Good for a first time cruiser

Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 15, 2011
Ship: Carnival Victory
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 6 years ago

This is a small ship (lacking specialty restaurants and other newer features) that is good for a first time cruiser. My first time on Carnival - have done Royal Carribean and Princess. Check in and disembarking was very quick and easy. The ports were good choices, however, I do not like to shop so the tacky exit through gift shop pier was annoying. The ship tours were a mixed bag and reasonable priced compared with local tours.
Most people seemed to just go with the flow - I was surprised that people were not as friendly/outgoing as on other cruise - they kept to themselves or their groups. I was traveling solo and surprised by lack of options to meet other travelers.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Breakfast was good - skip main buffet and go to the Triton Pool for the made to order eggs -shorter line than the main room. Lunch buffet was ok, I ended up at the burger grill because buffet was closed when I returned from excursions. Dinner (first seating) offered many selections to cover all tastes. Didn't like the extra charge for cookies or cake at the cafe. Lack of selection of fruit - would have liked to see fresh pineapple and berries rather than melons.


3 out of 5
The comedy shows were fun and crowded each show. The main shows were horrible - the dancers fantastic and the only reason to go (sadly they can not do original dance) - the singers were painful and the shows quite silly with tired songs. There were gaps in time for activities so we wandered a bit waiting for the next event. They offer a behind the scenes tour for $50 when other ships do this for free. Art auction was run by ParkWest which has numerous lawsuits against them - surprised they were there. Best bet is always the gym with workout classes -$12 for yoga/pilates class and usually 5 or less people there -other classes free were good

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
The kids in our group -ages 4 and 9 rarely ate dinner with us as they had too much fun in the camp Carnival all week - they enjoyed the activities

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Most staff were good - memorable were Louise, dining room hostess who worked with my food allergy each day; the breakfast chef from India at the Triton pool who made my eggs each day and Matt the assistant cruise director

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Smaller ship with lots of entertainment choices throughout the ship in various rooms. The decor is a bit tired - the theme, colors and neon were very old.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Interior stateroom was a good size/layout. I was on Deck 1 midship and it was very quiet . The bathroom vanity was a powder 1980's pink but had nice toiletries and cabinet to hold items
3 out of 5
we did a private tour from the internet and they put us with Gordon's Taxi Service - he was fantastic! he grew up in St. Kitts, lived in England for years and returned - he showed us the whole island and put it in context of growing up, raising his family, etc. -
3 out of 5
I did the ship tour to St. John - it was a great tour - the local guide Chris toured us around the island in a small truck of 15 ppl
Don't Miss: St. John island tour -
3 out of 5
Ship tour - Catamaran snorkel - it rained/cloudy at this port but the snorkeling was good -
3 out of 5
I did the ship tour -Zipline Adventure which was fun but didn't tour Bridgetown at all
5 out of 5
We did a private tour to the Pitons and a beach/snorkel visit

Pros: Quick check in, room size and the made to order breakfast

Cons: Entertainment/onboard activity options, charges for cookies/cake at cafe

Recommends Carnival Victory? No.

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