I chose to cruise with family who needed a quick cruise out of Miami. So, we set sail on Carnival Victory’s 4-day excursion to The Bahamas. I stayed in room 8331.
The Cabin. The inside of the cabin was nice looking and updated. The bathroom was clean and functioned well, although my family next door and the next few cabins had sewer backup problems. There was a lot of storage. I tipped the room steward an extra $50 cash and he cleaned the room every time I stepped out! Awesome! And, I had a mattress topper put on the bed for extra old-bone comfort. Good call! That was a heavenly bed. On the negative side .... the room is right under the Rum Bar and Lido deck. There was unbelievable noise (chairs scraping the floor, music, yelling) all day and night. There was also a constant foul smell out on the balcony. It never went away and it was overwhelming! It was like a mixture of raw sewage, vomit and paint thinner. The view from the balcony is impeded by the rail on the balcony. It is right at eye level when you are sitting. Electrical outlets include two 110 outlets on the wall opposite the bed. There are two USB outlets on the wall opposite the bed.
The Food. Overall the food was bad. The hot food in the dining room was luke warm at best. Meats were very dry from sitting under warming lamps so long; portion sizes were tiny; most of the food was over-salted. But the service was great. It amazes me how the staff remember your names. The Mediterranean buffet was the same except you had other guests’ unwashed hands touching food, serving spoons and tongs. The best food was From the seafood grill on aft deck nine. I had king crab legs and they were worth the extra cost ($17/pound). The taco bar was good sans the unwashed hands-thing and the same for Guy’s burger joint. Guy’s burgers were very greasy, so make sure your stomach can tolerate that on a rocking ship.
The hot tubs. The water is not hot. It is slightly warm. There are 5-6 stairs going to the tubs on aft 9 and they are very slippery when wet. I took a nasty fall! Be careful.
The bars. Great drinks and creative bartenders.
The ship. The Victory needs an overhaul. Period. It smells; it is dark and dingy in the interior public areas; it is dirty. There a very few hand sanitizer stations and no public hand washing areas. This ship is begging for a viral sweep. The public restrooms outside the main dining room have toilet cubicles so small you will be climbing over the nasty toilet to close the stall door. Guest services is understaffed. There are public laundry rooms that are very useful.
I will also address the cruisers themselves here. This is a ship making short hauls for a relatively cheap cost. It attracts some unmannered, loud and cheap customers. It is pitiful for customers to show up at the formal night dinner in shorts and sleeveless tanks, but they do. It is just plain wrong for the cruise line to allow it.
What I wish Carnival would do.
Enforce a dress code on formal night.
Place more trash cans and dirty dish trays around the ship so tidying up is easier.
Place ‘Quiet’ signs in the cabin hallways to remind guests that others may be sleeping and they should be quiet in the cabin halls.
Cut back on salt! Bloat happen!
Monitor hand washing/sanitizing upon entering the buffet lines. This so dangerous!
My recommendations to cruisers.
Before your cruise, leave instructions for your room to have a fan (noise control!) and an eggcrate/mattress topper.
Give your room steward a nice extra cash tip — this person will make a big difference in your comfort level.
If you are a medium to light sleeper, don’t book a cabin under large public areas.
Collapsible luggage is easier to stow under the bed.
Bring baby powder to get the Bahama sand off your feet. Pack a small amount of laundry detergent, some ziplock or waterproof bags and some magnetic clips to hang your daily schedules. Bring a card, any card, that is the size of a credit card to put in the room light switch.
Don’t book this room.
The sand is very hard to walk on.