Number of Cruises: 6
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Victory
Sailing Date: April 16th, 2006
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Victory Cruise Review
I was looking for a cruise to take my 18 year old for her Graduation present. She wanted to go on a cruise because she had already been on 2 and really loved them and had a great time. She had already done the Western and Bahamas so we decided on the Eastern. I wanted more ports she wanted to be on the ship so we decided on the Carnival Victory. We had been on the Carnival Inspiration and we loved it. The food was great, the entertainment was really good, the service was good and the rooms were nice. We went with another lady and her 18 year old. We had arranged for the rooms to be across the hall from each other so that the girls would come back at night together. When we got on the ship our rooms were at opposite sides but back to back. Carnival agent told me that there was a hall between them...it was the service hall. But since it was spring break there was no way of changing the rooms, it was booked solid.
The rooms were nice and roomy. The beds were really comfortable. There was not allot of drawer space it was mostly closet hanging space. The whole week we never saw our room steward. Some days our room was not even cleaned. We got clean pool towels only once. We never got our immigration papers or luggage tags, I had to go to the front desk to get them. And they charge the tips to your room so you don't have to worry about them...I would like to do that myself. We left from the port of Miami and everything went really smoothly. When we made our reservations the agent asked what size table for the dining room and I said that we would like a big table so that the girls could have others to talk to. She told me that they try to put you with others that are of the same age. When we got to the dining room our table was the first one when you came in and at the table was a husband and wife with there two sons, 14 and 15. And a lady with her 12 year old daughter. (That is not even close to 18 year old ladies.) And there was allot of 18 year olds on the ship. The food was very disappointing.
There was not a lot of variety and it was not very good. As the week went the dining room really got empty. Allot of people said the food was not great. For breakfast, in the buffet was the same every morning. Eggs, bacon, sausage, the same 3 danish rolls every day, no cut up fruit, cold cuts and etc. The best food I had all week was a deli that I found in the middle of the week that had the best sandwiches and my daughter said the pizza bar was the best food for her. That is sad when a sandwich is you best food. The service in the dining room was adequate. We never saw the Maiterede.(So that saved me in that tip.) The swimming pool and deck area did not have enough space for everyone. If you did not get out there early then you did not get a seat. We had 3 ports on our itinerary. The first one was San Juan, PR. We loved it but we did not get there until 5:30 at night and we were 4 women alone and we were told not to be out there alone by ourselves. So we did not get to spend a lot of time there. And we really would have liked to have stayed a lot longer there.
The girls loved the shopping. Our next port was St. Maarten and again we loved it. Everyone was really nice and friendly and the place was beautiful. We did an excursion on the ship because our husbands wanted us to let the ship be responsible for us. So the girls wanted to do the Horseback riding on the beach. It cost $104 a person. We rode the horses through the mountain area and then we went into the water, had our picture taken and we rode out of the water. There was no riding the horses in the water like the pictures and the excursion info said. Then they want you to buy the picture for $10. It is a lot cheaper to set it up yourself but just don't tell them that you are with a ship because they get a lot more money from the ship. And you have to wear a helmet and life belt if you do it with the ship, NICE! That made the pictures even better! Our next port was St. Thomas and again we really loved it. Then we did a ship excursion. It was the Champagne Catamaran. We loved it. They took really good care of us. On the way back we had great food and drink. That was $90 a person. The girls had a great time also. I have to say that the entertainment people did a great job. Our girls had a great time and were never bored. There was always something for them to do.
The shows were good and we really enjoyed the comedy shows. I did not think that this was my favorite ship. The areas for socializing where small. The areas did not flow really well. To get to the dining room you had to go to the end of the ship on the 5th floor and then go down to the 4th or 3rd floor. The casino and night clubs were on the 5th floor. It just always seemed really crowded. When I have been on other ships the areas were larger and it flowed better. This was very congested. And the kids strollers where really bad. I understand wheelchairs but strollers when most of the time the kid was not even in the stroller. I was run over a lot. I just think it is not a place for that. And I have kids and I would not bring a stroller on a ship, use it off the ship not on.
On the day of departure our flight was really early and they told me that I would not have a problem if I took my luggage off myself. That I would get off the ship no later than 7:00. We did not get off the ship until 7:40. And by the time we got to the airport and went through all the stuff there during spring break, we missed our flight. I will never do that again. I love cruising but they just did not have a good system for something's. Like when you got off for the ports they had only one way off and one way on. Instead of most ships having it at both ends of the ship. The lines were long and congested. It took awhile to get on and off the ship. Our kids had a great time and I would do Carnival again but I will do more research and I will never do Victory. I have been on Royal Caribbean and Princess and I love the Princess the best. It is first class all the way. I just think Victory has some work to do.