THE SHIP CARNIVAL VICTORY is the third ship in
Carnival's Destiny class. She can be distinguisghed from the
lead ship in the class by the fact that she has an additional
deck (see Carnival Destiny profile). She is a full sister to
Carnival Triumph although the two ships differ in their
interior decor (see Carnival Triumph profile).
A gross tonnage of 101,509 on a hull that is 863 feet long
and 116 feet wide means that a ship must be tall and boxy.
And so CARNIVAL VICTORY is. She towers over the
water. Her shape is rectangular with a short bow
protruding from one end. This gives her more space for
public rooms and for passenger cabins. As a result, one
does not feel overcrowded even with more than 3,000 other
As Captain Casula pointed out, this ship was not designed as
an ocean liner such as the FRANCE or the
MICHELANGELO for the purpose of crossing stormy seas.
Rather, it was designed as a cruise ship to take people on
leisurely trips in calm seas. Accordingly, VICTORY stays
in the Caribbean (although for several years, she spent her
summers sailing from New York).
The ship has remarkable maneuverability. She is propelled
by two variable pitch propellers connected to propeller
shafts. There are two rudders which can operate
independently. At slow speeds, however, maneuvering is
done by three bow thrusters and three stern thrusters. These
allow the ship to dock without tug boat assistance in winds
of less than 25 knots. In one narrow port, Captain Casula
was able to turn the ship 180 degrees essentially in her own
length in a matter of a few minutes.
With a maximum draft of only 27 feet, the VICTORY is able
to go along side in most cruise ports. Occasionally, she
does have to tender and in such situations, she uses tenders
provided by the port rather than her lifeboats.
A cruise on the CARNIVAL VICTORY is an opportunity for
light-hearted fun and relaxation in comfortable
surroundings. The ship is modern, well-maintained and has
a wide variety of amenities. As the advertising proclaims,
the aim is to have fun.
The interior decor of each of the Carnival ships starts with a
central idea that ship designer Joe Farcus then develops in
each of the public rooms. The central idea on VICTORY is
Famous Bodies of Water. Consequently, all of the public
rooms are named after an ocean, a sea or a mythological
figure associated with the sea.
PASSENGERS CARNIVAL VICTORY's master Gianpaolo
Casula, a 31-year veteran of more than 30 years with the
line, pointed out that the genius of Carnival's founder Ted
Arison was that he opened cruising to everyone. Before
Arison, cruising was the domain of millionaires. While the
ships have become larger, more sophisticated and have more
amenities, Carnival's philosophy has remained the same and
it prices its cruises to be affordable. As a result, on a
Carnival cruise, one sees a wide spectrum of the middle
class and a diversity of ethnic groups.
The average age of the passengers is between 35 and 50.
However, the mix of ages varies with the itinerary. Cruises
to Alaska tend to have an older crowd. Short summer
Canada cruises have more families with young children.
Caribbean cruises, especially around college Spring-breaks,
tend to have more young singles and teens.
The relatively low fares also attract family reunions and
groups. There is an extensive children's program and
facilities for children.
Although there are published rules, people essentially wear
what they want. Formal nights may bring out some jackets
and ties but actual formal wear is, with some exceptions, the
province of the officers and the staff.
Pools, Spa, Sports ......................................Page Two
Shops, Children and, Other Public Areas....Page Three
Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.......Page Four
The Bridge and Navigation...........................Page Six
Exterior Photos............................................Profile Page
VICTORY has 1,379 staterooms
including 8 penthouses, 42 suites, 14
demi-suites, 458 balcony staterooms, 327
outside staterooms with no balcony and
530 inside cabins.
The staterooms are spacious and
comfortable. Most are not luxurious.
However, they are not spartan
either. The Carnival Comfort
beds are well named and provide a good
venue for sleeping or watching the large
A nice touch is the basket of samples in
the bathroom. It includes such items as
disposable razors, toothpaste, and various
other items including a romance
Fun Ship Freddie, the
Members of the crew on stage
in the Caribbean Lounge to
say farewell at the end of a
The centerpiece of the ship is the
Seven Seas Atrium designed
in blues and greens to recall the
colors of the sea.
A portion of the atrium cuts all
the way through the ship from
the lobby to a skylight many
decks above. Elevators with
large glass windows transport
Captain Gianpaolo Casula
Cruise ship photo tour - Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Victory - page 1
The art work on CARNIVAL VICTORY reflects the overall aquatic
theme of the decor. Large glass panels depict an undersea fantasy
world. However, there are also sections of the ship where the decor is
more restrained and conservative.
A map on the indoor
promenade shows the ship's
The Guest Services Desk, located in the
main lobby, is the ship's reception desk. The
staff provides information and assistance with
any issue that might arise during the cruise.
On the other side of the lobby is the Shore
Excursions Desk. Guests can come here for
information about the tours that the shi-p offers in
each port and to book tours.
VICTORY also has a port shopping
specialist who gives talks about the stores
and items for sale in each of the ports.
Guests can come to the Port Shopping
Specialist Desk on the indoor
promenade for further information and