The 13-deck Carnival Victory (yes, this is a Carnival Radiance review) was one of the largest cruise ships in the world when it debuted in 2000. It’s no longer anywhere near the largest — in fact, it’s about half the size of Carnival’s newest Mardi Gras-class ships — and it’s also no longer named Victory. In 2021, Carnival Cruise Line refurbished the ship, renaming it Carnival Radiance. The ship is now part of the Sunshine class, along with Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Sunshine.
Now accommodating 2,984 guests and refitted with some of Carnival’s most popular dining venues and activities, Carnival Radiance cruises from the West Coast to Mexico and Hawaii. Multiple dining and drinking options and the usual “fun ship” lineup of daily games and contests, plus four swimming pools (and a WaterWorks aqua park with the Twister waterslide), a spa and health club, three kids clubs, and an adults-only retreat. There are also mini-golf, poolside “Dive-In Movies,” a three-deck show theater, and a 9,000-square-foot casino. And it's all decorated in the vivacious style Carnival has become known for: If you like an energetic vibe and gambling, this could be your ship.