Traveled on the Valor from Oct 23- Oct 30, 2010. It was our 9th cruise and our first with Carnival. We weren't sure what to expect as the price was more than right!
We could not have had a better time and will certainly book Carnival again.
The Valor is a nice ship, not as "fancy" as our last cruise on Splendor of the Seas (Royal Caribbean). But the service, the selection of food choices, the outstanding teen club all made up for this.
We sailed out of Miami and the boarding was very easy and fast. The ship was late sailing as they were doing some work on the ship. Once underway, we found everything just went smoothly. The dreaded life boat drill was easy and SHORT!!!!
The entertainment on board exceeded any ship (or resort) entertainment that we have ever experience.
We loved the Mongolian Grill, the Sushi bar, the fish and chip place and the main dining room. If anyone is unhappy with the food - I'd say it is because the are far too picky.
Our son (turned 16 while we were away) LOVED the "O2" club. And this is the kid that has never enjoyed any of the kids programs on ships or at resorts. He went daily and made some great new friends (thanks Facebook for keeping them connected!)
We stopped in Grand Cayman and wend Scuba diving. Good outing, it was just a shore dive but a good way to get back into the routine.
Next stop was Roatan. We dove again and it was spectacular. Great dive outfit at Anthony's Key Resort. Very impressed by the dive and Roatan.
We couldn't stop in Belize due to Hurricane damage so went to Costa Maya instead - this would be the only disappointment of our trip. We have been to Costa Maya before and just find it to be a tourist-trap. However, this was NOT Carnivals fault and we made the best of our day.
Next day was Cozumel and we dove again. Great dive here also.
Sea days were very enjoyable. Love the fact that you can ALWAYS get a lounge chair on the Valor and they have "quiet" decks where you can relax without the loud music.
All in all a great trip. We will be sailing with Carnival again.