If you are looking for a great family cruise for a family or for your bored text happy teenagers, then book this carnival cruise today! We wanted to see the caribbean, and experience the islands, and this cruise delivers. My Wife and I cruised in 2001 on another cruise line, and were satisfied, but now we cruised on Carnival and will be back with Carnival. We loved it!
If you love to do excursions, or try new things/see new beaches/ islands, go to Carnival.com and book this cruise. We are a family of 5, 3 older teenagers, who like to do and see things, so this cruise delivered for them and us.
We took other suggestions and booked the cheapest room, and we had all 5 of us in one room. The savings was worth it, as we were 4 steps from the forward part of the ship, and could see sunsets, and sunrises, or ports at any time. We were inside and had four beds, two of them bunks. My kids will tell you my snoring was not worth having one room, but budgets are budgets, and we decided to spend $1200 on excursions, and not having 5 more feet in our room, or a 2 foot balcony was never a loss for us. It proved a great move, as we saved over $1200 on one room versus two. The excursions and activities are great, and have you out of your room all of the time. So we spent the savings on shore excursions.
The 7th floor is where the 4 bed rooms- rooms are, and the location made a good medium. The Carnival Victory is a 12 story ship, and over 1100 feet long, so it is a big boat! We were close to 8 elevators, and could go from 3rd floor to 11th floor at ease. we liked the forward part of the ship, as it was under the Captains Bridge and the Workout/Spa Center.
Ramon, the 7th forward floor Room Steward was the best, his constant attention to our needs was second to none. All Stewards remake your room 3 times a day. Be ready for the great towel animals, and the constant towel replenishment. Your Room is always clean, and ready! Carnival had excellent personnel throughout the ship (except a few snooty Customer service helpers at the 3rd floor desk), and they really make you fell like you are on the best vacation ever. They are Disney like in their detail and enthusiasm.
We were blown away at the quality of food in the Atlantic Dining Room each night. Mere and Liston were our waiters and were the best. we liked the early seating-6PM, because it gave us options of going to bed at 11 versus later night couples. Carnival wait staff, always filled our glasses, brought extra bread, extra entrees, appetizers, and desserts as quick as you could ask for them!
The Ship has a lot to offer, it took us the whole 7 days to see it all. the best parts are; Atlantic Dining room, Casino, Lido Deck for late night movies, the Spa and Gym, Adriatic Lounge for Comedy shows, and the 24 hour ice cream stations!
Wee Jimmy the Cruise Director is entertaining, and his staff is always ready to help. We thoughts the shows were good, we felt Dean Gaines was much better than the first Cuban comic, and the Tight panted mexican juggler is a must see!
We recommend going to San Juan one day before cruising, it helps unwind, and get you ready for the Sprint Cruise. San Juan Winners; Marriott La Concha Resort, Marriott Courtyard Isla Verde, Luipi's Mexican, and the multiple pools at both Marriott Resorts. Losers; Angel Food Cafe, poor service and pricey mediocre food, and much touted Mojilli Ahilli was good authentic PR food, but was pricey.
Check in was easy, we recommend you use the Continental Shipping guys, they take your bags at the taxi drop off stand for $2 each and the bags then show up in your room, so you can fly thru Customs without lugging bags to checkpoints.
Everyone says to buy Alcohol at the Duty Free Stores and take it in. It is easy to place anything in your carry on, so if you love to drink in your room, do it, it will save you a bundle. We drink very little, so the ship drinks were good, and not too expensive given we only drank one- two a day. Carnival makes great Virgin drinks for teens, and again not too expensive.
The ship sail and sign card is pretty easy to do. Here are a few things to do before you get on the ship.
#1...Book your excursions before you get on the ship. the lines to book are long and take hours to get through.
#2....Eat lunch on the Boat, we boarded at 12:30 and went to the Lido deck and had lunch, and drinks. Our room was ready at 1:30. We got our Luggage at 5PM.
#3...Check out the ship on the first day, so you know where to go and what you might like to do for the week.
We enjoyed the ship Bingo, it is $20 a card to play, but you can win $500 or $1000 a night.
One more travel tip, take fewer clothes, the ship offers you $15 a bag to clean and fold all the clothes you can fit into a bag. You can clean 2-3 days worth of clothes for this $15 deal.
This trip is all about the excursions and the Ports, so read those and you will get the best of what we liked!