1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
I choose this cruise because we brought family with us who never cruised before. It was the shortest cruise we ever did. I have always took a cruise with carnival to celebrate my anniversary. I got a gift card that was expired. ... Read More
I choose this cruise because we brought family with us who never cruised before. It was the shortest cruise we ever did. I have always took a cruise with carnival to celebrate my anniversary. I got a gift card that was expired. They didnt sing Happy Anniversary to us or acknowledge us at dinner. This was completely strange to us. We always get a bottle of wine and the waiters sing to us. We actually enjoy the special attention they paid to us on our last cruise. We also told them it was my nieces birthday and they didnt acknowledge her at all. Every night we heard waiters singing happy anniversary and happy birthday to other guests. Destinations were at Key West and Cozumel. I think it would have been nice to know that at both destinations we docked away from all the major attractions, all on the other side of the islands. Key West was too quick, and they rushed us back on the ship ...we had until 1:30, that changed to 1PM and then they told us to be on the ship by 12 noon...we got off the ship close to 8:30AM that left no time to see anything on the other side. The food quality has gone down, cold food, no surf and turf (included) everything was extra which usually isnt for at least one dinner. The activities for late dinner guest were not properly timed. We missed the comedy and other things we would have liked to do. The ship was extra rocky. I witnessed one of the food servers using the restroom and walking out without washing her hands. This is my last carnival cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We cruise often, and this was about our 15th cruise. (I lost count). This is our 4th cruise with Carnival. Our first one was on Inspiration out of Tampa, which we really enjoyed. Our 2nd Carnival cruise was on Imagination out of Miami, ... Read More
We cruise often, and this was about our 15th cruise. (I lost count). This is our 4th cruise with Carnival. Our first one was on Inspiration out of Tampa, which we really enjoyed. Our 2nd Carnival cruise was on Imagination out of Miami, which was just okay. It wasn't perfect, but it wasn't completely awful either. Our 3rd Carnival cruise was on Paradise out of Tampa, and it was before the ship went through dry dock, and it was absolutely horrible. I won't even go into detail because this review is for Victory. However, Paradise was the ship that made us decide not to cruise with Carnival again for over 3 years. But then came Victory. She had just been through dry dock, and had a lot of new things added. We are so glad that we chose Victory for our vacation, because it was the ship that made us decide that it's okay to cruise with Carnival again. :) EMBARKATION: Went very smoothly. CABIN: We had cabin 6432, which is a cabin that has an extended balcony near the aft of the ship. This was the best cabin we've ever had on any cruise ship we've been on, and our stateroom attendant was the best. It was spotless, and we loved the extended balcony. CREW: The entire crew that we had the pleasure to meet, were so polite and nice, and made us feel some welcomed. DINING: We are buffet people, and prefer the buffet, because we like to eat when we're hungry, and prefer not to sit and be waited on while we wait for our meal. Therefore, I can't say how the main dining is, however, we found the buffet wonderful. The hamburger at Guy's Burgers were delicious, and their fixings bar for the burger is absolutely amazing. The pizza was very good, as well. ENTERTAINMENT: We didn't attend the main shows, however, we relaxed in the atrium of the ship and there was a lot of good entertainment there. They had a male country singer that was very good, and they had entertainers that played the steel drums, which were also very good. The entire ship was very clean, and there isn't anything I can say bad about our cruise. I would cruise on Victory again without hesitation. We plan on spending our cruise vacation for 2019 on another Carnival ship, because they have an Eastern Caribbean itinerary that we are interested in. We just haven't decided which ship yet. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Looked for a short cruise while we were in Florida from Monday to Saturday. This one fit the bill. We have sailed Carnival before but not this ship and not a 4 day. But the timing and price were right so we took it. Glad we did. The ... Read More
Looked for a short cruise while we were in Florida from Monday to Saturday. This one fit the bill. We have sailed Carnival before but not this ship and not a 4 day. But the timing and price were right so we took it. Glad we did. The weather was great each day. The ship was not perfect but it's not new and we didn't expect perfection. All the staff were pleasant and seemed to enjoy their jobs. Everyone greeted us with smiles. Compared to our last cruise on MSC, which was over-hyped and didn't deliver, this cruise was Very Good! Only 2 ports of call were on this itinerary. We have never been to Key West but have been to Cozumel many times. I was surprised at the the arrival times for both ports - 7AM for KW and Noon for CZ. Many of the stores in KW were not open until 9 or 10 am. Since the ship departure time was 1 PM, that didn't leave a lot of time for shopping - which was okay with us because we packed light and could not take anything back with us anyway!!! We simply wandered around KW with no plan except to take a photo and the Southermost Point in the USA. There was a long line of people there so we just got a photo of the monument and left. We past the Southernmost House, the Southernmost Southermost House, the Southernmost Hotel, the Southernmost Donut Shop, the SM this and SM that, etc... Once we were back on board, we had a nice BBQ lunch waiting for us in the dining room. On other Carnival ships, the BBQ was cooked and served outside which was much more enjoyable. We arrived the next day in Cozumel and it was HOT! We had no plans and took our time to get off the ship. We walked by all the trinket and souvenir shops until we had to get some shade. We turned into a bar for $1 beers and decided that we were also hungry. We ordered chicken nachos and they were great! Back on board, we sat by the pool the rest of the day. The ship departed at 10PM. The last day was a sea day as we made our way back to Miami. We did sign up for the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast. It was well worth the $5 just to watch all the kids! And the food was fun too! Just in case it isn't mentioned later, embarkation was absolutely the best of our 16 cruises so far! We walked from our taxi right to our cabin with only one stop to show our passport and boarding pass. Our Sign N Sail cards were waiting for us at our cabin. No lines, no stops (we skipped to photos) and no waiting anywhere! Unbelievable! Good job, Carnival! Disembarkation was a breeze. Our deck was called 15 minutes after release, so we were off the ship before 8 AM. No excursions. No complaints. Good memories. Yes, we would do it again but we prefer longer cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
BACKGROUND: Decided to book a last minute cruise to celebrate my 73rd birthday. We drove from Savannah ,Georgia to Miami on Sunday. We stayed at The Holiday Inn Express Airport Doral Area where I had booked a cruise package that includes ... Read More
BACKGROUND: Decided to book a last minute cruise to celebrate my 73rd birthday. We drove from Savannah ,Georgia to Miami on Sunday. We stayed at The Holiday Inn Express Airport Doral Area where I had booked a cruise package that includes hotel stay for 1night, free parking for duration of the cruise and 1 way shuttle transport to the port on Monday morning. See review on Trip Advisor. We arrived at the port at 11am and because I had purchased a "Faster to the Fun" we were able to board very quickly and were in our stateroom by 11:15 Our stateroom was ready and very nice. The only picky thing I can complain about is that the picture window was not very clean but considering how close to the water we were I can understand how it would be difficult to keep them clean. SHIP: We were pleasantly surprised by the condition and decor of the ship. We saw crew members cleaning all the time. The ship is small enough that you can find your way around easily. The lobby area, pool area and Lido buffet area appeared crowded but the rest of the ship was surprisingly uncrowded and we were always able to find a quiet place to sit. The aft elevators only go to deck 9 so you need to use the midship or forward elevators to go to the top decks. Also the location of the Atlantic Dining Room on Deck 3 and 4 will prevent passage from the back of the ship to the front so you will have to go up to Deck 5 to access that area. DINING: We had early dining (6pm) in the Pacific Dining Room. There are VERY few tables for 2 in this dining room so if this is important to you, you should go see the Maitre D as soon as you can-if you wait until the evening they will probably not be able to help. The food was good in the MDR-not great but we were always able to find something we liked. The desserts were very good. The service was excellent. The singing and dancing waiters were FUN!! We did not utilize the buffet for meals so I can't comment on the food or service. We also ate at Guys Burger, Pizza Pirate, The Deli and had ice cream at Swirls and desserts and drinks at the buffet. All were very good-long lines at Guys and Pizza. There are seating areas available on several decks so if the tables in the buffet area is crowded look for seating on the upper decks ACTIVITIES , FITNESS. SPA, CASINO: We did not utilize but the gym looked to be large with lots of equipment and floor to ceiling windows. There were several free seminars offered. There is a jogging track on one of the upper decks, a small miniature golf putting area, shuffleboard, corn hole, video arcade. There is, however, not a promenade deck where you can walk all the way around the ship. The casino was small and very smoky. We did not go in the pools or the hot tubs but they looked inviting and clean but quite small. Lots of loungers available on multiple decks. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. The cruise director, Felipe, and his "fun staff" were very present during the cruise and were a lot of fun. CHILDREN: Children were well behaved SERVICE: We were pleased with the service. Everyone we met was friendly and happy to help. ENTERTAINMENT: This is the only area we felt was lacking. The Comedy Club was fabulous. There were two production shows that were, in our opinion, not very good and we actually walked out of Vroom. There was entertainment in various locations throughout the ship. We did enjoy the poolside entertainment events. PORTS of CALL: Key West 7am-1pm. We just walked around on our own. Cozumel 12noon-9pm. Carnival all inclusive excursion to Passion Island by power catamaran. The food was just ok, the included drinks were fine, the service was ok, the crew on the cat were fun. We got 3 hours on the island which was plenty of time. The island is pretty, the water was warm and a beautiful color, the sand was soft and white-what's got to like!!! The port area is very nice with lots of shops and several bars and restaurants. We ate dinner at Three Amigos at a waterfront table overlooking the lit up Victory and a lovely sunset. We were unexpectedly entertained by several "ladies" who apparently had had a little too much to drink who decided to hop up on the bar and dance and twerk. Quite interesting Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
I love cruising and Carnival is my cruise line of choice. I try to do 2-3 cruises a year. I just returned from a weekend cruise (Apr 20-Apr 23) to the Bahamas. I traveled with my mom and my sister, 3 to a cabin. We have traveled this ... Read More
I love cruising and Carnival is my cruise line of choice. I try to do 2-3 cruises a year. I just returned from a weekend cruise (Apr 20-Apr 23) to the Bahamas. I traveled with my mom and my sister, 3 to a cabin. We have traveled this way several times but this time was awful. I usually get the sofa or bunk bed as the extra bed but this time it was what appeared to be a lawn chair without legs. It was described as a trundle bed but I have a trundle bed and this was not one. It is now two weeks later and my back still hurts. I literally slept on the floor...no cushioning, just the plastic weaving of the "lawn chair". Also the room was so tight we could not open a suitcase without putting it on a bed. There was not floor space even to walk except the hallway in front of the bathroom. So...if you book 3 to a room, on Deck 10, beware. It totally ruined my trip and I still haven't recovered. I have another cruise coming up in 3 weeks and I'm prayerful that the experience will be much better. If it weren't already paid for I would jump ship! I have to admit though that other than the sleeping accomodations the cruise was goid. The food choices are awesome. You have to try the Guy Burgers on the Lido Deck! Best burgers in the world let alone the high seas! Also the main dining is great too. The wait staff learns your name after the first night and make you feel like you are their only guest. The dining is elegant but you don't have to dress up. Just no swim wear, shirtless, etc. Also you can have as much as you want! You can have 1 of each entee, appetizer, dessert, etc. I gained 5 lbs on a 3 night cruise! I didn't do an excursion on this cruise but I have on many others. It is best to do an excursion because it is safe and you don't have to worry about getting back on time. I am looking forward to doing something exciting on the one coming up! Carnival truly is the "fun ship". The entertainment is top notch. Broadway shows, game shows, movies under the stars, shopping, etc. If I didn't have to sleep on what amounted to be the floor it would've been perfect but this time they fell way short! My next two cruises this year are with 4 in a room, (a quad) and they SHOULD be fine because we will have bunk beds...I hope! In spite of it all...I can't wait! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
This was my 7th cruise but the first with Carnival. The experience was what I expected which was a good cruise trip. This was a "guys trip" weekend getaway so the price of the cruise is what drove us here. The boat was dated, ... Read More
This was my 7th cruise but the first with Carnival. The experience was what I expected which was a good cruise trip. This was a "guys trip" weekend getaway so the price of the cruise is what drove us here. The boat was dated, but clean. We had a balcony room with was a smaller balcony that I've had on other ships, but did have two chairs and was an ok place to sit. Food lines were long at the buffet and most of the food was mediocre at best. Certainly the lowest quality of food I've had on a ship. That being said, the pizza station actually made a very good pizza to your specs. The seafood bar was nice (but an additional charge). The crew were all VERY nice and helpful. A massage at the spa was $129 for 50 minutes and was ok. They hit you hard about buying all their products when you're done which wasn't the most pleasant way to end the massage. 15% gratuity is added to every drink order and the cost of the "all you can drink package" is high in my opinion. Both occupants of the room have to buy the package and it is almost $0 per day per person. For our cruise, leaving Friday afternoon and returning Monday morning (7am) they wanted $395 for the drink package. (which limits you to 15 drinks a day) Beer was $8.00 a pop so you can figure out your breakeven point. It is a younger, less refined party clientele and for a guys weekend party trip was the perfect ship. I will choose other cruise lines when taking the wife on a nice vacation. Overall the majority of the Victory crew were very nice and helpful Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Background information - First time cruisers. There were 5 of us. Hotel information (if any) - Holiday Inn, Port of Miami. Bar doesn't stay open very late and doesn't open early. So, if you are looking for bloody ... Read More
Background information - First time cruisers. There were 5 of us. Hotel information (if any) - Holiday Inn, Port of Miami. Bar doesn't stay open very late and doesn't open early. So, if you are looking for bloody Mary's or mimosas for breakfast you need to go across the street to Bayside. Ship information - Carnival Victory Activities - Plenty to do on board. While at Bayside, we went to the Thriller! Speedboat tour. It was great but you can get wet especially if you sit in the very back of the boat. Service - Excellent Port & shore excursions - Half Moon Cay was WONDERFUL. Nassau was okay. Travel to embarkation port - Flew in a few days before. Cabin - 6440 Dining - Okay, was expecting a lot more from the dining room. Food wasn't anything spectacular. Children's clubs - Not used as we did not have children with us. However, the teen club looked like it was packed last night. Entertainment - Band in casino was great! Played 80's the last night we were there. Disembarkation - Customs took forever! Summary - Great trip, would definitely do it again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Always wanted to go to Miami and the Bahamas. We got taken care of with one trip. Arriving at the Port and boarding was quick and easy. We had priority. Everyone was great. Drinks wait time was quick the whole cruise. Tip the bartender on ... Read More
Always wanted to go to Miami and the Bahamas. We got taken care of with one trip. Arriving at the Port and boarding was quick and easy. We had priority. Everyone was great. Drinks wait time was quick the whole cruise. Tip the bartender on the first day last day. He knew my drinks and would tend to me as soon as I walked up. Wait staff was quick and attentive. Late dining for ud no rush or to be pushed out. First stop after day at sea. Half Moon Cay was beautiful and we got a villa for 8½ of ud. Best decision we made. It was hot and we had shade with AC along with hot tub. Great place for pictures. Next stop was Nassau. Spent our day at the British Colonial. Not bad but not sure if I would do it again. Did some nice shopping rather my wife did. When we returned to Miami. We were off the ship by 8:15 am. Process was fast and organized. We took the Carnival shuttle which was worth. Lady working tjere boarding was rude but forget about her. Will do again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We cruised with carnival before in bigger and newer ships and for longer cruises, so we knew what to expect comparing to other cruise lines. But I guess we were not prepared for the "non stop spring break mood". We chose this ... Read More
We cruised with carnival before in bigger and newer ships and for longer cruises, so we knew what to expect comparing to other cruise lines. But I guess we were not prepared for the "non stop spring break mood". We chose this cruise because we wanted a small cruise before another that we take a week before Victory. The ship looked ok, nothing to write home about or to make you feel extremely impressed. The atrium was really nice. Our cabin (port hole) was great, even better than others in upscale cruises where we have been. We liked the food; there were considerably less buffet choices comparing to what we are used to, but we liked the food. The MDR service was so quick that we never had the opportunity to see the employees dancing. Loved the quiet area pool, but it was impossible to stay in the main pool because the DJ music was way too loud...I'm used to go to night clubs and never in my life it was so uncomfortable to stay in one place with music like the Lido pool. The entertainment was so so...maybe we are being unfair because we are comparing to the big Broadway productions on other cruise ships, but the shows were similar to what we were used 25 years ago, actually made the 4 of us fall asleep during the 2 main shows. We normally travel during the spring break month, but for the first time we had a bad experience concerning to it: there were room parties, screaming and laughing until 4,5,6 a.m. and the security did nothing to help the ones who would love to sleep a couple hours. There was also a lots of alcohol around and alcohol effects. Victory was ok, for a small cruise, but we would not love to repeat a longer one. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
I choose this cruise based on locality and timing along with the fact that the ship had just been refit. Positives: “ I Made” was our cabin steward. He gets 6 stars o f 5! I would request his floor if at all possible. Our room was ... Read More
I choose this cruise based on locality and timing along with the fact that the ship had just been refit. Positives: “ I Made” was our cabin steward. He gets 6 stars o f 5! I would request his floor if at all possible. Our room was nice and had plenty of closet space and storage. Room 8207 on the Veranda. However our mini frig did not work. The bathroom was ample with a nice size shower. Main dining room food was excellent but Lido Buffet for breakfast was disgusting. Skip it unless you opt for the made to order omlettes at the side window( I did not try as lines were too long but was told by the restaurant manager that they use fresh eggs in the made to order line as opposed to the powdered eggs in the buffet) Brunch in the main dining room was top notch. WE only went to one show which was hilarious-The Love and Marrage Show! Must See! We spent most of our time on the Serenity deck as it was quiet. The furniture and sun beds look new up there and if you can grab a covered cabana like we did for a few hours, even better! we had a balcony and really enjoyed it. It’s worth the extra money. We also did faster to the fun pass. That is also worth the money! No waiting in line. We were on board and in our room by 11:40. Our board time assigned to us was 11:30! That gave us a who 1/2 day to explore and enjoy the ship before the masses arrived. Key West was a short stop and I go there often so I did not get off there in port but there is a free shuttle that takes you to Duvall Street and back. I recommend taking advantage of that. They do not tell you about this shuttle! My husband was going to walk to Duvall St. and was presently surprised by the shuttle/ trolley when he got off the ship. In Cozumel we rented a Jeep and explored the island on our own. We even found an excellent place to snorkel near a park but had the place to ourselves. The Jeep was only $92.00 with insurance through Thrifty. It was well worth it. We also ate at Coconuts which has an amazing view. The food was good and atmosphere fun. We did a little shopping and found of course the better deals were off the tourist path. There have been some terrorist activities in Playa De Carmen so tours to there were cancelled by Carnival. Cozumel is safe! It’s an island. I would feel comfortable staying there an extended period. All in all the Victory is a good value if you know the pros and cons ahead of time. Who doesn’t even fun on a cruise? Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We traveled as a couple and stayed in a balcony room. The room was clean and Sari, our attendant was great. The food was average to good during the stay. The drinks and bartenders were very attending. The only issue is that this was Spring ... Read More
We traveled as a couple and stayed in a balcony room. The room was clean and Sari, our attendant was great. The food was average to good during the stay. The drinks and bartenders were very attending. The only issue is that this was Spring Break, and while I knew that and was prepared; there was a party going on down our hallway every night until the wee hours. Called Security and they would go back to their rooms and come right back out like mice. Thus, it was hard to sleep some nights. Learned my lesson there. We still had a great deal of fun and the weather was phenomenal.. Especially nice was the casino area. The band was very good and the staff worked very hard with a smile. Keep in mind that you cannot gamble until the ship leaves the port. One other thing, Always bring your ID! In Key West, we docked at the Navy Base and on the way back they stopped the shuttle and checked everyone's ID. A few did not have it and had to get off the bus. I do not know if they got back on the ship. it is not only a Navy base, but the Navy Seals train there, thus I believe the security is a little higher. Two excursions we booked on our own. One, we simply rented biked in Key West from Eaton Bikes. It was easy and I would recommend a ride out to the fort and the beach next to it. Secondly, in Cozumel, we booked Nachi Cocum Beach Club off their website. If you are looking for a less crowded beach with pretty good service, I would recommend. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
My wife, eight friends and I went on this cruise as a work trip. Our first cruise was 4 years ago on the Carnival Liberty and we absolutely loved it. This trip however, paled in comparison to that one and our second trip last year. I have ... Read More
My wife, eight friends and I went on this cruise as a work trip. Our first cruise was 4 years ago on the Carnival Liberty and we absolutely loved it. This trip however, paled in comparison to that one and our second trip last year. I have absolutely no complaints regarding the boarding process. It was simple, and seamless, exactly how I remember it. The let down came our first night on the ship at dinner. We ate in the Atlantic dining room and I had the prime rib. I ordered it medium rare, which it was when I received it, no complaints about that, BUT it was cold. This, as I learned quickly would hold true for almost every meal I had on this cruise. My prime rib was cold as were all of my sides. The only food I ate on that ship that was hot were the burgers from Guy Fieri's Burger Joint and the fresh omelette I had for breakfast every morning. Even the breakfast sides(bacon, sausage, potato, french toast, pancakes etc.) were cold. I ate at the buffet only once because the first experience was no different. When I go on vacation, the food either makes or breaks the trip for me and in this case, the food definitely put a damper on my trip. It was certainly not up to the high standards I have come to expect from cruising. Another thing that really irritated me, perhaps more than it should have was the fact that the dress codes for the dining room was not enforced at all. On Carnival's web site, they state that the dress code for their dining rooms are informal and formal. On the informal nights you may wear long shorts and a collared shirt. No bathing suits and t-shirts. On formal nights, dress pants and a dress shirt. Every night we were in that dining room I saw people in bathing suits, t-shirts and flip flop sandals. Even on the formal night there were people in shorts and t-shirts. I asked our server, Conrad why this was happening and he said, "That's the way Carnival is going, catering to a younger crowd." I understand catering to a younger crowd, but either enforce your own rules, or get rid of them! Speaking of Conrad, he was one of the bright spots on the cruise. We sat with him every night and absolutely loved him. Also, our cabin steward, Husry was another bright spot. I feel that we got to know them both quite well. I have no complaints about the ship itself, or the cleanliness. Other than what I've mentioned above, the trip was so-so. If this is the way Carnival is going, then I've probably sailed for the last time with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Just being able to spend the day at Half Moon was worth the trip! I wish we could have stayed longer! I was sceptical about tendering but it was a double deck tender and it fit at least 150 -200 ppl so it went real fast! As it turns the ... Read More
Just being able to spend the day at Half Moon was worth the trip! I wish we could have stayed longer! I was sceptical about tendering but it was a double deck tender and it fit at least 150 -200 ppl so it went real fast! As it turns the pathway corner to get into the island is gorgeous! The BBQ was not bad either - the selection was pretty darn good and I am particular. The chocolate brownies were scrumptious - different texture that I would love to be able to have the recipe for...crumbly but moist. The weather started cloudy but by 11 am it had cleared; however, even if it hadn’t the day would have been just as great clouded over. The water was crystal turquoise blue and clear to the bottom with no waves. It was like a perfect watering hole - I fell in love with it and wished we could have stayed loner! The cruise ship was packed with spring break families and the embarkation was easy - the buffet was a little nerve racking because there were line ups everywhere but everybody got to eat in due time. Night entertainment was pretty decent too.Fitness centre excellent! Can’t complain about anything! This was a party boat - everybody was game to live it up! If you don’t like crowds then this is not for you. We neither love it nor do we hate it. Nassau was also gorgeous - we took a taxi to Paradise Island where we bought a $47.00 pp pass to walk the resort and visit the aquariums and then spend time at the hotel beach. It was well worth the pass to see the premises. We even got a free tour from Caitlin at the aquarium who explained everything about the fish and the site highlights. Great little cruise! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We just returned from a cruise aboard the newly renovated Carnival Victory with a full ship charter for the Invicta Ocean Voyage II. The cabin we had for this cruise was 9196 and is one of the brand new Scenic Ocean View, category 6J, ... Read More
We just returned from a cruise aboard the newly renovated Carnival Victory with a full ship charter for the Invicta Ocean Voyage II. The cabin we had for this cruise was 9196 and is one of the brand new Scenic Ocean View, category 6J, cabins on deck 9 forward. This cabin class was added to the Victory during the latest dry dock that took place in January 2018. The cabin along with the two newly added Captain's Suites and two Scenic Grand Ocean View cabins completely replaces the forward section of category 4J interior obstructed view cabins along deck 9 above the bridge. The Victory category 4J had been a "hidden gem" in our eyes as it was a larger cabin with a forward facing window at an interior cabin price. As an extra bonus it had easy access to a huge open secluded deck above the bridge that most other cruisers never used. Now that deck space has been completely incorporated into these new cabins which are of course being booked at a higher price. So is the new Scenic Ocean View cabin worth the added price? Without hesitation, YES! The moment you walk into the cabin you are greeted by a wall to wall, floor to ceiling picture window view out the front of the ship at the far end of the cabin. The glass is angled inward toward the ceiling and provides an uninterrupted view over the bow. There is a power operated window shade which can be controlled by the switches to the left of the bathroom door. 360 Degree VR Photo: https://flic.kr/p/24NkRbW Along the left side as you walk into the cabin there are a series of three large closets. The first has shelving and a standard sized safe. The second has a half height hanging area and drawers on the bottom. The third has full height hanging space. Next along the left wall there is a sit down vanity with lighted mirror and multiple outlets. There is a small flat screen TV on a swivel mount and a desk. Under the desk is a mini fridge and a set of drawers. Further down the wall is a door to the adjacent cabin. On the right side as you enter is a keycard holder that activates the room lighting. There is also a door to a standard sized bathroom with a curtained shower. 360 Degree VR Photo: https://flic.kr/p/24Nn44b Past the bathroom is a double sized sleeper sofa with a full sized end table and lamp on the right. Next is a king sized bed that can be split into two twins with half sized end tables on either side with integrated lamps. Finally in the area by the window are two armchairs with a small coffee table. The floor space in this cabin is quite generous and the view is even better than a balcony in our opinion with the only drawback that the window does not open. However, we did note that the walls seem to be very thin and poorly insulated so you can hear noises from the adjoining cabins quite easily. As for the rest of the ship we did really like the new 2.0 upgrades such as Guys Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, and Blue Iguana Tequila bar. The entire ship seemed to be quite clean and the service was friendly. Our cabin steward, while exceedingly friendly, was apparently responsible for 30+ rooms so he could only attend to each cabin once a day. This is less than we are accustomed to on other cruise lines. Used glass cups were not replaced unless we called housekeeping and we only saw one towel animal during our cruise. We ate most meals (breakfast and dinner) in the lower level of the Pacific main dining room at the aft of the ship. Our dinner seating was “late” at 8:15 and we noted that the staff kept the outer doors closed until 8:15 with often over 100 people crowding the landing area between the aft elevators waiting for the doors to open. As soon as the doors open there was an unorganized free-for-all stampede of people rushing into the dining room to grab their favorite tables. Again this initial chaos and crowding each night is not at all what we are used to on other lines. The main dining room food selection was good and we had no issues ordering multiple appetizers or entrees from the menu. Breakfasts including the seaday brunch were fantastic and we enjoyed the dishes very much, especially the french toast with bananas. At dinner, one of our favorite starters was the kale caesar salad. The food quality of the entrees was good but not spectacular. Beef ordered medium rare was served either overcooked or quite undercooked. But with the ability for each person to order more than one, it allowed everyone to find something that was appealing. This was our first time trying Guys Burger Joint and it was just as good as others have said. We found the burgers to be to be cooked just right and loved the toppings bar. Other than embarkation day the lines for the burgers were usually very short. The Blue Iguana Cantina was also good but often had long lines for the build your own burrito section. Speaking of embarkation day, the Miami Carnival Cruise Terminal always seems to have a sort of “hurry up at wait” atmosphere to it. We were scheduled for the earliest boarding time of 11-11:30. When we arrived we went through security relatively quickly but once upstairs we sat in the waiting area for at least 30 minutes before they started calling group numbers. It was the same thing last year as well. Being a full ship charter cruise for Invicta Watch Company most of the daily activities aboard were watch related. Also many of the ships retail areas as well as the piano bar were converted into Invicta Watch stores. The lines for these stores the first few days were often exceedingly long and extended out into the public walkways. We waited until the final day to peruse the stores once the lines dissipated. Overall, for the low, low price that we paid for this cruise (only $89/person) we felt that we certainly got our moneys worth. The Scenic Ocean View Cabin is a true highlight of the dry dock changes that have been made to the Victory and anyone who is looking at booking an ocean view, balcony, or suite should consider this option. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We wanted something family friendly. We find Carnival to be that cruise line. Our stewart was great (alex) on the 7th forward. I thought the upgrades of the red frog and Guys etc was great. I can do without the fish market it smell at ... Read More
We wanted something family friendly. We find Carnival to be that cruise line. Our stewart was great (alex) on the 7th forward. I thought the upgrades of the red frog and Guys etc was great. I can do without the fish market it smell at times and dont appreciate the extra cost, I do wish they had the speciality dining like the steakhouse, etc. I also wish Carnvial would upgrade the american table in the Main dining. I would rather themed each night e.g. mexican, American, etc.... Was just like the food we had the Breeze last year. Staff was great, I did miss the morning show, has Carnival done away with it on TV? Also like the new Miami boarding with the keys in the room when you arrive no waiting. I just wish it was easier to get extra keys since we have kids and mutiple rooms. Overall I give it 3.5 stars Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Just got off the Victory this morning and I miss it already. From beginning to end the Victory was a great exerience. Had a suite-level state room with priority boarding and got right on with no issues. Cabin was clean and spacious and ... Read More
Just got off the Victory this morning and I miss it already. From beginning to end the Victory was a great exerience. Had a suite-level state room with priority boarding and got right on with no issues. Cabin was clean and spacious and our steward (Evelyn) was very attentive. Great looking ship - had a lot of charm and style. Dining was good - not great - not bad - and the lido buffet had tons of options. Highly recommend Guy's Burger Joint , the Seafood Shack and the Deli. Entertainment was great and fun and our cruise director Felippe was hands down the most entertaining on the ship. We did go to comedy club one night - very funny - and the piano bar sing along was a blast. Loved the very hairy chest contest - super funny and they kept it (somewhat) clean for the younger kids on board. Key West was great - although we felt we didn't get to spend enough time there. Visit Hemmingway's house!! Cozumel was fantastic - best day of the trip - great port and with the Cozumel Plus we had a lot of time to explore. Service was excellent, staff were friendly and fun. I have nothing at all bad to say about this cruise and have already booked my next one. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
It was a charter for a nude cruise we have wanted to try. Generally all was great, however the buffet was less than acceptable at all meals. Switched to eating at deli, and dinning rooms for breakfast and dinners. Ship is older and ... Read More
It was a charter for a nude cruise we have wanted to try. Generally all was great, however the buffet was less than acceptable at all meals. Switched to eating at deli, and dinning rooms for breakfast and dinners. Ship is older and paint covers things up at a distance, yet up close not to good. Wondered why one hot tub was broken even after ship was in dry dock for a month before we sailed. Also, the pictures you see on the ads with nice clean windows are not true. Do not get me wrong, I know at sea that weather and water affect the windows views yet this was somewhat disappointing. Music everywhere except the fantail, music is nice yet it can be overbearing and weird going from one part of the ship to another with many different genres playing. Our steward was exceptional and very attentive. Did two excursions, one good, one not good. The "not good" one we should have gotten off the bus when the guide told us we were the first tour they were operating, plus taking us to a far off beach with no facilities without offering water was stupid. None of this was noted in our excursion information. Oh well, live and learn. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
It was a speciality 10 day charter cruise, and as we were told the ship was in dry dock for the almost the month of January 2018 and we were the second cruise after dry dock. We found the staff to be very attentive and very good at ... Read More
It was a speciality 10 day charter cruise, and as we were told the ship was in dry dock for the almost the month of January 2018 and we were the second cruise after dry dock. We found the staff to be very attentive and very good at providing the services. Yet, basically I have to ask why was a hot tub broken, did they even clean the windows, the solarium broke the third day of the trip, fresh paint was applied to the starboard side of the ship at our dock in Amber Cove, noticed multiple rusted out points supporting the stern gangways for outside maintenance. Now having sailed the salt water seas I fully understand the maintenance issues on ship and they are huge. Yet painting something only looks good from afar, close-up does not cover-up things very well. I went tot he breakfast buffet the first day, it was the last time I tried it, I either went to the dinning room or to the specialty breakfast areas thereafter. Same for lunches and dinner. The buffet was just not good. Carnival makes a pretty good red ale and I enjoyed it more than the other offerings, yet I was surprised when I used the self service beer dispenser that I was charged a 15% tip each time I used the dispenser. An automatic 15% tip is applied to all drinks, which i have no problem with because I usually tip 20%. I do not care for automatic tips. We took two excursions through Carnival, the Bonaire Sea-Cow Snorkel tour, which was great, well trained guides interested in our safety and providing a good tour experience. The other was on Curacao, a sea turtle snorkel trip, which was totally messed up. Word of advise, when the the tour guide comments that this is there first excursion, get of of the bus. NO water was provided, very little information provided by Carnival, the turtle beach was a fishing pier with no facilities and no water to drink and 50 minute bus ride away from the ship. The beach was hazardous as it had a high drop off and the tour took 5 hours versus the stated four. In closing staff was good, Carnival's maintenance and policies not so good. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Just returned from a 10 day all adult (thank God) charter on Carnival Victory. Ship had recently been in the shipyards being updated, and had all new rooms. Added was USB charging, but no power plugs at head of beds anymore. Also added ... Read More
Just returned from a 10 day all adult (thank God) charter on Carnival Victory. Ship had recently been in the shipyards being updated, and had all new rooms. Added was USB charging, but no power plugs at head of beds anymore. Also added motion sensor floor lighting under closets so one doesn’t stub their toe going to restroom at night. Vent in top of room also changed- cannot be adjusted. Either blows full blast arctic, or you can leave your balcony door cracked to disable the sensor to turn vent off. The brain trust at Carnival really messed this up- frigid or off. Be prepared. Our room steward filled it with towels, which also helped. Also, don’t expect to get any work done or check emails too often. Agonizingly slooooow internet. Don’t even bother with it. I realize it’s satellite but with the fees they charge, Carnival should buy ample bandwidth. And now the biggie...Carnival is now too cheap to pay for network TV. No CBS, NBC, ABC, or FOX, and only the Trump-bashing Constantly Negative Network (CNN). So you had better set your DVR to record your favorite TV shows, since some bone-headed executive at Carnival decided to pull the plug on your TV to save a nickel (and hope you’ll buy another expensive drink instead). Onboard movies on the TV are ones in which the copyright expired long ago (so it doesn’t cost Carnival anything). Raiders of Lost Ark, Sleepless in Seattle, ET, etc. Really? TCM movie channel no better. Sports programming (including sports bar) limited to International ESPN feed (Carnival won’t pay the fee for decent satellite sports). Oh, and here’s my good tip for you. Don’t be fooled by the dress-up elegant night and lug along a bunch of fancy clothes. It’s all so you’ll get your pictures made after dinner and buy one of the exorbitantly high priced photos. Shorts, tee shirt, and hoodie or parka are perfectly fine for dinner. No one can see what you’re wearing anyway under the dining room tablecloths. Food was fine, and the freezing dining room helped everyone to stay awake during the hour and a half long dinners. My biggest issue with the cruise is the Carnival product is getting stale. If you made a Carnival cruise 5, or 10, or more years ago, nothing really changes or evolves. Carnival seems to be in a time warp. That all being said... all the cruise lines are really the same. When someone says such and such cruise line is better, press them for why? Really...Why??? They won't be able to give you specifics. Carnival has its issues, but they’re no different than any other line. It was a perfectly fine cruise. They all are. My review may sound like I’m a grump, but not really. I’m actually Platinum and will cruise again. It was all just pretty much standard Carnival. It is what it is. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We were on a recent charter cruise. The food was meh although on Captain's night the prime rib and lobster were excellent. The menu options were not that great. okay but not the best. More pasta than anything. They only offered flat ... Read More
We were on a recent charter cruise. The food was meh although on Captain's night the prime rib and lobster were excellent. The menu options were not that great. okay but not the best. More pasta than anything. They only offered flat iron steak which was not very good. We bought a wine package of 3 bottles each. My husband drinks Merlot and I prefer Pinot Grigio which we were able to get. Our cruise was 10 days. After that was gone on the last few days you couldn't even buy one glass of Pinot Grigio. It was completely gone. And most of the other white wines were gone also. All except Sauvignon Blanc. I'd rather gnaw on an oak tree than drink that. Had to settle for something i really didn't care much for. We very rarely drink alcohol at home. When on a cruise we like to have wine with dinner and maybe during a show. This to me was very disappointing. Our cabin was nice. We had a balcony. Our cabin steward was good. The entertainment was good. The shore excursions were excellent. The best food on a daily basis is Guy's Burger Joint. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
First of all, embarkation and disembarkation was the fastest I have ever done..We're talking seconds. Kudos for the new system. We did a Back to Back cruise for a total of 14 days. (1/29/18 to 2/12/18). I believe this was the 3rd ... Read More
First of all, embarkation and disembarkation was the fastest I have ever done..We're talking seconds. Kudos for the new system. We did a Back to Back cruise for a total of 14 days. (1/29/18 to 2/12/18). I believe this was the 3rd and 4th cruise after coming out of dry dock. It's still a work in progress. We were in cabin 7261. On Superbowl Sunday the ship had a ship wide plumbing issue, which meant one couldn't use the toilets for a couple of hours during the game. It was a guess on a day to day basis if our shower would provide hot water. The refrigerator in the room never worked. The tv was hit or miss. Chemical odors throughout the ship at times. The lido buffet was problematic, with only one serving line, hence a very good breakfast was had in the main dinning room. Every crew member I dealt with were great. I recall three or fours shows were cancelled. On the second cruise the casino was a smoke free zone, which was great compare to the first cruise. On the second cruise the ship sailed to the A-B-C islands, which were just great.. The cruise was fine, the ship's issues didn't reflect on the service by the outstanding staff of the Victory. I'm sure in a few months the Victory will be up to the standards that it was when we last sailed on in back in Oct 2005 during Hurricane Wilma. Read Less
5 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose the Victory in order to take 2 B2B cruises prior to a 10 day charter cruise--thus maximizing our flight down to Miami. The ship, just out of dry dock, had a bunch of problems. At least 30 to 40 contractors joined us on our B2B ... Read More
We chose the Victory in order to take 2 B2B cruises prior to a 10 day charter cruise--thus maximizing our flight down to Miami. The ship, just out of dry dock, had a bunch of problems. At least 30 to 40 contractors joined us on our B2B walk off the ship to see Customs on both of our sailings--don't know if they stayed on after we left. Hot water was turned off several times a day during the first 2 cruises and turned off completely for an hour or so during the charter. The food was better than our last Carnival cruise, but the service at main dinning room Breakfast and Brunch was poor. We found that there were some VERY GOOD waiters and some VERY POOR waiters. Our regular early seating dinning staff was Excellent! The food manager was POOR as we ran out of bananas on out 4 day cruise and our 10 day cruise where we also ran out of butter--all they had was whipped something to spread on rolls, etc. The entertainment was delightful! My only complaint was that the female lead singer seemed to scream some of her songs. 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
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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