April 2016 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Bahamas
There are a lot of mixed reviews about this ship, most of them I felt were petty complaints, so we had a pretty open mind heading into our family vacation during Spring Break. I believe that it's the experience and the people you are with and your attitude towards others that make or break a vacation. We found every Carnival crew member we encountered to be quite nice and very helpful. The ship is older and a little dated, but the crew worked tirelessly keeping it clean with more than 2,800 people on board to tend to. The dining team was fantastic. Heshbon and his team were vary attentive to us. Entertainment was very good and the magician, Zee, was a lot of fun! We didn't see the comedian, so I can't comment on that.
The cabin was a bit tight, but we had 5 in there and knew from being on previous cruises to rotate who got ready when. All we did was sleep and get ready in the cabin, so it wasn't a big deal to us. Our cabin was over the casino and you can hear it at night. We brought a small fan with us and didn't hear it once it was on. If you go to bed before 12am, I would suggest to bring some sort of white noise maker. The location of the cabin was great though! Easy access to everything. We found the food to be fantastic! Anyone that has been on a cruise before knows that there are lines a peak times and that the Lido decks are windy. If you walk around with your food trying to find the perfect spot to eat, it will get cold :) We did Anytime Dinning and found the earlier we ate, the faster we were serviced and the food was hot and delicious! Plus dinning earlier allowed us to watch a beautiful sunset each night. We didn't do the Cheers package because we didn't think it would be worth it only being at sea 1 day and a port the other 2. My little drink treat was to fill my cup half way with vanilla soft serve and fill the rest up with lemonade. Stir completely and enjoy!
We didn't have any complaints about the Victory and would absolutely sail on her again. If I had to pick something they could improve on, it would be the popcorn they serve during the movies at night. It was awful!!