Carnival Victory - Canada/New England: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by Margot

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Carnival Victory - Canada/New England

Sail Date: August 2006
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Just returned from the 5 night Carnival Victory cruise from New York City to Eastern Canada. This review is of particular interest to Canadians and other non-US citizens. Have been on 4 other cruises (different lines, one being Carnival). We are a family of 4, with 2 young adult children. We had a fabulous time, and have only excellent critique of this cruise.

Embarkation- Bit confusing as there is no separate line for non-US citizens. Not all the agents are trained for non-US, and so they kept pulling the US citizens out of line to go in front of us. Nonetheless, we were through and in our cabins within an hour. Cab from La Guardia into the city is under $50 US . Cruise charges $35 per person for the transfer.

Cabins- Boasts the Carnival Comfy Bed, which is truly the best bed we ever spent in on a ship. Lovely all white linen and duvet! Very spacious, lots of storage space.

Service was always excellent. Lots of choice for food. We enjoy More always eating in the dining room, getting to know our wait staff. Shows were very professional.

Excursions- Booked our own kayak trip in St. John. Bob from Eastern Outdoors picked us up at the ship, took us to see Reversing Falls, and then drove about ½ hour from there to the Easternoutdoors Center where we were escorted on double kayaks through a bay, out onto the ocean. Kayaked for about 3 hours (bit rough) on the ocean, passed interesting fishing posts. Saw seals. The changing of the tides was very interesting, as the landmarks we passed on the way out were no longer there on the way back. As we passed Reversing Falls on our way back the change in the tide was noticeable in that the level of the water was flat, and there were no longer any Falls for this short period of time. Cost was much less than the ship's excursion.

Halifax- Walk further down the Harbour walk into the center of the harbourfront area (near the visitor center) , and you are able to book many of the excursions offered by the ship at a lower cost. The tour of Pier 21 (immigration center) is amazing. If over 19, and you enjoy beer, the Alexander Keith tour is fun. Maritime Museum has excellent display and short film of Titanic rescue, and Halifax explosion.

For internet access, we used the public libraries in St. John and in Halifax. (In Halifax, we walked over in the morning Spring Garden Road , and we were able to register, as out-of-province residents to book computer time (one hour free) in the afternoon.

We were lucky to have a warm hazy day at sea on our return, but don't go expecting great weather. It was mostly cloudy and cool the entire trip, although we did miss the rain.

Debarkation- Although the ship offers self-assist debarkation, you CANNOT use this if you are non-US. Must place luggage outside your cabin by 11:00 pm. Must meet up in a lounge at 8:00 am and wait for everyone to gather, before being escorted off ship and through customs. Left the ship about 9:00, and noticed that they were still calling for self-assist passengers on a couple of the decks. Customs was quick, and we were able to collect our bags. Taxi line is across the street, and although the line was not very long, the city is very busy at this hour, and not many taxis stopped. Waited about 20-30 minutes, and finally got a cab to La Guardia.

All in all a fun and relaxing trip. Less

Published 10/03/06

Cabin review: 7337

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