Jump to content
Radio

"LIVE" from Carnival Victory / Aug 3, 2008

Recommended Posts

Hello everyone! Today is the first day of my "LIVE" reports aboard Carnival Victory for a 5 night cruise to Canada.

 

We will leaving the NY Cruise Terminal later today, and will be in Canada on Tuesday, and Wednesday. We will be docked in Saint John, New Brunswick, and Halifax Nova Scotia.

 

Those of you who have followed my "LIVE" reports with RCI, and HAL, and NCL already know that I will provide daily comments and trip reports from this cruise.

 

I will also try to post many "LIVE" pics daily (as long as I am able to maintain a valid wireless connection)

 

I have sailed with Carnival many times, but have not posted a “LIVE” report. (My first Carnival Cruise was on Fantasy in 1992) My last sailing with Carnival was in 1999, on Carnival Triumph.

 

The Carnival Victory is very similar to Triumph. The Victory has the “Great Oceans, and Seas” theme, while the Triumph has the “Great Cities of the World” Theme. This was the last ship built before the introduction of the Conquest Class (a stretched version of the Destiny/Triumph Class)

 

Carnival Victory will be sailing 4/5 night cruises to Canada, before switching her home port to San Juan, PR in November.

 

I am very excited about sailing to Canada aboard Victory this week. I think that the ship will be sailing full, and the forecast for today is calling for sunny skies, and warm temps (86f).

 

 

So sit back, and relax. . .this should be a fun cruise ! I hope that my internet connection stays active.

 

I should be getting to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal by about 11AM. I am currently staying in a hotel, close to Newark International Airport. It should only take about 30 min to get to the pier.

 

Sail away is scheduled for 5PM today. . .

 

I will post again after boarding. . .

 

 

Thanks for tuning in !

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

 

 

vict027.jpg

 

Image Courtesy of ©2008 Carnival Cruise Lines

 

.

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is great - a live report! We leave on the 4 day trip to Canada on the 14th on the Victory! We sailed the Victory a year ago last June and really enjoyed the ship. We are taking the kids on their first cruise, so can't wait to see their reaction when they first walk aboard! :p

 

I do have a question for you regarding use of the Internet. On our prior cruises, we have always bought a plan and used the ship's computers to keep in touch with the kids. Since the kids are going this time, my son, an avid football buff, wants to take his laptop to keep informed of football stats, etc. Will he be able to use his laptop in his room (Lido deck)? Will be still have to purchase a plan? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Have a great trip and I look forward to your broadcasts!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
By the way...you're at Pier 92 this morning, as I see on the webcam.

 

Great. . .Thanks !

 

I will wait untill the rush hour traffic eases up, before I head in to the Terminal.

 

I was there yeterday for a ship tour, and there was little traffic.

 

Radio

;) ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, Radio! I can't wait to read your reviews. I will be doing this exact itinerary in 2 weeks, along with nybumpkin.

 

I can't wait to psych myself out even more...

 

Enjoy your cruise, and while it's only 2 weeks away for me, I'm still jealous.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Joining the above 2 posters in 2 weeks.........looking forward to reading your review.......

Does anyone remember the street number the pier is on? 54 Street? Going to call a few car services today.......

Enjoy!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Radio.....we love your LIVE reports, Its the next best thing to being there!

 

Its been almost a year between cruises for us, this is just what we need to hold us over! :D

 

Have a great cruise and hope Mrs Radio has a great time too!!! :)

 

***

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Radio!

Glad to see "we" are taking another cruise!!:D

 

Hope "we" have a wonderful time!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bluiz, I believe the cross street is 54th street where the terminal starts, but that street is a one way (look at googlemaps - search "manhattan cruise terminal" in satellite mode). You may want to drive up 55th street and then go over one block. My father and I actually drove by the terminal yesterday while 2 Norwegian ships were loading up thousands of excited patrons, and there was A LOT of traffic on the West side. I would recommend for anyone to go uptown on an Avenue in central manhattan (8th Ave maybe) and then cross over on 55th; you'll get ahead of many stressed and eager drivers wanting to turn into the terminal. why start your vacation this way??

 

Also, Bluiz, any car service should know what streets to take to get to the cruise terminal, especially the quickest routes in traffic.

 

See you there!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I do have a question for you regarding use of the Internet. On our prior cruises, we have always bought a plan and used the ship's computers to keep in touch with the kids. Since the kids are going this time, my son, an avid football buff, wants to take his laptop to keep informed of football stats, etc. Will he be able to use his laptop in his room (Lido deck)? Will be still have to purchase a plan?

 

Someone recently informed me on another thread that yes, you can get a wireless signal anywhere on the Victory. I'm fairly certain that with a laptop you have the option of pay-as-you-go or a plan, but can't swear to it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So glad you are on the Victory. My husband and I just called a travel agent this morning to see what rooms are still available on the Victory for 10/05/08 leaving from Norfolk. Can't wait to read more.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Dad, can you try your best to take pics of a whale for me? I'm totally jealous you're heading to Nova Scotia. Have fun!:)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hey Dad, can you try your best to take pics of a whale for me? I'm totally jealous you're heading to Nova Scotia. Have fun!:)

 

 

Ha ha. . . :) I will try to to get booked for a Whale watching tour. . .That is on my list !

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello everyone ! I left the hotel at about 1045AM, and pulled into the NY Cruise Terminal in Manhattan 30 minutes later. . .

 

It was very quick. I was really surprised how fast it was. I thought it would have been much more traffic today than yesterday. Oh well. . . I arrived at the terminal with no worries.

 

I parked on top of Pier 92, and it was only a few minutes before I was on the ship. I was able to check in quickly, and immediately board Victory at about 11:30PM. It was very efficient.

 

The cabins opened at 1:30PM, to drop off anything that you might carry on.

I went up to the Lido deck for a nice lunch. The Yangtze Wok, East River Deli, and Pizzeria were also open today for lunch.

 

I took a few photos, and explored the ship. The Muster drill today will be at 4:30, and we set sail at 5PM.

 

The Captain for this sailing is Antonino Sammartano, and the Cruise Director is Malcolm Burn. The Casino will open right after sailing, and there is only one Welcome Aboard Show tonight at 10:30 PM.

 

My dinner is at 8:15PM in the Atlantic Dining Room (Deck 4 MID)

 

There is a nice Internet Package I will get for only .44/min. I am happy to say that I get a wifi signal from my Cabin ! Very Nice. . .

You can get Wi-Fi Bow to Stern on this ship !

 

I will try to post again later tonight, after Sail away.

 

Thanks for tuning in. . .

 

Radio

 

 

Manhattan, just past the Lincoln Tunnel (42nd St heading West)

 

L1.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

There is the Carnival Liberty at Pier 92

 

L2.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

The Passenger Terminal was very efficient. Not many passengers at 11:15AM

 

L4.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Carnival’s Seaside Theatre

 

L7.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

The Pool Deck from up on the Big Slide !

 

L9.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

The Pier was very filled with cars for this sailing. . .

 

L13.jpg

 

 

 

.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Radio

 

Thanks for taking the time to post the "live" thread. I'm looking forward to reading every post of this thread as I'm on Victory in Oct. for the Repositioning cruise to San Juan.

 

Question for ya if you don't mind. :D

Are in in a balcony room? If so, can you get some pics and post them for me. PPPPPPLLLLLLEEEEASE and Thank You.;)

 

Also, tell Malcolm to rest up for the CC group sailing on Oct 26. We are gonna rock that boat for 7 days! :D He will need a rest when we are finished with him.

 

Take care of the Victory for us.

 

Enjoy your cruise!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Must add More!!! I love the Victory and can't wait to board her in a couple of weeks!! Can't wait for more info from Radio.

 

Quick Question:

 

How many people in shorts vs. How Many people in pants?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

<P><FONT face=Verdana><FONT size=2>Hello everyone ! We left Pier 92 right at 5PM. </FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>The weather was perfect today. The skies were clear, and there were blue sunny skies, with a warm (84f) breeze. Perfect!</FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>The muster drill started a little late, so we were pulling away within 5min of the drill. </FONT></FONT></P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>We passed by Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty by 5:30, and the Veranzanno Bridge by about 6PM.</FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>I have never seen so many people out on decks for sail away. It seemed like everyone was ot on the decks for sail away.</FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>I have to get my internet package tonight (Up on deck 4), and I am told that the Comedian, Happy Cole cannot be missed at 10:30PM (Caribbean Lounge).</FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>Of course I have to stop by the South China Sea Club Casino. I think that the Roulette Wheel is calling. . .</FONT></FONT></P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>I like the way that you can use your Sail and Sign card for Casino banking.(No coins come out. . .you can just add it to your folio) You can also get Sea Miles from your Casino play.</FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>Here are a few pics from sail away. . . There will be a lot of activities tomorrow. </FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>I will check back in the morning !</FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>Thanks for tuning in. . . </FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>Radio</FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>Pulling away from the pier</FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana><IMG alt="" src="http://cruisingwithradio.com/pics/Victory2008/L16.jpg" border=0></FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P>We are on our way !</P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana><IMG alt="" src="http://cruisingwithradio.com/pics/Victory2008/L17.jpg" border=0></FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P>Heading down the Hudson River</P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana><IMG alt="" src="http://cruisingwithradio.com/pics/Victory2008/L18.jpg" border=0></FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P>Lot of happy passengers out on the decks. . .</P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana><IMG alt="" src="http://cruisingwithradio.com/pics/Victory2008/L23.jpg" border=0></FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P>Sailing past Manhattan</P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana><IMG alt="" src="http://cruisingwithradio.com/pics/Victory2008/L25.jpg" border=0></FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P> </P>

<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>.</FONT></FONT></P>

<P> </P>

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The photo of Victory leaving the port of New York shows the WTC towers. A bittersweet photo to be sure. Have a pleasant cruise and smooth sailing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i cant see any pics on post# 22

just the text that describe the pics

it might be my pc its been acting up

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OK. . .Hmmm. . . Lets try this again !

 

Hello everyone ! We left Pier 92 right at 5PM. The weather was perfect today.

The skies were clear, and there were blue sunny skies, with a warm (84f) breeze. Perfect!

 

 

The muster drill started a little late, so we were pulling away within 5min of the drill. We passed by Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty by 5:30, and the Verenzanno Bridge by about 6PM.

 

 

I have never seen so many people out on decks for sail away. It seemed like everyone was ot on the decks for sail away.

 

I have to get my internet package tonight (Up on deck 4), and I am told that the Comedian, Happy Cole cannot be missed at 10:30PM (Caribbean Lounge).

 

Of course I have to stop by the South China Sea Club Casino. I think that the Roulette Wheel is calling. . .

 

Here are a few pics from sail away. . . There will be a lot of activities tomorrow.

 

I will check back in the morning !

 

 

Thanks for tuning in. . .

 

Radio

 

 

 

Pulling away from the pier

 

 

L16.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

We are on our way

 

 

L17.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Sailing down the Hudson

 

 

L18.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of happy passengers on deck !

 

 

L23.jpg

 

 

 

 

Sailing past Manhattan

 

 

L25.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here are a few more pics. . .

 

More pics tomorrow !

 

Maybe the signal will be more cooperative. . . :confused:

 

Radio

:rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

 

Heading down the Hudson River. . .

 

L21.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Statue of Liberty

 

 

L20.jpg

 

 

 

 

We will see her again on Saturday morning. . .

 

 

L24.jpg

 

 

 

 

Veranzanno narrows Bridge

 

 

L22.jpg

 

,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bluiz, I believe the cross street is 54th street where the terminal starts, but that street is a one way (look at googlemaps - search "manhattan cruise terminal" in satellite mode). You may want to drive up 55th street and then go over one block. My father and I actually drove by the terminal yesterday while 2 Norwegian ships were loading up thousands of excited patrons, and there was A LOT of traffic on the West side. I would recommend for anyone to go uptown on an Avenue in central manhattan (8th Ave maybe) and then cross over on 55th; you'll get ahead of many stressed and eager drivers wanting to turn into the terminal. why start your vacation this way??

 

Also, Bluiz, any car service should know what streets to take to get to the cruise terminal, especially the quickest routes in traffic.

 

See you there!

 

Thanks.....we live in Westchester, so I know the cab just drives down the West Side Highway (which we have driven often/frequently)....just wasn't sure if I had to tell them a particular street (since my friends made the reservations the last time)

Don't have time to pack.........still shopping.........

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Beautiful pictures! You have me very excited about my Victory cruise on Sept 20...Can't wait to see some of the port pics! :) Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
OK. . .Hmmm. . . Lets try this again !

 

Hello everyone ! We left Pier 92 right at 5PM. The weather was perfect today.

The skies were clear, and there were blue sunny skies, with a warm (84f) breeze. Perfect!

 

 

The muster drill started a little late, so we were pulling away within 5min of the drill. We passed by Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty by 5:30, and the Verenzanno Bridge by about 6PM.

 

 

I have never seen so many people out on decks for sail away. It seemed like everyone was ot on the decks for sail away.

 

I have to get my internet package tonight (Up on deck 4), and I am told that the Comedian, Happy Cole cannot be missed at 10:30PM (Caribbean Lounge).

 

Of course I have to stop by the South China Sea Club Casino. I think that the Roulette Wheel is calling. . .

 

Here are a few pics from sail away. . . There will be a lot of activities tomorrow.

 

I will check back in the morning !

 

 

Thanks for tuning in. . .

 

Radio

 

 

 

Pulling away from the pier

 

 

L16.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

We are on our way

 

 

L17.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Sailing down the Hudson

 

 

L18.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of happy passengers on deck !

 

 

L23.jpg

 

 

 

 

Sailing past Manhattan

 

 

L25.jpg

 

We were in the city today at the same time.........it was a lovely day to be on deck.........not too warm or humid.........

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What great pictures! If I wasn't planning to spend sailaway on our aft wrap balcony:D the bow looks like a great place to be! I hope our weather is as nice in 2 weeks.

 

Karen - We come down the West Side Highway as well. If you stay in the right lane approaching 57th Street, there's a right exit for the terminal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Purr 30

 

I was on Victory at the end of May....balcony room on Lido....here's some pics....

 

Hey BJC5243- :D Thanks so much for posting them. Really appreciate it. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
.....There is the Carnival Liberty at Pier 92

 

L2.jpg.....

 

.....you said that was the Liberty at Pier 92, did you mean the Victory? The Liberty is sailing out of Miami right now.

 

:confused:

 

wasiii

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for taking the the time to share your cruise with me. I'm looking forward to the rest of the week :D

 

Have fun!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hey i jus got off the victory today:)

overall a good time

last nite i walked into someone vomit on deck 5!!!! how gross lol

had to throw away a nice pair of shoeses. they offereverd to clean them free of charge for me BUT that still grossed me out and they can not get wet so i had to thrw them out. been on this ship 11 times. longs lines in the buffet and dining room for beakfast and lunch. food was good. i dont eat meat so i cant tell u how the meat was lol sericve was good. shows were good the comdiandin was okay. panio bar was okay but i do miss mark!!!! last i heard he was on the leagded. muster drill was bad!! but its very imporant so i cant complain to much about that. very hard for my mother though who has knee problems. st johns was okay. market was fun and we did lots walking fun too. went to noviastocia last year and LOVED it. deck 5 is the magic deck cause u have to use it to cross over litle reminder! no deck party on this cruise:( and only one midnight buffet on this cruise. but over all had a great time just didntlike walking and slidilng in puke!!!! and losting a good pair of snakers:( any questions ask!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
.....you said that was the Liberty at Pier 92, did you mean the Victory? The Liberty is sailing out of Miami right now.

 

:confused:

 

wasiii

 

Ha ha. . you are right. . .

 

I need to read my post before I hit (SUBMIT REPLY) Ooops. . .:o

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Radio, I'm so excited that you are posting live again. Last time I followed your Majesty cruise. I had been in 903 the owners suite in Jan. 2000.

 

Sept. 27, 2008 I'll spend 7 nights on Victory Canada/New England. This time I'll be on deck 1 in an inside cabin, but I don't mind at all. After all, I'll be on a cruise.

 

Will you be going to Saint John, New Brunswick and the Reversing Falls?

 

You pics continue to be exceptionally nice. Taking us with you on this cruise, will keep me busy trying to get to a computer this week, because I will be on a land trip and staying at a different hotel each night.

 

I don't have a lap top, so I'm hoping the hotels will have computers I can use. I'll need a daily fix of CC and especially your live posts.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
What great pictures! If I wasn't planning to spend sailaway on our aft wrap balcony:D the bow looks like a great place to be! I hope our weather is as nice in 2 weeks.

 

Karen - We come down the West Side Highway as well. If you stay in the right lane approaching 57th Street, there's a right exit for the terminal.

 

Thanks............I know exactly where it is (having driven past there as the West Side Highway is the highway of choice.........) I didn't know if I had to give the cab service an exact street or just say Manhattan Terminal.....calling today for prices......Wait........hubby said he might want to drive!.........

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello everyone ! Today looks like it will be another sunny, wonderful day. The seas are very calm, and the Victory is sailing very smooth. There has been no rocking at all so far.

 

 

We have sailed 217nm so far, but we still have 350nm until we arrive in Saint John, NB tomorrow. The temps should be much cooler there. . . It will be a nice change from the hot and humid temps of Baltimore.

 

Last night the Caribbean Theatre was packed, and the Welcome Show was very good. Happy Cole, the comedian was a hit. . .

 

I think I have seen him on a ship once before, but I can’t remember the ship name. He will be having an adult show tonight at midnight, and I am sure he will pack the theatre again.(Tonight he will be in the Adriatic Theatre)

 

Malcolm “In the Middle” Burn (That’s what he calls himself) is a very funny Cruise Director. He is full of energy, and it is hard not to be happy, when you are around him !

 

Tonight there will be 2 production Shows (Livin’ in America). . . One at 8:30, and one at 10:30. I have been told that this is a great show with lots of great music !

 

There will be a Saint John, NB Travel Talk today at 11AM, that will discuss what we need to know when going ashore.

 

There are a ton of activities planned for today, including the Newlywed Game Show, Seaside Theatre Concert, Golf Putting, Win Loose or Draw, and scavenger hunt. There are too many to list.

 

I am going to get breakfast, and I will try to check in later today !

 

Thanks for tuning in. . .

 

 

Radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is great Coffee at the Coral Sea Café !

 

L12.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Last Night on Deck 10

 

 

 

L26.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Seaside Theatre area an hour before the Movie

 

 

L27.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Welcome Aboard Show

 

 

L28.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Morning. . . On deck 10

 

 

L30.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

It should be a great day at Sea

 

 

L31.jpg

 

 

.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here is our position. We are ready to head to the north, up to Canada . . .

 

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

 

 

Our Position (at 7AM)

 

 

L32.jpg

 

 

 

.

 

.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Radio - love the pics! I swear, I do not remember a big TV on the Victory. Maybe it was due to too many funship specials!:D

 

Okay, I'm still confused regarding the Internet usage. You said the Victory has WIFI, but you mentioned that you were going to have to get an Internet plan. Is that because you'll be out to see? If you have time, will you please list the prices?

 

Looking forward to hearing about your trip to St. John. Please let me know if there is enough to do around the port, or if we should do a trolley excursion. Thanks and have fun!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Explore the Night. Sweepstakes - Enter now for a chance to win win a free cruise for two with Azamara Club Cruises!
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Community Contests
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×