too outdated of a ship

Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
Verified Review

Sail Date: July 14, 2016
Ship: Carnival Victory
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 2455
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

This was the 4th cruise taken on a Carnival ship, unfortunately it was on an outdated ship.

 

The staff was wonderful, but the food bars weren't able to handle the influx of people as quickly as needed.  The 24 hour pizza palace had people constantly waiting to just receive a slice of pizza.  Asking for a salad also was a waiting experience.  Again, this was the 4th on Carnival so it was totally unexpected to deal with this.  

 

Not enough choices for vegetarians nor younger children.  Unfortunately, it seemed that the food was colder than expected, maybe it was because it was being prepared in advance of the bars opening.  Like the breakfast items were cold by the time the bar actually opened at 7am.  

 

2 of the pools were being painted, serviced while we were on the cruise.  1 was down the embarkation day for a long period, then the other pool was down being repaired, painted etc on the at sea day.  That meant the water slide wasn't in use either until the pool was fixed.  This required too many small children using the hot tub pools instead.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Very limited choices all around, and food was too dry. Example the fried chicken served on one day. Not enough choices for children and vegetarians. It would be nice to be offered at least in 1 of the bars the food local to the destinations. For example, some of the local bahama food when heading to Nassau.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Way too limited and the lido deck/promenade deck too small for the amount of people on the ship.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Really not enough for all ages.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Didn't actually offer enough choices on the at sea days, both the day of embarkation and the at sea day.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our steward who was for all 4 of our rooms was absolutely wonderful.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Outdated in our rooms, but the staff was constantly trying to keep it clean. Applause to all they did.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our room was the smaller out of the 4 I booked, but for us (4th time) we didn't need anything larger. The bathrooms were dirty tile, but again it was an older ship. I did like the bathroom shower being able to accommodate the toiletries usually used while showering. Major plus.

Ship Tip

This is an older ship, even the staff will tell you that. Not the best one to judge all the Carnival line by.

3 out of 5
I strongly recommend using off site parking. We were able to find a location within a 5 min drive to the terminal area, and we were dropped off at the door and they were waiting for us to return.
3 out of 5
Very hard to get the locals to tell you other spots to see other than the main attractions. Too many folks at the markets that will crowd you while just trying to walk around. Almost a fall hazard when you get off the boat and start walking around the town. We saw people sleeping under the booths at the Nassau Market, and since every booth is very close to the other very easy to step on someone and fall.
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