Carnival Victory Caribbean Mar 18-25, 2012: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by maxtheboston
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Carnival Victory Caribbean Mar 18-25, 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
Day 2 - at sea
Day 3 - Barbados - again no excursion booked, but did some research and went to Harbour Lights (a bar/restaurant)at Carlisle Bay- same taxi deal as the other islands - no entry fee to enter the beach here, but there was a fee at some of the other restaurants. Lounge chairs and umbrellas for rent, $5 for each. Once we arrived on the beach, we arranged a glass-bottom boat ride to take us snorkeling. We paid $30 per person, for an hour and it was just the 3 of us. The 'shipwreck' which has lots of nice fish around it is not very far from shore and we may have been able to just swim out, but live and learn. We also were taken to an area (again not very far away) to swim/snorkel with turtles. This was totally awesome and worth every penny! There were maybe half a dozen turtles hanging around which would eat out of your hand. Very cool. Spent the rest of the day on the beach then caught a taxi back to the ship. Always lots of taxis waiting.
Day 4 - St. Lucia - had booked the 4X4 Beach and Safari excursion and had Chris as our guide and Michael as the driver. This was another great day, as Chris was very knowledgeable and friendly and willing to answer lots of questions! The tour took us to a 'private' beach where there were no other people except those of us on the tour! We had an hour and a half to spend on this beautiful beach. We were given refreshments and even some fresh coconut!
Day 5 - St. Kitts - no plans, so did some research and got a taxi to Cockleshell Bay which dropped us off at Reggae Beach Bar. The immediate bar area was a little busy for us, so we walked a short walk to a little hut where Debbie rented us out an umbrella and 3 chairs for $15. My sister and I went snorkeling off the beach, and didn't really see much for fish, but tonnes of coral and all different types. Aloe vera massages where available and guys walking around with monkeys. The trip was $7 per person each way. Again, no trouble leaving as there were always taxis available.
Day 6 - St. Maarten - again went off the boat to see what was available. Found a snorkeling trip that was $55 per person, but because we all had our own gear, was able to get it for $45 per person. This is a 2 hour trip that leaves from a dive shop in town ($3 taxi ride) and goes to the "Tiki Hut Snorkel Park" at Little Bay. There were lots of beautiful fish and our guide brought food for the fish, so there were schools swimming all around us. However, it rained while we were in the water and we all got a little chilled. Refreshments were given. You can get dropped off at the cruise ship pier, or back at the dive shop.
Shopping - all of the ports have TONNES of shopping - which wasn't really are thing, but if you are looking for diamonds or other jewelry you will be very happy!
All in all - an awesome trip which I would gladly do again and have totally different experiences at all the ports! Less