We just returned from Southern Caribbean 7-night Carnival Victory cruise. We had read reviews about the "locals" being obnoxious on the Victory. We felt the cruisers were very pleasant and basically enjoying the cruise just as we were. Mostly Americans on this cruise. We chose this cruise for the itinerary and toured the islands everyday.
Our inside cabin's bed configuration was not suitable. We had our steward rearrange the bed into twins the first night. there was a stationary box in the corner to hold the life vest that forced the queen bed to be pushed against the wall. I didn't want to climb over my husband or the box to get out of bed so we chose twins. Otherwise, the room was adequate and the bathroom and shower were roomy enough.
We found the food in the dining room at night very good. The breakfast was adequate and lunch was boring, especially the desserts. Lots of pudding/custard desserts. We enjoyed the deli sandwiches, hamburgers, french fries, and pizza stands which were around the adult pool.
We thought the adult pool area was very nice and relaxing. My husband enjoyed the big movie screen outside by the pool area. It was especially fun to watch the Superbowl Sunday night. The shows were good, basic singing and dancing and so-so comedians.
I was a little surprised at the number of place smoking was allowed. Sometimes walking by the casino and lounge at night was a little stifling. The library was a disappointment. I never understood how to get the key to unlock the books and games. All in all it was a good cruise-the weather was great and easy to get off and on the ship each port. We are Royal Caribbean loyals and kept comparing Carnival to RCCL. For the future, I think we will stay with RCCL or Celebrity because the little things make them nicer
Great week of weather. Carnival was refurbishing the ship around the adult pool. The ship is in good condition. The lady next to me on the airplane going home was on RCCL's Adventure of the Seas and said she was disappointed in her cruise because so many rude Puerto Ricans were on the ship making noise and cutting in line and standing in the walkways!!!!