May 2015 - 5 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Victory
This was my first cruise and I was a bit unsure about going on a cruise before we left, but my experience was great. There were over 3,200 people on our cruise so I was expecting things to be more crowded, but there were so many things to do on the boat that people were dispersed among the different activities so things never got too crowded.
We had a great time on the boat and the shows and activities were a lot of fun. Our experience at the ports was only ok (which is why I only gave this cruise 4 stars), and we actually ended up having more fun on the boat then we did at the ports.
The staff on the boat is really what made our cruise so great though. We had a fantastic group of waiters in the dining hall and we actually looked forward to seeing them every night and were sad to say goodbye on our last night. Our room steward was fantastic as well and very friendly.
Tips for others considering this cruise:
Parking at the port of Miami costs $20/day so it may end up being cheaper to fly depending on the size of your group (with the cost of gas and parking, we would have been better off flying)
You cannot get into the city in Grand Turk from the port without taking a taxi-so plan to take one or book an excursion
Nassau is very dirty if you venture outside of the main shopping area- take a taxi to destinations that are further from the port or be prepared to walk through some run down areas
Overall, I really enjoyed this cruise and would not hesitate to cruise with Carnival in the future. The rooms could use an update in the decor, but they were much bigger than I was expecting based on other reviews I've read and they were very clean and comfortable. The staff on the boat is great, and they really work hard to provide you with a great experience.