We arrived at the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel one day prior to our cruise. Although not a great hotel, it makes up for itself by its location. We arrived at 3:05pm to find out our room wouldn't be ready for another 45 minutes. I say this because the lobby was packed with people who's rooms weren't ready. By 5:00pm I was upgraded to a suite because of the wait. Fort San Cristobal was a 5 minute walk away and tons of little shops, bars and restaurants also. Great location for walking.
We had a full boat, so all the food lines were long, long, long. Mississippi BBQ was always the longest line. It really didn't take that long and there was always tons of food at them. They filled them as fast as they were emptied. We had late dining in the Atlantic lower at a booth with another couple, but next time we do it, it'll be dine at your own time. The dining room food was very good and we never waited long for any meals. Our waiter was very good, and funny to. If you do breakfast, go before 8:00am. All the staff on the ship were very friendly and accommodating at all times. We got to know quite a few and as soon as they saw us, they went and got our drinks. Overall the ship was very very clean and really is just beautiful inside. We never did any shows and only sat by the pool one day, but the deck was packed with people all the time. There's so many things to do on this ship, where do I start. LOL.
CHEFS TABLE ON THE EVE OF BARBADOS: This was the most awesome thing we did on the boat. They only take 12 people and do it 1 or 2 nights. At 6:15 we were met by the Executive Chef of Carnival Victory, Aju. He asked us if we had any food allergies or if there was anything we didn't like. We started with a galley tour. This place is huge!!! 140 people work in here, not too mention the other 100 or so waiters coming in and out. He showed us how they control waste, how they cook, what's involved. Everything is cooked to order. Nothing is pre-prepared. It's true. One of the people in our group made the chocolate melting cake before we were whisked to another part of the galley for Hors D'Oeuvres. We had about 6 different ones each where he explained every ingredient and how it's prepared. Also, all the Champagne you can drink at this time. We then went to the Library where we sat down for our 7 course meal that is prepared right in front of you and explained to with every little detail. All the red and white wine, sparkling water and water you can drink. All the dishes looked like art work and in a few bites your done, but don't let that fool you, as it is so rich your stuffed by dessert. Everything was absolutely delicious. Each person gets a group photo and the menu. Also, each couple gets a Carnival Chefs cookbook signed by the Chef. Cost of this is $75.00 per person and I highly recommend this to all, even if you get a chance to do it just once, it's well worth it.
OVERALL: Great experiences, great people, good food, great itinerary, great value and most of all great memories. You can't go wrong booking this cruise. I most certainly would do this cruise again and again and again.....