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  1. The nightmare drags on with no end in sight. Cruising is on hold. This sucks. So I figured why not put together a review of my January 2020 cruise on Carnival Victory. Just three months before she was scheduled to go into drydock to become Radiance, and two months before everything cruising came to a halt. About us: My name is Eric. This would be my third cruise on Carnival. My first two were singles cruises and I had a blast on both of them. For my third cruise I wanted to try something different. I had heard awesome things about Half Moon Cay and not so nice things about Nassau. I booked this cruise solo almost a year in advance. My original plan was to get the drink package and have a nice short party cruise, see what sort of people I may meet on the ship, and just enjoy myself. Shortly after I booked, something crazy happened. I met a woman named Nicky on one of those dating apps. We started seeing each other and after a while the L word was being used. This was after being single for around five years or so, and so was kinda unexpected. Nicky had never been on a cruise before but was excited to try it. So about nine months before the cruise I called Carnival and added her to the booking. I’m not cruising single or solo this time. Who’da thunk it? Please note that I am doing this review largely by memory six months later. I certainly don’t remember what we ate for every meal, but I do think I remember more than enough to give a decent review. Day before: Our non-stop flight from Cleveland to Miami on American Airlines went without a problem, arriving around 5PM. It was cold for Miami, 60 and getting down into the upper 50s. Our hotel was the Crowne Plaza Miami Airport. We ate dinner at a nearby restaurant called Catch of the Day. I also walked to a nearby convenience store to get Cokes for carrying on the cruise. On the cruise we discovered the soft drinks were still Coke, changeover to Pepsi not completed yet on the Victory. But I like to carry on a 12 pack anyhow. No pictures today because I never think to take pics of the night before accommodations. Hotel was nice and we had no complaints about it. Day 1: After our hotel breakfast which I don’t recall the specifics of, I took a dip in the pool while Nicky did some final getting ready. COLD in the pool, was probably only in it for ten minutes. Called an Uber to take us to the cruise port. We had Faster to the Fun, and the process of getting from curb to ship was probably fifteen minutes. We immediately headed to our room on Deck 7 mid which is where I like it. In between Lido and Promenade, close to everything. Went in search of some food and the lines were long for everything. Unfortunately the Victory does not have the BBQ that nobody knows about on embarkation day. So we decided to get pizza for our first meal. This was where I had my first mishap of the cruise. After getting my pizza I guess I wasn’t careful enough. My plate tilted just enough to where the entire pizza slid off and fell on the floor, crust side down. 😒 I realize this is gonna sound damn gross especially with this Covid stuff going around, but I called five second rule and picked up the whole thing and put it right back on my plate. I was absolutely not going to wait in that long line again. Good thing I have a strong immune system. After eating and with some time to kill before muster, we made our way to Serenity deck and enjoyed some time in the hot tubs. Later on still before muster we went to the Black and Red bar on Promenade deck for a meet and greet with members of our sailing facebook group, and I ordered some sort of fizzy champagne drink from Alchemy bar. Nicky is not much of an alcohol drinker so she ended up getting the Bottomless Bubbles package, and she took good advantage of it throughout the cruise. Muster drill was quick and uneventful. Lucky me, I am now two for two in being on the side that gets to leave first during the outdoor muster drills. We then headed for Lido deck for sailaway party only to discover it was raining outside. Ugh. Glad to say once the rain stopped later that evening the rest of the cruise had perfect weather. 70s and sunny, not too hot. Sailaway party was moved to the Atrium and we just chilled there for a while until it was time for dinner. Dinner that evening in the main dining room was good, as it would be every night. We opted for your time dining and liked the convenience of being able to reserve a table on the hub app. Never waited more than 10 mins for a table. I had flat iron steak which was decent for being $0, and I don’t recall what Nicky had. What I remember most was the look on Nicky’s face when she first tried the chocolate melting cake. For entertainment that evening, we went to karaoke and it was a good time had by all. Followed by the back hot tubs on lido. I love the retractable roof and the fact they kept the hot tubs open until midnight. My other two Carnival sailings they were closed by 10pm. Nicky went to bed and I spent too much money in the casino. It was a good first day at sea. We both looked forward to a relaxing sea day tomorrow, followed by Half Moon Cay.
  2. Greetings CC's, With the lockdown, we've had time to finally go through all the footage from our first Carnival cruise onboard the Victory. We also have a lot of other cruise review videos onboard other lines like RCL, Princess, Viking, Oceania and Cunard. Subscribe to our channel if you enjoy as it encourages us to document more of our vacations. Thanks in advance! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXjIFX4rv1o
  3. I found this article. it is in Spanish . If you use google chrome, it can auto translate the article: https://www.lavozdigital.es/cadiz/provincia/lvdi-carnival-aplaza-inversion-millonaria-para-resucitar-victory-puerto-real-202005182204_noticia.html In the article, it says that Carnival has no intention of spending million of dollars for the work to the ship
  4. My thoughts...with this drydock time frame and the current virus problem in Italy, I hope that the overhaul and refurbishing is not delayed because of it. We don't sail until November on the "NEW" Radiance, but it still could present possible home port reassignment problems. The Radiance isn't scheduled to change home ports again until early November. Needing a cruise!
  5. A short Victory review from the 3 day Bahamas 2/28-3/2 out of Miami. Stayed at Hilton Airport Blue Lagoon, decent enough hotel, price was right. It was pretty chilly out so the pool and outside bar were empty late afternoon day before the cruise. Took an UBER to Little Havana and had a few drinks at the Ball & Chain for happy hour. They had a good salsa band that switched to a Jazz band at 6...all good entertainment, nice little spot. Drinks were weak but 241. Walked across the street and had dinner at Olds Havana. Food was good, average priced. The hotel charge for cruise transfer was $13/pp and required a sign-up with two time options I believe 10 and 11. We chose to Uber at 10:15 for a total of $19 so a bit of savings for a more private transfer. Check-in was so easy! We did have to fill out the health questionairre, nbd. We went through security (each of us had the larger bottle of wine - is it 1.5L maybe? no problem) immediately, probably about 10:40 am (our check in time was 11:30 am) and sent to the waiting area. We waited about 20 minutes before boarding. We were sitting at the Red Frog Pub at the pool by 11:30 am. Both of us had the Bowls with shrimp and chicken combo, delicious! Weather was cool, probably high 60s. We sat by the pool in our suits and cover ups but it was too cold to get in the water and this remained true for the three days 😞 Went to our extended balcony L-shaped room #6459 at 1:00 when rooms opened. Our luggage was there already! Room seemed a little larger than normal and our balcony was double length which was nice. Beds were comfortable, linen was great. The balcony though was in need of cleaning/update/repair. Lots of rust, dirty tables and chairs, windows were very dirty. Inside of the cabin was fine but def time for a bit of work. We did smell an odor of septic/sewer but nothing alarming until.... We had a major issue on Saturday night sometime between 6 - 10 pm. I arrived back to the room solo (sister was still in the casino) to find the sewer had backed up in the bathroom. I'll say it was not disgusting, not sure what was backing up but it looked like coffee grounds all over the shower and bathroom floor and had gone over the edge into the carpet just outside the bathroom. Okay I can deal with that....what I cannot deal with is NO ONE ANSWERING THE PHONE at customer service, housekeeping, etc. I think I tried every extension lol. I had switched into my PJs prior to noticing the bathroom and had to redress and go down to speak with someone after 30 minutes of attempting communication via telephone. Yes, that really upset me!! So, I get dressed again and go down to find a very long line. I decided I wasn't waiting and went straight to the front amid scowls and under-breath name calling (I would have done the same lol). I was assured the plumber would arrive soon. Yes, he did...about 15 minutes later. He "fixed" the problem and said housekeeping would be right up. I laid down..there's a reason I came up from the casino instead of staying up another few hours right? Housekeeping woke me up 20 minutes later and cleaned up the mess. Now...here's my major issue....when he exited the bathroom I asked what he cleaned with he was empty handed except for towels. Hot water. What? I explained I wanted someone to clean with bleach/or any cleaner at all and that the rug had to be cleaned as well. They didnt' realize the rug had become soiled. We compromised on the cleaning WITH CLEANER and rug shampooing for the next morning after we left the cabin as I was exhausted and just wanted to go to sleep! We received a message the next day which I couldnt' understand but thought I better check with guest services in the event it was a family emergency. I waited 15 minutes in line to find out they wanted to compensate us by offering the "steak house offer" for dinner that evening. Okay. We ended up trading it for a comparable $40 bottle of wine because they had run out of lobster. Run out of lobster on a 3 night cruise? I couldn't care less but that's ridiculous. We found out that running out of things on the last sailing is somewhat typical..they ran out of several things. All in all it was a good cruise because we decided it was going to be fun. We wouldn't let the several little wrongs get in the way. We saw the Marriage Show (is it called that?) and it was great ! The comedian for Friday night apparently missed the ship but we saw the show on Sunday and it was very good. Too cold for outdoor movies 😞 Alchemy Bar had the best drinks but the quietest, boring crowd. Sushi was well worth the $5. Iguana Restaurant excellent. Got just the fries from Guys on Day One and they were great. Had the burger and fries the next day and they were so spicey you couldnt eat them...I think someone spilled chili or paprika powder on them by accident lol. They were nasty hot. Pizza was okay. In general, we were pleased with all the food, both Main Dining and side places. Sea Day Brunch was fantastic...steak and eggs! Service at all eateries was every good. Disembarkement was easy peasy. We ate in the dining room, grabbed our luggage and had an UBER before 9 am to Fort Lauderdale Beach for $35. All in all a good cruise but there were some spots that needed some attention for sure.
  6. Hi everyone ! Sailing Victory for a 3-day the last weekend in February. I've booked this L-shaped room but can't find any information on it. One thing I did notice when looking at deck plans is it sits above the Adriatic Lounge. I'd love to hear reviews of these particular type staterooms and secondly, just how noisy will it be above the lounge? The Extended Aft Balconys are priced less right now, not sure if that would have been a better choice. There appear to be many left unsold as of today. Thanks!
  7. Besides the Buffet, where can you eat lunch the day of embarkation for the Carnival Victory?
  8. Good Morning everyone. I will be sailing on the Victory on February 10 and I am getting excited of course. I am looking for anyone who has recent pictures of the Funtimes for this ship. The itinerary is Key West, Cozumel and Sea Day. Any help would be appreciated. Also if you know do they do the St Judes Bears on this ship. I have sailed longer cruises that have it but not been on a shorter cruise for a while.
  9. Wondering if there is a formal night on the 4 night cruise on carnival Victory?
  10. We talk about the Carnival Victory...
  11. Hi All, We recently took a 4 day cruise on the Victory, and since I’ve gained so much insight from everyone else’s reviews, I figured it’s time to pay that back! (plus, the short cruises don’t tend to get many reviews!). We sailed on the Victory December 16-20, doing the Key West/Cozumel itinerary. We were taking my sister in law on her first cruise, and decided this would be a good one to do since we took the exact same cruise almost 11 years ago on the Imagination, and it hooked us on cruising! We flew down late night the Saturday before, taking JetBlue to FLL, and had Larry’s Limos bring us to Miami. We stayed at an AirBnB in North Beach, a block from the beach and near lots of restaurants. On Sunday we walked around South Beach, stopped at Target for some last minute supplies, and ate and drank like we were on vacation! Monday morning, just as we were getting ready to leave for the port, we got the dreaded e-mail that there was a Coast Guard inspection and we should delay our arrival by an hour (we had an 11:30 arrival appointment). Since we had to be out of our place early, and could wait in the suite lounge anyway at the port, we just headed out for our normal arrival appointment window. As background for our perspective on this cruise, this is only our second Carnival cruise, the first being back in Feb 2009 on the Imagination in one of the junior suites on the Verandah deck. Since then, we’ve sailed Aqua Class on Celebrity Solstice, had an aft suite on Caribbean Princess, yacht club on MSC Divina, junior suite on Allure of the Seas, and we have another yacht club room booked on the MSC Seaside in a couple of weeks. We’re a married couple 44/45 years old, and we generally go to bed early so I can’t provide any reviews of how the nightclubs or comedy shows were LOL. We booked adjacent Ocean Suites on deck 7 (us in one, SIL in the other), hoping to open the divider and take advantage of a big balcony. Even though we would have priority boarding because we were in a suite, I splurged and got us FTTF for both cabins because I wanted to be able to drop stuff off in the room immediately and unpack a little bit, then at 1:30 when everyone else headed off to their rooms, we could go to the buffet and have it be not as crazy. We arrived at the port around 11:30, and the security lines both for priority and regular boarding weren’t bad at all. This is the first cruise I’ve ever taken where the online check-in took care of everything, once they scanned my boarding pass, I didn’t have to go to a counter or speak to anyone else before boarding the ship. Nice! So we went straight to the lounge, where we only waited about 10-15 minutes before being called on to the ship. I didn’t time it exactly, but we were definitely on board by noon. We went straight to our cabins, where my room was ready but by sister in law’s room was not. Housekeeping’s list had no record of FTTF being ordered for her room, despite me ordering them both at the same time. Then they tried to say I must have ordered it last minute and that’s why it wasn’t on their list, when in fact I had signed up for it more than three week’s prior, plus my room was showing up correctly. They promised they would make her room a priority, and she just put her stuff down in our room, so it wasn’t a huge deal, but since it was her first cruise, I was trying hard to give her a really good first impression, and this wasn’t helping. I went to guest services to see if we could get some sort of adjustment because her room wasn’t ready, and that was the whole reason we got FTTF (we already had priority boarding), spoiler alert: they wouldn’t refund her FTTF. They claimed there was no way they could do it. However, they did let all three of us eat off the steakhouse menu that night for dinner, which actually cost a tiny bit more considering it’s three of us than the FTTF price, so I accepted that graciously, and her room ended up being ready a few minutes after we left guest services, so it was a win all around. Guest services, BTW, showed FTTF showing up on her reservation no problem. They had no idea why it wasn’t appearing on the housekeeping chart. No one could explain it. (Our steaks that night in the MDR also ended up being super delayed in coming out to us, the waiter kept apologizing, but we were on vacation and not going anywhere so it wasn’t a big deal…. I think it was just the continued curse of this FTTF reservation LOL). So, with this mistake with our FTTF reservation, and the fact that we already had priority boarding anyway, would I ever do FTTF again? Absolutely! I of course thought I had wasted my money, until I had to go to guest services, and there was always an insanely long line. But there was never anyone at the Platinum/FTTF window! So while everyone else was spending precious vacation minutes waiting in line, I was in and out of guest services in seconds. That alone was worth the cost. So if you are debating whether to get FTTF, just do it! The rooms themselves were great, the beds were comfortable, bathrooms were roomy, and plenty of closet space. While I was at guest services dealing with the FTTF issue, I also asked if our balcony divider could be opened. They said it couldn’t, it was a “safety issue” because the divider, when swung open, would block one of the doors to our room, which wasn’t the case at all, but I just decided it wasn’t worth the fight. Plus each of our balconies had four chairs on them, so there was enough space and furniture for us to hang out on one without them opened. We had the rooms serviced twice a day and our steward, I Nyoram, did a great job. For dinner, we opted for anytime dining, and never waited more than five minutes for our table to be ready. Which reminds me, definitely download the app! You can just sit at the bar, open the app, put your name in for a table, and keep enjoying your drinks until it notifies you your table is ready. The app is also great for keeping tabs on your spending, with charges showing up there almost immediately. I used the app more than I thought I would. A definite plus. We only ate in the buffet once on embarkation day for lunch, and thought the food was good. We had breakfast in the MDR, and had lunch at Guy’s Burgers and the cantina otherwise. While reading everyone else’s reviews and seeing how everyone raved about Guy’s burgers, I kept thinking everyone is nuts, it’s just a cruise ship burger, what’s the big deal? Until I finally had one. I finally get why everyone goes crazy for these burgers! The cantina was good too (I liked the burritos better than the tacos, but it was all good!). We never got sushi or had the seafood shack. We had pizza at pizza pirate, and the pizza was good, but I still say Princess has the best pizza I’ve tasted at sea (and this includes having Eataly on board the MSC Divina). All of the food in the MDR was good too! We all also got the drink package, and I figured it was more for convenience than saving money, until I looked at our onboard account and saw how many drinks we consumed, thankfully with $0.00 next to most of them (and $0.62 next to the ones purchased in port). We always tipped extra, but it was nice to only see those $1.00 and $2.00 charges instead of the drink cost! I’m amazed at how the bartenders remember you and remember your drink after having met you once. Emmalyn in the serenity area, NeeNee in the lobby bar, Ionna at the Alchemy Bar, and Jeffery the pool waiter, were amazing. In Key West we went to the Hemingway House (and our tour guide there was excellent, it turned what could be a boring tourist site into an exciting stop), took our pic at the southernmost point, walked up duval, had some key lime pie, and got back on the ship. In Cozumel we did the vip dolphin swim and Chankanaab and it was unforgettable. We were also the only people signed up for the VIP swim, so we basically got a private one-hour experience with the dolphins. The trainer let us do anything we wanted, as many times as we wanted, and lots of things he didn’t normally do, because we had all this extra time. We even went and swam with the manatees, because why not. I can’t comment on how the experience normally goes, but our experience was top notch! The sea day (and the night before) was very rocky and rough. My sister in law spent the day in bed. We spent it under the cover of the aft pool drinking. We had signed up for the behind the fun tour, but they cancelled it for safety reasons, unfortunately. Of course, they didn’t tell us this until we got to the meeting place. An early morning phone call or a note under the door, while inconvenient for a moment, would have at least stopped me from getting up early and showering etc to get ready for the tour! There was also some confusion, as our tour guides were brand new to the ship, having just gotten on at the same time we did in Miami, about how the tour would be refunded. They told us we had to go wait in line at guest services (score another for FTTF) but guest services said it was automatically refunded and people were waiting in line for no reason. I have to say, this ship is in really good shape! Considering it is going to dry dock to become the radiance in a few months, I figured they would be letting things go since it’s all going to be revamped soon anyway, but they were constantly cleaning, painting, repairing, etc like on every other cruise I’ve been on. In Cozumel, we were docked next to the Victory’s sister ship Valor, and looking over, it looked like Valor was the one who could use the dry dock, not Victory! If anyone is cruising on victory and worried about it being a ship ready for dry dock, don’t worry, she’s in really good shape! I also wanted to relay a unique (I think) experience we had on Victory: Embarkation day I was wandering in the buffet trying to decide what to eat when one of the staff (Christy) came up and asked if I needed help. I didn't, but we just chatted for a bit. I saw her later that night as the greeter for the anytime dining room and she said hello again and remembered me from earlier. She came to our table during dinner and mentioned something about a kitchen tour and asked us if we were interested. I said sure, and she told us to come down before dinner the next night (formal night). I wasn't sure if i unwittingly signed us up for an excursion and had no idea what the cost would be, but decided to just let it ride out. So we show up the next afternoon and it's just us, and she brings us into the kitchen for a private tasting session with the chef for that night's menu! We had a waiter with drinks and the chef is showing us the kitchen and presenting all these plates of food for us to sample! It was extraordinary. When it was over I found Christy and asked her why she arranged such a special event for us (no charge!) and she just replied "because you are my friend and I like you!" I have no idea if they pick people out on every cruise to do this, but it's something I'll never forget. So thank you, Carnival, for an amazing and unexpected experience. Especially since the Behind the Fun tour was cancelled, we still got to see the kitchen on our private tasting tour! I do have some constructive criticisms about the cruise and the ship though, so here they are, in the interest of having a balanced review: -They should have sliding glass doors or some kind of divider between the atrium and the guest hallways. The music goes up and straight into your rooms if you’re anywhere close to the atrium. - The Ocean suites had sliding doors on the closets and tub, and in rough seas those doors slam open and shut while you’re trying to sleep. I jammed towels into the doors to stop the insanity. -There should be a way to refund part of Faster to the Fun if your room isn’t ready upon boarding - On the rough sea day, the main pool was closed, the only one open was the covered aft pool. Even with it being the only pool available, they still wouldn’t allow children in the adults-only pool. Now, I am someone who doesn’t have kids, chooses adult-only all-inclusives for vacation, and hangs out in the serenity area so I don’t have to deal with children, and I thought it was insane that they wouldn’t let kids use the only open pool on the sea day, especially when there were no adults using it (they were all in the hot tubs drinking!). It broke my heart to hear the kids crying when they were told they couldn’t swim there. I guess kudos to Carinval for enforcing the policy, but I think most rational adults would understand why kids were swimming in that pool that day. - Finally, muster drill. I know we all hate muster drill, but this one was pretty bad. On the imagination we hung out at the Lido for muster, and every other ship I’ve been on the muster station has been in a lounge, but on the victory they pack you in like sardines next to the lifeboats (show up late unless you want to be squished up next to the wall), and then you stand there forever in the heat. It’s even more fun when they dismiss the other side of the ship first and you’re forced to stand there even longer and wait. While we were standing there, a woman next to us fainted and had a seizure. Thankfully my husband is a doctor and there was a nurse nearby who tended to the woman while the staff just looked on. They eventually let us bring her back into the air conditioning and waited until the ship’s medical staff finally arrived. Side note, it's amazing to see medical professionals who are in vacation mode immediately switch to doctor/nurse mode when someone is having a medical emergency. Thank you to all the first responders out there! There has got to be a better way to do the muster drill on Victory. So with all that being said, after being in the yacht club on MSC, in the Sanctuary on Princess, and in a suite on Royal Caribbean, would I cruise carnival again? Absolutely! We had a great time, the food was really good, the staff was great, the ship was in great shape, etc. I do like having the yacht club area on MSC, and did the Sanctuary on Princess, so I’d probably try the Havana areas on a future Carnival cruise (there were chair hogs on this cruise but they weren’t a big problem and we always found space close to where we wanted to be). I never thought I'd be back on a carnival ship after some of the other ships I've been on, but I'm glad I came back, and I'm sure I'll be back again. Sorry for the length of this review! I uploaded a PDF of the fun times in a separate posting. I would also be happy to try to answer any questions. Thanks!
  12. Hi All, Here is a PDF file of each day's Fun Times I brought back from my recent Key West/Cozumel cruise on the Victory. I will be posting a review shortly (we had a great time, there were a couple of areas for improvement), but wanted to get these posted ASAP for anyone who might benefit from them. I apologize in advance, you will have to rotate the PDF to view the pages conveniently on the screen (or I guess you could just print out the PDF). I'm also happy to answer any questions. 20191223114355764.pdf
  13. First time cruiser, flying to Miami in 1 day and my 13 yr old can no longer fit in his collared short sleeve shirts. No time to go buy new plus it's winter here so stores don't have them in stock. I've been reading online and wanted to confirm -- dress code with collared shirt is only for the main dining rooms correct? He can eat dinner in the Lido buffet and other casual options in tee shirts? He has nice button up tees just not collared.
  14. New Video is out! Carnival Victory Ship Tour 🥳 If you can, please click the like button and watch this video showing how beautiful she is before she goes into dry dock in March 2020 and get a new name: Carnival Radiance 🛳 https://youtu.be/ll9k49B1COM
  15. We just got off the Victory yesterday, and had a 4-day sailing out of Miami with stops at Key West and Cozumel. This time it was me, my girlfriend, and her mother. We had two interior cabins on deck 10. We were booked on a casino offer that came with a Drinks on Us card and some onboard credit. Here are some quick thoughts, I'm not going to go too in-depth because the Victory is only going to be around for about 3 more months so a lot of what I talk about here will probably change. Embarkation: We purchased FTTF for both cabins, and thought that the embarkation process in Miami went very smoothly. We got to port about 10:45am, and were onboard by about 11:20am. Check-in was quick, and there was literally zero line at security. It was SO much better than our last experience at Ft. Lauderdale, and at this point we've pretty much decided that FTTF is a must-do. The room was ready upon our arrival onboard, so we were able to immediately drop our carry on luggage and start exploring the ship. Our checked bags arrived well before dinner; if I remember right by the time we got lunch and wandered around a bit, our checked bags were there and we were able to start settling in prior to the muster drill. Stateroom: My girlfriend and I were in cabin 1020, which is an interior on deck 10 (Panorama Deck). The layout is pretty standard, and we were overall very happy with the room. There is plenty of storage space for everything in the bedroom area, and a decent amount of shelving in the bathroom. The temperature in the room was comfortable throughout the cruise, and the thermostat seemed to work pretty well when we wanted it warmer or cooler. I was pretty happy with the location of the room, as you can walk right from deck 10 out into the lido pool area, so it's very convenient to get to everything. The hallway did get a little noisy though, and it seemed like you could hear EVERYTHING through the cabin door. I don't ever remember the doors being that "thin" on past cruises. The door also let in quite a bit of light, and the position of the electronic thermostat meant that the light from the LEDs reflected off the mirror towards the bed at night. Those were, overall, pretty minor issues, and they didn't bother us too much. Ship in General: Overall we really liked the Victory. Although a different class, we thought her layout felt very familiar from our previous cruise on Liberty. There were definitely some places where the age of the ship showed, but in general I was really impressed with how clean public areas were, and how well kept up everything was. In particular, I was wowed by the cleanliness of the public bathrooms; every time I used one it was spotless. Although there is no Ocean Plaza on this ship, the promenade area on Deck 5 is spacious, and there are plenty of places to sit indoors and relax while not feeling like it's insanely crowded. I like having the Alchemy Bar in that area as well; it just feels a bit more "off the beaten path," and doesn't seem to get as ridiculously crowded as the ones in Ocean Plaza on larger ships do. The outdoor lounging areas are large and spacious, although there is definitely a lack of deck chairs compared to the larger ships. On the Breeze, for instance, we never had a problem finding a quiet spot full of loungers that wasn't crowded. Not so on Victory, I think mainly because the loungers are more concentrated around pools and they don't have that extra wrap-around lanai deck with loungers and hot tubs. That said, we appreciated that the aft pool on Victory was adults only, which was actively enforced, and they didn't hesitate to pull the roof closed when it started to rain. Food: I was pretty happy with the food on the Victory, but can't say I was wowed. MDR: We had the open seating, which was in the Atlantic (forward) dining room on deck 3. We liked our waitstaff the first night, and requested them each night, which the hostesses were happy to accommodate. We never had a wait to be seated. The food was good, but not spectacular. Highlights for me from throughout the cruise were the braised rabbit appetizer, the peach soup, the beef tenderloin, the sweet and sour shrimp (the fried rice they serve with it was amazing), the melting cake, and the tiramisu. One disappointing item was the strawberry soup; it's normally excellent, but this time was a little too clumpy. The baked potato I got with the prime rib on formal night was also a little underdone. Service was excellent; my only complaint here is that they now expect you to order appetizer, entree, and dessert at the same time. I really don't like that at all, as at the beginning of the dinner I'm not even sure if I'm going to want dessert. Overall, though, we really enjoyed our meals in the MDR. Guy's Burgers: Excellent as always. Not much to say here since it's been discussed so extensively in the past. Dining Room Breakfast: The food was solid, but the service was consistently slow. They also made a few minor mistakes with our orders, like an incorrect side, but it wasn't a big deal. I really enjoyed the avocado toast; the poached eggs were done absolutely perfectly. On the Sea Day Brunch (new menu), my girlfriend was quite disappointed with the Huevos Rancheros; she said it's nowhere near as good as it used to be. I was happy with my salmon eggs benedict though. Pizza Pirate: As always, we thoroughly enjoyed the pizza onboard. One thing we both noticed was that on the prosciutto pizza there was some sort of garlic spread on there that they were VERY heavy-handed with. We love garlic, so wasn't a problem for us, but I could see it being an issue for some folks. I did notice on a few occasions that there were people lined up at the Pizza place and nobody seemed to be there to take orders. Seafood Shack: For lunch, we tried an order of raw oysters. I was very happy with them, and at $1.50 each, I though they were a good value. Definitely worth the up-charge. Sushi: They have the Bonsai Express, and it's located at a small cart near the casino bar. It's basically the same menu that they call "Sushi at Sea" on other ships. I tried a few pieces each of salmon and yellow fin tuna, and was happy with it. The price was also very reasonable, and I thought it was worth the up-charge. Casino: We spent a fair amount of time in the casino, and I have to say that overall I was disappointed. The selection of table games was pretty limited, and most of the time they didn't have very many tables open. Almost all of the tables were $5 or $6 limits; I prefer when they have some $10, $15, or $25 tables. They did have one $25 blackjack table that was open on occasion. The craps table was also only open about 50% of the time, which was extremely disappointing. They had plenty of slots and video poker machines, so if you're a slot player you'll be perfectly happy. The hosts and pit bosses did not seem nearly as friendly or outgoing as on past cruises either. I still enjoyed the time I spent playing, but not as much as I have in the past. They got far less money out of me than they might have, which I guess is good for me in the long run. Oh, one other thing - I will say that the cocktail servers in the casino were phenomenal. They were very friendly and quick, and by the second day knew peoples' names and orders. Entertainment: We went to the welcome aboard show and Vroom, and really enjoyed them both. If you happen to be on Victory between now and March, GO TO THE SHOWS. It is the only ship left in the fleet that doesn't have the same "Playlist Production" shows, so it's the last chance to see some of the "old school" shows. They also have a band in the stage pit providing the music for every show, and they were awesome. My girlfriend and her mom did bingo one day, and said that the host Olivia did a great job. Our cruise director was Savannah, and I wasn't overly impressed with her. I rarely saw her around the ship, and she just didn't seem that friendly. One thing I will give her is that the shows/events she ran all started on time, which was a pleasant change from our last cruise where everything seemed to run 15-20 minutes behind schedule. We did go to the piano bar one night, and I really enjoyed the show that Donald did. He had a good personality and there was a little banter, but it was mostly just playing and singing songs, which is what I prefer. Too often I think the piano bar performers try to be too much comedian/talk show host and not enough piano player. Donald got the balance right, and I regret we didn't spend more time in there. Well, that's about it. I didn't get off the ship, so I don't have any comments on the ports. The one overall comment I will add is that the crew of this ship was excellent. Everyone was very friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. While I try not to let the behavior of other guests affect my experience, I do have to say it was really disappointing to see just how obnoxiously rude some folks can be to the crew, and particularly how demeaning they were with the manner in which they speak to and interact with them. I hope we all take the time to remember that these crewmembers work their you-know-whats off, and 99.99% of them do an AMAZING job, so even when something doesn't go perfectly, it doesn't hurt to cut them some slack and remember you're on vacation...relax and enjoy it!
  16. Does any recent Victory cruisers know if lunch is offered in one of the MDR on embarkation day?
  17. Which Main Dining Room on The Victory is used for Anytime Dining??
  18. Comments on this past weeks 4 day Victory cruise. Heard weather was not good.
  19. Hi All, I'll be on the Carnival Victory in a little over a week (cannot wait!), and we are considering swimming with the dolphins at Chankanaab. Putting aside the ethics of that excursion for now (we're still debating it), if the itinerary says the ship docks at noon, does that give enough time to make it to Chankanaab for a 2pm appointment? They have a 3:30 swim, but I think I would prefer the 2pm one since the park closes at 5. I've only ever docked at the pier in downtown Cozumel across from Señor Frogs, just wondering if there's any special situation at Carnival's pier that would make this timeframe impossible? It seems like more than enough time, but I'm trying to be prepared. The only ship-sponsored dolphin swims are at Dolphinarius, but I'd prefer taking a taxi and experiencing Chankanaab. Any thoughts or insight would be appreciated. Thank you in advance!
  20. I’m not for long reviews so let me give you a couple of quick things from our latest cruise this past weekend. We are Platinum on Carnival and mostly do 7 day cruises First off this was our first ever 3 day cruise and we only booked this as we just happened to be in Florida for other reasons and a cruise is much more cost reasonable that 3 nights in Miami. - Embarkation - very quick (upon arrival to the port, we were on the ship in 10 minutes and in our room in 15) - The Ship - this ship is aging and going into dry dock soon and it shows - Clientele - much different from a 7 day cruise. More of a party crowd. Most were residents of Miami looking for a long weekend activity . Some not respectful of the requested time to be back on the ship in Nassau which was 4:30pm (many were still strolling casually down the pier close to 5pm). Our balcony neighbors (room 7416) were smokers and heavy drinkers and tended to do so on the balcony making it impossible for us to enjoy our balcony (we complained several times to Carnival staff but they never did anything about it) - Casino - I really didn’t see anyone hitting anything big. We played a little and lost but very Smokey (more so than a 7 day cruise). Not many 25 cents machines (most were $1 and 1 penny machines) - Cabin - typical room except mattress and pillows were not good for me. Also the room got very hot at night (didn’t get much sleep ). We had a lot of salt and soot on the balcony walls and you could not enjoy the ocean view from a seated or lying position (very disappointing ). Never cleaned glass balcony walls - Dining room - food was OK and waiter entertainment was actually quite good. Waiter and busboy were excellent. Clientele did not respect dining times. People with 8:15pm late seating strolled in at 9pm or later. - Other food - this ship is very creative in setting up breakfast stations in open areas to minimize lines (well done). Omelet station was only at the deli station and got very busy at certain times. Pizza And Guys was just OK . Deli was good . Bonsai sushi was right outside the casino and never tried it as I don’t think I would enjoy Smokey sushi - Martini bar (Alchemy) was very good. - Pools- we hung out mostly in the back pool and it was never over crowded or loud. Very pleasant - Staff - dining, room, entertainment and bar staff are all very nice and courteous - Weather - mid to high 70’s which was better than were we came from. Pleasant . If I think of other stuff, I’ll post it later. Basically we were there to relax but likely would not take a 3 day cruise ever again, especially on Carnival) Next cruise is in March on Celebrity (7 day)
  21. We were just off the Carnival Victory last month! The new brunch MDR has a new burger for you hamburger loves to try! Check out our review:
  22. Longtime cruiser here, first time organizing for a group this size- Does anyone know the largest table available for reservation in the Victory main dining room? We have a party of 12 and are hoping to have everyone at one table. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  23. DH and I just got back from a very short 3 day cruise to the Bahamas on Victory. I thought I would share a quick few thoughts. We had FTTF and were in our cabin, #7416, by 11am. It had one of those "bowling alley" balconies. The weather was perfect, food was good and the service fabulous. We were randomly selected for a complimentary Galley tour and Tasting. It was very interesting. We went to several of the Comedy shows. This is the second cruise we have seen the Comedian Manny Oliveira. He is completely inappropriate and we LOVE his shows! We spent some time in the casino and I had fun. I didn't hit any jackpots but I came home with some of the my gambling funds. This was the first time we had the Cheers package and I found it convenient. I think we came close to breaking even (each of us had 5-7 drinks a day, many were $10) But I probably won't buy it again. I'm too old to drinking that much! 😁 Next cruise we'll buy liquor for our cabin from the fun shop, carry on soda and wine. The only thing that really bothered me was the public restrooms. It didn't matter which one I used, there was usually only one or two sinks working. Makes it hard for passengers to wash their hands to prevent illness. Debarkation was smooth. If you have any questions, I'll try to answer them! Teri
  24. Maybe this is a silly question but I asked this on the Florida Departure Board but have no response yet. So I'll try here. How do I know which terminal at Port of Miami Carnival Victory will be docked at? I don't see anything on my boarding pass that indicates a specific terminal. Is there just one main Carnival building? Do I just tell the taxi or uber driver I'm sailing on Carnival and they all know where to take me? I sail in 2 days. Thanks!
  25. I'll be boarding Carnival Victory this Friday, Yay! Anyone recently back from the 3 day itinerary? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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