Robert Shaw Jr.
Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Victory
Sailing Date: August 26th, 2006
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Victory Cruise Review
Robert Shaw Jr.
Being our first cruise we really didn't know what to expect but this cruise was way beyond all expectations! Our best vacation ever!
Embarkation was as easy as you could get especially being in New York. 2500 people getting on a ship could not have been smoother. We arrived at the pier via taxi from the bus terminal at 12:45. Luggage crew was right there to take our bags. No need to carry anything on board. We were on the ship checked in our room with our luggage being there before us; eating and drinking all by 1:30! The lines moved swiftly as Carnival had ample people on the pier to assist everyone with the paperwork, sign & sail cards and cabin assignments.
The ship was very clean and well maintained. The staff on board was always polite, courteous and willing to answer any questions we had. If the answer to a question was not known by the crew member asked of them that crew member would go find the answer and get back to us. Definitely a helpful bunch!
Food was always good and available. Watch your time schedules as the dinning rooms and buffets. They are always in use changing from breakfast to lunch, and to dinner without skipping a beat. 24 hour a day great pizza is a plus to fill you whenever you feel the need. The evening dinners were fantastic with the wait staff being friendly considerate and courteous. There was excellent entertainment and always something to do.
In the evening everyone was given a schedule of the next days events that showed the times, places where happening etc. Really easy to follow as long as you looked. You can decide early in the day what shows you would like to see, play bingo, go to different contest or just relax on the deck sitting in a comfortable chair with a book. We visited 2 ports being Saint John New Brunswick, and Halifax Nova Scotia. Booking shore excursions though the cruise line is easy and convenient but not a necessity because as you get off the ship at the ports, there is plenty of information and an excursion host right on the pier to assist you.
Saint John is a quaint laid back city with the Bay of Fundy tidal waters being biggest thing going on there. Halifax is a wonderful city with many more things to do. We took a tall ship excursion that was informative and relaxing; while we viewed the harbor actually sailing around and next to our cruise ship for some great picture opportunities. It was a very nice way to spend a couple of hours learning about the city, it's heritage and history. Then we walked into town along the various shops and pubs enjoying the cleanliness of the city. Getting back on board the ship at both ports was easy. Have your sail & sign card ready and a picture id. Just watch the time as the ship sails on ships time not port time which in this case was an hour different. This ship is very punctual. When it states a show starts at 8:30 it will really does start at 8:30. When you are told the ship sets sail out of a port at 4:30 the ship is untied from the pier and moving at exactly 4:30. I think this was great as you are told the schedule the night before and this makes it really easy to plan an event full day properly with no lag time at all. Definitely the best way to plan a vacation day in my opinion.
The last night of the cruise we were told to just leave our luggage outside of the cabin door. The luggage crew then came around picked up the luggage and when we disembarked the ship our luggage was rite there just waiting for us to recover it. It just couldn't go much smoother with everyone leaving the ship! We claimed our luggage went to the taxi stand rite on the pier and were in a taxi heading back home within an hour; all because of how organized this cruise line was when it came to getting guest both on and off the ship.
Being our first cruise I know this review
may sound a little bias but I just don't really have a bad thing to say. The
cruise was well worth the money and both my wife of 25 years and I have decide
that this will now be the
first of hopefully many many more cruise to come. Just a delightful way to spend a vacation