Carnival Victory - Canada/New England: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by cruzndiz
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Carnival Victory - Canada/New England
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
EXCURSIONS in St. John --- this is one of those cruise stops where you can understand some people just staying on the ship. We took the horse drawn trolley around town which was mildly interesting although the gentle rocking motion was lulling me to sleep (due to too much partying the night before and not boredom!). We had a gorgeous sunny day and took advantage of the weather by walking around and doing some shopping. Some of the group did the St. John River cruise but found it boring. Maybe because we already live in upstate New York and we see wildlife and nature all the time!
ENTERTAINMENT aboard ship was better than I remember from previous cruises and certainly exceeded my expectations. The Lido Deck band Tropical Fire was just perfect to listen to while laying out in the sun or grabbing a bite to eat up on deck. The singer/band outside of the Casino was fantastic and we spent more time than we would have at that bar just so we could listen to them plus there was always a small crowd dancing. We went to every single show...Livin in America was enjoyable but if you're only going to 1 show pick Vrooooom which was much better and a couple of our group sat through it a 2nd time! I should mention that we are a younger crowd ages 30-45 who is more familiar with the Vrooom music; Livin in America music is skewed toward an older crowd. Comedy by Peter Michael was great and even better during his R Rated show....we had tears rolling from laughing so hard. Dave Siegel comedian was funny at times but still seems a little "green". We went to both of his shows, too. But while Peter Michael had all new material for his 2nd show, Dave used some of the previous stuff and still could barely fill a half hour. The Silent Film Skit was hysterical and I recommend you always go to any shows where your fellow guests might appear -- performing live always lends itself to the unknown and usually ends up quite funny.
CRUISE DIRECTOR Malcolm Burns was the best C.D. I have ever seen. I can't say enough about him. He was funny without being too cheesy and we ended up going to every single function where he was going to be speaking -- even things like Debarkation talk which I never attend -- because he made every talk into a funny show. I may just follow him for my future cruises -- find out where Malcolm will be on the dates I want to cruise and book that ship for my vacation WOOOO HOOOO!
ACTIVITIES on board were similar to all the other cruises I've been on with ice carving, towel folding, scavenger hunt, trivia, etc. I usually participate in all of them because I am a very very competitive person but there were so many children and teens on board that they over-ran most of the competitions. Since we had left our own kids at home, we spent most of our time on deck trying to figure out where we could go where the kids wouldn't be.
DEBARKATION was the fastest ever with the new Self Assist program and I can't imagine anyone capable of wheeling their luggage not taking advantage of this. I had room service deliver breakfast, then laid on the couch watching tv until after 9am when I wheeled my (very heavy) suitcase to the 3rd floor, swiped my sail & sign card (sadly) for the last time, showed my passport to the security officer, handed my customs form to the customs agent and took the elevator down to the limo area. Was on 12th Avenue by 9:22am, listening to the announcement bells on the docked ship and wishing they were for me! Less
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