7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Sail Date: October 30, 2011 Ship: Carnival Victory Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Family (older children) Reviewed: 5 years ago
Victory didn't disappoint us at all. The food in the dining room was great, our waiter was very personable and professional. We had adjoining staterooms with our sons and it was great...large ocean view rooms, super comfortable beds. Carnival always makes you feel like you are the most important guest there. The staff is always smiling and greets you by name. I've cruised on other lines, but always come back to Carnival.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Again, the main dining room was great. most of the buffet food was good, but stay away from the scrambled eggs. The buffet line isn't set up to be as efficient as it could be...there's usually a fair amount of congestion and it's hard to get your beverage through the crowds of people in line.
3 out of 5
I can't say that I liked the entertainment offered on this cruise. The juggler only did a few actual juggles and the rest of his act was in Spanish (nope, don't speak it) and a little off color from what I gathered and it was a family show. The comedians were so bad we walked out and the big show was called Vroom and it was pretty lame.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Carnival has the best staff in the industry. They know their jobs, are pleasant and friendly and make you feel welcome.
5 out of 5
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Our room was spotless, our room steward, Jury was terrific, Love having the bathrobes in the rooms, too. We had an ocean view room on deck 2 and it was great, short distance to the elevator and pretty quiet for the most part. There were a few rowdy guests in the halls, but for the most part it was fine.
We went to the nearest beach to the ship. For $40.00 we got 4 beach chairs, 2 umbrellas, and 2 buckets of beer. The only issue here is the fact that the beach isn't very clean - lots of garbage on the beach..some broken glass (the water itself was fine, a little cloudy maybe but clean). I would recommend wearing beach shoes at this stop. We took the water taxi back to the boat. Don't let them tell you the beach is only a 10 minute walk...quite a bit longer and I'm a fast walker.
We went into town and looked around, had lunch at Ballyhoo restaurant which has a second floor deck overlooking the town. My sons went further on and got some great pictures of old churches.
Don't Miss: chicken wings at Ballyhoo delicious
Went to the Mount Gay Rum Distillery and it was really fun. Got a cab driver who took us to the beach, came back and got us, took us to the distillery and then picked us up and brought us back to the ship. He was great.
Pros: food in dining room was really great, staterooms large (for ships) and beds very comfortable
Cons: scrambled eggs on buffet - awful. most of the entertainment was really tacky
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