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There were both good things and bad things about the Carnival Victory and the excursions... but hey it was my 25th Anniversary and we decided to focus on the good, fun things. Unpleasant things happen all the time, it's how you and the people around you handle them... Pros - The Staff - Pretty darned good. Anytime we had a problem we asked in a polite way and it was addressed and fixed. Example - our phone did not have a directory on it so we didn't have any way to know how to call for our steward, etc... we just asked for it to be fixed - boom, it was fixed. Lots of smiles and happy greetings. Dining Staff - our staff was exceptional - They ALWAYS greeted us by name and definitely tried to remember our likes and drink choices. If they are good tip them extra the last night. The Food - No it was not a 5 star restaurant, but it was good. Much better than and lower end chain restaurant - AND YES they prepare everything on the ship. We toured the kitchens and saw them making everything from scratch. If you have a problem send it back - THEY WANT YOU to enjoy your dinner! The Room - we had an aft balcony room - Get it! double the balcony space. Lots of closet space, bathroom was plenty big. The Love & Marriage Show - this is very good, go watch it, lots of fun! Room Service - we called for coffee and breakfast snacks every day - it was always right on time. Cons Buffet lines were long. We avoided the buffet except for the first day - and there is a way to avoid the buffet lines (read on to the end) Comedy Club - Okay the show was hilarious, BUT what they don't tell you is that if you get there early and there is another event going on like Karaoke, they will make everyone leave and get in line for the show - this was crazy, there were 500 people in line, they should have put it in the main theater instead! The Sports Bar - go early if you plan on watching football on Saturday or Sunday. The bar is small and fills up quickly (really Carnival? You had 3 bars closed that you could have open for football, you lost a lot of beer sales) The Elevators - they seemed to just fly by and randomly stop whenever they wanted to... they never made sense. Tips FASTER TO THE FUN - this is listed as an excursion but it really isn't. What this does is gets you and your entire room moved up... basically after the Platinum and Gold members you get in line... we were boarded and in line at the lunch buffet and had seconds before there was even a line. Gets your luggage to your room faster and if you need a tender you get priority. Also on the last day you can be one of the first to disembark. It is well worth the money. AVOID THE BREAKFAST BUFFET LINE - do the seaday brunch or sit down breakfast. No lines, great selection. READ YOU DAILY BULLETIN - there is a lot going on, read it cover to cover. It has lots of tidbits on it. Important stuff!  

It is what you make it - We made it Fun!

Carnival Victory Cruise Review by Teambanzai

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2014
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Aft-View Extended Balcony
There were both good things and bad things about the Carnival Victory and the excursions... but hey it was my 25th Anniversary and we decided to focus on the good, fun things. Unpleasant things happen all the time, it's how you and the people around you handle them...
Pros -
The Staff - Pretty darned good. Anytime we had a problem we asked in a polite way and it was addressed and fixed. Example - our phone did not have a directory on it so we didn't have any way to know how to call for our steward, etc... we just asked for it to be fixed - boom, it was fixed. Lots of smiles and happy greetings.
Dining Staff - our staff was exceptional - They ALWAYS greeted us by name and definitely tried to remember our likes and drink choices. If they are good tip them extra the last night.
The Food - No it was not a 5 star restaurant, but it was good. Much better than and lower end chain restaurant - AND YES they prepare everything on the ship. We toured the kitchens and saw them making everything from scratch. If you have a problem send it back - THEY WANT YOU to enjoy your dinner!
The Room - we had an aft balcony room - Get it! double the balcony space. Lots of closet space, bathroom was plenty big.
The Love & Marriage Show - this is very good, go watch it, lots of fun!
Room Service - we called for coffee and breakfast snacks every day - it was always right on time.
Cons
Buffet lines were long. We avoided the buffet except for the first day - and there is a way to avoid the buffet lines (read on to the end)
Comedy Club - Okay the show was hilarious, BUT what they don't tell you is that if you get there early and there is another event going on like Karaoke, they will make everyone leave and get in line for the show - this was crazy, there were 500 people in line, they should have put it in the main theater instead!
The Sports Bar - go early if you plan on watching football on Saturday or Sunday. The bar is small and fills up quickly (really Carnival? You had 3 bars closed that you could have open for football, you lost a lot of beer sales)
The Elevators - they seemed to just fly by and randomly stop whenever they wanted to... they never made sense.
Tips
FASTER TO THE FUN - this is listed as an excursion but it really isn't. What this does is gets you and your entire room moved up... basically after the Platinum and Gold members you get in line... we were boarded and in line at the lunch buffet and had seconds before there was even a line. Gets your luggage to your room faster and if you need a tender you get priority. Also on the last day you can be one of the first to disembark. It is well worth the money.
AVOID THE BREAKFAST BUFFET LINE - do the seaday brunch or sit down breakfast. No lines, great selection.
READ YOU DAILY BULLETIN - there is a lot going on, read it cover to cover. It has lots of tidbits on it. Important stuff!
 
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Cabin Review

Aft-View Extended Balcony
Cabin 8N 7429
Very nice room, you get a little engine vibration but not much. You are close to the elevators that lead to the Pacific Dining Room as well. Very little wind.
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