Carnival Valor: January 17-24, 2010: Carnival Valor Cruise Review by BstnCruiser
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Carnival Valor: January 17-24, 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
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
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.