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Carnival Victory Cruise Review by stardj: Carnival victory Oct 17th to 24th 2010


stardj
2 Reviews
Member Since 2010
20 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.5
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Carnival victory Oct 17th to 24th 2010

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan

My wife had done a cruise several years ago so since our 15th wedding anniversary was in October of 2010, we decided to try a southern Caribbean cruise. We embarked onto the Carnival Victory in San Juan on October 17th. I was clearly mesmerised by the size of this vessel. The embarkment went very smoothly and was able to find our room on deck 7 very easily. Deck 7 was previously recommended to us by a Carnival rep for the lack of noise and movement of the boat during our stay.

As far as the Carnival Victory ship itself, The staff is very courteous and tend to your every need. Gratuities are already prepaid so you don't need to have money on you at any time. It's convenient to have a sign and sale card to place any purchases on kinda like a credit card you pay at the end of the cruise. The best thing is that you never go hungry. There is always food 24 hours a day on some part of the ship which includes room service. The food on Lido deck however seemed to always be cold and More tasteless. The buffet there has more deserts at lunch time then they do at dinner time. The staff is very efficient there with cleaning the tables etc in a timely manner. The food in the pacific dining lounge is fabulous with good size portions. You are seated at a large table with several other people unless you request otherwise. The staff will always place the napkin on your lap for you and serve you from your right hand side. To us the water tasted kinda weird and the coffee was always a bit on the strong side.

The layout of the ship is confusing at first but by the end of the cruise you wil know the front end of the ship from the back. The best floors to travel from front to back are 5, 7 and 9. The decor is very elegant and appeals to all people. The pools are usually around 75 degrees and not too crowded from what we saw. Our room on the 7th floor was always cleaned very quickly and it's worth spending the extra money for an outside ocean view balcony. A schedule of activities is left in your room each night for the next days port which we found extremely helpful. We also found it extremely helpful to view information channels on the rooms tv along with deck cameras to see how busy it was. What I did not like was how the light on the balcony did not work when you are traveling on sea overnight because of navigational reasons. When I asked about this at guest services they would not give me a clear answer. How those lights effect navigation is beyond me and the ship is always on sea at night so they should just do away with the fixtures then!!

The entertainment caters to all ages of people so there's always something to do but not always that exciting to do it. For example, the disco did not start until very late and did not have a lot of dancing and good music one night that I passed by it. The showtime theatre performances were fantastic and the band and dancers were great but the two main singers could not carry a tune to save themselves. Same with a calypso band on the Lido deck was great but the singer was pathetic as well. And the guy that ran the Karaoke lounge sounded as if he would rather be in bed then anywhere else.

Some friends of ours arranged with the cruise line to have our room decorated for our anniversary which was a big surprise. they also had them leave a gift basket for us during the week. A cake was also presented to us for desert one dinner time in the Pacific dining lounge and a few of the waiters sung Happy Anniversary.

So in all the cruise was a wonderful experience with only those few minor things mentioned above that was not so great. Less


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Cabin review: Carnival Victory Balcony Empress 7361

Our room on the 7th floor was always cleaned very quickly and it's worth spending the extra money for an outside oceanview balcony which are a good size. A schedule of activities is left in your room each night for the next days port which we found extremely helpful. We also found it extremly helpful to view information channels on the rooms tv along with deck cameras to see how busy it was. The bed was pretty comfortable too!! There was lots of hot water in the shower too!! What I did not like was how the light on the balcony did not work when you are traveling on sea overnight because of navigational reasons. When I asked about this at guest services they would not give me a clear answer. How those lights effect navigation is beyond me and the ship is always on sea at night so they should just do away with the fixtures then!!

Port and Shore Excursions


Our third port was Barbados on Wednesday the 20th. We booked a zip lining excursion there. Zip lining is 7 times across 8 platforms. The staff there is very conscious and concerned for your safety. The shopping at the port was a comfortable experience.

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Our second stop was Dominica on Tuesday Oct 19th. We booked an island and rain forest tour. The tour guide was very thorough and informative. The rainforest has a lot of steep paths with tree roots etc that was not too much of an issue. The swim in the Emerald pool is a little slippery and rocky so you have to be a little careful. The island is small and is a poor community and shows by its run down housing etc.

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The last day of the cruise we went back to the San Juan port. The people are friendly in San Juan but its hard to tell because they keep to themselves and are somewhat quiet and reserved. We took a bus tour there and found it to be a busy place with lots of historical points. Lots of shops to buy almost anything as well.
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The fifth port was St. Kitts on Friday the 22nd. While the scenery and landscape looked very appealing, we did not do an excursion on this day because non of them sounded very appealing. We did some shopping in the port markets where the people are very aggressive to get sales by following you around etc. The weather was extremely hot there.


The fourth port was St. Lucia on Thursday the 21st. We took a catamaran tour on this day. It was a large boat with approximately 30 of us on-board. It went along the coastline and several points of interest were noted to us. It stops for swimming for 30 minutes in 5 feet of water. Some guys in small boats try to sell you shells while there. After that there is free Rum punch on-board and beer is only $3. The tour feels a bit long near its end on the way back to port.


On Saturday the 23rd we arrived in St. Maarten. We did a tour, beach and shopping excursion which was very beautiful and interesting. The tour stops at a very large beach but has a lot of seaweed from what we experienced. My wife thought St. Maarten had degraded somewhat since she had been there years ago.


Our first stop was in St. Thomas on Monday Oct 18th. We booked a tour and beach excursion which was well worth the money. The beach was the best of them all this week. The island was beautiful and the people very friendly.

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