The "Will work for Food" cruise

Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Sail Date: August 01, 2010
Ship: Carnival Victory
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
This was our 3rd CCL cruise. And probably our last with them.

The ship was clean, balcony room nice (Spa deck-11). Most ports of call were excellent, except Dominica-waste of time. Went zip lining in St Lucia, had a great time. Did the zip line at St. KItts, not as good as St Lucia, but still fun.
Dining room staff were very good. Room steward was average to just OK.

On board entertainment must have been picked up at the end of the pier with a "will work for food" sign in their hands. The main evening show on Tuesday was the exact same show that we saw on our first cruise (Glory Oct 2007). Yep 4 years ago. I remember the star backdrop and videos that played on them. The male dancers were poor and not together most of the time. The female dancers were better, but still not to the level of past cruises. The main theater band had ZERO stage presence. Half the time, they didn't even play. They just pretended to play ala "air guitars and drums". Pitiful. The, and I use the term very losely, "reggae band" on the Lido deck knew 6 songs....and played them over and over. Every other word was "ya man", guess that makes you a reggae band.... The husband and wife duo "Impromptwo" should get a new day job. She didn't know half the lyrics and he just played the piano with a soundtrack coming from a laptop on top of the piano. The comedian was bad enough I got up in the middle of his act and left. The juggler that opened for him was funnier than the comedian, until he did about a 5 minute routine in Spanish....once again I was ready to get up and leave when he said "I guess I better start back into English before non Spanish speaking cruisers get up and leave." The magician on Thursday night was OK, but nothing exceptional. Mostly slight of hand tricks. He had to go back stage between every 2nd or 3rd trick, and sometimes between tricks. The big finale "VROOM" should have been called putt putt. It was promoted as being a Motown musical. About 20% of the songs were Motown.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Main dining room was great. The food on the Lido was average to poor. 2 or 3 of the ice cream machines did not work. The only one that did was at the back of the boat and it was usually out of vanilla. Only one evening buffet, not every night as was the case on our prior cruises. Don;t look for the "Mississippi BBQ" at the back of the boat, all they serve are hamburgers/hot dogs and fries. The New York Deli was great, loved the grilled ruebens.


1 out of 5
See above. The activities at each of the ports were fun, but at an added expense.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Had room 1103 on the Spa deck. Great view, ease of access to the work out room/spa. The only real drawback was hearing the mini golf balls fall into the cups on the deck above. Think golf balls bouncing on a metal deck....

Pros: St. Lucia

Cons: on board "entertainment"

Recommends Carnival Victory? No.

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