We cruised out of Miami on January 19th, it was overcast and the clouds did not look promising. We have cruised 6 times with Carnival in the past and this is the first that we have gotten an inside stateroom. I was also concerned about this. We were a party of 18 including 2 teenagers, a 9 year old and ranged in age from 32 to 67.
Day 1 at Sea It was cloudy and overcast, rained off and on but we had a great time. When sunny we used the pool and when it was not we played bingo. Everyone found something to do. Our cruise director Becca and her sidekick Matt (activity director) were funny and consistently finding things for all to do. Not a bad day at sea.
Day 2 Grand Cayman. This is one of our favorite ports so we did not do a shore excursion but hooked up with local drivers Valerie and Victor who took us to 7 mile beach. We went to the Gecko's grill rented chairs ($10) each and snorkeled (we brought our own equipment). The coolest snorkeling I have ever had by far due to one thing, a school of 10 squids were there snorkeling with us and we hung out for a while. They were really cool and changed color when going over different rock formations. Sunny day with drifting clouds.
Day 3 Roatan. We went on the clear kayak and gumbalimba park snorkel. The Kayak we could of done without not alot of fish in the area we were until the paddle back to the beach. The snorkeling was great our guide Hardy took us out to the reef and beyond we saw alot of different fish, sea life and conches. We also got a good look at a baby barracuda 3feet. Our 9 year old thought that was the best thing ever.
Day 4 Belize. We did the barrier reef snorkel and beach break. It was great lots of fish, sea fans and even more barracuda (small again). It was fun and enjoyable. The free rum punch made us all beach bunnies when we hit the private island which was great. They offered at no expense Kayaks, water rafts, chairs and umbrella's. I recommend this as they take you to and from the ship and this is a tendered port. We did go to the port after and ate conch fritters at the WetLizard bar.
Day 5 Cozumel. Another fave port. We did not snorkel as we were a bit sun wiped. We went shopping and ate at Poncho's Backyard. It is a bit expensive but the food and atmosphere and service are spectacular.
Day 6 Day at sea. Rest relax and games. Both Carnival Games and ours great day.
Day 7 Port Miami. We took the Everglades tour as our flight did not leave until 8pm. IT was fun in the air boats the alligators were a little unseen as it was overcast and raining. Overall a good way to kill some time rather than sitting in the airport.
Stateroom. Was way better than expected, at night it is so dark and when the ship rocks it was very peaceful. I was not impressed by my cabin steward Twitchell as we have always had the exceptional ones.
Washington Dining Room, Table 330, Servers were Lariana and Eric. The food was great and the service was impeccable. They were attentive and if we needed ANYTHING they supplied it.
Scarletts supper club. We ate there on my birthday. The Lobster was FANTASTIC and the service polite and upscale.
The Valor itself was set to go to dry dock they day we left but the ship was always clean, the people friendly and no problems were had except one. My son(9) asked that I put in that they need non-skid around the hot tub and pool as he took a nasty fall on the steps and is still bruised post 5 days.