My wife and I drove from Ontario to Buffalo for our flight to San Juan on the day of departure. We arrived in San Juan around 1:30 p.m., prepurchased a Carnival transfer to the ship and were in our cabin by 2:30 p.m. We had lunch and then left the ship for some sight seeing.
Old San Juan is an experience in itself. On our way back to the ship, we stopped and purchased some soda and some wine. The Victory is an older ship as many have mentioned but we found it met our needs in every way. The ships staff do a remarkable job of maintaining and cleaning. Our cabin steward, Ali, was exceptional in his duties. We always felt we were treated like a special person and every member of the staff that we met were smiling and very pleasant. We selected Your Time Dining and usually arrived at the Atlantic Dining Room around 7:00 p.m. with little or no waiting involved. Most mornings we had breakfast in the buffet area as we had pre-arranged island tours for every port.
The entertainment is very good especially the comedians and the musicals. One negative note involves the muster drill at 9:30 p.m. The scheduled time was late when considering travelling and when considering every piece of information is given in two languages.
On the day of disembarkation, you are asked to be out of your cabin by 8:30 a.m. We had a 4:45 p.m. flight so we requested a late zone and we were off the ship by 11:00 a.m. which allowed us to add some additional sight seeing to our trip. We left our luggage at a little restaurant/bar called Aloha, right across the street from pier 4. Fee was $3.00 per bag. On our return to retrieve our luggage, we had a drink and then met a couple who asked if we were interested in sharing a cab to the airport. Cost per couple was $14.00. In summary, we really enjoyed our first Carnival cruise and of course the different islands.