Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Third Mate

1 cruise (first)


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4 out of 5

Was a good trip but a few bad things

Sail Date: February 06, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Ok so overall it was a good trip. But there are some negative things about going with carnival.

First it was my first cruise and carnival caters to a certain level of clientele. That said, I was surprised that there was folks smoking grass on the ship and the crew did nothing about it. The smell was pervasive and eminated down the corridors on the 8th and 10th decks. I didnt expect that. 

Next I booked excursions on the site thinking it was the right way to book them but carnival has an attitude about anybody who books an excursion with an outside entity (had no idea it was considered an outside entity) and carnival will tell you that if anything happens on your excursion they will not wait for you and the ship will leave you on an island - so beware they only wait for excursions booked thru carnival. 

The internet was the most moronic and stupidest policy onboard, after nickle and diming everybody they will not give access to an email account unless you pay $16/day. I was just looking to confirm my flights and it was very annoying.

If you need to speak to someone in customer service, plan on standing in line for over an hour  and the folks who work that desk (Ausra) werent pleasant and were terse and rude.

When I got on the ship, i stopped by the bar in the lobby only to be ignored by the bartender who had no sense of serving folks in the order they sat down and had an attitude like she didnt want to be there.

The waiter in the dining room was excellent (Alex) as well as the housekeeping folks (Wayan) who took care of our room - also excellent. 

The female bartender in the stern near the pool was pleasant and nice and provided attentive service.

Embarkation and Disembarkation
getting on had a long wait getting off was quick
Ship Quality
overall a nice ship
Destinations and Excursions
see review about booking excursions with outside agencies..
Onboard Activities
bingo had charges of $20- 40
Children's Programs
No kids so I didnt pay attention to stuff for the kids
the female lead had an exellent voice and the theatre was pretty high tech
Service and Staff
dining room (Alex) and housekeeping (Wayan) very good, Female bartender by the pool in the stern was good as well
Food and Dining
Dining room food was very good
Miami, Florida
only went from airport to the ship and back
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
there is pervasive poverty in Jamaica, heard about folks from the ship who were mugged or robbed.
George Town, Grand Cayman
liked the Caymans will most likely look to revisit down the road.


Buffet in the back of ship is better then the stations by the pool. Omelette station was better for breakfast then the stations near the pool. Deli station was good. Gratuities are rolled into every drink you buy. Carnival puts gratuities on your bill of $60 per person for room staff.

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