hotel Director on the 4th afternoon in the Atrium because about 8 to 10 Officers, whom you never see on Carnival, had come to the Atrium and we thought they were there to discuss the problems that were being reported by dozens if not hundreds of passengers but as it turned out they were just there to be interviewed by a TV crew who were reporting on the renovations being made to the ship. Disappointment was the word. The Hotel Director offered us a glass of wine. No thanks. Later we received a call from the Guest Services Manager offering a bottle of wine as a gesture of good faith. We made an appointment to meet with her and we had another opportunity to express our concerns and feelings. Not much came out of the meeting with the exception of an approximate refund of one days fare for our troubles and assurances that we would not lose another nights sleep worrying that the paint fumes would again wake us in the middle of the night and force us out of our room. We skipped the Platinum/Diamond VIFP party on the last night as we didn't want to see or speak with any of the officers who for the entirity of the trip seemed to take a side door through a secret passageway whenever a passenger approached them. And what is it with Carnival Officers and their phones? Are they really speaking to someone or is that their way of avoiding conversation with people? So in summation I would recommend that the Carnival Victory be marked off your To-Do list at least for another couple of months or until they can prove that conditions warrant our bookings. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
As this ship was just out of dry dock we expected it to be in tip top shap, WRONG! They were still putting it back together, decks you could not go out on because the railings were loose or missing, bathrooms/toilets that were out of ... Read More
As this ship was just out of dry dock we expected it to be in tip top shap, WRONG! They were still putting it back together, decks you could not go out on because the railings were loose or missing, bathrooms/toilets that were out of order the entire cruise, our cabins was next to one they were working on all week and constantly smelled of acetone, we were not able to be in our cabin, each night they had to use an ozone generator in it prior to us being able to sleep in it, constant headaches. Hot water was not working in our shower , stained cushions on loungers in adult areas, torn beach towels, children in adult pool, areas. Food was awful, service was terrible, noise from hallways into staterooms was very loud as they have vents cut into cabin doors into hallways, no privacy. Music in pool areas was obnoxiously loud, everyone was complaining of headaches. Even the crew we talked to could not believe they did not cancel the cruise, ship was not safe to have guests on it. Guests were constantly lined up 20+ deep to complain at the service desk, the issues go on and on..........I will attach some photos if I can. Embarkation was a joke, they waited as long as possible to let anyone even into the waiting area as the continued to work on the ship, I personally saw 2 elderly men pass out in line. Entertainment was awful. Don’t waste your money on Carnival when you can have a true wonderful cruise experience with Royal Caribbean, I will stay loyal to Royal from now on! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We took a 4 night New Years Eve cruise from Miami on the Victory. The crew was great. Our dinning team was outstanding....friendly, efficient, outgoing....made dinner a joy. Same goes for room steward. Four shows (2 nights) were cancelled, ... Read More
We took a 4 night New Years Eve cruise from Miami on the Victory. The crew was great. Our dinning team was outstanding....friendly, efficient, outgoing....made dinner a joy. Same goes for room steward. Four shows (2 nights) were cancelled, one for weather, 2 for 'technical difficulties". Lounge entertainment was mediocre. First young man had a Karaoke voice andvorite a limited repertoire. Second was a steel drum player...she was ok...but 3 nights of steel drum.....really? The 1 show we did see was short and not very exciting...for entertainment....a C grade. Food was good and plentiful, B+. I will say that their boarding procedure was the best/easiest I have ever encountered. I like that cabin rooms are even on one side of ship, odd on the other....cuts down on confusion trying to find room. Don't like that cabins were only turned down either am or pm....not both. My guess is that they cut back on room stewards (to cut costs) and decreased service. I believe that Carnival is trying to be 'family friendly' which is fine for folks with children. They seem to have a lot for the kids, which is a good thing...but if you are cruising to have time away from the kiddos, then reconsider your choice. There were many unruly little ones running about. I was very surprised that there were very few stations to sanitize your hands...2 days after cruise I suffered Montezuma's revenge. Very few chances to sanitize. I have cruise other lines and will probably go back to my favorite...Norwegian. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
 The service was horrible. The dinning room service took around 3 hours! There were lines for everything: food, vending machines, and even bathrooms. We had to walk around everytime, multiple times, to find sitting space. The ... Read More
 The service was horrible. The dinning room service took around 3 hours! There were lines for everything: food, vending machines, and even bathrooms. We had to walk around everytime, multiple times, to find sitting space. The "entertainment director" announcements were extremely annoying. On top of constantly promoting jewerly sales, they never announced the weather at the ports. We could hear people talking all night in the hallways from our room; we even could hear foot steps.  The staff were very slow, unhappy, rude, and uncaring. Multiple shows were canceled during our trip. Everything was very unorganized. We had to hikeup multiple staircases the first and the last day becuase they were closed up for Luggage transportation; never seen such a thing on any other cruise lines before. The ship layout was extremely annoying and not easily accessible! The ship smelled like fart everywhere. The ship was overall dirty. The food was cold and very low quality. The expensive wifi we paid for took around 20 minutes for one webpage to load.... On top of everything the DJ had maximum choice of 10 songs that was replayed every night of the trip thorough out different parts of the ship. This was our first time sailing on carnival; NEVER AGAIN. we have sailed with royal carribean before and it is comparing night and day. We had a horrible experience this past week; it was a nightmare and we could not wait to get out. Read Less
Carnival Victory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 3.5 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.3

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