We arrived in San Juan the day of our cruise. Landed at the airport around 3:30 was on the Ship by 5:15 pm. Since we had a Grand Suite, the VIP Embarkation was great.
Ship: The ship was very clean and well maintained. The crew was very friendly - 95% of the crew greeted you with a smile. As stated earlier,had the chance to upgrade to a Grand Suite - was worth the extra money. The bathroom was huge, with a full size tub!! Very nice Vanity area for dressing. The bed was great and balcony was long with 4 chairs and 2 tables.
Dining: The food on Lido deck was good, nice variety. At peck times there were lines, but I never waited more than 3-5 minutes. We always found a table - never a problem there. The Main dining room food was very good and hot. Our wait staff was the best, always had water - tea and bread as needed. Every night they performed a song or dance - a lot of fun. We did the Chef's Table and let me tell you it is worth the 75.00 - one of the best More
meals I have ever had!!!!!
Ports: St Thomas did the Beginning Scuba diving - great time. Barbados, took the SilverMoon tour for 12 - had a great time - the crew took great care of us. St Lucia - did the Zip Line Thur Carnival - had a blast - the Tour staff did a great job. St Kitts - did the ATV Thur Carnival - again, a great tour and great tour staff. St Maarten - took it easy - went to the French side for lunch and shopped in the open market.
Overall: I have cruised with NCL, RCL, and Celebrity. This cruise on the Carnival Victory was as nice if not better than both NCL or RCL. Carnival did a great job. The fellow cruiser on Carnival may be a little different than those on RCL, but as far as the staff and ship, Carnival is up there with the rest of the industry. Less
Carnival Victory Cruises to the Southern Caribbean