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Old 06-30-2009, 08:16 PM
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This maybe should be posted in the Caribbean port section but since it was a CCL cruise.. I posted it here.

Well, now that I have had a chance to rest up a bit and recover from the “re-entry shock” I thought I would do a quick write up on our Carnival Victory cruise. This was our second cruise on the Victory (last time was in 2005) and she is looking as good as ever. We didn’t intentionally pick the Victory to cruise a second time but since the Victory had moved to San Juan to do the southern Caribbean cruises, we had no choice. We were not disappointed in having to sail on her again.

We arrived in San Juan a day early which I would highly recommend to anyone considering this itinerary. The ship leaves port at 10PM (most likely to allow for late flight arrivals) but if you come in the same day you will miss a day of cruising. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriot in Miramar. The room was clean and the price was reasonable. It’s not in the best of locations (no nearby restaurants or casinos and not near the beach) but it did have a Subway sandwich store and a Papa John’s pizza store across the street, so for a quick fast food meal you were set. I wouldn’t want to do too much walking around in the area as there were homeless people sleeping on the sidewalks, but I really didn’t feel threatened walking around trying to find a place to eat. IF you are only looking for a place to stay for one night pre-cruise, it was not a bad choice, but if I were to fly in and arrive by noon or so and wanted to be able to enjoy the beach and nightlife, I would choose another place. They do offer a breakfast in the morning, but they charged us $18 a person for what would be the “freebie” breakfast at any other Courtyard hotel.

We took a taxi to the port and arrived at 10:30AM. People were still coming off the ship, so there may have been a clearance issue that prevented them from getting off sooner? But they only made us wait until 11:30 before they let us in to check in. I can’t say how the experience was in the main check in area because this was our first cruise in a suite so we had VIP status and took full advantage of that service. We were checked in and were on the lido deck having lunch by 12:15. Unfortunately we had to wait until 2:30 before they would allow us to go to our cabin. We had our carry on bags with us so we waited as we didn’t want to pull them along with us as we visited downtown. But, even after waiting to drop off our bags, we still were able to go out and visit Old San Juan earlier than we ever had before (normally ships seem to get there at 3 or so in the afternoon from Miami) which allowed us to see the sights and have a drink in town.

They did allow you to eat in the dinning room (open seating) on the ship. This was nice as we were still stinging from the $60 breakfast cereal… Interestingly enough, they sat us for open seating at our assigned dinning room table. I have never had that happen before even though we eat most breakfasts and lunches in the dinning room while cruising. I took it as a good omen.

Cruise-
Overall the cruise staff did a great job. The service was outstanding and everything went smoothly. Our waiters were new to the Victory having just come from the Splendor, but they did a great job in serving our meals. They were very eager to please and would get second helpings of anything we requested and would swap out any meal that my girls tried that they did not like. The food was very good. On lobster night, I had the best lobster I have had on a cruise ship. I am certain it wouldn’t compare to a fresh lobster meal in Maine, but it was still very tasty to me.
They had all their typical cruise food. Nothing was missing except a variety of bread. They always served just two types. On past cruises their always seemed to be a different type of bread to try each night.
I also have to give my thanks to Fernando our maitre’d . The was the first time that I felt a maitre’d had affected my cruise experience in anyway. He came by the table to do the standard glad handing routine when he asked if there was anything he could do to make our cruise better. I replied that we were looking for a dessert that we once got on the Conquest but have not since found on any cruise. He said he remembered the dessert as he was on the Conquest for our cruise. He said we would personally ask the chef if he could make us the dessert. Two nights later it showed up on our table. It was wonderful! You can bet he got a good tip and a big mention in the questionnaire.

Our room stewards were also top notch. They were very friendly and kept the room looking great. Not to mention they were expert towel animal artists. We kept the towel animal zoo through out the cruise… Like I said earlier, this was our first suite. We got a good deal with this cruise so it made the extra expense acceptable. We have always maintained that the cabin is not that important. You don’t spend enough time in the cabin to worry about it. I still say that (in fact our next cruise we go back to an interior cabin) but NOW I can see the draw of the suite. With four people in the suite (2 adults and 2 mid-teens) the extra space was welcome. Not to say we couldn’t have enjoyed ourselves in a standard cabin, but it was fun to have the suite. With a wife and 2 teen girls, the extra bathroom space and changing area were handy. After having the suite, I think that the “family cabins” on the Dream that have the tub and the separate toilet areas will be the perfect cabin.

Entertainment-
I was a little disappointed in the entertainment. The Carnival dancers were great of course, but I have already seen the shows they were performing. I knew that going in to the cruise so that was not a major issue. However of the 4 other acts-2 comedians, a magician and a juggling act I had seen 3 of them before. In fact the magician I have seen at least 2 previous times and the routine was the same routine… I don’t have an issue with Carnival being “loyal” and keeping their entertainers coming back, but they need to keep the acts fresh. For the less experienced cruisers the shows were probably very entertaining… I was not so impressed though. One thing that has changed (at least on the Victory) is that the bingo games before the shows were a one game only thing (they used to play a couple of games with increasing prizes). They also were ONLY taking sign & sail cards. They did not walk through the audience selling cards for cash. I found this to take longer since everyone had to stand in line.

Casino-
I can’t complain about the casino. They have added a Texas Hold’em table and have converted the slots to be sail and sail card based (so you do not need cash). It took me until the 3rd day to realize that I only needed to add money to my players bank once. I assumed it put the cash out amount back on the sign and sail when I actually was building a bank… No biggie though as they don’t charge a service fee to add money to your bank.
The casino host was an annoyance on this cruise. He would get on the loud speaker and bark out sales speeches trying to get people to enter the black jack tournament or the slot tournament etc etc. He was very long winded with this and it was so loud that while he was making the announcements you could not hear the dealers speak. Then once he was finished with the announcement, he would start all over again in Spanish. It was very annoying.

Ports-
This cruise had San Juan, St Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua and St Kitts. This means that there were NO sea days. If you like ports, this your cruise. I found it to be exhausting not having a day where I didn’t have to be off the ship early.

St Thomas was great as usual. We did our own excursion here as we have been here a couple of times and know our way around. We took the public bus to Red Hook, took the ferry to St John and went to Cinnamon Beach (the next bay up from Trunk Bay) We found this beach to be a lot less crowded than Trunk Bay and the snorkeling was terrific.

Dominica- We did not book a ship’s tour for this port either. We wanted to go to Champagne reef and that was not offered through the cruise line for some reason. So we went to the pier and found one of many tour guides hawking their tours. We negotiated a tour for the four of us to go to the falls, a sulfur spring (not really exciting and wouldn’t bother if it wasn’t on the way), rain forest, botanical garden and Champagne Reef tour for $25 each person (note it is off season, so if you go during peak season you probably won’t be able to get a deal like this, but there were probably 4 tour guys for each person wanting a tour) Also note that we had to pay the entrance fee to the falls ($5 each I think) and to the reef ($2 each). At the reef, there was a guy that would do a snorkeling guided tour for tips. It was well worth it because he was able to point things out that we would not have seen (old ship’s cannon and anchor for example). We got back to the port with enough time to do some shopping. I liked Dominica a lot. It looked a lot like a Hawaiian island and was very pretty. It is a very poor country but everyone seemed friendly.

St Lucia- Here we booked a ship’s tour – Pirates Adventure. It was pricey but worth it. You sail to a small island onboard a ship used in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. You “capture” the island through some fake cannon fire and are fed rum punch the whole trip. Once on the island you can lounge on the beach, go on a treasure hunt (for something from diamonds international which I am sure turned out to be a charm bracelet), or go visit an English fort. On the way back the ship through open the main sails and we sailed back to the ship. It was fun and different from the normal tour and the kids got to do some snorkeling.
After we returned, we took a tour with a couple of other families which made the rate very reasonable. The tour guide showed us the important sites, stopped at a friends house where we got to taste local fruits and such. We even stopped at a cocoa plantation and picked a couple of bean pods.

Barbados-
We took another ships tour here, we book the sea turtle and shipwreck snorkel. The sea turtles were amazing. They don’t promise you will see turtles, but they have been feeding them like they have with the stingrays in Grand Cayman, so they have gotten used to find food when the boats come in. Top that with it being off season and the little devils were hungry. Very majestic looking creatures and very peaceful to be in the water with them. My only complaint was that they did not provide any swim fins, only snorkel/mask. I would have brought my own if I had known. You really didn’t need them for the sea turtle part of the tour, but for the shipwreck, I would have liked to have my fins.
After the snorkel they dropped us off on an incredible beach.. soft white sand and pretty blue water.

Antigua-
Here we booked a tour guide on our own. If you can fight your way through the taxi drivers (they can get closer to the port entrance than the tour guides) you can find a tour guide. They price things much the same way as the taxi drivers did but they can drop the price if you have a group. We found an excellent guide and he took us to see Devil’s Bridge (a rock formation that crosses a water cave) This was an incredible sight. The place apparently was used to “dispose” of un-useful (read old/sick) slaves. They brought them to this place and pushed them off the bridge to be smashed/drowned in the water below. Despite that horrific background the scenery was unbelievable. If you go, you should see this (it is directly across the island from the port). After that we went to a great snorkel beach. Then we traveled back across the island to another beach he said we had to see. It was called Valley Church Beach (or Nest Beach) This was indeed worth the trip as the sand was pure white and the water a pure blue. The waves stirred up the sand too much to allow for snorkeling, so this was a relaxation only beach. There was a great little bar/restaurant there also.

St Kitts-
We had not planned on doing anything on St Kitts. But we ended up taking a taxi/tour to see the Brimstone Hill fortress. I am glad we went since the fort was incredible. It was perched on top of a mountain that afforded spectacular views. If you go to St Kitts, you can walk over to the taxi queue where they have prices listed to various places so you know if they are giving you a fair price. There are other sights to see on St Kitts, but we only felt like a bit of light shopping after climbing up and down the fort all morning.
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Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,
Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise, Magic 1/14, Freedom x 2 6/14

NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007, Celebrity Silhouette 2013
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Old 06-30-2009, 08:16 PM
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This maybe should be posted in the Caribbean port section but since it was a CCL cruise.. I posted it here.

Well, now that I have had a chance to rest up a bit and recover from the “re-entry shock” I thought I would do a quick write up on our Carnival Victory cruise. This was our second cruise on the Victory (last time was in 2005) and she is looking as good as ever. We didn’t intentionally pick the Victory to cruise a second time but since the Victory had moved to San Juan to do the southern Caribbean cruises, we had no choice. We were not disappointed in having to sail on her again.

We arrived in San Juan a day early which I would highly recommend to anyone considering this itinerary. The ship leaves port at 10PM (most likely to allow for late flight arrivals) but if you come in the same day you will miss a day of cruising. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriot in Miramar. The room was clean and the price was reasonable. It’s not in the best of locations (no nearby restaurants or casinos and not near the beach) but it did have a Subway sandwich store and a Papa John’s pizza store across the street, so for a quick fast food meal you were set. I wouldn’t want to do too much walking around in the area as there were homeless people sleeping on the sidewalks, but I really didn’t feel threatened walking around trying to find a place to eat. IF you are only looking for a place to stay for one night pre-cruise, it was not a bad choice, but if I were to fly in and arrive by noon or so and wanted to be able to enjoy the beach and nightlife, I would choose another place. They do offer a breakfast in the morning, but they charged us $18 a person for what would be the “freebie” breakfast at any other Courtyard hotel.

We took a taxi to the port and arrived at 10:30AM. People were still coming off the ship, so there may have been a clearance issue that prevented them from getting off sooner? But they only made us wait until 11:30 before they let us in to check in. I can’t say how the experience was in the main check in area because this was our first cruise in a suite so we had VIP status and took full advantage of that service. We were checked in and were on the lido deck having lunch by 12:15. Unfortunately we had to wait until 2:30 before they would allow us to go to our cabin. We had our carry on bags with us so we waited as we didn’t want to pull them along with us as we visited downtown. But, even after waiting to drop off our bags, we still were able to go out and visit Old San Juan earlier than we ever had before (normally ships seem to get there at 3 or so in the afternoon from Miami) which allowed us to see the sights and have a drink in town.

They did allow you to eat in the dinning room (open seating) on the ship. This was nice as we were still stinging from the $60 breakfast cereal… Interestingly enough, they sat us for open seating at our assigned dinning room table. I have never had that happen before even though we eat most breakfasts and lunches in the dinning room while cruising. I took it as a good omen.

Cruise-
Overall the cruise staff did a great job. The service was outstanding and everything went smoothly. Our waiters were new to the Victory having just come from the Splendor, but they did a great job in serving our meals. They were very eager to please and would get second helpings of anything we requested and would swap out any meal that my girls tried that they did not like. The food was very good. On lobster night, I had the best lobster I have had on a cruise ship. I am certain it wouldn’t compare to a fresh lobster meal in Maine, but it was still very tasty to me.
They had all their typical cruise food. Nothing was missing except a variety of bread. They always served just two types. On past cruises their always seemed to be a different type of bread to try each night.
I also have to give my thanks to Fernando our maitre’d . The was the first time that I felt a maitre’d had affected my cruise experience in anyway. He came by the table to do the standard glad handing routine when he asked if there was anything he could do to make our cruise better. I replied that we were looking for a dessert that we once got on the Conquest but have not since found on any cruise. He said he remembered the dessert as he was on the Conquest for our cruise. He said we would personally ask the chef if he could make us the dessert. Two nights later it showed up on our table. It was wonderful! You can bet he got a good tip and a big mention in the questionnaire.

Our room stewards were also top notch. They were very friendly and kept the room looking great. Not to mention they were expert towel animal artists. We kept the towel animal zoo through out the cruise… Like I said earlier, this was our first suite. We got a good deal with this cruise so it made the extra expense acceptable. We have always maintained that the cabin is not that important. You don’t spend enough time in the cabin to worry about it. I still say that (in fact our next cruise we go back to an interior cabin) but NOW I can see the draw of the suite. With four people in the suite (2 adults and 2 mid-teens) the extra space was welcome. Not to say we couldn’t have enjoyed ourselves in a standard cabin, but it was fun to have the suite. With a wife and 2 teen girls, the extra bathroom space and changing area were handy. After having the suite, I think that the “family cabins” on the Dream that have the tub and the separate toilet areas will be the perfect cabin.

Entertainment-
I was a little disappointed in the entertainment. The Carnival dancers were great of course, but I have already seen the shows they were performing. I knew that going in to the cruise so that was not a major issue. However of the 4 other acts-2 comedians, a magician and a juggling act I had seen 3 of them before. In fact the magician I have seen at least 2 previous times and the routine was the same routine… I don’t have an issue with Carnival being “loyal” and keeping their entertainers coming back, but they need to keep the acts fresh. For the less experienced cruisers the shows were probably very entertaining… I was not so impressed though. One thing that has changed (at least on the Victory) is that the bingo games before the shows were a one game only thing (they used to play a couple of games with increasing prizes). They also were ONLY taking sign & sail cards. They did not walk through the audience selling cards for cash. I found this to take longer since everyone had to stand in line.

Casino-
I can’t complain about the casino. They have added a Texas Hold’em table and have converted the slots to be sail and sail card based (so you do not need cash). It took me until the 3rd day to realize that I only needed to add money to my players bank once. I assumed it put the cash out amount back on the sign and sail when I actually was building a bank… No biggie though as they don’t charge a service fee to add money to your bank.
The casino host was an annoyance on this cruise. He would get on the loud speaker and bark out sales speeches trying to get people to enter the black jack tournament or the slot tournament etc etc. He was very long winded with this and it was so loud that while he was making the announcements you could not hear the dealers speak. Then once he was finished with the announcement, he would start all over again in Spanish. It was very annoying.

Ports-
This cruise had San Juan, St Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua and St Kitts. This means that there were NO sea days. If you like ports, this your cruise. I found it to be exhausting not having a day where I didn’t have to be off the ship early.

St Thomas was great as usual. We did our own excursion here as we have been here a couple of times and know our way around. We took the public bus to Red Hook, took the ferry to St John and went to Cinnamon Beach (the next bay up from Trunk Bay) We found this beach to be a lot less crowded than Trunk Bay and the snorkeling was terrific.

Dominica- We did not book a ship’s tour for this port either. We wanted to go to Champagne reef and that was not offered through the cruise line for some reason. So we went to the pier and found one of many tour guides hawking their tours. We negotiated a tour for the four of us to go to the falls, a sulfur spring (not really exciting and wouldn’t bother if it wasn’t on the way), rain forest, botanical garden and Champagne Reef tour for $25 each person (note it is off season, so if you go during peak season you probably won’t be able to get a deal like this, but there were probably 4 tour guys for each person wanting a tour) Also note that we had to pay the entrance fee to the falls ($5 each I think) and to the reef ($2 each). At the reef, there was a guy that would do a snorkeling guided tour for tips. It was well worth it because he was able to point things out that we would not have seen (old ship’s cannon and anchor for example). We got back to the port with enough time to do some shopping. I liked Dominica a lot. It looked a lot like a Hawaiian island and was very pretty. It is a very poor country but everyone seemed friendly.

St Lucia- Here we booked a ship’s tour – Pirates Adventure. It was pricey but worth it. You sail to a small island onboard a ship used in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. You “capture” the island through some fake cannon fire and are fed rum punch the whole trip. Once on the island you can lounge on the beach, go on a treasure hunt (for something from diamonds international which I am sure turned out to be a charm bracelet), or go visit an English fort. On the way back the ship through open the main sails and we sailed back to the ship. It was fun and different from the normal tour and the kids got to do some snorkeling.
After we returned, we took a tour with a couple of other families which made the rate very reasonable. The tour guide showed us the important sites, stopped at a friends house where we got to taste local fruits and such. We even stopped at a cocoa plantation and picked a couple of bean pods.

Barbados-
We took another ships tour here, we book the sea turtle and shipwreck snorkel. The sea turtles were amazing. They don’t promise you will see turtles, but they have been feeding them like they have with the stingrays in Grand Cayman, so they have gotten used to find food when the boats come in. Top that with it being off season and the little devils were hungry. Very majestic looking creatures and very peaceful to be in the water with them. My only complaint was that they did not provide any swim fins, only snorkel/mask. I would have brought my own if I had known. You really didn’t need them for the sea turtle part of the tour, but for the shipwreck, I would have liked to have my fins.
After the snorkel they dropped us off on an incredible beach.. soft white sand and pretty blue water.

Antigua-
Here we booked a tour guide on our own. If you can fight your way through the taxi drivers (they can get closer to the port entrance than the tour guides) you can find a tour guide. They price things much the same way as the taxi drivers did but they can drop the price if you have a group. We found an excellent guide and he took us to see Devil’s Bridge (a rock formation that crosses a water cave) This was an incredible sight. The place apparently was used to “dispose” of un-useful (read old/sick) slaves. They brought them to this place and pushed them off the bridge to be smashed/drowned in the water below. Despite that horrific background the scenery was unbelievable. If you go, you should see this (it is directly across the island from the port). After that we went to a great snorkel beach. Then we traveled back across the island to another beach he said we had to see. It was called Valley Church Beach (or Nest Beach) This was indeed worth the trip as the sand was pure white and the water a pure blue. The waves stirred up the sand too much to allow for snorkeling, so this was a relaxation only beach. There was a great little bar/restaurant there also.

St Kitts-
We had not planned on doing anything on St Kitts. But we ended up taking a taxi/tour to see the Brimstone Hill fortress. I am glad we went since the fort was incredible. It was perched on top of a mountain that afforded spectacular views. If you go to St Kitts, you can walk over to the taxi queue where they have prices listed to various places so you know if they are giving you a fair price. There are other sights to see on St Kitts, but we only felt like a bit of light shopping after climbing up and down the fort all morning.
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Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,
Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise, Magic 1/14, Freedom x 2 6/14

NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007, Celebrity Silhouette 2013
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:34 AM
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Glad to hear your cruise was a great success. Even though you thought the Pirate's excursion in St. Lucia was a bit exspensive, it probably was more reasonable than you thought. We took a cab to Pigeon Island, they charged us $80/each way, then we had to pay the entrance fee which was $10 or $12/pp. Plus we had no free rum punch. That was fine, Ron was hung over and I made him walk up to the top of the fort area, beautiful vista, before relaxing on the beach I think Princess offered the excursion for $49 or $59/pp, so it would have been much less.

Thank you for remembering the name of the fort in St. Kitts, I can never remember those things. It is beautiful scenery. We didn't get to see Devil's Bridge in Antigua, did he take you to some mountain top where you could see Montserrat and the harbors? I can't remember the name of that place, something Elizabeth, I don't remember, but it was beautiful. Was the little bar/restaurant on Valley Church Beach a green roof with white plastic tables? Just wondering if that was where our guide took us. It was a beautiful beach, not for snorkeling, but I walked from our restaurant/bar up the beach for a good ways to another bar/restaurant and back. I was looking for a ginger beer. No one knew what I was talking about, so I had to settle for a Smirnoff Ice. Oh well, twist my arm

The southern itineraries are some of my favorite. I hope y'all get to go again, really soon. Thank you so much for taking time to write such a wonderful review. Made me feel like I was sitting on the tour bus with y'all!
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:22 AM
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Is good to know you enjoy your cruise on Carnival Victory

I can only hope to cruise on it next year and the situation does not change during that time.

Do anyone know if they are planning to change their itinerary soon?

I had enjoy the itinerary on my past cruises in carnival Destiny but I will like to know if they have take out Aruba or st. Martin for sure from their itinerary,...
They took out Aruba because of the gas prices I believe, but since prices are on a less crazy price at the moment
Will they bring back Aruba or St. Martin as port of call on Carnival Victory??
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:14 AM
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I don't think they are going to bring back Aruba. They are doing well with the itinerary as it is. AND I don't think they plan on moving the Victory any time soon so I would think you will be able to cruise on her next year.

One thing I forgot to mention before I answer Penny's question- When we go back to San Juan we had a late flight scheduled 3:45PM.. (some people had 8:30PM flights) When we went out of the port terminal with our porter, we arranged a bus tour of San Juan for $25 a piece again. They loaded our luggage on the bus/van and we got a tour of old San Juan. new San Juan and of the beach areas. Then he dropped us off at the airport. I thought it was a great deal because it would have cost us $25 for the taxi ride to the airport plus another fee to have our baggage stored somewhere (we were told the Sheraton will hold luggage for a fee) So if we didn't take the tour we would have had to pay for a taxi to get us and our bags to where we could have them held for us and another taxi ride to the airport AND we would not have had a tour (he was very knowledgeable on the history of San Juan)

Now for Penny's questions- Yes, the pirate sail was worth the price. It was Pigeon Island that we "attacked" I am fairly certain we paid in the $90pp range. I drank enough rum punch to make up for the rest of the family that was not drinking (although they served soda and fruit punch too) We did not go to the mountain top, we were too happy with the beaches. I have pictures of the bar on the beach, I will post one later and you can tell me if it is the one you are thinking of. Our tour guide was a DJ for one of the local radio stations. Very nice man (I think he said his name was Mr Richardson or Robertson... sorry I can't remember.. I was calling him Mr Richardson all day and he didn't correct me... Anyway, on our way to the second beach he called into his radio station and gave them all our names and where we were from. At the end of the song the DJ came on and wished us all a great time on Antigua... It was really nothing outstanding but it made us feel special. How many times can you go to a foreign country and hear your name on the radio?
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Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,
Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise, Magic 1/14, Freedom x 2 6/14

NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007, Celebrity Silhouette 2013
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Glad you had another great cruise! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this awesome review. This has got me itching for the Southern Caribbean.

Cas, no word yet on Aruba coming back on the itinerary.

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Old 07-01-2009, 11:44 AM
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Glad you had a wonderful cruise. I loved reading your fantastic in depth review.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:48 PM
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Jim C. - I'm glad you had a wonderful cruise...Welcome ashore!! The cruise review was quite good and very enjoyable to read- you wrote it up very well!! I need not encourage you to sign up for another cruise since I see you are outbound again in Sept. on the Carnival Valor so I guess Welcome Home and.......

Bon Voyage! (says it all!),

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Old 07-01-2009, 01:07 PM
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Great review. Glad you had a good time. We were on the Victory in May. It's a great itinerary but very tiring.
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:56 PM
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thanks for the info and by the way I almost forgot great Carnival victory review



As for Aruba well I was only hoping about it, I know is really hard to bring it back since the new itinerary is going so well.
For me Aruba, Curacao and st.Martin are the most beautiful ports of Call I had been on a cruise and will like to visit them someday on the future but don't get me wrong I had been waiting three years to cruise on carnival Victory and by all means I will cruise next year with them on the active itinerary they have now...
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