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 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.