This was our second cruise on the Victory. It was the first cruise for the friends we took with us. The ship did not disappoint. While she is in need of a little TLC (she is scheduled for drydock and Carnival 2.0 upgrades in late 2014) she is still a great ship.
We did the Faster to the Fun program and would HIGHLY recommend this if offered on any cruise. From the time we dropped our luggage with a porter to the gangway was 10 minutes(that time savings alone paid for the FTTF package).Our cabin was ready at the time we boarded and by the time we got from the gangway to our cabin, our luggage was already waiting for us! We literally dropped our carry on bags off and headed straight to the Lido deck for lunch.
Our Cabin Steward Randy was great. He kept everything fresh in our cabin and was always available if needed and made a point to wish us a good day every morning.
Our head waiter in the Pacific Lower dining room was Leonard and he was awesome. The food was great EXCEPT the meatloaf...it was quite frankly NASTY...don't know how they made it or what was in it..but it was the farthest thing from meatloaf I had ever seen.
The shows were top notch as always...and all of the crew was just fantastic.
Our ports of call were Jamaica and Grand Cayman. I did not care for Jamaica very much, too many people right outside the port coming up to you to get your hair braided, buy necklaces, ganga, etc. It stormed for most of the afternoon, torrential tropical thunderstorm. We spent most of the afternoon at Jimmy Buffets. We did take a taxi on a little tour..not really worth what we paid per person. If I go on another cruise that stops at Jamaica, I will probably just stay on the ship.
Our second port of call-Grand Cayman was excellent, we bought the All Inclusive Tiki Beach shore excursion. It was OUTSTANDING. Not crowded, lots of chairs. There is a nice reef just off the shore that is awesome for snorkeling. I saw at least 10 different kinds of fish and coral, sea urchins, and other things. The included lunch was very good. You could get hot dogs, hamburgers, or jerk chicken. Unlimited rum punch, soft drinks, water. The beach was nice and if you needed anything an attendant was close by. They do have a lifeguard and you can rent kayaks, jet skis, etc. I would highly recommend this excursion if you want some beach time.
Of course you will always have people who act stupid when they drink too much, but it is what it is. We met some great people on the ship and had an awesome time.
Since we had the Faster to the Fun, we got zone 1 for disembarking. We had breakfast at 6:30 and got down to the lobby at 7:30 and were off the ship and loading up the van by 7:45. It was great.