Enjoyable Cruise and Outstanding Itinerary: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by ancastertraveler

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Enjoyable Cruise and Outstanding Itinerary

Sail Date: October 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
My wife and I drove from Ontario to Buffalo for our flight to San Juan on the day of departure. We arrived in San Juan around 1:30 p.m., prepurchased a Carnival transfer to the ship and were in our cabin by 2:30 p.m. We had lunch and then left the ship for some sight seeing.

Old San Juan is an experience in itself. On our way back to the ship, we stopped and purchased some soda and some wine. The Victory is an older ship as many have mentioned but we found it met our needs in every way. The ships staff do a remarkable job of maintaining and cleaning. Our cabin steward, Ali, was exceptional in his duties. We always felt we were treated like a special person and every member of the staff that we met were smiling and very pleasant. We selected Your Time Dining and usually arrived at the Atlantic Dining Room around 7:00 p.m. with little or no waiting involved. Most mornings we had breakfast in the buffet area as we had pre-arranged island tours for every port. More

The entertainment is very good especially the comedians and the musicals. One negative note involves the muster drill at 9:30 p.m. The scheduled time was late when considering travelling and when considering every piece of information is given in two languages.

On the day of disembarkation, you are asked to be out of your cabin by 8:30 a.m. We had a 4:45 p.m. flight so we requested a late zone and we were off the ship by 11:00 a.m. which allowed us to add some additional sight seeing to our trip. We left our luggage at a little restaurant/bar called Aloha, right across the street from pier 4. Fee was $3.00 per bag. On our return to retrieve our luggage, we had a drink and then met a couple who asked if we were interested in sharing a cab to the airport. Cost per couple was $14.00. In summary, we really enjoyed our first Carnival cruise and of course the different islands. Less

Published 11/02/12

Cabin review: 6B1342 Ocean View

Our cabin, 1342 on the Riviera Deck was large, comfortable and clean. There is a lot of storage and luggage will fit beneath the bed. The washroom was the typical size of a cruise ship. We were very comfortable in this cabin and enjoyed the views from the large picture window. Unfortunately, the cabin is directly above where luggage and supplies are loaded or unloaded we found it to be noisy when we were at a port. Only happened three times.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Island Tour

We booked an Island Tour with Glory Tours. Our tour guide was Calvin and once again we were very fortunate to have an informative and pleasant guide. The beaches of Barbados are beautiful. We saw many historical sites, lunch was provided at a local restaurant and we ended the tour at Payne Bay beach where we had several hours of beach time. We also met the owner, Sara Taylor, whom we found to be a most interesting person.

Island tour

We selected Island Paradise Tours with Rosevelt Taylor as our tour guide. We found St. Kitts to be a hidden treasure. Most of our friends have never visited St. Kitts. Rosevelt did an excellent job of taking us around the island, visiting forts and historical buildings, explaining the medicinal value of plants and herbs and giving us some beach time. Another informative adventure.

Many Cruise Critic reviewers have recommended Cosol Tours and we took their advice. For the third time we selected an Island Tour and Cosol did not disappoint. Our tour guide was Baptiste and he was exceptional with his knowledge of the island and his interaction with all of his clients. We visited the coast, the rain forest, a drive in volcano and the Pitons. In fact, included in the tour was a motor boat ride to a beach between the Pitons where we had 1.5 hours of beach time. What a glorious view! Also included in this tour was a breakfast, a lunch of warm bread and cheese and every time we stopped, the bar was open. Cosol, the owner, was actively involved with the tour and a very interesting individual.
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Island Tour

We booked our last our with Bernard's Tours and our tour guide was David Taylor another informative and personable guide. We drove from the Dutch side to the French side. On the way, we stopped at an iguana farm. On the French side we stopped for shopping and some lunch and continued on to Orient Beach one of the prettiest beaches that I have visited for 1.5 hours of beach time. We then drove back to the Dutch side and saw the airplanes landing at Maho Beach. This was another adventure seeing the aircraft flying so close to the highway.

Island Tour

We booked Sunny Liston Tours and picked an island tour. Our tour guide was Elvis and he provided a lot of information about the island. The tour ended at Magen Bay Beach.

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