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Carnival Victory - Southern Caribbean Cruise
We started by flying from Mobile, Al to Charlotte, N.C. and then on to San Juan. We did not book a hotel the say before because the timetable fit perfect for us.
Arriving in San Juan was pleasant and we had transfers to the cruise ship. We spent maybe twenty to thirty minutes at the airport then on to the cruise ship. Once at the dock the check in was very very impressive. We were checked in had our guest cards and were headed for the room after about a twenty minute check in (fastest I have ever had). Once in the cabin (an extended balcony dead center of the aft) we unpacked and were on our way to the Lido Deck to see what was on the buffet. Everything was very tasty looking. We just
ate two Deli type sandwiches and decided to walk around San Juan and look.
Back on board we went to our first sit down meal in the Pacific Dining Room.
We had a waiter by the name of Vigor. He was fantastic and very friendly and always smiling. He would always ask our More
our day had been. After supper we walked around the ship trying to find our way around.
Tuesday was a Sea Day
All in All this is the best cruise that me and my wife have ever taken. The excursions were great ( just like they said on Cruise Critic) the ship was Great the weather could not have been any better. So Thanks Cruise Critic readers and Thanks to Cosol Tours.... We are really looking forward to returning again.
Jim Crone Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Wednesday we arrived in Barbados, Beautiful to see coming in. We got off the ship and went to the taxi stand and asked for a taxi to the Boatyard Beach. Well, here is where we messed up. There were so many taxi drivers and they said no you do not want to go there and that they had a better place to go for your dollar. So I guess, stupidly that we gave in and ended up at a place called Rockwell Beach. There was a place there that charged you $ 15.00 for a umbrella and two chairs and you got two rum punches for that $ 15.00. The water was not smooth, there was seaweed in the water and the sand was not as smooth as before. But we enjoyed ourselves just the same and
Friday St. Kitts.... We booked a train ride in an open air train that had been used for hauling sugar cane many years ago. The guide explained many of the sights and we were served cokes, water and pina coladas during the ride. We went up and down and around and viewed the Caribbean side and the Atlantic side of the island. Very Very informative. This was four hour excursion. Back to the ship for supper and what ever we wanted to do on board.
Thursday we arrived in St. Lucia, We booked a excursion with COSOL Tours. This excursion was a very good one. We went by vans ( 8 persons in each van) to a Banana Plantation , observed how Cashews grow , the guide ( BUMPY) would stop ever so often and explain the Banana growing, how Cashews grow from a fruit, showing us live Bay Leaf leaves, a botanical garden and extinct volcano where water and steam still flow and feeding us many fruit and other items from the Island of St. Lucia. We also had a refreshment van that would stop ever so often and we could either have water, cokes, rum punch or other drinks that were furnished. We drove all over the island and ended up at a small boat dock where we boarded boats and they took us to a resort in between the Pitons. This bay was ever bit as serene and blue and turquoise waters with places to snorkel. Back to the ship. Supper and man things to do on the ship
Sauturday St Maarten we took a taxi to Orient Beach. This beach was really so unique. We paid $ 15.00 for two lounges and an umbrella right in front of a small restaurant. The water was stunning and beautiful blue and turquoise and very very clear. This time the sand was quite different....I t was the texture of baby powder. Extremely smooth....We stayed there most of the day. You could Parasail, or use sailboats or Seadoo's. They all had different charges for uses. We caught the taxi back to the chip and finished our shopping in the market place.
The next morning we arrived in St. Thomas. Very beautiful from the ship. We had already decided that we were going to take a taxi to Red Hook Docks and board a water ferry to St. John Island. Once there we caught another taxi to Trunks's Bay. ( I had read about this from many Cruise Critic forums and reviews). It did not let us down at all.....Probably one of the most beautiful beaches that we have seen. They also have a snorkeling path that you can follow. The blue turquoise water and the soft beach was AWESOME !!!! After aboutthree hours we decided that we would go back to St. Thomas and go to Meagan's Bay which we did and this was beautiful as well. We actually, saved money by doing it this way. Rather than pay two excursions packs we did very easily on our own. Entry into the beaches was around $ 4.00 to $ 5.00 each and the water ferry was $ 6.00 per person each way ( $24.00 total ) The taxi cabs were around $ 10.00 to the beaches and $ 10.00 to return to the ship. When we left Red Hook we took the taxi to Meagan's Bay and then to the ship. Back on board we enjoyed our supper and partook of different