This will be short and sweet but to the point. This is my 4th time on the Victory, and I've seen many changes with her, but obviously I love this ship. After my most recent cruise on her, I love her even more.
This was a short 4 day cruise, Key West and Cozumel ports. The Key West stop was very short, leaving the port at 2;00 so not much time to do anything, plus living in Florida I go there occasionally anyway, but we did the free Duvall Loop bus just to get a little feel of Key West. Afterwards we stopped for some fantastic fudge and cookies and then drinks at Wet Willys, they have the most frozen concoctions I have ever seen in my life. Then back to the ship.
I always choose my time dining since I never really know when I will want to eat. In the 4 days of MDR we only had to wait one time, for about 20 minutes for the 5 of us.
In Cozumel, we just went to the pharmacy to buy our antibiotics, did a little shopping, bought a watch and then had some nachos and Sol (like Corona) then headed back to ship. Again, have been to this port a lot, so we were only off ship a little bit. My favorite thing to do here though is Salsa and Salsa. If you have never been, be sure to check it out.
So, the ports out of the way, my over view of the ship.
Room 8435, extended aft balcony room. The room is small but adequate, balcony is awesome with 2 chairs and one lounger, Plenty of room. Bathroom the normal, nothing special, water naturally ran out of show. Ramone our steward, excellent. Requested twice a day room service and ice and housecoats. Toilet paper is absolutely awful. I'm not sure if they have to use this for the septic system or what, but its really thin and scratchy. Shampoo is just ok, no conditioner, body shampoo smells great and lathers nicely. Refrig worked well, room stayed nice and cool, closet space and hangers plentiful. The television stations suck, they should really do better on this.
MDR, we all really liked the menu for the most part (I don't eat meat so there was one night that was rough for me so I had 4 appetizers). All the food we had was good except the crab cakes, we didn't care for those, and I didn't like the Broccoli cheese soup though others did. Steaks were cooked perfect according to those with me. The bread, to die for. No tablecloths except for one night, sorta miss those but oh well. Wait staff was excellent also. No real long waits for the food. The desserts as usual were very good. The Seaday Brunch we thought had a nice menu and the food was good. They do not automatically give you the danish anymore, you do have to request it. The Seafood shack was a treat for me one day, the clams and shrimp and fries for only 6.00 were very good, actually it fed two of us easily. The Deli sandwiches were made fresh so you could change them up a bit except the veggie wrap was premade (with hummus and couscous and avocado and other good stuff) and it was delicious. They are open until 11 at night now, we really enjoyed that. The pizza was actually better than I remembered it, maybe they changed it too. On port day they set up a special breakfast buffet too which was really convenient in the adult pool area. All in all, our food experience was great.
Entertainment was decent. We had seen the comedians before and liked them and were afraid it would be the same material but it wasn't, so that was a good thing. The shows were ok, not the quality I have seen on other lines ships, but they were fine. The CD Ryan Rose was a hoot. Loved his energy, his sense of humor, he kept things going.
Internet....really bad. I had the middle package and never was able to get into my email. Not sure if it was because I was aft, but it was very poor. Disappointed me because I like to keep tabs with my dog/cat/horse sitter that way and could not get an email 😞
Was sad that we didn't get the wait staff entertainment the last night, not sure if we just missed the show or they quit doing it, but we were in and around the dining area for quite sometime and never saw a show. We did see one the first night, we always love that.
Victory does have an aft adult pool. The pool guards made sure no kids came in, was very happy with that. They removed a second row of lounge chairs by the pool on both sides, bad move. Not enough lounge chairs by the pool. They have a lot on the upper deck but people like being by the pool. Dumb move on Carnivals part. They added additional tables and they were never full or even half full. They do have the beer station (and ice cream) back by the pool. 2 hot tubs, never really hot once the retractable roof was opened but always full.
Dive in movies had some good movies, this is always so much fun. Take you blanket, it gets chilly, yes, it really does. They have popcorn here also.
We did the martini tasting at the alchemy bar. 19.00 for 4 pretty nice size martinis. You pick 4 of the 6 choices and then they set them in front of you. You have to guess which is which. I did it just by smell and was awarded a really cute carnival wine charm.
Casino...well, I lost. Its pretty smokey even though supposed to only be half smokers. Saw people smoking through entire place. Only 2 roulette tables which were always full, not happy about that.
Band by the Casino was just ok most of the time, they did switch out and have one good one that played for just a bit, wish they would have played more. Steel drum player on deck 3 was very good, personable, enjoyed him a lot.
Sushi by the Casino, never tried it but looked good. Didn't really see anyone buying it. Used to have the tasting bar there but thats gone.
All in all, loved the cruise. Few minor things I would change. Heard a lot of people complaining about rust on the ship, hey its salt water. Living in Florida I know how hard the salt water and air is on cars, houses, boats etc.
Normally their boarding and debarking process is great, this time it was not. They have changed up the debarking and you have to wait in long lines to go down the only 2 elevators to retrieve your luggage. I would suggest self assistance.
If you have any questions I would be glad to answer them. I will go back on this ship. The crew seemed really happy, they talked a lot to us. Many have been with Carnival 20 or more years. Fun times!!