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My family cruised July 6-11. This is a 15 year old ship but doesnt really show much wear and tear. The embarkation process went very smooth, I would encourage you to do as much preregistration and setting up of sail and sign accounts prior to cruising. Its make the process much faster. Be sure to have all of the required documents. Please keep in mind that there is a 12.00/day/per person gratuity added to the bill at the end of the cruise. I say this because there were a lot of people on our ship not wanting to pay the gratuity. Guest services was slammed with people complaining. It was very tacky. I felt sorry for the carnival employees. I am not sure if the gratuities were refunded but those people should be ashamed. The gratuities go to the room stewards and dining room staff. People should stay home if they are not going to pay the gratuities. Carnival should send them a bill because that was part of the contract. PRO's 1. Rooms spacious and clean 2. Food is decent. It is not 4 star but it is not bad. Burgers, dogs, chicken nuggets, fries for lunch. Fruits and salads available. You have to pay for soda but lemonade, iced tea and coffee are free. You can go to the formal dining area for an opportunity to have more of a fine dining experience. The warm chocolate melting cake is great! There are themed meal nights. 3. Staff is very visible and helpful. Eager to provided excellent service. 4. Lots of activities aboard the ship. Some are an additional cost (bingo) 5. Casino fun and busy - People really do win! Con's 1. Need more structured activities for the teens 2. Pools are small but there are three pools and 4 hot tubs 3. Wish we had more time at each port We enjoyed ourselves. Carnival is the "fun ship" line. Expect noise, partying, families with small children, all ethnicities. If your looking for quite and serene look elsewhere, but if your looking for fun then Carnival is for you!

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Carnival Victory Cruise Review by RElyn

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2015
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
My family cruised July 6-11. This is a 15 year old ship but doesnt really show much wear and tear. The embarkation process went very smooth, I would encourage you to do as much preregistration and setting up of sail and sign accounts prior to cruising. Its make the process much faster. Be sure to have all of the required documents. Please keep in mind that there is a 12.00/day/per person gratuity added to the bill at the end of the cruise. I say this because there were a lot of people on our ship not wanting to pay the gratuity. Guest services was slammed with people complaining. It was very tacky. I felt sorry for the carnival employees. I am not sure if the gratuities were refunded but those people should be ashamed. The gratuities go to the room stewards and dining room staff. People should stay home if they are not going to pay the gratuities. Carnival should send them a bill because that was part of the contract.

PRO's

1. Rooms spacious and clean

2. Food is decent. It is not 4 star but it is not bad. Burgers, dogs, chicken nuggets, fries for lunch. Fruits and salads available. You have to pay for soda but lemonade, iced tea and coffee are free. You can go to the formal dining area for an opportunity to have more of a fine dining experience. The warm chocolate melting cake is great! There are themed meal nights.

3. Staff is very visible and helpful. Eager to provided excellent service.

4. Lots of activities aboard the ship. Some are an additional cost (bingo)

5. Casino fun and busy - People really do win!

Con's

1. Need more structured activities for the teens

2. Pools are small but there are three pools and 4 hot tubs

3. Wish we had more time at each port

We enjoyed ourselves. Carnival is the "fun ship" line. Expect noise, partying, families with small children, all ethnicities. If your looking for quite and serene look elsewhere, but if your looking for fun then Carnival is for you!
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Balcony
Cabin 8B 6375
Balcony cuts off the room size. Still able to move about. This was our first time having a balcolny. I wouldnt spend the extra again. Spend time on deck and save the money. This room is right above the music in the evening.
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