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"It was a little awkward getting to the rear dining room on deck four because you had to pass through the..." in 112 reviews.

"...many times we waited 20-30 minutes in the buffet line( lido deck ) to get to the food." in 43 reviews.

"in 1991 i took my first carnival cruise ( on the mardi gras, if that tells you anything) and..." in 40 reviews.



Carnival Victory departs from:

Miami, Florida

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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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Never Say Never, However.......

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

In 1991 I took my first Carnival cruise (on the Mardi Gras, if that tells you anything) and swore off cruising for the next 15 years, vowing to never take Carnival again under any circumstances. Deciding to give cruising another try a few years ago, I have since taken Royal Caribbean (great experience) and NCL three times (possibly my favorite, but willing to try others) and have rediscovered the benefits of taking a winter cruise (I'm from the midwest and a warm break in winter is NICE). 

On January 19, we set sail on the Carnival Victory (let by-gone's be by-gone's, certainly Carnival has improved?), a ship chosen due to it's itinerary and perceived value.  I do not hold myself out as a seasoned "cruiser" but can compare this ship to my most recent experiences with Royal Carib. and NCL.

The Victory is a tired ship. Rust abounds and frankly, in spite of it's patina it just did not seem all that clean.  I have heard elsewhere the ship is due for re-fit in March 2015, but how long does it make sense to wait when in the meantime customers such as I are turned off by a ship in this condition?  No "washee-washee" before entering dining rooms was encouraged, the lighting dim, serious lack of clear signage directing you about the ship, smelly public toilets.  This ship also had SMALL swimming pools and the overall layout of the ship did not allow a "straight path" from one end to the other on all floors (up, over and back down was the requirement).  There were always guests milling about and trying to interpret the poor signage.

We had a sixth floor port side balcony. Our room steward (Samidi) was wonderful, but seemingly overworked.  Considering value paid, the room was fine.  The steward kept it clean and attended cheerfully to any special requests.  The bathroom was "tired" with cracking grout, water leaking from shower to bathroom floor and was not designed for use by more than one guest at a time (as compared to more modern ships). But is was "OK."

Food was marginal at best. As compare dot my other recent cruise experiences,  corners were cut on quality, name brands, etc. of food products including produce (in my opinion). The fruit was not as tasty, the dairy (yogurt for example) off brand, pasties not as enticing.  But, you do get what you pay for and I would not call it "bad," just not as good as the other cruise lines I have experienced.

Most obvious, to me, was the "lack" of staff.  The crew to guest ratio is lower than other ships on which I have sailed and it was obvious in all aspects. You had to search for a pool waiter, bartenders overwhelmed, no signs of the constant cleaning I have witnessed on other ships, etc.  Little things, or lack of them, do add up.

We did attend the two theater productions offered and I will say they were exciting and well produced.

Never Say Never, but I will likely look elsewhere for my next cruise.  Not that this was a "bad" cruise, but for me I would like to spend a little more money for better food, cleaner facilities and more attentive service.

 

 

 

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Fair value for the money

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Jan 15, 2015

Food was mediocre and was virtually the same in the dining room as on the buffet. Room was spacious and housekeeping staff were always very friendly. Ship arrived in Key West at 730 am and shops and activities did not open until 9 and we had to be back at ship at noon so it was not much time in port. Appreciated ability to watch NFL playoffs on the big screen by the pool. DID NOT appreciate the marketing campaign disguised as an informational session for shopping in Cozumel. Every time we tried to go to the shore excursion desk they were closed. Twice we went to the gift shop during posted open hours and they were closed. The staff at the guest services desk did not seem to be familiar with the ship. They could not tell me the hours that the buffet was open. I spoke with one gentleman who said he had waited in line for 40 minutes for a slice of pizza because there was only one person working both the counter and making the pizza during peak dining time. At the buffet, the worker in front of me was wiping the counter, dropped the cloth on the floor, picked it up and continued to wipe down the buffet counter! The guests on this cruise were all about partying. I would rather spend a little more and get a less rowdy group and higher quality. I have cruised on Royal Caribbean and Holland American and was more impressed with the quality on both of those lines but, of course, the cost was also more. Overall, it was a fair value for the price we paid but not sure I would choose Carnival again.  

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Jan 15-19 Carnival Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Jan 15, 2015

HappyIt was a very nice cruise... dining was excellent especially the servers like Elena, Emilio and Sumanto... thank you to the chef who cooked our request for chicken adobo - yuuummmy!  Our Oceanview room is good and room service was excellent, we always get fresh towels... I had fun with all the activities - dancers are good esp. Matthew and salute to Marcelo (Marshmallow), the show director.. bands were good too and it was nice listening to Music in Motion with their 60's music... I danced sooooo much in that area, but my husband cannot stand the smell of the smoke since it is closed to the casino... I would like to suggest that the Music in Motion should have their own exclusive room.  Water in Cozumel Mexico was not excellent... I got lots of allergies and itchiness due to the weeds on the ocean.

 

 

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first time cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Jan 15, 2015

wife and i enjoyed our first cruise, not much sun ,one day only

but it was nice. need the DJ to play more often, longer gigs, On cloudy  & no sunny days DJ should have made up the difference, its was boring without the music blasting., most of the people were not on deck, only when DJ was playing

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fantastico

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Jan 10, 2015

lo difrutamos mucho desde las actividades hasta las comidasLovela atención de los barrenes,los camareros en cualquier parte del barco todos sus trabajadores son muy atentos

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good experience but missing clothes from room

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Jan 01, 2015

I had lots of fun and good shows.  But my room  I had my husbands green and white shorts hanging on the towel rack and next thing I know it was gone after my room staff cleaned up.

 I asked our room stewart  Mohammed and he said he did not see it.  I asked if he accidentally got it stuck with the sheets or towels and he said that the laundry people would have caught it.

I asked lost and found and they said they did not have it.

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Pros and Cons of the cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Jan 01, 2015

Pros:

Excellent balcony accommodation

Good food in Buffets

Excellent food in the seating restaurants

Very well organized check-in and check-out

Good size and quantity of the pools

Cons:

Mediocre entertainment

Boat need interior refurbishing - smelly carpet evewhere

 

 

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New Year's Day Victory

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Jan 01, 2015

My 23 year old daughter and I decided to book a cruise to have some fun together.  The Victory delivered exactly that for us.  We had a great time traveling to Key West and Cozumel.  I found the Carnival Victory to be more laid back and not as formal as a past Royal Caribbean cruise I went on.  The staff was good - not exceptional.  The food was good - not exceptional.  The pools were very tiny as were the bars.  The size of the ship and activities on-board were okay for a 4 night cruise but not for a longer cruise.  As we were trying to save money, we booked an interior cabin.  I was amazed and very pleased with the size and layout of the cabin.  I would highly recommend this cruise line for someone looking to have a lot of fun and not spend as much money as some other cruise lines charge.  I would not recommend this cruise line for someone looking to be more pampered.  Favorite - Swimming with the dolphins in Cozumel.  What I would not do again - purchase the $25.00 Fun Book for shopping in ports.  What I would do again - purchase Faster to the Fun!

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Carnival Victory 12/27/2014

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Victory | Sail Date: Dec 27, 2014

Enjoyed the cruise, but the visit to Jamaica was not long enough to really take advantage of the excursions. Grand Cayman Islands was not worth the trip.

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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
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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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