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The Carnival Victory is a ship that needs to be put out to pasture. The ship looks about as old as they get, despite Carnival's supposed "refurbishment." From what I can tell, all they did was add two fast-food stations to the pool deck to help with the lunch overflow. You get what you pay for in the cruising biz and this ship was every bit as cheap as its price-tag. The Pro's - Check in was a breeze. Guy's Burger Bar is pretty good. The gym was decent. The Con's - They lost our luggage despite the fact we paid for "Faster to the Fun." The FOOD WAS TERRIBLE. Worse than a school cafeteria. I'm not joking. There were no "stations" at the buffet, only a perpetually long line, filled with annoyed people looking to further fatten themselves. Oddly, there wasn't really much in the way of "hand cleanliness" as found on other cruise ships. The room was passable, except for the balcony, which had signs of rust everywhere and windows in need of cleaning. The public spaces on the ship wanted to be a "South Pacific" style, but come off looking very cheap and dated, like one gigantic bad porno set. Tacky tile everywhere the eye can see, filled with dim multicolored signs for the various bars/lounges. The casino was NOT very giving, but that might just be my luck. Also, it was toxic in terms of its smoke content. The aft deck is completely a waste of space. The mini golf course is falling apart and laughable. There is a large "sunning" deck that would be better used as a sports court. The activities were minimal on the ship, with little in the way of actual planning or coordination. The lobby bar was minuscule - most trivia events happen here and there isn't much seating. We had to always wait to get seated in the dining room - 20 minutes was the minimum. Elevators take forever to arrive. The staff is pretty unfriendly overall. I could go on an on about how terrible this ship and our experience was. TRUST ME on this - you will be disappointed. Even if you think I'm one of those negative nellies - you'd be wrong. I'm a pretty forgiving sort. I was actually rooting for the cruise to be good at every turn as I don't get much time off. So....yeah. Buyer beware.

Awesome Checkin In - but that's about it!

Carnival Victory Cruise Review by zalex

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The Carnival Victory is a ship that needs to be put out to pasture. The ship looks about as old as they get, despite Carnival's supposed "refurbishment." From what I can tell, all they did was add two fast-food stations to the pool deck to help with the lunch overflow. You get what you pay for in the cruising biz and this ship was every bit as cheap as its price-tag.

The Pro's - Check in was a breeze. Guy's Burger Bar is pretty good. The gym was decent.

The Con's -

They lost our luggage despite the fact we paid for "Faster to the Fun."

The FOOD WAS TERRIBLE. Worse than a school cafeteria. I'm not joking. There were no "stations" at the buffet, only a perpetually long line, filled with annoyed people looking to further fatten themselves. Oddly, there wasn't really much in the way of "hand cleanliness" as found on other cruise ships.

The room was passable, except for the balcony, which had signs of rust everywhere and windows in need of cleaning.

The public spaces on the ship wanted to be a "South Pacific" style, but come off looking very cheap and dated, like one gigantic bad porno set. Tacky tile everywhere the eye can see, filled with dim multicolored signs for the various bars/lounges.

The casino was NOT very giving, but that might just be my luck. Also, it was toxic in terms of its smoke content.

The aft deck is completely a waste of space. The mini golf course is falling apart and laughable. There is a large "sunning" deck that would be better used as a sports court.

The activities were minimal on the ship, with little in the way of actual planning or coordination.

The lobby bar was minuscule - most trivia events happen here and there isn't much seating.

We had to always wait to get seated in the dining room - 20 minutes was the minimum.

Elevators take forever to arrive.

The staff is pretty unfriendly overall.

I could go on an on about how terrible this ship and our experience was. TRUST ME on this - you will be disappointed. Even if you think I'm one of those negative nellies - you'd be wrong. I'm a pretty forgiving sort. I was actually rooting for the cruise to be good at every turn as I don't get much time off. So....yeah. Buyer beware.
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