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Carnival Victory Cruise Review by stevenrfletcher

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Carnival Victory
Carnival Victory
Member Name: stevenrfletcher
Cruise Date: January 2012
Embarkation: San Juan
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Cabin Category: 4C
Cabin Number: 2349
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5+
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates 5+
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new years week cruise in paradise
We flew with Continental out of Buffalo on the way down. Connecting flight was in New York at Newark and was uneventful.We came down a day early as you never know what the weather will be like in Southern Ontario and what the heck it gets you another day in the warmth of the south.We booked a night at the Intercontinental Casino and Resort, used air miles for 2 of rooms and paid for the 3rd room but it ended up being a huge fiasco as they charged upgrades they were not suppose to and only refunded portions of what they originally agreed to and as of the 2nd of February it still isn't sorted out so make sure you get clear agreements with the hotel you stay at because it is difficult to deal with after the fact. Never the less I want to emphasize the hotel has great rooms, great views and the fact they had a New Years party in the lobby made it a memorable event.Casino is small but in the 30 minutes we were there we made enough money to buy champagne for our New Years toasts.

The next morning we played golf at the Trump Championship course ( yes the same one the Pros play in March with the PGA )course at the Coca Beach resort and was well worth the experience. Course was extremely wet but challenging never the less. We rented a car for $50 for the day from Enterprise next door and I want to thank Nestor again for his excellent directions as without them I'm sure I would have got lost.

Girls went horseback riding at the Hacienda De Campo and was a fantastic experience.Horses were well cared for and the trails were a nice experience. They were picked up and dropped off at the hotel without any issues. Both of these excursions were with in 30 minutes of the airport.

Getting to the cruise terminal is easy till you get to the bridge that takes you to the Old San Juan area then it's a nightmare as there is only 1 road and seemed like thousands getting to the same place. Getting on and off the ship is easy here at San Juan, getting through the congested traffic is another story but once out to the expressways San Juan is like any other major city.

Beautiful beaches and an entire range of things to do are there for the experiencing.

The cruise terminal at San Juan compared to the other islands we stopped at seemed very under developed as there was limited shopping, it was more like get off the ship and fight your way to the expressways then you were OK.

Airport was busy but everything moved along, don't forget you must go through the agricultural screening before you can pass through the security checks.

Flew back with United thru Cleveland to the cold weather and that too was an uneventful flight experience.

Publication Date: 02/03/12
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