Wonderful: Carnival Valor Cruise Review by lesleywoollard
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Destination: Southern Caribbean
Cabin review: 8B6284 Balcony
Very good size, spotlessly clean, room service available. Room cleaned daily. This cabin was above the bar area but we did not hear any noise. Plenty of cupboard space. Balcony had two chairs and a small table so nice to sit out on if you want some privacy. We were more than happy with this cabin.Read All Balcony (8B) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
St. Lucia is very beautiful. The tour guide gave us lots of information on the areas we were visiting. We stopped for refreshments at a house with lovely gardens and views over Castries. We also stopped at a gift shop which gave batik demonstrations. The only criticism is that the minibus was very small (mainly because of the hairpin bends) and I couldn't sit with my husband during the trip. It was also not very comfortable due to the size.
If you are going to tour the island independently I would suggest asking the price first if taking a taxi. The prices seem to be per person and our trip to Pigeon Island cost us a return taxi fare of US$80, with the US$20 for the sunbeds and parasol it worked out a very expensive morning at the beach. There are also many people selling things on the beach which was quite annoying.
St. Maarten is a lovely place. We started by exploring the shops which are only a 15 minute walk from the port. Lots of shops and lots of choice. We then went for lunch at the Hard Rock Café which is just at the back of the beach. The beach itself is right by the port and the shops. It was the only port we went to that had a beach close by so no taxi was needed. It's a lovely beach, clear blue water and lovely sand. Sunbeds are available but we didn't use them. There are plenty of bars and places to eat at the back of the beach and nobody bothered us while we were there. We would definitely go back to St. Maarten and would like to tour more of the island. The weather wasn't great when we were there so we didn't want to go too far but everything was close to the port so we didn't feel that we had lost out by not going further.
St. Thomas is a lovely place. There are taxis waiting at the port and the prices were very reasonable. It cost US$8 per person for a shared taxi to Magners Beach which was wonderful. Clear blue water and powdery sand, this is a very long beach and wasn't crowded at all. There was a charge of US$4 per person to use the beach but this was well worth it. There are showers and washrooms at the back of the beach which were very clean. There are also places to drink and eat. We weren't bothered by anybody trying to sell things and had a really relaxing time there. Sunbeds, chairs and parasols are available at a reasonable price but there is also shade at the back of the beach, under the trees, if you don't want to hire a parasol. We had a lovely time in St. Thomas and would definitely return.