Cruising the Victory
Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: April 13, 2008
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago
Review SummaryThis was our second cruise. Reviews indicated Carnival cruises were by comparison too neony and cheesy, but the price was right, so we tried it. Overall, I thought the ship was well designed, well decorated and well laid out. The rooms were a little smaller and they pack in more people, but this wasn't a problem with the various facilities (lots of choices for meals). They had a good kids program that was free. They even subdivide the kids by age which helps them cater the activities. Some of the activities they had on this ship we liked were: the free sushi bar, the pay-for gelato bar, the pay-for golf simulator. Entertainment was good, particularly the event on the last night. On the downside, there was only one dance club, while there were many lounges for drinking, they were all interchangeable. Everything comes with a 15% surcharge. Even if you drink the water in your room or buy it from the spa, they tack on 15% "gratuity", so drink prices are high. Drinks of the day cost you $8 a pop. We would have liked more activities on the ship to do, particularly free ones. On sea days, there wasn't enough to do that didn't cost you a bunch more money. The daily menu of activities spent 90% of their space advertising ways for you to spend more (golf, spa, drink this, drink that, buy ship excursions, onboard duty free shopping, events to encourage you to buy more drinks, accupuncture, art auction, etc.) It was getting to the point where we felt the cost of the cruise was simply a cover charge, and we had to dish out lots of money each day just to partake in what was going on.
Food and Dining
More activities were needed-- the two dance classes were offered during our dinner seating. Other cruises do cooking classes, or wine tasting classes, or sporting events (volleyball, basketball, etc.) which this ship didn't have.
I really think there should have been more free activities to keep the adults entertained.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: Beaches
Don't Miss: The two forts in town. And Puerto Rican rum.
Pros: Activities for the kids
Cons: Every opportunity they used to try to extract more $ from me