2 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 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
2 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was my second time cruising with Carnival. The Carnival Victory definitely needs some upgrades. The staff was just Ok, they seemed to be very annoyed by many of the Guest!. I did meet one Staff member in the sit down dining area a ... Read More
This was my second time cruising with Carnival. The Carnival Victory definitely needs some upgrades. The staff was just Ok, they seemed to be very annoyed by many of the Guest!. I did meet one Staff member in the sit down dining area a woman from Ukraine who was very pleasant. As I was dining she walked up to me and asked how everything was and asked if I needed anything ( I thought that was very nice she was the only Crew Member to greet me literally). The food was cool the great thing about it was if you did not like an entre' you could order another. There were plenty of children and Teens on the boat who were very loud and obnoxious. The Pool was a traffic jam daily, Jacuzzi also. I brought a day Pass at the RIU resort in the Bahamas for my excursion. It was wonderful ( all inclusive) with a banging Jerk Chicken Hut next to the pool.. Thank me later). it was 20.00 cheaper than online to just show up and pay for it. My taxi ride was 4.00 each way!. I thought is was horrible Carnival shut the pool down at 5 pm on Sunday ( the cruise was not over). They were very slow to put more cups out by the ice and drink machine. That was completely lazy and disrespectful to the guest. They acted as if the Guest was getting on their nerves. If you want to Smell Weed be around wild children cutting in front of you on all parts of the boat, this is definitely the boat for you. I had a room with a Balcony so that's where I received all of my Peace. I definitely will find a more upscale cruise line for my taste!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We went on this cruise with some other couples. We did Faster to the Fun- it was helpful to get right on the ship, but apparently we could have gotten on earlier... Our cabin was ready to go with our room keys and we went to grab some ... Read More
We went on this cruise with some other couples. We did Faster to the Fun- it was helpful to get right on the ship, but apparently we could have gotten on earlier... Our cabin was ready to go with our room keys and we went to grab some lunch in lido buffet. The way they have the food lines does not make for an easy experience. You have to wait in line cafeteria style instead of having different stations. One morning I just wanted some grits and the line was wrapped around the corner. So, that was a no. Also, they have upstairs seating which is great except you can't get to it because the sweets station is there and they have cake cutters right at the entrance to the stairs which means there are people on both sides trying to get cake and you can't walk by them as there is just not room. Guy's burgers were great- except at peak times they just hand you a cheeseburger- there is no ordering one off the menu. The breakfast burritos were pretty good at the Blue Igauna (i think that was the name). The dining room was hit or miss food wise. My husband ordered off the $20 steakhouse menu the last night- his food came out way later than everyone else's and was super tough. He didn't even eat half of it. Room service was not advertised except for breakfast. There was a hanging menu. We ordered the $3 breakfast biscuit one morning and neither one of us could eat it. The sausage was disgusting. Like spat it out gross. The waiters were great. The room steward was super nice. Our particular room was on the 8th floor and was the extended balcony-room 8428. We couldn't use our deck half the time because water pooled around the entrance to the door ( I mean several inches deep). Our steward had to sweep it several times. Stuff would fall down (cigarette butts, hats, random liquids) and kids at the pool deck could look down on us so that was not awesome. On the sea day, we got a note saying they were doing routine work on our balcony. Basically, they hosed it down and it was soaking wet so again, we couldn't use it. So disappointed. The comedians were funny, karaoke was super entertaining, and the shows- well people walked out. I felt bad, but they were not very good. The ship overall was pretty good, the lobby was nice. But, because they galley for the kitchens was located in the middle of decks 3 and 4, you had to go to 5 to get across the ship- which meant walking through the smoky casino (kids, families, everyone). Not my favorite. Our excursions were ok. Key West, we took an uber to the southernmost point and then walked to Hemingway House. Great tour and loved it. Then, headed to Sloppy Joe's for a drink and a small bite to eat. Didn't have enough time - 7 am- 1:30 ( i think). Cozumel excursion was not worth it. We did the downtown shopping and beach break. The tour operators were great - no complaints there. We got on a large and pretty comfy bus to go to downtown Cozumel. On the way, they tell us that everything is shipped in as Cozumel does not produce anything. Then to the shop, which is basically like the dollar store of crappy souvenirs. We were there about 40 minutes in that one store. Nice bathrooms though. Then, we went back on the bus to another shopping area- except it was different crappy souvenirs that you had to haggle the price on. Most people had already bought stuff so we just sat in chairs we could find for another 40 minutes. Waste of time. Then to the beach. We only had like an hour or so to enjoy the water and chairs. It just wasn't enough time to do much. Overall, the trip was fun because of who we were with, but I wasn't pleased with the final experience. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We have sailed carnival many times but feel that they have really cut back. - boarding was fast and easy. Surprisingly fast. We were really confused though as you why we didn’t get our sail and sign cards before boarding. First ... Read More
We have sailed carnival many times but feel that they have really cut back. - boarding was fast and easy. Surprisingly fast. We were really confused though as you why we didn’t get our sail and sign cards before boarding. First time since that has changed and there was nothing to tell us that during the boarding process. - cheers program was well worth the cost based on menu prices on board. - While we like to stay near the elevators, I will not choose the primary elevators again. We could hear everything from lobby entertainment well into the night from our suite. Lesson learned. - Dinner. I was rather disappointed in the main dining room. The service was no where what it once was. Wait times were long, food was ok. Nothing special like I had become accustomed to. - Pool Staff at the adult only pool were great about keeping kids out. - Room. Our room itself was fine. We didn’t see our cabin steward until day 2 when they asked if we wanted morning OR evening service. I have always had both as a basic cruise standard. Our steward did do a great job the one time a day our room was done and U was fine with it, just surprised of the change. - The Alchemy Bar and staff was our favorite spot each evening. They did an amazing job with awesome cocktails. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We took this cruise because it fit between two weekends in which we had big events. This became our bridge to them. It helped that I had never been to the two ports of Key West and Cozumel. I didn't have high expectation for the ship ... Read More
We took this cruise because it fit between two weekends in which we had big events. This became our bridge to them. It helped that I had never been to the two ports of Key West and Cozumel. I didn't have high expectation for the ship or the Cruise Line but was pleasantly surprised. We don't usually travel on Carnival because of all the families and kids who are typically on board. I found that that wasn't an issue this time around. Embarkation was the easiest I've ever done. At your appointed time for entry you just showed your passport and boarding docs and went up to the buffet for a drink or some food. Your sail away card was were delivered to your stateroom on your cabin door when you were allowed down to your cabins. There were no lines and no hassles. Other cruise lines should take note. Our cabin was roomy with plenty of storage. We were on deck 7 at the front of the ship. It was listed as a Interior with a Picture View and it certainly delivered. It felt like our own balcony as there was deck that no one used right in front of us. We felt like we had a balcony. Although we had preordered the queen bed variation it was not completed before we arrived and had to ask our cabin steward. I had ordered a birthday package and they did decorate the room with balloons and hanging greetings which we enjoyed along with the cake. The bathroom came equipped with a funky smell, which the crew tried to fix but it never really left the room. It felt like the pipes needed cleaning. Otherwise the shower was nice with good pressure. The bed was comfortable and the hallways were quiet. The food was just okay. There were really long lines for the buffet. They could have used at least one more serving line. The lines were so long they stretched back along the walkways and interfered with the small specialty dining options that were offered to help space out the food lines. It was awkward at best. There were very limited sugar-free options available to eat and drink. If you needed that diet restriction, this would not be your ship. The food was standard fare, good but not overly original. There was a carving station and small salad bar at lunch and dinner. There were a fair number of activities on board for folks to do however many of the ones we wanted to do were at the same time in the morning so we couldn't do many. They were no repeated on the short cruise. There was a large cruise staff and they had good energy. They kept people bust, mostly on deck with dancing and parties. The shows were entertaining using a production crew . The seating in the showroom was uncomfortable on the main level. Seating upstairs was better, The ship was small and compact which we prefer over the Mega ships. There were lots of places to walk and sit outside. Movies under the stars were poolside on the very big screen. Warm blankets would have been nice rather than just grabbing a towel from the stand. There were 2 areas that were Adult only with 2 pools and hot tubs. They were very crowded given all the children on the ship and the need to find a quiet place near water. The staff were very friendly but not terribly engaging. They did not necessarily greet passengers as they passed them on deck or engage in spontaneous conversation. We only saw our cabin steward a few times but he kept our room very clean and fully provisioned. There were lots of announcements by the Cruise Director, perhaps more than necessary. I only heard the captain once talk about the ship, direction and weather. The ports of call of Key West and Cozumel were just fine, once you got there. This ship parked at the Naval Base in Key West and you needed to be transported into town. It was time consuming. Getting back to the ship was even longer as there were only so many buses in operation and each bus had to be checked by military authorities before you could be unloaded next to the ship. That created long lines and almost an hour wait in town, in the hot sun and heat with no water to drink waiting for a bus to arrive. Knowing that was the case a suggestion to Carnival would be to set up a tent with towels and water at the bus stop in town. Guests are going to wait until the last minute to get back to the ship and they need to account for that. Disembarkation in Cozumel was awful. Long lines, throughout the ship including the stairwells, only one gangway, times to leave were not followed made for angry people. Carnival needs to do a much better job. As good as embarkation was at the start of the ship it was that bad trying to get off. The other disappointment was the use of the Internet and kiosks aboard the ship. None of them worked well. They were slow and near impossible to do anything regarding ships business. Yet, we were told over and over again we could conduct business rather than wait at guest services but by the end of the trip folks had pretty much given up. It was easier to talk to a person. While on shore it was easier to use your own data plan. I did use Carnival's Hub App which worked okay but you couldn't look days ahead and plan your calendar. It was a today only thing. Overall, the people are what make the ship a happy place and we found ourselves engaged in conversations with folks at meals and at other times. It made the trip go quickly. I know Carnival is known as a Party Ship Line and people were partying especially as it was Spring Break, but we enjoyed ourselves as we kept our expectations low so that we could come away happy when they were met or exceeded. If you are looking for a quick trip to get away, this could be your answer for some fun and sun as long as you keep your expectations even. 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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
the layout of this ship is NOT user friendly, the lido has two lines for food instead of an area of buffet that is spread out. the end result is very long lines even if you only want a salad. there seem to be two bulkheads on this ... Read More
the layout of this ship is NOT user friendly, the lido has two lines for food instead of an area of buffet that is spread out. the end result is very long lines even if you only want a salad. there seem to be two bulkheads on this ship making navigation to different lounges or restaurants difficult. food and entertainment average, They did have a comedy club which we enjoyed very much. The service in the dining room was actually quicker than waiting in line in lido so we took most of our meals there. Carnival did one thing that was REALLY SPECIAL on Valentines day they did a mass renewal of wedding vows on all their ships followed by dropping red pink, and white balloons over us in the atrium. the staff was great had a problem with the tv, and they brought out a remote control right away but discovered it was the tv itself so the very next morning they brought out and installed a brand new television, kudo's to the maintenance team. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We cruised from January 4-7th on the Carnival Victory from Port of Miami going to Nassau, Bahamas to get some after holiday’s R&R. We drove down to the port and we did a pre-pay parking service thru Jet Port this was easy and ... Read More
We cruised from January 4-7th on the Carnival Victory from Port of Miami going to Nassau, Bahamas to get some after holiday’s R&R. We drove down to the port and we did a pre-pay parking service thru Jet Port this was easy and convenient, and they also provide a shuttle from parking to the port. The embarkation was easy and went quickly to the ship, the picture takers were snapping pictures as we went thru the gangway to get onto the ship, we also paid $39.95 for Faster to the Fun (FTTF) and with this service you're supposed to get priority security check in and boarding with first access to your cabin, priority luggage to your room and debarkation choices, it's purpose basically is to provide faster and priority service and price is per cabin so if you have multiple people in your cabin it will pertain to all parties, and based on my experience this was a total waste of money to spend on this service because even though we had it identified on our sail and sign card none of the crew seem to matter or acknowledge for that fact that we had FTTF. Once we got to our cabin room 6223 which was an inside cabin with balcony which is closer to the bow of the ship, our luggage wasn't there when we got there so I found our cabin steward to see where our luggage was since we purchased FTTF and other cabins had their luggage waiting, he advised us to give it a few minutes it took about 20-25 minutes to get luggage-No FTTF there, we then decided to go the guest services to inquire about the internet services that they provided and to add money to our sail card, they offer Wi-Fi Service and their HUB App with the Wi-Fi service you can only communicate thru apps i.e. Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, twitter which was not worth getting to be to only be able to communicate thru those apps you can also purchase for $5.00 the HUB app texting where you can text your party or people that have the app and pay $5.00...FYI if one person gets the Wi-Fi I was told everybody in the party has too purchase also. Made our way up to the Lido Deck which is the pool deck area which you will also find your informal/casual dining such as the buffet. Guy's Burger Joint was my first stop for some burgers and hand-cut fries which was delicious lines moved fast and practically no wait. I purchased the CHEERS! beverage program which is an all-inclusive drink program I paid a flat daily rate (again if one person purchases the program the whole cabin party must purchase. I hate the way carnival nickel and dimes you for every little thing. For the most part I enjoyed the cruise, the food was phenomenal weather we ate at the Lido Restaurant or the Pacific Dining we signed up for late dining which is around 8:15 our waiter Louie was very nice and accommodating, provided us with whatever we needed never felt as if we were bothering him, he was always nearby. I did find that some of the crew tended to be very rude especially when they called us to the muster station for our emergency practice as well as when we disembarked the ship, I found that to be unacceptable. Due to the playoff's the football games were being televised in the Skybox Sports Bar so I spent much time watching the games on Saturday and Sunday the bartender Davut was so nice and friendly we talked and joked around he was the best!!! I enjoyed to cruise all in all until we got back to the port to disembark we check our bags the night before so you have to have them out by 11pm the night before as a FTTF member-------BIG MISTAKE !!! while we were dining for breakfast they cleared the ship back in port and started calling the different decks for the people that didn't check their luggage and basically no one check luggage so the debarkation process was a mess and got backed up because everyone with luggage was getting off first and FTTF was not acknowledged they even stopped letting people off for about an hour to get things settled down they started shoveling people into one of the large entertainment rooms and we sat and waited until it was our turn to go and we didn’t get off the ship until around 10:30 -11am these people were rude rude rude and talking to people any kind of way until one of the passengers actually said something to them. just don’t waste your money with the faster to the fun FTTF because they don’t even acknowledge it, it was like we penalized for checking bags because the others were given first priority-which sucks- I digress on this issue ----all in all I did have a good time and would book again in hopes that those kinks will be worked out in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
First off I have to say the staff on the ship were all amazing . Dinner was so good. Our wait staff was Lovely, Carlos and I can recall the other guys name, sorry but they were all very attentive. The food was very good and plenty ... Read More
First off I have to say the staff on the ship were all amazing . Dinner was so good. Our wait staff was Lovely, Carlos and I can recall the other guys name, sorry but they were all very attentive. The food was very good and plenty in the dinning room. Guys burgers a must . The buffet was a mad house. People running around in swimwear, no shirts , thongs. Entertainment was good. Room was not that clean. Dusty. Stain on carpet. Stain on towels Stain on comforter. The company should replace stained items. Not the room Stewart’s fault. Bed was comfortable and bathroom clean. Room Stewart was friendly. Brought Ice as requested. Public bathrooms onboard gross! The port of Nassau I’ve been several times. Don’t care for the island. Recommend doing a tour. Alantis has a great water park . This is a nice weekend getaway . If you don’t care about the destination , just R&R Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
So - if you want a cruise director who is annoying, then this is a cruise for you. The cruise director was very annoying, but thinks he is funny and he is not. The ship is in need of repair from rust damage. I have pictures from our ... Read More
So - if you want a cruise director who is annoying, then this is a cruise for you. The cruise director was very annoying, but thinks he is funny and he is not. The ship is in need of repair from rust damage. I have pictures from our room (8435) which show extensive rust-through support beams as well as extraordinarily bad painting with blotches of white paint on the rails, windows, and chairs. Based on previous Carnival Cruises, this was sub-sub par. Put the ship in dry dock and fix it! The ship needs work - it shows throughout the all decks on the ship. Food service was good - given the volume of meals - a good job - Jose and his team in the Atlantic main dining room were awesome. The shows were AWESOME! Until Carnival decides to invest on their fleet via maintenance (we have 8 cruises on Carnival) - I cannot recommend this ship until structural improvements are made. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Was looking for a short cruise for my first time cruisers grandsons 9 & 7 years old it doesn't have a splash park but they did keep the kids busy with camp carnival and build a bear on the one sea day we had plus the one water ... Read More
Was looking for a short cruise for my first time cruisers grandsons 9 & 7 years old it doesn't have a splash park but they did keep the kids busy with camp carnival and build a bear on the one sea day we had plus the one water slide they do have and the movies at night on deck. that's the good part ,now the bad the food in the dining room was cold and seemed to be poor quality nothing great the Buffett food also had a problem with temperatures as well as being nothing great and the carving stations meats were mostly overcooked desserts reminded me of the ones you get at a Chinese Buffett nothing great .i like to get up early in the morning and walk the ship usually getting a coffee in the Buffett however i wasn't able to do that because they never had a machine ready for early risers also i noticed several times at 4:30 am several young children roaming the halls with no parental supervision it's like carnival just didn't seem to care about this ship and left me wondering if they were trying to cut corners to save $$$$$ very disappointing.this was my 3 rd cruise with carnival and probably my last Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
3 night cruise with an overnight in Nassau. Second time on Carnival. First was a 7 night on Carnival Glory. The Glory was a bit nicer, food a bit better. This is an economical cruise that is as fun as you make it. The shows in the ... Read More
3 night cruise with an overnight in Nassau. Second time on Carnival. First was a 7 night on Carnival Glory. The Glory was a bit nicer, food a bit better. This is an economical cruise that is as fun as you make it. The shows in the main theater were fantastically performed. Singers (especially the female) were exceptional! Went to Karaoke 2 nights and had a blast. Everyone is so excepting! Food was hit and miss. The comedians started very late and one night, only did Rated R 18+ shows. NOT TO MISS: Guy's Burger Joint! If there is a long line - it's worth the wait. The Pacific dining room is at the back of the ship. The location is nicer than the Atlantic. We wanted My Time dining, but was waitlisted. So we had to eat at the Early Time = 6pm. For the timed dining, you have a set table where you will eat each night. I think the table location is based on your cabin number. Our cabin was 7431 and our dining table was 431. Our table had a great view right by the window. The steaks are a bit tough and flavorless (except for too much char flavor). Crabcakes were surprisingly super good. I could have eaten multiple. Caesar salad and Baked Alaska were great. Servers in the dining room were fantastic! Bartenders at the 3 bar locations we went to were NOT friendly. They barely look you in the eye. Husband got a massage and my daughter and I got the mother and daughter massage. We've had massages on RC and NCL and this is the best we've had. The most relaxing and less painful. There is a big up-sell and pushing of products at the end. But a polite "no thank you" was all that was needed. The salon and spa area didn't look as nice as the other ships we've been on. We waited in the salon for our massage therapists and saw a woman getting her hair done. She was Indian and was having a beautiful jewel on her forehead, threaded through her hair. At the end she asked him to part her hair down the middle and he flat out said "NO". Casino smoke was awful!! I smelled it on the Glory when walking through, but it was really bad on this ship. Also, marijuana wafted throughout our hallway every day. Not enough lounge chairs in the shade. There should be more along the sides of the ship. We liked to sit in the loungers by the ping pong tables - outside the doors to the pool, turn right and up the stairs. There might be more shady spots, but that's what we found. Putt putt was fun, but was way too hot to finish. We overnighted in Nassau. There is space for about 4 or so cruise ships. There were 2 ships already docked. Our ship was docked at the farthest spot from the entrance. It was a pretty long walk and very hot. We made our own arrangements and did not do a Carnival shore excursion. I got a day pass for Breezes. We had planned to take a bus to Breezes but were persuaded by the tourism people in the Welcome Center to get a taxi. They had told us it would be $18 and the drivers told us $24. It was all pretty stressful and chaotic. So be prepared to pack your patience. All of the food and drinks were included at Breezes. Jerk Chicken and Conch Fritters were awesome! We got there around noon and there were not a lot of umbrellas left. But we pulled up 3 loungers under a big palm tree and it was fantastic. The beach seemed very safe and only a couple of people asked if we wanted our hair braided or wanted wraps or necklaces. We took our snorkels but didn't see anything except sea grass and some weights. The water is crystal clear and calm. I'm glad we weren't staying at Breezes. It seemed a bit tired. Overall, a fun time. It's not luxurious. But it's an economical way to cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We needed a Mon-Fri cruise and this was the only one that fit. We loved Guys burgers and the Blue Iguana breakfast burritos. The entertainment was pretty good, and our cruise director, Felipe, was awesome. Lloyd, the guy in charge of the ... Read More
We needed a Mon-Fri cruise and this was the only one that fit. We loved Guys burgers and the Blue Iguana breakfast burritos. The entertainment was pretty good, and our cruise director, Felipe, was awesome. Lloyd, the guy in charge of the comedy club, was great as well. He was very funny. The service was not very good though. The MDR was hard to find a waiter, even with 3 of them assigned to us. The food in the MDR was not very good either. I rarely saw any crew members willing to talk or answer questions except to sell us something, and once we did buy, they ignored us again. Our room was near the elevators on deck 7 and we could hear the music from the bar on deck 3 until midnight. In was glad I brought ear plugs. Fun cruise overall, but I expected more. We may try one of their bigger ships if we sail Carnival again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I surprised my husband for his birthday and booked the Victory (Stateroom 6202) for it's May 14 2018 sailing. It had been three years since we last cruised but a well needed vacation. Embarkation from the Port of Miami was okay. ... Read More
I surprised my husband for his birthday and booked the Victory (Stateroom 6202) for it's May 14 2018 sailing. It had been three years since we last cruised but a well needed vacation. Embarkation from the Port of Miami was okay. They never showed us where our luggage was supposed to go to be checked so we unfortunately had to carry our bags onboard. Not Carnival's problem but better signage and attentive workers at the port are more to blame for that. The ship in my opinion does not show its age. It could use better/updated signage on the 3rd floor where guest services is because the lighted signs are hard to read. Like others have noted, I did not like having to use the 6th floor or walk through the smokey casino (in in appearance but in smell) to get to the comedy area, karaoke, alchemy bar or Atlantic dining room but the only way to fix that would be to completely redesign the boat. The casino needs better ventilation as the cigarette smell radiated up to the 6th floor. Also, it would be great of the sports bar was not exposed to the casino to eliminate the smoke smell as well. Our cabin was great. Ironically enough I was super sick (motion sickness) from the flight earlier that morning but absolutely fine in the aft of the boat. It was very clean and efficiently stocked/tended too. Dining, le sigh. Lower your expectations. I learned my lesson that the cheaper the cruise is, the worst the food's quality would be. I'm glad I didn't book the Chef's Table. My husband was served raw eggs in this Breakfast bowl and the staff was always absent, slow and not personable. We had breakfast in Atlantic every morning and the taste of the food was inconsistent, but the service was always consistent in that the servers were inattentive and not personable. Entertainment was okay. I hated the shows outside of the newlywed show because it was centered around rock n roll and older style selections. As 30 somethings who listen to pop, R&B and gospel, the shows were very unappealing to our generation and culture. The comedian Azeem was good but his mature (18+) show was definitively not for the faint at heart. Lots of f & b bombs but I still found humor in some of his act. Service was more of a miss than a hit. Our cabin steward was the best and our dinner staff on the last night was the best service we received the entire cruise. The ports were okay. I wish we could have stayed in Key West a bit longer but we made the most of it while there. We did the hop on hop off trolley and enjoyed seeing the new and old island and hearing the history. During our Cozumel port the gangway was damaged due to a very bad storm so many people were stuck outside the boat for at east 4-6 hours while the gangway was repaired. We were happy we stayed on board that day to enjoy the empty boat. The passengers weren't the best but not the worse either. Many were friendly, most were 20 somethings who preferred being drunk/intoxicated so I'm sure they would cruise this boat again. We are more mature, laid back, foodies so this wasn't an appealing cruise for us, nor were we anxious to do another one very soon. Disembarkation was a mess and very disorganized. We carried our luggage off the boat and they called too many floors at once. We stood in a long line for a while and once back in the Port of Miami you were treated as if the vacation was over. Unenthusiastic employees who chanted "Welcome back" in a very monotone voice who made it clear to keep moving and leave the port ASAP. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We traveled as a family of 3 in an inside room (8411). Cabin: The cabin was roomy enough, had plenty of lighting, and was clean. The bathroom was large enough, the toilet had plenty of room, and the shower worked good overall. The ... Read More
We traveled as a family of 3 in an inside room (8411). Cabin: The cabin was roomy enough, had plenty of lighting, and was clean. The bathroom was large enough, the toilet had plenty of room, and the shower worked good overall. The only slight problem with the shower was the curtain wasn't long enough and caused lots of water to go into the regular bathroom area. Not a big deal, but others who just wanted to use the bathroom had to be careful of the very wet floors. One person used an upper pullman and they said it always felt a little slanted. The ladder up to the pullman was essentially vertical, so you have to be in good shape to get in and out. I was a little worried about the noise being below a pool deck but our room was quite. Thankfully we were below the adult only pools that didn't have loud music playing at night. We did have one major problem with the room. My other two family members were resting in our room one day and they started to smell a VERY strong odor similar to kerosene. They were afraid something was very wrong and quickly reported it to several people, but these people were initially hesitant to do anything. Eventually a head guest services person who oversees the staterooms came down and agreed and wanted to move us to another inside room. They were not sure what caused the problem, but several rooms all around us experienced the same problem. Next door a room with a mother and child had already been moved to another room. At the same time they had an oil leak on deck 5 and were doing welding work which may have been what my family smelled. They also used a commercial grade ozone machine in our room before any of our items were removed which I wasn't aware of until I came down and found out what was going on. The room they had available was on deck 2 and I wasn't too keen on moving all our things down there. We decided to give the room a few hours with the AC on full and thankfully the problem went away. Sadly, the ozone machine made our room smell like it was full of paint thinner (VERY strong and noxious smelling). Thankfully that mostly went away after a few hours. The room steward came by later to replace our bed sheets and we were given a bottle of wine of our choice ( Read Less
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
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: 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
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
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
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
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
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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