Awesome, Awesome, Awesome.: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by uknurse
Overall Member Rating
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome.
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We can hardly find anything to complain about, and to be honest, my husband is quite the complainer :) We arrived a day early in San Juan and stayed at Hotel Milano in Old San Juan. The hotel was older, but it was very convenient to the cruise terminal, we were able to walk there in about 3 blocks. There was lots to do around the hotel and the staff were exceptional with customer service. They recommended things to do, and after we checked out Sunday they locked our luggage up and watched it while we explored the city.
We had an oceanview room on the first deck. It was larger than I had expected, and we enjoyed the window. There was very little noise in the More hallways. The room was clean and our room steward did a wonderful job keeping us stocked with towels and making our bed, etc.
The food was excellent! We are pretty picky eaters, so we were scared about the menu. However, there was always something great to try, and we loved it. The only complaint is that after midnight, there is only pizza available. Since many shows didn't end til midnight, I wish there would have been more available for late nighters. We had early dining at 6:00 and sometimes we would just eat late breakfast and dinner, and then would be hungry late at night. The wait staff was SUPERB, our waiters Elpedio and Marco were incredibly friendly and hilarious. We looked forward to going to dinner just to interact with the staff. We also got to know several of the bartenders, which were also very friendly and nice.
The cruise director Karl was great, and there was always lots to do on the boat. We went to the piano bar, karaoke bar, dance club, cigar bar, the casino, revue shows, magicians, jugglers, comedians, and so on. We kept saying, "OK, we are going to relax tonight" but that never happened.
The ship was always impeccably clean.
We had no problems with other passengers on board. Maybe we went at a time when most children are in school? There were many different cultures, and none of them were particularly rude. We met so many nice people from all over. (And again, my fiance has a low tolerance for rudeness, so if he can't find anything to complain about, then it must have been a miracle.)
IN ALL, THE CRUISE WAS AWESOME!! I will definitely be cruising Carnival again. Less
Port and Shore Excursions
I probably wouldn't do this again, I would try to find a beach or do something more my style. My husband enjoyed this a little more than I did, but we both had expected something more.
We also went to the Botanical Gardens, which was pretty, and a look out point over the island which was awesome. The driver was entertaining and it was definitely worth the $20. If you want to do an island tour in Dominica, I would suggest saving your money and finding a tour once you get on the island with some other people.
For lunch, we ate at Wicked, a restaurant recommended by our wedding officiant. It was good and reasonably priced. We hadn't booked any excursions because we didn't know if we would have time after the wedding, so walked down the strip and decided to go up to Paradise Point via a high rise gondola. It turns out it was cheaper to just walk up to the ride rather than to book it through Carnival. The view was amazing, and we had the famous Bailey's Bushwacker drink. After several pictures and souvenir shopping, we returned to the ship for a nap before dinner.