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Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 10
Helpful Votes: 78

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5

Sail Date: March 13, 2014
Ship: Carnival Victory
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago

After being on Victory's sister ship, Destiny, I knew what to expect. Carnival's style isn't exactly mine (being 60 and somewhat sedate) but my 11 year-old daughter LOVES water slides so the Celebrity cruise that also matched our available Spring Break dates was eliminated from contention. The ship's layout is identical to Destiny/Sunshine despite a completely different ("Seven Seas") interior design theme. Crowds gather at the usual places at the usual times and can be avoided with a bit of planning. Sure she's a bit old, and a bit worn, but so am I and we're both in pretty good shape altogether. Carnival's waiters, bartenders and the staff who have contact with guests are all trained in memorizing guests' names and it makes a difference. Nobody beats Carnival at the friendliness game. Ate nearly all meals in the MDR because of my allergy to lines. I did sample the pre-sail lunch buffet because, thanks to paying extra for the "Faster to the Fun" program, no one else was aboard yet. The roast beef was actually rare, the way I like it! Eggplant caponata was a delicious surprise. Went to a comedy show (Percy Somebody...forgot his last name) and didn't laugh much. Went to the singing-dancing revue in the main theater and was quite entertained. Joined the old fart singalong in the Piano Bar and had a good time. Glad my kid was accepted into the Circle C group for 12+ because she made two friends immediately and had a superb time on the ship. Both ports of call were familiar territory and we were happy booking shore excursions without Carnival's help (Mini-submarine, parasailing, Mr. Sancho's Beach Club). All in all, a good ship, better food than Royal and a nice getaway. Carnival still gives the best bang for the buck. (Next I gotta try Holland-America and Celebrity)


Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Okay, it wasn't great, but it wasn't just okay either. Sort of in between. It was good. Some things were great, some things were unappetizing. That chocolate melting cake specialty is delicious. To be expected.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
It's all about what you want. I am not much of a gambler so after an hour in the casino I'm bored. Not into bingo but lots of people are. Not married so those couples-oriented activities, nah. Give me a deck chair, a waterslide, good food and a bar and I'm good to go.


3 out of 5
The amateurs in the karaoke lounge were more entertaining than the professional comedians. The big theatrical production was pretty good. I liked the lady in the piano bar.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
No one does kids better than Carnival. My daughter loves this cruise line because of their kids programs, although we haven't tried Club HAL yet.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Had an excellent cabin steward and the aft pool bar waiter had my drink ready and greeted me by name before I sat down every time.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Dated, older, a bit scuffed and worn but generally well-kept.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Carnival's older ships still have the biggest staterooms. Wish the window was clean, but we could still see.

Ship Tip

SHIP TIP: the BEST place to hang out, eat, drink and lounge by a pool is all the way aft.

5 out of 5
Love this city!
5 out of 5
Historical and fun!
5 out of 5
Fascinating, culturally interesting, delicious food and drink, scenic.
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