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Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Victory Cruise Review

The overall experience was off in a few key areas, and those who want the latest bells and whistles should wait until promised renovations are in place.

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Neither one of Carnival Cruise Lines’ oldest nor its newest ships, Carnival Victory arrived on the scene in 2000, following close in the footsteps of its infamous sibling, Carnival Triumph. Though they’re essentially twins in size, capacity, facilities and floor plan, as with the rest of the Carnival fleet, the ships each have their own distinct design theme. Aboard Victory the theme is the seven seas, with venues named after the world’s oceans and seas, guarded by life-size buxom mermaids and larger-than-life sea horses. The décor is not as loud as is found on some Carnival ships, but no one will call the interior landscape subtle.

We didn’t expect to be dazzled by our brush with Carnival Victory, but we found the overall operation to be a fairly smooth-running machine. Still, we encountered a few issues that convinced us that Victory was ready for a dalliance with Carnival’s Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade program—a renovation is not scheduled until 2014. Until then, Carnival Victory uses Miami as its homeport, for inexpensive four-and five-night forays into the Bahamas, the northern Caribbean and Cozumel.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Cabins
  3. Ocean View Cabin
  4. Other Cabins
  5. Cabin Amenities
  6. In-Room Dining
  7. Dining
  8. Drinks
  9. Recreation
  10. Cafés
  11. Lounges and Public Spaces
  12. Spa Carnival
  13. Sports and Fitness
  14. Retail
  15. Nightlife and Shows
  16. Shows and Other Entertainment
  17. South China Sea Club Casino
  18. Pools and Decks
  19. Pools
  20. Decks and Sun Areas
  21. Services and Staff
  22. Deck Plans
  23. Staff and Ship Policies
  24. Health and Safety
  25. Conclusion
  26. Pacific and Atlantic Dining Rooms
  27. Mediterranean Restaurant
  28. The Chef's Table
  29. Sushi Bar
  30. Caribbean Lounge
  31. Adriatic Lounge
  32. Coral Sea Café
  33. Ionian Room
  34. Aegean Bar
  35. Irish Sea Bar
  36. Black and Red Seas Bar
  37. Club Arctic Dance Club
  38. Caspian Wine Bar
  39. Triton's Pool and Bar
  40. Siren's Pool and Bar
  41. King of the Sea Pool
  42. Serenity Adult Retreat
  43. Deck 11 - Jogging Track
  44. Panorama Deck 10
  45. Deck 3
  46. Spa Carnival and Gym
  47. Mini Golf
  48. Twister Waterslide
  49. Victory Shops
  50. Art Gallery
  51. Photo Gallery and Studio
  52. Internet Café
  53. Indian Library
  54. Camp Carnival
  55. Virtual Sea Arcade
  56. South China Sea Club Casino and Trident Bar
  57. Seven Seas Atrium, Bar, Lobby
  58. Forward Decks
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