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We like Key west and wanted a short getaway. Actually, it's our 4th or 5th time on the Victory & we're going again December 2nd. The ship externally is tired, but a quick inspection below decks looks like brand new. ('Vic') is going to Spain in March for a complete refit. The food is equal to or better than any other cruise line. (This was our 46th cruise). Our balcony was bigger than most, head (bathroom) was also bigger than most others. Ship was kept extremely clean, but wear and tear and outside rust everywhere. But, being built in 1998, it was looking great from a distance. We compare the ship to the NCL Spirit regarding decor level. Beautiful ship. The new name will be Radiance. Crew was especially attentive and we're looking forward to seeing them again in December. Their dis-embarking procedure needs work. One had to go to the purser go get luggage tags. These have, in the past, been delivered to your stateroom. Also, uponboarding, we we couldn't find the time for MUSTER DRILL even by reading the notice on the cabin door. Getting off was a nightmare due to port facility problems and NOT Carnival's problem. We have avoided Carnival due to some big problems in the distant past. We're letting bygones be bygones. The dis embarkation was NOT Carnival's fault. It was with the port facility escalator and half the ship had to go through only one elevator.

Victory over mundane

Carnival Victory Cruise Review by captbrianq2

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We like Key west and wanted a short getaway. Actually, it's our 4th or 5th time on the Victory & we're going again December 2nd. The ship externally is tired, but a quick inspection below decks looks like brand new. ('Vic') is going to Spain in March for a complete refit.

The food is equal to or better than any other cruise line. (This was our 46th cruise).

Our balcony was bigger than most, head (bathroom) was also bigger than most others.

Ship was kept extremely clean, but wear and tear and outside rust everywhere. But, being built in 1998, it was looking great from a distance. We compare the ship to the NCL Spirit regarding decor level. Beautiful ship. The new name will be Radiance.

Crew was especially attentive and we're looking forward to seeing them again in December.

Their dis-embarking procedure needs work. One had to go to the purser go get luggage tags. These have, in the past, been delivered to your stateroom. Also, uponboarding, we we couldn't find the time for MUSTER DRILL even by reading the notice on the cabin door.

Getting off was a nightmare due to port facility problems and NOT Carnival's problem. We have avoided Carnival due to some big problems in the distant past. We're letting bygones be bygones.

The dis embarkation was NOT Carnival's fault. It was with the port facility escalator and half the ship had to go through only one elevator.
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Balcony
Cabin 8D
Slightly more square footage than most. Bed was set too close to balcony window and door which made gettin' into bed on that side MOST difficult from balcony glass side. Just 2 or 3 inches would solve the problem. The end table, next to the bed was out of place, under the desk, which was ok, but had to constantly move waste basket out. But that left room to move the bed over. We liked the room and hope to have as nice next time.
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