Awesome Family Vacation on the Valor
Embarkation- This was our fourth cruise and the second with Carnival. I will say embarkation was the worst ever we processed thru the first line, and security,(Be sure to get a number) and more long lines got our sail and sign cards. Just to be told to wait for our number to be called to board the ship, an hour later we boarded the ship.
Ship- The Valor is a Beautiful ship, Very patriotic in theme. Very clean crew were cleaning all the time. Enjoyed the pool deck and the curly slide. Nice Casino & Promenade, Theater,Stores & Public area very pretty.
Cabin#2356- Our cabin was very nice, spacious with plenty of storage. Our steward did a great job he kept our room very clean, ice bucket filled and beds turned down with towel animals and chocolate every night. The down side to this room is we must have been close to large water pipes. All night long we could hear lots of water draining so not much sleep on this trip.
Buffet- We enjoyed early breakfast More
in the buffet on Island days when we had to get an early start. The food was very tasty and warm, and a nice variety to. Loved the fresh omelette. During the week we ate a few lunches Salads, fruit, burgers, fries, nachos, chicken tenders, pizza and a dinner at Rosie's buffet. always plenty to choose from and very good food. And the cheesecake YUMMMM!
Main Dining-Table #333- Our food was amazing all week long plenty of choices. My hubby really ate all kinds of seafood all week, and liked it all. I enjoyed fruit soups, salads, steak, chicken, pasta and the warm chocolate melting cake w/ice cream is devine! Even our teenage daughter tried new things and liked them. Our waiters (Kittipong & Iputu) were the best, by the second day they new our favorite breads and beverages. Kept our glasses full and always happy to get anything else we needed or second helpings if requested.
Entertainment- Way to go Carnival, we really LOVED the new family friendly comedy in the Eagles lounge/Punchliner comedy club. The comedians were hilarious, especially Percy Crews loved him. Show time in the Ivanhoe theater was always entertaining. Loved the MUTS, caught a couple good movies out on the pool deck.
Disembarkation- Was pretty easy we waited in the Theater until they called our number and we were off the ship by 9:15. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Belize- we have a Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and City Tour booked with Carnival, after a 20 min tender ride into port. We are directed to our buses and away we go. We drive past pretty churches, schools and government buildings. The city is very poor and is nothing to look at. We have a long bumpy ride and half that is on a beat up one lane road. And our driver had to pull off so other buses or trucks could get past several times with inches to spare.(I think Belize needs to do some road work if there going have tours to the ruins). We enjoy seeing the Ruins and hearing about how the Mayans lived and to be able to climb up the ruins is neat. After the tour we brows the little flea market of souvenirs. Then were headed back to town and the ship. I wouldn't go out side of the port area unless on a tour I didn't feel safe in this town. Probably wouldn't get off if I ever cruise here again.
Cozumel- Is a beautiful Island and very busy with 8 ships in port. Thank goodness they were at three different docks so it wasn't really crowded. We walk into town on the Puerta Maya pier to do our Souvenir and jewelry shopping. Lucky us we find some really nice jewelry buys at Milano's and Touch of Gold. This is a new area and it's just Beautiful, with fountains, shops and gardens. While in town we see some native dancers, cool. Lunch at the Three Amigos Cantina was a little pricey but fun, after an awesome lunch and a few margaritas we were having a really great day!! LOVED this port and can't wait to come back.
Grand Cayman- Is a Very Beautiful Island but very expensive. We only have a short wait to tender into the island. Then we took a taxi tour $25 ea for 2 hrs. past the Governor's home, the Old Homestead, and past seven mile beach to Dolphin discovery where we watched people swim with dolphins. Enjoyed the stop at Tortuge Rum Cake co. Yummm-free rum & rum cake tasting! Right after the rum we went to Hell (Literally), not much there. Wish we could have see more Island. Then back into town to brows/wondow shop a bit. we really liked this Island and would like to return.
Roatan- We had a private tour booked with Victor Bodden Tours for an Island tour, West bay beach and Cameo factory. With a group of 20 we had a few who couldn't walk over the hill to Victors tour/bus/van area. So a few took taxi's (Be sure to only ride in a taxi if the driver speeks English) asked to be droped over the hill at Bodden tours. Of the three taxi's only one made it there, The other two drivers drove quite a ways away before the yelling & screaming to turn around and go back were listened to. Once we were all on the tour bus our we stoped at East side Island scenic over looks for pics. Then went to West Bay beach Bananarama for an hour or so of swimming and beach time. While we were there we watched a pod of dolphins playing just off the beach, for a half hour or so, awesome. The Thirsty Turtle Bar & Grill had great food, drinks and prices. Then on our way back we stoped for pics at scenic overlooks. At the Cameo factory it was interesting to watch the lady carving the shells into pretty cameos and things. As the tour winds down were back in Mohagany Bay Our tour driver and Anna the guide were very informative, did a great job answering our questions, They would go out of there way to make sure you had a good day. (We would highly recommend Victor Bodden Tours to anyone)We shop a bit and wander back to the ship.