Posted on: January 17th, 2013 - Ship Overviews
Carnival Victory became the newest and largest ship to offer year-round four- and five-day departures from South Florida when it launched the popular short cruise program on Feb. 4, 2013. Carnival Victory’s Miami-based schedule features three distinctly different itineraries, providing consumers with a variety of convenient and affordable cruise options departing from one of America’s top tourist destinations.
Four-day “long weekend” cruises departing Thursdays call at Key West, Fla., and Cozumel, Mexico; five-day cruises departing Mondays include stops at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay; and Nassau, The Bahamas. Five-day voyages departing Saturdays feature George Town, Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
In addition to a diversity of “themed” lounges, bars, and nightspots, the 102,000-ton Carnival Victory offers myriad full-service and casual dining choices, an on-board health and fitness facility, and supervised “Camp Carnival” and “Club O2” programs for children and teens, respectively..
PUBLIC ROOMS AND AREAS
Carnival Victory features a variety of dramatic public spaces inspired by the world’s great bodies of water ranging in style from the Greek-inspired Ionian Room, featuring Doric columns and reproductions of ancient Greek vases; the Irish Sea Bar, a rollicking piano bar whose design elements include green leather booths, carpeting with a shamrock motif and paintings of Irish landscapes; the Aegean Bar, a sports bar celebrating the Olympic Games with marble-like columns and murals depicting matches from ancient games. Other venues include the South China Sea Casino, whose interiors are dominated by a sculpture of Neptune surrounded by four mermaids; the Caspian Sea Bar, in which Farcus offers his own interpretation of Russia’s famous L’Hermitage; and Club Arctic, which, like the name implies, pays tribute to the icy sea with walls resembling blocks of ice and couches covered with a unique pattern of playful penguins.
Dining is considered a highlight of a “Fun Ship” cruise and the Carnival Victory offers a wide variety of delectable formal and casual choices to suit any taste. In addition to the full-service Atlantic and Pacific formal restaurants, the Carnival Victory includes the Mediterranean Restaurant, a casual poolside eatery offering full breakfast and lunch buffets, and a 24-hour pizzeria. Complimentary 24-hour stateroom service is available and vegetarian and children’s selections are featured on all dining room menus. Carnival Victory also features Spa Carnival fare, health-conscious gourmet-style items that are lower in calories, cholesterol, sodium and fat content.
CAMP CARNIVAL,’ ‘CIRCLE C,’ ‘CLUB O2’ – Building upon Carnival’s distinction as the family cruise leader carrying 700,000 children annually fleetwide, Carnival Victory offers organized programs for three different age groups – Camp Carnival for 2- to 11-year-olds, Circle “C” for 12- to 14-year-olds, and Club O2 for 15- to 17-year-olds – with supervised activities and expansive, modern facilities for each. Carnival Victory also houses four swimming pools, including a children’s wading pool and an aft pool offering a 214-foot-long water slide.
CARNIVAL’S SEASIDE THEATRE- Carnival Victory also features the line’s popular “Carnival Seaside Theatre,” a massive 270-square-foot LED screen on Lido Deck displaying movies, concerts, sporting events, and other programming, including a “Morning Show” hosted by the ship’s cruise director. Utilizing the same technology featured in large stadiums and New York’s Times Square, the state-of-the-art entertainment system includes a 70,000-watt sound system, providing concert quality sound, even outdoors.
‘HEALTH AND FITNESS FACILITY’ – Fitness has become an important part of everyday life and guests sailing on the Carnival Victory can take advantage of the ship’s 14,500-square-foot Spa Carnival facility, which features exercise equipment, a gymnasium, and body and facial treatments, including a number of exotic “European-style” therapies. A salon offering a variety of hair, nail and make-up services is available, as well.
SPACIOUS ACCOMODATIONS- As part of Carnival’s fleetwide stateroom amenities, all of the Carnival Victory’s 1,379 staterooms feature the “Carnival Comfort Bed” sleep system, featuring plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and duvet covers, fluffy pillows and high quality sheets and linens. All accommodations include terrycloth bathrobes and all staterooms offer in-cabin amenity kits with a variety of brand-name product samples for men and women.
INTERNET CAFÉ, WI-FI ACCESS, CELL PHONE SERVICE – Like all “Fun Ships,” Carnival Victory offers an Internet café with private workstations featuring flat-screen monitors, along with Wi-Fi access available in virtually all public rooms and areas. Guests can also make and receive cell phone calls whether the ship is at sea or in port.