Carnival Victory Cruise Review by tbrady1808
- Sail Date: February 2017
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
I am a gold member on Carnival so I obviously have been on several cruises. Just some thoughts on our experience for your consideration - you decide for yourself.
This is the seventh ship in the fleet we have sailed on - and by far the worst. The ship is dirty, especially the windows - just terrible. Carnival is in the process of rejuvenating the cabins, which in my opinion, is hanging new curtains in a haunted house. The new rooms are okay, but not great. Watch out for construction since Carnival does not list this on their site. We had a room, 8401, that was directly next to the construction zone. To their credit, Carnival made this better with a credit - but - would have been nice to know before going. If you don't mind saws cutting through metal at 9 AM, then please ignore.
The room steward, Edy, was awesome. The cruise director, Marcelo aka Marshmallow, was great. He is high energy, entertaining, shares his personal life - and all-around the best cruise director ever. He should be an employee of the month. One note - please eliminate the all-deck broadcasts at 10 PM - some of us go to bed a bit early. Limit the announcements to the common areas and not the hotel portion. Also, balcony was a good size, special amenities were provided as ordered, but the room never was cold enough for my taste.
Food - well okay. The hot buffet food on the Lido deck, was cold - ALWAYS! The food was tasty, but cold???? - no way. The dessert selection on the Lido deck was pathetic at best. Also, be aware, there are only two buffet lines - often very crowded.
While I am talking about food - why have a no shirt, no shoes policy if not enforced? I really don't want a person with no shirt or a dripping wet bathing suit reaching over the food. Most health departments require this standard to be met - yet Carnival AND other cruise lines look the other way. And having no shoes is just asking for a sanitary issue. Food rates a -1 from me.
Entertainment - you know the specialty shows in the big theater. AWFUL - the female lead was so out of key on some songs it was really hard to figure out the song. The worst of the two shows was Living in America primarily based on my experience listening to the female lead. The male lead was very good, the live band was awesome, the sets were disappointing, and the lighting was nice. One note - if you sit on the second or third level on the right side, the speakers have seen better days especially the woofers which have cracked speaker cones.
Guest Services and Shore Excursion staff - outstanding!
Comedy shows - well, Percy Crews II is amazing - funny, respectful, spontaneous, and tremendous personal values. Billy Washington - just my opinion - lazy, not engaged and somewhat boring.I will be sending a separate email to the CEO about his performance and I will leave it there.
Overall, I will never sail this ship again. Carnival is trying but this ship is not worth your dollars or investment. A very disappointing experience given other Carnival ships. Absolutely one of the worst ships I have sailed on.
I am a Carnival advocate. Like the line, the people, the itineraries, entertainment, crew and service personnel. Just will never do this ship again.
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