Fantastic First Cruise!: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by highseasfun

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Fantastic First Cruise!

Sail Date: February 2014
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Miami
This was our first cruise, we were celebrating a ten year anniversary.

Miami traffic was hectic, but once we made it to the port it wasn't too bad. WE parked in the cruise terminal which was quick and easy. the terminal was right across from the parking lot. Embarkation was much like going thorough and airport checkin. I would not recommend bringing alcohol in your carryon luggage since they were checking everything and had quite an area of confiscated liquor bottles, water and mouthwash bottles filled with alcohol.

The ship is very nice and clean even though its been a while since its last refurbishment. There is always something to do, from eating to activities to gym time to just relaxing.

The food was always excellent in the main dining rooms. From lobster to prime rib we always enjoyed our meals. When we weren't eating in the formal dining rooms there are breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets around the vessel and a 24 hour pizza bar serving up delicious More pizza. There was dinner entertainment which everyone seemed to love, with the waiters and staff dancing every night along with fantastic service.

We enjoyed the comedy club and the "married and love games", they were hilarious.

The pools were nice although while we were there the hot tubs were warm at best and the water slide was broke for the majority of the cruise, although I probably wouldn't have gone on it anyways. It was a little hard to find a seat on deck on our day at sea.

The movie screen had some small areas that weren't working which was a little annoying while trying to watch a movie but not that big of a deal.

Bartenders were great with their attentive service, but you would have to find the right one that makes the drinks the best and try and find them every day just like anywhere else.

We tried our luck in the casino one night, turns out, we don't have any.

The rooms were well maintained twice a day and the stewards were always attentive and eager to help us with whatever our needs were.

Debarkation was fast and painless. We selected self debarkation and took our own luggage off first thing in the morning. In 30 minutes we were already pulling out of the terminal.

All in all the ship and staff were awesome. the dining excellent and the stops great. This was our first cruise but will definitely not be our last. We are already planning our next one. Less

Published 03/02/14

Cabin review: 1324

The cabin was fine, spacious enough and noise was never a problem. The TV's are older crt sets but it didn't really matter since the only times we were in the room was to sleep or get ready to go out. Our room steward was fantastic. They cleaned up the rooms twice a day, once in the morning and then an evening turn down service with towel animals and chocolates.

Port and Shore Excursions

half moon cay was absolutely our favorite stop of the whole trip. We could have stayed there for all 3 port days and been perfectly happy. We will definitely make it a stop on a future cruise. The sand is white and clean and the water is pristine. There is probably 1 and a half miles of beach that you have all to yourself with no other cruise ships and no inhabitants. The staff from the ship comes over to the island in the morning and serve you throughout the day. there are plenty of chairs and areas to get away from all the crowds. Since its too shallow to dock they use tender vessels to ferry people back and forth to the island. they seat over 100 people on each one. We woke up early and got a tender number. we still had to wait almost an hour to have our numbers called but it was worth it to get to the island early. There are kids play areas and there is also live music and dancing. Getting back to the vessel took a little while and the lines got extremely long. We used this time to look for souvenirs and wait at some tables for the lines to go down and then hopped right on a tender boat back to the vessel.

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