Just returned from sep 29 departure. A great adventure but little time to relax with 5 ports. I'll try to be brief.
Valor was typical carnival. Pleasant, clean with friendly staff. We've cruised 10+ times so we're not wowed by the illusions.
Breakfast at Rosie's buffet was identical each day. At lunch the Mongolian grill stir fry was great but we never found the sushi. We never tried the burrito bar. We only ate lunch twice on embark day and the one sea day.
Dinner at the dining room was fine and the service handled well by decent staff. Nothing exceptional but no complaints either. We did find that buffet mirrored what was being served in the Any time dining room. Different or convenient it didn't matter to us. I'm not sure if the Washington dining room had the same menu ?
Steakhouse was great. We went on the 1st formal night. (Tues/Thurs) Go hungry. One of us got the 7oz lobster. The other a 14oz rib eye. Way more meat than each getting surf and turf ! Great service in a romantic setting.
Kids camp was loved by our 4 yr old. He spent 3 hrs there each night.
St Thomas. We did Magen's bay only because we were the only ship in town. Otherwise we suggest a self trip to St. John's trunk bay. Buckets of Bud.
Sea day. The main pool deck is loud ! We had a 4 yr old so the back adult pool wasn't an option. With the jumbo tv no live music was played at all and the one sea day meant all the typical games, ice carving etc. No bucket fund.
Barbados. Nice. God bless the queen. grabbed a taxi $20 tour and got dropped off at Harbour lights beach bar at Carlysle. Great sand. Good food and buckets of Banks.
St Lucia. It's a hilly windy island for touring. Beautiful to look at... From a flat speedboat. ... We walked off the ship to a 40ft jet boat. He cruised down the coast to the pitons stopping in little bays then Dropped off us at a black sand. beach...the clearest ocean you have ever seen. Not tons if fish but like a pool. Then out came the 160 proof rum punch. Yikes. We were drugged. But thankfully after the snorkeling. On the way back they stopped at some pirates arch ? Really cool. Snorkel, cliff dive or drink more rum punch. It was nice. Now We had been poisoned by their welcoming beverages and somehow had to get from the jet boat to the gangway ? "Free punch". No punch I ever drank. I was thinking Hawaiian punch ?
St Kitts. Hung over and trying to appreciate the next island. We took a 2 hr island tour for $20/ea that ended up being 4 hrs. Went to Frigate Bay for an hour. Not really worth it. Apparently all Atlantic coast beaches are really slurpy. You shouldn't swim cause you end up in Venezuela.
St Maarten. Went to orient beach. Nice beach but crazy setup. Everyone got a little lot with a beach business. Much hounding and peddling of wares, massages,braids. Lots of choices for lunch. Drank buckets if Heineken
By 1pm you must make it to the sunset bar at Maho beach. Lots of activity with arrivals and departures. The pub food is upscale and plentiful. Buckets of Amstel bright.
Many Puerto Ricans partying with their families so their was always a good vibe. I wish I knew Spanish.
There are lots of duty free shops as you board. They'll explain how to get it onboard. We got 3 for $20. 12 packs of water are available after check-in. Security in the terminal doesn't care. As long as the booze is concealed as you board ..no one will ask.
If staying overnight book something in old town. Less taxis. Lots to see and good eats. Cvs pharmacia across from the pier for sodas and forgottens.