A so-so cruise
Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
Sail Date: September 26, 2010
Ship: Carnival Victory
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Review SummaryWe went out of Puerto Rico so we would be able to see different islands. Living in Florida makes it easy to just go to Tampa all the time, but we wanted to switch it up. I understand that we made the decision, but it was frustrating when announcements would come on and they were in Spanish only. That was not the case all of the time, but it happened about once a day so we had no idea what was being said. Announcements were also made as early as 8am. When you stay in the casino until 2 or 3 in the morning, being woken up by announcements telling you the shore excursions are running out isn't that pleasant. There was also someone working on the ship right outside of our balcony at 8:30 one morning. It sounded like he was banging a hammer against a steel wall.
The buffet would close to prepare for the next meal, which only left the pizza and burger bar open. We had to wait in line for a long time during the closed periods, which was annoying.
Our waiter at dinner seemed annoyed with us the whole time. He had a lot of tables and was really busy, which was probable the problem. I had to ask for my water to be refilled, something I haven't had to do on other cruise lines.
Most of the activities on the ship were prior to our dining time, which is also when we were getting ready for dinner.
I feel as though the quality of my vacation was not anywhere near what I was expecting. This was my first 7 days cruise with Carnival, and it will also be my last. It is fine for short 3-4 day trips but it is not up to par with other cruise lines.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Our room steward, Rai, was very sweet. That isn't his whole name, just the last three letters. He always called me by name and did whatever I asked.
Our waiter seemed overworked. We were uncomfortable asking for anything after he took our order because he seemed irritated when we did. I had to ask for my drink to be refilled every night.
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Pros: The beaches of St. Thomas and St. Maarten
Cons: There were no days at sea