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Carnival Cruises aboard the Victory
Above: Carnival Cruise Lines Victory Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service:2000
Guest capacity: 2,758
Total staff: 1,050
Length: 893 feet
Passenger decks: 13
CDC inspection score: 100

Victory Overview

The Victory cruise ship departs from the Port of Miami, FL. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to the Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean.

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Carnival Victory boasts some of the best nightlife at sea, with entertainment focused on the casino, Vegas-style shows and theme bars. Carnival Cruise Lines' Triumph-class ship is one of the largest cruise ships afloat but the only crowds you'll find are in the casino and show lounge. Navigating the vessel is easy once you figure out you can get anywhere from Neptune's Way on Promenade Deck 5, forcing passengers to walk by the tempting casino. A full list of activities and entertainment are offered each day including ballroom dancing, classical music concerts, tea time, art auctions, hairy chest and knobby knees contests, blackjack and slot machine tournaments, bingo and karaoke.


There are 444 balcony 210 sq. ft. cabins. The 327 outside standard cabins without balconies are 220 sq ft. The 530 inside cabins are 195 sq ft. Bathrooms in all categories have showers, a hair dryer and a medicine cabinet. Carnival now offers free toiletry/amenity kits on all of their ships that include a his/hers disposable razor, Irish Spring soap, Thermasilk shampoo and conditioner, breath mints and chocolate. Carnival is now providing the use of terry cloth bathrobes in all oceanview cabins. All cabins have color TV, radio, direct-dial telephone, individual climate control, and ample closet and drawer space. Most cabins have twin beds that can be converted to a queen bed upon request. Self-service laundry rooms are available on each stateroom deck with washing machines ($2.00 wash), dryers ($1.00 for 45 min.), iron (bring a glass with you to fill iron for steam) and ironing boards. Self-service ice machines and soda machines ($1 per can) are available on stateroom decks.


The Atlantic and Pacific Dining Rooms are each two-decks high, with two seatings for all meals. Carnival has expanded their menus to include more contemporary and gourmet dishes including Lobster Night. Carnival also offers vegetarian entrees and low-fat, low-sodium Nautica Spa selections each evening. The nightly entertainment by the waiters is part of the "Fun Ship" experience and many guests enjoy it.

Service in the dining room was efficient. The Mediterranean restaurant on the Lido Deck is two-decks high and offers breakfast and lunch buffets, and casual dinners. The breakfast buffets included the typical hot and cold breakfast dishes, as well as made-to-order omelets. The lunch buffets feature different selections each day, plus a salad bar and fresh fruit, free iced tea and lemonade all day, as well as soft ice cream and frozen yogurt machines. The Yangtze Wok features stir-fry and other Asian fare, and is located on one side of the buffet. The popular East River Deli is located on the other side of the buffet, and offers freshly carved deli sandwiches, as well as potato salad, cole slaw and kosher-style pickles. Pizza and Caesar salad are available 24-hours a day. The Grill serves grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts and french fries all day. There is also complimentary 24-hour room service with a limited menu of cold sandwiches, salads and desserts. Carnival has a newly expanded children's menu, with hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, chicken nuggets, pizza and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


The three-deck-high Caribbean Lounge is the venue for the Carnival Victory's nightly Las Vegas-style floor shows and reviews.Two brand-new shows have been created especially for the Carnival Victory -- "Vrrroom" and "Livin' in America." This state-of-the-art theater boasts laser lights, special effects and a spectacular sound system. This lounge also has a video projection system, a revolving stage and a retractable orchestra pit.Be sure to get there early to get the best seats. Some of the seats have limited or obstructed views of the stage.

One of the most popular places on the ship is The Irish Sea Bar, the sing-along piano bar. Get there early if you want a seat. Later in the evening it was standing room only -- in the hallway! Passengers in the mood for a high-octane dance club will find the entrance to the Club Artic Dance Club nearby. More than 500 video monitors cover practically every inch of wall space.

The Caspian Sea is a classic wine and caviar bar. Behind the bar is a painting of Czar Nicholas and Alexandra, and the floor is done in a series of marble mosaics of intricate design.

Other gathering spots include the Sirens' bar aft on Lido Deck, the Juice Bar adjacent to the Nautica Spa, and two poolside bars near Triton's Pool on Lido Deck.

Fitness & Recreation

The Carnival Victory's two-level Nautica Spa is one of the largest at sea. Carnival also offers four swimming pools and one-eighth mile padded jogging track and a golf driving net. Golf lessons are available with a PGA pro through Carnival's Fore! Golf Program. The King of the Sea pool area is one of the most popular features onboard with its winding 214-foot-long water slide and layered deck area for great views of the pool and dance floor. Siren's Pool, another popular pool area has a retractable glass ceiling and is in close proximity to the pizzeria and BBQ stands. Topless sunbathing is allowed on the top deck near the main funnel.

The gym, with floor-to-ceiling windows, has a selection of treadmills, Stairmasters, stationary bikes, rowing machines, and free weights. Men's and women's saunas, steam rooms and locker rooms, and two coed whirlpools and an indoor pool. In addition to the gym, the spa offers a mirrored aerobics room and juice bar. Personal trainers are available for an additional charge. The spa and salon, operated by Steiner's of London, offers various types of treatments including massage, facials, and manicures.

Public Areas

The Ocean Halls atrium and Seven Seas lobby welcomes each passenger with a nine-deck high Tiffany-style glass dome in shades of green and blue located mid-ship.

At the aft of the Promenade Deck is the classic Adriatic Lounge. Late-night comedy shows, art auctions and live dance music are among the activities and entertainment that take place here. The Aegean Sports Bar features multiple television monitors that show most of the major professional sporting events. The South China Seas casino is one of the largest afloat, with every imaginable type of slot machine and table game, all with a Chinese flair. Additional public rooms along the Promenade Deck include the Coral Cafe, offering pastries and specialty coffees; the "Virtual" Sea video game room; and the Caspian Wine Bar.


The Camp Carnival program is one of the best children's programs. There are age-appropriate activities available for the various groups. There is an outdoor area with a kiddie pool and playhouse for the younger kids. Children's World features arts and crafts (including spin art and sand art machines), an activity wall and a bank of educational computer games. All age groups are supervised by experienced counselors, and regularly-scheduled activities take place between 9am and 10pm. Baby-sitting services are available from 10pm - 3am at an additional charge. Carnival offers Fountain Fun Cards to all guests under the age of 21. These cards cost one flat price and they are valid for unlimited fountain soft drinks.

Expert Victory reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Victory cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Victory Score: 100

Cruise Critic: Victory
The Cruise Critic gives Carnival's Victory a 3-ribbon rating.

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