My worse cruise: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by candegurrl25

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My worse cruise

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
Got to san juan a day ahead of time and stayed at the acacia hotel. Wouldnt recommend, i am still trying to get 575$ back that they over charged me. It was 200$ for the night and not worth it. Its a good idea to get in a day ahead just in case you have a problem with your flight. Don't stay in old san juan, dirty, ran down and you can't walk around at night.
Embarkation the smoothest i have ever had. Room was nice and large, but they take up a lot of room with a small siting couch and chair. My steward was awesome and probably the best thing on this ship. I have sailed with carnival at least 5 times and this was the worse i have seen. There really is much to do. When arrived we asked them to put on the football games in the sport bar (it was sunday), but they explained the bar wouldn't open til 5pm and that they couldn't change the current channels. A lot of people not pleased. There are a few bars, but nothing much going on in them. The only floor to do anything is the More 5th.
The food was horrible, i usually commend carnival for the decent food considering the value of the cruise. Perhaps it is the chef, but our steaks were horrible, desserts were under or over cooked. Breakfast was horrible in the dining room and the buffet. We didn't make it to one out times for dining and had to go to the buffet for dinner, bad idea. The only edible thing to survive on was pizza and sandwiches from the deli. Our Dinner service was always rushed,u never got to relax and enjoy, the staff seemed to have too many tables. We always had to ask to get more water and if want tea or lemonade that put it in a small wine glass. Anytime we wanted a bottle of wine you have to ask your server, not bar waitress and it takes forever, so don't bother. They practically throw each course down and take it away before you are done. They even put 2 things at once in front of you to save time.
The pictures are ridiculous, every where you turn they want to take a picture of you. It gets old and they are pricey. It seems carnival is cutting back on cost.
Even at the pool it is hard to get a drink. We asked for water and ice and she brought it a half hour later. I ended up getting my own after waiting so long. Usually there is a lot of people to attend you while your laying out, but there was hardly any.So if you do lay out and you don't have kids there is a really nice adult only area by the spa. That was the only plus. Spa prices are high, they never have any good deals and there is no day spa to hang out in.
This whole ship needs a facelift. Service, food and atmosphere.
Also never shop at any of the places they recommend in ports, these places pay carnival to get people to come in. It even says it at the bottom of all the shopping guides they give you. You never receive a map of the island , just a crappy shopping guide that shows you a small part of the town.....useless
Your ship director is one of the most annoying i have seen. YOu will never forget him because all he ever says is "my name is Karl with a K" Less

Published 11/24/11

Cabin review: 8E1037 Balcony

no fridge, even though there is room. Nice size room and bathroom. Small balcony. You can hear any noise in the hallway. Room was in a perfect location from the pool,restaurants and elevator.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Elegance catamaran was the highlight of our trip. They only book up to 14 people so it never is packed. 100pp they pick you up, all drinks are covered, they provide snorkels, lunch, and snacks. They take you to a few shipwreck areas. We swam with turtles and schools of fish. Then you can relax and sail for a few hours around the island. You check out other catamarans and boats they have 25-100 pple piled on. The price is amazing for what you get and the people are so nice who run the boat. Just email them to confirm and they don't charge you til you arrive on the boat.

we booked a day tour thru orbits and got to go to the fort which has beautiful views and the arboretum which is lovely. Probably the most beautiful of the islands i saw. I would love to come back again and check out more of the island, nice people and not much poverty. We ate at a street stall called mrs monroes, there are flags hanging all around it and you must try if you are into trying local cuisine. We had chicken in johnny cakes which were amazing, wash it down with a dollar bill. A lot of places to go souvenir shopping right outside the ship.

We booked thru consol tours which was 65 pp and there was about 20 pple who booked from our shift. They take you on a tour of the entire island and provide breakfast, drinks and snacks thru out. It would of been a hire rating but there are to many stops and a few are really ghetto. Most of the island housing in beyond poverty so tourism really helps. Our first stop was on the side of the road where bananas were growing, i though we would be checking out a plantation. This trip would be nice if they made it more simple. YOu get a tour of a live volcano, and a water tax in to swim for an hour. The food is good. But there are at least 5 caravans, to many people and to many stops. Not relaxing and you always feel rushed.This was the least favorite of the islands we saw.
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We took a water taxi over to the down town and spent the day walking around. This island has a lot to offer. You can take a taxi over to the french side and the beaches are supposed to be nice. They also have one of the most dangerous airports in the world. the planes have to land on very short run way and you can sit 15 feet below them while they land. Everyone is trying to sell you a chair to sit on the beach and the deals are actually pretty good. We ate at a place called honky tonk bar at the end of town and it was probably some of the best food we had on the trip. Ran by a english guy and free wi fi you can't beat it. We you get off the water taxi just walk to the left it is right on the sand. When you are done you can go sit on the beach and relax in beautiful water. There is a belguim chocolate shop that is amazing, she will even deliver it to your state room

St thomas has a lot of places to shop, if i wanted to shop i would of stayed at home. There are a lot of tourist taxies to show you the island, but they pack you in like sardines and wait til the back is filled.They also charge different prices. We actually have been here before so we grabbed a taxi to red hook and took a ferry over to st johns. Trunk bay is supposed to be one of the best beaches in the world. Cost about 60 $ total for 2 to get there including ferry and taxies, the ship will charge you 80$ a person for this same excursion. There was a high surf warning so we couldn't snorkel and the water was pretty rough. We still had a nice time and the harbor area around red hook has a lot of bar and places to eat.
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