1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We went on this cruise with some other couples. We did Faster to the Fun- it was helpful to get right on the ship, but apparently we could have gotten on earlier... Our cabin was ready to go with our room keys and we went to grab some ... Read More
We went on this cruise with some other couples. We did Faster to the Fun- it was helpful to get right on the ship, but apparently we could have gotten on earlier... Our cabin was ready to go with our room keys and we went to grab some lunch in lido buffet. The way they have the food lines does not make for an easy experience. You have to wait in line cafeteria style instead of having different stations. One morning I just wanted some grits and the line was wrapped around the corner. So, that was a no. Also, they have upstairs seating which is great except you can't get to it because the sweets station is there and they have cake cutters right at the entrance to the stairs which means there are people on both sides trying to get cake and you can't walk by them as there is just not room. Guy's burgers were great- except at peak times they just hand you a cheeseburger- there is no ordering one off the menu. The breakfast burritos were pretty good at the Blue Igauna (i think that was the name). The dining room was hit or miss food wise. My husband ordered off the $20 steakhouse menu the last night- his food came out way later than everyone else's and was super tough. He didn't even eat half of it. Room service was not advertised except for breakfast. There was a hanging menu. We ordered the $3 breakfast biscuit one morning and neither one of us could eat it. The sausage was disgusting. Like spat it out gross. The waiters were great. The room steward was super nice. Our particular room was on the 8th floor and was the extended balcony-room 8428. We couldn't use our deck half the time because water pooled around the entrance to the door ( I mean several inches deep). Our steward had to sweep it several times. Stuff would fall down (cigarette butts, hats, random liquids) and kids at the pool deck could look down on us so that was not awesome. On the sea day, we got a note saying they were doing routine work on our balcony. Basically, they hosed it down and it was soaking wet so again, we couldn't use it. So disappointed. The comedians were funny, karaoke was super entertaining, and the shows- well people walked out. I felt bad, but they were not very good. The ship overall was pretty good, the lobby was nice. But, because they galley for the kitchens was located in the middle of decks 3 and 4, you had to go to 5 to get across the ship- which meant walking through the smoky casino (kids, families, everyone). Not my favorite. Our excursions were ok. Key West, we took an uber to the southernmost point and then walked to Hemingway House. Great tour and loved it. Then, headed to Sloppy Joe's for a drink and a small bite to eat. Didn't have enough time - 7 am- 1:30 ( i think). Cozumel excursion was not worth it. We did the downtown shopping and beach break. The tour operators were great - no complaints there. We got on a large and pretty comfy bus to go to downtown Cozumel. On the way, they tell us that everything is shipped in as Cozumel does not produce anything. Then to the shop, which is basically like the dollar store of crappy souvenirs. We were there about 40 minutes in that one store. Nice bathrooms though. Then, we went back on the bus to another shopping area- except it was different crappy souvenirs that you had to haggle the price on. Most people had already bought stuff so we just sat in chairs we could find for another 40 minutes. Waste of time. Then to the beach. We only had like an hour or so to enjoy the water and chairs. It just wasn't enough time to do much. Overall, the trip was fun because of who we were with, but I wasn't pleased with the final experience. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
If you want to experience the worst cruise ever, come aboard. If not, STAY AWAY!!!! The FOOD - TERRIBLE, the ROOMS-SMALL... the SHIP IS SMALL!!! And the staff is RUDE. In all aspects, this cruise is terrible. It is sad that we spent so ... Read More
If you want to experience the worst cruise ever, come aboard. If not, STAY AWAY!!!! The FOOD - TERRIBLE, the ROOMS-SMALL... the SHIP IS SMALL!!! And the staff is RUDE. In all aspects, this cruise is terrible. It is sad that we spent so much money on below-standards food and service. And they charge for everything. The food is disgusting and poor quality, and the staff seems to be unhappy and lacking enthusiasm. Expanding on the food, the truffle aioli is loaded with mayonaise, the prime rib is always medium rare no matter how you ask for it, our mac and cheese was served cold and smaller than a kids portion... I will never come back on this cruise ever again. I will never go on a Carnival Cruise again. And if you are reading this review STAY AWAY. I am embarassed that I went on this cruise and will never give them my money again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
2nd time on the Victory / this time sailing with daughter and granddaughter. Food was adequate, entertainment top notch, and staff very friendly, Alcoholic drinks get pricier on nearly ever ship. We love the ports of Cozumel and Key ... Read More
2nd time on the Victory / this time sailing with daughter and granddaughter. Food was adequate, entertainment top notch, and staff very friendly, Alcoholic drinks get pricier on nearly ever ship. We love the ports of Cozumel and Key West. Shuttles from Truman Annex easily accommodated my wife on her mobility scooter. Exciting Cruise Director Filipe! Ship ran ontime. Very long lines at the Lido Buffet. Not gourmet food but lots of selections to choose from. Dining room experience much more pleasant. Food is good quality and wine selections very good but pricey. Excellent service at all meals. Living in America and VRoom were fantastic productions with live band. Dancers and costumes very good. Female singer well tuned. Male singer a little flat but OK. Typical jamb of stairwells and elevators for port debark. We were stuck at the elevators servicing the Pacific Dining Rm for breakfast. My wife needed elevator since she was on a mobility scooter. None of the elevators could qued. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
First Anniversary/Honeymoon and First Cruise....choose this ship to break our virginity. Learned alot about cruising and loved the ship despite it showing some minor cosmetic wear. Will be even better after the dry dock. Shout out to ... Read More
First Anniversary/Honeymoon and First Cruise....choose this ship to break our virginity. Learned alot about cruising and loved the ship despite it showing some minor cosmetic wear. Will be even better after the dry dock. Shout out to Vladimir and Suzette great bartenders and very friendly. Food was good for people not used to fine dining never did lido buffet cause always crowded, but Guys and BlueIguana better than imagined. Carnival should ban smoking in Casino and consider adding a GPS type app to the hub to help get you around. But again overall very very happy and satisfied looking forward to next cruise. Embarkation and Debark were quick and smooth. A little more time in Key West would've been nice, but Cozumel, Mr Sanchos made up for that. Customer service on ship was always helpful and as a Anniversary present treated ourselves a couples massage even though it was expensive and they push product still worth it....hey its vacation. Felipe was a very entertaining cruise director.....heck the crew we experienced were all very friendly....thank you Carnival. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We have sailed carnival many times but feel that they have really cut back. - boarding was fast and easy. Surprisingly fast. We were really confused though as you why we didn’t get our sail and sign cards before boarding. First ... Read More
We have sailed carnival many times but feel that they have really cut back. - boarding was fast and easy. Surprisingly fast. We were really confused though as you why we didn’t get our sail and sign cards before boarding. First time since that has changed and there was nothing to tell us that during the boarding process. - cheers program was well worth the cost based on menu prices on board. - While we like to stay near the elevators, I will not choose the primary elevators again. We could hear everything from lobby entertainment well into the night from our suite. Lesson learned. - Dinner. I was rather disappointed in the main dining room. The service was no where what it once was. Wait times were long, food was ok. Nothing special like I had become accustomed to. - Pool Staff at the adult only pool were great about keeping kids out. - Room. Our room itself was fine. We didn’t see our cabin steward until day 2 when they asked if we wanted morning OR evening service. I have always had both as a basic cruise standard. Our steward did do a great job the one time a day our room was done and U was fine with it, just surprised of the change. - The Alchemy Bar and staff was our favorite spot each evening. They did an amazing job with awesome cocktails. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We choose a quick getaway and it was affordable. It was by far the worst cruise line we have ever sailed with. Food was terrible, cold, long lines, they even burned a hot dog. They also ran out of differfent dishes at the buffet. Room ... Read More
We choose a quick getaway and it was affordable. It was by far the worst cruise line we have ever sailed with. Food was terrible, cold, long lines, they even burned a hot dog. They also ran out of differfent dishes at the buffet. Room service coffee was cold. And NO ADA accommodations for those who need it. The fancy dining room was a joke and no management around. The pork chop was so tough, it almost went flying off the plate as I tried to cut it. What was good, was our cabin steward, he was wonderful, knew us by name and cared. The others don’t care. We tried to call customer service and guess what, no direct dial to customer service. It was such a disappointment. Spa, we used the spa for a couples massage, don’t do it, there’s no zen, you hear slamming doors and very noisy. Not to mention we were misquoted on the prices. They are not honest on their pricing and then you get the bill and they deny what they told you. I will certainly be contacting Carnival corporate. Stay far away from this ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
A lot of staff members gave us wrong information. We paid for FTTF but were told to get in the regular line when boarding. After boarding, we were supposed to have immediate access to our room, but there were signs on the doors saying, ... Read More
A lot of staff members gave us wrong information. We paid for FTTF but were told to get in the regular line when boarding. After boarding, we were supposed to have immediate access to our room, but there were signs on the doors saying, "Do not enter. Rooms available at 1:30." I went to guest services and spoke to 3 different people explaining that I had FTTF and was supposed to be able to access my room. They didn't seem to know what I was talking about and kept repeating that my room would be available at 1:30. As a 1st time cruiser, I read all of the dress code rules for dinner and packed accordingly. However, the dress code rules are not enforced in the dining room at all. Most people had on flip flops, slides, tshirts, and basketball shorts. When I asked on the 1st night, i was told that it was because people hadn't received their luggage. However, people were dressed the same on the other nights, too. I could've saved a lot of room in my suitcase if I'd known. The safety briefing was also very stressful because no one could tell us where to go. We asked multiple crew members and was told something different each time. We went upstairs and then downstairs and then back up over and over again. Massage in the spa - don't waste your money. We were told no couple massages. My husband's massage room had no windows for views of the ocean. My room was right next to the hair salon, so the noise from hair dryers and people talking was not relaxing at all. The package included a mini facial but was told I had to receive it at the same time as the massage. Due to our assigned dinner time, I didn't have time for the facial and was not given any other option. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
My congratulations for the Excellent service which was provided by Retno in the Atlantic Dining Room. My commendations to her, she made our dinner experience very happy. She was courteous willing to accommodate and please us to ensure ... Read More
My congratulations for the Excellent service which was provided by Retno in the Atlantic Dining Room. My commendations to her, she made our dinner experience very happy. She was courteous willing to accommodate and please us to ensure that we would be happy with the food and service provided by the ship. Her great service made our dining experience looking forward to the next one and hoping we would be seeing her again. Retno (Rojo No ) as she translated her name to my in-Laws who did not speak English only Spanish caused a feeling of comfort and of welcoming. She described the food to my in-Laws in Spanish with our help The service and food was spectacular, the performance at the of the dinner on our last evening by all of the crew members dancing was awesome. My congratulations also to Felipe the Ship Director for his excellent performance in entertaining all the cruisers. Every aspect of the trip was great !!! Elevators took long but it was more than understandable considering the number of people on the ship. The coordination of disembarking was excellent. Nothing but a great weekend experience. Thank you ! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
First I would like to thank everyone who took the time to write a review, I've been stalking your reviews in preparation for my first cruise. With nothing to compare the experience to I had a good time. I arrived at the port early ... Read More
First I would like to thank everyone who took the time to write a review, I've been stalking your reviews in preparation for my first cruise. With nothing to compare the experience to I had a good time. I arrived at the port early like 8ish not knowing it's closed and doesn't open til 10 am, but anyway we were on the ship by 11 am. We were directed to go to 9 and eat (none of the elevators were turned on yet)and I ordered my first drink of the day by 11:07 am. They do charge tax on the cheers package when the ship in still in port in Miami it's usually less than a dollar. I had the famous Guy's burger man y'all had me expecting an Au Cheval burger or something. The burger itself was okay I actually liked the fries better than the burger. The toppings bar had the best mushrooms which I piled high on the burger and usually got full eating the mushrooms off the burger and fries dipped in the mayo. The burger was always kinda dry even fresh off the grill. Well after getting a drink and eating we were ready to shower and change after a long night of travel. The elevators were on now and we journeyed down to level 1 to be hit with a sign that the rooms would not be available until 1:30. We sat there with our luggage for like 15 minutes when other people started to come down, we found the doors were just closed not locked the crew was still cleaning rooms, I sat for a few more minutes and went to look for my room. It looked down to me bed made with luggage mat laid out, bathroom was clean our cards were on the vanity so I went to get my bf and we went to the room. I like to sleep in quite darkness so the inside cabin was perfect for me. We got in the shower, set our alarms for two hours and laid down. As soon as I was drifting off the phone rings loudly and housekeeping or whoever got on yelling at me about why was I in the room before 1:30 and they were not done I told him I was straight and he could finish whatever he needed to finish later, I hung up to him still yelling something. Woke up refreshed after my nap got dressed just in time for the drill. So know one seemed to know what they were doing or where we should be going but if you didn't get there you would be in trouble. So basically they make everyone stand shoulder to shoulder to watch a man show you how to put on a life vest and blow a whistle, what a waste of time. It's hot and someone passed out I got tired and just walked away. Got my last calls in before I was in a dead zone for my phone. Got more drinks, looked at the water and took another nap. Slept through my late dining at 8:15 so went to the buffet. I was highly disappointed with the buffet I mainly ate cheese some type of beef, the fish had an off taste and the veggies were kinda to spicy for my liking. I was able to piece together enough stuff so I was no longer hungry. After eating we walked around for a little while and went to the comedy show. What a delight! The comedy show and there were plenty waiters bringing drinks. After the shows we went to the dance club which was winding down but we listed to a few songs had a drink. We walked around outside and enjoyed the still and darkness of the night. I went to sleep while my bf explored the ship. Being inside you have no real perspective of time I woke around 10 ish hungry. I got dressed and wondered around looking for the dining room it was a lot of back and fourth up and down before I found it and it was closed by time I got there. People were still sitting eating but closed for new service. Bummed back to the buffet I went making a stop to get a power aid from the coffee shop. They had the basics I had sausage, bacon, potatoes, grits, waffles. I piled a few more items on the plate and took it back to the room to share with my bf. We ate got dressed for the day and I stopped to get a white chocolate Carmel Frappuccino. We explored Nassau for a few hours came back ate lunch I had fries and mushrooms from Guy's and bf ate salad and fish. We drank more took and nap and got dressed for the night and headed to diner. The main dining room had okay selections, from reading the reviews I knew I could order multiples and I did just that. I had the stuffed mushrooms and crab cake both were okay. For the entrée I had salmon and the shrimp. For desert I had the chocolate melting cake which was really good and the birthday cake which was gross. The waiters sang happy bday it was nice drink waiters were prompt with refilling my Patron margaritas . After dinner we went back to the comedy show which was hilarious again and had more drinks. After we went back into Nassau and hung out for a few hours. Woke up the next morning at sea. Started my day with power aid and we made it for brunch. Had delicious mimosas , pancakes, turkey sausage, pancakes and grits. This was the only meal that took a long time to get but everything was hot. After brunch I sent to the serenity deck to lay in the sun and let me tell you that was a different sun. I was to hot to lay out there so I found shade and kept drinking. We had late lunch at the buffet since the deli ran out of everything good. I was able to piece together a few items, continued by more drinking and a nap. We missed dinner wondering around the ship and ended up in the buffet. Again I ate cheese some random beef veggies and a few other things. The chocolate cake was really good. The remainder of the evening we sat in the casino where my bf could smoke and we drank the night away. After leaving the casino we were hungry and found the pizza place. Worst pizza ever, even for being drunk it was horrible. Ended up going back to the room and ordered room service. I got the Philly for $5 while not authentic it was good. Overall I enjoyed the cruise and I'm willing to try another one. I didn't drink anything free lol. Even in the buffet I ordered sprite or ginger ale. I started every morning with power aid and after breakfast I would have a Frappuccino. I ordered a bottled water after every other drink. Never drank 15 drinks in the day but got pretty close and never was really drunk like the liquor was fake or something. I've had similar experiences in Jamaica and started with doubles and got sick so I left well enough alone. I guess I was feeling it just not proportioned to the drinks that I had. They did have a really good free juice one day. The beverage package ended up being worth it and I will definitely get it if I cruise again. I wore swimsuits and cover up during the day and sundresses at night and I was always comfortable. The room was small but big enough for two people. Shower pressure was just fine and the water was always hot. We carry our luggage so it was a breeze getting on and off. The last day we had the buffet breakfast relaxed and walked on off. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Our 4 day cruise to the Bahamas and Half Moon Cay from Miami was wonderful. Flying in from Minnesota we were looking forward to soaking up the sunny warm weather since we left sub zero weather at home. We always try to fly in a day ... Read More
Our 4 day cruise to the Bahamas and Half Moon Cay from Miami was wonderful. Flying in from Minnesota we were looking forward to soaking up the sunny warm weather since we left sub zero weather at home. We always try to fly in a day before the cruise leaves port to make sure we do not have any travel delays. Once arriving at the Port of Miami, our luggage was left curbside and we proceeded to priority check in and with in 45 minutes we were on the Lido deck sitting in a beach chair soaking up the wonderful rays of the sun. We have been on many cruises and love to book a balcony room so we are able to enjoy ordering room service and having our early morning coffee watching the sunrise and arriving in the port of call. We loved all the tile work and décor on the Victory. Our room was great and we had tons of storage room on the shelves available. However, we will not pick mid ship again on the Verandah deck, since we were under the lido deck and heard many noises, from moving tables and chairs to stomping to the music most of the night. The spring breakers were entertaining and very well behaved. We had many conversations with many college groups who were on vacation to enjoy the warm weather, relax and party. Half Moon Cay was very enjoyable with sugar sand beaches, beach chairs, a beach bar and a great BBQ lunch was prepared and available upon arrival. We chose not to do an excursion this trip, since we wanted to just sit on the beach enjoy the view of the water and soak up as much vitamin D as we could during our stay on the island. We had been to Nassau in the past, so during this visit we visited a local botanical garden, Ardastra Gardens and Zoo. The trained flamingos were great along with seeing many birds, turtles, reptiles and many beautiful flowers and trees. it was a short taxi ride from the dock. Senior Frogs is our favorite place to sit by the water and enjoy a beverage before we head back to the ship. We try to plan a cruise yearly, since we feel get the best value for our money. We like to have our destinations determined, and not have to decide where to go for dinner or decide what entertainment to enjoy. Being on a cruise gives you many opportunities to enjoy many different types of food, many different types of entertainment, or just sit and do nothing if we choose, all on a large floating city. We look forward to next year, we have already booked a 7 day Disney cruise from San Juan. We will be traveling with our children and grandchildren in January of 2020. Read Less
Carnival Victory Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 3.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
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