This was our fourth family cruise. we sailed out of San Juan the first week of June 2012 for 7 nights on the Carnival Victory. The reason we picked this cruise is because there was only one day at sea. We like to swim, snorkel and explore the islands.
PROS: Embarkation was fast and efficient. Checked in at 12:30. left to sight see around Old San Juan and back on board and in our balcony rooms at 3pm. Our luggage soon followed.
PROS: Best part of the caribbean we have seen. Visited: St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. kit ts and St. Marten. We did not go through the ships excursions because we have found a website called shoretrips.com that offers more for the same amount of money or less, without the crowds of the ship. We will always book through them from now on. Great experience and all day off the boat without rushing through the day.
CONS: The rooms were tired. Mold in the bathrooms. TV needed to be replaced. Water pressure was pretty much not there in the shower. Just overall wasn't as clean as other ships we have been on.
CONS: WARNING!!!! Don't stay in or near cabins 6380 or 6382. We heard the music from the Arctic Lounge right under us every night until about 3am. After several calls to guest services and a meeting with the hotel manager it was turned down some but we could still hear it. We are not complainers and don't expect everything to be perfect, but we weren't getting any rest. We were given a 20% credit for both rms and a 15% discount on a future Carnival cruise, which we will never use.
CONS: We saw our rm steward twice. He filled our ice bucket 3 times and we had to ask for beach towels and sodas in the rm. only 2 towel creation the whole trip. We all really like seeing those when we come in for the night.
CONS: Worst food of any cruise we have taken.
Cruising is a great way to see the islands and get a taste of where you might want to vacation in the future. This experience will not keep us from cruising again, but we will be more careful in the future. NO MORE FUN SHIPS!!! Their not fun at all!!!