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Carnival Cruise Lines: Carnival Victory

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Carnival Victory Review

The third and last Destiny-class ship to launch, Carnival Victory was introduced in 2000 and is on schedule for a major refurbishment in 2013 when it will receive Carnival’s "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades with new casual dining options, poolside bars, and additional entertainment features. Carnival Victory sails a mix of short four- and five-night cruises to the Western or Eastern Caribbean and the Bahamas from her departure port in Miami.

The first class of Carnival megaships weighing in at more than 100,000 tons, everything on these vessels is in keeping with their size—bold interiors highlighted by nine-deck atriums, 200-foot corkscrew waterslides on the Lido deck, and public areas that often span multiple decks. Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory are bigger and have more cabins and crew than the original Carnival Destiny, for which the class was named and which was totally refurbished and renamed Carnival Sunshine in 2013.

The variety of indoor and outdoor spaces ranges from relatively small lounges with a nightclub atmosphere to huge show rooms where lavish production shows are staged. Most public rooms open off wide indoor promenades that branch fore and aft from the spectacular atrium.

Expansive pools and sport decks have plenty of room to spread out for sunning and more active pursuits; both ships have been retrofitted with massive poolside 270-square-foot LED screens.

The world's largest cruise line originated the Fun Ship concept in 1972 with the relaunch of an aging ocean liner, which got stuck on a sandbar during its maiden voyage. In true entrepreneurial spirit, founder Ted Arison shrugged off an inauspicious beginning to introduce superliners a decade later. Sporting red-white-and-blue flared funnels, which are easily recognized from afar, new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern. If you find something you like on one vessel, you're likely to find something similar on another.

Each vessel features themed public rooms, ranging from ancient Egypt to futuristic motifs, although many of those elements are being replaced with a more tropical decor as older ships are upgraded. Carnival is also introducing features either branded by the line itself, such as the poolside Blue Iguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina and the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, or in partnership with well known brands, such as EA SPORTS to create EA SPORTS Bars at sea and Guy’s Burger Joint, in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri. Implementation of the new features is scheduled for completion in 2015.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Tiered sunning decks above the Lido pools offer a good view of the jumbo-size LED screens
  • The upper-level seating area in the Lido restaurant almost always has tables available
  • The lobby bar is a surprisingly off-the-beaten-path space with a lot of visual impact

Cons

  • There is no steak house on either ship
  • Private balconies on high decks in the middle of the ship may be noisy when there are activities on the Lido deck above
  • Lines at the buffet can be seemingly endless at peak meal times
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,100
  • Entered Service 2000
  • Gross Tons 102,000
  • Length 893 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,397
  • Passenger Capacity 2,758 (3,470max)
  • Width 116 feet
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  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Mar 1, 2017

Review of Carnival Victory

Lori Age: 41 Occupation:administrative assistant Number of Cruises: 6 Cruise Line: Carnival Ship: Carnival Victory Sailing Date: 2014-03-29 Itinerary: Caribbean This was our 6th Carnival cruise and unfortunately, our least favorite. Unfortunately, I believe it is the passengers' fault rather than Carnival's. My husband & I are very social, go-with-the-flow kind of people. We realize every one is on vacation & keep that in mind at all times. Wow...this

trip...there were a lot of people who did not have that mindset. Our stateroom was located in a hall with some of the rudest, foulest mouthed people ever. Kids screaming at each other in one stateroom, couples cursing each other, teens hanging in the hallway screaming, families bickering loudly...you name it. It was all around our stateroom. We had to call & complain at 2:30am on the morning we were to debark after being kept awake for hours by yelling, screaming, & laughter by a family just down the hall. They were so wrapped up in themselves they forgot there were other people who occupied the other staterooms. There was definitely a general rudeness on this cruise I have not previously seen on our other cruises.. People with zero regard for the staff or other guests. Cutting in line, leaving trash wherever they wished, etc. Not everyone was this way but more than I have seen on previous cruises. We met some wonderful people on the ship & on our excursions but unfortunately, the rudeness we experienced really dampened the overall vacation. :-( 24 hour ice cream & frozen yogurt...YUM! The buffet was OK. The pizza a wee bit greasy. The grill...Super! Dinner in the Pacific Dining Room...wonderful! Some nights more fantastic than others but still wonderful! Coffee Shop desserts...Holy Moly! One slice is toooo much for one person but OMG...heavenly! Our staterooms were comfortable as we have come to expect. But...our steward took our used deck towels & forgot to replace them with fresh towels once and neglected to remove dirty glassware from our stateroom 3 times. Not a big deal but...this is the first time we've ever had less than excellent service by a steward. Our daughter & niece were in a room across the hall. When we checked in I noticed they only had 1 deck towel & mentioned it to him. His reply was "I know...I'll get another in here for them." He didn't. The evening after our day in Jamaica (the 3rd morning of the cruise)...the girls told me they had not received the 2nd deck towel & now had none at all. When we saw him in the hall I politely mentioned that their deck towels were not replaced and his reply to the girls was "You can't leave them on deck. Bring them back to your room." Of course, I knew the girls had brought their ONE towel back to their room and I gently told that I had seen them return the towel to their room. He immediately gave them replacement deck towels. Again...not a big deal but in the past we have never had a complaint about a steward. Some of the Lido Deck activities were a little eyebrow raising. A couple of contestants got out of hand during the "Last woman standing"...an innocent bystander had her bikini top torn off without her permission & another female took hers off to help the contestants. Ummm...there are children on the boat too people!!! The 11-14yr old club...DISAPPOINTING! Every time our girls went down there it was either closed, empty, or just a couple kids were playing video games. Past cruises...there was ALWAYS something happening in the kids' clubs. The shows...enjoyed them! The female lead singer was beyond talented. She brought something new to each of the songs & stayed true to the song. If it was a Madonna song...she did it Madonna style. If it was Shania Twain...she did it Shania style. The male lead...not so much. Every song he sounded exactly the same. If it was soft...you couldn't understand what he was singing. He had some pipes but again...every song he sang was sang the same way. River tubing in Ocho Rios was good. Great guides. Nothing scary. Just a nice float down the White River. We were fortunate in having a great group of people on this excursion (except the parents who didn't stay with their little one & someone else took it upon themselves to hang on to his tube & reassure him). Coral Garden & Stingray sandbar...was also great. But...we made it back in time for the LAST tender. The excursion started at 12 & was supposed to be only 3 hours long. The last tender was scheduled for 3:45pm. Yikes! We made it! We got a little shopping in before the excursion but would've liked a little more time. We felt very hurried & stressed after our excursion. Watch out for the guy behind the fence at the Ocho Rios cruise shopping area...creepy! Stands behind fence trying to sell stuff!

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By Lori_CR

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Mar 29, 2014

Caribbean

This was our 6th Carnival cruise and unfortunately, our least favorite. Unfortunately, I believe it is the passengers' fault rather than Carnival's. My husband & I are very social, go-with-the-flow kind of people. We realize every one is on vacation & keep that in mind at all times. Wow...this trip...there were a lot of people who did not have that mindset. Our stateroom was located in a hall with some of the rudest, foulest mouthed people

ever. Kids screaming at each other in one stateroom, couples cursing each other, teens hanging in the hallway screaming, families bickering loudly...you name it. It was all around our stateroom. We had to call & complain at 2:30am on the morning we were to debark after being kept awake for hours by yelling, screaming, & laughter by a family just down the hall. They were so wrapped up in themselves they forgot there were other people who occupied the other staterooms. There was definitely a general rudeness on this cruise I have not previously seen on our other cruises.. People with zero regard for the staff or other guests. Cutting in line, leaving trash wherever they wished, etc. Not everyone was this way but more than I have seen on previous cruises. We met some wonderful people on the ship & on our excursions but unfortunately, the rudeness we experienced really dampened the overall vacation. :-( 24 hour ice cream & frozen yogurt...YUM! The buffet was OK. The pizza a wee bit greasy. The grill...Super! Dinner in the Pacific Dining Room...wonderful! Some nights more fantastic than others but still wonderful! Coffee Shop desserts...Holy Moly! One slice is toooo much for one person but OMG...heavenly! Our staterooms were comfortable as we have come to expect. But...our steward took our used deck towels & forgot to replace them with fresh towels once and neglected to remove dirty glassware from our stateroom 3 times. Not a big deal but...this is the first time we've ever had less than excellent service by a steward. Our daughter & niece were in a room across the hall. When we checked in I noticed they only had 1 deck towel & mentioned it to him. His reply was "I know...I'll get another in here for them." He didn't. The evening after our day in Jamaica (the 3rd morning of the cruise)...the girls told me they had not received the 2nd deck towel & now had none at all. When we saw him in the hall I politely mentioned that their deck towels were not replaced and his reply to the girls was "You can't leave them on deck. Bring them back to your room." Of course, I knew the girls had brought their ONE towel back to their room and I gently told that I had seen them return the towel to their room. He immediately gave them replacement deck towels. Again...not a big deal but in the past we have never had a complaint about a steward. Some of the Lido Deck activities were a little eyebrow raising. A couple of contestants got out of hand during the "Last woman standing"...an innocent bystander had her bikini top torn off without her permission & another female took hers off to help the contestants. Ummm...there are children on the boat too people!!! The 11-14yr old club...DISAPPOINTING! Every time our girls went down there it was either closed, empty, or just a couple kids were playing video games. Past cruises...there was ALWAYS something happening in the kids' clubs. The shows...enjoyed them! The female lead singer was beyond talented. She brought something new to each of the songs & stayed true to the song. If it was a Madonna song...she did it Madonna style. If it was Shania Twain...she did it Shania style. The male lead...not so much. Every song he sounded exactly the same. If it was soft...you couldn't understand what he was singing. He had some pipes but again...every song he sang was sang the same way. River tubing in Ocho Rios was good. Great guides. Nothing scary. Just a nice float down the White River. We were fortunate in having a great group of people on this excursion (except the parents who didn't stay with their little one & someone else took it upon themselves to hang on to his tube & reassure him). Coral Garden & Stingray sandbar...was also great. But...we made it back in time for the LAST tender. The excursion started at 12 & was supposed to be only 3 hours long. The last tender was scheduled for 3:45pm. Yikes! We made it! We got a little shopping in before the excursion but would've liked a little more time. We felt very hurried & stressed after our excursion. Watch out for the guy behind the fence at the Ocho Rios cruise shopping area...creepy! Stands behind fence trying to sell stuff!

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Aug 16, 2013

Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman

Once again, Carnival did not let us down. Activities from early morning to late night. Very friendly staff. Good food and plenty of it. Can't wait to cruise again. The food was always good. Sometimes on the bland side and preferred the buffet over the dining room just because of selection. However, the buffet lines were ridiculously long and moved way too slow. Larger than expected, nice window view. There were plenty of activities

to choose from. I loved the music trivia and piano bar. If you do not do a shore excursion in Jamaica I advise not to get off the boat. My husband and I made the mistake of thinking we would just walk around and explore. We were hounded by the locals the second we made it into the city. Ocho Rios downtown is filthy and dangerous. We were offered drugs by several locals and could not escape one man who would not leave us alone. We eventually paid him $20 to go away then another $20 for a cab ride back to the boat and safety. Major waste of time and money. The highlight of my trip was snorkeling in Grand Cayman. Gorgeous island with plenty of activities.

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May 1, 2012

Southern Carribean

This was my 5th cruise with Carnival. Balcony cabin was OK, somewhat "worn." Service usually very good. Food at buffet not so good-dinning room much better. Entertainment also decent. Excursions we selected were very good (Barbados-snorkel & swim w/dolphins: St. Lucia-adrenaline zip line: St Maarten-Tiki hut snorkel & swim). Only have 3 negative comments-2 Carnival, 1 non-Carnival. Carnival: passenger "demographics" was 75% Latino/Black so most music

and entertainment was geared toward them. Ship is showing her age-scheduled for drydock remodeling in 2013. Finally negative comment: I will NEVER sail from San Juan again! The airport is a joke! For returning flights, Carnival dropped us off at the curb and said "adios" without ANY mention that all bags MUST go through USDA screening PRIOR to going to the ticket counter. After figuring that out on our own, we checked the bag and went to security screening. The line was nearly 3 BLOCKS LONG!!! The TSA only had 3 agents checking passports!!!!! REALLY?? For 2 cruise ships and nearly 5000 passengers all at once??? You decide...much better Carnival cruises leaving from the States IMHO. Dinning room-generally good. Buffet/Grills-not so much! Nice/Clean. Showed a little "age" in places (carpeting, shower, walls)

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Mar 21, 2012

South Caribean

Having been on a RCCL Cruise in the past (my wife has been on 2) that is what I have to compare it to. Overall it was a good time, but a lot of that is because we were not on the ship much during the day. Friendly staff, definitely a downgrade from Royal Caribbean. The food was ok. We ate dinners in the dining room and the servers were nice. The food was pretty much the same that was available in the cafeteria, but it was usually hotter...usually.

The Cafeteria lines we long and slow and often only one side was open. They 24 hour ice cream was open 24 hours, the 24 hour pizza was open 2 out of 3 times I went. The food seemed to be bland, perhaps because many of the senior citizens need low salt, non spicy food. One of my steaks had clearly been grilled on the same grill as some fish. I was not impressed by the food. It was often cold. (I live at high altitude where food doesn't stay hot, and this was colder than what I am used to. Food gets a 5 out of ten. If it was a restaurant, I probably wouldn't go back. Clean room. On the the bedside reading lights was broken. The show had cracks in the grout, and just a curtain and a metal rail on the floor to keep the water in (RCCL has shower doors) . We had an interior cabin. They had 4 comedians on board. We went to the family friendly shows. Only one comedian was clearly comfortable with that format. The others seemed to be fishing for material by talking to people in the audience a lot. They used the words @ss, h#ll, [email protected], "Jesus Christ" a LOT. Most of the jokes were "potty" humor. The "Family Friendly" musical show started out with girls in G-strings. My family doesn't roll with that, so we left 30 seconds in. They had a magician who I thought was going to fall asleep. He seemed so board with the act he had been doing on Carnival for "20 years". Best excursion we had was walking of the boat in St Thomas with no idea where to go and hoping in a bus called "David's Tours" where we got a tour of the whole island, got dropped off at Coty Cove for a couple hours and the back to the ship for a total of $20 per person. Most tourists go to Megans Bay, but our guide said the snorkeling was better and crowd smaller at the place he took us. It is right next to Coral World. Snuba at St Lucia was fun, but the water was murky, and the guide said it was always like that. Some people we were with did it at Coral World in St Thomas and said it was much better (We snorkeled right next to them) and they feed the fish so you see more. Snorkeled at Ship Wreck in St Kitts, great reef. Again, hired a taxi and it cost us $20. St Martaan- Go see the Yoda Guy! Had a great time, VERY disappointed with the ship...but if I hadn't been on a cruise before, I probably would have liked it a lot more. Great ports. Bad Shows. I don't drink or gamble...so I can't tell you about those.

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