June 2015 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Victory
Good food, good service, clean ship. The staff (particularly the cabin stewards) went out of their way to engage in hallway conversation every time we saw each other. Just a quick, "Enjoy your day at the pool" or "Don't forget the sunscreen", and always with a pleasant tone. Within an hour of boarding the ship, our cabin steward knew our names and never once did he not address us by name. Amazing, considering the number of people he sees week to week.
I did miss a couple of things on this cruise. First, there is no longer a chocolate left on the pillow during turndown service. I'm sure it is saving them millions across the fleet, but it was a nice touch. I suppose I can bring my own chocolates...
Second, the Vegas-style shows have always been nightly. This cruise there were only two of them. There were activities each night, but I really have looked forward to these nightly shows in the past. I hope this is not a permanent change.
The menu in the dining room was the same standard menu that I have enjoyed on past cruises. No complaints about the food - it was all very good. It just seems that after several years there would be some updates to their menu.