We are cruising on the Carnival Victory Nov. 13th, 2005 for a 7 nights Eastern Caribbean vacation. I'm a little concerned based on the "scathing" reviews I have read on cruisemates.com about this ship. In particular, the rudeness of the staff, overcrowding, quality of the ship, especially something about the instability and how due to the way the ship was built that it can be quite a rocky ride, rather uncomfortable in anything but perfect seas. We just returned form a 7 day Western Caribbean on Explorer of the Seas/RCCL and really enjoyed it. That was our first cruise.
So what do you think? Are we better off going back to RCCL or perhaps switching to a ship other than Carnival Victory? We have reserved a Balcony at the very rear of the ship on Deck 6, if that makes any difference.
I am an experience cruiser and have traveled aboard the Carnival Victory in July 2003. The ship is beautiful and I found the staff to be very accomodating and pleasant.
I never experienced any rude behavior of any of the staff. People fail to realize there are other passengers aboard the ship besides themselves. The staff was readily available to provide assistance and the rooms were cleaned and maintained on a consistent basis.
Our room porter's name was Junior and he did a wonderful job to make our week long vacation a pleasure. The staff is obligated to assist everyone. As such, you have to be patient.
I found the travelers to be down right rude. Some expected for the staff members to be at their peck and call. If this was there expectation, than, they should have paid for a suite which comes with a butler.
There are many bars strategically located through the ship. We were able to place orders in an efficient manner. If you treat the staff with respect (as you would expect to be treat), then, you will not experience any problems.
The worst ship in my opinion is the Carnival Inspiration. This ship is old, the food was horrible, and I would never travel on the ship again. We're traveling aboard the Valor in July 2005.
Location: Near Liz's favourite home, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, U.K.
Re: Carnival Victory, What do you think?
Hi sorry to disagree but we did travel on the Victory late Nov/early Dec 2004, 18 months after Janie and we found a very different experience or ship.
Also, we were not along - I am sure you must have read Kuki's review who a) travelled the week before we did and b) is a very well respected member of Cruisemates so what he says has to be taken literally. I am 100% sure taht he would not give a bad review unless that was exactly what he had experienced.
The Victory itself is a beautiful ship and like you we had a balcony cabin on the 6th deck (Upper deck) midships. The cabin was fine and midships, the rocking was not too bad. Being aft of the ship, you may fid it a little rougher.
I am sorry, but for us, the Victory was not something to write home about. We avoided the long buffet queues and ate breakfast in the main Pacific Dining Room and then had a late sitting (8.30) in the Atlantic Dining Room. I would strongly advise the Atlantic for dinner as it is smaller and more intimate.
The genral ambience was one of laziness, total disinterest by the crew and a feeling 'you were i the way'. On our first night soup was spilt over one of our tablemates and no apologies made. Food had definately deterioriated since our last Carnival cruise in 1998.
We had a great cruise on the Inspiration in 1998 but found 6 years later that Carnival has become way too commercialised and you feel they are just money-grabbing the whole time.
We found areas of the ship to be very dirty (especially the restrooms by the Spiros pool on the lido deck). There were totally disgusting even after informing crew of the problems.
Even though the crew were poor, service minimal, food okish and ship very rocky and smelly (sewage smell in many cabins), we enjoyed our cruise as we made sure that we did despite all.
We did our own thing on the ports of call and these were definately the best days we had and it made the week fun. We also met up with some marvellous people which also helped us to enjoy ourselves.
However, we could have done this on any ship and if the cruising itself had been better, it would have been a far better experience.
Many readers on this Forum and other cruise Forums condemn this ship so we cannot all be wrong. As somebody commented at the time of our cruise, if the Captain is not too hot, then the general slugginess seeps down through the ranks and I think this is the problem (or was at the end of 2004) with the Victory.
If it were me, I would not only change cruiseship but seriously think about another cruiseline as well. We will never sail Carnival again now after this last trip.
You asked for honestly and that is what I have given you. Hope ti helps.
I was on Victory April of this year and loved it. I had balcony 7th floor very back of the ship. We went to the Western side. ONE day was rocky but out of my 4 kids and my husband and myself no one got sick. I'm book on royal Jewel next april. I'm going on Royal because there is more to do with my teens, but I had so much fun on Victory.HAVE FUN e-mail if you have questions
hello everyone..well here is my 2cents worth on VIctory....I traveled aboard the ship last christmas 2004...I am a very experienced traveler and a guest of carnival at least 3 times per year if not more...I liked Victory to be honest...the staff we had were many whom we already knew from other ships in past travel i thought at that time that they really had the best of the best staff on board. I will be the first to admit just like a lot of people when i am on vacation I want it all about me () and honestly even though there were tons of people on board I felt like i was in a 5star resort with everyone most willing to meet my every need...I had such a good time Im booked again this Christmas same ship same trip...
To be honest Ive been from a Penthouse to inside upper and lower on Carnival and for me I have found always to get as good of service being down stairs as I do when Im near top of the ship...Alot of people often forget these people working on a ship do have alot of demands from everywhere when you think of the number of people on board...heres a tip...if you require more personal attention remember the old saying..."you get what you pay for" well its true in everything. Yes i know you get tiped to death from the time you get to your air port until the time you get inside your door back home...but I have found that by sliping alittle extra green gets me what I want when i want it and you can bet that next time they see you that you will be the first person they ask if they can assist....Yes I know you have already prepaid your tips on board and the bar service charges you each time you order but now honestly speaking the tips charged are not that much unless your not used to tiping. Another thing Ive noticed everywhere I go...I find that I have a good experience and receive good service but not always from just a nice tip but much more for just being "nice kind and respectful" to the staff
I too have had some bad experiences on this or that ship but even at my worst I have to say over all the others out there when I get home Im always left having a good time and a trip I will always remember...