NYE on Carnival Valor
Being new to cruising we were worried what to expect and what was expected of us. We should not of worried,staff guided us all the way through our cruise with anything we needed. The Fun ships with carnival are very casual which was a little disappointing when it came to dining, I felt it was a little too casual with people wearing baseball caps etc especially when elegant evening no restrictions were enforced!
New Year's Eve was amazing with the party on the lido and free flowing champagne with Times Square countdown on the big screen.
Dunns falls excursion with the carnival was only $20 different to a local company so easier and safer to book with the ship.
Getting to Washington dining room is a bit complicated as the ships galley is located in the centre of the ship so it's down to deck one or two walk to the aft then use them elevators to go up to deck three or four,you can't get there just walking along deck three,four or five.
Cozumel I booked a driver for the More
day $90 for 3 hours then $20 an hour after that,he can take up to 8 people, he is crescencio Lopez Tun,email firstname.lastname@example.org or search him on Facebook he is the best and was recommended to me.
Kids clubs were great never saw the kids the whole two weeks when on sea days or evenings.
Staff were friendly and always called you by your name,on your time dining you can request where to sit so you can keep the same waiters if you wish.
I would use carnival again but maybe try a newer ship. Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Valor Oceanview Riviera 1240
Cabin 1240 in a very quiet location, nice size window, could do with more closet hangers, plenty of room with 2 adults and 2 kids in it. Tv needs updating. But overall not a bad cabin if wanting quiet time.
Port and Shore Excursions
Used a taxi driver for the day who does tours from $90 for 3 hours then $20 per hour extra, did tequila tasting,Mayan ruins,local bar,beach visit and a tour of the island with local interests he also gives the history of Cozumel. Highly recommended to book email email@example.com or Facebook crescencio Lopez Tun.
Booked with capt margins stingray tour and snorkelling. Found the tour office ok but was chaos with the amount of people there, they could not process my UK debit card so had few problems but they kindly let us on the tour so to not upset the children.
Two weeks later still no money taken!
Great tour 3 stops altogether, CD of photos taken by the guides bit expensive so take our own water camera.
First snorkelling stop wasn't so good and the guides said that, second stop was better more to see with coral and fish and sea current not as strong better for kids.
Buy your own under water camera as they charge a fortune for there own cd,over crowded when we arrived.
Took a local taxi to historic downtown $4 each. Make sure you say if you want the main/new downtown, not a lot at the old historic downtown approx 8 local shops but not pushed to buy anything shop at your leisure small bar and snack places. Then walked along the beach to Pilary beach away from governor beach And the crowds. Very quiet here with snorkelling and beach bar and restaurant but little expensive. Beautiful white sand and clear water.
Taxi back to the port was $8 each but was little too far to walk, once you start walking it's hard to stop a taxi as you will find they fill up at the beach before heading back to the pier.
Booked excursion with carnival to do countryside tour,interesting with the sugar cane but rushed when visiting a local house,you sign a disclaimer stating you will not give the locals money or food/candy etc. Had security follow us the whole day which felt a little worrying. But best to be safe!
No need to book excursion through cruise ship unless you want to visit the water park. Got a taxi ourselves and explored through the hotel and onto cabbage beach.
Grabbed a taxi for $5 each to cabbage beach much nicer and quieter away from paradise beach, easy walk to explore Atlantis and take pictures yourself,
Little boring and you can walk them yourself in approx 15 mins, again pesters by the staff there to get my daughters hair braided and to buy t-shirts.
Dunn's River Falls
Was ok, tough going for kids or older people, you need to be reasonably fit to walk them. Pestered at the end and followed by the tour guide to the bus to receive a tip.
My favourite port out of them all. Get the local trolley bus for free and hop on and off when you want. Went to both castle and fort for $5, walked through the town felt very safe, everyone welcoming, great tour of the castle and fort, walked back through the local shops visited the cathedral then a local bar with snacks, best excursion day and all done independently for $10 for two adults and two children.