May 25, 2003
We just returned from the Western Caribbean on the Carnival Victory. 32 of our closest friends and family members were traveling to celebrate my stepfather's 70th birtday. It was my 30th birthday as well.
To make this easier to read, I will break my thoughts into categories.
Food - mediocre at best. The presentation was beautiful, but the taste was lacking. Lines for the buffet were a mile long. The pizza was good though. Our wait staff at dinner we wonderful though, very helpful. One member of our party was a big eater and often ordered 2 entrees or desserts. Our waitstaff was always gracious and patient.
Stateroom - Our cabin steward did not introduce himself or make his presence known other than a casual hello in the hallway. On a previous cruise with carnival, our cabin steward was friendly and attentive to our needs. The room itself was adequate. I will never sail again unless I get a balcony cabin. It makes all the difference.
Entertainment - If you like Vegas shows, you will like this cruise. There were a lot of interesting performances. Most of the time though, we played cards win the Ionian room and it is directly below the disco...poor planning on Carnival's part. It was often so loud we couldn't hear ourselves think. Nonetheless, it is the most comfortable room to sit in and provided us with a place to play cards and drink until the early hours of the morning.
All in all, it was a good trip. If you want something affordable,good for children, or a party cruise...Carnival is the way to go. This was my 3rd Carnival cruise, and I don't think I will go on another. I think I will look into other cruise lines and pay the extra money for the "extras" that Carnival forget.