SunLightSunShin
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Carnival Victory

October 2015 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Western

Victorious!

After reading reviews about the Victory cruise ship, I wish I would have never been so worried in the first place! As this is my 3rd time sailing, it was beautiful to see when I first stepped in. Huge and it was awesome! My friend with me was just taking aback with it as I was. The decor may not be everyone's taste but at least there's some color to make it stand out. 

The first day was pretty standard. Went through the mustard drill as swift as they could and then it's time to enjoy! We both settled in and our room was very spacious. We had ours updated *at least the bathroom was* and met the Housekeeping guy. Huge kudos to Ron for every night he would be in the best of moods, singing to himself and if we ever needed him, he was right on time! I even requested a certain animal to be made and as I thought I'd get a simple creation – he went to make it beautifully elegant. Such a sweet man! Dinner was spectacular each night! The waiters we had were so attentive, kind and made sure we were satisfied. They suggested foods if we wanted smother plate since we almost seemed to finish our plates rather quickly *each meal so delicious* making our nights run smoothly. Bartender Natasha was quite rude as she seemed to change her attitude after night 2. She sure didn't hide her disappointment because we didn't want drinks. I guess that set her off as she never returned after that night. Didn't let that ever ruin dinner because the food was the highlight! From beginning to end we left with huge smiles on our faces. Entertainment could have been better but being an older ship, it's not going to be overboard with bells and whistles. I loved bingo nights (that really got the crowd going!) As well, karaoke was a blast! The room always filled so good times indeed. 

Both Jamaica, Ochos Rios and Grand Caymen were beautiful in their own way. I really adored Grand Caymen better as I sat down with a nice local who gave a bit more history of the place and also enjoyed Margaritaville! The DJ there had the place going and the food was amazing! Sure kept the drinks going, crowd roaring but not overboard so that was great. People in different shops sure were kind and I even got another souvenir here too.

Oh, one more shoutout to the DJ on the Victory! He sure knows his music! Every day, I was so intrigued because its this suave relaxing music from bopping music that makes you bop to the beat. I'm not one to bop in front of people but the rhythm had me going that I couldn't stop! He had us going on the dance floor and I give props to him each day to play such awesome beats! That should cover it all I believe. 

Overall with the reviews of the ship being older, it didn't bother me. You make your cruise as fun as you can make it. The people around us sure did that and I didn't hear complaints as I thought I would. Even if you do your research, you won't know until you have your time on any ship. So far, my experience has been a blast with Carnival! It was so relaxing this time. I'm planning for another cruise to keep my experience open for a different ship but I sure will be sailing on the Victory again too! 

 

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Carnival Paradise

September 2015 - Carnival Paradise to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Paradise

December 2013 - Carnival Paradise to Caribbean - Western

Cruisin' time!

Carnival Paradise was my 2nd time going and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. When we arrived, we relaxed with drinks *which they try to push on you time after time* but sure pulled me in and all were wonderful! The food was amazing, a lot to choose from. My favorite will always be the Mogolian Wok. Didn't really care too much for the deli or grill (although at the grill, they had tasty chicken fingers! Kudos!) The music and having all the adults to older people dance with music pumping was a blast. It definitely was a day through the night to remember!:The only thing was our suitcases took awhile to come to our room. I didn't get mine until late afternoon but it sure didn't stop me from enjoying my night. We were served in the Elation Dining area close to 8 at night. Dinner was delicious, served in a timely manner every night. My party of four people danced the night away (each night to be exact) with the waiters who are super friendly, very attentive, made sure we enjoyed our meals or wanted more and they sure kept me smiling and laughing. I forget the lady's name who served us drinks before dinner but she was sweet and always wished us a great time on the ship. Food for dinnwr btw, great stuff served each time. Had quite a bit to choose from and it's not going to be everyone's taste but sure was all mine. The crew members always spoke to us to make sure we were enjoying and having a great time. The 2nd day was on the sea but venturing around the ship and relaxing, you can't get any better. Our stop the third day was in Cozumel and you get off the ship, take pictures with people who are all dressed up to welcome you and such. Cozumel really is such a beautiful place. Yes, people try to sell you things right there but if talk a good game and walk away, you should have no issues. The weather was perfect temp and with a nice breeze with drink in hand and relaxing on the beach–quite relaxing and enjoyable. Didn't do any excursions but maybe next time. The deck party they held they have was bumping and us four danced and danced. The DJ may have overplayed oldies but shake ya groove thing, enjoy the night! The comedians that we saw were hilarious *except for this one guy who was tall and had glasses, he was kind of funny but got dull at the end* but the events on the ship had a lot of variety and good times for all. The entire cruise was a blast for all of us until we got our got our bill and had to resolve it at the front desk. We had a rude man named Aleksandr who was very unhelpful! He did not want to help us at all, said he couldn't deal and even left us to go help someone else. His attitude was uppity, very unprofessional and he acted as if he didn't know what to tell us. We didn't come at him in a rude way (you try to stay calm and have to be because they sure do have a lot of people come to them at all odd hours) We had a lovely lady help us and cleared our bill before we had docked. Thank you so much for her because she ended our cruise on a great note! Overall, great people's, great food and a incredible experience! Already booked for another, OH YEAH!

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SunLightSunShin's Tips

Ocho Rios, Jamaica - As I've seen where people sell you things, don't let it get to you! Say no thank you, have a good day and keep going. Even though I got something (and the guy helped me to get something for a cheap price), don't let it scare you to think they'll hound you down.
Carnival Victory Carnival Victory - Get an early start and make sure have a plan ahead of time. I had my fun times with me at all times because I missed all the fun my last cruise and late to all activities. I made sure to be ahead of time and esp to getting breakfast early, don't have to worry about long lines!
Cozumel, Mexico - Relaxing on the beach. Catching the breeze and being in your own zone with a cool drink, now that's what I call a vacation!

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