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Victory Review 3/22/09 With Pics

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tiggerman,

 

GREAT REVIEW! we will be sailing out of san juan may24. we are alos staying at the intercontinental hotel. we are also flying out of atlanta on delta.. we live in columbus, ga, so we are neighbors:) i do have a ? for you tho. how early did you get the atlanta airport? i am a bit worried abpout check in. my son flew to wash dc duirng spring break and almost missed his flight because c heck in took over 3 hrs..

 

betty

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Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic, extensive review. We are looking forward to sailing on the Victory either this summer, or Christmas 2010. We sailed "part" of this itinerary when Destiny was doing it, and I can't wait to do it again. Loved your pictures - it is a shame about your camera, but, as you said, now you can get a better one! If you have cruise insurance, would the camera be covered? You have a great cruising attitude, and I wish you many more cruises, so I can read many more of your reviews!

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I just want to thankyou so much for your great review. I enjoyed it so much....I am going in a few weeks and cant wait. Reading your review has made it even more exciting. Thanks again

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We have sailed on Royal Caribbean, for the last 9 years, we are considering the Victory, as we sail exclusively out of San Juan every year. I was looking of some input on what everyone thinks of the Vicory, the ship itself, (condition, dated showing wear, is it clean?) cruise staff (are they a happy bunch), food, (both in MDR, and Lido any supper club), finally cabins, (condition, frig's in cabins?, bed's comfortable? ) Formal nights (I love to dress up!!! Would I be out of place with an evening gown?).

 

I would like to try Carinval, we sailed on the Fascination, out of SJU, 13 years ago, liked the ship, thought the food was fine, in the MDR, but lunch was Kraft bottled salad dressings and cold cuts. I eat that way at home, but on vacation I would like alturnatives.

 

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!! RCI has changed it's loyaty program, so we are jumping ship!!!!!!!!

 

Looks like no one answered any of your questions....

 

I have read there are no fridges on Victory (actually it would be a mini-bar if there were one).....

 

Most of the reviews I have read about the Victory are positive, thru & thru.... There will be some PR residents on board (if you sail from San Juan, you probably already know this) and I have read the announcements are in English, followed by Spanish. Long lines at the Lido buffet areas.

 

My Victory sail date is a few months out, sorry I cannot give you specifics...

 

Good luck !

Edited by FlaKrznNubie

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I'm going to be even more greedy and ask if you brought home the capers? If you did, would you consider scanning them and uploading them so we can have a look? I did find some, but they weren't all that recent.

 

And, do you have a link to all your pics that you're willing to share?

 

Oh, and yet another question: I have zero interest in the big TV, but I bet DD (who turns 23 on 5/8) might. Reading the review, it didn't sound like you went to any movies, but I was wondering about the times. Someone said 6 & midnight, which seems a bit silly. 6 will be too early (will be napping or getting ready for dinner), and midnight will be too late (need to sleep with all the port activities).

 

I know you spent time by the pool a couple of afternoons. Just wondered what your thoughts were on the TV and programming.

 

 

I didn't keep the capers. Sorry. They did have all the normal activities going on. I know they had the usual "fun Patrol" but I really didn't pay attention this time. I was completely focused on the ports for this cruise. I knew we had the Fascination "get away cruise" next and would treat that one in a more relaxing way. They did play movies at diferent times. I want to say 6,8,10 and 12. They didn't have four movies every night, but those are the times I noticed on diferent nights. None of the movies really caught my attention, but we went to bed pretty early every night. I did watch a couple on the Valor though and had a good time. The TV and programming is always out of Coloroado. I think Wade watched a few shows at night, but for the life of me I can't remember the details. Sorry I can't be more help.

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tiggerman,

 

GREAT REVIEW! we will be sailing out of san juan may24. we are alos staying at the intercontinental hotel. we are also flying out of atlanta on delta.. we live in columbus, ga, so we are neighbors:) i do have a ? for you tho. how early did you get the atlanta airport? i am a bit worried abpout check in. my son flew to wash dc duirng spring break and almost missed his flight because c heck in took over 3 hrs..

 

betty

 

 

We always get there about two hours ahead of time and that has never been a problem. Check in is easy, especially with Delta. They will start sending you emails right and left about a week before you leave. You can check in online up to 24 hours ahead of time. We always just use the self kiosk. Just put in your sky miles number and your itinerary should pop up. Then you just print your boarding pass and hand them your luggege. Security has never been bad either. 15 minutes tops. If you do want to go earlier there is a lot to do at the airport. Every terminal has sit down restaurants, shops, etc. They even have smoking lounges if you are a smoker. We always o to the Crown Room which you may be able to access if you use American Express. It is very nice at the Atlanta airport and located in every terminal. They have a bar, free newspapers, a mini continental breakfast buffet, free coffee, free wireless and different areas with TVs, etc. You can easily pass some time there.

 

The Intercontinental was a great hotel. They have some really nice (read expensive) restaurants there. You also have options out by the pool area and all up and down the street. Have a great time. I hope this helps some.

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Thanks for a great review. We have a group sailing on the Victory in January 2010. Your pictures of the beaches were very helpful, we have been trying to decide which ports should be beach days. Thanks again for taking the time to help those of us taking this cruise in the future. Looking forward to reading your reviews of all your upcoming cruises.

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No problem about the Capers. I don't expect to do much onboard other than eat and sleep (and drop a few dollars in the casino).

 

Again, thanks so much for your review, and have a great time at Half Moon Cay!

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David, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your review and your photos. It would be a pleasure to cruise with you and Wade someday. We were on the Victory last August and believe we could have been in the same AFT cabin. Our next cruise isn't until October on the Royal Caribbean Jewel so this made me feel like I was cruising right along with you now. Really hope you will consider reviewing your next trip as well. Couldn't wait to read your next post every time. Thanks again. :)

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Here's the Caribbean Show Lounge -on Decks 3,4 and 5 Forward

 

 

 

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Here's Carnival Victory and Carnival Liberty docked at Sint Maarten

 

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Pizza selection on the LIDO Aft deck!

 

 

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I went for the A la Rustica, every time.

 

 

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Desserts are where the calories really go on. You've been warned! :) :D

 

 

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Great review tiggerman! :D We are getting married on the Victory May 24 - this has given us great ideas for the honeymoon. We were on the Victory in 2002 when she was quite new. It sounds like she has been kept up very well. Thanks again for your extensive review.

If anyone would like to join our May 24 roll call, here is the link: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=900690

We need more people to join in and get the excitement going!

Artie

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Thanks for a great review. We have a group sailing on the Victory in January 2010. Your pictures of the beaches were very helpful, we have been trying to decide which ports should be beach days. Thanks again for taking the time to help those of us taking this cruise in the future. Looking forward to reading your reviews of all your upcoming cruises.

 

Im a native Floridian, and I can tell you that in January NO ports would be beach days for me, the water is too cold. Yes even in the caribbean they do have winter...of sorts.

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If anyone had any questions feel free to post them and I will try to get to all of them. I want to thank everyone who posted their encouragement for this review. I did not plan on it to be this long, but once I got started it was hard to stop. I envy all of you about to make this wonderful cruise on the Victory. Have a great cruise to all no matter where you are headed! For us it is the Fascination (2nd time on her) on June 13. I will finally get to see Half Moon Cay!

 

Thank you so much for your incredibly detailed and well written review! My fiance and I are taking this cruise for our honeymoon sailing May 24 and we can't wait!

 

I had one question for you about St. Lucia. You took a picture from your balcony as you were just starting to cruise by the island and pass the Pitons. Do you happen to know how early that was? We want to make sure we wake up early enough to try to be out on our balcony as we start to make it round the Pitons...and I know you have already attested to what an amazing sight that is! I figured I would have room service that morning as our "wake up call" so that we could eat our breakfast and drink coffee on the balcony and enjoy the majectic view!

 

Thanks,

Kym

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Im a native Floridian, and I can tell you that in January NO ports would be beach days for me, the water is too cold. Yes even in the caribbean they do have winter...of sorts.

lol

 

 

For our group that travels every January from St. Louis where it would typically be 10 degrees, every day is a beach day. Just being on any beach, anywhere, is awesome. We may or may not actually get in the water, that does depend on the weather, but have found many beaches where it is just fine to swim in January.

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Thank you so much for your incredibly detailed and well written review! My fiance and I are taking this cruise for our honeymoon sailing May 24 and we can't wait!

 

I had one question for you about St. Lucia. You took a picture from your balcony as you were just starting to cruise by the island and pass the Pitons. Do you happen to know how early that was? We want to make sure we wake up early enough to try to be out on our balcony as we start to make it round the Pitons...and I know you have already attested to what an amazing sight that is! I figured I would have room service that morning as our "wake up call" so that we could eat our breakfast and drink coffee on the balcony and enjoy the majectic view!

 

Thanks,

Kym

 

If I had to roughly gauge it I would say 30mins to an hour before docking, maybe less. You will pass them on the right side of the ship going in. You can also see them a bit farther away as you are leaving. I had an aft balcony so I saw them both times. As I said, you pass a lot of islands in the night. I brought along binoculars and used them quite a bit.

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I'm hoping you can answer a question for me about the Jolly Beach Resort.

Is there any place to snorkel there?

I asked this on the Antigua board because I didn't want to bother you, but nobody has answered me.

I'm already sold on the place, but someone from our Roll Call is inquiring.

 

Thank You again for the great review!

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I am also curious about the Jolly Beach Resort. Do you know if they limit the number they allow to use their resort? We have a large group going next January, and was curious if they would allow a large group to use their resort.

 

Thanks for any input.

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Looks like Tiggerman may not be back for awhile.

 

Have you guys interested in Jolly Beach tried contacting the resort directly?

 

I'm doing an island tour in Antigua, so won't be of any help, but thought the OP had posted a link to the resort itself. Yes, I see that there's an email address upthread.

 

They can probably answer those questions easily.

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Desserts are where the calories really go on. You've been warned! :) :D

 

 

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I'll take a slice of each and spend the rest of the day on the treadmill.:D

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