Carnival Valor - Western Caribbean: Carnival Valor Cruise Review by angelkitty
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Carnival Valor - Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
Travel To Port of Embarkation We traveled down the day before and stayed in the Port of Miami/Holiday Inn. Nice room, decent price, but one of the elevators were out of order which caused us to have to wait 30 minutes just to get down to the lobby. Once outside, there were more than enough taxis and shuttles lined up ready to take everyone to the terminal.
Stateroom Our cabin was wonderful. Plenty of room for clothes, put the suitcases under the bed. We didnt need any extra space in the bathroom as we both had plenty of space to share for our toiletries. There were only three things that were disappointing. One was the sink stopper More wouldnt open, but a call to housekeeping and within 5 minutes someone was there and had fixed it (and this was before we had sailed). The second was that the TV volume was hard to adjust. Either it was too loud or too softwe did use it to watch some of the Carnival informational shows and some news. The third and most important was that the bed was two twins shoved together and there was no comfortable way to snuggle (being newlyweds) as it was bumpy and they continually separated. We asked to have it fixed, but nothing was done.
Ship Info The ship was wonderful. Clean and well kept. There was always crew cleaning somewhere. Beautifully decorated, lit well, interesting dEcor. Absolutely no complaints there.
Dining - The food? There was an abundance, as is to be expected. If you go hungry, you must be extra picky. There are always scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, oatmeal, and grits. French toast or pancakes, cereal, fruit, assorted pastries. There are two omelet stations, where each chef makes two omelets at a time. My husband and I never waited more than a couple minutes any morning there for our omelets. Lunch: Rosies had such a variety each day. Some kind of meat/roast, salads, pastas, deserts. Or the deli, or the oriental window, or the Taste of the Nations, or the Fish & Chips (which I enjoyed twice). Oh, yes, the pizza/calzone place as well, open 24 hours no less. We ate in the formal dining room every night but one as we enjoyed dressing up each evening and our wait staff was attentive (especially Little MiMi). The menu was varied enough that there was always something interesting to try and we never disappointed or went away hungry!!
Activities CAYMAN/We booked the Stingray/Island Tour. The tour guide was interesting and humorous. The turtle farm was neat. Hell was a little bit of a let down, but interesting (we sent postcards to our family from there). BELIZE/No excursions, just shopping and had a blast!! ROATAN/Had booked a beach excursion but woke up to rain. Carnival gladly refunded our money. We enjoyed sitting on our balcony, drinking our beer, munching nachos and watching people getting off and on the ship.
COSTA MAYA/Booked the clear kayak and beach break excursion. This was hilarious. Fun to watch through the bottom of the kayak the coral. Not too many fish, but still neat. Got to the beach and treated to fresh cut up fruit and all the beer, water, soda you wanted. Interesting to paddle back after tossing back a few.
Entertainment - Went to a few shows. All were great, from the singers to the dancers, to the comedians. Again, there is enough variety for everyone.
Disembarkation As we had a late flight out of Miami (5:45 pm) we booked the Everglades/Airboat excursion. They put our luggage in a separate place, which made it a bit easier to find, and then we took it to the tour bus. From the time we met in Winstons to the time we were on the bus took less than 35 minutes, which I thought was excellent. The only complaint I have about the tour is that they passed out toilet paper for you to make earplugs. My husbands ears rang for 3 days because of this so you might want to take your own if you are thinking about this tour.
Summary I loved the ship, crew, food, and entertainmentactually I have no complaints about Carnival at all. The only thing I was disgusted by were some of the people that we saw and how they behaved. They treated the crew like slaves, heaped their plates instead of going back for seconds if necessary, and were generally rude. There was even one group of people (in their 50s) who were giving the chef at Rosies a hard time at breakfast because it wasnt quite ready (this was before it was supposed to be open) who actually stuck their hands in the bacon and their spoons in the eggs!!. We met several wonderful couples as well. Thankfully they far outweigh the negatives we encountered. Less
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