I just got a great last minute deal to sail Carnival's Victory to Halifax, Canada. We sail in a month!
Please give me any of your tips, especially about getting on and off. We are sailing from Manhattan (where? don't know).
Thanks for all your advice!
bring something warm as we went in june and the weather is quite chilly at nite, Nova scotia is a great place to visit lots of History there, we took the ferry over the bay and hung out on the the other, side folks there are quite friendly the temp. was 85 degrees in nova scotia we went to st. john, not much to do there but shop and take a horse carriage tour weather was damp and cold when we stopped there bag pipers greet the ship in st john so if you have a balcony on port side it is great to hear the echo of the pipes and watch them march and play for the arriving ship, have fun, been on the Victory twice in one year one of my favorite ships> Canada in June 2004 and eastern caribbean. in Jan 2005, you will see whales in the early morning we sat in dining room for breakfast by windows to watch them, awesome!!!
I went on that trip in July 2003...you will leave from the cruise ship terminal on the West side, near the Intrepid. Pkg garage is right next...$24 per day in CASH. Go around 11 or 12 and you should be on the ship early...although you prob sail at 4 or 5 pm...they let you on the ship. Bring a day bag with you so you can put on your suit and hit the pool while everyone is still boarding in the afternoon...the rest of your bags will arrive at your cabin later.
Weather is indeed a bit cool on this trip. Make sure you have a couple of sweatshirts...we were in jeans and sweatshirts on the pool deck in the afternoon a few times.
In Halifax, the bus tour around is cool. Brings you to a fort with bagpipers, etc. If you're on the 5-night, you'll stop in New Brunswick also...fun to walk around and shop.
Make the most of the activities on the ship...LOTS to do...karaoke, shows, casino, etc. The Red and Black Seas lounge is cool...looks like classic Star Trek decor.
Check the message boards and look for a Roll Call for your sailing, or start one. You can "meet" people before you go. Happy Sailing!
As far as embarkation and disembarkation...
Embarkation has always gone smoothly for us in NYC. Just make sure to have the usual documents filled out, and it should go quickly. Note that there is no place to sit down in the terminal -- it's not all that welcoming, actually -- so be prepared for that.
Disembarkation, to put it mildly, can be nightmarish. You will have 2 other ships in port with you upon your return, and getting a taxi can take a long while. My trick, which I don't mind sharing with others, is to hail a taxi across the street. If you are driving, it is pretty easy as the parking garage is adjacent to the terminal, as JackieL noted.
I see you have young kids sailing with you. If they love the PBS show "Theodore the Tugboat," they are in for a treat in Halifax. (Halifax Harbour was the inspiration for the show.) There is an actual Theodore the Tugboat you can ride (either through the ship's shore excursion office or on your own), and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic had a Theodore Tugboat exhibit consisting of many models of the "characters" in the show. The museum also has wonderful exhibits on Titanic and the Halifax Explosion.
We've been to Halifax several times, one of which was on Carnival, so I am happy to answer questions. (BTW, we are booked on Carnival Victory a few weeks after you.)
Thanks for all the info. Will the pool be open as soon as we get on the ship? I thought I read somewhere that the pool doesn't open until the ship actually sets sail.
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