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Old January 19th, 2008, 10:10 PM
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We sailed on the Victory last November and had a great time.
After sailing on the Paradise (while it was still non-smoking) I concluded that I really like the larger ship.
The Victory had just been refitted for a few weeks and everything sparkled. Our dinners were at the two-level Pacific dining room, and we had a table for 4 on the second level. To me this was perfect because we were joined by old friends whom we don't see as often as we like and conversation was great.
Dinners were great: presentation, variety, quantity of food, and our waiters were terrific. When we saw them around the ship at breakfast or during the day, they always waved or otherwise greeted us.
The cruise director and his staff were also great and we spoke with them around the ship. We participated in a few trivia games (won a ship on a stick) and this made the cruise more enjoyable.
We had an inside cabin, and for me there was really no difference between inside and non-balcony outside. Room was cleaned, beds turned down each night, towel animals left, and ice was available.
The new big-screen tv still had some kinks that needed to be worked out, and I am sure it will be fine. I was looking forward to the Monday night football game, but it was not available. Can you imagine watching it on a jumbo-tron, sitting around the pool with cool ocean breeze? Terrific.

There were 2 fairly large pools, and hot tubs. The hot tubs were always crowded and I would have liked them to be warmer. We were never not able to find chairs nearby. Food seemed to be available in the Lido area all the time, but for some reason the Chinese window was not open. The coffee and deserts in the cafe were very good and prices were reasonable. I also liked the casino which was not crowded, and I saw a few slot winners. I played roulette and actually won a little money.

The lounges and music offerings were varied and enjoyable.

Last summer I read about the Canadian cruises on the Victory and reviews were good. I'd like to take this cruise sometime in the future.

Stan
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