Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

An Excellent vacation for the price

Sail Date: December 10, 2006

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Inside

Excursions: GREAT - Very diverse options for young/old, athletic/relaxing, high prices/low prices. We took 2 excersions: St. Maarten - Scuba - Great & St. Thomas - Kyack, Hike & Snorkel - Great. In Puerto Rico - There is so much to see, if you have more than 4 hours I would recommend an excursion, if you don't, I recommend taking a cab to the top of the hill and walking back to the ship and just enjoy the siteseeing that Puerto Rico has to offer. Miami - Seaquirium - Enjoyable.

Communications: EXTREMELY POOR - During out embarkation in St. Thomas we had to go through US Imigration - Carnival issued each stateroom a printout of what times to be in a specific area in the morning before any passengers would be allowed off the ship. The timing was 6:15 am through 9:00 am. My husband, myself and friends we were traveling with had made plans to meet @ 8 am and go through immigration together. At 6:30 am the Social Director came across the loud speakers in each cabin telling all passengers to report to immigation immediately and the location. The problem was that he gave the wrong location. It caused mass confusion on the ship and no one knew where to go - and to top it off, half the passengers were still in their pajamas, nervous that they had overslept. Once the passengers were able to find out were they needed to go, the line was ridiculously long. ** During initial boarding of the boat, the lines were long and it appeared as if we were all a herd of cattle being pushed onto the boat. Not a pleasant experience. No real communication came across as to where to meet and what time - it was all very general. ** During our return home, our flight did not leave the Miami airport until around 4:30pm so we were able to sign up for an excursion out of Miami. We were all told to meet in a lounge @ 8am. We all met there, were escorted off the ship and placed on a bus. We waited on the bus for 2 hours. No one told us why we were waiting or what was going on. One of the passengers had to get off the bus, find a carnival representative and ask. We were told that we were waiting for a ship called the Valor, which was running late. The seaquarium was only 10 mins away - why did we need to wait for a ship that was that delayed, why not just drop us off and come back to pick up the passengers from the Valor. All in all - Carnival needs to step it up on telling the passengers what is going on - If this were my 1st experience with Carnival it would also be my last. But since I have seen what Carnival can do, I'm willing to give them another try in the distant future.

Pros: Excellent Value

Cons: Poor communication with passengers

Recommends Carnival Victory? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
The size, decor, amenities, comfort, condition of our stateroom was comparable to other cruise lines. Nothing to say either good or bad about.
The entertainment was very generic. This was our 2nd time cruising with Carnival and it felt like we had already seen the shows, etc. It was diappointing that the shows and activities were extremely to the last cruise we had been on with Carnival - 3 years earlier.
Food and Dining

Food: FANTASTIC - The dining rooms and eating areas are all clean as a whistle and appear to be in great condition. The food was wonderful - always a great 4-course meal in the formal dining area. And the food not in the formal dining area was always hot, fresh and delicious.
Service and Staff
Crew: EXCELLENT - The crew was always smiling & extremely friendly. There are no words to describe how dedicated the staff is. Just perfect.
Ship Quality
Cleanliness: POOR - The Victory is about 6 years old and unfortunately you can tell. The Rivera deck carpeting is might dirty. Most of the carpeting and fixtures are in bad need of replacement/repair. The Carnival crew were constantly cleaning and attempting to make the ship look new, but I think it needs a complete overhaul.

There are also these crazy seahorses at the edge of every stairway. If you are going down the steps quickly and take the corner sharpley (like most people do) the seahorses noise will smack you in the leg. Myself and several other passengers ended up with bruising on our legs as a result. Poor choice for interior decorating.

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