Carnival Victory Cruise Was Mediocre to Disaapointing

Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 06, 2013
Ship: Carnival Victory
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 5 years ago

Carnival Cruise Lines has vast room for improvement on its food quality and service. I am consistently disappointed in the presentation, quality, and taste of the food served on their ships. At times it was mediocre, but most times simply disgusting and not palatable. The buffet items looked liked something from "Vegas Vacation" ("I'll have some of the yellow please") and the meals were often cold, under or overcooked, and generally poorly prepared. The food service staff was neither motivated nor concerned, and it was rare to find any that "went the extra mile" in service. The shows were also puerile, poorly staged, and monotonous. Room service, deli, and grill are the best options for food; what can they do to make a sandwich taste too bad! Cabin service team was excellent!

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Generally disgusting. Really.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Silly and stupid. Director was obnoxious.


1 out of 5

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

1 out of 5
Unconcerned and arrogant, except for cabin service personnel.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Needs updating. Broken panels and huge old obsolete CRT TV on a shelf. No refrigerator. Bathroom smelled heavily of urine, even after scrubbing - probably from bilge drains in the floor.

Ship Tip

Stay away from the buffets and be judicious about what you order in the dining rooms. Don't set expectations high, as you will be sorely disappointed. If you eat eggs for breakfast, specify that you want FRESH eggs (not cartooned or powdered) and don't order them scrambled under any circumstances. What you'll get is a hard-fried egg sliced into smaller pieces.

3 out of 5
OK. Take the rail and sail trip.
5 out of 5
Avoid the tours and go on your own.
5 out of 5
Beautiful. Take the Ride and sail tour.
1 out of 5
Like Barbados. Poor and slummy.
5 out of 5
Visit often, so know where to go...and where to avoid.
1 out of 5
Very poor and poverty-stricken area. Tours are disappointing.
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