Carnival Valor Cruise Review by BstnCruiser: Carnival Valor: January 17-24, 2010
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Carnival Valor: January 17-24, 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
The floor plan of the Valor is bad. Other critics sited NOT sitting in the Lincoln Dining room as cruisers will cut through while you are eating to get to the Ivanhoe Theater. The cruise documents say no to get to the Port of Miami before 12noon, people were there as early as 8:00 a.m. Get there early, get on the ship early and check your luggage. I carried my luggage onto the boat and could not get to my cabin for several hours. Upon check-in, you are assigned a dining room. Go to the main dining room, Washington and change your seating if you are assigned the Lincoln Dining room. The food was poor to OK. Each section of 20 people in the dining room had 2 waiters. All 20 people showed up, and only 6-8 people showed up in the next section to me. The total dining disaster happened on the 4th night, when I had only one waiter for our section of 20. Speaking to the maitre d', his response was your "waiter called in sick." I am writing to corporate about the situation. He acted as if I More
was crazy! I was very calm and felt it was his job to cover our station with a 2nd waiter. He never showed up after the first night asking if everything was "fine." The food was cold.
In the Rosie's buffet...a great job of everything. They served the same dinner food from the formal dining room. During lunch, one section changed every day with a different culture's food, watch for the chocolate bar on the last day of sailing! They did no advertisement for it, or about it.
Cruise Director BIG TEX! not good. Live entertainment was WORSE!
Cabin 2202 and my room steward said 2204 and 2208 all were the same. According to the ship's floor plan, these were bunk beds only. NOT SO, 2 separate rooms with a bed and sofa bed that were equally comfortable. 2206 had same set up with a 3rd bunk bed in the room...More floor space than an inside cabin. The only negative, you were awaken by the waves hitting the ship! Less
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Cabin review: 1A2202 Interior Upper/Lower
Had really 2 rooms, despite the floor plan of bunk beds. Heard the waves crashing against the boat.Read All Interior Upper/Lower (1A) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Once in the water, my group was divided into a 4 person train, 16 person train and 8 person train. Each person locks the person's legs under their arms from behind them, while a guide back strokes in the river. There are points where you needed an additional flashlight, as the guide is trying to point things out...you are in the dark, we needed to flashlight to see. A waterfall was in the system, it would have been nice to have seen it, despite the 4 of us in our train, all pointing our head lamps, we still could not see it. The other cave tubing companies had TERRIFIC head lamps! All in all, the experience was the incredible. Something DISNEY could never do! Pay the extra money for a HARD HAT and head lamp that works!
The fast boat across to the mainland and buses were fine. The tour guide, Angel, spent the first hour on the bus lecturing us about American stereotypes of Mexican people. That was nearly a deal killer! Once at the site of Tulum, the group was told that they could spend more $ and not walk the 10 minutes to the site. I walked and beat the tram cars. Once inside the Tulum site, Angel spent the next hour with all of us standing around him, drawing in the rocky sand all of his points, from the Mayan counting system to their calendar. All and all, he was very interesting but left very little time walking around the site. You can no longer walk on the ruins!
FYI: Going to Tulum gives you NO time to see the island of Cozumel.
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