Good ports, but hidden fees were annoyin

Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Carnival Victory

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 29, 2011

Ship: Carnival Victory

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Review summary

Loved the port selection for this trip, but there are some pretty sketchy fees that are added without actually informing you of it. We were initially billed $70 per person (so $140 for my wife and I) for 'gratuities'. Anything that you purchase aboard the ship has gratuity included; literally EVERYTHING. So, in addition to that they want to bill you another $70 and only mention it in an offhand way. We met some people on the cruise that informed of us this charge and that provided us the knowledge to go down and have them remove these charges. We were leaving tips for our steward/head waiter on our own and did not need them to bill us an additional amount. Overall the staff was excellent and we enjoyed the cruise thoroughly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship is pretty old.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports of call

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

3 out of 5
We wanted to go to a free beach, but were 'encouraged' to go to the gov't beach that required us to pay to visit it.

Castries, St. Lucia

3 out of 5
Pretty crappy area for the ship to port

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
Awesome port. We went to the Banks brewery and loved it!
Don't Miss: Beach, Roti to eat

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
Go to the beach! We spent the day at the beach here and loved it!
Don't Miss: Beach

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
We took a catamaran excursion and it was awesome! Water/beaches were impressively beautiful
Don't Miss: Catamaran and Beach

Pros: Ports

Cons: hidden fees and ridiculous pricing

Recommends Carnival Victory? Yes!

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