Sail Date: August 2019
Had a great time on the Victory sailing to Key West and Cozumel. Great medium sized ship, very upbeat vibe and the staff was spectacular. Fastest embarkation and debarkation we have ever had. This is an older ship, so does not have all of ... Read More
Had a great time on the Victory sailing to Key West and Cozumel. Great medium sized ship, very upbeat vibe and the staff was spectacular. Fastest embarkation and debarkation we have ever had. This is an older ship, so does not have all of the bells and whistles of the newer ships, but it has that awesome vintage cruise vibe with lots of fun to be had and very relaxed atmosphere. Food was very good. Guy's Burgers awesome poolside on Lido deck, with no lines. Formal dining room service was excellent and food above average. Coffee bar on Promenade was delicious for specialty coffee and milkshakes. Casino slots loosest I have seen on a cruise. The only complaint I had was the super long wait at guest services. Having to wait on line for an hour in the middle of a beautiful sea day was not ideal. We had a fabulous time overall. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We sailed on the Victory from Monday, June 17th to Friday, June 21st out of Miami to Key West and Cozumel. We traveled with our two older sons 18 ad 17 and 6 year old daughter. It was a great ship and cruise length for first time cruisers. ... Read More
We sailed on the Victory from Monday, June 17th to Friday, June 21st out of Miami to Key West and Cozumel. We traveled with our two older sons 18 ad 17 and 6 year old daughter. It was a great ship and cruise length for first time cruisers. We had a balcony room which made it even more special. The ship was easy to navigate and did not seem overly crowded with people. They had several pools but they were really small especially in the afternoon when it was really hot. Plenty of seats to lounge in and out of the sun. The buffet was nice and stocked nicely with food. I highly recommend the omelet station and Guy's Burger place for places to eat. Dining room for dinner was very nice and the food was amazing! We did not drink alcohol but did get the soda card for the week, which I recommend. Service all around the ship was wonderful. Everyone was very helpful. The entertainment was wonderful! I loved the night time shows and they were only about an hour so you had time to eat again or watch a movie on the Lido deck. We did not use the shore excursion this time but will look into them for the next time. I can honestly say this was one of the best family vacations we ever had. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We are 8 Platinum cruisers with Carnival ranging in age from 14 to 73. We typically book Carnival however have sailed other lines as well (NCL, RCCL & Princess) The Good: Crew was fantastic Weather was awesome Itinerary ... Read More
We are 8 Platinum cruisers with Carnival ranging in age from 14 to 73. We typically book Carnival however have sailed other lines as well (NCL, RCCL & Princess) The Good: Crew was fantastic Weather was awesome Itinerary was great Drinks were free flowing Rooms cold and beds comfortable Pizza was delicious and delivery was a great service Guys Burger's What can you say !!! Comedian's- Doug Williams was fantastic. We never laughed so hard The Disappointing Coffee shop staff ( rude and not friendly) Dining Room food for dinner was just okay (Carnival needs to add some new entrees) Breakfast in dinning room was slow Lines in the buffet were horrendous Room service was not good (except the pay Chicken tenders and sweet potato fries) Kids running wild This was a great vacation. The Victory is an older ship and does not have some of the upgrades the new ships have however, there is something for everyone. We always found drinks, a chair to people watch, food to eat and a place to relax. This was a great 4 day get away and would do it again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This was my second Carnival cruise, the first about 10 years ago. I wasn’t much of a fan the last time but Carnival Victory managed to win me over, in spite of my reservations. Here were the pros and cons: Cons: -The hallways were ... Read More
This was my second Carnival cruise, the first about 10 years ago. I wasn’t much of a fan the last time but Carnival Victory managed to win me over, in spite of my reservations. Here were the pros and cons: Cons: -The hallways were noisy at night. I expected this so I had already braved myself to endure it. -The food was only mediocre compared to Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity, and Norwegian. However, it wasn’t bad. -The bed was very hard. -The ship is aging, and while they try to maintain her, some of her facilities are showing their age. For example, several elevators had tiles missing from the floor. Accent lights were out in random spots all over the ship. The whirlpools and pools showed major wear with the finish rubbing off and showing rust. Pros: -The ship was clean. Very clean in fact. This made up for the wear due to age. -The service was great. These folks are proud of their ship. -The Cruise Director, Filipe is phenomenal. He was friendly, energetic and approachable. He seemed to genuinely care. -The onboard activities and entertainment were great and diverse. All in all, I felt like the value and experience for the price was great. The crew and service more than made up for the cons that I had. Would I book another Carnival Cruise? Absolutely, already have. Would I try and book a newer ship, yes. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This is our second time on the Carnival Victory. Some of the areas could definitely be updated and Carnival is aware as the Victory will become the Carnival Radiance in 2020. We chose the ship because our two young boys enjoyed it the ... Read More
This is our second time on the Carnival Victory. Some of the areas could definitely be updated and Carnival is aware as the Victory will become the Carnival Radiance in 2020. We chose the ship because our two young boys enjoyed it the first time we were aboard. The embarkation process was quick and easy. We have paid for Faster to the Fun(FTTF) in the past but decided to save the money this time to see how smooth things went. My advice: Save your money. We were on the ship within 20 minutes of arriving at the Cruise Port. The lines moved quickly and the staff was accommodating. If you have all your forms filled out and a credit card on file before boarding, you are quickly shuffled through the port to board. In the past, you waited while your info was collected and waited for your Sail N Sign cards. Now you can go right to the Lido deck to enjoy lunch. If you do want to purchase beverages, you only need to give them your cabin number and they will charge accordingly. TIP: if you don't want to wait in line for Lido Buffet, the exact same items are set up in the Atlantic Dining Room on Deck 3. Grab a quick bite, then head up to the fun on Deck 9. This was the first time we chose an inside cabin. We usually book a Ocean View or Balcony cabin. We chose an inside based on a quick, inexpensive get-away and it's location. We were located on the Lido Deck and as for location, it was perfect for our sons. They were able to walk 50' and be at the pools, hot tubs, and activities. A quick in the elevator took us to Camp Ocean or down to Casino/shopping. I will say that we will probably not book an inside for any future cruises. It was very tight for four people. There was no sitting area and the desk was unusable since the bed was nearly up against it. The cabin steward was okay, but surely not one of the best that I have had. He started off with good service, but by day two we were trying to find clean towels and picking up our room by ourselves. As for on-ship activities and areas, our boys do enjoy the Camp Ocean activities. The staff is always friendly and genuinely seem like they love working with the kids. Our boys are 8 and 11 and were in the Stingray and Sharks age group. My 11 year old usually hangs out with kids age 10-11-12 because of sports and there were a few activities that he opted out of so he didn't want to hang with 3rd graders. The DJ was okay. He played a lot of the same Bob Marley songs every day and by day 4 I was over the music. The Steel Drum musician was on point. He created a great atmosphere when he was on deck. The Living in America production was well done. Great sets and costumes, however most of the music was geared toward over 50 crowd. Vast majority of those in the crowd had no idea what half of the songs even were. Our last cruise (Carnival Sunshine) had shows with Rock music and lots of modern hits. Crowd was more into the modern show, for sure. Cruise Director Felipe was okay. Some people seem to write reviews of how wonderful he is, however we have been on a dozen cruises and he rates as mediocre with us. He would come to events and if he was running late for the next, he would leave to start the next. He would always make comments about his staff doing all the work to get him around the ship. This made it seem like a job for him as other Cruise Directors in the past made the job seem like they were just there hanging out with friends and having fun even though it was a job. You can sense the difference. Although smoky, the Casino bar was always fun and we met some great people there. The bands played some great music that had everyone singing along and bartenders Geron and Benedicto made you feel like you were at your own hometown pub. The food was good as always. The buffets had a different theme each day, but the staples such as fruit, salads, and sides were the same each day. The Blue Iguana taco and burritos were excellent. I highly recommend the pork tacos. Lines for pizza were always long late at night when the buffets closed. It was also awkward taking the kids back to get pizza in the adults only area of the lido. Kind of defeats the purpose of adults only by having food stands beside the pool. As for dining, we chose early dining in the Pacific Dining Room. Our waitstaff was superb. Our headwaiter Dedik was solid the whole cruise. Along with I Made and Marius, they made my family feel special and never let us wanting. They all felt like family when we were ready to leave. Our boys really enjoyed their company and always looked forward to going to dinner to see "D". I highly recommend trying different foods that you would normally not order at a restaurant. When would you ever risk paying for something you may not like? Here you can order Ox Tongue, take a bite, then order a chicken breast when you are not ready to take a second bite of the ox. Debarkation was quick and simple as well. We had a quick bite to eat on the Lido Deck then chose to carry off our own luggage. The only hang up is trying to get around elevator area of Deck 3. There is no staff to direct anyone and there is a hug bottle neck of people waiting in line, coming down stairs, and exiting elevators. Some passenger's patience was wearing thin with the confusion of where everyone was to go. Getting through customs was a breeze and the shuttle back to the airport was quick and easy. We will definitely cruise with Carnival again and look forward to sailing on the Radiance when it is done. Great cruise, great price. TIP: While in Cozumel, skip booking an expensive excursion through Carnival. There is a resort within walking distance (exit dock, take a left, and walk 3 blocks) of the cruise port called "El Cid". It is a beautiful facility that includes a pool, hot tubs, two private beaches, and so much more. For $22 per person, they will give you a day pass to use their facility. You can swing on hammocks in the ocean, use their snorkeling gear, swim in their pool, use their changing areas, etc. The best part is that they give each person a $13 credit for food and beverages. So a day pass is only $9! The only out of pocket expense is any overage for your purchases over the credited amount. Throughout the day, we had 6 beers, 2 mixed drinks, 2 smoothies, 4 sodas, a large pizza, fish tacos, chicken Caesar salad, and French fries an our total bill was $72. Minus the credit, I only owed $20. That meal/food at home would have been twice the amount. Service was great and grounds were 5 star. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
First Anniversary/Honeymoon and First Cruise....choose this ship to break our virginity. Learned alot about cruising and loved the ship despite it showing some minor cosmetic wear. Will be even better after the dry dock. Shout out to ... Read More
First Anniversary/Honeymoon and First Cruise....choose this ship to break our virginity. Learned alot about cruising and loved the ship despite it showing some minor cosmetic wear. Will be even better after the dry dock. Shout out to Vladimir and Suzette great bartenders and very friendly. Food was good for people not used to fine dining never did lido buffet cause always crowded, but Guys and BlueIguana better than imagined. Carnival should ban smoking in Casino and consider adding a GPS type app to the hub to help get you around. But again overall very very happy and satisfied looking forward to next cruise. Embarkation and Debark were quick and smooth. A little more time in Key West would've been nice, but Cozumel, Mr Sanchos made up for that. Customer service on ship was always helpful and as a Anniversary present treated ourselves a couples massage even though it was expensive and they push product still worth it....hey its vacation. Felipe was a very entertaining cruise director.....heck the crew we experienced were all very friendly....thank you Carnival. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
2nd time on the Victory / this time sailing with daughter and granddaughter. Food was adequate, entertainment top notch, and staff very friendly, Alcoholic drinks get pricier on nearly ever ship. We love the ports of Cozumel and Key ... Read More
2nd time on the Victory / this time sailing with daughter and granddaughter. Food was adequate, entertainment top notch, and staff very friendly, Alcoholic drinks get pricier on nearly ever ship. We love the ports of Cozumel and Key West. Shuttles from Truman Annex easily accommodated my wife on her mobility scooter. Exciting Cruise Director Filipe! Ship ran ontime. Very long lines at the Lido Buffet. Not gourmet food but lots of selections to choose from. Dining room experience much more pleasant. Food is good quality and wine selections very good but pricey. Excellent service at all meals. Living in America and VRoom were fantastic productions with live band. Dancers and costumes very good. Female singer well tuned. Male singer a little flat but OK. Typical jamb of stairwells and elevators for port debark. We were stuck at the elevators servicing the Pacific Dining Rm for breakfast. My wife needed elevator since she was on a mobility scooter. None of the elevators could qued. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
First I would like to thank everyone who took the time to write a review, I've been stalking your reviews in preparation for my first cruise. With nothing to compare the experience to I had a good time. I arrived at the port early ... Read More
First I would like to thank everyone who took the time to write a review, I've been stalking your reviews in preparation for my first cruise. With nothing to compare the experience to I had a good time. I arrived at the port early like 8ish not knowing it's closed and doesn't open til 10 am, but anyway we were on the ship by 11 am. We were directed to go to 9 and eat (none of the elevators were turned on yet)and I ordered my first drink of the day by 11:07 am. They do charge tax on the cheers package when the ship in still in port in Miami it's usually less than a dollar. I had the famous Guy's burger man y'all had me expecting an Au Cheval burger or something. The burger itself was okay I actually liked the fries better than the burger. The toppings bar had the best mushrooms which I piled high on the burger and usually got full eating the mushrooms off the burger and fries dipped in the mayo. The burger was always kinda dry even fresh off the grill. Well after getting a drink and eating we were ready to shower and change after a long night of travel. The elevators were on now and we journeyed down to level 1 to be hit with a sign that the rooms would not be available until 1:30. We sat there with our luggage for like 15 minutes when other people started to come down, we found the doors were just closed not locked the crew was still cleaning rooms, I sat for a few more minutes and went to look for my room. It looked down to me bed made with luggage mat laid out, bathroom was clean our cards were on the vanity so I went to get my bf and we went to the room. I like to sleep in quite darkness so the inside cabin was perfect for me. We got in the shower, set our alarms for two hours and laid down. As soon as I was drifting off the phone rings loudly and housekeeping or whoever got on yelling at me about why was I in the room before 1:30 and they were not done I told him I was straight and he could finish whatever he needed to finish later, I hung up to him still yelling something. Woke up refreshed after my nap got dressed just in time for the drill. So know one seemed to know what they were doing or where we should be going but if you didn't get there you would be in trouble. So basically they make everyone stand shoulder to shoulder to watch a man show you how to put on a life vest and blow a whistle, what a waste of time. It's hot and someone passed out I got tired and just walked away. Got my last calls in before I was in a dead zone for my phone. Got more drinks, looked at the water and took another nap. Slept through my late dining at 8:15 so went to the buffet. I was highly disappointed with the buffet I mainly ate cheese some type of beef, the fish had an off taste and the veggies were kinda to spicy for my liking. I was able to piece together enough stuff so I was no longer hungry. After eating we walked around for a little while and went to the comedy show. What a delight! The comedy show and there were plenty waiters bringing drinks. After the shows we went to the dance club which was winding down but we listed to a few songs had a drink. We walked around outside and enjoyed the still and darkness of the night. I went to sleep while my bf explored the ship. Being inside you have no real perspective of time I woke around 10 ish hungry. I got dressed and wondered around looking for the dining room it was a lot of back and fourth up and down before I found it and it was closed by time I got there. People were still sitting eating but closed for new service. Bummed back to the buffet I went making a stop to get a power aid from the coffee shop. They had the basics I had sausage, bacon, potatoes, grits, waffles. I piled a few more items on the plate and took it back to the room to share with my bf. We ate got dressed for the day and I stopped to get a white chocolate Carmel Frappuccino. We explored Nassau for a few hours came back ate lunch I had fries and mushrooms from Guy's and bf ate salad and fish. We drank more took and nap and got dressed for the night and headed to diner. The main dining room had okay selections, from reading the reviews I knew I could order multiples and I did just that. I had the stuffed mushrooms and crab cake both were okay. For the entrée I had salmon and the shrimp. For desert I had the chocolate melting cake which was really good and the birthday cake which was gross. The waiters sang happy bday it was nice drink waiters were prompt with refilling my Patron margaritas . After dinner we went back to the comedy show which was hilarious again and had more drinks. After we went back into Nassau and hung out for a few hours. Woke up the next morning at sea. Started my day with power aid and we made it for brunch. Had delicious mimosas , pancakes, turkey sausage, pancakes and grits. This was the only meal that took a long time to get but everything was hot. After brunch I sent to the serenity deck to lay in the sun and let me tell you that was a different sun. I was to hot to lay out there so I found shade and kept drinking. We had late lunch at the buffet since the deli ran out of everything good. I was able to piece together a few items, continued by more drinking and a nap. We missed dinner wondering around the ship and ended up in the buffet. Again I ate cheese some random beef veggies and a few other things. The chocolate cake was really good. The remainder of the evening we sat in the casino where my bf could smoke and we drank the night away. After leaving the casino we were hungry and found the pizza place. Worst pizza ever, even for being drunk it was horrible. Ended up going back to the room and ordered room service. I got the Philly for $5 while not authentic it was good. Overall I enjoyed the cruise and I'm willing to try another one. I didn't drink anything free lol. Even in the buffet I ordered sprite or ginger ale. I started every morning with power aid and after breakfast I would have a Frappuccino. I ordered a bottled water after every other drink. Never drank 15 drinks in the day but got pretty close and never was really drunk like the liquor was fake or something. I've had similar experiences in Jamaica and started with doubles and got sick so I left well enough alone. I guess I was feeling it just not proportioned to the drinks that I had. They did have a really good free juice one day. The beverage package ended up being worth it and I will definitely get it if I cruise again. I wore swimsuits and cover up during the day and sundresses at night and I was always comfortable. The room was small but big enough for two people. Shower pressure was just fine and the water was always hot. We carry our luggage so it was a breeze getting on and off. The last day we had the buffet breakfast relaxed and walked on off. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Our 4 day cruise to the Bahamas and Half Moon Cay from Miami was wonderful. Flying in from Minnesota we were looking forward to soaking up the sunny warm weather since we left sub zero weather at home. We always try to fly in a day ... Read More
Our 4 day cruise to the Bahamas and Half Moon Cay from Miami was wonderful. Flying in from Minnesota we were looking forward to soaking up the sunny warm weather since we left sub zero weather at home. We always try to fly in a day before the cruise leaves port to make sure we do not have any travel delays. Once arriving at the Port of Miami, our luggage was left curbside and we proceeded to priority check in and with in 45 minutes we were on the Lido deck sitting in a beach chair soaking up the wonderful rays of the sun. We have been on many cruises and love to book a balcony room so we are able to enjoy ordering room service and having our early morning coffee watching the sunrise and arriving in the port of call. We loved all the tile work and décor on the Victory. Our room was great and we had tons of storage room on the shelves available. However, we will not pick mid ship again on the Verandah deck, since we were under the lido deck and heard many noises, from moving tables and chairs to stomping to the music most of the night. The spring breakers were entertaining and very well behaved. We had many conversations with many college groups who were on vacation to enjoy the warm weather, relax and party. Half Moon Cay was very enjoyable with sugar sand beaches, beach chairs, a beach bar and a great BBQ lunch was prepared and available upon arrival. We chose not to do an excursion this trip, since we wanted to just sit on the beach enjoy the view of the water and soak up as much vitamin D as we could during our stay on the island. We had been to Nassau in the past, so during this visit we visited a local botanical garden, Ardastra Gardens and Zoo. The trained flamingos were great along with seeing many birds, turtles, reptiles and many beautiful flowers and trees. it was a short taxi ride from the dock. Senior Frogs is our favorite place to sit by the water and enjoy a beverage before we head back to the ship. We try to plan a cruise yearly, since we feel get the best value for our money. We like to have our destinations determined, and not have to decide where to go for dinner or decide what entertainment to enjoy. Being on a cruise gives you many opportunities to enjoy many different types of food, many different types of entertainment, or just sit and do nothing if we choose, all on a large floating city. We look forward to next year, we have already booked a 7 day Disney cruise from San Juan. We will be traveling with our children and grandchildren in January of 2020. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
idid travel with a friend and we both visit Miami Beach and enjoy it . The embarkation and desembarkation where very quick and smooth .As a french speaking person the staff was very kind to answer at my questions to make sure i ... Read More
idid travel with a friend and we both visit Miami Beach and enjoy it . The embarkation and desembarkation where very quick and smooth .As a french speaking person the staff was very kind to answer at my questions to make sure i understand prpprely the iformations. The ship is such and awesome boat As a first cruse traveller i was very impressed about is structure ans the the organisation on board . The food was correct and avealeble at anytime of the day ,so I notice there was a lot of food weaste ,witch doen't not corresponse to my values. I appreaciate the antertainmentand activies speacely the Art Auction and the hot tubs. there is one thing i didn'T like it was to have go in the Casino eatch time we have to go to the guest service because of the smoke and the cigaret odoor . I did not travel with children but a saw a lot on them having a great time . One thing make a big difference to enjoy the cruse is the kindness of the staff ,eatch on them are so kind and so hard workers . Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
I have traveled in Miami with a good friend in January. My son suggest us the Cruse. We booked it from Miami just one week before our cruise. The low cost ''4 days Carnival Victory Cruise'' for Caraïbes escapes ... Read More
I have traveled in Miami with a good friend in January. My son suggest us the Cruse. We booked it from Miami just one week before our cruise. The low cost ''4 days Carnival Victory Cruise'' for Caraïbes escapes motived our choice. We started from Maimi and visited Keywest and Cozumel. Ports and shore excursions weren't our priority. So we decided to make excursions by ourselves. It was a good idea and not expensive to reach Paradise beach, were we past a wonderful sunny day. The cabin was on first floor and close to elevator so it was easy to acces upper floor to eat, dance, swim etc... We were very satisfy from staff. Guelmar our roomate at cabin 1343 and Wendie who work at buffet in morning. They were nice and always ready when we need them. Also the staff in upper Pacific restaurant were we eat late dinner. We also enjoyed activités on 9Th floor : Art auction, dance, spa and drink. We recommend the Cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Wife and I decided to forgo Anniversary and Christmas presents and go on a cruise instead. We are both glad that we made that choice. This is our second Carnival cruise and we had a blast. I know people like to call it the party ... Read More
Wife and I decided to forgo Anniversary and Christmas presents and go on a cruise instead. We are both glad that we made that choice. This is our second Carnival cruise and we had a blast. I know people like to call it the party cruise line but it really wasn't any different than the Norwegian Cruises we have gone on. This one had very few children most likely due to the time of year. Embarkation onto the ship was lightning fast. We had filled out our stuff online...we after showing passport we pretty much walked onto the ship. No hassles at all. When we got to our room, we were quite surprised at the size of it. We just booked an interior room as we figured we wouldn't be in the room other than to sleep and chose to save our money for other things. The room was big, with huge closets, and a nice dressing area. The bathroom was a typical cruise bathroom. Flat screen TV on the wall....but the TV choices were pretty bad. Room was clean and was well serviced throughout the trip. The dining experience was very good throughout. Everything seemed to be of good quality and was all at least on par with what you would find at a chain restaurant like TGIFriday's. They have minimized most of the luxury items like lobster or put those on the premium menu, but even the nightly dinner options had something for everyone. Our wait staff was amazing. Steven and his assistant Ronald and Audeleen were one step ahead of us at every turn, and Steven surprised us as he was the featured waiter in the end of cruise show. Our best meal was a breakfast with steak and eggs....the steak being a 6 oz filet mignon that was cooked PERFECTLY. We love Carnival's chocolate lava cake and had that every night but one. The other deserts were hit and miss but there was good variety each night. The buffet was average and to us was the least enjoyable option. We enjoyed the burgers from Guy Fieri's, the Chinese food from Chopsticks and the Pizza Pirate. None were the best we ever had, but all were at least restaurant quality. People that we talked to that went to the Mexican eatery said it was very good. We didn't check out the sushi or the deli. We didn't drink a lot of alcohol but the drinks we did get were good and had a fair amount of alcohol. The entertainment highlights were definitely the comedians. Steve White and Al Romero were the two on board, and both were hilarious. Steve did 4 different shows and Al did 3. My wife bought Al's book and it is very interesting. Travis was the acoustic guitarist in the main lobby and he was exceptional. The other musical acts did not stand out. We didn't do the nightclubs or the deck dance parties. We LOVE the Dive In movies and watched three of them. It was chillier than expected on the deck, but the staff did provide blankets so we were comfy. I thought the daily schedules were decent every day except the sea day. There just wasn't very much to do during the day and then they cancelled the first showing of the stage show. There were a lot of excursions available. We are frequent visitors to Key West so we just did our own thing there. On Cozumel we did the Thrill and Chill zipline and snorkeling tour. It was a short taxi ride away from the port and was a lot of fun. New experience for my wife and I and we loved it all. The staff was a bit obnoxious with screams and stuff while ziplining but we felt comfortable and safe the whole time. Snorkeling was very basic as they had you follow a guide. It was a great intro to snorkeling....my wife and I are very experienced so it was nothing new to us but the water visibility was amazing and the area had a fair amount to see being right off the beach. When we got down we were supposed to have beach time and access to a bar and restaurant...but by the time we got done snorkeling there were only 15 minutes left. THere should be another hour at least so you can get some beach time. Disembarkation was easy as well, we took our own bags and were off the boat in about 15 minutes and through customs in maybe 10 more. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend Carnival to our friends. THe ship was older but was clean. The food and entertainment was all good for the most part and we felt we definitely got our money's worth. The one significant change I would make would be to have the sea day the first full day, have Cozumel the second day, cruise back to Key West to have time there at night and then return to Miami. We did have a little drama as we had to turn around after leaving Key West for a medical emergency and there was a lost passenger that turned up after a while. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
I explored Miami for a few days before going on the cruise. I went to the Art Deco weekend which I can recommend. It is on Ocean Drive. Lots to see, shop and eat. Near the beach. The Viscaya mansion is also a great visit with a European ... Read More
I explored Miami for a few days before going on the cruise. I went to the Art Deco weekend which I can recommend. It is on Ocean Drive. Lots to see, shop and eat. Near the beach. The Viscaya mansion is also a great visit with a European feel and lovely gardens. A beautifull look over the bay. I came early for embarkation. They forgot to stamp my pasport at the airport so it was a bit of a husstle to prove when I came into the country. I had my Esta visa and my travel plans including tickets at hand. The lady at the desk was very helpfull and got it sorted out. It beeing my first cruise I took my fist day to have lunch and explore the ship. Rooms are ready around 1.30 in the afternoon. Diner was very nice every day in the dining room. A good selection of food, nice people at the table and lovely staf. It is a bit of a labyrint getting around the ship. I liked all the bands playing in the evening, enjoyed a lot of live music. I am not really a show person. Key West was a great first stop and it is easy to explore by yourself just walking. I went to the butterfly house, Hemmingway house (with all the cats) and the Aubudon house. The weather was a litlle off so it was not a good day for the beach or sailing. In Cozumel I took a taxi to Chankanaab which has a nice beach, snorkling, animals, ..etc. Had a lovely day with good weather. On the cruise day I hung by the pool. I really enjoyed this cruise. Beeing from the Netherlands it is a luxe that we do not know in Europe. Nice cabin with plenty of room, lovely staff, great food and entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Six of the seven cruises I have been on were with carnival cruise line. I’ve always liked carnival but little by little they are eliminating some of the things that made them fun. Some unexpected changes were rather disappointing. No ... Read More
Six of the seven cruises I have been on were with carnival cruise line. I’ve always liked carnival but little by little they are eliminating some of the things that made them fun. Some unexpected changes were rather disappointing. No longer do they serve lobster on elegant night, no longer do they provide free room service around the clock, buffet times are shortened so we actually missed the buffet twice. On this cruise while it was only a four day cruise I was also disappointed that the dress code was not enforced in the dining room especially on elegant night. More and more the cruise line is adding options to be paid for rather than included in The cruise price, and that was always one of the benefits of cruising. I have another cruise booked with carnival and I’m hoping things will be better on a longer cruise as they have been in the past. This was the first time I upgraded to a suite and the extra space was very nice, and VIP check-in was included. The only issue we had with the room was that there was no signage on how to use the lights which were a bit tricky due to the fact that we had a handicapped room. We tried all of the buttons and because we didn’t know better we actually alerted staff to an emergency in the room When there wasn’t one. We needed a sail and sign card to activate the lights But had no way of knowing that without any signage. The extra large balcony was a bonus, And we enjoyed that. Just before sailing I was upgraded to this room from a regular suite and while I knew it would be a handicapped room it wasn’t that we needed a handicapped room and it was a bit confusing. Service in the dining room was excellent, but the room service bringing us coffee in the morning got it wrong every single morning. They apologized profusely each morning as well and righted it, but it was a little annoying that we had to send them back each morning. I’ll say that we did have a good cruise and enjoyed ourselves but things have been better in the past Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
If you're looking for a cruise with nonstop fun, Carnival does just that for you. My boyfriend and I cruised Jan. 11th-14th and it was my boyfriend's first cruise. He's never been very interested in cruising before but after ... Read More
If you're looking for a cruise with nonstop fun, Carnival does just that for you. My boyfriend and I cruised Jan. 11th-14th and it was my boyfriend's first cruise. He's never been very interested in cruising before but after this fun 3-day cruise, he already wants to book his next. Embarkation was very easy and quick and we left our luggage with the guys at the port so once we got on the ship we went straight to Cantina and had some deliciousss tacos! The fun began with the Sail Away party which was SO much fun and they had a special on margarita pitchers so... enough said. Food was great, music was great, very upset that we didn't get lobster on elegant night 'cause let's face it, Carnival can afford it and we are paying for it and for past cruisers, WE KNOW YOU USED TO OFFER IT SO..... I'd like to make a special shout-out to our room attendant Johnny from Peru. He was awesome, so attentive, and always ready to help us with anything we needed. Also, the guys from the restaurant were so sweet and patient and helped us make great selections. I, unfortunately, forgot their names but they were a wonderful group from Singapore and Iran. The cabin was very nice and clean, I really liked it, the bed was so comfortable and there are automatic lights that turn on when your feet hit the floor in case you need to use the bathroom late at night. The entertainment on board was awesome, the performance at dinner was hilarious and the shows at the theatre they have is SPECTACULAR! One thing I didn't like was that on Deck 8 there was a weird mildew smell by the elevators and constant smell of weed which surprised me being that the rooms are always being cleaned and I figured by the end of the first day they'd nip that in the bud quick. Also, they only have four of those private bed things on the Serenity Deck and I feel they could add a few more of those!! I don't think I would do Victory again only because I'd like to explore other ships but for anyone who hasn't ever gone, I'd definitely recommend. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We decided to treat ourselves to a little family R&R this Christmas after a difficult year, and thought a three-day trip to Nassau sounded like fun. And for the most part, it was. We took the Brightline from West Palm Beach to Miami ... Read More
We decided to treat ourselves to a little family R&R this Christmas after a difficult year, and thought a three-day trip to Nassau sounded like fun. And for the most part, it was. We took the Brightline from West Palm Beach to Miami (the three of us made the 75 minute trip for $100 round trip), but had a bit of trouble finding the shuttle, so we just Ubered over. (Tip #1: Finding public transport all the way to Miami Port is not realistic -- plan to taxi or Uber from the train station). BOARDING: We arrived a bit early for our 12:00 boarding appointment. Wound up sitting in a lounge area for about an hour -- then discovered we could have checked in earlier. (Woops). But it was fun watching the other guest arrive and go onboard. The vast majority of guests on this cruise were African American or other ethnic minorities. (Tip #2.) We were seated at dinner with two single mothers and their teenage children -- they were very nice, and we got along. However, my husband would have liked other men to chat with. CABIN: Our cabin steward met us in our state room within an hour of getting there (Tip #2: We had to wait about an hour after we got onboard to get to our room at 1:30), and immediately set to work getting extra towels and ice, and making up our daughter's bed from the pullout couch. We tipped her up front (and added a bag of chocolates), and this seemed to be greatly appreciated (we got a spa gift card)! SEA SICK? We did not need Dramamine the whole time - we stayed on bottom floor near middle of ship, and could hardly tell the boat was moving. I was worried about being sea sick, and this was a nice surprise! DINING: We ate in the main dining room (early seating) all three nights -- the food was great, the service attentive. The first night we had a problem when we discovered that we had misinterpreted the rules about wine in the dining room: Based on what I had read on CC and Carnival websites, I had understood that we would be charged $15 if the dining steward opened the wine for us. As it turns out, you will be charged the $15 if you even bring the wine into the dining room. We discussed this with the manager, and he insisted that this rule was firm. (Kind of pissed me off, since we had brought a cork screw for this purpose.) (Tip #3: If you want to avoid the cork fee, keep it in your room.) One extremely pleasant surprise: at the brunch I had a slice of lemon cake (with glaze) that was superb -- just like my grandmother's signature poundcake, which I haven't tasted since she passed 15 years ago. The waiter saw how much I liked it and brought me three pieces! We did try out the burger place (yum) and late-night pizza (double yum). The one thing I wish they'd had was a popcorn machine in the comedy club lounge. I suspect they would move more drinks if they had a few salty snacks! (Tip #4: Tried the Chop Sticks restaurant, but found that disappointing, very bland.) ACTIVITIES/Shore Excursions: (Tip #5) The best way to get to Paradise Island/Atlantis from the dock is to go through the "Festival" building and make a sharp right. There you can get tickets for a water ferry that runs every 30 minutes for just $4 per person (each way.) The excursions can be a bit pricey. The Marina Village is pleasant -- just beware that (Tip #6) if you want to see the Aquarium at the Atlantis, it will set you back $40 or more. Apparently they greatly raised the rates from a few years ago. We had hoped our daughter would want to spend some time in the Club O2 (15-17 year olds), but when we went up there wasn't much going on. Went up twice and didn't even see any staff in the club. Suggested that they focus on teen-friendly activities like the "Spa Pamper Party" my daughter attended, and loved. Maybe have a dedicated hot tub or pool for this age group. SERVICE: The crew and staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. The singing and dancing wait staff in main dining room were a trip! There were just a couple of things that could have made the trip even more memorable: (Tip #7: There is no chaplain or chapel, and no way to go to Mass on Sunday, which is a sea day -- I checked with customer service to see if any priests were registered, but they insisted that there was no way to know.) (Tip #8: The Carnival APP is a great way to stay in touch with teenagers and other family members while onboard the ship -- though not on excursions. It would be great if they could find a way to include a way to contact customer service, room service, etc. through the App -- if there was a phone list for the different stations onboard, I must have missed it. I also suggested that Carnival might use the app to make general announcements … it is very difficult to hear the announcements from the Lido deck.) DISEMBARKATION. (Tip #9) Even if you use Express Service (and carry all your bags with you rather than leave them outside your door on last night), it takes a while to unload the whole ship -- we had to be outside our staterooms at 8:30, and weren't called until close to 10:00. Once our level was called it went very quickly. So … overall, I'd say it was a good value for what we paid, though I think we'll try another cruise line next year. I'd like to be able to use a hot tub without being assaulted with rap music. (The island beats were music enough for me!) Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
After a really bad year prior, I wanted to get my family out on a genuine vacation, not one spent constantly visiting family members in the hospital (it had been one of THOSE years). We were going to spend some time near Orlando, so ... Read More
After a really bad year prior, I wanted to get my family out on a genuine vacation, not one spent constantly visiting family members in the hospital (it had been one of THOSE years). We were going to spend some time near Orlando, so decided to check out a cruise for a number of reasons: * My husband is disabled and has mobility issues, so he spent a lot of time in a wheelchair during this trip. I was a bit concerned about how easily we were going to be able to get onto the ship and how we would navigate crowds, but they had an area for handicapped embarkement, which made the process simple. We didn't have terribly long lines for elevators and people in general and crew were very helpful, which was awesome, though there's always that one twit who can't figure out that it's HARD to stop a 175# man in a wheelchair when going up and down the ramps. He was able to navigate his own way around the ship to a certain extent, which is something he's often leery of attempting. This experience really built his confidence. * This means he also doesn't drive much, so I was handling most of the driving. The appeal of a cruise was that we could visit different locations without having to switch hotels, repack everything or have long drives in between destinations. We could sit back and enjoy ourselves instead. Because of this, I'm now looking at cruising for most of our vacations, because it takes a lot of strain off of me, his primary caregiver. * Because it was the first time my daughter and I had been on a cruise, we went with cabin 1001, which is an interior with a walkway view, thinking that we'd be able to see the horizon if needs be for seasickness issues. We couldn't, but it was just a few steps to get out onto the deck where we could see the horizon, and we went there a number of times over the cruise because it was almost always empty and quiet - adding a couple tables and chairs would make it an ideal quiet spot for hanging out. Fortunately, nobody got sick anyway. The cabin, being ADA compliant, was a good size. It was kind of odd that they seemed to have removed a couch under the pull-down berth for our daughter, and had left a couple chairs in its place, but we really weren't in the cabin enough to worry about it. * Circle C: My daughter has some food allergies and is a total geeky introvert, so I was really worried that she wasn't going to want to hang out there with the other kids or get involved in the activities. SHE LOVED IT! There were several days and evenings we barely saw her, though we did have the rule that she check in regularly (this is where the app with messaging was priceless in terms of value!) and have dinner with us each evening. * WiFi: I work remotely, so I knew I had a few clients I would need to work with over the course of the cruise. The middle-road wifi, though a bit pricy, did the job quite well enough. I know some people complain about this, but it wasn't much slower than my usual country internet on our farm. * Carnival Hub app: As I mentioned above, for $5 each, the messaging feature on this app rocks! We were able to quickly communicate with our family members, including our then-13-year-old daughter who managed to get lost trying to find her way around. It also had the option that you could select if you were interested in an activity and see if anyone else in your group was also interested in it, which made it MUCH easier than the usual, "What do you want to do?" "I dunno, what do you want to do?" conversations ;) * Main dining room: We did the late dining option as it would get us to the table after having a chance to clean up and change from getting back on the ship when in port, and by having a fixed time, we never had an issue with cold food or long waits. I don't know if he's still on the ship, but we had Raymond as one of our servers, and he was just such an awesome little ball of energy! Always happy, always ready to help with anything. We also had breakfast there when we got back to Miami, and were able to get a solid, filling breakfast before we started the next leg of our journey. * Key West: My daughter and I just walked off the ship and walked around town. We had a wonderful time and got to take some great photos. There were excursions available, but we just decided to do some wandering on our own and did fine. * Cozumel: My husband joined us for this port, and we again just wandered off of the ship and did our own thing. He is fairly fluent in Spanish, so we just passed all of the usual port-of-call ripoff stores, got a taxi and went further inland. We went to a Catholic church on the island, San Miguel Archangel, which had some beautiful stained glass work and artistry. We then wandered around the markets in the area there and had some fun haggling. Most of the folks in the area there had some English, but would talk my husband's ear off when they realized he spoke their language :) Very friendly people. We then headed back towards the port and caught a taxi to a resort to do a little snorkling. I had picked up a couple full-face snorkles off of Wish that were about $35-40 including rush shipping and they worked fabulously, for less than the cost of one on the ship. Had dinner at Three Amigos near port, and though it was a little loud inside, sitting outside under the stars was beautiful! * Activities: There was always something going on - not being game-show or drinking folks for the most part, we still had fun looking at the gallery, participating in the art auction, going to shows, enjoying music, watching movies on deck (in the hot tub! How much better does that get!), doing crafts and just having fun. If you like a bit of quiet and the main pool area isn't doing it for you, head aft towards Pizza Pirate, as that area of the deck is much quieter. * Serenity retreat: I was actually really disappointed with this, because my husband could only access the bottom deck of this, and the amount of noise bleeding through from the main pool area was overwhelming. Kid-free? Yes. A quiet retreat? Not a chance. We did better at the aft pool area. * Faster to the Fun: We went ahead and picked this up, partially because I wasn't sure how worn out my husband would be by the time we got on the ship and wanted to be able to get right to our cabin fairly quickly. Well worth the investment! * General impressions: Sure, the Victory is aging a bit and beginning to show that, but the way some people talk, you'd think it was falling apart. It's still a solid, serviceable ship with decent traffic flow, lots to do and low prices. We liked it enough that we returned for a 3-night weekend cruise in May for just the hubby and I and had a wonderful time! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
First time cruiser age 55. Embarkation was easy and went quickly. We had Faster to the Fun and was well worth the extra expense. Every staff member may a point to make eye contact, smile and make sure to help if you needed. Our ... Read More
First time cruiser age 55. Embarkation was easy and went quickly. We had Faster to the Fun and was well worth the extra expense. Every staff member may a point to make eye contact, smile and make sure to help if you needed. Our interior room with king size bed was perfectly fine and certainly large enough for the 2 of us. Beds were VERY comfortable, but a chair in the room would have been helpful. Bathroom was always clean and adequate for our needs. Always had hot water! hallways were clan and well maintained. Our room steward, Juan was fabulous. Had our names memorized and called me by my preferred name the entire cruise. The ship was always immaculate. Some one with a mop and broom at all times, cleaning up spills and collecting random glassware and dishes. Punchliner comedy club was fun and we had many belly laughs, although it was quite crowded, especially on sea days. Food was excellent at every venue. We ate in Main dining room every evening and not one complaint, Our wait staff were very personable. Breakfast was good on the Lido deck at the buffet but lines were sometimes long until we discovered the express breakfast area...very nice and did help with some of the congestion. The buffet was usually busy but we did not wait for more than 10-15 min. Guys burgers were very popular and the line moved swiftly. Try the chocolate melting cake in the main dining room, it is heavenly as is the creme brulee. the fresh breads at dinner were yummy, especially the cranberry sunflower one. Pizza Pirate was a hopping place and the pizza smelled and looked good as did the Sushi and Seafood shoppe. Did not swim in the pools, but the hot tub was pleasantly warm and never crowded. Adults only area was clean and quiet although it was shut down for high winds for a bit. Cruise activities director was pleasant and cheerful although sometimes over the top. You have a wide variety of choices in entertainment. If you are bored on this cruise it is your own fault! Always something to do from trivia game, towel animal folding, movies with popcorn, and shopping. Sometime the photographers were a little much but always backed off when you requested. I use a cane at times and all staff were very accommodating, like holding my plate as I went thru the buffet line, and sitting in dining room for muster drill. We did a trolley and the butterfly conservatory in Key West. Great way to see the town and the butterflies were beautiful. No problems with meeting up with our tour, nice and pleasant even with the cool weather and slight rain. In Cozumel I was impressed with the cleanliness of the port area. The walk was a little long for these arthritic knees to the taxi area, but there was bicycle taxis for just the cost of a tip from the ship to customs. T shirts 6 for $20. We went to Chankanaab beach and snorkeling. Was a little taxi ride to the resort, but comfortable. Food was ok, nothing special, filled our bellies after snorkeling. Was not impressed with the snorkeling, little to see as the reef is not right there. Plenty of fish though. A cold front had come thru and dumped lots of sea weed on the beach so the swim area was closed. Sea lion show was short and cute. Tequila tasting was informative and good, prices were ok but not great. We had a tragedy with someone jumping overboard the last night. The cruise staff conducted themselves with grace and concern. Our ship returned to port 7.5 hours late which did not affect our flights, but it did a great number of passengers. Carnival took care of the flights if you were fly to the fun and provided a letter for others. They scrambled to provide activities and lunch for us and did it well. I would choose Carnival again. I thought it was fun, good food, and pleasant friendly staff. Clean and comfortable. Lots of things to do. Good value for the $. It was the week after my birthday and was given a $50 spa card which I didn't get a chance to use as we were busy most of the time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I have to say that I didn't expect much of my cruise after reading the bad critics from other folks in this tribune and this is why I am writting about my experience. We are an early 50 year couple which experienced Carnival a ... Read More
I have to say that I didn't expect much of my cruise after reading the bad critics from other folks in this tribune and this is why I am writting about my experience. We are an early 50 year couple which experienced Carnival a second time in our last 18 cruises history and I gotta say, we weren't dissapointed. First, the price of this cruise was so accessible that all together, it was a bargain for all that was offered to us. Yes, the ship needs to be refurbished but is still in shape and clean to continue to operate, has fair size cabins (not too small like the new ships) but are not well insulated as you hear noise from the hallway. Staff on board are great, helpful and very nice . Plenty of activities took place on the ship, dance & games around the pool, movies, comedy and shows were adequate and lively, We attended the main dining room all days of the cruise at dinner and we didn't feel going elsewhere as we liked the variety of dishes and taste but we always had a peak at the buffet and it seemed ok. I must say the line up at the buffet for breakfast and lunch are way too long. The fitness center is great and also include a steam room and sauna at no charge.(don't see that ofter these days).. Embarkation and disembarkation went very well... All together, this is a value cruise that really worth it. I would recommend to anyone. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
best thing about the cruise 1-great service.very hospitable.Our wait staff was Lovely , Damalcia and Carlos.Great staff and exceptional service. 2- kids camp is a great service.have caring and attentive staff. organised.Hours ... Read More
best thing about the cruise 1-great service.very hospitable.Our wait staff was Lovely , Damalcia and Carlos.Great staff and exceptional service. 2- kids camp is a great service.have caring and attentive staff. organised.Hours are long .Allow parents to explore the ship and travel .they keep the kids busy. a lot of activities.very satisfied with kids camp 3-cleanliness and safety. Ship was clean.staff was good at cleaning and organising tables right after people were done eating.They clean the deck all through the night.they had air blowers at the entrance to dry the floor.never saw any trash on the ship. Our room steward provided excellent service. things that can be improved upon: 1- Our room got warm during the night even though ac was at the coldest 2-Both Jacuzzi's did not have warm water. 3- heard metal clunking noises outside the room in the early morning hours pretty much everyday disrupting our sleep. my guess is that its the staff trolley. 4-I think food quality can be improved. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary on Carnival Victory over Labor Day weekend. The ship while old has had some upgrades such as new televisions in cabins. Embarkation was a breeze!!! I have NEVER gotten on and off a ... Read More
My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary on Carnival Victory over Labor Day weekend. The ship while old has had some upgrades such as new televisions in cabins. Embarkation was a breeze!!! I have NEVER gotten on and off a ship so quickly! We boarded in Miami and they have changed the process We got Fast to Fun pass and it was great. Smooth sailing. Our cabin was 1014 which was balcony. Good for two people. We were portside so we can see ships and Nassau when we can into the port. Dinning was ok. The burgers at Guy’s was best. We stayed over night in Nassau Bahamas so it allowed us to stay longer at Atlantis. We booked Atlantis Aquaventure with lunch in Nassau which comes with access to entire Atlantis. I would strongly recommend water shoes. It is large facility with a lot of water. The pavement was too hot for bear feet and some sections have been pressure washed in a while. Overall great getaway trip and nice anniversary. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I was traveling as a “Girls night out” vacation. We had 3 women in our 30s. This ship was a lot of fun! I normally travel on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean but I think I’ll be switching to carnival now. We had a balcony ... Read More
I was traveling as a “Girls night out” vacation. We had 3 women in our 30s. This ship was a lot of fun! I normally travel on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean but I think I’ll be switching to carnival now. We had a balcony overlooking the back of the ship on deck 8. The room was great! The balcony was huge! Easily double the size than I am normally accustomed to. The beds were comfortable and there was ample storage. The only downside was the shower area wasn’t as nice as other ships. There was a gross curtain instead of the spa doors. But other than that it was ok. The muster drill was a complete failure. It was hot, it was crowded and disorganized. You couldn’t see or hear any instructions and they had us packed in so tight that a woman actually fainted. Not one staff member came to assist the poor woman. There’s got to be a better way to take care of this requirement. This was by far the worst experience on any ship I’ve been on. The lounge areas were nice. The club was a lot of fun and had good music. The pool areas were also a good time. I didn’t see any of the shows so I can’t comment on that. The dining experience gets mixed reviews from me. The food in the dining room was really good! We had any time dining and never had to wait for a table. The waiters were all very good and entertaining. The rest of the ship was hit or miss. It felt like every time I wanted to eat, everything was closed. I did not see the Mexican taco place open once the whole time. The burger place was mediocre at best. The sandwich shop was disgusting. The buffet had good food but it was closed more often than not. The pizza place never closed but the pizza was completely tasteless. Literally it tasted like dry cardboard. But unfortunately that seemed to be the only spot open for food for most of the trip. Overall I had an awesome time! I’m going to take a week long cruise on the same ship in August so I’m hoping that the dining experience will be different. Maybe the restaurants are open more for longer trips? Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose our first summer cruise (6th cruise overall) to celebrate our 20th Anniversry! It was fun! We arrived later than normal the day boarding at 2pm. Easy peasy. Once onboard we went to our stateroom where our keys were waiting outside ... Read More
We chose our first summer cruise (6th cruise overall) to celebrate our 20th Anniversry! It was fun! We arrived later than normal the day boarding at 2pm. Easy peasy. Once onboard we went to our stateroom where our keys were waiting outside our room. We opted for our first balcony experience and we quite enjoyed it! We were in room 8300. Quiet spot, lots of room and storage, comfy King bed. Of course we brought a power bar and put it to good use. Shower was hot all the time, bathroom big enough for us. Mini fridge is always handy. One day an hour after we left Cozumel I noticed a large fish in the water below our balcony. After watching it for a few seconds it came up for air and I realized it was a baby dolphin! I called my wife out too see but she was too late. Not two minutes later we saw two more young dolphins! A very cool experience we wouldn’t have gotten if we didn’t have a balcony. Most of the time the balcony upgrade is too pricey but for this four day cruise it made sense. One great upgrade in all rooms was the night light that would come on near the floor when you got up to go to bathroom in the dark! Someone was thinking, cool feature to have it on a floor motion detector. Only came on when your feet hit the floor. Food was good on board. The Atlantic dining room was our place to “anytime dine” and Nick and his crew were fantastic! Food was hot and tasty and Nick worked hard to make our experience great. We even got sang too and presented with a special dessert for our anniversary. That was a nice touch. We found that line ups were often long at the deli and pizza place. Go in off peak times to avoid this. My GF diet was catered too everywhere on ship except at the Blue Iguana, no corn taco shells!! Even the deli had a turkey wrap ready in a FF wrap! Buffet was decent and had two omelette stations. We had the cheers drink package and really enjoyed ordering whatever we wanted without worrying about the cost. Entertainment on board was great! Good shows in the main showroom and funny comedians, two of them. Wasn’t a big fan of Leticia, solo singer. Voice seemed to over power the ambiance. The casino was Smokey in areas but fun! We were premier guests and enjoyed Kyle and his crew with all the fun games and draws. I won $75 in one game when my playing card was pulled and I got to select an envelope to open. My wife’s name was drawn for a $400 prize but she was enjoying the balcony and couldn’t make it in time to collect her prize. Slot tournaments were fun as well as the BJ one. First cruise I ever finished up at. Only $300 but I’ll take it! Pool areas were fun, crowded but we just hopped in to cool off then jump in the outdoor shower. Water slide was fun, I enjoyed trying it. Lots of chairs could be found if you weren’t stuck on a particular area. I found good service at all the bars, staff was great. We really liked the itinerary, Keywest is vey fun and reminded us of a mini New Orleans. We did a hop on hop off trolley tour for $35 each, 90 min. Narrated. It was a great way to see things and hear the history. Next time we can go do something more specific. Leaving at 1pm made it a short stay, would love to hang out in Sloppy Joes and other bars longer. Cozumel is one of our favs and this time we booked an excursion privately with four other lovely people we met here on cruise critic. Tour was awesome, picked up in an air conditioned van and taken to a Tequelia farm, local bar, Coconuts bar and Tortuga Beach bar where we were fed free lunch (yummy tacos) and got to do some snorkeling for free. Very cool, was a 5 hour tour all over the island. Thanks to our tour organizer Cindy and Michael (NCL CIN) for including us and for our other new friends Tonya and Jill for being great passengers with us!! Tequelia farm is NOT to be missed and none of us were Tequelia fans prior to this. It tasted NOTHING LIKE the Tequelia we drink in North America. So tasty and smooth, no salt and lemon needed. Everyone bought a bottle Beiderbecke we left. Local bar was eye opening, 8 drinks and free apps, the bill was $25!! Coconuts was on the no hydro side of the island and well worth the trek. Drinks were pricey but bar and view was fantastic. All in all another great Carnival cruise, felt longer than four days! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary and the size of the ship. I have sailed on the Conquest twice and the Victory had almost the exact set up. I booked the Captains Suite because that is the Cabin I stayed in on the ... Read More
I chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary and the size of the ship. I have sailed on the Conquest twice and the Victory had almost the exact set up. I booked the Captains Suite because that is the Cabin I stayed in on the Conquest. The Victory is in beautiful shape. They truly upgraded her. She is clean with new carpets, paint, etc. However, what was excluded was the Steakhouse and that was a big mistake. The reason I didn’t give Victory 5 stars was the food in the MDR. I’m not a big foodie but when I have a dinner I don’t mind an upcharge if the dinner is worth it. I love lobster and I know it will be an upcharge but honestly I’ve eaten shrimp that were larger. And it tasted like hamburger grease. The shrimp cocktail was a joke. So my cruise mate and I decided to try the Seafood Shack and what an improvement. Yes we paid market value but boy was it ever worth it. When the food in buffet is better than the MDR well Carnival you have a problem with your food service. So back to the real review, the personnel couldn’t be more accommodating. Our suite was very clean and our room steward Hamid was great. I loved the slot machines and they loved me. Came away with around $400 cleared. Not a fortune but it was fun and that’s all it should be. The movie channels were good because one night my cruise mate was sick so we stayed in and watched movies. Both Key West and Cozumel were great ports to visit. Overall I loved it, you can’t go wrong you’re on vacation and on the ocean. As I stated before, Carnival has a great product but MDR is sadly lacking. I may try Norwegian next year just to see something different. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted a 4 day that sailed during the week. We were on this ship December 2016 and enjoyed ourselves. This time we went July 2018. There were a few upgrades since our 2016 trip. Our room was already ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted a 4 day that sailed during the week. We were on this ship December 2016 and enjoyed ourselves. This time we went July 2018. There were a few upgrades since our 2016 trip. Our room was already renovated in 2016 but they did not have Guy's Burger, Red Frog, etc. We enjoyed the ports and the ship and the service is always great. However, the food was hit or miss. The breakfast buffet was not good. The last day we went to the dining room for breakfast and that was very good. The dining room food was average. My husband and I thought the food was much better on our first trip. We prefer to be in the aft part of the ship. Our room was on Deck 7 side aft. Every day about 3 pm or so, our room smelled for several hours. We assume is was when they started cooking for dinner, even though we were 3 decks above the dining room. Our first trip, we were on the back of the ship with an extended balcony on Deck 6 and didn't have a problem with odors. It was more crowded being that is was July and kids are out of school versus December. Overall, we enjoyed getting away. Even though it's a 4 day, I think the Monday to Friday itinerary makes is feel like a long trip. Read Less
Carnival Victory Ratings
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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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