We a family of 4 flew from Buffalo to Fort Lauderdale non stop by Jetblue.The flight was very enjoyable partly due to the blue potato chips served during the flight and free multi satellite channels available for viewing. We then took the SAS transportation which we reserved online 3 weeks earlier to port of Miami for $25 dollars pp. We liked the service very much since it was very reliable and in 30 minutes we were at the Carnival terminal checking in which also didn't take that long.The security was very tight and we as cruise passengers felt safe. The first venue we visited was Lido deck.Having cruised 3 times already on Carnival ( 2007 Freedom,western caribbean ;2009 Spirit,alaska;2011 Magic,Mediterranean),we knew precisely where to be when we were hungry and we were ready to try the Guy's Frieri burgers and the Iguana tacos. They were very good and they didn't disappoint.We always shared the burgers since there were so many choices in the lido buffet that we tried after the burgers.The fish and chips were a hit and a miss.The fish and chips that we ate during the last sea day after visiting Grand Turk was a home run.
We dined each night at the Golden Olympic restaurant using anytime dining . All the dining room stewards were very friendly and the services were prompt. Sanjoy , the chef in the kitchen went out of the way to serve us beef biryani on the same day we requested the food. It all started in the pirate pizza place we we met Sanjoy and we talked about how we missed the Indian food we got onboard Magic.
We enjoyed all the shows every day. The first day welcome aboard show was a blast. The music were quite loud .
The weather was very nice and warm around 24-26 degrees throughout the cruise. The balcony was a perfect place to enjoy the waves and the blue seas. Occasionally we watched the small birds that flew parallel to the ship over the waves. It was something you don't experience quite often.
We walked around Nassau and went to fort Fincastle on our own after climbing the Queen's staircase. We paid $1 pp to get inside the fort. The view of the Atlantis resort was not quite spectacular because of the trees blocking the view as well as the distance.
We took the Godfrey's Tours at St.Thomas. The tour took us to downtown for an hour shopping and then to the Mountain Top. It was cool and rainy and misty when we reached the top. The magens Bay beach at the distance was spectacular. We had a better view of Magens beach on our way to Coki's beach. We took pictures and then we went back to the ship.
San Juan was the most favourite port because of the fortresses at San Cristobal and El Moro. We did our own tour and managed to get a free green trolly to Fort San Cristobal. Being an hour early, we visited the Capitol of san Juan. The walk along the road to El Moro from San Cristobal is beautiful and the sight and sound of the waves hitting the shorelines is just unforgettable. The Bacardi Rum factory tour is just a ferry ride from the cruise pier. There are lots of taxi offering ride $3 pp to the factory each way. We had free rum and coke drink during the tour.
In Grand Turk. Carnival Victory docked at the port side of our ship. Our balcony was at the starboard side and we managed to take good pictures from our balcony. We swam in the beach at the place that was less crowded ( hint : walk pass the aft of the ship).
The cruise was overall very enjoyable and the ports of call were one of the reasons we booked the cruise, the other being the ship having fun 2.0 features.
We have already booked the Royal Princess cruising the Baltic in July 2014.