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Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 07, 2008
Ship: Carnival Victory
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago
The Victory is a nice ship and the itinerary was GREAT! The only real negative was the always crowded Lido deck. It appeared that half of the passengers on the sailing were from Puerto Rico. It seemed that a lot of them rarely if ever, got off the ship. This resulted in huge crowds on the Lido deck. This wasn't a big issue for our family since we were ashore a lot of the times in port. It could be a big issue if you just wanted to rest and relax during the day. There were some advantages to the crowd. The casino was never very crowded and the show lounge always had room.

The Victory initially seemed to be a little difficult to get around on. However, after the first day we had it pretty well figured out. We ate almost all of our meals in the dining room and thought the food ranged from good to really good. The entertainment wasn't great, but we always had a good time at the shows. Since we had our kids along, we really appreciated the notice of which shows were or were not appropriate for kids.

We had a lot of fun on the cruise and thought it was a great way to visit many different ports.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The food in the dining rooms was closer to excellent. The other eating options on the Lido deck were not as good.

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our waiter and cabin steward were top notch. They made the experience easier and more fun for our kids.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ship was very clean, the layout takes some getting used to.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
5 out of 5
We had booked a tour with Bumpiing Tours and loved it.
Don't Miss: Swimming in a waterfall.
3 out of 5
Shopping was OK. Some of the vendors can be a bit pushy. Magan's Bay Beach was a great place to swim and relax.
3 out of 5
If you drink Mount Gay Rum, go to their visitors center. They have lots of neat things to look at and to buy.
5 out of 5
We booked a tour with Cosol and enjoyed it. It was a great way to see the island.
5 out of 5
We booked the "lobster lunch" tour with Creole Cruises and had a blast. It's not cheap, but worth every penny.
Don't Miss: Dining on lobster for lunch on the shore of Bird Island.

Pros: Great Itinerary

Cons: The always crowded Lido deck

Recommends Carnival Victory? Yes!

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