Just came back from my first cruise on the Victory and had a great time. We were in cabin #6260 and it was a lot bigger than we thought. Had plenty of drawer and closet space for clothes. The safe was nice as we put our passport, birthcertificate, wallets, and other valuables. The room was get noisy sometimes from the Carribean Lounge, but we used ear plugs and that helped quite a bit. Had the "Fun Ship" Special on the first day and it was really good, kept the cup as a souvenir. The buffet for dinner was OK, so we ate in the Pacific Dinning Room for breakfast and lunch; food was much better tasting. Dinner was held in the Atlantic Dinning Room and the food there was excellent as well. We had reservations for 8:30p.m. and it was not very crowded at all. Our servers were Giedre from Lithuania and Marcin from Poland. They did an outstanding job, Giedre got ill during the week and Marcin took over and was very attentive. She came back on Thursday and we gave them an extra tip on our last dinner with them for doing such a great job.
We were told there were about 490 or so kids but we hardly saw any of them since they were in Camp Carnival most of the time and seemed to be fairly behaved. There were some that were playing with the elevators.
Monday was our first formal night so we dressed up and took a few pictures as a group. By the way there were four of us in the group.
Tuesday.Our first stop was Costa Maya. It is a very small place, just a few shops and I think one restaurant. The vendors really try to sell you their stuff, always asking you to look at what they have. We did the Jungle Beach Break and really enjoyed it. Took a 30 min. bus ride to Uvero beach where we had access to paddle boats, kayaks, a small restaurant and two open bars(yeah free drinks). There was a lot of sea grass in the water from the Hurrincane but the water was still very clear and clean. Spotted a few starfish in the grass and took some pictures of them.
Wednesday was a day at sea so we lounged around the ship and took it kinda easy. Went swimming the in salt water pools and slid down the slide.
Thursday we were in Grand Cayman and did the Stingray City and Coral Reef Snorkel. Did not enjoy it as much as aniticipated because of the rough waters. Drank too much salt water trying to view the coral reef. What little I did see was very pretty though. Did some shopping in town and got some unique gifts. Got the traditional rum cakes and a Del-Sol t-shirt that changes colors in the sun.
Friday we were in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and two of us did the Cool Runnings Sail and Dunn's River Falls tour. The Cool Runnings was a trimiran and the served fruit and rum punch on the way to the falls and people danced on the deck. On the way back the rum punch was kicked up a notch with lots of rum and a little bit of punch(was very good). The other two did a dolphin encouter where they got to spend about 30 minutes swimming with the dolphins. After our tour we went to the Island Village to do some gift shopping. They have some great shops to chose from and even have a Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, were we enjoyed a very tasty lunch.
Friday night was the second formal night and again we dressed up and took lots of pictures. We enjoyed the second set of pictures better and ended up buying lots of them.
Overall we throughly enjoyed our 7 day cruise aboard the Carnival Victory.
We leave on the 18th aboard the Victory and are considering going to Majahual when we get to Costa Maya. Did you notice a lot of taxis available and/or did you hear of anyone that went to Majahual and what they thought? Your review was great and we'd love to see pictures!
I do believe there were a few taxis drivers waiting at the end of the pier to take people where they wanted to go. Sorry but didn't hear anyone talking about Majahahaul. Will try to post some pics of Costa Maya soon.
The paddle boats and kayaks were part of the package price so you can use them when you want, I think you just have to let someone know that you will be using them. They also have snorkel epuipment, parasailing, and a banana boat(you get pulled behind a boat across the water, looked cool) for a nominal price. The restaurant had some really good food at a decent price. I had Chicken Quesodillias for $6.00 and had four good sized pieces. You can also get a can coke for diet coke as well.
You can take the bus to Majahahaul. The bus ticket stand is at the exit fromt eh shops on the pier. The trip is $3 there and $2 back ( I don't know why the difference but whatever.) The buses are very nice, large buses with airconditioning. The vendors at Majahaul are very persistent, good luck.
Yes the Victory does have lounge chairs. On the lobby deck(Deck 3) there are a couple sets of doors that lead out on the a nice deck with plenty of lounge chairs. We laid out there severl times and it was really nice. It is one of the least crowded decks on the ship. Saw several people sleeping in the chairs.