Second Cruise Just As Special
Carnival did not let us down. Almost everything about it was GREAT.
The CARNIVAL STAFF can not be beat. Everyone from housekeeping to concierge to captain were charming and helpful!
STATEROOM: Our first cruise had a balcony. This cruise had a nice size window that always gave us a wonderful view if we were not in port. Our room was on the Riviera deck, which is the lowest deck for customers and it was just as roomy as the one with the balcony. The bathroom was smaller, but adequate.
ENTERTAINMENT: The ship was always offering something for us to do, if we were to do so. From games, to comedy acts, to full blown show, to Art Auctions... There of course the option of just laying out on the deck and catching some rays!
SPA: Victory has a full-service spa on the most upper decks. One the first day, they had a drawing for SPA certificates if you checked out the gym (yes...they have a large gym so you can work out while gazing at More
the ocean!). I won a $250 gift certificate! The message and facial was world-class!
FOOD: Food was indeed plentiful and always available. This was a GREAT thing! The problem was the seated dinner. Compared to our previous cruise. The portions were very stingy and the selection was not as good as before. Instead of having the wonderful problem of deciding which dish to choose, this cruise's menu did not have a great selection. The did have a wonderful category of unusual dishes that you could try every night. I tried Alligator!
ADVERTISEMENTS: The cruise director's voice repeatedly came on overhead telling us of sales in the ship's shops, places to stop in port to purchase diamonds and gems, Art Auctions, and other things to spend money on. There was always something to spend money on. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
We took a quick and relaxing excursion to Cockspur Beach Club (formerly know as Malibu Beach Club)on the south west coast of the island. The price of the excursion was very reasonable and it included transportation, beach chair, umbrella, rum punch and entertainment (if you chose to participate.) The beach was clean and wonderful and the water was refreshing.
There were vendors that would approach you while you were on the beach, but they weren't bothersome.
San Juan was BEAUTIFUL AND FRIENDLY!
WE stayed in a hotel in Old San Juan the night before our cruise (Hotel Plaza de Armas) AND an extra night after our cruise (Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza). Both were wonderful!
Walking around Old San Juan is both charming and exciting. If possible, eat breakfast at La Bombonera Restaurant! They make something called Mallorcas. YUMMY! Old San Juan's streets are picturesque and the forts are work visiting.
St. Kitts is BEAUTIFUL! We took another catamaran cruise to Cockleshell Bay. On the way, we stopped at another area to snorkel. It was not very good. Huge rocks and not a lot to see. We continued on to Cockleshell Bay and it was very nice. The beach was not very deep,but is was long. Walking along the beach was very relaxing. My husband really loved going into the water there.
We did not book an excursion at this port and were very sorry we didn't. The port was the least picturesque and it had all the same shops as the other ports. Nothing original. We were very disappointed.
I did hear other cruisers speak highly of their excursions, so if there is a next time, we will see some of this supposedly beautiful island.
St. Maarten is another of those beautiful islands that you rave about when you get home. We took an excursion the took us around the island by bus. Our ship docked on the Dutch side and the bus took us to the French side, with at least one stop to take scenic pictures.
Once on the French side, our tour guide let us shop or wander for about an hour before we were to board a double-decker sightseeing boat. We ate french pastries at Sarafina's French Bakery--get at least one baguette to take with you to eat on the boat. It melts in your mouth! No need for butter!!!
The boat took us around the bay back to the Dutch side. On board was Shine, a calypso singer, who entertained us with music. Rum punch and beer were plentiful! There are lots of ships in the bays that were wrecked from the 1995 hurricane Luis.
The was our first Catamaran trip and it was so relaxing! They met us at the pier and took us off for St. John. We sailed to Honeymoon Beach where we could snorkel or sun on the beach. The water was very clear! Not a lot to see snorkeling, but since this was our first time, what fish we did see were amazing! The crew of the catamaran was very funny and informative, giving us the history of the area and the beach, as well as any lessons on how to snorkel. The rum punch was good too!