When the Carnival Victory was launched in 2000, the mega-liner was one of the largest ships afloat, weighing in at 102 thousand tons, with a length of 893 feet and a width of 116 feet. Although many larger ships have been launched since the Carnival Victory, it still carries a small city of 2,758 passengers and 1,150 crew.
The Carnival Victory is a sister ship to six other ships in the Carnival fleet, including the Carnival Conquest, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Sunshine (originally named the Carnival Destiny), and Carnival Valor. Like her sister ships, the Carnival Victory is a traditional "Fun Ship", with lots of onboard participation activities and partying.
The theme and decor of the Carnival Victory are the seas of the world. Every public room is named for a major body of water. Not surprisingly, the basic color is green, and every shade is present. For example, the nine-deck Ocean Hall atrium has kelly-green carpet and walls, and a green stained glass window for the ceiling. Some of the other carpets have a pistachio color, and the green theme rolls on and on throughout the ship.
Nighttime on the Carnival Victory
Like many Carnival ships, you won't be bored on the Carnival Victory! At night, there are plenty of options. There are two large beautiful dining rooms--the Atlantic and the Pacific. If you like to gamble, the South China Sea Club is one of the largest casinos afloat, with over 300 slot machines. The non-smoking, three-level Caribbean show lounge has a revolving stage, superb sound, and seating on all three levels. The lounge features two Vegas-style, large-scale productions on board for each cruise.
There are also small intimate bars such as the Caspian, featuring (of course) caviar and champagne. The jazz Black & Red Seas Club is not decorated in green, but in red and black. Other bars and lounges such as the Irish Sea Bar, the Aegean Sports Bar, and the Adriatic Lounge also maintain the nautical theme. It is almost like the designer, Joe Farcus, came up with the entire universe of oceans on the earth, and then planned a room for each one on the Carnival Victory to match!
Daytime on the Carnival Victory
If you're a daytime lover, the Carnival Victory also has something for you. The pool features one of the largest waterslides at sea, at over 200 feet. There are tiered sunbathing decks located between two swimming pools, and several hot tubs. If you're into self-pampering, the 15,000 square foot Nautica Spa should meet your every need.
There's a gym with treadmills, stair masters, bikes, weight machines, and free weights. The best part about the gym is the view--the floor to ceiling windows allow you to work out and see the world around you. There's also a jogging deck around the smokestack. The Lido buffet area, named the Mediterranean Restaurant, has a huge skylight and is decorated like an island villa, making it a pleasant place for breakfast or lunch. Children will love the "Camp Carnival" and the two-tiered Children's Club, which has an outdoor pool.
Carnival Victory Cabins
Victory's cabins are a good size, with inside standard ones averaging 195 square feet, and the outside standard cabins 220 square feet. The decor is somewhat spartan, but more than 60 percent of the rooms have ocean views, and 60 percent of those have balconies. Note that the balconied rooms are smaller than those with an ocean view because the balcony takes up some of the room space. All rooms have a television and a private bath with shower. The suites also have tubs in the baths.
If all of these high-energy, exciting features appeal to you, then you'll love the Carnival Victory. For those who are looking for fewer crowds and a more intimate experience, then this might not be the ship for you. That's the nice thing about cruising, there's a ship for everyone's moods!