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My wife and I are pretty easy going. We have cruised before a number of times on a number of different cruise lines, so we decided to try Carnival. In order to make this post more informative for those who are looking for some information about the cruise, I'll divide the post into "pro's" and "con's". Pro's: Excellent ports of call. Few cruises go to the south caribbean and for the money, there is no way you are going to beat Carnival's price on this cruise. Royal Caribbean (RC) has a similar cruise out of San Juan, but you'll be hard pressed to find the RC cruise at the low Carnival price. Excellent sit down dinner dining cuisine. Whether in the Pacific or Atlantic dining rooms, the service is excellent, attentive, and there are many options every night. There are 2 menus to choose from every night. On one side of the menu is the every day options which you may order throughout the cruise. On the right "other" side of the menu is "today's menu" with as many options. In reality, if you can't find something to eat off that menu then you are the problem and are just too picky, not the menu. The Ship's Serenity (Adult's Only) area: The ships adult's only area is a nice touch on a cruise where children may be running around. The area has 2 hammocks (get there early or you will never know what it feels like to sit in a hammock on a cruise ship). There are ample chairs and couches to sit on as well in the serenity area. Cabins: Cruise ship cabins are not large no matter what cruise line or ship you go on. Anyone who tells you different has no idea what they are talking about. In fact, the newer vessels provide even less room than the older ships. If you are expecting a large room then book a suite, because anything less than a suit will buy you a small room that is big enough to suit it's purpose, sleep and hang out when you get bored from the cruise activities on a sea day. Having said that, the cabins big enough for 2-3 people to sleep and put their stuff away. The decor might not be for everyone, but there's no sense in knocking Carnival's decor...they have neon and bright colors for a reason and i'm not sure it will change any time soon. Comedians: 2 of the 4 comedians are very good and funny. Hank McGauly and Happy Cole were very entertaining and you could tell most people thought the same because their shows were packed. The other 2 putz's couldn't fill half the lounge because they were just not funny at all. You will enjoy the family friendly shows as well as the 18+ shows. Embarkation: Very easy process. No hassles as long as you have all your paperwork. Con's: The buffet food in the mediteranean restaurant is mediocre at best. I'd really compare the quality to the Old Country Buffet. Because this cruise is a port intensive cruise, many people want to just have a quick breakfast and get off the ship to the port of call. Obviously a buffet will allow that since you don't have to wait for wait staff to bring you this and that. The food is not great, it is bland...it doesn't change either. Every morning it's same scrambled eggs that are very watery, sausage, toast, hash browns, grits, oatmeal, fruit, and a few other items. While the selection seems good enough, the selection never changes....so variety is not really an option at the buffet for breakfast. Cruise Director and his Staff: I'll keep the comment here short. The cruise director is named Karl. From the minute you get on board you will be told his name is "Karl with a K". The guy is annoying and his "fun" staff is even more annoying. Just a little heads up. Entertainment on Board: The shows were pretty amaturish. There were many costume changes for every show and the dancers were pretty good, it's the choreography that lacks any artistic talent. Disembarking: Total nightmare. We docked at 7am into San Juan and the self assist passengers weren't off the boat until 10am.....very very slow which is not entirely Carnival's fault. US Customs is in part to blame for having 3 officers for over 2300 guests getting off.

Good Itinerary, mediocre ship and staff

Carnival Victory Cruise Review by MALAW 2010

Trip Details
My wife and I are pretty easy going. We have cruised before a number of times on a number of different cruise lines, so we decided to try Carnival. In order to make this post more informative for those who are looking for some information about the cruise, I'll divide the post into "pro's" and "con's".



Pro's:

Excellent ports of call. Few cruises go to the south caribbean and for the money, there is no way you are going to beat Carnival's price on this cruise. Royal Caribbean (RC) has a similar cruise out of San Juan, but you'll be hard pressed to find the RC cruise at the low Carnival price.



Excellent sit down dinner dining cuisine. Whether in the Pacific or Atlantic dining rooms, the service is excellent, attentive, and there are many options every night. There are 2 menus to choose from every night. On one side of the menu is the every day options which you may order throughout the cruise. On the right "other" side of the menu is "today's menu" with as many options. In reality, if you can't find something to eat off that menu then you are the problem and are just too picky, not the menu.



The Ship's Serenity (Adult's Only) area:

The ships adult's only area is a nice touch on a cruise where children may be running around. The area has 2 hammocks (get there early or you will never know what it feels like to sit in a hammock on a cruise ship). There are ample chairs and couches to sit on as well in the serenity area.



Cabins:

Cruise ship cabins are not large no matter what cruise line or ship you go on. Anyone who tells you different has no idea what they are talking about. In fact, the newer vessels provide even less room than the older ships. If you are expecting a large room then book a suite, because anything less than a suit will buy you a small room that is big enough to suit it's purpose, sleep and hang out when you get bored from the cruise activities on a sea day. Having said that, the cabins big enough for 2-3 people to sleep and put their stuff away. The decor might not be for everyone, but there's no sense in knocking Carnival's decor...they have neon and bright colors for a reason and i'm not sure it will change any time soon.



Comedians:

2 of the 4 comedians are very good and funny. Hank McGauly and Happy Cole were very entertaining and you could tell most people thought the same because their shows were packed. The other 2 putz's couldn't fill half the lounge because they were just not funny at all. You will enjoy the family friendly shows as well as the 18+ shows.



Embarkation:

Very easy process. No hassles as long as you have all your paperwork.



Con's:

The buffet food in the mediteranean restaurant is mediocre at best. I'd really compare the quality to the Old Country Buffet. Because this cruise is a port intensive cruise, many people want to just have a quick breakfast and get off the ship to the port of call. Obviously a buffet will allow that since you don't have to wait for wait staff to bring you this and that. The food is not great, it is bland...it doesn't change either. Every morning it's same scrambled eggs that are very watery, sausage, toast, hash browns, grits, oatmeal, fruit, and a few other items. While the selection seems good enough, the selection never changes....so variety is not really an option at the buffet for breakfast.



Cruise Director and his Staff:

I'll keep the comment here short. The cruise director is named Karl. From the minute you get on board you will be told his name is "Karl with a K". The guy is annoying and his "fun" staff is even more annoying. Just a little heads up.



Entertainment on Board:

The shows were pretty amaturish. There were many costume changes for every show and the dancers were pretty good, it's the choreography that lacks any artistic talent.



Disembarking:

Total nightmare. We docked at 7am into San Juan and the self assist passengers weren't off the boat until 10am.....very very slow which is not entirely Carnival's fault. US Customs is in part to blame for having 3 officers for over 2300 guests getting off.
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