We just returned from our 7 night cruise with Carnival Victory. I had read earlier reviews so I was looking for some things to be critical and only have a few. First I would prefer not to sail out of Puerto Rico again. What a horrible time the airlines gave everyone in our party. We had 27 all together and three different airlines. I still don't get overbooking 29 passengers and causing all the stress and frustration. Carnival will not take any responsibility for the airlines even if you book with fly away, so don't even try. I will file a complaint with them later this week. I did find out what Delta stands for - Don't Expect Luggage To Arrive.
As far as the ship we did have some in the group that had noise problems and one faucet and as soon as we spoke to the Guest services all was resolved quickly. As for the good. The food was fantastic. Service was top notch and very friendly. I saw a few reviews about the ship being full of Puerto Rican's and they didn't like how they acted and blah blah blah. Not true at all and yes I think those critics need to check their attitude because they are racist. Yes there are multi cultural people but that is what makes a cruise fun. I would have to say the most rude people were the French and English cruisers but mostly at the buffet lines and piano bar. This ship picks them up in Barbados and they run an opposite itinerary. All in all I find that most people and this trip included are very friendly and get along rather well. Most people who find others rude are the rude ones. Even if someone cut in line it was because they forgot butter or a spoon and they always excused themselves and asked prior to jumping in. The ship is big and there is always room to lay out and the lido buffet was quick and always filled and fresh. The longest waits you will see are on the last morning when everyone is trying to get off the ship. In addition after the shows the elevators clog up especially the last night as the crew is using half of them to move luggage out.
As for the entertainment it was well done. Karl with a K was our director and he was fine and sometimes funny. They had two high quality dance and music shows and a couple comedians, a juggler and a magician. Liked them all save the magician who was horrible. Rooms were nice and the room stewards did a great job. This room seemed a little larger then our cabin on the Fantasy. By the way when people push to have a bigger ship it is not much different than a smaller ship just a longer walk to get around. This ship was the largest we sailed on and the layout was much the same as the others but a little more challenging to find some of the areas.
We stopped in St. Thomas and booked our shore excursion with a guy named Godfrey and found him on the Internet at www.godfreytoursvi.com and found him to be really good. It was $25 a person and we had a great tour. We did not book a tour in Dominica and wish we had. They are in your face here asking you to take a taxi constantly. Very poor country and the town is not much to look at. I recommend you get a sight seeing tour or beach here and stay out of the town. Barbados was nice but not what we had hopped for. Very expensive and I think it is because of the hype. I do love their beaches though. St. Lucia was an OK stop we again were attacked by taxi drivers and I counted this time and we were asked 63 times to take a taxi. We went shopping and the town was allot like Jamaica and had a horrible urine smell due to the sewers being dug shallow. Most that took tours liked the island outside the town. St. Kitts is a beautiful island and we enjoyed it allot. I went golfing and my wife went with the group to snorkel. Golfing was fabulous and my wife thought that the snorkel at Pelican was a rip. They went less than five minutes from the pier and there was only small fish and very small beach. If you like to golf I would recommend giving it a try $200 is chunk but it was a great course and I would do it again in a heart beat. St. Maarten was another beautiful island my wife and I took the power boat tour and had a blast. They took us around the entire island and we went to the beach that was completely empty and snorkeled. The snorkeling was fantastic large colorful fish and we had plenty of time at both locations.
All in all this was a bargain vacation with great stops and an excellent ship. My wife and I feel cruising is one of the best ways to travel and we walked away refreshed and relaxed.