Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

1 cruise (first)


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4 out of 5

Great Staff--They Made This Cruise!

Sail Date: May 02, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

This was my 1st cruise; I met a friend from another state in Miami and we headed out on the cruise together.  The boarding was not very good, so I was getting nervous about being onboard for 5 days.  Our hotel shuttle dropped us off at the port at about 11:30; our bags were immediately taken to be brought onboard, and we headed in to get our room keys very quickly.  That's when we hit a snag.  The line was already long, but we understood and waited patiently.  The bad part was after getting the key we had to wait another 1 1/2 hours to board the ship; by then there were about 1,000 people also trying to board at the same time.  At our first port of call (Ocho Rios, Jamaica) it was again a cluster as everyone tried to exit at the same time.  We scheduled an excursion which was ziplining and climbing Dunn River Falls and that was a great day!  The ziplining was so much fun but exhausting with all the climbing down to the next station and it also took most of the day.  We only had 1 hour at the Falls so had to rush through it.  I didn't enjoy that but I think it was because I was so tired from the ziplining--everyone else had a great time.  On the next day we docked at George Town, Grand Cayman, and the departure was perfect!  No long lines and it went very quickly.  My excursion that day included riding a jet ski out the Stingray City but the winds were too strong and they had to cancel.  We still had a great time wandering through the shops and then went back to the ship at our leisure--this was my favorite day.  As far as the ship, the crew was beyond amazing; we never encountered a single abrupt or unhelpful employee.  Loved our porter, Arip, he even tried to show us how to make some of the towel animals they leave in your room each night.  Food was plentiful, shows were fun and very entertaining, the dining room staff danced each night which was so much fun.  Overall it was a great trip but the boarding process really needs to be improved.  Guests should be able to board as soon as they get their keys so there isn't such a delay and complete hassle like we experienced.

Ship Quality
They were making some repairs to a section of flooring so that area was closed off, but it didn't interfere with anything we wanted to do. One frustrating thing is that we couldn't get from one side of the ship to the other on most floors. Only a couple floors had the ability to walk full length so that was frustrating having to turn around, find another elevator, and then search for the areas that would let us through.
Food and Dining
Food was good for buffet style and there was certainly plenty; so much so that I got tired of eating by day 2 and went back to eating lighter. Didn't try a lot of choices simply because there was so much.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had an inside stateroom so I wasn't expecting much, but the room was plenty big and had everything we needed. I was very impressed with how nice it was.
Service and Staff
They were absolutely the best part of the cruise! Great, great, great!!!
Wide variety and every show we attended was very good.
Onboard Activities
Not many activities available besides sitting at the pool or getting a tan. I don't tan so I found our at sea days to be a little boring.
Destinations and Excursions
Excursions were plentiful and well organized. My excursion in the Caymans was cancelled due to high winds but I know it would have been great if the weather had cooperated. Both destinations were great!
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
I loved the zipline experience, so much fun!
George Town, Grand Cayman
George Town was such a pretty area that I didn't even mind that my excursion got cancelled due to high winds. I did souvenir shopping instead and had a great time.

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