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 More
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!!!! Less
Carnival Victory Cruises to the Southern Caribbean
Barbados-we took a public bus to Mullins Beach. Lovely beach right at the bus stop and chairs and umbrellas for rent ($20.00US). Bus station is short walk from port. They were very helpful at the bus station to help us find the right bus.
Dominica- A private tour with Levi Baron to Titou Gorge and Trafalgar Falls. We had wanted to swim up the gorge. It is a long drive up the mountain in the rain forest but very beautiful and he had a good van.
St. Kitts-We walked off the ship and signed up for a taxi tour with Rose and Tim's Taxis. He is a friend of Grey's Island Excursions. Tim gave us a great tour of the island for $20per person plus $8.00 entry fee to go up to Brimstone Fort. Well worth the $8 entry fee. The view is incredible. You can book ahead for Tim's tour. There really weren't any wonderful beaches like the other islands.
St. Lucia_We booked the ship excursion-Bike, hike and swim. We rode in open air safari trucks to a small fishing village and got our mountain bikes (old but rideable) and biked up a paved road to the hike to the falls. It was okay but be prepared for the shanty houses in the village.
St. Thomas- Docked in Havensight. We took the ship excursion to Christmas Cove. My DH loved it. A taxi drove us to the marina and we boarded a big catamaran and sailed across the sound to Great St. James. The cove was quiet with crystal clear water. We had a couple of snorkel sites or you could go to beach and sun. We would recommend this one for the money ($61.00US)