If I asked you to imagine "Animal House" on steroids, you just begin to understand what we experienced on the cArNIMAL valor. The Cruise line has numerous rules and regulations but enforces none concerning guest conduct. Food fights, wild screams and unsanitary conditions were consistent through out the 7 days. Children running through the halls, pool deck, and the new "adults only" Serenity area was common. Flip flops and bathing suits were also the norm in the dining room for dinner. Loud music from boom boxes disrupted the calm in the Serenity area. In all cases, none of the Carnival staff challanged disruptive individuals.
The ship itself is fantastic, one of the finest as sea. The water slide was alot of fun, but the jumbo screen at pool side was poorly used. There is great detail in the decor all around the ship. Sadly, the entertainment schedule is so disjointed we didn't get to enjoy much with a late seating. Nothing is going on until very late, then everything is happening at once. Late diners have nothing to do leading up to dinner.
The stops are very typical for a Caribbean cruise. Cozumel is a great place to get out and experience the island. Rent a scooter and get away from the chaos of the town and port. You will find great places to eat, drink and snorkel. Many restaurants have access to "walk in" snorkel. Ocho Rios is known for Dunns River Falls. If you do not have excursion, stay on board and enjoy the ship without animals. Cayman is a nice clean place to enjoy a walk around the town or visit the beach. Try Guy Harvey's new restaurant. Things are expensive, but Cayman will be your best chance to relax.
If you haven't booked and are over 35, stay away!! If you are booked, bring headphones and your ipod. Noise travels well into your stateroom. You can hear your neighbors and hall travelers very easily.
As vertern cruisers, we know cruise lines can control guest chaos and still deliver a good time. This lack of control makes you wonder what would happen during an emergency.
Overall, this was a lousy experience and the conclusion of our relationship with the Carnival brand.