My husband and I traveled on the 7 day southern Caribbean itinerary on the victory. We are a young married couple (24 and 25) and have traveled a lot and in all different parts of the world. This is our 5th cruise together (only one other on carnival). My husband traveled on cruises frequently as a child with his family, and earned enough days at sea to be considered a platinum member. After our honeymoon last year on the carnival liberty, we intended to avoid carnival this year, however this itinerary was too good to
pass up (only one at sea day!!!).
The platinum membership was a great convenience to have. We received priority check in (no waiting in line), priority line at guest services, a dessert tray sent on the first formal night, free 3 bags of laundry, and a party with free appetizers and drinks!
The ship is old. My husband traveled on it as a kid 10 years ago and reported that it has not changed at all. The decor is outdated, however, the crew does a nice job of keeping it clean. We had a balcony room, which is a downgrade from our honeymoon suite. The room was spacious and well kept, however the bathroom was horrible. It was TINY, as to be expected, but the grout was coming up and the toilets had a black ring of what looked like carbon. Additionally, the hair dryers in the rooms are horrible! Ladies, bring your own dryer!!! The shower pressure and temperature in the showers is inconsistent.
We started off on the odd side of deck 8, in the center. This seemed to be the perfect location, however, we could hear ALL of the noise from the lido deck. Particularly the scraping of deck chairs and tables early in the morning and late at night. I am a heavy sleeper and even I was woken up by the constant scraping of the chair legs against the floor. We request a room change immediately, and were graciously given one after the second night. We were moved to a balcony on the even side of deck 8 toward the front of the ship. This room was MUCH quieter, the TV was newer (the previous tv was from the 90s and had discoloration on the screen).
The food was much improved from our last carnival cruise last year. We were very pleased with the food and service throughout our vacation. The entertainment on the ship was mediocre. The first 2 comedians were fantastic, although carnival has them perform in the punchliner, in the adriatic lounge, which is frequently too small for the amount of people in the audience and there are a lot of people left standing in the back. The singers and dancers were OK, we were not impressed and left halfway through one of the shows. The magician was also OK. The juggler was wonderful, we loved that show. The final 2 comedians were awful and not worth watching. Many people were offended, we however just did not find them to be funny.
We loved the ports of call. All off them were different and amazing. We highly recommend doing the catamaran with cool runnings in Barbados. It was our favorite excursion.
Overall, we enjoyed our vacation. Because carnival is an affordable line, it attracts a less affluent crowd. We still favor royal Caribbean over carnival, but did enjoy this cruise and chose it (as we always do) based on itinerary, not cruise line.