Southern Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Victory: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by FloridaBrit123321

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Southern Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Victory

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
On July 31st my husband & I flew to San Juan where we boarded the Carnival Victory. Having cruised with Carnival several years ago when it was quite basic, and knowing that they are regarded as the "fun" "party" ship and since cruised with Royal Caribbean, we were a little hesitant about the reputation of Carnival however the selection of cruises to Southern Caribbean at this time of year is limited. I can honestly say we were not disappointed and it was the best cruise and would highly recommend it.

As we were booked into a Grand Suite, checking in was extremely quick and easy and we were on the ship enjoying the buffet lunch in no time. By 2.30pm we were able to go to our cabin and our luggage was delivered shortly after. This was amazing as on all previous cruises, regardless of company, our luggage did not arrive until after dinner. Our cabin was awesome - very clean and spacious and our steward, Rosario was very helpful and friendly. As we were not leaving San Juan More until 10pm we were able to leave the ship and explore the town - we enjoyed this as it made the cruise seem longer.

We had selected open dining and our initial server, Ana was wonderful. The hostesses actually remembered our names by the second evening and were very accommodating in that they ensured we were seated at Ana's table every night for the rest of the cruise. We were pleasantly surprised by the food at dinner - Carnival have definately upped their game! The selection and quality of food was excellent and there was always something for everyone. We highly recommend the roast lamb and the warm melting chocolate cake and of course the lobster - there are no restrictions so if you want more just ask.

On the days we were in port and had excursions booked we ordered room service -it arrived exactly on time and even received more than what we had ordered. We did try the buffet breakfast one morning - would not recommend it as it was chaotic. Breakfast in the Pacific Restaurant was much better, and gives you a chance to meet other passengers.

There was a huge selection for lunch ranging from every salad imaginable, several hot dishes, Asian dishes, freshly made sandwiches, burgers and pizzas, not forgetting a large selection of deserts. The pizzas were some of the best we have eaten and are available 24 hours. The only downside of the buffet lunch is the number of passengers who are determined to get their money's worth by loading up as many plates as they can and so hold up the line.

There is a sushi bar open early evening, serving freshly made sushi - very good.

There was a wide selection of entertainment and something for everyone. The entertainment staff were very friendly but not over-powering. The comedians were very good and would highly recommend finishing the night in the piano bar with Tom who is extremely talented, knows and sings every song you can suggest. It's amazing how many friends you can make while singing along to your favorite tunes! It became a regular meeting place. Less

Published 08/13/11

Cabin review: GS7298 Grand Suite

Grand Suite - double balcony with loungers. Very large suite, 3 huge closets, more drawers than you could need. Large dressing area. Very large bathroom with full size whirlpool bath - very welcome after a long day doing excurions. Large king size bed - very comfortable. Could not fault it and would highly recommend paying the extra for the luxury and comfort.

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Port and Shore Excursions

"A Flavor of Barbados" - very interesting! The rum distillery was good and you are able to try many different rums. Visit to Sunbury Plantation House was interesting - you can imagine how they lived many years ago. Visiit to the Medford Mahogany Creations was enlightening. Overall, very good tour. However, was disappointed in Barbados - people not as friendly as expected, and island not as pretty as other islands.

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This was the most beautiful island and our favorite. The climate and culture were excellent and people were very friendly. We did the St. Kitts by Rail & Scenic Drive and this was the best tour we have experienced. Highly recommend it. The tour guides were very friendly and knowledgeable and the singers were very entertaining. There was endless refreshments including rum punch and pinacolada. After a quick lunch on the ship we then took a taxi to the beach - the taxi driver was so friendly and offered to return to the beach to pick us up - as we left the beach, there he was, shouting for us to let us know he was waiting for us. The beach was good - black sand and the water was warm and inviting.

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Did not sign up for excursions as the choices were same as every other destination. Visited the town to do some shopping but was very disappointed in selection and prices.

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Best port for shopping - especially if you want jewellry of any kind as there are many independant stores who offer much better pricing than the multi chain stores found on every island. Main beach as you leave the water taxi very crowded.

We booked an excursion through Cruises Only to Coral World and swimming with the Turtles. When we left the ship it took a long time to find our driver and then we had to move from bus to bus as more people joined us from another cruise. When we arrived at Coral World and checked in, they had no record of our reservation for the turtle encounter so we were passed from one place to another until it was finally organised. What an experience! There was only the 2 of us and the trainer in the pool for almost an hour and it is an experience we will never forget - they are amazing creatures. Would highly recommend this excursion. There is also a very good beach next to Coral World if you want to go snorkeling or swimming.

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