7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 04, 2008 Ship: Carnival Victory Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
The ship was incredibly clean, there were tons of activities and places to hang out. It took a while to figure out where everything was because of the size of the ship and the layout was a bit confusion, but otherwise, it was great. We had an interior stateroom and it was cleaned twice a day. The beds were very comfortable, and we really had plenty of room for the two of us.
This was our least favorite. Jamaica is a beautiful island, but the zipline tour we did wasn't that exciting, especially for $110. I'm not sure what I would have done instead. A friend went to the waterfalls and enjoyed it. We did have a little fun going to the market (not the one at the end of the dock, but if you take a left through town). It's shabby, but we negotiated a price that was a lot better than the ones in the other stores. Also, the salespeople are a bit aggressive and you have to say "I'm not interested" several times, but they're not rude, and you don't need to be rude to get them to leave you alone. Just be sure to bargain with them. The first price is always too high, and if you offer half of the initial price, you can get a much better deal. Probably not for everyone.
Don't Miss: Not sure
The snorkeling at the reef and stingray city were good. We did the cruise ship's outing. We possibly could have gotten a better price if we did it on our own, but it was still a pretty good price for 2 snorkeling outings. The staff on the charter company was great, and the snorkeling was very good. Otherwise, I don't think there' s a lot to do in Grand Cayman besides dive, launder money, and buy jewelry. I will say, though, that the duty free (Tortuga Bay Rum) in Grand Cayman had the best prices for liquor that we saw the entire trip.
Don't Miss: Snorkeling or diving
We pretty much just did the trip to the ruins at Tulum, except we did it on our own and paid $40 per person, instead of $89 if we went through the cruise. Transportation around the area is very safe and reliable. We took the ferry to Playa del Carmen, and from there took a bus to Tulum and back and had enough time to hang out in Playa for nearly an hour, and then an hour in Cozumel as well. FYI - the shops along the waterfront are all owned by the cruise ships, if you go a few blocks back, you can negotiate much better prices for souvenirs, etc.
Don't Miss: Tulum - the Mayan Ruins are great, and there is an incredibly beautiful beach there. Take a swimsuit.
Pros: The staff, stateroom, food, service, cruise director
Cons: Aside from the decoration being a bit tacky and over the top, everything else was great
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