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Carnival Victory

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 0 yr ago    


What people said about this ship:

"The food in the dining room was great, our waiter was very personable and professional." in 115 reviews.

"I liked that Carnival has a quiet area with a smaller pool in the stern of the Lido deck." in 45 reviews.

"We love Carnival Cruise lines." in 41 reviews.



Carnival Victory departs from:

Miami, Florida

1039 reviews from our community




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Old Boat (Victory), and food was not that good.

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

If you are looking to cruise, try another line. The boat i was on called the Victory was old, the dresser drawers would not shut properly and a couple days in the balcony door would not open. We were supposed to stop at 3 ports but only stopped at two and no compensation offered. Now to the food, if you have ever been to a buffet this is the food you will get. Im not sure why, but the food and desserts had little to no taste. Ive cruised other lines and this was not worth the money. I will not do another Carnival Cruise. Very disappointed!

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Good times!

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

My husband and I enjoyed ourselves. I do wish we had more time in Mexico. But other than that it was a fun experience for both of us. Food was great! Staff was warm and welcoming. Great time!

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Feb 07, 2015

We have been on many cruises, this was the third this year.  It seems that Carnival gets worse each time.  The crew was not as friendly or helpful as on past cruises, they damaged my hard side luggage and were not helpful at all.  The food is the same every cruise and meat tough.  I am not sure of the  age of the Victory but think it must be one of the older ships.  The pools were small,hot tub temperature not hot, etc.  The one thing I did enjoy was the sho

  I don't know I would choose Carnival for my next cruise as I have had so much better experiences with other lines.

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great shows

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Feb 07, 2015

loved ll the shows,seems like they spent plenty of time and money preparing for the shows,,many different outfits,plenty of variety of songs,great singers and dancers,,and very good comedy shows

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Webster1
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Great Quick Getaway!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Feb 07, 2015

Great quick getaway with friends. Definitely an older ship...crews a bit less attentive now that gratuities are automatic but we were generally satisfied with service and gave our cabin steward a bit more.  Generally pleased with food options. Chopsticks was a great success and should be available for more hours. Food was freshly cooked and provided healthier options.  The line was usually quite long.  The entertainment on Lido was lacking. What happened to the signature Caribbean bands? What happened to music playing as you departed a port? The fellow that played the piano in the Irish Bar incredible and the band that played in the casino was great. VAROOM was quite good as well.

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cdvale99
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Western Carib on Carnival Victory

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Feb 07, 2015

Strong Positive - Chef's Table - This was the highlight of the cruise.  Passengers must get on a waiting list as early as possible in advance of the sailing date, as it has a limit of 12, and only occurs one night.  The cost ($75 per person) is money well spent.  For this, you have unlimited champagne with multiple appetizer courses, followed by seven additional courses with unlimited wine.  The courses were all what would be expected in a five-star restaurant.  While portions were not large, there were so many of them that I don't recall when I had a larger meal.  Chef Michael Wisdom, in charge of all food preparation on the Victory, was our host for the two-and-a-half-hour evening.  It truly was the best part of our trip.

Positive - After boarding, we decided to change our Jamaica excursion from a Montego Bay driving/walking tour to a day at the Secrets Resort.  While more costly, the day was very relaxing, as it was all inclusive of non-motorized water offerings (snorkel, etc.), food and drink.  

Negative -  Due to local conditions, our ship was unable to tender from our planned anchorage near Georgetown, and our excursion (scuba) was cancelled.  This is apparently not a rare occurrence in the February time of year.  The ship ended up anchoring on the other side of the island and tendering to the local beach area from there.  That beach had little in the way of shade, tables, etc. so we decided to stay aboard ship for the day.  It was not clear from the announcements whether Carnival would be providing shuttle service from the tender dock to Georgetown, where the other excursions originated.

Negative - The process used by Carnival for debarkation for excursions was very poorly planned.  Gathering hundreds of people in the main theater at specific times, then announcing that several tours were leaving at once, cause very long lines to the gangway, frustration and frayed nerves,  Additionally, people who did not assemble at the correct time (late by almost an hour) were still able to leave for their excursions well before those who followed instructions.  Carnival needs to review their entire process for handling debarkations.

Strong Negative - The baggage claim process in Miami at the end of the trip is extremely inefficient and poorly executed.  For the first time, we "checked" our bags, leaving them in the hallway the night before arrival.  We were in group 2, since we had also purchased the transportation to the airport.  As it turned out, bags from all the groups were haphazardly loaded and distributed among the three baggage carousels, even though the signage indicated specific groups were on specific carousels.  We got one bag on the designated carousel, and after waiting approximately thirty minutes for our second bag to show up, went in search on the other ones, where we found it.  It seems like a pretty simple exercise - if bag has number X, and all X bags are supposed to go on carousel Y - that your bag would show up where it was supposed to.  Wrong.  I can only attribute this to a certain indifference on the part of the individuals doing the baggage transfers.  I believe that these are not Carnival personnel, but they should know that poor baggage service reflects poorly back on them.

Since we've now covered the Caribbean, we will be looking for other itineraries.  I would recommend this cruise for a mid-winter break or for first-time cruisers, or for anyone looking to "dip their toes in the Caribbean cruise waters".

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Jamaica Christmas Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Jan 24, 2015

The ship was excellent!  We enjoyed everything.  The dinners were delicious and the staff was very friendly and professional.  The only issue was the noises under our cabin.  They were happening off and on all night.  It felt like my bunk would move sometimes?  We were on the first floor and have learned to never book there again.  We cruised with Carnival in December, 2014 with our children and grandchildren to the Bahamas and loved the experience.  Our choice to cruise is with Carnival!

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bmulvey
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Wonderful Time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Jan 19, 2015

Overall experience was very good.  Carnival should be proud of the ship and crew.

The Victory is scheduled for a Funship 2.0 upgrade in a few weeks but you could hardly tell it.  Condition of the ship is very good and the spirit and attitude of the crew and staff were great.   Except for the Captain who I met during the "Behind the Fun" tour.  He was clearly not in his best mood when we visited the bridge.  Angry

Arrived at the Miami pier at 11:30 AM and was on-board within an hour.  Embarkation and the lifeboat drill appeared to both be organized chaos but it seems that Carnival has it down to a science and things moved quickly and safely.  Had an inside cabin on the Empress Deck which was very quiet at night and the cabin steward kept it very clean for me. 

Fitness room was packed the first few mornings at 6:30 but I had it all to myself on the final day at sea.  Equipment had seen it's better days but I managed to burn off a lot of calories regardless. 

Breakfast and lunch at the Lido Buffet was good.  Wide selection of fresh food and baked goods.  I loved the coffee - it did not have a bitter aftertaste like most coffee here in the US.  I was surprised at the amount of food people were eating and wasting.  The buffet plates are platters and some people were piling it on as if it were their last meal.  And leaving a lot of the food un-eaten on their platter.  Seaday Brunch in the Pacific Dining Room was very good.  But again people were being wasteful by ordering 2 or 3 entrees and taking only a few bites from each one.  I guess my Momma raised me differently.  Dinner in the Atlantic Dining Room was very good. Menu varied each night and it had some everyday offerings like steak and salmon.  Sid, the dining room Magician was very entertaining.  Also offered each night was a unique food that I never order at restaurants at home like frog legs and escargot.  The Warm Chocolate Melting Cake was my downfall!  Had one almost every night.  Used Room Service late one evening as was surprised when the food was delivered in about 5 minutes time.  Jimmy John's of the Caribbean.

Port calls were the same, just a different island.  They were a chance to get off the ship and stretch your legs and walk through a souvenir shop.  Yes, there are many shore excursions offered but I was not interested.  Walking in the warm sunshine with a cold beverage was good enough for me.  Having just one security entry point on the ship proved to be a bottleneck.  At Half Moon Cay we waited 20 minutes to get off the tender as people went single-file through the metal detector.  Not sure what the thinking is there - we were on Carnival's private island for only a few hours.  Did they expect us to find our build a weapon in a few hours while we were there?

Spent afternoons in a deck chair relaxing, soaking up the sun and reading a book.  I liked that Carnival has a quiet area with a smaller pool in the stern of the Lido deck.  The big pool with the loud music and activities was the other side of the Lido Buffet towards the bow.

Casino was big and the dealers were friendly.  Held my own at the roulette table but the slot machines were not very loose at all.  By the time 10:00 rolled around I was too tired for the disco, stage show or lounges so I can't comment on them.

Disembarkation was very smooth.  Put my bags out in the hallway the night before.  Woke up the next morning and had a leisurely delicious breakfast in the Lido Buffet and lingered there with a cup of coffee until they called my group.  I was off the ship and through Customs in under 30 minutes. 

Would recommend Carnival to anyone and am considering a Fall 2016 New England/Canada cruise.  It's not a pure 'Party Ship" line like it was in the past.  It is what you make it and Carnival offers something for everyone.Happy

 

 

 

 

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great cruise a few minor issues

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Jan 19, 2015

The coffee urns were NOT adequately prepared, many were empty at the same time. (Coffee NOT good), Food was fair in dining room, excellent in buffet. Service was GREAT!!!!! Cabin was clean and well kept.

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WandTCruisin
Third Mate

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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