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Carnival Victory

September 2015 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Victory

Girl's Weekend on the Victory

Our group of 9 over 18's, some of whom were cruising for the first time, recently took the Carnival Victory from Miami to Key West and Cozumel.   Having been on other Carnival ships, I can say that this ship, while not one of the newer boats, has many attributes that make up for its age.   The food, compared to other cruise lines 3 and 4 night cruises, was really well done in both the dining room and the buffet on lido.  The staff was accommodating and friendly.  While the entertainment was not up to par with some of the longer cruises, there were ample things to choose from.   The movies nightly on the pool deck along with popcorn and bar services was a really nice feature.  The pool decks did not feel crowded even when at sea.   Our balcony cabin had a much roomier shower than the NCL and RCCL older ships that I recently traveled on.  No shower curtain touching me adds bonus points!   The ship could use a carpet refresh but was clean and the atrium embellishments with the colored glass and other architectural details make this a very pretty ship.  Embarkation and debarkation were easy and timely.  I would really recommend this cruise ship for first time cruisers as well as those looking for a getaway with a nice itinerary.  

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Nassau, Bahamas - Because we arrived in port late (3 p.m. instead of morning), there was not a lot of reason to take a beach excursion or a sailing excursion. Even using the $100 credit offered to us to visit Atlantis by our cruise agency would have been a waste as the beach water park closes at 5. So we visited the straw market and walked around the shopping area. We have been here many times so a island tour was not necessary. We spent about 2 hours on island and then went back to the ship to get ready for formal night dinner.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island) - Coco Cay is THE reason to take this weekend cruise. The island has been enhanced (probably to accommodate the larger ships like Oasis and others) and offers a lot more seating than when I was there in 2013. Sadly, there are no more adult only areas and the quiet hammock areas were surrounded by DJ's playing music and the limbo contest. Many things on the island are "fee only". I would like to see them add a few "free" to use things -- kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, etc. The lunch bbq was plentiful and drink prices were good as they ran specials. The water was spectacularly beautiful and warm. This island is a gem.
Majesty of the Seas Majesty of the Seas - There is no real benefit to a suite on this ship. One of our group had booked a suite and it's marginally larger than a normal cruise ship balcony cabin. We were on the 6th floor ocean view and the picture window was nice as compared to the porthole window on some of our group located on floor 3.
Santa Barbara, California - We took the trolley that provided a 90 minute overview of the City including a Mission, some of the famous hotels, and some landmarks. It was $22 and tickets could be purchased a short walk from the end of the pier. We found the ship excursions to be hugely expensive here. There are wineries with tasting opportunities in town so don't feel like you necessarily have to spend the big bucks to go to the winery if tasting is what you are interested in.
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia - Vancouver is one embarkation port that must include some time prior to embarkation to explore. There is much to see, whether you take a ferry or float plane to Victoria, ride a bike thru Stanley park, visit Whistler on a day trip or just enjoy the plentiful and tasty restaurants in the area.
Seattle, Washington - We took an excursion with Shutter Tours that was to Snoqualmie Falls and included a City tour as well. We met a Pike's Market, an easy walk from the ship terminal. Great tour at about 1/3 the price of what was offered similarly by the Ship. Check it out.
Monterey, California - We took a ship excursion to the Aquarium and the Carmel Mission. Both were entertaining. There is plenty of time to explore the Aquarium and the town of Monterey before boaring the bus and heading to the Mission. The drive to the mission is so scenic and the rugged shoreline you are traveling alongside is truly beautiful. We saw whales in the Bay which added to the fun.
Astoria, Oregon - The ship excursion that we took was a little disappointing as I am not much of a shopper, We visited Cannon Beach and Sea Side. Other than breathtaking beaches, there is not much going on in these towns during the fall months. It also left no time to explore Astoria itself which is a slight walk away from port.
San Francisco, California - We took the ship excursion to Muir Woods and Sausalito. The tour guide Len was excellent. He allowed an unscheduled stop to allow some of us to get off the bus before returning to port so we wouldn't have to walk back to Fisherman's Wharf. Muir Woods was awe inspiring when you think about the size and age of the trees. Very easy to navigate (wood walkway over most of the trail). Wish we had had more time to hike to the ocean. Sausalito was a pretty viewpoint for the Oakland bridge and San Francisco. I am not much of a shopper so this part was not so grand. Tour left plenty of time to explore San Francisco once you return.
Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Infinity - As I've stated above, I was a little nervous about the Infinity because of the some of the reviews I've read about poor food, rusty, worn areas, etc. While this is definitely not an S-Class ship, it has its own elegance, is easy to navigate and was a wonderful way to spend 7 days. I'd go again without question.
Celebrity Silhouette Celebrity Silhouette - The Classic Package was included in our 1-2-3 perks. We don't drink alcohol, but used it for the sparkling sodas and coffees and of course, bottled water. Don't forget that the pastries in the gelato and coffee stands are FREE!
Norwegian Sky Norwegian Sky - Don't forget to check out the italian restuarant in the morning for breakfast - great waffles and the line is short.

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