Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2 out of 5

Older ship, smaller crew, lower quality food

Sail Date: February 09, 2013

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We have cruised on Carnival on 6 different cruises. This one was, at best, lackluster. The ship is older, but seemed well maintained. The crew seemed smaller and harder worked than normal. We slept in one day until and didn't leave our room until about 11:00 am. We came back around 7:00 pm to get ready for dinner and the room hadn't been cleaned. Maybe it was just my impression, but the wait staff in the dining room seemed more hurried than normal and paid less attention to detail. The food in the buffet was at best mediocre. It was normally the same old thing for the first half of the line; fruit, potato salad, slaw, cheese, etc. The hot dishes were never hot and seemed like they were prepared way in advance and had been sitting in a steam table for some time before serving. Things like the veggies were hald warm and mushy. The hot entre at the end of the line was not the big round of beef like on other cruises, but pork leg and turkey and other cheaper cuts of meat. The salad bar was at the end of the line so if you just wanted a salad you had to stand in line forever, or cut-in at the end which angered other passengers. The port of Ocho Rios is like a ghost town with many, many of the shops closed. I heard that Carnival is the only cruise line that comes there any more, and they ony have 2 ships that visit. Georgetown is waaaaaay too commercial. No local shops AT ALL. Lots of fancy jewelry shops and lots of banks. Not touristy at all.
In regard to the ship, cabins are very small, much smaller than Royal Caribbean. Room service is VERY limited. No hot entres at all. Salads and sandwhiches only. By the time you got them they were cold and yuk. Adult comedy show was not funny at all. Seemed like a contest to see how many time he could say F- - - in one sentence. The shows in the theater were good however.
I think we have been on our last Carnival cruise until they do something to improve the food. You get much more for your dollar on Royal Caribbean in my opinion.
Ship Quality
Older ship with smaller cabins.
Food and Dining
Bufet was bad. Dining room just OK.
Cabin / Stateroom
Small, outdated decor.
Service and Staff
Good shows, bad comedian
Onboard Activities
Not as many as we have seen in past
Destinations and Excursions
As always overpriced
Miami, Florida
Just passing through
Ocho Rios, Jamaica Nearly a ghost town
George Town, Grand Cayman
Too commercial. No local vendors at all

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