Well I have been on this route 4 times already not in Carnival victory but in Carnival Destiny almost the same kind of cruise.
Let me tell you how it will go on Barbados, After ending your tour and going back to the ship there will be two checking points:
1. The will stop your car or bus outside the port on the Barbados security point this sometimes take a few minutes sometimes more, and yes everyone have to do it is the law there.
2. Then your will travel to the port stores, kind of a mall point and walk to your ship, like 5 minutes from ship.
3. you get to the Cruise ship security point prior entering ship.
as for the time arrival you have to be on the ship at 4:30pm exact, at 4:31 pm they will remove the gangway.
Also Barbados traffic is a little extreme at 4:30 pm so this could be trouble, I always book from the cruise company on Barbados mostly because of this.
"I have spoken with our charter service and they are dropping us off a short distance from the port and I am also ending the tour earlier. Thanks for all of your great input!"
Well they will have to drop you off on the mall area the port autorities will not let them near the cruise ship.
Just a note:
This is my advise if they will not finish the tour prior 3:30 pm don't do it.
I remember a few horror stories from a few past posts, "car broke down", "traffic jam", etc.
Just to be clear let me tell you this way:
IF YOU DON'T ARRIVE AT 4:30 THEY WILL LEAVE YOU IS A PRIVATE TOUR IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY NOT CARNIVAL.
But many people think
"the ship will wait for me"
"they will not dare to leave a passanger behind on a unknown country without passport"
here is a good video from you tube that can help you decide is you want to take the risk:
so next time anyone book a private tour consider to be on time, this could be a great cruise ending story but a bad experience anyway...