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Carnival Victory Berlitz Review

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Families With Children
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Fincantieri (Italy)
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Carnival Cruise Lines
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Aug 2000
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diesel-electric (34,000kW)/2 azimuthing pods
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Large Resort Ship
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3 (1 w/ sliding glass dome)
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Fun ship for a family-friendly first cruise adventure

Carnival Cruises - Carnival Victory

Overview: Carnival Victory’s sister ships areCarnival Conquest,Carnival Freedom,Carnival Glory,Carnival Liberty,Carnival Sunshine(originallyCarnival Destiny),Carnival Valor, andCarnival Victory. The ship has extremely short bows (the front), but still looks balanced overall.

The Ship: Carnival Victory ’s sister ships are Carnival Conquest, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Liberty,Carnival Sunshine (originally namedCarnival Destiny),Carnival Valor,andCarnival Victory. The ship has extremely short bows (the front), but still looks balanced overall. From a safety viewpoint, passengers can embark directly into the lifeboats from their secured position without having to wait for them to be lowered, thus saving time in the event of a real emergency.Amidships on the exterior open deck is a water slide, about 200ft (60m) long; it travels from just aft of the ship’s mast to a small pool on the deck below, which has tiered sunbathing decks that are always cluttered with sunloungers (these lack cushioned pads), and several hot tubs.Inside, the decor is quite tasteful, with the design in the public rooms themed around the oceans of the world, with seahorses, corals, and shells prominent throughout. The layout is logical and fairly easy to navigate.There are three decks full of lounges, 10 bars, and lots of rooms to explore and play in (including an expansive South China Sea Club Casino, with gaming tables and slot machines). The ship has a double-width indoor promenade, with statues of Neptune at both ends, and a glass-domed rotunda atrium lobby spans nine decks. On the lowest level is a square-shaped bar, which faces glass-walled panorama elevators.So, what’s it like?Carnival Victory is a floating playground for the young-at-heart, and those who enjoy fun participation events. This is party cruising, and a fun, all-American experience. Niggles include standing in lines for shore excursions, security control when re-boarding, and disembarkation, and well as for filling in sign-up sheets for fitness equipment.Don’t go for the cuisine because it’s not very good, but the real fun begins at sundown when lights, razzle-dazzle shows, and late-night high volume sounds abound.

Families: Youngsters have their own play areas, with children’s programs divided into five age-specific groups under Camp Ocean (ages 2-11 – with children ages 2-5 called ‘Penguins’; 6-8-year-olds called ‘Sting Rays’; 9-11-year-olds called ‘Sharks’). Tweens have ‘Circle C’, while teenagers have their own ‘Club O2’ – a chill-out (no adults allowed) room/disco. Also, soft-drinks packages can be purchased for children (and adults).By the end of 2015, the world of Dr. Seuss was rolled out as part of the children’s program - from ‘green eggs and ham’ for breakfast, served by waiters in Dr. Seuss-inspired uniforms, and characters such as the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two, and Sam attending, to special showings of movies such asThe Cat in the HatandHow the Grinch Stole Christmas(shown on the poolside Seaside Theater screen on Lido Deck).

Accommodation: The price you pay depends on the grade, location and size you choose. Over half of all cabins have outside views and, at 225 sq ft (21 sq m), are quite large.Standard cabins are of decent size and have all the basics, although the furniture is angular, with no rounded edges, and the decor is bland; the bathrooms, however, are quite practical. Soundproofing could be better.Cabins with balconies (those overlooking the stern are really nice) have glass rather than steel balustrades for unobstructed ocean views, and bright lighting. Note that the partition between each balcony is open at top and bottom, so you will hear noise from neighbors.Eight penthouse suites each measure only 483 sq ft (44.9 sq m), and are small when compared to the suites aboard the competitor’s ships.

Cuisine/Dining: The ship has two main dining rooms, the Atlantic (forward) with windows on two sides and 706 seats, and the Pacific (aft)with windows on three sides and 1,090 seats. Each spans two decks, and features a dozen domes and chandeliers. Tables are for four to eight, and even a few tables for two. The dining room entrances have comfortable drinking areas.Choose either fixed-time dining (6pm or 8.15pm) or flexible dining (during opening hours. Although the menu choice looks good, the actual cuisine delivered is adequate, but quite unmemorable. Note that the two main dining rooms are not open for lunch on port days.A casual ‘international’ self-serve buffet-style eatery (the Mediterranean Lido Restaurant) has seating on two levels. Included in this eatery are a deli (for sandwiches and wraps), a Yangtze Wok, a Mississippi BBQ, and a pizzeria (Pizzeria Arno), which often provides over 800 pizzas every day.The one reservations-only, extra-cost dining spot is The Steakhouse. It features prime USDA steaks and grilled seafood items (perhaps worth paying extra for). It has fine table settings, china, and silverware, as well as leather-bound menus, and a design theme set around Scarlett O’Hara, the heroine of Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel Gone With the Wind.

Entertainment: The three-level Caribbean Main Lounge (showlounge), is stunning; it has a revolving stage, hydraulic orchestra pit, and seating on three levels, the upper levels being tiered through two decks. A proscenium arch over the stage acts as a scenery loft. Other entertainment spots include the Club Arctic (disco), Adriatic Aft Lounge (for cabaret and late-night adult-only ‘comedy’), and the Irish Sea Piano Bar (good for singalongs).

Spa/Fitness: SpaCarnival spans two decks, with 13,700 sq ft (1,272 sq m), and is located directly above the navigation bridge. Flower-level facilities include a solarium, body treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms for men and women, and a beauty parlor; the upper level consists of a large fitness area with ocean viewwindows, and an aerobics room with instructor-led classes, some at extra cost.

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