worldtraveller3

worldtraveller3
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Hometown: Dryden, Ontario
Joined: 11/10/2014
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Worldtraveller done many aspects of travel, backpacking, bus tours, road trips, cruises, hiking etc


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Carnival Victory

October 2015 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Eastern

Victory Cruise Was Indeed a Victory At Sea

Ship - Carnival Victory

Trip on October 31st 2015

Travel as a solo. 

Had Cabin # 6217 - Balcony state room

 

So booked this cruise which was a 5 day cruise as a back to back. Had just finished another cruise same day on the Carnival Glory. I have a review on that as well here as well. I providing my personal experience and observation of cruise experience with Carnival Victory. I have to admit my review here is a bit similar to the Glory one.

I was able to get a “faster to the fun” option for this cruise and was able to board the ship ahead of everyone else. Finally time came to board and yes I was able to board right away. I will do a separate review of my time in the terminal later. All the staff members were nice and friendly. They really make sure everything's is working, and that you are having a good time. I would suggest checking in before you arrive at the ship, because the lines are LONG if you wait until the day of sailing.

 

 

Once off the Gangway I proceeded directly onto the ship and went straight to the Lobby bar as my cruise first day ritual. I am smart as not to run up to the buffet right away. First thing I ordered after looking at the drink menu was a cold beer. Can of Heineken served with a frosted glass. So right away this was looking really good and the service from the bartender girl was amazing. Was thanked by first name right away and I was willing to give an extra tip. 

After drink was finished I went to test the “faster to the fun” option by going to the cabin as the cabin is supposed to be ready early. To which it was ready. Cabin was nice, you can tell the ship was older but things looked very clean.The room was obviously old, but not too bad. Rooms on Victory and being with Carnival I noticed are larger then the cruise i had with NCL. In room my order of bottle of wine and Coke is delivered by my cabin steward. I Made. Very amazing service. So overall this looks like going to be an amazing ship.

 

Ship was very clean overall. Yes a little old but you have to respect a ship that is always going off on a cruise. Gets a beating a bit in the water at times.  Good ship, just needs some upgrades. I really really enjoy and thought in the hallways for the cabins. The decor was really neat, with the lighting arrangement quite interesting.

 

Activities- they had a ton. Never a dull minute on the ship. From mini golf, to life size chess, bingo, casino, night club, trivia, karaoke, spa, arcade for kids, pool, water slide, teens club... They don't lack in things to do on the ship. Carnival seems to get it right being the Fun Ships. You have a cruise director named Brian who does a rock out dance night in the Libo deck. Gets everyone going on you do a Congo line throughout the ship.

 

Food on the ship well.There is food 24/7 so that's always a plus. The pizza spot is one of the 24-hour places and it's delicious.

The semi-formal dinner food that is served every night is delicious and always worth it. I ate in the dining room first night for Anytime dining. Very amazing service, you get like 4 servers, well your host and different people. With each step of the way. Food i had a Beef soup.. Beef strog for main and a the signature Carnival Chocolate melting Cake. So good. Also had a glass of red wine. Selections of wine is good. If you order a bottle and not finish, they put it in the fridge and you can have it later during the week. 

 

Other parts of ship for eating, buffet, well lines were abit long on this ship. Selection of buffet is not bad. If you like eating Denny’s food then your good here.  But good selection and a really good salad bar. Also there is a Chinese food in the afternoon. They had a midnight Mexican buffet one night on the ship. Amazing!!

 

Casino entertainment is small, there is smoking there, being a non smoker, it was hard, but had fun. They fill you up on drinks all you want. so the fun keeps going. I play some Craps and roulette as well. The casino staff were very helpful and even helped me to one of the machines when i was drinking too much so i could continue my fun.

 

So a few notes to mention. 

I enjoyed the towel animals on my bed each night

 Used room service twice a bit slow, waited 45 minutes for a grill cheese and a beer. Still not bad. Then you have to consider the server has to find your room with so many people. So I give them credit for that.

Laundry service slow - said they pick up at 10 and return 7pm same evening. i waited 2 days for it, got it 10pm the following day. all well. Also room at night got hot, i think they turn off the AC or something, odd.

 

Overall I rate my time on the Carnival Victory as amazing. I could go on with more things in detail. I will be writing separate reviews of the excursions by Carnival. So would i said Carnival again, yes. Would I sail on Victory again, yes. Only if i had to though, so personally with a new cruise just looking for a new experience. Doing a different ship always makes the difference in experience. Overall I recommend anyone of any age looking to cruise to consider doing one on the Carnival Victory. Thanks again.

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Carnival Glory

October 2015 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Western

A Great First Time Experience on Carnival - Glory

Review of Carnival Glory

 

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Ship - Carnival Glory

Trip on October 24st 2015

Travel as a solo. 

Had Cabin # 8400 - Balcony state room

 

This was my first of 2 cruise I booked with Carnival. This would be a 7 day cruise for the Caribbean. I providing my personal experience and observation of cruise experience with Carnival Glory. Based on all the experiences I had on the ship.

 All the staff members were nice and friendly. They really make sure everything's is working, and that you are having a good time. I would suggest checking in before you arrive at the ship, because the lines are LONG if you wait until the day of sailing. 

 

Once off the Gangway after getting the ok to board the ship. I proceeded directly onto the ship and went straight to the Lobby bar as my cruise first day ritual. I am smart as not to run up to the buffet right away. First thing I ordered after looking at the drink menu was a cold beer. Can of Heineken served with a frosted glass. So right away this was looking really good and the service from the bartender person was highly professional. Noticed the drink menu had many unique names to all of their drinks. Drinks you can get were wines, martinis, cocktails and many types of beer. 

 

After I was done my drink I then proceeded to tour the ship. I walked around the 5th floor going to the casino, bakery and all the bars on this floor. After that the announcement for the staterooms were ready. I proceeded to find my room of 8400 on the eight floor. On entry to room my observations was Cabin was nice, you can tell the ship was older but things looked very clean.The room was obviously old, but not too bad. Rooms on Glory and being with Carnival I noticed are larger then the cruise i had with NCL. In room my order of bottle of wine and Coke is delivered by my cabin steward. All of this was nicely wrapped in a nice presentation.

Ship was very clean overall. Yes a little old but you have to respect a ship that is always going off on a cruise. Gets a beating a bit in the water at times.  Good ship, just needs some upgrades. I really really enjoy and thought in the hallways for the cabins. The decor was really neat, with the lighting arrangement quite interesting.

 

After this I went for lunch on the Libo deck. Buffet was busy at this time but good. Lots of variety. I got some of my food, noticed a big variety from chinese, deli, pizza and burgers as well. I ate on the pool deck and watched all the action.

 

Activities- they had a ton. Never a dull minute on the ship. From mini golf, to life size chess, bingo, casino, night club, trivia, karaoke, spa, arcade for kids, pool, water slide, teens club... They don't lack in things to do on the ship. Carnival seems to get it right being the Fun Ships. You have a cruise director who does a rock out dance night in the Libo deck. Gets everyone going on you do a Congo line throughout the ship. 

 

Food on the ship well.There is food 24/7 so that's always a plus. The pizza spot is one of the 24-hour places and it's delicious. I have to stay on this ship they have the franchise of Guy’s Burgers. Tried it out, well about six times, the burgers are lots of fun. Really highly rated for sure to what people say. 

The semi-formal dinner food that is served every night is delicious and always worth it. I ate in the dining room first night for Anytime dining. Very amazing service, you get like 4 servers, well your host and different people. With each step of the way. Started with a salad. Then bought a bottle of wine. Server I had was amazing. I even ran into her the next morning and she greeted me by first name. Chicken something for main and a the signature Carnival Chocolate melting Cake. So good. Also had a glass of red wine. Selections of wine is good. If you order a bottle and not finish, they put it in the fridge and you can have it later during the week. 

 

Other parts of ship for eating, buffet, well lines were abit long on this ship. Selection of buffet is not bad. If you like eating Denny’s food then your good here.  But good selection and a really good salad bar. Also there is a Chinese food in the afternoon. Room service had a good selection and was fast. 

Casino entertainment is small, there is smoking there, being a non smoker, it was hard, but had fun. They fill you up on drinks all you want. so the fun keeps going. I play some Craps and roulette as well. The casino staff were very helpful and even helped me to one of the machines when i was drinking too much so i could continue my fun.The service overall was good. My cabin steward was excellent and very attentive. The food was good- I would have liked more healthy options. There was always a lot of activities to choose from and most were good. The main pool deck was VERY small & the pool smaller considering the ship has 3000 passengers, it should be MUCH bigger.But overall this was a good cruise, fun time & good food & people.

 

So a few notes to mention. 

I enjoyed the towel animals on my bed each night

Overall I rate my time on the Carnival Glory as amazing. I could go on with more things in detail. I will be writing separate reviews of the excursions by Carnival. So would i said Carnival again, yes. Would I sail on Victory again, yes. Only if i had to though, so personally with a new cruise just looking for a new experience. Doing a different ship always makes the difference in experience. The whole experience was great and I have no complaints. The staff, food, shows and overall activity were just great. I would for sure do another Carnival Cruise again one day. 

 

 Overall I recommend anyone of any age looking to cruise to consider doing one on the Carnival Glory. Thanks again.

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Norwegian Getaway

November 2014 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Eastern

Amazing Time For Solo Cruiser

Review of Cruise from November 1 to November 7 2014

Norwegian Getaway

 

This is my review of my experience on the Norwegian Getaway.

Sailed on Nov 1 2014 as a solo cruise, male

booked a balcony room.

 

This being my 2nd ocean liner cruise, 1st was in Europe a few years back on Louis cruises on smaller cruiseship. So first time on a large ship with many amenities.

 

This cruise was out of Miami with ports being St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Nassau.

 

So start of first day was very exciting. Getting on this big ship for first time. Overall good experience. would sail with NCL again.

I thought food was good, but way way better in the sit down restaurants. Buffet was good, but what took away from that was the contact cattle herd of passengers there all the time, not the cruise company fault at all, it is what is it.

Yes pool was small, but then again you have to look at the big water park nearby. Lots of slides so that overrides that. I think all cruiseships have different features then others. Stateroom. I had a balcony. Awesome, loved the views, bed was so comfortable. Cabin steward dude was so amazing and knew everyone by first name. Left funny animal shape towels in room.

Will definitely take a cruise with a smaller amount of passengers.

We will also try and go to Nassau again to. at least will make the attempt.

In short NCL is Fantastic.

Food was Fantastic., Crew was Absolutely great. Entertainment Excellent

 

St martin beaches were beautiful,

Did a  taxi ride around the island was interesting. St Thomas was beautiful, and ride to top in cablecar very nice provided awesome view. 

On ship I did the rock climbing wall, was great. Did the ropes course, with the zip line and walk the plank parts. Did the basketball court. As well ran on running track every morning. 

Casino was lots of fun. Good selection of slots and tables. It is too bad they allow smoking on the ship though.

One complaint is the music in general areas was total crap!!!. the top 20 songs over and over again. No need to hear Rihanna on a cruiseship. Thank you very much.

Overall Would sail again with NCL. Would do a different ship and different route just to mix things up and look for a new experience.

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worldtraveller3's Tips

Carnival Glory Carnival Glory - When you first board a cruise on first day. Everyone is going straight to buffet. I suggest either tour the ship first. have a cold beer at one of the bars. Have a late lunch and enjoy our time. take it all leisure , don't rush anything. Would you enjoy this more as your on vacation.
Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Getaway - Try out all the dining options. The buffet is not the main thing of the course. try there other places to eat. to get the whole cruise experience

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