Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Victory
Sailing Date: May 7th, 2006
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Victory Cruise Review
This was the first cruise for my
husband and I.
Check in on to the boat was a breeze. There were about 4,000 people going on this cruise and the organization, and friendliness of the Carnival crew couldn't have been more welcoming. The lines were long, but we were constantly moving...never having to stop for more than 2 minutes if that.
Once we got on the boat we went to our rooms. We had an interior cabin, no window. The cabin was very spacious and clean and we never missed not having a window. (We lucked out b/c our room was beside a door on the front of the boat that lead directly out to a deck.) I appreciated the fact that they have shampoo, body wash, tooth paste, razors, body lotion, even lipstick samples right there for you in the bathroom. Our room steward and his assistant were very helpful and super friendly.
Carnival is a fun ship. Not a food ship. The food on the ship was satisfactory, sometimes less, (unless you were eating in the dining room). The Buffets on the Lido deck were always a disappointment, especially the late night buffets. However, the food in the dining room was better. What made it even more fantastic was our waitress Daniella from Romania. She went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed every single aspect of our meal and we couldn't have asked for a better person. She was truly a highlight of our cruise experience along with the bartender on the Lido deck David who always took good care of us!
The comedy shows were hilarious and we heard from a few people that the Vegas style shows they had were just as fantastic. We did go to a magic show one night that was rather cheesy, but it was entertaining. My husband marinated in the casino for a few hours one day and commented on how friendly the staff was. He took time to get to know them, and they took time to get to know him. There were several bands spread about the ship and they were very good.
Debarkation took a little while. We docked in Miami and had to be out of our rooms by 8. Our deck number wasn’t called for 2 ½ hours…which is understandable when you have that many people getting off. We didn’t mind it. A little patience and understanding gets you along way, some people needed to remember that.
For a first cruise, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Malcolm (Woo hoo!) our cruise director was always enthusiastic and entertaining. And we left feeling that everyone on that ship did their best to ensure that we all had a great time.