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Victory review 06/12/04 to nowhere

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CARNIVAL VICTORY 06/12/2004 2-NIGHTS TO NOWHERE

 

This was our first “nowhere†cruise and we really enjoyed it. We sailed from Norfolk which was great. I wish Carnival had a ship here year round instead of NY.

 

We headed over to the pier about 11:00 and were quickly checked in and found our fellow CCers. Chatted for awhile and they handed us our sail and sign cards. We started moving towards the ship soon after this. Keep in mind that nowhere cruises are all “self-assist†luggage so they have to screen all your luggage with you at boarding. This takes a lot longer. Also, the ship was cleared late as a teenager on the previous cruise got drunk and did not make it back to her cabin. They found her passed out about 10 a.m. and sent her on her way. We got this information from our favorite bartender, Sandor, in the sports bar (Trident Bar). All this resulted in the ship leaving 45 minutes late and shops and casino opening late.

 

We were on board, dropped luggage in our cabin, had lunch and in a hot tub by 1:30. Nice, very nice. We got the upgrade we expected (from info we read here to check cabin number). I really would have liked to give at least part of this upgrade back. We were in cabin 8321 right under the lido deck and it was very noisy. We had a great cabin steward and he was rewarded with the alcohol of his choice from the ship’s store at the end. Cabin was in good condition and very clean. Our gifts we ordered with our Capital One points were waiting for us.

 

I had ordered drink coupons and figured I could use the leftovers on our upcoming Holiday cruise in Sept. Well Sandor makes the best blue margaritas and I only have two left. We slipped him a five each day but he gave us great service even before we offered the additional tips.

 

Food on the buffet was average with the desserts there being above what I expected. We did not do breakfast either morning so we can not comment on it. I think Carnival failed a little on anticipating where people would eat. One trip past the buffet they had only one side open and lines miles long. I believe this was the first night for dinner. The buffet was very crowded and seemed ill prepared to accommodate the amount of people who were eating there.

 

We were given late (8:00) seating for dinner even though we requested early. This was okay since our daughter wasn’t with us and we had nice dinner companions the first night. We were seated at a great rear table for 10 with only one other couple. They did not attend the second night’s dinner as it was formal and they did not bring formal clothes. Here is where I will complain a little. I booked directly with Carnival and was told no formal night. I found out by way of Cruise Critic that yes indeed there was a formal night. I was then prepared but many were not and they had been told by TAs and Carnival that there was no formal. For two nights I would have preferred to leave the formal at home and went with a cocktail dress.

 

All dining room food was exceptional, both lunch and dinner. It is the first time in a long time that the lobster was not overcooked and rubbery. I usually don’t even order it because of the way they overcook it but I wanted something lighter than beef that night. Our waiter was ok, nothing more, nothing less. The asst. waiter was not doing much and the dining room was not busy. We had to ask for more water and tea and also rolls.

 

We skipped both shows as we have seen them before. We did make it to all three comedy and they were great. My favorite was Phat Kat but Pete Michael was also good. No comedy show was crowded and we had great seats for both. The only bingo we did was the 10 games for $10 and it was fun.

 

We donated in the casino and got to meet and experience the casino host, John Rush. The name really fits. Unlike other casino hosts who seem cool and together while overseeing the casino, John always seemed rushed and a little overwhelmed but still managed to do a terrific job. He remembered names, was always in the mix and just generally did a great job. We both did the slots and blackjack tournaments. Very fun and cheap entertainment.

 

Now another complaint, we needed to make use of formalities to replace a broken champagne glass. The Capers gave incorrect times about when it was open; a Carnival employee got snotty with me and said that the Capers plainly said it didn’t open till 7. I didn’t get my Capers out in time to show her that it also said it was open 2 to 6. Finally got there for the champagne glasses and after being told that they did not sell ones with “Romance†on them, I showed the woman the window display with them and she sold me the window display. Box was beat up but I really wanted these. Also saw an overpriced gift that I wanted for the DD we left home. Guess what, they don’t have it. Okay they will have it the next day out of the stock room because they do sale these. Four tries the next day and we gave up. Nicolete was working there and she was so clueless. If Carnival sold anything from this shop during this cruise, they were lucky. We were in the shop at the same time as some other unhappy cruisers (had to happen since we were there 5 times in two days just to be disappointed).

 

Shopping in the gift shops was just the opposite; fast, friendly and well-stocked. Only gripe is kids’ items are too expensive or junky. We were unaware that on nowhere cruise you do not do customs and are allowed unlimited alcohol and cigarettes. Had we known we would have taken extra luggage. As it is we did some heavy duty shopping. They do charge a 3% tax since there is no duty or limits. I was ready to offer a 5% tax (just joking). They seemed sorry to have to charge it but here in PA we pay 6%, cigarettes are $42 a carton and I paid $16.50 on the ship. My freezer is well stocked with cigarettes and our rum and Kaluha is stocked.

 

I did not indulge in the spa but they were offering some really good deals. They now offer a gym package at an extra charge. Here is the nickel and dime-ing.

 

My least favorite part was the captain piped into the cabin at 7:00 on Monday to tell us he would like the ship empty by 9:30. Everything stayed open late the night before and we partook till 2 a.m.

 

This was a different kind of cruise for us and we really enjoyed it. I hope Carnival does afternoon comedy on sea days on other ships. I always feel there sea days are lacking but this time it was fun. I don’t know if they built in extra because of no ports but it was fun.

 

Fascination 1997 Destiny 2000

Victory 2000 Sensation 2001

Norway 2002 Legend 2002

NCL Dawn 2003 Inspiration 2003

Victory 2004 Holiday 2004

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Thanks for the review!! We sail on the Legends CTN this October. One question - did you pay using your sail & sign or with cash/credit the whole time? Thanks for the info!!

Terri

 

Legend 10/04/03

 

Legend CTN 10/22/04!!!! Here we come!!

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Great review...we leave on Thursday. icon_biggrin.gif

 

Mary

Triumph Eastern 10/03

Victory CTN 6/17/04

Sensational Cruise from the Bayou 10/23/04

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You can only use your S&S onboard. You use cash or cc for a deposit on s&s. The only place you use cash is in the casino and for extra tipping.

 

Fascination 1997 Destiny 2000

Victory 2000 Sensation 2001

Norway 2002 Legend 2002

NCL Dawn 2003 Inspiration 2003

Victory 2004 Holiday 2004

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That's good. I thought I read before that you paid for everything using cash/credit - there was no s & s - but I prefer to use the s & s card! Thanks again for the review!!!

Terri

 

Legend 10/04/03

 

Legend CTN 10/22/04!!!! Here we come!!

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How many cartons of cigerettes did you buy and do you have room in your freezer for food now?

 

I, too am on the cruise to nowhere on the Legend and am looking forward to it. Its my second CTN. Thanks for telling people you must carry on and off your luggage as people are surprised when they get there.

Same with the Formal night...Im sure a lot of people dont pack formal clothes for such a short clothes and I have seen everything in the way of dress for that second night.

 

 

Also- can you tell me what you booked and what category that you wound up with.

 

Going NOWHERE

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Miracle, February 13, 2005

Legend, October 22,2004

Voyager August 31,2003

Victory September 22,2002

Regal Empress,June 2001

Sensation,August 2000

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Another question: sorry

 

Do you find the CTN is more of a party cruise compared to longer cruises? More people drunk compred to longer cruises?

In other words was this a booze cruise?

 

Going NOWHERE

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Miracle, February 13, 2005

Legend, October 22,2004

Voyager August 31,2003

Victory September 22,2002

Regal Empress,June 2001

Sensation,August 2000

 

 

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We are gonna drive you nuts with questions!! I have one more and not sure if you will know but did they have the chocolate flourless cake???

Thanks!

 

Legend 10/04/03

 

Legend CTN 10/22/04!!!! Here we come!!

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i was on the 6/6/04 cruise to bahamas before you and we know all about the drunk girl during debarkation...they all called for aisha every 5 minutes...we thought she needed to settle her bill and she was trying to leave...once we left, we saw that wasn't happening because they had here picture up looking for here at the gangway

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Flourless cake on menu? No, not on this cruise.

Booked a 4A got 4E

brought 10 cartons between the two of us but should have got more for family and friends.

Party cruise, yes a bit more but no drunks. Kind of funny but there seemed to be more drinking and gambling but not drunks and loud partying.

Would not have been my choice of cruise for our daughter as it was geared to adults.

 

Fascination 1997 Destiny 2000

Victory 2000 Sensation 2001

Norway 2002 Legend 2002

NCL Dawn 2003 Inspiration 2003

Victory 2004 Holiday 2004

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Lots of kids?? We are sailing on a weekend in October. School is in but it is a weekend cruise.

Do you remmber any desserts?? choclate decadence maybe?

 

Going NOWHERE

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Miracle, February 13, 2005

Legend, October 22,2004

Voyager August 31,2003

Victory September 22,2002

Regal Empress,June 2001

Sensation,August 2000

 

 

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No chocolate flourless cake??? icon_eek.gificon_frown.gif

That's the only reason why I booked the ctn in October....yeah right!!!!!! At least I can have pizza for 24 hours!!!!!! LOL!!!

 

Legend 10/04/03

 

Legend CTN 10/22/04!!!! Here we come!!

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Hardly any kids and most were preteen. Saw two toddlers.

 

Choc. decad. cake was an option just not the flourless choc.

 

Fascination 1997 Destiny 2000

Victory 2000 Sensation 2001

Norway 2002 Legend 2002

NCL Dawn 2003 Inspiration 2003

Victory 2004 Holiday 2004

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Camp Carnival said there were 90+ 12-15 and 90+ 6-11 on Victory 6/6 cruise

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That is still a very small number for this big of a ship and on our cruise I only saw the few as stated above. One group I saw at dinner as they were part of a large group and were all at one table with the adults at a different table.

 

Fascination 1997 Destiny 2000

Victory 2000 Sensation 2001

Norway 2002 Legend 2002

NCL Dawn 2003 Inspiration 2003

Victory 2004 Holiday 2004

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Who was the Cruise director? Was he good? Was the ice cream machine working on both sides of the ship? Did you see sushi served? Did they serve those delicious breakfast cheese danish.

We will be sailing on the Victory June 28 to Cananda. 5 nights...Yippie!!!

 

Facination July 12 2004

Victory June 28 2004

Victory Aug. 28 2003

Triumph July 2002

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I have no idea who the CD was, never saw him/her. Only saw the ice cream machine on one side way in the back and there was a bar on the other. No sushi. I only had the cheese danish on the final morning and by then it was stale and I pitched it.

 

Fascination 1997 Destiny 2000

Victory 2000 Sensation 2001

Norway 2002 Legend 2002

NCL Dawn 2003 Inspiration 2003

Victory 2004 Holiday 2004

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To Princess Victory: A CTN is different then a longer cruise that goes somewhere. Just because shushi wasnt available doesnt mean it wasnt. But I dont recall Shushi being availble when I cruised on the Victory.

 

Living on Earth is expensive,

but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.

 

Going NOWHERE

countdown.cgi?trgb=000000&srgb=00ff00&prgb=000080&cdt=2004;10;22;16;00;00&timezone=GMT-0500

 

 

 

Miracle, February 13, 2005

Legend, October 22,2004

Voyager August 31,2003

Victory September 22,2002

Regal Empress,June 2001

Sensation,August 2000

 

 

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Hoski, I'm glad you had a good time on your cruise. Thanks for the info.

 

Serene56, thanks for the info on the sushi. I hope to see it offered at the buffet or at the Chinese food side. If its onboard, I will find it.

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Facination July 12 2004

Victory June 28 2004

Victory Aug. 28 2003

Triumph July 2002

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The chinese food side was not open at all on our cruise. Is it still in operation on longer cruises?

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You stocked up on cigs and alcohol. Now I am beating my head on the desk for not going with you guys. Did they happen to sell the Kahlua especial? Jeff and I purchased some in Cozumel in Feb but I'm almost out and local stores don't carry it. I'll just have to avoid CarlosnCharlies in Sept. and remember my priorities. Shop for alcohol. Glad to hear you guys had a great time, when can we book a cruise together again?

Angie

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When on the Victory for 7 days... the chinese deli was opened but only for a few hours at lunchtime.

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can you believe that I did not figure out who you were? See I told you to come with us but no Jeffy dear had that dang appointment. We are doing the Holiday in Sept but you know that. We are heading to your local airport the night before so it sounds like dinner plans need to be made. did you get my new email address? I'll try emailing soon, you do the same. Really miss you guys.

When in Sept are you guys going? We will be in Cozumel Sept. 28th. You know I'm avoiding C&C's after my last visit there.

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