Carnival Victory was the second (and last) of the Triumph Class ships built by Carnival Cruise Lines. She's the sister ship of Carnival Triumph. The main onboard theme of Victory is "the world's most famous bodies of water." As such, many of the public rooms onboard Victory are named after famous oceans and seas (such as the Caribbean Lounge, Atlantic Dining Room and Pacific Dining Room). While onboard the Carnival Victory you'll have the opportunity to view various award-winning stage shows, try your luck in the casino, take a swim in one of the pools, or relax in Spa Carnival.
Carnival Victory will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):
2012 & 2013: Caribbean
Carnival is well known for having staterooms that are larger than that of the industry average. There are many categories of staterooms onboard the Carnival Victory, from basic interior staterooms to very large suites. All of Carnival's staterooms onboard this ship come with a private bathroom, color TV and phone. There are connecting staterooms available on the Victory, for families and friends that want such accommodations.
Interior Staterooms: The most basic (and least expensive) staterooms onboard the Carnival Victory, known as category 1A staterooms, have upper and lower beds (bunk beds). All other (non-1A) interior staterooms have twin beds that convert to a king-size. So be sure when booking a cruise on this ship that you're aware of the type of bedding you're getting in your stateroom.
Ocean View Staterooms: Category 5A staterooms onboard the Carnival Victory feature two portholes, rather than a picture window. Category 6B staterooms have an obstructed view (meaning that there is something right outside of the stateroom's window that blocks the view, such as a lifeboat or beam). Ocean view staterooms feature twin beds that convert to a king-size bed.
Balcony Staterooms: A really nice way to enjoy a cruise is in a balcony stateroom. This gives you a private balcony right off of your room. Balcony staterooms feature twin beds that convert to a king-size bed. Category 9A balconies are larger than the other category balcony staterooms.
Suites: There are two types of suites onboard the Carnival Victory. Category 11 suites are this ship's standard suites, while category 12 suites are (larger) Penthouse suites.
Carnival's dining program is called "Total Choice Dining." They call it that because their goal is to give as many choices as possible to their passengers. Breakfast is served in the main dining rooms, on the Lido deck or even in your staterooms (via room service). Lunch can be eaten indoors or outdoors (at a buffet), or (of course) via room service. Dinner is served in the main dining rooms or on the Lido Deck (in a more casual setting). Again, if you're feeling like a meal in your room that is possible as well.
There are two main dining rooms onboard the Carnival Victory, Atlantic Dining Room and Pacific Dining Room. Dinner is split up into two main seating times. The "main seating" starts at 6:00 pm, while the "late seating" starts at 8:15 pm. Please be aware that Carnival does not guarantee that they will give you the dining time that you've requested when booking (as it is on a request basis only). All dining rooms onboard Carnival are Smoke-Free.
One of the Lido deck's casual dining options is the Mediterranean Restaurant, which serves buffet-style meals. At this particular venue you can enjoy a wide variety of food, including various grilled food, salads, pasta, chicken and steak.
The first passenger level deck onboard the Carnival Victory is the Riviera deck. On this deck are various interior and ocean view staterooms (no public rooms). The main deck is the next deck up, and also features a bunch of interior and ocean view staterooms.
The third passenger level deck onboard the Victory is the Lobby deck, where you can find the stage level of the 1,400-guest Caribbean Lounge (the Victory's main show theatre). Also on this deck is the Seven Seas Lobby, the ship's main lobby, where the Information Desk and Shore Excursions Desk are located. In the middle of the lobby you'll find the often busy Seventh Seas Bar. The first levels of each of the Victory's main dining rooms, Atlantic (midship) and Pacific (towards the rear), are both located on this deck as well.
The next deck up is the Atlantic deck. On this deck is the second level of the Caribbean Lounge. Also located on this level is the photo shop, the Indian Library, the internet cafe and the Ionian Room (featuring a bar and dance floor). The second level of each of the main dining rooms are also on the Atlantic deck.
The third, and highest, level of the Caribbean Lounge is located on the Promenade deck. The Fun Shops of Carnival are located on this deck as well. They're a great place to do some duty-free shopping for popular items such as jewelry, alcohol, perfume and watches. South China Sea Club, the Carnival Victory's casino, is also on the Promenade deck. There are quite a few bars and lounges on this deck as well. Among them are Aegean Bar, Club Arctic, Black & Red Seas, Irish Sea Bar and the Adriatic Lounge (located at the rear of the ship, featuring a show stage).
The Upper deck is the sixth passenger level deck. On this deck are various interior and balcony staterooms. There are no public rooms on this deck. The next deck up is the Empress deck, which is where all of the Victory's suites are located (as well as some balcony and inside staterooms). The eighth deck is the Verandah deck. On this deck you'll find various interior and balcony staterooms.
The Lido deck is the next deck up and is where the main buffet area of the Victory is located. It's called the Mediterranean Restaurant and contains the Grand Buffet, the East River Deli and the Yangtze Wok. Also located on this deck is a 24-hour pizzeria, and Mississippi BBQ. Towards the rear of the ship on this deck is the Sirens' Pool, with two hot tubs (and a bar) right by it. Midship on this deck is one of the Carnival Victory's main attractions, Triton's Pool and the outdoor performance stage. This is one of the busiest areas of the ship, as it's a favorite daytime hangout spot for many passengers. There are various staterooms located on this deck as well (mostly towards the front of the ship).
Deck 10 is the Panorama deck. On this deck is various staterooms (towards the front of the ship) and the King of the Seas Pool, where the large water slide ends in. Also on this deck is Carnival's Seaside Theatre (a 12-foot-high by 22-foot-wide LED screen that plays various sporting games, concerts and movies) and the Sliding Sky Dome.
The Spa deck is the next deck up on the Carnival Victory. On this deck is Spa Carnival, which features a salon, massage rooms, a gymnasium, as well as a couple of saunas and steam rooms. There are a few staterooms located on the Spa deck as well. Camp Carnival, the main base of Carnival's onboard children's program, is also located on the Spa deck. The jogging track is located towards the rear of the ship on this deck.
Deck 12 is the Sun deck, where you'll find the Victory's mini golf course, an aerobics room (part of the gymnasium) and Club O2 (the teen club). Also located on this deck is a children's deck (a part of Camp Carnival), featuring a wading pool.
On the Sky deck, the highest deck on the Carnival Victory, you'll find the entrance to the giant water slide. Of course, many children will often be found in this area of the ship.
The casual dining dress code onboard a Carnival cruise is as follows: For men: sport slacks, khakis, jeans (no cut-offs), dress shorts (long), collared sport shirts. For women: Casual dresses, casual skirts or pants and blouses, summer dresses, Capri pants, dress shorts, jeans (no cut-offs). The following is not permitted in the dining room during the Cruise Casual dinner for ladies and gentlemen: gym shorts, basketball shorts, beach flip-flops, bathing suit attire, cut-off jeans, and sleeveless shirts for men.
For those that don't want to dress up, the Lido restaurants are open nightly (except for the last night of the cruise). The Lido restaurants have a casual dress code.
The number of formal nights on a Carnival cruise depends on the length of the cruise. On a 7-Night cruise there will typically be two formal nights. The dress code for children is the same as that for adults.
Carnival calls their Formal Night dress code Casual Elegant and considers it as follows: For men: Dress slacks and dress shirts. A sport coat is suggested. Suites and tuxedos (tuxedo rentals are available on the ship) are also more than welcomed. For women: Cocktail dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts and blouses. Evening gowns are also a nice way to get dressed up.
Not permitted in the dining room during casual elegant nights are shorts, t-shirts, beach flip-flops, bathing suits, jeans, sleeveless shirts for men, sportswear, and baseball hats.
Carnival has a wonderful supervised youth program onboard each of their ships. This program is split up into three main groups, based on age. Camp Carnival is for 2 through 11 year olds, Circle "C" is for 12 to 14 year olds, and Club O2 is for 15-17 year olds.
Camp Carnival is split further, into three groups. 2 to 5 year olds are in the Toddlers group, 6 to 8 year olds are in the Juniors group, and 9 to 11 year olds are in the Intermediates group. Kids in Camp Carnival get their own special kids' menus, featuring lots of favorites (such as pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken nuggets). Some of the activities that will be available to your kids include board games, reading & story time, finger painting, talent shows, dance parties, video games and lots of outdoor activities.
Circle "C" is a fun time for 12 to 14 year olds. Activities for these kids include various games, dance parties (each night of the cruise), scavenger hunts, pool parties, outdoor movies and more.
Club O2 features video games, teen-only shore excursions, dance parties, pool parties, sports, board games, card games, karaoke and a special Club O2 Lounge. The Club O2 Lounge is dedicated to the kids in the Club O2 program and is a real hot spot on the ship. This area features comfy seating, a state-of-the-art dance floor and multiple video screens.
Babysitting services are available from 10 pm to 3 am, at an additional charge. Babysitting is available for 6 month olds through 11 year olds. The babysitting is offered in Camp Carnival and is provided in a "slumber party" format. During this time kids get to enjoy movies and cartoons. Pillows, blankets and cribs will be available. The cost for this service is $6 per hour for the first child, and $4 per hour for each additional sibling in the same family. In-cabin babysitting services are not available on a Carnival cruise. There is an After Hours program available for 9 to 11 year olds, at the same cost of the babysitting service. This program runs from 10 pm to 12 am, and provides kids with a variety of activities to participate in. Among these activities are board games, karaoke, video games and theme nights. Children are not allowed to sign themselves out of these programs (parents must return to do so).
Carnival automatically charges your onboard account $10 per person per day, to cover for the gratuities for your dining and stateroom staff. The $10 is based on the following guidelines that Carnival recommends:
$3.50 per day for staterooms services
$5.50 per day for dining room services
$1.00 per day for alternative services (distributed to kitchen and other hotel service staff)
For cruises to nowhere, gratuities of $10 per guest per day must be prepaid.
If you're not satisfied in some way with the service you receive while on your cruise, you can go to the main purser's desk and ask them to adjust the gratuities being charged, to any amount you see fit. A 15% charge is automatically added to all beverage purchases. Tipping of room service employees and your Maître d' is at your discretion.
The official minimum drinking age on all Carnival cruise ships is 21 years of age. Proof of age is required.
Guests that are 21 and older are allowed to bring one bottle (750 ml) of wine or champagne per person on the cruise, at embarkation only (the first day of the cruise). A $10 corkage fee will be charged if you'd like them to open the bottle at dinner. A $14 corkage fee will be charged if you'd like them to open the bottle in the Supper Club. All other alcoholic beverages are restricted from being brought onboard at embarkation.
Alcoholic beverages that are purchased at a port of call and are brought onboard the ship will be confiscated at the gangway by the Carnival staff and will be returned to you at the end of your cruise.
The official minimum gambling age on all Carnival cruise ships is 18 years of age. Guests under 18 are not even allowed to be inside the casino. Proof of age is required.