Carnival Valor Cruise Review by Dr Cruz: Carnival Cruise #8 , 7th different Carnival Ship
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Carnival Cruise #8 , 7th different Carnival Ship
We had a GREAT cruise as usual. It was our third cruise with friends along and we have so much fun having other people to meet up with, share excursions, etc.
No major problems, a few minor glitches that just happen sometimes: flight from Atlanta to Miami delayed 45 minutes, lost cellphone during muster drill (found and turned in by crew member within an hour), two hats lost to the wind in Cozumel, delay in leaving ship in Cozumel while the Conquest was docking, lost prescription sunglasses in Miami airport on Sunday (found and now on their way home via FedEx). :)
The Valor is known for friendly crew and it definitely showed. EVERY crew member smiled or spoke when I approached or passed with eye contact and a smile. The usual Carnival obsession with cleanliness was quite evident. GREAT friendly cabin steward. Fun and friendly dining room staff.
The weather was good, minor rain during waking hours and a lot of wind on the way home from Cozumel. More
We finally tried the Supper Club on this trip. It was nice but I wouldn't pay to do it again. Food was great, service was good but too formal and too much "frou frou" on the plates.
Actually won in the casino: won $112 on a 2-cent slot machine and promptly cashed out (had put $30 in).
Love our Cruise Director Big Tex, the comedian Jim Brick and the 80's-music themed show on Friday night. It was a great trip! Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Valor Balcony Panorama 1047
We loved the location of our cabin, on Panorama Deck, about halfway from the end. It's a half-deck, which we feel is quieter. You're close to the Forward elevators but also close to the Lido deck, so it's quick and easy to get almost anywhere. Quiet, couldn't hear the partying on the Lido deck. We always get a balcony cabin.
Port and Shore Excursions
There are a lot of people calling to you, begging you to book tours, etc. We made sure that we booked a taxi driver on the INSIDE of the fence (near the tender area). His name was Melvin and he was great, drove us around Belize for two hours, stopping for us to take pictures, answered all of our questions. We hired him at the stand outside of "The Wet Lizard."
There are a lot of shops right where the tender let you off but the shops are small so it's hard if you're claustrophobic.
When you walk down the street, be prepared: every shop you pass will try to get you to come in to their shop, sometimes they'll even get in your way. You just have to be polite but firm and keep walking if you're not interested. Be sure to bargain on the price of anything that you buy, it's expected.
The Forum Shops were where we left the taxi. They did have a nice, cool, clean restroom in the hallway to the restaurant.
I signed up for the Sea Trek Helmet Dive and I really enjoyed it. The crew and guide took really good care of us. For someone like me (a non-swimmer who needs eyeglasses to see) it was a perfect way to finally get to see what snorkelers and divers get to see. It was terrifying at first (I'm afraid of the water) but exhilarating and beautiful once I got underwater.