2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
This was our second trip on the Victory. This sailing was to Key West and Cozumel, while the previous trip was a few years back from NY to Canada. On this most recent sailing, we noticed areas that were dirty, rusted or otherwise ... Read More
This was our second trip on the Victory. This sailing was to Key West and Cozumel, while the previous trip was a few years back from NY to Canada. On this most recent sailing, we noticed areas that were dirty, rusted or otherwise somewhat neglected since the previous sailing. We had the feeling that the crew are letting things slide a bit because they know the Victory is scheduled for a major overhaul in the near future. Nothing too terrible, but wall paneling was worn and stained in our cabin and in some public areas, cushions on lounge chairs were worn out and sometimes missing, toilets and fixtures were stained. None of the issues were so bad that I would avoid cruising on Victory, but just know you're sailing on an old vessel that's ready for an update. And speaking of the need for updates, there are a few areas that really show their age due to old/bad design. For example, the buffet on the Lido deck is organized in such a way that during popular times, lines will run out of the dining room, and there were a couple times with long waits at the buffet. We tried to avoid it when possible, but on both embarkation and debarkation days, as well as when returning from the short day in Key West, there weren't really many other options. Also, while a Guy's Burger was added during a past update, it's location causes some traffic jams and heavy crowds in the small doorway between pool area and buffet area. Finally, if you don't smoke, the casino is an unpleasant place to visit. The ventilation is poor and the entire promenade near the casino becomes full of smoke. Hopefully, this will be fixed in the overhaul, as the smoke on the Victory was worse than on most other ships we've been on. Unfortunately, the biggest issue we had on this cruise was an unusual overabundance of rude, ignorant, entitled fellow passengers. We had guests running and screaming down the hallways at all hours of the night, packs of children congregating/loitering on stairways with no parents or supervision to be seen, guests singing on their balcony, full volume, at sunrise. And finally, there were a few guests that were smoking on nearby balconies, making our balcony an unpleasant spot to just sit and relax. Balconies are all 'no smoking', but it seems that Carnival doesn't (can't?) enforce this. Food: We had 'Your Time' dining. We found the food to be very inconsistent. On the first night, we had great appetizers, but the main entrees were nothing special. On the 2nd night, lobster (extra cost) was over-cooked, creme brulee' was very undercooked, but on the 3rd night, almost everything was cooked to perfection. I know it's tough cooking for 3000 or so guests, but it seems they are missing a bit of quality control in the kitchen. Staff: Our cabin steward was OK - friendly enough, and responsive when we had problems, but on arrival, things were a bit dirty, with some trash still in cans, hair in a couple of drawers, and greasy finger prints on the walls. I suspect this is due to the rush to 'turn over' the ship for the next arriving passengers - but again, like with the food, it seems a bit more quality control is needed here. Our dining staff were, like the meals, inconsistent. We had one group of servers that were excellent (KUDOS to Dino, Dedik, and I Made - they knew our names, refilled drinks, and were pleasant to talk to), and then the next night, we had the worst shipboard service we've ever encountered from a different group of servers, bringing food and drinks very slowly, never checking on us afterwards. Fortunately, we were able to ask for the first night's service crew for our remaining dining visits, so that was appreciated. Ports/Excursions: Since we only had a few hours on Key West, we took the provided shuttle downtown and just strolled to the usual tourist spots (Sloppy Joe's, Southernmost Spot, Hemingway House...). But it was a whirlwind of a tour since time was so short. Most disappointing was how disorganized the return shuttle to the ship was. There was a line stretching down the road of passengers waiting to board the shuttle...and that was an hour before return time, so we lost additional time on this already short visit. Since we've visited Cozumel several times before, we tried the KunChe Mayan ball game (Pok-Ta-Pok) excursion for something different. The tour guide was friendly and informative, and the excursion was interesting, with a bit of culture, a bit of sports, and included meal. Debarkation: We found Carnival's new debarkation procedure to be a bit confusing. They now debark 2 different groups, somewhat consecutively, but it was a bit unclear how it was going to go until groups were called. In short, if you carry off your bags, you're called to leave based on muster station, in reverse order (so muster station A is last). Almost simultaneously, but starting a bit after the 'bag people', are the folks that put bags out the night before. You get called based on tags that you pick up outside of the casino the night before, with an early group and a late group. What wasn't clear is how the early group is called in relation to the muster station groups - and even after going through the process, we're still not quite sure what happened :-) but we had 'early' tags for the luggage assistance group, and we were called after 4 of the muster station groups were called. And when you get to the warehouse to find your bags, be sure to check the 'decoder' sign posted near the bags, because your bag might not be where you'd expect (ie: we were group 9, but our bags were in area 'D' with many other groups). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
The ship was undergoing upgrades. Problem was no bothered to tell us prior to booking. We all know about the refund so it’s not like we would have been able to cancel the cruise anyway. I fell as if Carnival sailed a ship that wasn’t ... Read More
The ship was undergoing upgrades. Problem was no bothered to tell us prior to booking. We all know about the refund so it’s not like we would have been able to cancel the cruise anyway. I fell as if Carnival sailed a ship that wasn’t prepared at the expense of the customers. Sad thing is I invited 2 other couples to join us because we had such a good time with the same cruise line different ship in September. I made huge mistake picking Carnival this time. The smell of garbage or crap on the 1st-3rd floor was horrendous. We moved table 3 times and the second time the service was and food was so bad that we was not going to return to dinner. The 3rd time we were place with a very good team and received very good service. I tipper the team with cash and so did the other two couples. Worst cruise I have ever had. Looking for other cruise companies from now on. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
The wife and I chose this cruise for the destinations(Western Carib) and time (our anniversary). I must say that I will NEVER cruise with carnival again. From food than was one step above garbage to the constant hounding for money from the ... Read More
The wife and I chose this cruise for the destinations(Western Carib) and time (our anniversary). I must say that I will NEVER cruise with carnival again. From food than was one step above garbage to the constant hounding for money from the staff the cruise was enjoyable. It's been 17 years since I sailed with Carnival. I am amazed at just how far they have sunk in quality. Entertainment---- Horrible Organization of onboard events----- horrible 24hr Food------ had my choice of 4 pizzas, one even had paper thin pepperoni Regular food----- McDonalds puts out a better meal Spa---- 4 times the normal price Bar----- double the normal price Photographers hounding you to take pictures, then when we went to view our pictures only a couple out of the 50 or so that were taken could be found. Shopping----- Save your money and buy off the ship for much better deals. We were looking at a Movado watch for my wife. Best price on the ship $850. We found the same watch at Diamonds International for $480. This was consistent with everything sold on the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
My wife and I went on this cruise. This is our 17 cruise overall and with Carnival our 6th. Carnival at Port Canaveral is an excellent port. It is so easy to drive to. They are very efficient at boarding and disembarking. Incredibly ... Read More
My wife and I went on this cruise. This is our 17 cruise overall and with Carnival our 6th. Carnival at Port Canaveral is an excellent port. It is so easy to drive to. They are very efficient at boarding and disembarking. Incredibly fast, smooth and surprisingly quick. We parked at Port Canaveral Cruise Parking close to the Raddison Hotel. They are excellent, friendly and nothing short of great service. We will use this parking in the future. We have cruised many times and since our last cruise with Carnival (in March 2016) things have changed quite a bit. The first surprise was that we lost an onboard credit when we called because the price went down. We asked the person several times if this would alter our overall cost and she said no. We found out later that we lost the onboard credit. I called back and they said they were sorry but they could not do anything. Even though the person omitted that detail we lost the onboard credit which did not compensate the drop in price. Surprise but no problem. The service charges went from $11.50 to $12.95 a day per person. Surprise, but no problem. Once onboard we now go to our cabin and find out that they only clean the room once, morning or evening. I selected both as I did not understand until I saw the charges. We had to ask for the two bottles of water since we were Gold and have the beds put together since we are married and originally asked for it. Surprise, but no problem. Now on to dining. We had selected a table for two, but surprise we were assigned to a table for six. Went in line to have the Maitre'd change it which he did. No problem. The food was very good but very limited in terms of selection. Steaks are now $20 that were on the menu before. Surprise, but no problem with what we did order was very good. You can ask for lemonade without additional cost. The regular coffee was good. We ate in the Pacific Dining Room. As to the service, I give them a 10 out of 10. Our table was 492. The entertainment throughout the ship was so so. Most of it was disco and hardly any Hispanic music which livens up any party. Since this cruise went to only one port (Nassau) because the other port was hit hard by hurricane Matthew they hardly played any movies (I believe only once) during the day. Wow, what a waste. The shows in the Theatre were excellent as always. They only had one show per night and not two as before. The comedy in the lounges was a 4 out of 10. Boring and old. Overall we had a good time because we always find something to do on our own despite the surprises. The overall aspect of the ship was OK but needs some cleaning, especially the rugs. We understand times are tight (despite the government saying otherwise) and Carnival needs to make a profit. That's why we gave them good rather than excellent rating. If you plan to cruise on Carnival Victory do so but do not expect a 5 star, more like 3.5. The Trivia were rather lame and we did not play once even though we attended several. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
We purchased FTTF, But was unable to boarded until after 1 pm. We traveled with some family members who were on their very first cruise. This was our 4th cruise on Carnival. We didn't want to say anything negative in front of them. ... Read More
We purchased FTTF, But was unable to boarded until after 1 pm. We traveled with some family members who were on their very first cruise. This was our 4th cruise on Carnival. We didn't want to say anything negative in front of them. They loved it. They had nothing to compare it to. Nothing on the ship stands out. The food on Carnival is never good, but I already knew that. It shouldn't take over an hour to receive your dinner including dessert. Which was in the Atlantic Dinning room. Was told the Pacific Dinning room was quicker. We had a balcony cabin with no fridge for our wine. As we were talking to a travel agent on board, we mention this to him. He spoke to an officer. The officer came over to us and took care of the situation. I could see myself cruising on the Victory again, just hope they have upgraded by then. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We live in Central Florida, Port Canaveral is the only port we've cruised out of in 8 cruises. Embarkation is such a pleasant experience, as is disembarkation.... We sailed on the Carnival Victory for the 1st time. Past cruises ... Read More
We live in Central Florida, Port Canaveral is the only port we've cruised out of in 8 cruises. Embarkation is such a pleasant experience, as is disembarkation.... We sailed on the Carnival Victory for the 1st time. Past cruises were 4 Carnival Sensation cruises, and prior 3 Royal Caribbean cruises. The ship was awesome! Larger than the Sensation, but not too big. We had originally booked an 8B Balcony cabin on deck 6, but received an email for an upgrade to the Lido deck, 8E, Balcony for just $10.00. We gladly took that opportunity. We don't do the MDR experience...We enjoy the Lido Buffet, the Pizza Pirate, and the Deli, also Room service. We did enjoy the Piano Bar, Rob was Super!! The Karoke Bar was a little too close to the Piano Bar, as they were such small rooms. The best part of our experience was in the Trident Bar near the Casino....The BEST Bartender ever, LENNY LUIS!!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
First things Frist, For all those whom have read negative reviews about the Victory being old, rundown, smelly, etc. forget about it. The ship is old (2000) but it is very beautiful and well maintained. The crew is very friendly and cater ... Read More
First things Frist, For all those whom have read negative reviews about the Victory being old, rundown, smelly, etc. forget about it. The ship is old (2000) but it is very beautiful and well maintained. The crew is very friendly and cater to all your wants. If you have the grand illusion of dinning at 5 star restaurants, then you will be disappointed. The MDR is well staffed and the food is very good. Our trip was changed at the last minute due to Matthew so we ended up at the Grand Turck. Wind was very strong so all water excursions were canceled but Margaretville was still a blast. Ocean was very rough and the beautiful waters were cloudy to say the least. All in all for a first cruise and after talking to seasoned cruisers, I would recommend this ship to anyone. If you go into your cruise with the attitude that nothing will upset you , you will have a great time on this ship[. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Getting on the ship was delayed but the staff made us fairly comfortable. I've been on 23 cruises and this time it only took us less than 30 minutes to disembark and get from our cabin to our car. We had been on this ship 3 years ... Read More
Getting on the ship was delayed but the staff made us fairly comfortable. I've been on 23 cruises and this time it only took us less than 30 minutes to disembark and get from our cabin to our car. We had been on this ship 3 years ago and we thought it looked better this time. My finicky 13yo daughter ate quite well. She liked the Dr. Seuss breakfast. She also enjoyed singing at Karaoke if front of supportive guests. Service was good around the ship. The whirlpools were lukewarm at best. Our fellow passengers were friendly and we did NOT experience a "frat house" type atmosphere nor would we have minded it, after all, it IS a cruise! Overall, we felt this cruise was worth the $500 it cost. You get what you pay for. Next up for us is Harmony of the Seas on Nov 5th. So, if you see a single dad and his 13yo daughter on your future cruise it might be US! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
The food was terrible in the dining room. The last night there was nothing appealing on the buffet. We purchased the faster to the fun and was suppose to board at 11 am, finally got to board at 1:15 pm 15 minutes before the rest of the ... Read More
The food was terrible in the dining room. The last night there was nothing appealing on the buffet. We purchased the faster to the fun and was suppose to board at 11 am, finally got to board at 1:15 pm 15 minutes before the rest of the guests. This was a waste of money for this cruise. This cruise it seemed like they trained new employees to go to other ships. This was our first 3 day cruise and it will be our last. The first night the ship rocked so bad our family took Dramamine and went to bed early as we were sick form the ship. The 2nd day during the day the ship wasn't to bad, but when the evening came the captain sped up the ship and it rocked again. There 3rd day was at sea and like the other day during the day ship went slow, but again come evening captain sped back up and the rocking began again. There was a lot of work being done to rooms and areas were blocked off. This is the 2nd time we have been on this ship, first was a 5 day and it was great, This 3 day the crew and staff just didn't seem to care. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We set sail on the Victory! We wanted to celebrate 2 special birthdays. What a great time and the staff helped make it extra special. Our 16 yr old totally enjoyed himself. He enjoyed himself at the teen center (said he was not going ... Read More
We set sail on the Victory! We wanted to celebrate 2 special birthdays. What a great time and the staff helped make it extra special. Our 16 yr old totally enjoyed himself. He enjoyed himself at the teen center (said he was not going to go there) spent hours there and hung out with other kids. He also took in the late night movies. The cabin was redone and so much room for the 3 of us. When we got to Nassau the 16 yr old went snorkeling for the first time and 2 REEFS did an awesome job very friendly. The staff, food and entertainment was awesome. And of course the casino!! Can't wait for our next cruise we are so ready to sail away with Carnival again! Best Karaoke I have heard in a long time. The young lady did an great job and the singers where so good! I can't stand and the crew noticed this so when we where waiting for the muster to start they told me to go inside and sit. Nobody has every done that before. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
We had a group of 13 people from ages 4-54 & we all had a great time! I read plenty of reviews before we left about Victory & was a little worried. There are several comments on here about Victory being an older ship but we ... Read More
We had a group of 13 people from ages 4-54 & we all had a great time! I read plenty of reviews before we left about Victory & was a little worried. There are several comments on here about Victory being an older ship but we didn't even notice that. The crew members were constantly cleaning & I never noticed anything broken or worn down. The food in the dining room was very good. Most nights I ordered 2 appetizers & 2 entrees. We went to the show Living in America as a group. The dancer's outfits were a little risqué & the kids kept laughing about their exposed bottoms. I enjoyed it but some of our group fell asleep. We went to comedy club to see Macio & he was hilarious! We went to karaoke every night & the kids enjoyed that. It's one of the few places in the evening that the whole family can go. The kids tried out Camp Carnival one day but didn't really like it. They ended up spending most of the time in the arcade, pool, water slide & exploring the ship with the 13 year old that was with us. The slide did close periodically for no apparent reason which was slightly annoying. The only thing that was really bad was the position of our cabin #8340. Oh my goodness!!! The lido deck was above us & every night, middle of the night, early morning hours there were really loud noises that kept us awake. Not sure if they were moving chairs or building another cruise ship up there but it was impossible to sleep! I enjoyed having a glass of wine on the balcony before dinner. Overall, the cruise was a blast & I would go on this ship again...I would just choose a different cabin. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
This cruise was great, took my Granddaughter on her first cruise, she had a blast, plenty of things for her to do and she didn't even stay in any of the clubs, she did go to one for about an hour but said that was enough. The crew was ... Read More
This cruise was great, took my Granddaughter on her first cruise, she had a blast, plenty of things for her to do and she didn't even stay in any of the clubs, she did go to one for about an hour but said that was enough. The crew was so nice and helpful, the waiter even cut my granddaughters steak for her. I have read all the complaints on here but never had any of them, don't know what they were talking about, must been on a different ship. Piano bar was great with Rob. The only problem we had was that we didn't go to Freeport as planned because of the hurricane, but I don't care for that port anyway. There was plenty to do no matter what your age was. I can't wait to go on another cruise which may be very soon, Maybe we will go some place different next time. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose this cruise "by default" because there was no other choices for the budget we had. Although the cruiseship was showing a bit of wear and tear and our cabin was old (they have refurbished the cabins since), we had a great ... Read More
We chose this cruise "by default" because there was no other choices for the budget we had. Although the cruiseship was showing a bit of wear and tear and our cabin was old (they have refurbished the cabins since), we had a great time and had so much fun. I did wish I had booked a room that wasn't mid-ship because there was noise in the hallways on the first night... The staff and crew members were all so nice and efficient and to our surprise, the food was fantastic. We ate at Chopsticks and Pizza Pirate every single day. The food in the MDR was also pretty good. We loved the show Vrooom and we tried not to miss the comedy shows. Overall, the cruise was an excellent value for the price we paid. We are already booked for another cruise on the Victory (I was told that it's going to be a Funship 2.0 when we go back... Can't wait!) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
What a great cruise! – We were watching the weather closely before we left to see if Hurricane Matthew would impact our trip. By going to the Carnival website we were able keep apprised of their plans – the only change preboarding was ... Read More
What a great cruise! – We were watching the weather closely before we left to see if Hurricane Matthew would impact our trip. By going to the Carnival website we were able keep apprised of their plans – the only change preboarding was that we were going to switch Freeport & Nassau. The ship announced 2,100 passengers – so I think that there were a fair number of pre board cancelations – it did not seem crowded and everyone was relaxed & having a good time. I purchased "Faster to the Fun" and thought that was worthwhile - avoided much of waiting around. Our room was an Inside Cabin on Level 1 – recently refurbished – cabin steward was fantastic. One thing I noticed on this ship is that there was not a lot of “up-sale” going on – yes, you could get drink packages, spa and all of the other stuff – but it just did not seem as in my face as on other cruises I have been on. We went to Nassau first, getting there well of the storm – beautiful weather, had a great time walking around while the place while they prepared for the oncoming storm. Said good bye to Nassau & cruised up to Freeport – walked around the port, drank a Sands beer at Senor Frogs then back to relax on the ship. After we boarded in Freeport the Captain announced the due to the Hurricane we would be cutting out the “Fun Day at Sea”, dock early in the morning and get all of the passengers off quickly – they were going to get the ship back out and into safe waters. Everyone seemed to take it in stride and I didn't hear any grumbling. I appreciated Carnival’s attention to safety and the well being of the passengers, crew & ship. We also had the Chef’s Table meal which both me and my wife thoroughly enjoyed – I think that that was the best duck I have ever had & it was very interesting to see the galley at work. We were off the ship by 7AM the next morning and were able to get out of town before the mandatory evacuations were announced for Florida. Oh yeah – Carnival is refunding the 4th day of the trip! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
After sailing several times with my husband, this was our first time as a family. My 2 teenagers were excited about the trip! I was excited for them as well, but was quickly disappointed. Everywhere we went we surrounded by partying and ... Read More
After sailing several times with my husband, this was our first time as a family. My 2 teenagers were excited about the trip! I was excited for them as well, but was quickly disappointed. Everywhere we went we surrounded by partying and drunks. Most of the activities were geared for 18 and over and some of the "family Friendly" things were not so "friendly. The ship was hard to maneuver and the food quality was poor. I did enjoy the food in the Pacific Dining Room. The outdoor movies were also nice. I will say that the staff on this ship are very friendly and helpful. I am afraid my kids didn't have a very good "first impression" of cruising! I think next time we will sail Royal Caribbean! If you like to party then I would highly recommend this ship, but if you want a family getaway....just read all the reviews first. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
I've been cruising for some time now and after my last cruise with Carnival I vowed "never again." Well, we got suckered into a time share spiel and it came with a "free cruise" so, here we are. Carnival ... Read More
I've been cruising for some time now and after my last cruise with Carnival I vowed "never again." Well, we got suckered into a time share spiel and it came with a "free cruise" so, here we are. Carnival obviously markets to young people and prices their cruises very cheap which attracts people from not only all walks of life, but of all social - economic classes as well. If you like the drunken, foul mouthed party crowds, Carnival is for you, all the way. The ship is old, and poorly designed (my opinion). When they set up all of there crap to sell you, it crowds the walk ways to the point of absurdity. They also force you to walk past the casino which is full of nasty cigarette smoke that spills out to the non - smoking areas. Just walking to the piano bar you smell like an ash tray. The food was average at best. No actual steakhouse, but you can get a steak in the dinning room for an up charge. Would have been nice to have a better dinner in a separate more intimate location. I will say the entertainment, specifically Rob in the piano bar, and the vegas style shows were fantastic!!!! Great talent and productions. The debarkation process was as smooth as I ever remember from cruises past. In the end, I have vowed (regardless of any "free" trips) to never sail with Carnival again. It really was the equivalent of a floating Kmart. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Staff were friendly and attentive and the food was great overall. Enjoyed both comedians, however found no other activities or events desirable or enjoyable. The Promenade Deck 5 was basically a smoking lounge and I found it hard to spend ... Read More
Staff were friendly and attentive and the food was great overall. Enjoyed both comedians, however found no other activities or events desirable or enjoyable. The Promenade Deck 5 was basically a smoking lounge and I found it hard to spend time there. Most activities and live music centered around Casino Bar which is engrossed in a large cloud of smoke. The cruise served its purpose as a relaxing getaway for 3 nights and my wife of I made the best of our short vacation and enjoyed ourselves. This was my 11th Carnival cruise in 13 years, I am 32, and will be looking elsewhere next time. The pools were sufficient, and the slide was fun. The ship parked in the ocean on the sea day, made for a hot day on the deck. Made it back to Port Canaveral at 530am and could have walked off ship at 6am if desired. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
It was my first time on a cruise and it was everything I was expecting and more. The ship may need some updates especially in the cabins but it looks like they are planning on doing that soon. Food was great, nice selection at the ... Read More
It was my first time on a cruise and it was everything I was expecting and more. The ship may need some updates especially in the cabins but it looks like they are planning on doing that soon. Food was great, nice selection at the buffet even that everyday was almost the same, but being a 3 nights cruise you don't have time to get bored, also I was surprised by was fast the clean all the tables, with so many people on board the ship never looked trashy or dirty. Dining restaurants had good food, unusual that was nice to try out, and good portions even that you can request a second plate if you want to. Service from everyone from the waitress to the cleaning staff was more than wonderful, they make you feel welcome at all times, call you by your name is such a nice touch, everyone had a smile and was willing to help at all times. Embarkation was fast and peaceful. We are coming back for sure. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was my and my wife's second cruise ever, both this year! The first was on the Emerald Princess, so it was interesting to see the different focus of different lines. Princess is a lot more traditional and old-school - even their ... Read More
This was my and my wife's second cruise ever, both this year! The first was on the Emerald Princess, so it was interesting to see the different focus of different lines. Princess is a lot more traditional and old-school - even their ships feel like real ocean liners in a lot of ways. The Carnival Victory, though, is definitely of the early 00's era - there is no wraparound outdoor promenade deck, no real outdoor areas at all other than the top decks, and the decor is colorful, if not garish. Sometimes it feels like they're doing all they can to convince you that you're *not* on a ship. The ship is older by today's standards, but it looks and feels well maintained. There may be an odd light bulb out here and there, or a piece of decorative trim or railing that's bent, but generally everything was in working order and looked clean and pretty new. We took this ship not by choice but because it was available over the few days we had. I know it's missing some of Carnival's newest upgrades, but I'm not sure I missed them on such a short cruise. It's still got plenty of bars and nightclubs, and the young-ish crowd definitely used them. It's definitely possible to find quiet areas on this ship, but the bars and clubs were always packed, to the point that it was difficult to even get a drink (and took a while once we were able to finally order). This is a party ship, especially with these 3 day cruises. There's plenty of rowdiness and annoying behavior, and there apparently was even a fire in one of the cabins on the last day of the cruise (the captain made several announcements assuring the rest of us that we were safe). Plenty of people smoke in their rooms, which they're not supposed to do. They throw their cigarettes over the side, along with other garbage. Lots of drunk people making noise in the hallways at all hours too, which wasn't a problem on the Emerald Princess (it attracts an older crowd). Still, I don't mean to overstate this - as a middle aged couple, we were able to enjoy ourselves and we slept fine. My wife's a log at night and I'm a night owl that doesn't need a lot of sleep, so I can outlast any of these partiers. The entire ship seemed to be asleep by 2AM, which for me is early. I enjoyed just sitting on the balcony at night and listening to the water against the ship; for the most part it was quiet out there. The food was ok, but I felt a little sick all cruise long; not sure if I should blame the food or not. Nothing I ate really jumped out at me as all that great. The jerk pork loin tasted good, for example, but it was rubbery and tough. The corn chowder was salty and not "corny" enough. The buffet was in some ways better; probably the best meal I had was the hand carved rib roast at the buffet. I also tried the pizza for a late night snack; not bad, but I'm from NYC. It's hard for pizza to impress me. The service in the dining room, though, was excellent. Daniel was our heat waiter and he was very attentive. We went to a couple shows, both of which were musical song and dance numbers focusing on the past (one mostly old standards, the other classic rock and disco) that seemed a little out of place on a ship with such a young crowd. My wife and I both agreed that they felt a little dated even for what they were; it was like watching "Solid Gold" in the early 80's. I did think the rock show ("Vroom...") was the better of the two, but it was still a little kitschy. We had a great shore excursion in the Bahamas: an ATV and beach adventure. Book it if you can physically take it - it's incredibly intense, but really fun. You'll basically be climbing through the woods in an ATV for more than an hour, which is a lot more physically taxing than I expected. But it's beautiful and not something I ever thought I'd do. Then you get to cool off at a private beach, away from all the crowds. The ship overall was definitely a bit disorganized. As suite owners, we were supposed to get priority embark at Port Canaveral and priority debark in the Bahamas. Embarkation went well and we did get on the ship before anyone else, but in the Bahamas nobody showed up to take us off the ship at our meeting place. Ditto for disembarking at Port Canaveral; the announcement for our deck came 20 minutes late, by which time we'd just gone down and gotten into the line. Princess was a lot better about all of this. The safety briefing was hellishly long and held on the deck with everyone packed together in the 90+ degree heat. On Princess, it was in a nice air conditioned lounge where everyone could sit down and was only about 10 minutes. Not sure why Carnival chooses to do it the way they do; it's almost like a punishment. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
I just needed a short get away. Plus I just wanted to celebrate my birthday differently. I am still not sure if I like the American Table. There was no lobster because it was a short cruise, but that is not an issue for me. I am not ... Read More
I just needed a short get away. Plus I just wanted to celebrate my birthday differently. I am still not sure if I like the American Table. There was no lobster because it was a short cruise, but that is not an issue for me. I am not that big on the lobster anyway. I felt like the lady in the photo shop was boarding on rude. To be honest, most of the staff were just sort of there, with the exception of the dining room staff and my room attendant. Camp Carnival was quite small, but then again it is a small boat. Dinner was decent, not sure if there was a steak house or not. Most of the other amenities I am used to were not there, but then again, it was a quick get away and not one of the longer cruises I am used to. Would I recommend? Of course...but only if it is your 1st or 2nd cruise. If you start out on the big ships, then you will be disappointed. Cruise Director could have pumped up the crowd more. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was a post-"Vista in the Mediterranean" wind down cruise. Med cruise was very port intensive with lots of early waking up and miles of walking each day. This was to be a relaxation cruise. Relaxing is what it was. Wife ... Read More
This was a post-"Vista in the Mediterranean" wind down cruise. Med cruise was very port intensive with lots of early waking up and miles of walking each day. This was to be a relaxation cruise. Relaxing is what it was. Wife went to all the shows and enjoyed them a lot. I was in the casino most of the at sea time also enjoying. There is a lot of work being done to refresh cabins on the Victory right now. Only impact on us was a delayed embarkation and 1 hour delayed departure. No other impact. Overall work taking place was no big deal for us since work was on Deck 3 and we were on Deck 9. Some on Deck 2 complained about work noise early in the AM and sometimes in the evening. If sailing between now and mid-November try and find out that Deck will be full of workers and avoid the next deck down. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
My friends and I chose this cruise because of the short length and for it falling perfectly on my birthday weekend! The embarkation was smooth, we were all so excited I don't think I would've noticed if it wasn't. We only ... Read More
My friends and I chose this cruise because of the short length and for it falling perfectly on my birthday weekend! The embarkation was smooth, we were all so excited I don't think I would've noticed if it wasn't. We only waited maybe an hour to board. The ship itself was smaller than I was expecting. Of the whole weekend, the ship was probably the biggest disappointment. Our rooms were very small (obviously) but very dirty. We never showered in our bathroom because it smelled terrible and water would gather and not drain so we showered in the spa. There was a constant smell of sewage in our room and on the entire deck we were on (I don't remember what deck). However, for the rest of the boat, it was alright. Dining was superb. We ate at the regular dining hall each night and I always felt so fancy! Food was great. Although it was small portions, the fact that you can get however many you want makes up for that. Alcoholic beverages were a HUGE disappointment. Basically, plan on only drinking beer because if you decide to spend $10 on a mixed drink, you're really only getting sugar and maybe a drop of alcohol. At least with beer and shots they can't alter the volume of alcohol. Comedy club was good, no one was really that into it so that made it less fun. Not really anything for twenty-somethings to do except lay by the tiny pool and gamble. I was pleased with our service when it came to room service and asking for help. I thoroughly enjoyed getting a massage at the spa, but was bombarded at the end with the women pushing to sell us things. Can't we just get the massage we already paid $110 for? Finally, we only had one stop and that was to Nassau. We did the bar hopping excursion which was a lot of fun and then explored the port. The straw market is really cool and if you go into the town, the bars there are great and beer is cheap. We were disappointed not to have seen a beach, though. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
I have always enjoyed cruising with Carnival but this last trip has me questioning my loyalty to them. It appears that Carnival changed their standard of "house keeping" of their boats. Our Stateroom was a balcony room and we ... Read More
I have always enjoyed cruising with Carnival but this last trip has me questioning my loyalty to them. It appears that Carnival changed their standard of "house keeping" of their boats. Our Stateroom was a balcony room and we enjoyed it the first night we were on board but it slowly just went downhill from there. Our bathroom sink leaked the entire time we were there. We called about it twice and were pretty much told it could not be fixed. So we dealt with a puddle of water on our floor majority of the cruise. We also so several ants in our cabin and the trim of the vanity/desk area was completely torn off in several areas. One night our cabin was neglected in the nightly cleaning. I talked to guest services and they just brought us towels and didn't even offer to change the sheets or make the bed. It was very aggravating considering Carnival used to come through the rooms twice a day but now they only give you the option either in the morning or evening and they completely skipped us one night. I have attached a photo of what appears to be mouse poop that we found on our couch after we moved the "throw" that was on the couch. Overall the room was TERRIBLE. As soon as you walked onto the boat you immediately smell cigarette smoke from the casino. I understand the casino is a smoking area but better ventilation would have been nice. You could smell smoke anytime you were on the 4th or 5th floor. The food was average at best. Basic buffet food during the day and then a little fancier version for dinner. Our waiter was extremely slow most nights. One night our dinner took 3 hours and half our table left before they even received the dessert menu. The entertainment was decent. It appeared that the Cruise Director was trying to make an effort on the sea day to have fun. The "singing show" was average. I felt bad for the singers because only two (one boy and one girl) sang the entire show even though the others had talent and sang during small side shows (like the newlywed game). The debarkation went quickly getting off at Nassau and leaving the boat after the cruise. I would not suggest the Carnival Victory to anyone and I am hesitant to even refer Carnival to any friends. Read Less
Carnival Victory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates N/A 4.3

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