Carnival Victory - Western Caribbean: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by Gram4Haley

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Carnival Victory - Western Caribbean

Sail Date: January 2006
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We were on the Victory January 15-22,2006. It was my fifth cruise, the third on Carnival. We arrived in Miami the day before our cruise. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Port of Miami. The rooms were very small but probably adequate for 2 people. The hotel had 1 working elevator for the guests. (In addition there was a service elevator and an out-of-order elevator). Everyone had to wait long periods of time to go anywhere. The housekeeping staff urged us to use the service elevator which we did. It still took about 10 minutes to get down to the lobby.

We arrived at the port around 11am and the US Coast Guard had just showed up to do an unannounced inspection. Carnival staff indicated that the additional wait would be about 45 minutes. Even with that, we were able to eat lunch around 1pm.

The ship looked tired. Seating on the Lido deck could have used reupholstery. The carpeting in the hall on the Rivera deck had an unknown food item that should have been cleaned up and More shampooed at sometime during the week but was not. In our cabin, 1401, the floor had a soft spot about 1 foot in diameter. It reminded me of walking on a sponge. I did not say anything to the room steward because I felt he knew about it; it was that obvious. The hallway a short distance from our room also had a soft spot. Our room steward brought his supervisor in to view the soft spot during the week, but no repair was made before we left on Sunday. By the 3rd or 4th day, there was a wet spot on the hall carpet, as if there was an overflow or leak of some kind. The leak continued to grow and by the last day, when you walked on it, it made a slurping sound.

The food was good everywhere, but the meals in the dining rooms were exceptional. If you have the opportunity to sit at table 232 in the Atlantic Dining room and your wait staff is Jonathan and Isabela, you will have the greatest service. At one point my son mentioned that he could not make a decision between 2 entrees, without requesting it Jonathan brought both entrees so my son didnt need to choose only one. After several lunches on the Lido deck we were tired of the fare so we tried the dining room at lunchtime. We did not go back to Lido for lunch. Our party included 4 adults and our 2-year-old granddaughter. At lunch one of the waiters did magic tricks for our granddaughter. Another created a mouse out of a napkin and proceeded to make the mouse walk up his arm. The coffee tasted good on Lido, but it was better in the dining room. The grand buffet was beautiful to view.

We did have some extreme weather most of the week. The ship rocked most of the week. Monday was a sea day. We were scheduled to go to Costa Maya on Tuesday, but were unable to dock there because of the high winds and 10-foot waves. A pilot boat came out to meet the ship. The captain of that little board had a great deal of skill. We watched that boat toss and dip for some time before our captain cancelled the port stop. While we were disappointed, everyone seemed to understand. Wednesday was a sea day. On Thursday Grand Cayman shut down their port so we could not get off the ship there. Finally on Friday we docked in Jamaica. It did rain part of the day, but no one complained. Saturday was a sea day and Sunday we were back in Miami, so we had 1 port of call. It was disappointing, but was not within anyones control.

The evening entertainment was very good. Considering some of the entertainment could not get on the ship because of the aborted dockings, the crew went above and beyond in providing additional shows.

It had been 3 years since I was on a Carnival ship, and finding your luggage has not gotten any better. If they can take care of 2700 people for a whole week, why cant they make picking up your luggage a more organized process?

From what I have read, the missed ports of call seem fairly regular. In those circumstances I would think that Carnival would have included more varied activities than additional games of bingo and trivia to fill your day. Less

Published 03/03/06

Cabin review: 6a1401

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