Fun Cruise for All...
The Carnival Victory is a fun cruise line for people of all ages. Some people complain about the dated look of the ship. That may be true, but you are getting exactly what you pay for.
Embarkation process - It took a little time (less than an hour) and we were good to go. Pick up any booze you want before hand because they have someone waiting each time to board the ship to take it from you.
Room - We had a 8B balcony room. The balcony was probably 4 feet by 10 feet and had enough room to comfortably sit outside and enjoy the night air.
Food - The food was good but not great. If you don't want lines for the morning breakfast, go to the back of the ship to the adult only pool. There is a small line if any there. It is where the 24-hour pizza place is located. Some others wrote about long lines at certain times. If you go to the buffet at peak times, when people are all getting back from excursions (3-5 pm), of course there are going to be lines. There are More
3,000 people on the boat. You get through the line in 10 minutes so relax, it's vacation.
The workers are all friendly and everyone says hello to you. I like that nearly everyone is from different places around the world. It gives the ship some culture.
Finally, some people complain about the number of Puerto Ricans on the ship, that they are loud, travel in large groups and stand in the middle of the walkways so people can't get around. I would say that's true. They are exactly like every other group of people who are on the ship. There are a lot of people on the boat and everyone is equally as annoying and inviting. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
I wish we skipped Dominica and went to Barbados for two days. I booked a tour with Calabaza Catamaran Tours. It was awesome. Instead of paying 80 bucks a person for Carnivals catamaran tour that has 50-60 people, we paid 100 bucks for Calabaza which has a maximum of 12 people. Gina, the ownwer, as well as her son Danny and Kallio were on the ship. There were 3 crew members for 10 people that day. We had all the food you could ever want to eat and all the drinks you could consume. We snorkeled with sea turtles, where no one else was at. We also snorkeled over a sunken ship and saw a ton of fish. I would do this tour again and again and again.
We didn't do an excursion here either. If you go, do an excursion because there isn't a thing to see in the small port town. The island is supposed to rival Costa Rica in ecotourism so I would hit the Emerald Pool or the Water fall.
We did a little shopping here but did not take a tour. It was a nice stop but it was rainy so we didn't have a lot of time to explore the island.
We book Cosol Tours which is not through Carnival. It was 65 bucks a person for a 6 hour tour. We went to a banana plantation, had two separate small meals, stopped at the Pitons, took a lot of pictures, used a water taxi to go between the Pitons and snorkeled. It was a great tour and our guide Baptist was originally from the island and knew everything about the island. I would do it again.
It was rainy here as well so we couldn't do much. All Carnival tours were canceled. The coolest thing we did was go to the town of Philipsburg. There we went to "That Yoda Guy's" shop. Nick Maley runs the place and is the man who created and designed the Yoda for the original Star Wars. He is in the shop daily, tells you stories and signs everything you guy. I'm not Star Wars geek at all but it was very cool to meet someone of his talent and caliber. It's not often you can meet someone like that so it was fun. He has a little museum from many of the movies he worked on.
Great port. We didn't do an excursions here but we just walked around the shops and went to Magen's Beach. It is a gorgeous island and has some of the best prices of any place we went to. Magen's Beach is one of the top 10 beaches in the world. It cost $16 pp round trip to go there. It might be less if you have a large group. That beach is absolutely beautiful. I would go back in a heart beat.