Carnival Valor Cruise Review by Cozumel Jim: First time sailing out of San Juan
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First time sailing out of San Juan
We flew Thrusday morning from Houston to Orlando to San Juan on Southwest Airlines. Flight was smooth and connections a breeze. Stayed at Sheraton at Old San Juan, walking distance to ship. Great accommodations and entertainment. Casino and a different band on patio every night. Great view of city and harbor. Subway and CVS very close. Mojito's restaurant just north of hotel, is to die for.Bell hops give you the scoop on places to eat and visit. Used cabs for tansportation. Used Johnny's Taxi Service for a day tour of Old San Juan, checking out the beachs while driving towards Rain Forest. We shopped and ate at local shops. Even stopped in at a local grocery store. Got t-shirts and coffee at their prices. Johnny takes credit cards, his brother Leslie takes cash. Their websites...email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org Your can e-mail for their phone numbers..email@example.com.
Sunday morning around 11:30, we walked wirh our luggage to terminal. Being More Platinium, their took our luggage and sent us to customs and on to the VIFP lounge to wait for signal to board the ship. No sooner had I given them our papers and grabbed a cup of coffee, it was time to go. Last in the lounge, first couple on the ship. Ship was clean and well taken care of. Liked the different atmosphere, people and cruise. More laid back than cruising out of Galveston. Great ports of call. Took Bacardi Rum tour on debarkation of ship. We had an 3:30pm flight back to Houston, so the tour worked out well. Plenty of time. Will cruise again. Since Carnival's website won't let me do a review of this cruise, I hope their reading this. Shout out to our Head Waiter: Edwin and Wayan in Washington Dining Room Upper, 8:15PM Drinks: Bartender Parsa, New World Pool and Bar. Waiter in The Big Easy Piano Bar and Rome Main Lounge. Johnny and Moe, your the best! Last but not least, our Room Steward Komang.
Only I have is having to pay $4.50 for internet access to print an airline boarding pass. Cheap, cheap, cheap! Any hotel all over the world does this for free! Tacky, tacky, tacky! Person next to us paid $10.00 to print his boarding pass. He was equally pissed. Carnival has changed their ways, that's all I'm saying. Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Valor Balcony Empress 7338
Good spot on ship. Only problem is people forget to turn off their balcony light at night. Makes it very difficult to sit out on balcony and enjoy the moon and stars.
Port and Shore Excursions
Island Drive, St. Nicholas Abbey and Rum Tasting. Driver very full of info of island. Stopped several times and took photos. Negotiate price before taking photo of monkeys. Beautiful spots and cool breezes.
St. Kitts by Rail and Sail.....Truly an awesome excursion by far. A+++++++ Laid back speed, plenty of Rum Punch and Pina Colada's and singing railway workers. Beautiful views and information. Short ride to boat from train. Boat was a 50+ foot catamaran. Very smooth and again the drinks flowed, plus they fed us! Bring your cameras! I enjoyed this excursion best of all.
Pitones and Waterfall Swim......Bus trip to Pitones is all about switch backs and vehicles passing on curves. Hiked to 2000' beautiful view and plenty of photos. Got a snack and couple of beers for ride back to ship.
We did the Explore the Boardwalk by Segway. This could be very addictive. Wife and I had a blast. Our instructor was great. Had a great time. Took a cab to MoHo Beach to get our photos with the Heavies coming in from Europe. Took water taxi back to ship, included with the tour.
Walked to excursion from ship and rode to the top of hill. Great view and nice and peaceful. Wife bought some stuff and back down the hill. Ticket is good for all day. We walked to town and ate at Gladys's Cafe. A+++++ Shopped a little and then took cab back to Ship. Didn't trust the open air cabs.
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