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I was between three and four stars (circles lol) We have cruised to the ports on this cruise before but like both of them. In addition wanted to see Jay Leno. Trying to get good tickets in the Ct Casino where he appears at times isn't easy so we decided to combine a cruise and Leno. Overall a very good time, above average customer care very friendly crew who appeared to really want us to have a good vacation. This helped to bring my rating up. The ship was as clean as it could possibly be, the rooms were just renovated and were very nice. We had a balcony on the Spa level. Generally we may have enjoyed this cruise more than on the Dream and Breeze partly because crew was simply better. The Leno appearance was excellent, laugh after laugh. We did the VIP and he was gracious and getting VIP seating with champagne etc was a nice way to enhance the experience. Shows in general were good, not outstanding but somehow better than we saw on our last cruise on the Dream. Cruise director was everywhere, in a good way. Food was overall quite good, perhaps better on Lido deck than the dining room but both were good. A couple of dining meals were actually excellent and two were ok. (We did not get the Steak upgrades) Breakfast on the Lido deck was quite good we did not eat breakfast in the dining room. Embarking and Disembarking were about the best it has ever been especially Disembarking. We did have to wait longer for our luggage than in the past and we did have FTTF. But FTTF did give us a long time on the Ship with our room available on the boarding day from 11AM. That was extra time by several hours than some other times. The problems. By the end of the third day and on the fourth there was a sewer smell on a couple of the lower decks, 3&4 I believe most noticeable by the elevators. Food lines were generally LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG! They seemed longer than on the larger ships. It seemed like there were fewer crew members to serve and replace food. (Though the crew cleaning tables and the general areas seemed like more and did an excellent job.) At times the Pizza place had one person with many in line many of us gave up on Pizza those times. The Grill (burger) line was a little more reliable to be quicker. Breakfast was hit and miss with sometimes very long lines others not quite as bad. Shopping on board was the usual though my Wife found a very nice CZ ring for a good price.

Good time not without ongoing problems

Carnival Victory Cruise Review by Tampa8

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I was between three and four stars (circles lol) We have cruised to the ports on this cruise before but like both of them. In addition wanted to see Jay Leno. Trying to get good tickets in the Ct Casino where he appears at times isn't easy so we decided to combine a cruise and Leno.

Overall a very good time, above average customer care very friendly crew who appeared to really want us to have a good vacation. This helped to bring my rating up. The ship was as clean as it could possibly be, the rooms were just renovated and were very nice. We had a balcony on the Spa level. Generally we may have enjoyed this cruise more than on the Dream and Breeze partly because crew was simply better.

The Leno appearance was excellent, laugh after laugh. We did the VIP and he was gracious and getting VIP seating with champagne etc was a nice way to enhance the experience. Shows in general were good, not outstanding but somehow better than we saw on our last cruise on the Dream. Cruise director was everywhere, in a good way.

Food was overall quite good, perhaps better on Lido deck than the dining room but both were good. A couple of dining meals were actually excellent and two were ok. (We did not get the Steak upgrades) Breakfast on the Lido deck was quite good we did not eat breakfast in the dining room.

Embarking and Disembarking were about the best it has ever been especially Disembarking. We did have to wait longer for our luggage than in the past and we did have FTTF. But FTTF did give us a long time on the Ship with our room available on the boarding day from 11AM. That was extra time by several hours than some other times.

The problems. By the end of the third day and on the fourth there was a sewer smell on a couple of the lower decks, 3&4 I believe most noticeable by the elevators. Food lines were generally LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG! They seemed longer than on the larger ships. It seemed like there were fewer crew members to serve and replace food. (Though the crew cleaning tables and the general areas seemed like more and did an excellent job.) At times the Pizza place had one person with many in line many of us gave up on Pizza those times. The Grill (burger) line was a little more reliable to be quicker. Breakfast was hit and miss with sometimes very long lines others not quite as bad. Shopping on board was the usual though my Wife found a very nice CZ ring for a good price.
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Cabin 1103
Cabin was just refurbished/remodeled and it looked it. (in a good way lol) Very clean nice looking and of course love having a balcony. Bed was the same as always meaning comfortable but not outstanding. New flat TV worked fine though the remote was finicky. For two of us plenty of space to unpack things. Did I say we love the balcony? :)
Couple of problems. We had asked the room steward for two things neither got done. We had no room service order forms and he never furnished them though we had asked. We just decided not to order in this trip. Second our Phone did not work because of a cord problem. About 34 hours after we asked the room steward to get it fixed we called the the customer service desk and it got fixed in about 25 minutes.
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