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Age: 57


Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Victory

Sailing Date: 03-22-2009

Itinerary: Southern Caribbean

Overall the cruise on the Carnival Victory was ok. We visited 6 different islands in 7 days, a very vigorous itinerary. Like all cruise lines, there are separate charges for everything. The excursions ended up costing almost as much as the cruise. That being said, the staff on board were all very friendly and tried hard to please. The only exception was when checking out. There was an error on my bill and no one was willing to help correct the problem and told me I had to deal with it after I returned home. This totally soured my cruise and has given me second thoughts about cruising with Carnival again.

The food on Carnival Victory was only average. I had cruised on Carnival Freedom previously and thought the quality was much better than on the Victory. It appeared in an effort to cut cost due to the economy, Carnival also cut quality.

The stateroom was the same as previous cruises with the exception the mattress was hard and it was time to replace the pillows. On this cruise my room was closer to the back end of the ship and was therefore bumper than prior cruises. I think center ship is the best place when cruising.

I didn't partake in many of the onboard activities, since there were no sea days. Almost everyday was spent on shore excursions. I only went to one show and it was good.

As a first time visitor to the Southern Carribbean I had different expectations in my head what it should look like. I was very disappointed with the level of poverty there was on every island. When touring the islands be prepared for one lane roads with major potholes and drivers that do anything to avoid those potholes. Islands being very mountainous also be prepared for many switchbacks. If at all susceptible to vertigo take your medicine beforehand. If you decided not to take a ship excursion be prepared to be attached once off board by dozens of tour companies vying for your business. The shops surrounding the cruise terminal were specifically built for the cruise boats, there is not a lot of shopping elsewhere on the islands. Finally, don't expect to get that great of a bargain on jewerly, it's still expensive.

I always wanted to visit the Southern Carribbean and now that I have I would not go back again. If you want to visit somewhere romantic with sand and surf, visit the Hawiian islands. Carnival is a good option if you are looking for an less expensive way to visit multiple destinations, but remember your cruise doesn't end with your initial fare, the excursions, drinks and misc expenses will probably cost you more than the cruise itself.

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