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"Back to the dining room, we had ordered a bottle of wine every night." in 109 reviews.

"...many times we waited 20-30 minutes in the buffet line( lido deck ) to get to the food." in 42 reviews.

"It was my second Carnival cruise." in 35 reviews.



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Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
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Carnival Victory Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Dec 04, 2014

What a great experience.  The cruise was exceptional and far more than we had expected !  Every person we came in contact with were very friendly and helpful.  The employees treated us like a member of the family. The entertainment was outstanding and the  food was great!!! We have been on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise lines in the past and they did not compare to Carnival  !!    Carnival will be our cruise line of choice in the future ! 

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ltshiggs
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Family w/young children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Victory

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Dec 04, 2014

SadI was not happy with this ship.  My room were linking and some of my cloths got wet.  It's a very old ship I will never cruise on Victory again. I am a VIP member.   Have cruise on this cruise line many time and this is the worst one I have ever cruise on.

 

 

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gdjh2000
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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Poor experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Nov 29, 2014

I have cruised with Carnival before and that experience was great. this time Carnival did not create an atmosphere that prepared us for a Caribbean visit. The entertainment that I witnessed, did not have any Caribbean music, there was very little if any foreign singers, reggae, entertainers, or bands.... Creating the atmosphere of what is to come is very important to my vacation but it did not happen on this ship.

I doubt I will travel Carnival again...

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

2 out of 5
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So so, but not great

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Nov 29, 2014

First, there were some shining lights on this cruise. Our room steward, Glorioso, was fabulous! So were our dining room staff members: Ratna, Mandala, and James. We were also pleased with Dorothy Lyn at the guest services desk, and Erin on the entertainment staff. And Suriya and Imade who worked at the pool area bringing me drinks were great. We loved the Down Side Up band every time we heard them play.

Boarding the ship was a nightmare. We were so thankful we had purchased the Faster to the Fun package because it did get us through a lot of lines really quickly, but as we were ready to board the ship, there was a malfunction in their technology. I understand that computers break down sometimes, but when I found that people in "Zone 5" were loading on one side of the room while I was standing for an hour on the other side of the room, I was rather disappointed. When I asked an employee about this, she was very rude to me.

As far as activities go, there were plenty. However, the one activity we wanted to do the most was not readily available. There is only 1 good hardwood dance floor on the ship (Ionian Lounge) and a disco room. The only music available in the Ionian room was Latin. Although I can salsa and cha-cha a bit, we wanted to hear other stuff, too. It was available in the Casino lounge where there is a small space to dance. Unfortunately, this floor is also intersected by two walkways. Just as we would be ready to do a move, someone would walk through. There were also drinks spilled on the floor, ruining my dance shoes. Be advised, in many of these areas, smoking is permitted. Hard to dance when you can't breathe.

Also, on the last two nights of the cruise, the music in the casino lounge was so loud that it was impossible to carry on a conversation, even to the sides of the stage. I couldn't even stay in the room to dance.

Then there is the scheduling. We ate dinner at 6 each night and usually left the dining room around 7:30 and would dance until 8:15. Then there was nothing to do until 9 or even 9:30. It seems both the Latin band and the Music Motion band took a break at 8:15 and didn't return until 9 or 9:30. We ended up playing trivia some nights. Couldn't the schedule be written so that there was always dancing of some kind somewhere by alternating their breaks?

There were some dance lessons available, but none were very useful unless you intend to be  performer on a stage sometime or really like line dancing. Perhaps teaching something we could actually use would be nice. It would give people an opportunity to practice what they learned that evening on a dance floor.

Unlike many other people, we were actually pleased that the captain pulled out of Jamaica. The weather conditions were very bad that day with high waves and wind. We learned later that he tried three times to put the ship into the dock, but it just became too dangerous. I appreciated his wisdom and experience and that he put them to good use that day. Jamaica will always be there to visit another time.

Sometimes the public restrooms on the ship looked like a bunch of wild animals had been turned loose in them. Sometimes they were fine.

One of the most odd things was how other passengers dressed. Even though jeans, shorts, and tank tops were not supposed to be permitted in the dining room, we saw them. On formal night, we were stunned at the poor dress of many passengers. It seemed to get better as the week progressed. I guess we shouldn't have been so shocked at this since, when we were standing in the line to board the ship, we saw a woman with rollers in her hair and another who wore a top showing everything but, well, I can't say. Routinely, people walked around the public areas of the ship wearing their bathrobes. Shouldn't there be a little more decorum than this?

When we went ashore at Grand Cayman, we were rather upset that, although we had been at the assembly staging in plenty of time, our tours had already left when we docked. The company that handled my tour (Webster) was able to catch me up with the tour group easily enough. The company that handled my husband's tour did not even try. He ended up taking a tour that was completely uninteresting to him. He had been hoping to go snorkeling, kayaking, and biking. He ended up sitting on a tour bus most of the day. Very disappointing.

The shows in the Caribbean lounge were good, but not great. Food was better than average, but not great. The only thing that we can say was really good was service. The bartenders, wait staff, room service, guest services, and dining staff were all very good.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Carnival Victory experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Nov 24, 2014

Our Family of 4 had a great time on the Carnival Victory.  We loved all the islands that we stopped at.  I think you make your vacation as much fun as you want, and we loved being together, enjoying the sun and all the pampering we received on the Victory.  Everything was easy, from embarkation to debarkation.  The only negative was the coffee!  much to be desired, but it is what it is.

Can't wait to cruise again!!

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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First Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Nov 24, 2014

Hi I'm Randy Frazer, and I had the best time ever on the Carnival Victory. It was my first cruise and I went with my wife for our honeymoon. The staff was amazing. The food was awesome. I will definitely be cruising again. I would however like to see a pool table on my next cruise. But I didn't let that get me down. I did enjoy the convenience of unlimited 24 hour food service. The Serenity Deck was very relaxing and kid free. The shows were entertaining.   Carnival Rocks!!

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Randy & Jessica Frazer Honeymoon Cruise

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jbborch
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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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the best vacation

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Nov 24, 2014

We were treated excellent on the cruise. It was a great experience with our whole family. The grandkids had a blast. The staff was so helpful with anything we asked them about.

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Ignacio
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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Overall good cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Nov 20, 2014

Great cruise overall. There are a lot of activities to do in the ship and the ship is docked in Cozumel, Mexico for a long period of time which gives you time to visit everything needed to be seen. The food in the buffet areas was good, even though they could have a few more options and switch some of it day to day. The food in the dine-in restaurant was very good.

My only complain about this cruise is the time spent in Key West. Docking at 7:30 am and departing at 2pm does not give you time to do much, specially at that time of the day. (Unless you buy one of the excursions they have available for you, but that adds to the cost of the trip unnecessarily)

 

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

3 out of 5
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just ok....

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Nov 20, 2014

Our first cruise experience.. we had fun and there were many things happening on the ship. Our 6 year old had a blast and wanted to be at the camp a good portion of the time!! She loved it! All of the staff were very friendly and accommodating. The room was pretty nice. The ports were cool to visit. Drinks were reasonably priced. Our main complaint is that we were extremely disappointed with all of the food!! No matter what time we ate or whether the buffet or dining room- it was nasty!! Bland and watered down... no flavor!!! For the cost of this cruise, we were definitely expecting some good food... it just didn't happen for us! Another thing, if you are considering buying the unlimited drinks, beware that you must buy it for the whole trip (they advertise a daily rate, but its all or nothing) and they force every adult in the room to get it (we were told the only way to avoid is to show proof that you cannot drink due to medical reasons or pregnancy). Might cruise again sometime but after this experience we are really in no rush, it was a good icebreaker..

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 out of 5
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Carnival cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Nov 15, 2014

It was my second Carnival cruise . I thought it was really good. My bed and pillows were very comfortable. Service was great and so was the food.

The shore excursion in Jamaica was a disaster. Dunn's Falls was nice but the private beach part was terrible and although our tour guide was very nice, it took almost one hour to get moving.

 

I would recommend this cruise.

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

If you play cards go to customer service and get a few free decks of cards.

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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.

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