Carnival Victory

Carnival Victory Cruise Ship Review

Carnival Victory, seen here with fleetmate Carnival Destiny. Photo courtesy of Carnival.

When Carnival Victory debuted in 2000 as the third sister in Carnival’s Destiny class, the 101,000-ton, 2,758-passenger vessel wowed passengers with its soaring nine-deck atrium, humongous 9,000-square-foot casino, and the three-deck-high showroom.

Activities On Carnival Victory

Carnival Victory's decor is flashy and vibrant. Photo courtesy of Carnival.

Many of the ship’s 18-plus bars and entertainment venues line the busy Promenade Deck and feature a sports bar, wine bar, piano bar and a rockin’ disco done up in an Arctic motif with black faux-fur bar stools. One deck below is a more elegant and subdued lounge for cocktails or a cigar.

There are a pair of two-deck-high dining rooms with ocean views and a casual two-story indoor-outdoor buffet restaurant serving up all kinds of food, from Asian to deli-style sandwiches, burgers, salads and more. There’s also a sushi bar, 24-hour pizza and café for fancy coffees.

Check out the four pools (one covered by a retractable roof), seven hot tubs and a 214-foot, three-deck-high spiral water slide. The tiered, arena-style decks of the main Lido Deck pool area are good for people watching as well as viewing the giant (and loud) video screen.

The ocean-view gym has more than 30 exercise machines, while the somewhat drab spa offers a full range of treatments.

Family Friendly Carnival Victory

Kids are catered to in the well-stocked 1,300-square-foot indoor-outdoor children’s play center, which has its own pool and is nicely sequestered on a top deck. There’s also a video arcade for kids of all ages and a teen club with a dance floor and soft-drink bar.

Staterooms On Carnival Victory

Staterooms aboard Carnival ships are some of the largest of any mainstream line. They also include numerous thoughtful touches. Photo courtesy of Carnival.

In keeping with Carnival’s focus on “big,” standard outsides measure a roomy 185 to 220 square feet, with the majority of outside cabins sporting balconies and sitting areas. The amenities include robes for use during the cruise and super-comfy mattresses and bedding. Only suites have mini fridges.

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