Carnival Victory - April 2012: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by Melissa1445

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Carnival Victory - April 2012

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
Boarded Carnival Victory on April 29th, 2012. Have travelled many times with Carnival. This ship was just O.K. While it was clean, it is a bit dated.

The biggest disappointment was the meals in The Dining Room. There were 5 adults travelling in our group and we all agreed that the food on Lido was better and you didn't have to take nearly 2 hours each night to complete your dinner. The service was slow and the selections were not like they have been on past trips. Many nights the same selections in the dessert and appetizer categories. The quality of food on CARNIVAL or at least this ship was not good. Don't know if it is the chef on VICTORY or CARNIVAL is cutting back. The flavor just wasn't there. Many people on our excursions said the same thing. Don't waste your time...just eat on LIDO but the dining experience of course will not be the same.

CARNIVAL needs to improve the entertainment as well. Tired of the NEWLYWED games and BATTLE OF THE SEXES. Come More up with some new ideas...please. Went to see 3 comedians and only 1 was funny. Hardly anyone laughed for the other 2 and people got up and left. The ship was noisy and alot of people on our trip were rude running up and down the halls all hours of the day and night. That is not CARNIVAL'S fault obviously. The only quiet place on the ship to really relax was on SERENDITY DECK. My husband and I enjoy music but it is so loud you have to scream to each other to talk. CARNIVAL needs to provide a place where there is relaxing music where you can converse while relaxing.

Overall, very disappointed with our experience this time with CARNIVAL. The stops we made were amazing and we planned some amazing excursions. Loved the Islands...St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Barbados. Less

Published 05/12/12

Cabin review: 4F Interior

Don't get a cabin midship on Deck 6 (Upper Deck) unless you don't mind alot of noise until 2am. I would book on Empress Level

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Port and Shore Excursions

Took a shuttle to Carlisle beach near the cruise terminal Beautiful beach and swam with sea turtles. You will be pestered by locals selling their crafts on the beach...alot. Also, there are a group of guys that will approach you to pay for a short boat ride out to see a shallow shipwreck and see seaturtles. They start by telling you it is $35 each and keep coming back and lowering their prices. They take you to the left side of Carlisle Beach near the bouys for 1 hour. If you can swim fairly well, bring your own gear and you are much better off. Once we got out there with this guy, he didn't even offer fins. When we were done snorkeling by the shipwrecks,he was on the phone with his buddy on the beach and made us go ashore to pick up more people before we could go back out to see the turtles....a waste of time. He then overloaded the boat and we were all uncomfortable....people standing, not even seats. Its a real racket. Bring your own gear....much more sanitary as well.
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Scooter Rental

Loved seeing the island on scooters we rented from Ride St. Kitts. Had great scooters and it is a great way to see this island....just beautiful. Had the option of stopping where we wanted. The island people are extremely friendly and kind. Highly recommend seeing St. Kitts this way.

Take a Land and Sea tour on this island. Went with Herod's tours. Even had a creole buffet lunch at his mom's house and sat on her veranda overlooking the Piton Mountains. Herods does a good job and you will really get a flavor for the island which is lush.
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Took a water taxi to town to shop and swim at the city beach Nice island to shop on and take a dip in the blue water after you are done.

Catamaran Tour

Took a private catamaran trip with our 5 adults. Great way to relax and get away from the crowds. You actually get to experience sealife without alot of people around you. Better than getting on a CATTLEmaran. Snorkeled around St. Johns and spent 7 hours sailing which was great.

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