Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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2 out of 5

A disappointing cruise

Sail Date: July 03, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

We have been on a cruise before and found that Carnival cares more about quantity rather than quality. The wait lines for breakfast, lunch and buffets are crazy. The port of call in St. John was actually quite boring. There are not many exciting excursions, so all there is to do is shop and eat lunch; this is something we do on a typical weekend. The crowds of people of the ship takes away from having a good time, especially when entertainment is very selective on this ship.

Pros: The entertainment

Cons: The long lines for food and the Camp Carnival for kids.

Recommends Carnival Victory? No.

Children's Programs
This was a huge disappointment. The staff does not get interactive with the children, rather talks among themselves. There is one night that is a late night party that you had to pay extra for that our daughter was excited about. The first hour the kids sat on a couch! She was ready to come back with us after only an hour and a half. Complete waste of money!
Food and Dining
The main dining at dinner was excellent with good choices. Other than this, I would have given it a poor rating. There was one midnight buffet that you couldn't get near. We waited for about a half hour and made very little progress and had to give up on getting anything to eat because our daughter was tired. The breakfast and lunch could be received in a main dining room, but we had to wait a long while because they didn't give you your assigned table.
Cabin / Stateroom
They were clean, but they don't provide any additional toiletries after the first day. We were getting only enough towels for two people for the first two nights. The third day our cabin steward realized we had an additional child and finally gave us enough items and pulled down her bunk. We had to sleep three people to a bed the first two nights.
Service and Staff
They were energetic and funny when they did their initial intro show but didn't go out of there way to speak to us anytime throughout the cruise.
The shows were excellent; they can certainly sing and dance! There was one night that had a show cancelled, leaving us with not much to do though.
Ship Quality
The layout is a little tricky. If you are on an upper floor, you may need to go down a few flights of stairs, walk down a hall and then find your way back up. Everything seemed clean, but a limited amount of public areas.
Saint John, New Brunswick
If you don't do excursions, not much information is provided to you about what to see. We did a little shopping in the market area and the mall and ate at a restaurant in the mall. I could care less if we ever went back there again!
Don't Miss: Nothing!

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