Older ship, smaller crew, lower quality food

Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 09, 2013
Ship: Carnival Victory
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago
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.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Bufet was bad. Dining room just OK.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Not as many as we have seen in past

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Good shows, bad comedian

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Overworked

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Older ship with smaller cabins.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Small, outdated decor.
3 out of 5
Just passing through

Ocho Rios, Jamaica Did not visit port

Nearly a ghost town
1 out of 5
Too commercial. No local vendors at all
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