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Old November 7th, 2000, 09:50 PM
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Default Victory stays longer in St Croix for Harbor nights

Just read that the Carnival Victory is staying In St Croix late into the evening so passengers can enjoy St Croix's "Harbor Night"[music,dance ,shopping and food festival on their main street]]
Way to go Carnival.
Looking forward to seeing it during the week of Dec 17th!!
Wish they would get into San Juan earlier though.
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Old November 8th, 2000, 02:46 PM
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Default RE: Victory stays longer in St Croix for Harbor ni

They've actually been staying in St Croix for Harbor Festival for years now. Destiny used to do this route before they moved Victory into that route.

The unusual thing there is the ship's casino is open in the evening, even though they're in port. This is a deal they made with the gov't so the ship would stay longer into the evening.

btw, a fun thing in St. Croix is to visit the Domino's Bar, and see the beer drinking pigs.

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Old November 8th, 2000, 07:45 PM
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Default Speaking of the Victory....

Speaking of the Victory, can anyone explain why she arrives in San Juan at 6:00 PM and leaved just eight hours later at 2:00 AM? This seems to be a waste of stopping in San Juan. You can't see much at night, other than the night life. Isn't this unusual?

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Old November 8th, 2000, 09:15 PM
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Default RE: Victory stays longer in St Croix for Harbor ni

Then why in their brochures do they say they are in port until only 6 pm?You would think if they advertised it that way more people would pick that itinerary.Do you know if they ever get into San Juan earlier?
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one of the small reasons is becasue of the distance the ship has to cover to get to San Juan, Evan with the close to 22 knot speed the ship can sail, it very rarely makes it there before 4pm.

I know thats only half an answer, but it might satisfy you ??

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Old November 10th, 2000, 03:10 AM
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Default RE: Victory stays longer in St Croix for Harbor ni

I think they do not advertise the late stay in St Croix for a couple of reasons, we were told they only did this when the Destiny was in port every two weeks (now the Victory has taken over that route) and they like to "surprise" everyone with the bonus long stay and street festival. I do not know if they do this on every cruise that ports at St Croix so they are probably better off not advertising this as then it would be expected every cruise. We will find out in January.
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Old November 27th, 2000, 10:15 AM
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Default RE: Speaking of the Victory....

The Victory would be better off just skipping the stop in San Juan. We arrived there at around 6 pm, docking in "old" San Juan on Tuesday evening. It was almost dark. Tuesday night is also garbage night in San Juan. There were garbage bags and cans everywhere on the sidewalks. The streets and sidewalks are extremely narrow, and with the heavy local traffic and garbage trucks racing around, it was downright dangerous walking at times. We also encountered a few panhandlers (creepy), and street people sleeping in doorways. We found the city to be dirty and unsafe. If you go, stop in at the Hard Rock cafe for a toddie, check out the duty free store at the dock, and get back on the ship.
Next stop was St. Croix, on Wed. morning. A quaint little place with lots of shops and friendly people working them. Our shore tour was the Jolly Roger catamaran sail. Because the wind wasn't blowing the right direction, we did not go where the tour is supposed to, but instead sailed 3 or 4 miles down the shore to Rainbow beach for an hour of swimming. The tour cost us 51 bucks a head. Later talked to a fellow cruiser who paid a cab $3 to go to the same beach. Had a blast afterward, and maybe one of my best memories of the cruise, jumping off the pier into that beautiful turquoise water. Did it several times, and many others joined in.
St. Thomas was our next stop. What a beautiful paradise! Would love to stay there the whole week. Shore tour: the Kon Tiki party boat!! This tour is for the serious partier. The steel drum band was awesome, the stop at Honeymoon beach was beautiful, and the rum punch was never ending. Dont bring the little kids or grandma for this one! Heavy drinking is encouraged!
St. Thomas is also the place for shopping, especially for jewelry. Save your money till you get there.
Overall, the Victory was a beauty. Extremely clean (watched 2 guys clean a light up on the topless deck for over an hour), great food, and entertainment galore. I will be back. Got to go unpack. Any questions, e-mail me.
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