This is the 4th time that I, along with my 3 teenagers, my dear friend, her teenager, and my sister and her 3 teens have taken a cruise out of San Juan over Spring Break and the 2nd time in a row that we have sailed on the Victory. We chose the Victory because we like be in port everyday and that is what the Victory gives you.
Between the 11 of us we had 2 balcony cabins and 2 interiors, all together on deck 8. Our location was good, cabins above and below us, and mid ship. Our cabins were clean and the area quiet. Our group would meet in the same location every morning for breakfast before heading out for the day. The buffet was usually crowded with fairly long lines. The food was fine. We would generally head off the ship shortly after breakfast and be gone for most of the day. Upon return, kids and moms would generally get a bite to eat (often a slice of pizza or a sandwich, if the buffet was still open) The kids always finishing with ice cream! We had dinner every night in the dining room, late seating. The food was fine. Since we have 5 large teenage boys, quantity is really more important than quality!
If the after dinner show did not interest us (the down side of being on board 2 years in a row is the shows are almost exactly the same as the year before) the younger teens, ages 14,14,16,16, and 17, would head off to the teen room and the older teens, ages 18 and 18, and the moms would head off to casino or the karaoke bar. We have obviously enjoyed our times on the Victory since we have done it twice. Our cabins have always been good.
We loved being in port every day and the kids love (need, if you ask them) 24 hour ice cream. You could get a really good pre-dinner cosmo at several of the bars. I had a good massage in the spa.
Now, here are a few things that I didn't like. The announcements on board seem to go on constantly and can be heard throughout the ship, including the staterooms. It appeared that Carnival had sold quite a few discounted fairs based on the number and behavior of some of the guests. Also, I didn't like the push they gave me in the spa to buy products. This years cruise will not be on the Victory but we shall remember her fondly.