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Carnival Victory
Carnival Victory
Member Name: pencofamily
Email: pencofamily@cox.net
Cruise Date: January 2006
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: 8B
Cabin Number: 7416
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 2.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money Not Rated
Rates 5+
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Carnival Victory - Eastern Caribbean

First off let me say this was our third cruise (second with Carnival) and we had a great time. As you may read in other reviews the Embarkation procedure in Miami was unreal. Unfortunately, we live in Las Vegas so we had to take a red-eye out that got into Miami at like 7:30am. We grabbed a Super Shuttle to the Terminal, just a hint if you use a Super Shuttle to get to the port, ask them for the number to make a reservation for the return when you disembark. Those with a reservation have more priority than walk ups.

Anyway, we got to the terminal a wee bit early, like say 8:45am. There is NO FOOD of any kind there, but a "Roach Coach". Eat at the airport if you can and use the restrooms as well or use the porta potty on the side of the building. No one is allowed into the terminal even for the bathroom until it has been cleared by customs.

We met a fellow couple from Cruise Critic at the terminal BroncoBoxer (aka Billy & Crystal), great to meet them. Anyway about 9:30 or so they began the process, we first checked in, and then we were shuffled to a line where we sat for about 45-50 min. We then went into a huge room and waited for about 30-45 more minutes. Then they let us go upstairs where we thought we were going to board, this was around 11am by now. Nope we were shuffled into chairs and sat down in rows. This lasted about 15 min or so, then we were put into a line, had our picture taken and onto the gangway.

When you first get on board, they take your Sail & Sign Card and take your picture and your free to go eat. All in all we were on board by Noon and allowed into our cabin by 1:30. We met our Room Steward Piset as we went into our room. He was fantastic, polite and all in all the best we have had. Our room had a 75sq ft balcony and mom was next to us in 7412 so Piset unlocked the panel between us so we had a 110 sq ft balcony.

Vroom was a great show and if you think you can sing, go the Karaoke bar so you can enter to sing at the Celebrity Night on the final night of the voyage.

We were in the Pacific Dining Room table 420, Iksuet and Aliana were fantastic and always smiling. Food was great, buffet was ok, 24 hour pizza always good (8 kinds to choose from), fresh calzone if you wait like 10 minutes. The Chinese wok was delicious and dont let the name Mississippi BBQ fool you. There was no BBQ there and the steak sandwich was terrible to say the least. Burgers and Fries were always a hit.




As for the ports of call, you get into San Juan way too late. They say we may arrive at 2:30, heck even channel 14 on the TV said the same thing, but in short we got in and off by like 4:00, which in San Juan is 5:00 Atlantic Time. Everything like the fort is closed. The casinos are open and the expensive souvenir shops as well. The place where the Pina Colada was invented, looked like a great menu, just a wee bit pricey to me. We ended up having dinner by Room Service on the Balcony.

St. Maarten we were let down as the winds were high so our snorkel excursion to Pinel Island was cancelled, so we went shopping instead and had lunch at the Green House Restaurant, great prices and great food and for a soda lovers, FREE refills. If you go into town use the water taxi its is only $5.00 roundtrip for all day. You must also go to the Guavaberry Emporium for the Guavaberry Rum / Liqueur, great taste and the Guavaberry Colada for $5.00 is great, smooth and refreshing. Make sure you have quarters in St. Maarten, as the toilets are pay toilets usually fifty cents.

St. Thomas was fantastic, we got off like 8:30 and went to Paradise Point, www.stthomasskyride.com and had the famous Bushwacker drink, GREAT taste and the views were splendid. We then went to Coral World and did the Helmet Dive, was a rush. You walk 20 ft underwater on a course where you get a view the sea life. They feed the fish while you are down there so there are all around you it was so cool. If you like the beach the go literally right next door to Coki Beach and get in some snorkeling.





All in all this was a great vacation, even with a cancelled excursion we found other things to do. The weather was great, the sunsets were spectacular. Oh if you go play BINGO and Karl with a "K", the Asst. Cruise Director is there, the first night of BINGO he will ask you what do you say when you get them all, reply with this seriously, "Hey K I have poked them all". Each host has their own little slogans for BINGO its a trip. In fact the first BINGO is FREE. If you have the 5:45 seating for dinner and want to see the 1st show at 8:30 in the lounge, be there by 8pm for the best seating. Anytime there was something going on in the lounge we tried to get there 30 minutes early for the first and second row seating. I hope you enjoy your trip on the Carnival Victory as we did. If you have any questions, please email us. Pencofamily@cox.net
Publication Date: 03/08/06
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