Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Victory
Sailing Date: April 23rd, 2006
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Victory Cruise Review
I took this cruise with my sister, who had cruised once before on Carnival, and she warned me about the dreadful check-in process. Surprise! It was as if we'd won the lottery, very short line that moved quickly, check-in was only moments, up the gang plank and on the ship. Through our travel agent we had arranged transportation from the airport to the ship, so our bags, other than carry ons were take aboard for us. I strongly recommend this, as it makes for a speedy transaction. Bags arrived in about 2 hours and were placed in our cabin.
Our cabin was very nice and I would never go on another cruise without a balcony, ever. Smelled cigar smoke once, but never cigarette or pipe smoke. The bath area was much larger and well lit than expected, and the shower with name brand shampoo and body wash was a great plus for two woman. Our cabin steward Igusti was a dream, we did give him a tip immediately and perhaps that did insure good service. Well invested $20!
The main decks were quite busy and noisy, but I expected that. We were able to find quiet spots on the ship in the sun and also great quiet shaded spots on the decks along the main dining rooms. Our waiter Mario and his assistant Dessie were a delight, after the first night coffee was served with dessert without having to order it. I have only praise for the staff we dealt with on a daily basis.
Hated the music playing in the hallway outside our cabin, it could be heard inside the cabin, but perhaps some liked it. The announcements were sometimes difficult to hear, but we managed just fine. Had no problem with any extra charges on our account and did appreciate that we could check it daily on the television. DO GO TO THE CASINO CASHIER AND GET A CARD LEASH FOR YOUR FOLIO CARD, makes it much easier to keep it handy. Deck food was as expected, but the dining room did offer close to finer dining. Did not take in any evening shows, but heard good comments about them, did hear a very good 4 piece band play rock music.
Costa Maya is just a very small semi circle of new shops. Grand Cayman was much nicer, but also much more expensive. It is an established port of call, with much more to look at and enjoy. We did enjoy the ride on the tender into port. Ocho Rios, Jamaica was not to our liking, certainly not as nice or clean as either Costa Maya or Grand Cayman, but worth getting off the ship to see and buy some Jamaican Rum or Blue Mountain coffee. We chose to stayed only a very short time in each port and none of the side trips were of interest to us. We really enjoyed returning to a basically empty and quiet ship, that was really a plus.
Although I didn't set my expectations very high for having a great time on this cruise, I was very pleased with the cruise and have to admit it far exceeded my expectations. Although I would like to try another cruise line for my next cruise to expand my horizons.