A Terrific Trip!: Carnival Victory Cruise Review by klrprincess

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A Terrific Trip!

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
This was the trip of a lifetime! I've never seen and done so much in such a short period of time. We were worried that the trip might be too long with so many stops, but time flew by. We couldn't believe it when the cruise was over.

We are a couple in our mid-twenties. This was my 3rd cruise, and my husband's 2nd cruise - all with Carnival. We got married at a cruise stop (Key West) in 2008, and we had an awesome time traveling with nearly 60 people. While we loved having people around, it was nice to have time for the two of us and make all the decisions about our excursions. We'd also love to try other cruise lines, but for the price, you just can't beat Carnival.

The service was great, and we enjoyed spending our evenings eating delicious food, taking advantage of the nightly Happy Hours in the casino, and singing with Angela in the Piano Bar. (The only thing I didn't like was hearing Hotel California three times in two hours!)

We stayed in Puerto Rico More one night before and after. We had no regrets about our decision, but started to doubt ourselves after the cruise after a heated dispute with a taxi driver and then as we stood in a crowded, hot Holiday Inn Express as we tried to get rid of our luggage and others were trying to checkout! Once we had that taken care of, all was paradise as we jumped in the big waves at Coranado.

Be sure to check out our port reviews as these were the highlight of our trip, and I spend MANY hours researching cruisecritic! :) Less

Published 03/12/10

Cabin review: 4d

Port and Shore Excursions

We went to Long Bay. It was great - especially in the early hours when there were few people there and the fish were more active. Great beach day and way to end our trip!

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This was our worst excursion, and the one I was looking forward to the most! We booked a turtle/shipwreck catamaran through Shoretrips (Small Cats). This was the only excursion that we didn't do on our own or book independently.

We had to wait for around 30 minutes for other people to show up. Then, we went to a beach where we boarded the small cat. We selected this option because the catamaran only held 12 people, so we figured we wouldn't be herded around, but this wasn't the case. At the turtles, we anchored with 4 other large, party ships, and our guide led us straight to the big groups where people were basically kicking and hitting each other. We swam away from the group and were able to see more turtles, but our guide kept yelling at us to come back to the huge group of people. The people with us were not happy with the situation either.

At the next stop, the shipwrecks, we were once again yelled at to stay with our guide and group. The lack of freedom was disappointing as we had limited time and had to stay with our group which included young children who were struggling some.

Next time, I would go to the beach with the turtles and swim out to see them so I could have more freedom, avoid the people, and save money!

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We did Levi Bumpping's tour - Roseau Valley Wet. We went to Titou Gorge, which was an incredible experience even though the water was freezing! At Titou Gorge, you swim through a high cave to small waterfall that we climbed and jumped from. Definitely an exhilarating experience!

Next, we went to Trafalgar Falls where we soaked in hot springs, then climbed up the rocks to the base of one of the falls. Another great experience.

Finally, we went to Champagne Reef where we snorkeled. The bubbles weren't as big as I expected, but it was still worthwhile.

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This was Christmas day, and the only day we had less than blue skies! It was overcast most of the day. We went to Cockleshell Beach. The waves were choppy that day so it was our only day we didn't snorkel. It wasn't the best beach or beach day, but St. Kitts was a gorgeous island.

Warning: Be careful about your taxi drivers! We did get ripped off on this day!

Read 1321 St. Kitts Reviews

We did Cosol's Tour. It was a great tour, but a bit tiring at the end of the day! We did not enjoy the volcano or tiny waterfall, and the trip would have been better if we could have spend that time between the Pitons. Snorkeling between the Pitons was amazing and beautiful!

Read 1135 St. Lucia Reviews

We were the third group of the ship much to our surprise and delight! We discovered throughout our trip that the earlier you got onshore, the less crowded it was.

We went to the K-Mart, asked some locals for directions, and caught the public bus to Red Hook to board the ferry for St. John. Once at St. John, we went to Cinnamon Bay - the most gorgeous beach on our entire trip!

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