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Just returned from a 10 day all adult (thank God) charter on Carnival Victory. Ship had recently been in the shipyards being updated, and had all new rooms. Added was USB charging, but no power plugs at head of beds anymore. Also added motion sensor floor lighting under closets so one doesn’t stub their toe going to restroom at night. Vent in top of room also changed- cannot be adjusted. Either blows full blast arctic, or you can leave your balcony door cracked to disable the sensor to turn vent off. The brain trust at Carnival really messed this up- frigid or off. Be prepared. Our room steward filled it with towels, which also helped. Also, don’t expect to get any work done or check emails too often. Agonizingly slooooow internet. Don’t even bother with it. I realize it’s satellite but with the fees they charge, Carnival should buy ample bandwidth. And now the biggie...Carnival is now too cheap to pay for network TV. No CBS, NBC, ABC, or FOX, and only the Trump-bashing Constantly Negative Network (CNN). So you had better set your DVR to record your favorite TV shows, since some bone-headed executive at Carnival decided to pull the plug on your TV to save a nickel (and hope you’ll buy another expensive drink instead). Onboard movies on the TV are ones in which the copyright expired long ago (so it doesn’t cost Carnival anything). Raiders of Lost Ark, Sleepless in Seattle, ET, etc. Really? TCM movie channel no better. Sports programming (including sports bar) limited to International ESPN feed (Carnival won’t pay the fee for decent satellite sports). Oh, and here’s my good tip for you. Don’t be fooled by the dress-up elegant night and lug along a bunch of fancy clothes. It’s all so you’ll get your pictures made after dinner and buy one of the exorbitantly high priced photos. Shorts, tee shirt, and hoodie or parka are perfectly fine for dinner. No one can see what you’re wearing anyway under the dining room tablecloths. Food was fine, and the freezing dining room helped everyone to stay awake during the hour and a half long dinners. My biggest issue with the cruise is the Carnival product is getting stale. If you made a Carnival cruise 5, or 10, or more years ago, nothing really changes or evolves. Carnival seems to be in a time warp. That all being said... all the cruise lines are really the same. When someone says such and such cruise line is better, press them for why? Really...Why??? They won't be able to give you specifics. Carnival has its issues, but they’re no different than any other line. It was a perfectly fine cruise. They all are. My review may sound like I’m a grump, but not really. I’m actually Platinum and will cruise again. It was all just pretty much standard Carnival. It is what it is.

Typical Carnival

Carnival Victory Cruise Review by pddarnell29

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Just returned from a 10 day all adult (thank God) charter on Carnival Victory. Ship had recently been in the shipyards being updated, and had all new rooms.

Added was USB charging, but no power plugs at head of beds anymore. Also added motion sensor floor lighting under closets so one doesn’t stub their toe going to restroom at night.

Vent in top of room also changed- cannot be adjusted. Either blows full blast arctic, or you can leave your balcony door cracked to disable the sensor to turn vent off. The brain trust at Carnival really messed this up- frigid or off. Be prepared. Our room steward filled it with towels, which also helped.

Also, don’t expect to get any work done or check emails too often. Agonizingly slooooow internet. Don’t even bother with it. I realize it’s satellite but with the fees they charge, Carnival should buy ample bandwidth.

And now the biggie...Carnival is now too cheap to pay for network TV. No CBS, NBC, ABC, or FOX, and only the Trump-bashing Constantly Negative Network (CNN). So you had better set your DVR to record your favorite TV shows, since some bone-headed executive at Carnival decided to pull the plug on your TV to save a nickel (and hope you’ll buy another expensive drink instead).

Onboard movies on the TV are ones in which the copyright expired long ago (so it doesn’t cost Carnival anything). Raiders of Lost Ark, Sleepless in Seattle, ET, etc. Really? TCM movie channel no better. Sports programming (including sports bar) limited to International ESPN feed (Carnival won’t pay the fee for decent satellite sports).

Oh, and here’s my good tip for you. Don’t be fooled by the dress-up elegant night and lug along a bunch of fancy clothes. It’s all so you’ll get your pictures made after dinner and buy one of the exorbitantly high priced photos. Shorts, tee shirt, and hoodie or parka are perfectly fine for dinner. No one can see what you’re wearing anyway under the dining room tablecloths. Food was fine, and the freezing dining room helped everyone to stay awake during the hour and a half long dinners.

My biggest issue with the cruise is the Carnival product is getting stale. If you made a Carnival cruise 5, or 10, or more years ago, nothing really changes or evolves. Carnival seems to be in a time warp.

That all being said... all the cruise lines are really the same. When someone says such and such cruise line is better, press them for why? Really...Why??? They won't be able to give you specifics.

Carnival has its issues, but they’re no different than any other line. It was a perfectly fine cruise. They all are. My review may sound like I’m a grump, but not really. I’m actually Platinum and will cruise again. It was all just pretty much standard Carnival. It is what it is.
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