Review of Carnival Radiance deck 25 (Carnival Victory deck11)
The fore-located Spa Carnival and Fitness Center (open between 6 am – 10 pm) is the ship’s wellness complex consisting of Gymnasium (complimentary, access via the lockers, floor-ceiling windows, equipped with free weights /TROY dumbbells, weight machines, treadmills, steppers, ellipticals, recumbent exercise cycles, Concept 2/indoor rowing machine, Kinesis wall), Fitness Studio (for classes /part of the gym, glass-enclosed), Spa Whirlpool (in the gym, glass-enclosed / glass-roof covered section), Beauty Salon (facials, manicure/pedicure, hair styling-cutting-coloring, eyebrow shaping, makeup, waxing, grooming-barbering, teeth whitening, Medi-Spa), Treatment Rooms (incl for acupuncture, couples massage, hot stone, Botox, body wraps /dry float bed), Spa Reception, separate male/female lockers (2 changing rooms, each with complimentary sauna/steam room/showers). The lockers’ showers are glass-enclosed and multi-jet. Showerheads are massaging (1 rain head above, 4 sides). During massages and wraps, guests should wear bathing suits. The ship has no Thermal Suite (Tepidarium with heated loungers). ZSPA (teen spa treatments for teenager 12-17 yo) include facials, massages, scrubs, manicures/pedicures, hair styling-coloring-cutting. Daily, at the Adriatic Lounge (aft on Promenade Deck) are scheduled complimentary health seminars (fitness-wellness-beauty) themed on aging, posture, detox, dieting, weight-loss, skin care, pro-collagen, acne attack /teens).
Some of the fitness classes are complimentary (aerobics, stretching, abs, body conditioning, Tai Chi) and some are at fee pp (Yoga, Pilates, spinning, boot camp, indoor cycling, personal training sessions). Follows the list of offered on Carnival cruises fitness classes (led by professional trainers). In brackets are shown duration in minutes and cost (prices in USD pp) – Personal Training (30 min $45, 60 min $85, 180 min /3 courses $210), Nutritional Consultation (60 min $85), Metabolism Test (30 min $35), Boot Camp (4-day body sculpturing $120). Priced at $12 pp are Tour de Cycle (indoor cycling, 45 min), Pathway to Yoga (45 min) and Pathway to Pilates (45 min).
Carnival Spa menu of treatments (facials and massages using Elemis products) includes (duration in minutes, prices in USD pp) – Acupressure (50 min $150), Oxydermy Facial (50 min $150), Aroma Stone Therapy (75 min $175), Thai Herbal Poultice Massage (rhythmic, acupressure movements, 75 min $175), Bamboo Massage (50 min $145, 75 min $180), Absolute Spa Ritual (100 min $240), Reflexology (50 min $105), Couples Massage (full body Swedish or Elemis, 50 min $240), Deep Tissue Muscle Massage (50 min $115), Swedish Massage (50 min $110), Ionithermie Cellulite Reduction (50 min $145, 3 course $360), Ionithermie Cheek Lift (50 min $145), Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow (half body 50 min $140, full body 75 min $180), Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage (heated mask, half body 75 min $175, full body 100 min $235), Fire and Ice (45 min, manicure $50, pedicure $70), Traditional (manicure 25 min $30, pedicure 45 min $45), Tooth Whitening (free consultation, 30 min /$150 pp, $260 couple), Waxing (prices range from $15 lip-chin to $90 full leg), hairdresser services (prices range from $30 to $95), Pro-Collagen Grooming Treatment with Shave (facial, massage, double close shave /55 min $85), Express Shave (30 min $40), Skin IQ for Men Facial (50 min / $105), Urban Cleanse for Men Facial (50 min / $115).
Carnival Spa menu of Medi-Spa treatments includes – Acupuncture (by certified acupuncturist, first session 50 min $150, additional sessions up to 45 min $125, first facial session 75 min, additional facial sessions up to 60 min), Medi-Spa Cosmetic Treatments (free doctor consultation), Dermal Filler Treatments (Restylane, Perlane /30 min), BOTOX Cosmetic, DYSPORT Wrinkle Treatments (both are upper face, nonsurgical and FDA approved /30 min). All Medi-Spa treatments are administered on the ship by a dedicated physician (licensed medical doctor).
Carnival Spa menu of ZSPA treatments (for teenagers 12-17 yo). In brackets are shown duration (in minutes) and cost (prices in USD pp). The menu includes – Fabulously Fruity Facial (50 min $100), Acne Attack Facial (50 min $100), Heavenly Massage (aromatherapy oils, Swedish massage, 50 min $90), Paradise Massage (mother and daughter, 25 min $100, 50 min $195), Chill Out Massage (father and son, 25 min $100, 50 min $195), Surfers Scrub (25 min $65), Fitness Frenzy (3 boot camp classes, $55), Magical Manicure (25 min $30), Sole Mate (45 min $40). The list of Beauty Salon services for teens includes – boys (cut only 30 min $25), boys and girls (cut and color 120 min $120), girls (cut only 60 min $60), style only (30 min $45). ZSPA services are available between 8 am – 8 pm. Upon booking treatments, teens must be accompanied by an adult (parent/guardian) who completes and signs the ZSPA form.
Camp Ocean (formerly Camp Carnival) is the ship’s kids complex (on 2 levels) providing supervised by counselors age-appropriate activities and themed entertainment for 3 age groups – 2-5 yo (Penguins), 6-8 yo (Stingrays), 9-11 yo (Sharks). Each group has its own room and dedicated staff. Operational hours (may vary due to Carnival cruise itineraries) are – sea days (10 am – 1 pm, 2 – 5 pm, 7 – 10 pm) and port days (port arrival time until 2 pm, and 2-10 pm). Youth staff is international, professional, CPR-certified. Staffing depends on the ship’s current cruise itinerary and season. All children must constantly wear their muster station wristbands (available here or at Guest Services). In cases of emergency, parents must collect their kid’s lifejacket from their cabin (when picking up their own). Camp Ocean provides supervised dinners for kids every evening (between 6 – 6:45 pm – time may vary due to itinerary) excepting the first evening. Kids-only dinners (chaperoned) take place in the Lido buffet restaurant. Among the menu choices are mac and cheese, pizza, burgers, hot-dogs, fries, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, spaghetti and meatballs, vegetables, fruits, Jell-O. Carnival Cruise Lines Camp Ocean youth program is complimentary and offers over 200 marine-themed activities. The programming also includes family afternoons (when parents can play with their kids) and a family day with group activities, like face painting and family scavenger hunts (parents and kids receive cameras and search for things hidden in various places throughout the ship). For Carnival Camp Ocean participants only (kids under 5 and kids with special needs/allergies) are provided complimentary beepers, cell phones, and phone chargers. At a fee can be rented baby strollers (single and double) – 5-day+ itineraries ($30 full cruise) and 3-4-day itineraries ($8 per day).
Creative Cove is a dedicated room for kids arts-crafts and workshops. The Beary Cuddly Workshop is a build-your-own-stuffed-animal activity where kids can make and take home a stuffed toy (teddy, bear, dog, lion, koala). This workshop is for-fee (prices start from $20 depending on selected outfits/accouterments). A portion of these sales goes to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Memphis TN). The “Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea” is a themed activity via an exclusive partnership with the toy company. Like at its stores on land, the Carnival’s cruise ship workshop allows children to create and dress their own toy bears using a variety of materials, outfits, and accessories, including toy shoes/sneakers, all kinds of suits, hats, sunglasses. Each bear also has its own voice (kids record the voices themselves).
Camp Ocean PENGUINS (2-5 yo) arts-crafts, Penguin Palooza (costume making, parades), music/singalongs, aerobics, sculpturing, face painting, T-shirt decorating, bingo (candy prizes), storytime (reading), Dr Seuss, Mr Potato Head, PlayStation gaming, dance parties, indoor ball games, movie nights, “Owl Jams” themed parties (10pm-12 midnight /fees apply).
Camp Ocean STINGRAYS (6-8 yo) PlayStation-Nintendo games, arts-crafts, Pirate Game Night, Memory Game, face painting, T-shirt decorating, sports contests, music time, bingo (prizes), Superheroes, “Fun Til’ One” themed parties (10pm-1am /fees apply).
Camp Ocean SHARKS (9-11 yo) PlayStation-Nintendo games, music trivia, arts-crafts, T-shirt decorating, design your own cruise ship, scavenger hunts, origami, bingo (prizes), dance parties, outdoor sports competitions, Fun At Sea themed parties (10pm-1am /fees apply).
Camp Ocean NIGHT OWLS (babysitting of kids 6 months to 11 yo) is available each evening between 10 pm – 1 a.m. (no in-cabin babysitting). The service is at a fee of $6,75 per kid per hour (plus 15% gratuity, no discounts). Fees are paid via the S& S card (ship account /no cash) and due upon pick-up. Any kid left past 1 am is charged double and forfeits babysitting privileges for the remainder of the cruise. The service offers slumber party activities (movies, toys, board games, video games, arts-crafts) and includes room-service snacks. Babysitting of infants (babies under 2 yo) on port days begins 15 min before first shore excursion/tour until 12 noon (or from 1 to 5 pm on port arrivals after 12 noon) and on sea days from 8 to 10 am. Kids don’t have to be potty-trained (parents provide diapers/toiletries).
Carnival’s Camp Ocean themed programming on select nights offers additional parties (surcharged $13 per kid plus 15% gratuity). These are “Owl Jams” (2-11 yo, 10pm-12 midnight /challenges, hide and seek, music), “Fun Til One” (6-8 yo, 10pm-1am /video gaming, dancing, singing) and “Fun At Sea” (9-11 yo, 10pm-1am /video gaming, sports events, pizza). Snacks and beverages are included. Carnival Victory’s Camp Ocean has on its upper level an outdoor play area with a wading/paddling pool for kids.
Sports Deck (multi-sports court/basketball, volleyball; Tennis Tables, Shuffleboard)
Jogging Track (11 laps = 1 mi)
Spa Deck cruise cabins from 1101 to 1115, all of which are category 8F-Spa Balcony staterooms.