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M Mills

Age: 40

Occupation:Pastor

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Victory

Sailing Date: 2012-03-21

Itinerary: South Caribean

Having been on a RCCL Cruise in the past (my wife has been on 2) that is what I have to compare it to. Overall it was a good time, but a lot of that is because we were not on the ship much during the day. Friendly staff, definitely a downgrade from Royal Caribbean.

The food was ok. We ate dinners in the dining room and the servers were nice. The food was pretty much the same that was available in the cafeteria, but it was usually hotter...usually. The Cafeteria lines we long and slow and often only one side was open. They 24 hour ice cream was open 24 hours, the 24 hour pizza was open 2 out of 3 times I went. The food seemed to be bland, perhaps because many of the senior citizens need low salt, non spicy food. One of my steaks had clearly been grilled on the same grill as some fish. I was not impressed by the food. It was often cold. (I live at high altitude where food doesn't stay hot, and this was colder than what I am used to. Food gets a 5 out of ten. If it was a restaurant, I probably wouldn't go back.

Clean room. On the the bedside reading lights was broken. The show had cracks in the grout, and just a curtain and a metal rail on the floor to keep the water in (RCCL has shower doors) . We had an interior cabin.

They had 4 comedians on board. We went to the family friendly shows. Only one comedian was clearly comfortable with that format. The others seemed to be fishing for material by talking to people in the audience a lot. They used the words @ss, h#ll, d@mn, "Jesus Christ" a LOT. Most of the jokes were "potty" humor.

The "Family Friendly" musical show started out with girls in G-strings. My family doesn't roll with that, so we left 30 seconds in.

They had a magician who I thought was going to fall asleep. He seemed so board with the act he had been doing on Carnival for "20 years".

Best excursion we had was walking of the boat in St Thomas with no idea where to go and hoping in a bus called "David's Tours" where we got a tour of the whole island, got dropped off at Coty Cove for a couple hours and the back to the ship for a total of $20 per person. Most tourists go to Megans Bay, but our guide said the snorkeling was better and crowd smaller at the place he took us. It is right next to Coral World.

Snuba at St Lucia was fun, but the water was murky, and the guide said it was always like that. Some people we were with did it at Coral World in St Thomas and said it was much better (We snorkeled right next to them) and they feed the fish so you see more.

Snorkeled at Ship Wreck in St Kitts, great reef. Again, hired a taxi and it cost us $20.

St Martaan- Go see the Yoda Guy!

Had a great time, VERY disappointed with the ship...but if I hadn't been on a cruise before, I probably would have liked it a lot more. Great ports. Bad Shows. I don't drink or gamble...so I can't tell you about those.

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