We selected this cruise because of the 7 islands in seven days. To provide perspective we are not the type of cruiser who focuses on the boat but rather on what ports we will visit. Previously we have sailed on RCCL and NCL.
After arriving Saturday, we boarded the Victory on Sunday at about 1. Because of our cabin we received VIP boarding but because of the poor service in the VIP lounge we would have boarded the ship earlier if we had gone through the normal check in. This was our first experience of the confusion/poor flow design we experienced periodically on our cruise. Also we had to search for a map of the boat and the day's schedule. Considering the time of year there were quite a few teenagers on the cruise.
Ship itself - the ship was going to drydock right after our cruise; however other than carpets and some walls, the ship was in good shape. On the Victory you either eat in the main dining room, buffet or room service. We spent our time in port, in the theatre, on the pool deck or in the lobby bar so we can not comment on much else. We really enjoyed the ampitheatre style pool decks as it allowed you a good view of the deck as well as enough space between chairs. (on our previous cruises they jammed all the loungers together with no space). The layout on the third and fourth deck did confuse me for the first half of the cruise though :) So overall we were happy with the ship.
Room - due to low pricing we splurged and went for an OS suite. This gave us more space and a larger balcony. Again I was very happy with the stateroom and the service.
Food - Breakfast: We used room service a few times - however the menu is very limited to continental style. We went to the main dining room once but the menu was no different from the buffet and it took over an hour - very poor service considering this is a port intensive trip. The buffet was straightforward and did not really change during the week. If you got there early you were fine, if you got there during prime time it could be a very looong wait.
- Lunch: Due to the number of ports we went to we did not eat lunch other than the first day and the sea day. Again the buffet was fairly limited but ok. Considering the time most people got back from port the hours the buffet was open for lunch was quite limited - if you needed something to tide you over to the late supper you were limited to sandwiches and pizza.
- Dinner: We went to the dining room every night. The food quality was ok, menus were pretty straight forward but not to creative. Service could be very slow. On the first night, the main waiter was quite rude to one of our tablemates when she asked for a drink menu - luckily he only was with us the first night. We looked at having room service but the menu was very poor - basically sandwiches and salads. Overall food was good in quality but selection was below what we expected and had experienced in the past.
Entertainment - this was a weak spot for the trip. The main shows were pretty poor except for a couple including the "legends" show which used cruisemates who tried out. Also if you are having the late seating (which is a must on this trip) you will be limited in what you can go to. Considering this is the "fun ship" cruise line it was disappointing - but again we went for the ports so it did not impact our trip.