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Wife and I decided to forgo Anniversary and Christmas presents and go on a cruise instead. We are both glad that we made that choice. This is our second Carnival cruise and we had a blast. I know people like to call it the party cruise line but it really wasn't any different than the Norwegian Cruises we have gone on. This one had very few children most likely due to the time of year. Embarkation onto the ship was lightning fast. We had filled out our stuff online...we after showing passport we pretty much walked onto the ship. No hassles at all. When we got to our room, we were quite surprised at the size of it. We just booked an interior room as we figured we wouldn't be in the room other than to sleep and chose to save our money for other things. The room was big, with huge closets, and a nice dressing area. The bathroom was a typical cruise bathroom. Flat screen TV on the wall....but the TV choices were pretty bad. Room was clean and was well serviced throughout the trip. The dining experience was very good throughout. Everything seemed to be of good quality and was all at least on par with what you would find at a chain restaurant like TGIFriday's. They have minimized most of the luxury items like lobster or put those on the premium menu, but even the nightly dinner options had something for everyone. Our wait staff was amazing. Steven and his assistant Ronald and Audeleen were one step ahead of us at every turn, and Steven surprised us as he was the featured waiter in the end of cruise show. Our best meal was a breakfast with steak and eggs....the steak being a 6 oz filet mignon that was cooked PERFECTLY. We love Carnival's chocolate lava cake and had that every night but one. The other deserts were hit and miss but there was good variety each night. The buffet was average and to us was the least enjoyable option. We enjoyed the burgers from Guy Fieri's, the Chinese food from Chopsticks and the Pizza Pirate. None were the best we ever had, but all were at least restaurant quality. People that we talked to that went to the Mexican eatery said it was very good. We didn't check out the sushi or the deli. We didn't drink a lot of alcohol but the drinks we did get were good and had a fair amount of alcohol. The entertainment highlights were definitely the comedians. Steve White and Al Romero were the two on board, and both were hilarious. Steve did 4 different shows and Al did 3. My wife bought Al's book and it is very interesting. Travis was the acoustic guitarist in the main lobby and he was exceptional. The other musical acts did not stand out. We didn't do the nightclubs or the deck dance parties. We LOVE the Dive In movies and watched three of them. It was chillier than expected on the deck, but the staff did provide blankets so we were comfy. I thought the daily schedules were decent every day except the sea day. There just wasn't very much to do during the day and then they cancelled the first showing of the stage show. There were a lot of excursions available. We are frequent visitors to Key West so we just did our own thing there. On Cozumel we did the Thrill and Chill zipline and snorkeling tour. It was a short taxi ride away from the port and was a lot of fun. New experience for my wife and I and we loved it all. The staff was a bit obnoxious with screams and stuff while ziplining but we felt comfortable and safe the whole time. Snorkeling was very basic as they had you follow a guide. It was a great intro to snorkeling....my wife and I are very experienced so it was nothing new to us but the water visibility was amazing and the area had a fair amount to see being right off the beach. When we got down we were supposed to have beach time and access to a bar and restaurant...but by the time we got done snorkeling there were only 15 minutes left. THere should be another hour at least so you can get some beach time. Disembarkation was easy as well, we took our own bags and were off the boat in about 15 minutes and through customs in maybe 10 more. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend Carnival to our friends. THe ship was older but was clean. The food and entertainment was all good for the most part and we felt we definitely got our money's worth. The one significant change I would make would be to have the sea day the first full day, have Cozumel the second day, cruise back to Key West to have time there at night and then return to Miami. We did have a little drama as we had to turn around after leaving Key West for a medical emergency and there was a lost passenger that turned up after a while.

The FUN is Real!

Carnival Victory Cruise Review by Flboomer

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Wife and I decided to forgo Anniversary and Christmas presents and go on a cruise instead. We are both glad that we made that choice.

This is our second Carnival cruise and we had a blast. I know people like to call it the party cruise line but it really wasn't any different than the Norwegian Cruises we have gone on. This one had very few children most likely due to the time of year.

Embarkation onto the ship was lightning fast. We had filled out our stuff online...we after showing passport we pretty much walked onto the ship. No hassles at all.

When we got to our room, we were quite surprised at the size of it. We just booked an interior room as we figured we wouldn't be in the room other than to sleep and chose to save our money for other things. The room was big, with huge closets, and a nice dressing area. The bathroom was a typical cruise bathroom. Flat screen TV on the wall....but the TV choices were pretty bad. Room was clean and was well serviced throughout the trip.

The dining experience was very good throughout. Everything seemed to be of good quality and was all at least on par with what you would find at a chain restaurant like TGIFriday's. They have minimized most of the luxury items like lobster or put those on the premium menu, but even the nightly dinner options had something for everyone. Our wait staff was amazing. Steven and his assistant Ronald and Audeleen were one step ahead of us at every turn, and Steven surprised us as he was the featured waiter in the end of cruise show. Our best meal was a breakfast with steak and eggs....the steak being a 6 oz filet mignon that was cooked PERFECTLY. We love Carnival's chocolate lava cake and had that every night but one. The other deserts were hit and miss but there was good variety each night. The buffet was average and to us was the least enjoyable option. We enjoyed the burgers from Guy Fieri's, the Chinese food from Chopsticks and the Pizza Pirate. None were the best we ever had, but all were at least restaurant quality. People that we talked to that went to the Mexican eatery said it was very good. We didn't check out the sushi or the deli.

We didn't drink a lot of alcohol but the drinks we did get were good and had a fair amount of alcohol.

The entertainment highlights were definitely the comedians. Steve White and Al Romero were the two on board, and both were hilarious. Steve did 4 different shows and Al did 3. My wife bought Al's book and it is very interesting. Travis was the acoustic guitarist in the main lobby and he was exceptional. The other musical acts did not stand out. We didn't do the nightclubs or the deck dance parties. We LOVE the Dive In movies and watched three of them. It was chillier than expected on the deck, but the staff did provide blankets so we were comfy.

I thought the daily schedules were decent every day except the sea day. There just wasn't very much to do during the day and then they cancelled the first showing of the stage show. There were a lot of excursions available. We are frequent visitors to Key West so we just did our own thing there. On Cozumel we did the Thrill and Chill zipline and snorkeling tour. It was a short taxi ride away from the port and was a lot of fun. New experience for my wife and I and we loved it all. The staff was a bit obnoxious with screams and stuff while ziplining but we felt comfortable and safe the whole time. Snorkeling was very basic as they had you follow a guide. It was a great intro to snorkeling....my wife and I are very experienced so it was nothing new to us but the water visibility was amazing and the area had a fair amount to see being right off the beach. When we got down we were supposed to have beach time and access to a bar and restaurant...but by the time we got done snorkeling there were only 15 minutes left. THere should be another hour at least so you can get some beach time.

Disembarkation was easy as well, we took our own bags and were off the boat in about 15 minutes and through customs in maybe 10 more.

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend Carnival to our friends. THe ship was older but was clean. The food and entertainment was all good for the most part and we felt we definitely got our money's worth. The one significant change I would make would be to have the sea day the first full day, have Cozumel the second day, cruise back to Key West to have time there at night and then return to Miami. We did have a little drama as we had to turn around after leaving Key West for a medical emergency and there was a lost passenger that turned up after a while.
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Cabin 6293
Roomy and comfortable. Small bathroom. Comfy bed.
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