by M. Kolbicka
December 28, 2002
We have had the opportunity to sail for New Year's Eve the last 3 years. We have had excellent success except for last year's New Years Cruise. As most of you know, New Year's Eve is by far the most expensive time to cruise. So our experience on the Victory was very disappointing.
It was obvious the Staff was not very happy about being on the Victory. There was constant bickering amongst the Staff. Our waiter, who was quite good at times, could not delivery dinner in under 2 hours. At one point, we were at dinner for 2 hours and still didn't receive our entree. Food was mediocre. However, the most disappointing time was New Year's Eve itself. The party started at 10:30 and was over at 12:20. The band just stopped playing. Worse than that, the band was horrible playing nothing but hard rock that was impossible to even dance to. Once the band stopped, the party was over and there was only one other place to go and that was the DISCO. The DISCO was great but was so crowded you couldn't even move. The rest of the voyage was the same with a very disgruntled staff who made no attempt to make the cruise a happy one.
We are again sailing for New Years Eve but are switching to Royal Carribean. Hopefully, this will prove to be worth the money.
In summary, we have travelled on 4 different Carnival ships and by far Victory was the worse.