Carnival Valor Cruise Review by JoAnt326: 1st Anniversary cruise
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1st Anniversary cruise
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We went on the Valor 6-22-29. Our cabin steward “G” was nice and always there! Room was clean all the time. Our waiter was Norwell and he was great. Late seating. The maître D. we never saw but did speak with assistant- MD Harris… he actually had the chef make us warm asparagus soup since I didn’t care for the chilled asparagus soup night before. He was very good too. I liked the Valor. It doesn’t have the 2.0 upgrades and I actually prefer it better. I was on the New Sunshine in Sept2013 which had the upgrades and don’t think it was worth the changes. The shows were good on this ship & Comedians funny. Should keep smoking to casinos and a 1 bar….no smoking on balconies is a great idea. Checking in was a breeze. We were on by 12:30 even though we weren’t leaving until 10pm. Getting off the ship took longer. They said it was customs delay.
San Juan we stayed at the Sheraton across the street from the port. We walked More over with our luggage- it was that close. We waited for the free trolley one day but was always full. We ended up walking to the Fort. Not that bad of a walk.
St. Thomas; we walked to the Paradise Point tram. I believe it was $20/pp to see a beautiful view of the island and our ship; Worth it. Then we grabbed a taxi to Emerald Beach. It was nice, clean and secluded. Taxi driver picked us back up at whatever time we told him. Did some shopping in town and walked back to the boat.
Sea Day; Played Bingo, watched the hairy chest contest. Sea Day Brunch was awesome! Say hello to Stephanie and “Woo Hoo” to Felipe.
Barbados ; We took a taxi over to the Boatyard. $15 for 2 chairs, umbrella, 2 rum punch drinks and a ride back to the boat. Great day! Nice beach. Pink sand specs.
St. Lucia: We booked Costol Tours on line. They pick you up at the port. It was a full day excursion. Banana Plantation, pics with great views, local food tastings, snorkeling by the Pitons and a van full of drinks. $75pp worth it.
St. Kitts: We took a taxi to Cockleshell beach. Again, A very nice beach. Black specs of sand. Good snorkeling. Taxi driver gave us a coupon for free pearl earrings at one of the port stores- Make sure you Browse to get them lol
St Maarten: We walked off the boat to the taxis; we did the Circle island tour. $25/pp it takes you thru the Dutch side, Maho beach where the planes fly overhead. We didn’t see any as we went too early and they weren’t any to land until 1130. Then went to the main shopping areas, and ends at Orient Beach before they bring you back to the boat. We opted to stay ($7 taxi back) here. It was nice. Half the beach is topless/nude fyi. Less
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Definitely would do it again!