We sailed from San Juan on the Carnival Victory on 10/23/11. Some of the suggestions I did use were the big thermal cups (great for lemonade while sunning on the deck), a mesh backpack (it took little luggage room and provided room for everything while on the excursions), a dollar store car air freshner was great for the bathroom, an across the body purse, and our own beach towels (thinner than the thick Carnival ones). I didn't use the over-the-door organizer or suction hooks I took. The spacious medicine cabinet provided ample room for toiletries and there were several hooks provided for hanging wet clothing and towels. I booked our excursions before the cruise, but not through Carnival, which gave us much smaller groups (twice there was only one other couple) and saved us money.
On St. Thomas we used Godfrey Tours (godfreytoursvi.com) and did tour #1 which was shopping and sightseeing w/ beach for $30 each. You could choose to shop 1, 2, or 3 hours, then the More
sightseeing including The Mountaintop with its delicious banana daiquiri. We went to Magen's Bay Beach ($4 each admission) for several hours. This was the most beautiful beach we visited the whole cruise. On Barbados we chose the Thriller Turtle & Shipwreck Snorkeling Adventure (firstname.lastname@example.org or Thriller Ocean Tours on Facebook). We took a taxi to the Waterfront Cafe in Bridgetown ($2 each) and for $60 each we traveled on a speedboat and snorkeled with turtles, at a shipwreck, at a coral reef, and at a beautiful beach. A comparable excursion with Carnival is $99.95!
On St. Lucia, we did the Land & Sea Adventure with Spencer Ambrose for $88 each (email@example.com). This tour gave us a great tour of the island, the volcano, and the Pitons by land then allowed us to board a speedboat and travel to Jalousie Beach for lunch and sun. We boated back to the port by way some of the bays that are home to the rich and famous. It was a day full (8:30 - 3:30)but a truly great tour!
On St. Kitts we toured with Island Paradise Tours (stkittsislandparadisetours.com). Rosevelt Taylor was a wonderful guide on the Best of St. Kitts/Panoramic Tour for 3.5 hours + unlimited beach time ($48 each). Again there was only one other couple with us allowing us to ask questions and enjoy a very personable time with Rosevelt.
On St. Maarten we took a taxi for an island tour and ended up at The Sunset Bar & Grill where we watched planes land very low over the beach. (Check it out on Youtube!) The best time for viewing is from 12-2 and the grill's pizzas are delicious! We paid $49 each, but I feel like we could have done better if I had lined a tour up beforehand.
Victory's food is to die for and the staff made us feel very welcome. I think a balcony is a must so that you can view the sunrises as you come into each port. Awesome! An absolutely remarkable vacation that we will always remember! Less
Carnival Victory Cruises to the Southern Caribbean
We took a taxi ($2 each) to downtown Bridgetown to the Waterfront Cafe where we boarded speedboat for the Thriller Turtle & Shipwreck Snorkeling Adventure with Stephen Tryhane and his daughter Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org or Thriller Ocean Tours on Facebook). We snorkeled with turtles, at shipwrecks, at a coral reef, and on a beach. There was only 12 of us making it a very pleasant experience. Refreshments were provided. The cost was $60 each.
We along with only one other couple toured the island with Rosevelt Taylor, a US veteran who is very proud of his homeland. We thoroughly enjoy the sights and his commentaries on the island. We did the "Best of St.Kitts/Panoramic Tour for $48 each which is a 3.5 hour tour + unlimited beach time. A wonderful experience!
With Spencer Ambrose (email@example.com) we did the Land & Sea Adventure for $88 each. We took a great tour of the island in an air-cond. van including the volcano and a waterfall. We then boarded a speedboat and went to Jalousie Beach where we had a delicious creole lunch and enjoyed the water. We returned to the ship by boat while touring the beautiful bays that the rich and famous call home. This tour was from 8:30 - 3:30 and was a value at $88 each. There was only one other couple with us this day as well!
We got a taxi and toured the island briefly visiting Orient Bay with its nude beach! After a few other sights we went to the Sunset Bar & Grill which allows you a close up view of the airplanes as they land inches above the beach (see on Youtube!) The pizza was delicious and we stayed from 12 until about 3 to see several large planes and many smaller ones come in for dramatic landings. Takeoff is entertaining as well. We paid $49 each, but given our experiences the previous ports I think we could have arranged something for a better value online before getting to the island. Birdman was an entertaining taxi driver.
We did the "Shopping & Sightseeing with Beach" Tour with Godfrey Tours (godfreytoursvi.com).We shopped only one hour then toured the island with some great overlooks for photos. At The Mountaintop you can see the whole island and enjoy a delicious banana daiquiri. We spent a few hours on Magen's Bay Beach, the most beautiful beach of the cruise. Free refreshments were provided. Price - $30 (+ $4 admission to beach) each. Renal Godfrey was a wonderful tour guide!