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Carnival Victory Cruise Review by fromtheatl

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Carnival Victory
Carnival Victory
Member Name: fromtheatl
Cruise Date: November 2011
Embarkation: San Juan
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: 8D
Cabin Number: 8323
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 2.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 3.0
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We sailed out of San Juan on the Victory. The ship itself was very nice and the majority of the staff was very friendly. Ports of call were amazing and we had a great time just visiting the beaches at each one.

We did one shore excursion during the week which was the Shipwreck Snorkeling and Beach Party in Barbados. While it was a good time, it was certainly less than expected. The shipwreck is a boat (small) that sunk about 60 feet off the beach and they take you out there to snorkel for 30 minutes and the fish variety are few. (Don't let them charge you the extra $5 to go have the turtle experience because it is less than 25 feet away from the shore line and you could swim over there yourself. Luckily, we did not do this.) In Barbados we were constantly hounded by locals trying to sell things.

Our cabin was directly below the Lido deck (I saw another poster in this thread who stayed in the exact cabin we did a couple of months ago) and it could not have been noisier. All day and all night there were chairs scraping. Back and forth, back and forth. It was absolutely miserable. Do not stay in this part of the ship!!

The staff: we loved our waiters in the dining room. They were amazing. The staff in the Mediterranean restaurant where the buffet was cannot be described as amazing. There were so many staff members that they just got in your way. And they did not make any effort to move. The passengers were expected to move or get run over. Any time you walked through that area you could count on having to side step staff standing in the middle of the walkway. Our cabin steward did a good job, but the hallways always had staff members in them. Just standing there. And there was always something piled in the hallway like towels or sheets or the cleaning carts or something. It was just crowded.

The ship was certainly not full for this cruise, and the staff seemed to be way too many as they were constantly in the way.

The trip was amazing and we loved the places we went, but if we were to do it again we would do it a little differently. The main thing being the location of our cabin!!

Publication Date: 11/22/11
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