Two Weeks on the Carnival Victory: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by Circuitboi
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Two Weeks on the Carnival Victory
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
EMBARKATION: quick and easy. The friendly Carnival employees took care of everything while we were sitting at the VIP lounge. We headed to the terminal around 11.30 and began boarding the ship promptly at 12:30. In fact, we were the first two people to board due to our VIP status!
ROOM: We had originally booked a balcony cabin but Carnival upgraded us two weeks prior to departure to an ocean view suite. The suite was spacious, with plenty of closet space, a larger balcony and, most of all, a refrigerator (regular interior and balcony cabins on this ship don't have More refigerators.) Our room attendant was excellent.
FOOD: same as any other Carnival ship, abundant but bland. There were long lines at the omelet station at breakfast and lunch, especially in the early afternoon when most passengers returned from their shore excursions. The Mediterranean restaurant on the Lido deck (also known as the buffet) was right on the money. We went to the dining room on the first formal night and had to wait 25 minutes for somebody to get our drinks and over an hour for the food to arrive. The glorified lobster was, unfortunately, overcooked; the steak, however, was medium-rare at best, even though I had requested it well-done. We finished our meal with the signature warm melting chocolate cake and never returned to the dining room.
ENTERTAINMENT: better than usual. There were two exciting shows featuring the Victory singers, dancers and show band: 'City Lights' and 'Vroom.' Both shows have been choreographed with great attention to detail and flow nicely. Both singers have powerful voices; the musicians were simply spot-on. The magician, however, didn't quite keep us on the edge of our seats. The cruise director, Brad, did a great job and I enjoyed his refined Canadian sense of humour.
DEBARKATION: again, quick and easy. People were calmly waiting for their zone number to be called so the could debark the ship. A fleet of cabs were waiting outside the terminal to take passengers to the airport. Less
Port and Shore Excursions
During the second week, we took The Ultimate Island Experience, again through Carnival, a five-hour tour of St. Thomas that included a drive along scenic Skyline Road, a quick stop at Drake's Seat overlooking Magen's Bay, two hours on the gorgeous white-sand Megan's Bay beach, a tour of Blackbeard's castle and four beautifully-restored colonial-style manors and, finally, a boat trip from the Charlotte Amalie harbor to the ship. The tour was exhausting but we got to see and learn a lot. I greatly recommend both excursions to anybody who wants to do more than duty-free shopping. If you are a first-time visitor, make sure you take the Skyride Tram to Paradise Point, right across from the cruise pier, for a breathtaking view of the island.