Victory I
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By Christine Ongsueng
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Victory I Overview

Victory I -- a 202-passenger small ship from Victory Cruise Lines -- is a five-deck coastal cruisr sailing four- to 15-day itineraries on the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the Great Lakes, New England and French Canada during the summer months. Built in 2001, the ship was acquired by American Queen Steamboat Company in 2019; the vessel has been renovated twice in the past five years.

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About Victory I

The ship's decor is a modern maritime design mixed with plenty of open-air spaces and window views. All cabins are equipped with individual climate control thermostats, robes, slippers, 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets, pillow options, a satellite LCD flat-screen television, a telephone, an electronic safe, L'Occitane bath products, alarm clock and magnifying mirrors. Two 352-square-foot Owner's Suites on Deck 3 boast a private terrace, mini-bar, sofa bed, sitting area and complimentary laundry service. Category AA ocean-view suites have an armoire, a chest of drawers, a mini-fridge and a choice of a queen or two twin beds. These 155-square-feet cabins have direct access to the open-air Promenade on Deck 4. Category A cabins on Deck 3 have ocean-view windows and are 190 square feet. Category B, C and D cabins on Decks 1 through 3 measure 140 square feet and have ocean views. Category E staterooms on Deck 1 are 130 square feet, have ocean views, and a queen bed.

The main dining room, the Shearwater Dining Room on Deck 1, has an open-seating policy and serves a full breakfast, lunch, afternoon high tea service and a regionally inspired chef's menu for dinner. House wine, beer and soft drinks are complimentary during lunch and dinner. The Cliff Rock Bar and Grille on Deck 4 is a reservations-only alternative dining venue with a chic maritime design. It also serves a buffet breakfast and lunch. The Seascape Tavern, made to look like an English tavern, features a full bar and a musical performance in the early evenings.

During the day, passengers can relax in the Compass Lounge on Deck 2 or listen to lectures and presentations from local experts. After dinner, the lounge has dancing and sing-alongs around the grand piano. Other public areas include an expansive Sun Deck and Observation Deck filled with cushioned sofas and lounge chairs, a boutique and the Latitude Salon and Spa. All stateroom decks and common areas, except the Sun Deck, are accessible by elevator.

While guided excursions, onboard lectures, Wi-Fi and alcoholic drinks are included in the cruise fare, gratuities, transfers and port charges are not. 

Victory I Ship Stats

  • Crew: 90
  • Launched: 2001
  • Decks: 5
  • Passengers: 210
  • Registry: Nassau, Bahamas
Victory I Ratings
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Victory I
Sail Date: Jun 2018
This was an outstanding cruise in terms of service, food and places visited. The staff, aside from the captain, was very friendly and engaging. The captain, however, ate with his wife every night and seldom smiled...Read More
Victory I
Sail Date: Jul 2017
Falls. We purchased this cruise thru Vantage which leases the ship thru Victory Cruiseline. The Victory I holds about 200 passengers. There was 115 passengers on the cruise we took - 93 being Vantage passengers...Read More
Victory I
Sail Date: Apr 2018
This was the inaugural cruise to Cuba for this ship and this cruiseline.. Having cruised on this ship with it's Great Lakes Itinerary, we were anxious to be a part of the "cultural exchange" experience being offered...Read More

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