Cabins are standard Carnival offerings, which means they're well-sized for a mega-ship. Unfortunately, most of them are showing their age with Formica closets and drawers, Pepto-pink bathrooms and old-school television sets (the large, boxy kind).
Carnival is aware that Victory's accommodations are in desperate need of an overhaul. Renovations have begun, and most of the cabins on Main Deck (Deck 2) have been refinished with a new blue and cream color scheme, fresh paint and carpeting, new closets and drawers, flat-screen TVs and added amenities like nightstands and mini-fridges, which many of the old-style cabins lacked. In larger cabins, outdated peach pleather sofa beds have been replaced with bigger, more contemporary ones, and hallways have been redone to match those found on sister ship Carnival Sunshine (formerly Carnival Destiny), featuring faux wood paneling and Caribbean wallscapes. The rest of the cabins are scheduled to be redone in two phases while the ship is sailing. Both phases are slated for completion by March 2017.
In the meantime, the absurdly comfortable beds -- generally two twins that can be converted into one king -- trump any questionable design elements. Bathrooms in all categories have showers, hair dryers and medicine cabinets. All cabins have desk/vanity areas with mirrors and a few drawers; closets offer a decent amount of space, including shelves and bars with hangers, as well as card-operated safes. Larger cabins incorporate sofas (some which convert into beds) and coffee tables.
TV channels include CNN, Fox News, Boomerang and several Carnival stations that show things like navigation, reruns of broadcasts by the cruise director and movies that run on a 24-hour loop.
You'll also be relieved to hear that towel animals remain a Carnival mainstay. Our room steward left us an elephant, a peacock and a swan.
Inside: Carnival Victory offers 530 inside staterooms, eight of which feature two twin beds in an upper/lower bunk bed configuration. Passengers booked in these rooms will have 185 square feet of space.
Oceanview: Of the ship's 327 window-only accommodations, 10 feature an upper/lower bunk bed configuration. These cabins range from 185 to 220 square feet.
Balcony: There are 472 standard balcony rooms, each measuring 185 square feet with a balcony that ranges from 35 to 75 square feet. Each balcony offers two standard mesh and metal chairs and a small table for drinks.
Suite: Victory has 42 Ocean Suites (275 square feet) together, along with eight Grand Suites (345 square feet). Junior Suites include VIP check-in at embarkation, as well as standard-sized balconies (35 to 75 square feet), walk-in closets and whirlpool tubs. Ocean Suites include all Junior Suite amenities, plus larger, 65-square-foot balconies. Grand Suites, the largest onboard, offer all aforementioned perks, in addition to huge (85-square-foot) balconies and larger seating and vanity areas.
Of the ship's 1,379 cabins, 32 are wheelchair accessible. Several categories of cabins also offer third or third and fourth berths via sofa beds and/or bunks that pull down from the ceiling.