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Tracy1969 10-30-2006 06:26 PM

OMG OMG OMG I'm back on Canadian Soil! HAVE TO BOOK another one of those. Ok will write more more more later but to the person who just booked on Carnival, Doulabug, you must be reading the "Enquirer" or some rag like that. I consider myself now an expert on Carnival. I searched out EVERYTHING on this ship there wasn't one bad spot of food on the cruise. I did look all through the cracks on the bed, NEVER cleaner. And the matress was the most comfy I've ever slept in. I'm actually going to to buy myself one. I will do a full review of Carnival Victory Cruise tomorrow for you but I couldn't find ONE thing wrong. OMG I've never had so much fun EVER! Will talk more later folks and to everyone who reads and chats with me here. I'm so glad all of you answered my questions, relieved my fears etc! I had 110% fun fun fun.

P.S Stay away from any Cozumel Mexican gentleman who wants to give you free tequila shots or you will end up like me sleeping the following day away......

Hugs to All! I'm BACK!!!!


Cruise Specialist 10-31-2006 07:12 AM

Welcome back Tracy...looking forward to hearing all about your first ever cruise. By the way did you get an upgrade??

Tracy1969 10-31-2006 08:01 AM

Hi Carol,

No I didn't get an upgrade because I walked into the room and saw it was perfect! The last Cruise I was on was the Cunard Princess (That ship was sold to the Greek Lines) and those rooms were small. Cruising as an adult, the room was nice and perfect. Plenty of closet space, and dark to sleep in whicih was what my husband and I love (I'm a shift worker)

Carol, I wrote up a whole things to doulabug if you want to read it. I didn't have one bad or even slightly negative thing to say about Carnival. Will definitely be cruising with them again. I plan on taking all my girls when each of them goes to Marry, on a cruise as a pre wedding fun time for girls only. I talked to my mother about it yesterday and she thought it was a wonderful idea. Maybe I can cut and Paste for you what I said from Douldbugs topic starter "Very Worried"

Have a great day!

Cruise Specialist 10-31-2006 08:04 AM

Tracy..I would love to read your review..Just post the link to the site where you posted it.

I tell all my clients that most people either love cruising or they hate it...seems there is no in between.

Looks like you are one that loves it!!

Tracy1969 10-31-2006 08:28 AM

Ok here it is all, my little review of CArnival Victory and these are posts that I've posted from other topics so you may have read them before. If anyone has a question about the ship please don't hesitate to reply and I'll get back to you as soon as humanly possible!

Can't wait to get back on that shipand I finally have my earth legs back today. Took two days! Anyone ever experience this before? Feel like the ground is shaking? I felt it until late lastnight and I got off the ship Sunday October 29th.

Alcohol: $360.27
Casino: $61.80
Shore Tour: $382.00 (2 people x 3 shore tours)
Mandatory tipping: $160.00
Transfers: $56.00
Portraits: $89.93
Giftshop: $81.80 (5 bottles of alcohol to bring home and other things)
Candyshop: $8.20
Internet: $136.45
Wine: $28.75
In Room Movie: $8.99
Golf shirt at Golf shop: $50.00

Total $1424.19 and all money well spent.

Hi Doulabug,

Extremely tired but I thought I should talk about Carnival to you a bit before going to bed. Just getting in tonight from the 8 day cruise which did go to Cozumel. We took the Jeep, Ruins, snorkelling tour which was a great bang for our buck and got to drive our own jeep! So Kewl! The guide took us out into the ocean where we saw a baracuda, stingray, moray eel, and a Parrot Fish, and sea turtles. Amongst many other beautiful fish. What a day! Docking at Cozumel was absolutely wonderful and no problem at all! We were also there with another boat. I believe it was the Valor (I was slightly intoxicated when I got back..... the Mexican gents who gave me shots of tequila didn't tell me that its way over canadian liquor content regulations (40%) People were all great there also. No problems shopping.

Onto the boat. If you cannot find food you like then there is something WRONG. Yes I admit when you eat in the dining room your food is served like the highest class 5 star restaurant (I had prawns for a starter and the presentation was like a palm tree) the Chateaubriand was to die for, and if your steak comes the way you didn't ask for, it will be whisked away and another one promptly brought for you. Also, you can ask for more food when still hungry. I personally have always found in eating at a typical restaurant like that style of dining, you don't leave full, you leave satisfied and almost BROKe because that dinner for you and your spouse just cost you 500 dollars! here, you can ask for more and more if you arent full. What Dale and I did was hit the Pizza bar at about 11pm or later for a snack. Try the Napolitana Pizza. TO DIE FOR if you like olives. Breakfast was a huge buffet (Thats where I ate and they had EVERYTHING) or you could go to the sit down restaurant and when I went there, I had Eggs Benedict and Baked Apples. A friend of mine had the smoked salmon on some sort of break. Dinners consisted of such entrees as Jumbo Shrimp, ChateauBriand, roast turkey, Grouper, shark, lobster etc. the Presentation was absolutely FABU! ok onto the entertainment. IT WAS GREAT! Of course we were in the party area most times being young (37 and 34) that was in the middle of the ship. We did venture back to the pool at the back of the ship and it was much quieter! Lots of bars to drink at, we would sip on a Baileys Irish Cream after dinner in a jazz lounge. Internet cafe was 50 for 100 minutes and 100 for 250 minutes. There were two days that offered happy hour there (Half price minutes) but you do have to give your receipt to the internet cafe manager and by the time you walk to your cabin, its posted onto your folio. the mandatory tipping was well worth it and we did tip our Stateroom Steward more money. They are in to your room twice a day for a full cleaning job. The waiters in the dining room remembered exactly what type of tea I like and brought it to me after dinner. I didn't have one rude waiter or person employeed with Carnival on the ship I was on. You also have to remember, maybe they are having a bad day too? It happens. People complained on my ship that the portraits were too expensive yet I reminded people when I heard that, these photographers are not charging sitting fees, and the pictures are truly professionally done. I paid 20 for an 8x10 and my church portraits were 40 a pic. Beer (Hubby drank Coors Light) 4 in a bucket for 13 plus a gratuity 1.23 my drinks (Drink of the day (6.95) but refills were only 5.99 not bad. Remember if you are a soda drinker that you can carry on a few cans of pop, or buy them at port when you go back. Bring your own wine if you so choose. Did I mention the beds? The most comfortable I've ever slept on. I did pull off the covers, and check all through the cracks where bedbugs can hide. I knew exactly what to look for and didn't find one thing wrong. Now, there were a few people ill on the ship but when you are drinking and filling your face with food all the time its absolutely possible that you've overate, and just aren't feeling well. The only complaint I had was when I got off the ship, it felt as though the earth was QUAKING!! I had my Sea Legs on. Its just tonight that the WAVE feeling has left me and I got off the ship yesterday morning. Debarking was a breeze though. We got our luggage off ourselves (Self Assist) I called it and it was a bit of a wait at the elevator, but not a big deal. Carnival rushes you on, everything is well done in my mind, and I'd recommend Carnival cruise lines to ANYONE! Oh yeah, I brought WAY too many clothes but it was my first carnival cruise as an adult and didn't know what to pack. Please remember there are laundry services on most floors and you an do your own laundry if you so choose. There is every style of music in the lounges, quiet areas to play games and a library to read if you so choose. Hmmm what else can I add before I go to bed...... Well thats about it for now. Go on your cruise, have a great time. Oh one more thing..... We were on the 8 day cruise. People said the longer the cruise the older the crowd gets. We are in our 30's and we hung out with people from their 20's up to the 80's the boat was pretty much a mix of kids (240 of them at Camp Carnival) and the rest 20's to late 80s. A great mix of people and EVERYONE was wonderful to meet and speak with. One woman who I had Breakie with on the last day was over 80 and she was in spirit younger than me. Wonderful woman. I truly cannot say one bad or even slightly negative thing about the Victory. By the way, prices were reasonable for shirts etc. Jewellery though was pricy. I purchased a pair of earrings for my mother in law in Ontario at a local jeweller which were 14 Karat gold for 50 canadian..... On the ship the EXACT same earrings were offered in the same box for 160 american with 50% off. BUT the duty free shop was cheappie! I came back to Canada with 8 bottle of liquor and here it would have cost me 300 on the ship it cost me 70 american. WHAT A GREAT DAY! my liquor cabinet is stocked for Christmas now! WOOHOO The waiting staff also knew my name after only 1 day and remembered everything about me for the rest of the cruise. Rooms service is also FREE! We ordered veggie platters and cheese platters before every meal in our room while sipping a pre dinner drink.

Go and have a great time and you be the judge. I personally can't figure out why people write bad reviews on Carnival.

Any more questions, please dont hesitate! And bring as much clothing as you want, luggage I stored under the bed and clothing all fit into the ample closet space!

3511164 10-31-2006 01:26 PM

Tracy, I am glad you post your view. I am from Toronto and going on Victory on the 2nd of Dec with 8 people in my family. No one really mentioned about the midnight buffet. Are there any in the Victory? What about golfing? We are golfers and is there any to do? Thanks.

Tracy1969 10-31-2006 02:06 PM

Hi there.

Victory is a wonderful ship and HUGE!!!. There is a midnight buffet and from 11 until about 11:45 you are able to come and take pics. The the feeding frenzy begins.

We are avid golfers. Definitely hit the proshop there which is right in the Ionian Lounge. The golf pro is there and he will let you hit a few test balls, give you what you need to work on and then you pay. It wasn't bad. I believe somewhere around 55 bux gets you a half hour with this pro. Also he does some excursions to land where you go with him golfing! I think he was super nice. Also, I bought a Nike ladies gold shirt which said "Carnival Golf" and it was 50 american. Reasonable I think. The golfing on board is a simulator. There is also a golfing net outside. Take in a few golfing excursions while on land and you will find out about them from the Pro in the shop.

Enjoy! Any more questions about Victory, I'm so glad to answer! Oh yeah, food is around the clock there 24-7...... if you can't find any buffet open, go to the 24 hour pizza bar Absolutely FABU! Best pizza I've ever had. He will also make you one and you can take it to your room. The room service is amazing! We ordered veggies and dip every day and caesar salad every day and also Grilled Chicken Caesar salad every day. Sandwiches are great too and SO quick. I barely got the phone hung up and the waiter was at my door! FREE OF CHARGE! Although I did tip him a customary 1 dollar per plate.


billybuzzy 10-31-2006 07:37 PM

Tracy-Just read your review on your recent cruise on the Victory-It was a very pleasant experience to read. I am booked on the Victory for a 5 day cruise to Canada in June 2007-I found your exuberance contagious and you have put to rest my fears about Carnival! I haven't
done Carnival in many years but you relit the fire! Thank You!

Happy Cruises to You!


Tracy1969 11-01-2006 06:08 AM

Hi Billy,

You're welcome! I found with The Victory that just as long as you have a little patience Embarking and Debarking, the rest of the cruise is smooth sailing. I believe I waited at the elevator when leaving the ship the last time, for about 10 minutes. What annoyed me was that there was a woman in a wheelchair and her husband was escorting her to the 3 deck to get off the ship. Everyone rushed onto the elevator and didn't let her on. I was horrified to see that. I mean c'mon, we are going to hop the elevator then have a few more minute wait once onto the 3rd floor. (By the way, that floor did move super smooth and I believe about 3 minutes once onto the 3rd floor to get off the ship. If you don't opt for self assist, (Self assist you keep your bags with you and take them off yourself when you leave) I think if you wait and have your luggage out the night before, and you go off after self assist, it would be a relaxing morning. I did find alot of people using the Self Assist. Just check it out!

PLUS Victory had Malcolm Burn otherwise known as "Malcolm in the Middle" HE IS SO FUNNY! he is the entertainment guy, gives the talks etc. I believe he is the cruise director? I could be wrong. Anyhow, after each announcement during the day that he makes on the P.A.... he says "Woohoo" and by the end of the cruise most people are saying that after every sentence.

By the way for anyone who didn't know, our ship was rerouted because of a civil dispute in Costa Rica. I was extremely disappointed that we weren't going to Costa Rica but we went to Jamaica instead. What a FABU country to visit and the ourists are so safe there! We have an absolutely wonderful time!

The Vicory is a huge ship. Next time I'm on that class of ship I will definitely get a room in the middle because we were situated about 30 cabins from the end of the ship and it was a walk and a half to get to the main elevators. Not a problem though because ok folks, Just jumped on the scale lastnight and I believe I'm up for a detox and Starvation diet! hah

Just Kidding! So who said there wasn't any food or the food was bad, NO WAY! food everywhere and at all hours of the night!

Have a great time and have fun in Canada! I an a Proud Canadian for sure eh!

3511164 11-01-2006 03:52 PM

Hi Tracy, Can you give information about the excursion? I am taking 5 senior, 87, 78, 73, 66 and 65 (years young). Are there places to walk around just off the ports? I dont think they want to go on the tours. Thanks.

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