2 Carnival Victory Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Caribbean - Western from San Juan

We choose our ships largely because of the itinerary. This was my second time sailing on Victory (the first was in 2005) and it was great to see so many updates (most notably the seaside theater). Granted it is an older ship and this ... Read More
We choose our ships largely because of the itinerary. This was my second time sailing on Victory (the first was in 2005) and it was great to see so many updates (most notably the seaside theater). Granted it is an older ship and this showed mostly in our cabin bathroom (alot of cracks and wear and tear) but honestly it didn't even matter. I love Carnival and have been tempted to try other cruise lines, but if you truly want a fun ship cruise, Carnival is where it's at. My kids had a great time in Camp Carnival, although I think the babysitting fees are ridiculous, and I was quite shocked that Carnival had changed their policy of both 2 kids for $10 an hour without updating their website. As you can imagine I wasn't too pleased when I got my bill. As usual the shows were excellent (although it's definitely time to do away with the Legends Show - or at least introduce new celebrities). MATT was by FAR the BEST cruise director EVER!!!!! He was so vibrant and visible ALL over the ship. I wonder if he ever slept! He really did a FANTASTIC job. Sparkle was too old to be called Sparkle and did not sparkle too much. She should not work with MATT. She was too sparkle-less. The food was pretty good as usual. Although the Mexican midnight buffet didn't go over too well in my opinion. No-one wants to eat that so late at night. I say bring back the dessert buffet!!!! The islands were all beautiful (St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, St. Kitts). Didn't do any ship excursions. We negotiated our own and got good deals. Kids should not be allowed in the hottubs. They seemed to think it was an extension of the pool and were diving in. I saw a security guard ONCE telling a kid not to jump in, but he didn't say they couldn't go in. Hence my trip to Serenity which is an AWESOME idea. Quite secluded and just great for couples. Another nice addition. All in all a GREAT vacation. Looking forward to sailing on the new Carnival Breeze! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
My wife and I went on the Victory in Feb/March 2011. The cruise itself was wonderful. The ship was clean, everyone treated us special, and there was plenty to do .... No complaints on the cruise, the ship, or the employees ... EXCEPT for ... Read More
My wife and I went on the Victory in Feb/March 2011. The cruise itself was wonderful. The ship was clean, everyone treated us special, and there was plenty to do .... No complaints on the cruise, the ship, or the employees ... EXCEPT for the service counter staff. Or should I say "Carnival Cruise line's position on a simple rule'. This is our 3rd cruise with Carnival. We are allowed one bottle of wine per adult to bring during embarkment. We have done this with our past 2 cruises. We brought the wine aboard in our check-in luggage on our past cruises and had no problems. This time, the rules changed. There was no reason why we would 'review every rule in the book' for our 3rd cruise, so, we did as we have done before and packed our wine in the regular luggage. After all; you can't bring wine on an airplane in a carry-on bag. This time it was confiscated because 'NOW' the rule has changed and it must be brought on in a carry-on bag. I told them that as a past cruiser, we did not know because it was OK the way we did it before, and that it would be such a 'small' thing for Carnival to give us back our wine and tell us "you will know better next time". It would be no problem for them, and they would have happy repeat cruisers. It was a big inconvenience for us to have to either drink 2 bottles of wine on our last night in San Juan; haul it all back home; or have to give it away. I think it was very petty of Carnival. They could of had a 100% completely satisfied cruiser instead of one that feels irritated. I wrote Carnival when I got home and all they responded with was "too bad; that's the rules; hope it doesn't color your view of us" (I'm paraphrasing). Sorry Carnival, but it does color my view. A couple that we sat with at dinner had their wine confiscated also. They did not have time during the hustle at the airport to take their wine out of their luggage before Carnival baggage people whisked it way. They did not complain, but it would not have mattered anyway because Carnival only understands 'rules' not 'making its cruisers happy'. Otherwise, the ship was very nice. The room did not have a refrigerator. It would have been nice to have one, but, with ice always available, we did just fine without one. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Carnival Victory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates N/A 4.3

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