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Very fine

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What people said about this ship:

"...in in the way of the waiters and patrons walking in the dining room ." in 129 reviews.

"One down fall however was the Lido deck entertainment." in 51 reviews.

"It was my second Carnival cruise." in 48 reviews.



Carnival Victory departs from:

Miami, Florida

Carnival Victory sails to:

Caribbean - Western Caribbean - Eastern

1385 reviews from our community




gbarmer
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Very fine

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Apr 09, 2015

 

 

This was our 2nd cruise - both with Carnival. The service was terrific except for at the pizza station. It was very crowded and often difficult to find a lounge chair.  My biggest complaint is that the music played across the ship is almost always too loud - on the pool deck, in the casino, etc.  The only outdoor place to escape was the Serenity deck, which was always crowded.

Not fair to say after only 2 cruises, but I think the excursions seem to only be tourist traps.  I will hesitate to do another. We snorkeled in Key West and and went to the Mayan ruins in Cozumel. Both were disappointing and overpriced.

But, the overall experience was terrific.

 

 

 

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ajeff
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Party Cruise- Not relaxing.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Apr 09, 2015

We just returned from the Carnival Victory 4 night cruise to Key West and Cozumel.  Be warned, this is a party cruise.  The ship was completely full which hindered our ability to be moved to a different room.  We stayed in stateroom 6439 with a balcony.  The room was what we expected but it certainly could use a total wipe down.  We took sanitized wipes and wiped down the entire room immediately upon arrival.  There were still folks waiting to go to the airport that had just debarked from the ship a few hours earlier.  So it was obvious there wasn't enough time to fully turn over and clean the ship. 

One thing I didn't realize is that this ship also offers interior, less expensive rooms directly across from the balcony/more expensive rooms.  Unfortunately for us, we were placed across from a huge sorority/fraternity that had multiple rooms.  We expected them to be a little loud, what we didn't expect was how bad it would get.  We got NO sleep the entire trip.  They screamed, partied and hung out in the hallway pumping music.  They were drunk all the time which caused them to fight regularly as well.  They beat on walls, slammed doors and trashed the hallways.  Every morning we would wake up to a hallway full off half eaten food that was thrown everywhere and wine bottles.  By the third night, we contacted security due to the screaming.  At the first call, around 9:30PM, we were told someone from security would come down.  Over an hour later, we called again and were told that no one in security was available to come assist us as they were all busy with port authority in Mexico (we were leaving port at 10PM).  We then had to call a third time in the middle of the night due to the fighting.  I was told they would send someone over, no one showed.  The next day we went to Guest Services to explain what was happening.  We were very upset that security never showed up.  What if the fighting and screaming was an actual emergency?  We were apologized to multiple times.  The head of security came to meet with us.  He apologized as well and assured us they would be there to monitor the hallway the last night and handle this.  They didn’t show up.  We called around midnight and they sent someone down but the moment they left the kids began again.   In the middle of the night I called again and informed them if they didn’t take care of this, we would handle it ourselves.  Finally we got some quiet from around 2-4am, then they returned at 5am and started again.

I am very saddened and disappointed that we didn’t get any rest and the security on the ship was less than average. 

The ship has two very small pools.  One is adult only, aka, a drunken twerking party place.  The other was for kids and family.  It is TINY.  I would not have let my kids in that pool.  It was filthy.  The slide was the only thing that seemed to keep the kids busy.  There is a serenity location for adults only with two hot tubs that aren’t hot but chairs are very limited.  The casino does allow smoking which also impacted the sports bar so we didn’t get to enjoy them much.

As for food, it was average.  The dinners were good but there is a $20 cost steaks or anything that wasn’t offered for that night.  There were always lines for food during the day.  They had two sides available for each buffet but would only open one side for lunch and afternoon food.  I am not sure if this was due to the lack of staff but it made for a very long wait for anything to eat.  The ship was not clean.  Carpets, tables etc…were always dirty.  They don’t seem to really wipe tables and chairs down fully.    

We took the bike and snorkel excursion in Cozumel.  I would not recommend it.  Our tour guide was wonderful but the excursion was a joke.  We arrived after a 20 minute cab ride to an old run down hotel.  We were then told we would bike from there back the same way we drove.  We would see “replica” ruins and would also have to ride on the interstate some.  We passed on the biking and waited for the group to return and rejoined for snorkeling.  The reefs were totally dead. The fish were beautiful.  Not much to see.  We did however get the recommendation for a local restaurant Café Bravo, it was wonderful.  It was our favorite part of the trip.  We were scoping this cruise out as one to take our family on for our wedding due to the shortness of the trip.  I would only suggest this cruise to people who want to drink and remain drunk for 5 days.  Anything with families or anyone wanting to relax, I would stay away.  We will not be sailing with Carnival again.

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interior elevators Dirty hallway- every morning bathroom

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Relaxation and great customer service.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Apr 09, 2015

We had a wonderful time on our cruise -- the staff are truly remarkable, going above and beyond in terms of service.  They made the trip memorable and relaxing.

 

PROS:

Comedy shows -- hilarious!

Dinner -- delicious!

Customer service -- everyone is wonderful, no complaints

Gym -- top notch

 

MEHS:

Paid excursion -- we did the catamaran sail and snorkel in Cozumel.  Too many people, boat felt overcrowded and snorkeling was difficult given the number of bodies in the water.  

Lunch food -- it is clear the lunch-time food is not the freshest/best. that being said, there is a good variety.

 

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teebteel
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The worst Carnival cruise ever!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Apr 04, 2015

I have been on 5 Carnival cruises and this was the WORST one... I must say that the service and food was great!! The activities were horrible and the pools were nasty!  Before the cruise I was hit by a car and needed wheel chair assistance, boarding the cruise they did a good job...but I had to wait over an hour to get assistance to get on and off the ship at the destinations, it just wasn't myself but other disable people.  I would never recommend the Victory cruise to anyone...but the other Carnival Cruise lines I have been on were nice!

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ezsells
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Smooth Cruizing

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Mar 16, 2015

This was a wonderful cruise. Great staff, decent food (dining room), lots of places to visit...comedy club was a hoot! Every eve large screen outdoor movies, dancing in clubs! This is a party boat but after the party, you can burn off the hangover in a 5-star fitness center &spa!  The stops were great as well as the dolphin encounter at the Blue lagoon in Nassau! In Freeport do the Grand Lucaya beach day! Beautiful!

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kfrosh64
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another Carnival cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Mar 12, 2015

As expected, clean, accomodation with balcony cabin (why book without a balcony?).  Staff was very good, food commendable for the price.  Believe however that photo stuff is getting ridiculous, will try to avoid in the future.  This is my 28th cruise.

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The worst experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Mar 12, 2015

I have been on plenty cruise lines. The Carnival Victory was the most dingy unclean cruise ship. The staff was extremely rude, and every day my deck had an obnoxious order. To make matters worse I was with my two young daughters and husband and everyday on the main deck there were inappropriate behaviors in the pools and spa. I am ok with fun but the staff should have asked those who were displaying these behaviors to go to the adults section. I am extremely disappointed with this ship and will not be traveling with Carnival for a long while.

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Wonderful Trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Mar 12, 2015

My husband and I celebrated our Anniversary on this cruise and it was very nice.  Service was good, the staff is very attentive and sweet.  The only thing that I would change is that Carnival needs to provide more variety of food for their buffett.

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Amazing Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Mar 02, 2015

Overall this cruise was amazing!

It was my first time on a cruise and I was very nervous; however, it blew my expectations out of the water you could say ;D

One down side was that on the Grand Turks island because we had to use ferry boats to get to the island, anyone who didn't have an excursion planned didn't get off the boat until around 1pm and had to be back onboard at 5!

The shows onboard were amazing and there was definitely plenty to do all day/night long!

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amagnoni
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Carnival Victory Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Feb 26, 2015

I have been on several cruises on various ships and this cruise was by far the worst. There was a horrible sewer like smell the entire time we were on the boat! Also, the mold in the shower was absolutely disgusting! I wouldn't even go barefoot in the shower, I wore flip flops!! I understand the ship is getting ready to dry dock and be redone, but if it is that disgusting then maybe they should have stopped cruises sooner for that ship! I have never had any complaints about cruising with Carnival until now. I am highly disappointed.

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WandTCruisin
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Get a stateroom near the back of the ship, and close to elevators. You'll be just a few steps from most everything except the Caribbean Theater.

TWP
Purser

The Lido deck have continuous food daily and offered a variety of food. Excellent.

Adult pool at the stern (back) of the ship was the best! Great bar staff and yummy buffet items, as well.

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