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Carnival Victory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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3 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 13, 2017
Ship: Carnival Victory
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 1307
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 1 month ago
The cruise was a 3 day trip to Nassau with a full day at sea and nearly a full day docked in the Bahamas. The ship was pretty steady, to the point where you mostly didn't notice you weren't on land. I would go again, although I would look for a better deal. By the time the room, taxes, tips, a drink package, an excursion, transportation from airport to port, and my plane ticket were added up, this 3 day trip cost me $1,000.
4 out of 5
I felt directions on where to go could have been more clear. Despite being picked up from the airport and driven to port on the shuttle, I still had 4 people tell me to go to different places.

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The buffet was definitely the way to go. Main dining "shows" were awkward.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Pools were nice, but crowded. The adults only retreat was really relaxing in the mornings.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
There were some weird bands, but the piano bar and acoustic guitarist made up for it.

Children's Programs

no kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff overall was wonderful, but I cannot say enough good things about one of the waiters (Martins) and a bartender (Dayiana). They both were personable, funny, and professional. People like this made the trip more enjoyable.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
I wish there were more signs around about where things were. A few times we had to go up and around because there were no direct paths to get where we wanted to go.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The cabin was larger than I expected with comfortable beds and a TV. I was pleased.

Ship Tip

Think about who you'll be rooming with if you'd like a drink package. If traveling with a group of 4, it might be worth switching the guests staying together to better suit the drink package rules. And taxes/tips are added to EVERYTHING.

2 out of 5
There were no attractions in the immediate area. Basically, you got right on the boat and once off the boat were shuttled off to the airport. The building was nice, but it was a lengthy trip to get from the front door to the boat itself.
4 out of 5
The shops immediately off port were great to see some local flavor. There were things to do nearby and cabs readily available (although driving seemed dangerous). We went to Blue Lagoon Island, which I highly recommend. It was beautiful and the water was so dense you could float with no effort.
5 out of 5
Getting off the boat was much easier than getting on.
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