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Carnival Victory Cruise Review by stevenrfletcher: new years week cruise in paradise


stevenrfletcher
1 Review
Member Since 2011
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Member Rating

Cabin 5.5
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 5.5
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 5.5
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 5.5
Value for Money 5.5

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new years week cruise in paradise

Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan

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. More
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. Less


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Cabin review: Carnival Victory Interior Main 2349

2349 was close the elevators yet it never seemed to be crowded area. It is in the center of the ship so you were always close to where you wanted to be. Bathroom was a decent size, no issues with water from the shower on the floor as others had described, lots of cupboard / closet space. Room service was great and we were just down the hall from the self service laundry ( we ironed shirts a couple of nights )No noise what so ever just the gentle roll of the ship moving to your next great island experience.

Port and Shore Excursions


Jeep 4X4 Adventure

(5.5)
Spent some time of the Eastern coast beach. Couldn't swim there as the had signs warning of ripe tides and bad under currents but the beach was magnificent.

Jeep 4X4 Adventure

(5.5)
Part of our tour with Glory. Excellent experience and lots of information on the island and very professional, something I did not expect there.

Jeep 4X4 Adventure

(5.5)
Excellent time seeing the animals native to Barbados, Let us feed the monkeys and was a highlight of our trip.

Jeep 4X4 Adventure

(5.5)
Tour from the cruise terminal to the East coast telling us about Barbados and the education system and things important the the people that live there.Very informative and a stop for lunch at a small restaurant in what I thought was the middle of now where was a great experience ... food was good too. Thanks Quammie for the great tour of your beautiful island!!

Jeep 4X4 Adventure

(5.5)
Part of our tour with Glory. Excellent boat and crew, pleasant experience and lots of fish to swim with. Definitely a lot of fun.

Jeep 4X4 Adventure

(5.5)
Part of our tour with Glory. Excellent boat and crew, pleasant experience and lots of fish to swim with. Definitely a lot of fun.

Jeep 4X4 Adventure

(5.5)
Part of our tour with Glory. Excellent boat and crew, pleasant experience and lots of turtles to swim with. Definitely a lot of fun.

Jeep 4X4 Adventure

(5.5)
Excellent time seeing the animals native to Barbados, Let us feed the monkeys and was a highlight of our trip.

We set up golf at the Royal St Kitts a month before. A short taxi ride to the course for $12 for the 3 of us. Course was fantastic, great layout with spectacular views, well worth the money. We played at 12 noon so we could take advantage of the twilight rate for only $105 Per Person ... great deal. Club house was well stocked and staff were all friendly and helpful. Excellent cruise terminal lots of shops and things to look at if you chose not to go into town.

We booked a tour with Herod a month before. $80 per person for the tour of fishing villages, volcano, mud bath, beach time at Jalousie Beach and speed boat trip back to the ship. The 6 of us were in van with a family of 4 from the UK ( wonderful family )Great tour of a beautiful island, stopped at the banana plantation and they explained how they grew the bananas, stopped at a wonderful spot overlooking the Doolittle Bay and pointed out the homes of Mick Jagger and George Foreman in the hills. Had a wonderful selection of island spices and liquor there for us as well.We went on to the volcano were we had a flat tire but were back on the road with in a few short minutes as Herod had someone around with another vehicle. Mud bath was fantastic ... what an experience ... skin is still so soft more than a week later. Lunch at his parents / family home near the volcano was a wonderful experience ... to meet his parents and taste the local cuisine was in such beautiful surroundings was awesome. Went to the Jalousie beach and spent 1 hr + in the water / lying on the beach. Such beauty is hard to put into words ... something we will never forget. Speed boat back to the dock was a blast, much better way to split up the views of the island. Thanks again Herod for sharing you island with us!

We took a cab to the Divi Bay Resort and spent the day there on the beach.We chose this because of the reviews and it's proximity to the ship. They allow cruise guests use there facilities free of charge but you still have to pay for the beach chairs and umbrella's. Sand and beach area are pristine, a beautiful spot with lots to do ie snorkeling, jet ski's, para-sailing etc and a great bar at the beach called Gizmos after parrot that lives their. He is always around the bar or the neighboring tree. Friendly and entertaining ... food's good too. On our way back we got dropped off on front street for some shopping. We were not disappointed as prices on watches, liquor and clothing were excellent. Took us a couple of hours to go through the shops and make our way back to the ship. Excellent cruise terminal, lots of shops and restaurants to experience close to the ship.

Beautiful island. We got off the ship and took a taxi to the Mahogany Run Golf course. We had pre booked a tee time the 1 month ago. It was easy to get a taxi as right outside the gate there was someone that fetched a taxi right away. For the 3 of us it $24 to get to the golf course and we arranged for him to com back to get us 5 hours later.Golf course was fantastic well worth the $185 to play. The course was very challenging and in great shape, views were priceless. If you do not loose a ball in the 3 hole devils triangle they give you a poster and certificate which was a nice bonus to a very enjoyable round of golf. We all shot in the 80's so which were good rounds considering it was the 1st time there. After golf the taxi driver was there as planned and we met up with the girls a Megan's bay beach which was just a short drive from the golf course and it is just as spectacular as all the reviews state. Pristine water which was very refreshing after the golf. Girls had gone on the Godfrey's shopping trip and were treated very well by Godfrey, he even to our entire group back to the ship when we were done playing in the water.Girls enjoyed shopping at the flea market and island tour by Godfrey. He was very informative and helpful and made our day very memorable. There is a great collection of shops at the cruise terminal so if you wanted to could just shop there and not even go into town although we believe you miss the island experience doing it that way.
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