We had no trouble with embarkation in Charleston once we figured out to get into the line of traffic and follow the leader. Once the gates were opened, we proceeded quickly and within an hour we were in our cabin with luggage at our door.
The ship is large and the color scheme is a little on the wild side but we found everything to be clean and in good condition. Our cabin on Deck 7 was adequate size with plenty of storage. We were close to the middle elevators and it was a convenient location. The comfort beds are just that-very comfortable. Our room steward kept everything in order and we never saw anything of him. We enjoyed having the balcony where we enjoyed our morning coffee. It was not very large but had plenty of room for the two of us. We did have room service coffee every morning which was promptly delivered at the set time.
The food was good but it was not anything to write home about. In other words, nothing stands out in my memory as being something I can't wait to order next time I'm on board. The dining room service seemed to be a little less than what we've experienced on other cruise lines. The "cooked to order" omelets at the breakfast buffet are the best part. The deli also served up some tasty sandwiches. The lunch and breakfast buffets were ok but again, nothing spectacular. The "dancing" waiters put on their show each night in the dining room and there was a midnight buffet.
There seemed to be plenty of activities for those wanting to participate. Our cruise director, Malcolm in the Middle" did a great job. Our weather was perfect and the ocean smooth as glass for the entire trip. The nightly production shows in the theater were packed with a lot of singing and dancing.(Word to the wise..It's freezing cold in that theater so prepare yourself.) Those Carnival dancers sure have to have a lot of energy for their shows. Be warned, their costumes are a little "skimpy" at times. The musicals were pretty good, there was also a couple of magicians and comedians. There were also some good entertainment in the lounges around the ship.
We did not do shore excursions but chose to bum around on our own. Again the weather in Freeport and Nassau was just perfect. All in all, we were very pleased with our five day cruise which is the shortest one we've ever taken. We did not have any complaints except that there should be more non-smoking areas of the ship so everyone can enjoy the activities going on there without being sickened with cigarette smoke. Also, at the Captain's Reception, some came in what most would consider inappropriate attire. I feel the so called "dress code" wasn't enforced when one can get in there(a man)in shorts and a tank top.
Getting off the ship wasn't quite as easy as we had been told. Self assist debarking was to begin around seven thirty in the morning but...We didn't get off until around nine thirty. This was the first time we had taken off our own luggage. If you choose to do this, make sure you pack light.
All in all, we were very pleased with our cruise and may consider doing it again next time Victory sails out of Charleston.