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Casanova frankenstein 08-13-2011 03:48 PM

Victory Itinerary

I want to ask do anyone knows if they are going to change back Aruba any time soon to the southern caribbean itinerary?

don't get me wrong I love carnival Victory but the itinerary is not a good choice for me is been a few years already and It looks like the are not making any changes on it...

I really like carnival but I had been 3 times in the same itinerary I am scare to dead to fly to any place like florida so mostly we are out of options,

Do anyone knows if princess cruises is going to have any summer cruise departing from Puerto Rico Anytime soon??

I know is a shot in the dark but maybe Carnival can read this post, who knows just hoping for the best...

Dwayne 08-14-2011 05:01 AM

Hey Cas,

I personally have not heard anything about them adding Aruba back. I sure wish they would. I liked the run they used to have with St. Lucia, Dominica, Curacao, and Aruba. Martinique might have been in there as well, but I don't recall for sure. I liked Aruba because they would stay there late. You had the day and could still go out at night to the casinos etc. They do need to mix it up a bit.


Casanova frankenstein 08-14-2011 03:17 PM

Exactly my Point !!!
Aruba is a great port of call, I know for sure it has to be something about $$$ problem or Gas situation. During my honeymoon my last port of call was Aruba and we used to have two days at sea enjoying the ship. I remember that the reason to drop Dominica was that a day at sea is cheaper so why not bring Aruba to the picture??

Maybe they can add another day at sea I think that most people will not be against a little extra money if the port of call deserve it...

Cruise Fanatic 08-16-2011 05:34 AM

Carnival is in the process of financing a 65 Million docking facility at Maimon Bay, North of Puerto Plata in Dominican Republic. It will be able to accommodate two post-Panamax size cruise ships. The facility will have retail shopping, dining, and recreation. This could provide new options. The facility is projected to be completed in Fall 2013.

Casanova frankenstein 08-19-2011 09:35 AM

Thanks for the comment

but Thats sound like a problem to us in Puerto Rico


we have been losing cruises over Dominican Republic over the years, so this is going to sound crazy, but if carnival dicide to depart from there one day, it will not be good news for me, and I will not depart from Dominican Republic either, my guess since we are United State port they will depart from here in the future but I can only hope...

Either way here is the deal:

For Puertoricans, Dominican Republic is not an interesting port for cruising.

Why you will ask??

Well here in Mayaguez we have A Ferry ship that travels from PR to Dominican Republic two times during the week because we have so many citizens living in PR that are also from Dominican Republic that is a good $$$ Deal, we have like a small "cruise Ship" that cost around $150 for the trip
During summer many puertoricans travel to Dominican Republic stay there for a vacation, is wayyyy cheaper than a Cruise, is less than 1/3 of what you can spend on a cruise with the same perks, so as you see Why to take a Cruise to go to a place where you can stay there on vacation and pay wayyy less?

Also Carnival already try it One time in Carnival Destiny, they decide to change some ports and put Dominican Republic on the itinerary the situation went really bad with the cancelations, I remember because I was one of them I cancel it and I rebook it once they decide to bring back the other ports.

I can understand that if you travel from USA is a good choice but for us is not the same
I know for sure, if they do it, they will lost a lot of $$$ in the process because this has already happen before for carnival.

but that is only my humble opinion who knows...

Cruise Fanatic 08-19-2011 09:55 AM

I would think the demand must be there as a whole, for them to invest 65million.

Casanova frankenstein 08-19-2011 11:00 AM

Well The way I see it Dominican Republic have to do something to fight for cruises
during last year a few new cruise campanies have been looking for new ports of call even RCCL just decide they are not going to depart from PR during the summer looking for new places
Don't get me wrong is a great place for all inclusive but for cruises I do not think it is, at least for the ones departing from PR is another case for the ones departing from Florida
anyway thanks for the post

Dwayne 08-19-2011 04:31 PM

Well it's not certain yet that the new Dominican Republic port will be included in the voyages leaving from Puerto Rico. Who knows what the bean counters will come up with. They used to have one called "Dutch Treat" that included St. Martin, Curacao, and Aruba. They used to have Martinique as well. I was a newbie back then and didn't know the beach was topless. :cool:

poormom 08-21-2011 05:35 PM

Have you ever considered trying RCL? THey have several southern itineraries that include Aruba,Curacao, St, Kitts, St. Lucia and Dominica.

Casanova frankenstein 08-21-2011 08:55 PM

Actually In 2006 I cruised in the AOS but there are two problems with them:

1. I can only travel during summer and they leave our island between part of may, june and july so they will not be available for my next cruise.

2. Also, I consider that the perks and the service during my cruises with carnival are better than RCCL, I enjoy so much Carnival that I decided to stay with them when I cruise,
But I will consider to book one if the itinerary is a good one

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