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We just returned from a cruise aboard the newly renovated Carnival Victory with a full ship charter for the Invicta Ocean Voyage II. The cabin we had for this cruise was 9196 and is one of the brand new Scenic Ocean View, category 6J, cabins on deck 9 forward. This cabin class was added to the Victory during the latest dry dock that took place in January 2018. The cabin along with the two newly added Captain's Suites and two Scenic Grand Ocean View cabins completely replaces the forward section of category 4J interior obstructed view cabins along deck 9 above the bridge. The Victory category 4J had been a "hidden gem" in our eyes as it was a larger cabin with a forward facing window at an interior cabin price. As an extra bonus it had easy access to a huge open secluded deck above the bridge that most other cruisers never used. Now that deck space has been completely incorporated into these new cabins which are of course being booked at a higher price. So is the new Scenic Ocean View cabin worth the added price? Without hesitation, YES! The moment you walk into the cabin you are greeted by a wall to wall, floor to ceiling picture window view out the front of the ship at the far end of the cabin. The glass is angled inward toward the ceiling and provides an uninterrupted view over the bow. There is a power operated window shade which can be controlled by the switches to the left of the bathroom door. 360 Degree VR Photo: https://flic.kr/p/24NkRbW Along the left side as you walk into the cabin there are a series of three large closets. The first has shelving and a standard sized safe. The second has a half height hanging area and drawers on the bottom. The third has full height hanging space. Next along the left wall there is a sit down vanity with lighted mirror and multiple outlets. There is a small flat screen TV on a swivel mount and a desk. Under the desk is a mini fridge and a set of drawers. Further down the wall is a door to the adjacent cabin. On the right side as you enter is a keycard holder that activates the room lighting. There is also a door to a standard sized bathroom with a curtained shower. 360 Degree VR Photo: https://flic.kr/p/24Nn44b Past the bathroom is a double sized sleeper sofa with a full sized end table and lamp on the right. Next is a king sized bed that can be split into two twins with half sized end tables on either side with integrated lamps. Finally in the area by the window are two armchairs with a small coffee table. The floor space in this cabin is quite generous and the view is even better than a balcony in our opinion with the only drawback that the window does not open. However, we did note that the walls seem to be very thin and poorly insulated so you can hear noises from the adjoining cabins quite easily. As for the rest of the ship we did really like the new 2.0 upgrades such as Guys Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, and Blue Iguana Tequila bar. The entire ship seemed to be quite clean and the service was friendly. Our cabin steward, while exceedingly friendly, was apparently responsible for 30+ rooms so he could only attend to each cabin once a day. This is less than we are accustomed to on other cruise lines. Used glass cups were not replaced unless we called housekeeping and we only saw one towel animal during our cruise. We ate most meals (breakfast and dinner) in the lower level of the Pacific main dining room at the aft of the ship. Our dinner seating was “late” at 8:15 and we noted that the staff kept the outer doors closed until 8:15 with often over 100 people crowding the landing area between the aft elevators waiting for the doors to open. As soon as the doors open there was an unorganized free-for-all stampede of people rushing into the dining room to grab their favorite tables. Again this initial chaos and crowding each night is not at all what we are used to on other lines. The main dining room food selection was good and we had no issues ordering multiple appetizers or entrees from the menu. Breakfasts including the seaday brunch were fantastic and we enjoyed the dishes very much, especially the french toast with bananas. At dinner, one of our favorite starters was the kale caesar salad. The food quality of the entrees was good but not spectacular. Beef ordered medium rare was served either overcooked or quite undercooked. But with the ability for each person to order more than one, it allowed everyone to find something that was appealing. This was our first time trying Guys Burger Joint and it was just as good as others have said. We found the burgers to be to be cooked just right and loved the toppings bar. Other than embarkation day the lines for the burgers were usually very short. The Blue Iguana Cantina was also good but often had long lines for the build your own burrito section. Speaking of embarkation day, the Miami Carnival Cruise Terminal always seems to have a sort of “hurry up at wait” atmosphere to it. We were scheduled for the earliest boarding time of 11-11:30. When we arrived we went through security relatively quickly but once upstairs we sat in the waiting area for at least 30 minutes before they started calling group numbers. It was the same thing last year as well. Being a full ship charter cruise for Invicta Watch Company most of the daily activities aboard were watch related. Also many of the ships retail areas as well as the piano bar were converted into Invicta Watch stores. The lines for these stores the first few days were often exceedingly long and extended out into the public walkways. We waited until the final day to peruse the stores once the lines dissipated. Overall, for the low, low price that we paid for this cruise (only $89/person) we felt that we certainly got our moneys worth. The Scenic Ocean View Cabin is a true highlight of the dry dock changes that have been made to the Victory and anyone who is looking at booking an ocean view, balcony, or suite should consider this option.

NEW Scenic Ocean View 9196 for Invicta Ocean Voyage

Carnival Victory Cruise Review by Motegi

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Scenic Ocean View
We just returned from a cruise aboard the newly renovated Carnival Victory with a full ship charter for the Invicta Ocean Voyage II.

The cabin we had for this cruise was 9196 and is one of the brand new Scenic Ocean View, category 6J, cabins on deck 9 forward. This cabin class was added to the Victory during the latest dry dock that took place in January 2018. The cabin along with the two newly added Captain's Suites and two Scenic Grand Ocean View cabins completely replaces the forward section of category 4J interior obstructed view cabins along deck 9 above the bridge.

The Victory category 4J had been a "hidden gem" in our eyes as it was a larger cabin with a forward facing window at an interior cabin price. As an extra bonus it had easy access to a huge open secluded deck above the bridge that most other cruisers never used. Now that deck space has been completely incorporated into these new cabins which are of course being booked at a higher price.

So is the new Scenic Ocean View cabin worth the added price? Without hesitation, YES!

The moment you walk into the cabin you are greeted by a wall to wall, floor to ceiling picture window view out the front of the ship at the far end of the cabin. The glass is angled inward toward the ceiling and provides an uninterrupted view over the bow. There is a power operated window shade which can be controlled by the switches to the left of the bathroom door.

360 Degree VR Photo:

https://flic.kr/p/24NkRbW

Along the left side as you walk into the cabin there are a series of three large closets. The first has shelving and a standard sized safe. The second has a half height hanging area and drawers on the bottom. The third has full height hanging space. Next along the left wall there is a sit down vanity with lighted mirror and multiple outlets. There is a small flat screen TV on a swivel mount and a desk. Under the desk is a mini fridge and a set of drawers. Further down the wall is a door to the adjacent cabin.

On the right side as you enter is a keycard holder that activates the room lighting. There is also a door to a standard sized bathroom with a curtained shower.

360 Degree VR Photo:

https://flic.kr/p/24Nn44b

Past the bathroom is a double sized sleeper sofa with a full sized end table and lamp on the right. Next is a king sized bed that can be split into two twins with half sized end tables on either side with integrated lamps.

Finally in the area by the window are two armchairs with a small coffee table.

The floor space in this cabin is quite generous and the view is even better than a balcony in our opinion with the only drawback that the window does not open.

However, we did note that the walls seem to be very thin and poorly insulated so you can hear noises from the adjoining cabins quite easily.

As for the rest of the ship we did really like the new 2.0 upgrades such as Guys Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, and Blue Iguana Tequila bar. The entire ship seemed to be quite clean and the service was friendly. Our cabin steward, while exceedingly friendly, was apparently responsible for 30+ rooms so he could only attend to each cabin once a day. This is less than we are accustomed to on other cruise lines. Used glass cups were not replaced unless we called housekeeping and we only saw one towel animal during our cruise.

We ate most meals (breakfast and dinner) in the lower level of the Pacific main dining room at the aft of the ship. Our dinner seating was “late” at 8:15 and we noted that the staff kept the outer doors closed until 8:15 with often over 100 people crowding the landing area between the aft elevators waiting for the doors to open. As soon as the doors open there was an unorganized free-for-all stampede of people rushing into the dining room to grab their favorite tables. Again this initial chaos and crowding each night is not at all what we are used to on other lines.

The main dining room food selection was good and we had no issues ordering multiple appetizers or entrees from the menu. Breakfasts including the seaday brunch were fantastic and we enjoyed the dishes very much, especially the french toast with bananas. At dinner, one of our favorite starters was the kale caesar salad. The food quality of the entrees was good but not spectacular. Beef ordered medium rare was served either overcooked or quite undercooked. But with the ability for each person to order more than one, it allowed everyone to find something that was appealing.

This was our first time trying Guys Burger Joint and it was just as good as others have said. We found the burgers to be to be cooked just right and loved the toppings bar. Other than embarkation day the lines for the burgers were usually very short. The Blue Iguana Cantina was also good but often had long lines for the build your own burrito section.

Speaking of embarkation day, the Miami Carnival Cruise Terminal always seems to have a sort of “hurry up at wait” atmosphere to it. We were scheduled for the earliest boarding time of 11-11:30. When we arrived we went through security relatively quickly but once upstairs we sat in the waiting area for at least 30 minutes before they started calling group numbers. It was the same thing last year as well.

Being a full ship charter cruise for Invicta Watch Company most of the daily activities aboard were watch related. Also many of the ships retail areas as well as the piano bar were converted into Invicta Watch stores. The lines for these stores the first few days were often exceedingly long and extended out into the public walkways. We waited until the final day to peruse the stores once the lines dissipated.

Overall, for the low, low price that we paid for this cruise (only $89/person) we felt that we certainly got our moneys worth.

The Scenic Ocean View Cabin is a true highlight of the dry dock changes that have been made to the Victory and anyone who is looking at booking an ocean view, balcony, or suite should consider this option.
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Scenic Ocean View
Cabin 6J 9196
The cabin we had for this cruise was 9196 and is one of the brand new Scenic Ocean View, category 6J, cabins on deck 9 forward. This cabin class was added to the Victory during the latest dry dock that took place in January 2018. The cabin along with the two newly added Captain's Suites and two Scenic Grand Ocean View cabins completely replaces the forward section of category 4J interior obstructed view cabins along deck 9 above the bridge.

The Victory category 4J had been a "hidden gem" in our eyes as it was a larger cabin with a forward facing window at an interior cabin price. As an extra bonus it had easy access to a huge open secluded deck above the bridge that most other cruisers never used. Now that deck space has been completely incorporated into these new cabins which are of course being booked at a higher price.

So is the new Scenic Ocean View cabin worth the added price? Without hesitation, YES!

The moment you walk into the cabin you are greeted by a wall to wall, floor to ceiling picture window view out the front of the ship at the far end of the cabin. The glass is angled inward toward the ceiling and provides an uninterrupted view over the bow. There is a power operated window shade which can be controlled by the switches to the left of the bathroom door.

Along the left side as you walk into the cabin there are a series of three large closets. The first has shelving and a standard sized safe. The second has a half height hanging area and drawers on the bottom. The third has full height hanging space. Next along the left wall there is a sit down vanity with lighted mirror and multiple outlets. There is a small flat screen TV on a swivel mount and a desk. Under the desk is a mini fridge and a set of drawers. Further down the wall is a door to the adjacent cabin.

On the right side as you enter is a keycard holder that activates the room lighting. There is also a door to a standard sized bathroom with a curtained shower.

Past the bathroom is a double sized sleeper sofa with a full sized end table and lamp on the right. Next is a king sized bed that can be split into two twins with half sized end tables on either side with integrated lamps.

Finally in the area by the window are two armchairs with a small coffee table.

The floor space in this cabin is quite generous and the view is even better than a balcony in our opinion with the only drawback that the window does not open.

However, we did note that the walls seem to be very thin and poorly insulated so you can hear noises from the adjoining cabins quite easily.

The Scenic Ocean View Cabin is a true highlight of the dry dock changes that have been made to the Victory and anyone who is looking at booking an ocean view, balcony, or suite should consider this option.

360 Degree VR Photos:
https://flic.kr/p/24NkRbW
https://flic.kr/p/24Nn44b
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