We are frequent cruisers, in our early 50's. Victory was a real disappointment. The ship was older and many areas were quite tight on space. When everyone is walking around, it is quite crowded. Perhaps this is why Victory goes to so many ports--to keep people off the ship. The staff kept the ship clean and restrooms stocked. Although old, nothing seemed out of service. The elevators were never too busy and we never waited long for a lift.
The crew worked hard keeping things clean so that was not an issue. Pool area is small, rather cut up and skimpy on space to sit. Many people seemed to enjoy the pool, mostly kids. The Serenity adult area was crowded on sea day. Way too many in hot tubs.
The food was unremarkable at dinner and we not happy with the selection. However, they did have that yummy warm chocolate melting cake which I love. Dinner took way too long to serve. Buffet was ok but quite the same daily. Long lines to wait in but seating was not an issue. Pizza was plentyful but not that great and that was really the only after hours food.
Comedy was very good but crowded. We enjoyed the adult sessions. Plenty of bars and places to dance.
There were plenty of bar servers if you wanted to order drinks on board. The shops were few and, again, the area surrounding these as well as the photo area was crampt. Embarkation and debarkation at the ports was smooth. Also, the elevator use was much better than on other ships--no waiting! I will complement our cabin stewards, they were great. Our cabin everythin was very spacious, perhaps since it was an older ship. Cabin was noisy, though. We hee service to the "other" cruisers. We tried to chan ard g in the halls and next door. Vaccuming at 8:00 AM is not good!!! They really try to call you by name and I like that. We anytimgdining and I thought we were not treated welll at all ge but they could not accommodate us. Our room vas very nice, one of the largest we have ever had. There seemed to be little insulation in the walls because we heard everything in the halls and next door. Vaccuming at 8:00 AM was not good!!! Our room stewards were great even though they never noticed we needed soap. We used room service for breakfast twice and that was well done.
Staff really try to call you by name and we liked that touch.
We selected anytime dining and I thought we were not treated well at all. We felt that with tips already paid, they did go the extra mile. We attempted to switch but they were unable to accommodate us. The wait was long as we had a party of 7.
Embarkation in San Juan was slow. However moving passengers on and of at the ports was pretty smooth. The ports were outstanding and the excursions were top shelf.
We wanted to go to southern Caribbean and we achieved that goal, however, this was the least favorite ship we have ever sailed on.