Really Carnival? Really?
Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
Sail Date: September 18, 2011
Ship: Carnival Victory
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
Review SummarySo, I had previously cruised with Princess, but due to the price I decided to give Carnival a try. We got this beautiful state room with an oceanview for a fabulous price. The wait staff both in the dining areas and the room were incredible, but the entertainment was terrible. There was one funny comedian and one semi funny comedian, but the magic show wasn't very good - even though the man was funny and seemed very nice, and the dancers were ridiculous. They say it's going to be a family show and then these girls come out in a white sailors shirt and rip it off to reveal a bikini, but then they danced like cheerleaders. It's like pick your freaking target audience Carnival, if you want to be the fun ship, make it more obviously targeted towards younger folks, but if you want to cater to families, have better entertainment. I think that the staff try, but compared to my last cruise, the entertainment was mediocure at best! In addition, they cancelled one of our ports, which would be understandable except that for the last 5 weeks before our cruise, they had also cancelled that stop, so it seems like they should come up with a different plan.
The food wasn't very good at all, a lot of the food was stale, the exception would be in the dining room for dinner, the food was decent, but the options weren't always great.
There also weren't very many things to do on the ship itself. I mean we had a good time because we can make the best out of it, and if you are looking for a ship to come on to relax and not do much, then this wouldn't be a bad ship, but if you want a ton of fun activities and good entertainment, pick something else.
Food and Dining
They have 24 hour pizza, which was okay, but pretty greasy. The buffet food wasn't very good either, (except the cheesy bread!)
Service and Staff
Also, the accessibility was terrible! In order to get to our dining room, we had to go up to deck 5, walk over to a different elevator and go down to deck 3. The layout was just terrible, and there wasn't very much to do on the ship. In addition, half of the time they blocked off the top 2 floors so we couldn't even access the fitness center or the minigolf area (due to wind, even though it wasn't too strong).
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: Shopping on the french side of the island
Don't Miss: Coral World
Don't Miss: Monkeys
Don't Miss: Beaches
Don't Miss: The shopping
Pros: The wait staff was incredible, the ports were pretty awesome too, stateroom was really nice
Cons: the entertainment was terrible, food wasn't very good, really small ship