I chose the Carnival Victory for two reasons: 1) the amazing itinerary of 7 islands in 7 days; and 2) the low price. When you consider how much we were able to see and do in one week, for under $500 per person, it feels petty for me to complain about the little things on this trip that were less than perfect. I have no doubt there are better cruise experiences out there if you're able to pay for them, but we're not, so we left our bad attitudes and crankiness at home and had a great time on the Victory.
Cabin: We always book inside cabins so as to save our money for other expenses. It was kept extremely clean by our steward, and the bed and pillows were very comfortable. It was your typical Carnival cabin with plenty of closet space, a cramped shower where the water often splashed out into the rest of the bathroom, and a small table and chair. No complaints.
Food: Let's be realistic. If you want a top-notch gourmet meal, stay home and go out to eat at a four star restaurant in your hometown. This is a low-priced cruise, and they have to cut some corners and rely on frozen food items in order to stay profitable. There were hits and misses throughout the cruise, but there is never a shortage of food choices. If you don't like your steak, send it back and ask your waiter to bring you the chicken, or move on to dessert and be glad to have saved a couple hundred calories.
Anytime dining: As a party of two, I enjoyed the anytime dining because we were always given a table for two instead of having to be seated with a group of strangers. If you prefer to socialize with a group, then you should probably choose one of the set dinner times.
Entertainment: I have one big complaint about the showroom...the volume during music shows was way too loud! It felt like my ears were bleeding. I appreciate that Carnival provides different shows during the week and it's not just singing and dancing every single night like on another cruise line that begins with a C. Some of the shows were better than others of course. The comedians were my favorite performances. Other than the main show each night, we didn't experience many of the onboard activities, as we were off the ship and in port every single day.