Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4 out of 5

Quality Cruise and Diverse Ports of Call

Sail Date: September 04, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

My travel partner and I thorough enjoyed our time on the Carnival Victory. Some of the state rooms are slightly outdated, but this was mostly confined to the interior rooms. The food offerings are diverse and of reasonable quality and for the most part the staff were largely accommodating. The entertainment was also quite good, with the exception of the illusionist. The real stellar part of this cruise was the quantity of ports; due to tropical storm Maria, we weren't able to visit St. Maarten, but we still experienced four other ports with no problems.

Pros: Quantity and Variety of Ports

Cons: Outdated State Rooms

Recommends Carnival Victory? Yes!

Food and Dining
The food is by no means outstanding, but there is enough diversity in the options that I never went hungry. The quality of the food is definitely better in the formal dining room, but the breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets still had reasonable offers that catered to most tastes. The pizza, sandwich, grill, and wok stations were also nice alternatives for a quick lunch.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our room was quite outdated, particularly the bathroom; I haven't seen that shade of pink in a bathroom in at least 2 decades.
Ship Quality
The ship is large and there are common areas to please most reasonable travelers, including dance club, sports bar, coffee shop, casino, wine bar, comedy lounge, and casual buffet.
Service and Staff
Staff were largely accommodating; however, some of the drink waiters were less than helpful if you opted for a non-alcoholic offering.
The entertainment, particularly the comedy shows (4 different comics) were quite good. The only lackluster performance was the illusionist; the "illusions" were infrequent and mediocre.
Bridgetown, Barbados
Barbados is very dilapidated and Bridgetown is not worth the effort to visit. If you don't book an excursion, my advise would be to rent a taxi to the beach. (~$5 each way).
Castries, St. Lucia
This was by far my favorite port; they clearly have put money and efforts into making the port area attractive and accessible to visitors. The sean and land excursion provided an excellent overview of the island.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
The port area is riddled with less than desirable people attempting to peddle cheap souvenirs. The also isn't much to do outside the immediate port area, so you'd be best to book and excursion.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
The Champagne Catamaran Cruise was an outstanding shore excursion and well worth the money.

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