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Victory Week before Christmas


Gymbrat333
"Newly Remodeled Cabins"

Overall Rating: Excellent

TRIP INFO

Sail Date:12/19/2016
Destination:Caribbean - Western
Departed From:Miami
# of Nights: 3-4 Nights
Cabin Type: Balcony
Sailed As: Family

RATINGS

Food:Excellent
Itinerary:Excellent
Cabin:Excellent
Entertainment:Excellent
Overall Value:Excellent
Spa/Fitness: Excellent
Embarkation: Poor
Debarkation: Excellent
Staff/Service: Excellent
Overall Rating: Excellent

COMPLETE REVIEW

I sailed on this cruise last Christmas, and decided to sail this year again. This was my 29th cruise, and 5th time on the Victory. We live 30 minutes away from The Port of Miami.

Embarkation-I received an email that they wouldn't start embarkation until 1:30. I always get to the port at 11, and since receiving this email, we decided to get there at 1:00pm. We got there and it had begun hours ago. The agents sent us back and forth three times to get checked in for priority boarding. No one knew where to get us checked in. They were all misinformed.

Cabin-We had a balcony cabin on the 7th deck. It was remodeled and absolutely beautiful. They have been remodeled like the cabins on the Breeze.

Entertainment-They had Christmas activities scheduled every night as well as a Christmas show performed by the dancers, singers, and the children on board. The shows and activities were fun and absolutely beautiful. All of the bands and solo artists were amazing and well as the production shows.

Staff-All of the crew and entertainers performed their job with perfection and such smiles on their face at this time of the year. They're so amazing!

Dining-We ate in the dining room a few nights and a few on lido. Everything was delicious. We also had the Sea Brunch. We loved it. This was our first time having brunch. The Seafood Shack was delicious. Everything is freshly made as you order it. My mom had lunch here everyday. Everything at the buffet was also delicious.

Ship-This ship is always well maintained. It always looks as new as it did when I first sailed on it in 2004.

Ports of Call- In Key West, we just walked around since we have been there so many times, and in Cozumel we stayed at the port area shopping and laying down enjoying the sun on the deck chairs under the palm trees. It was so relaxing.

Entertainment Staff- Marcelo is our favorite Cruise Director. We have sailed with him 3 times. He's super funny and a true professional. Paulie V., his assistant should be promoted to CD. He's great.

Debarkation-Debarkation was smooth, and a lot more organized than embarkation.



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Hi Gymbrat...so nice to hear from you. I love the Christmas cruises...I actually only did one, and it lead up to one week before Christmas, that was on Celebrity......I did want to be home before Christmas.   The ship was decorated for our cruise which was a few weeks before Christmas, and so beautiful.  The Seafood Shack on the Victory sounds really good...is that just on the newer ships?  So nice that you had a great time.  Sounds like a few issues on the embarkation, but great cruise otherwise.  Thanks so much for sharing your cruise with us.

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On ‎3‎/‎19‎/‎2018 at 10:40 PM, Shari2 said:

Hi Gymbrat...so nice to hear from you. I love the Christmas cruises...I actually only did one, and it lead up to one week before Christmas, that was on Celebrity......I did want to be home before Christmas.   The ship was decorated for our cruise which was a few weeks before Christmas, and so beautiful.  The Seafood Shack on the Victory sounds really good...is that just on the newer ships?  So nice that you had a great time.  Sounds like a few issues on the embarkation, but great cruise otherwise.  Thanks so much for sharing your cruise with us.

Thanks so much!  This cruise was the week before Christmas.  I always like to be home for Christmas.  They have been adding the Seafood Shack aboard many Carnival ships now.

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On ‎3‎/‎19‎/‎2018 at 10:40 PM, Shari2 said:

Hi Gymbrat...so nice to hear from you. I love the Christmas cruises...I actually only did one, and it lead up to one week before Christmas, that was on Celebrity......I did want to be home before Christmas.   The ship was decorated for our cruise which was a few weeks before Christmas, and so beautiful.  The Seafood Shack on the Victory sounds really good...is that just on the newer ships?  So nice that you had a great time.  Sounds like a few issues on the embarkation, but great cruise otherwise.  Thanks so much for sharing your cruise with us.

Thanks so much!  This cruise was the week before Christmas.  I always like to be home for Christmas.  They have been adding the Seafood Shack aboard many Carnival ships now.

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On ‎3‎/‎18‎/‎2018 at 5:55 PM, AndiD said:

Glad you had such a great cruise despite the somewhat rocky beginning!  I have not done a holiday cruise yet but it sounds wonderful.  Thanks for the great review.

Thanks so much!  This cruise was the week before Christmas.  They're a lot less expensive during Christmas and New Year's.

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