My 4th. Carnival Cruise, First time going solo: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by zippyjet

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My 4th. Carnival Cruise, First time going solo

Sail Date: September 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
Last September went on my first solo cruise on the Carnival Victory. Had a fantastic time and am planning to go on another Carnival Cruise this September. The cruise on the Victory was a 5 night out of Miami. As an airline employee I get excellent treatment from Carnival as usual when booking. Though I'm not disabled. This was a last minute booking and this was one of the few cabins available. It's an inside cabin. No big deal for me. I'm only in my cabin to clean up and sleep. This cabin was in excellent shape and was well looked after. Had a great steward. Bathroom extremely roomy (wheelchair accessible designed). The TV was an old school tube model. This cabin would have easily gotten a 5 star rating for me but one thing dropped it down to just a three. And that was the air conditioning. Due to some health and personal comfort issues I generally am hot blooded (my range of comfort runs much cooler than average.) Where most people are comfortable at an average temperature of 75 More degrees F. I prefer a range of 64 to 72 degrees. When checking into my cabin there was a box fan inside. This should have set off alarms in my mind that there could be comfort issues. The room tended to be stuffy and warmer than I like it. Whereas other areas of this ship you could hang meat. I called guest services several times and they sent different staff up. The first time on the first evening a statuesque leggy Russian woman came up with a digital thermometer and took the room temperature. Her gadget read 72 degrees but this was directly under the air conditioning vent. She said this was an adequate temperature as Carnival cabins are to have a temperature set point range of 68 to 74. I'm guessing the average temperature was between 74 and 76 where my head meets the pillow and at the small desk and bathroom. I told legs that if my cabin could be around the lower range of that temperature range I'd be fine. Called again the next day and they sent an engineer who took the temperature and it was 75. He said he'd check out the air handler and make adjustments. I called two more times with the same results. With the fan blowing the temperature was manageable. They made some adjustments and with the fan running the room at it's coolest would hit 72 degrees which was OK. Otherwise I had a fantastic time and give Carnival Great raves. As mentioned I'm planning my 5th. cruise. It will be 5 out of 5 cruises on Carnival. That's saying something. Another observation the spa locker room looked old school with beige lockers. It was clean but showed it's age. I was used to bright airy modern locker rooms on the Fascination and Imagination. Overall the Victory though showing it's age was in very good shape and to me the main dining room and common areas looked renovated. Interestingly enough I was told the Victory goes for an extreme cruise ship makeover at the end of this year. If I was taking this ship I'd again stay in cabin 9-286 if the air conditioning issues are resolved. :cool: Less

Published 07/27/14

Cabin review: 9286

Above review deals mainly with Cabin 9286. Cabin could have been 5 stars but the air conditioning issue was significant enough to rate cabin 9286 three stars (3). Fix the A/C and I'd adjust my cabin rating to five (5) stars.

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