W. Caribbean Family Cruise on Carnival Valor
Embarkation- This was our fouth cruise and the second with Carnival. I will say this was the worst ever embarkation, we processes thru the first long line & security. Then when you enter the area to get your sail & sign card (BE SURE TO GET A NUMBER CARD, one per group/family) not everyone was given one. Here we hit 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, and an hour later our number was called to board the ship.
Ship- The Valor is a beautiful ship, Very patriotic in theme. Beautiful Atrium, Promenade & Casino, Theater, Stores, Dining & Buffet, Pools & public areas. Sparkling clean, the crew were cleaning all the time.
Cabin #2356- Our cabin was very nice, spacious with plenty of storage space. Our steward Colas did a great job he kept our room clean, ice bucket fulled and beds made or turned down with chocolates and towel animals every night. The down side to this room is we More
must have been close to large water pipes. All night we could hear large amounts of water draining, so not much sleep on this trip.
Buffet- We enjoyed early breakfast in Rosie's buffet on Island days when we had to get an early start. The food was very tasty and warm, with a nice variety to pick from. Loved the fresh omelette. During the week we ate a few lunches and a dinner- salads,fruit,burgers,fries,nachos,chicken tenders,pizza And the cheesecake, YUMMM!! Always very good and plenty to choose from, and the best part I didn't have to cook!!
Main Dining- Table # 333- Our food was amazing, all week long plenty of choices. My hubby 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 just LOVED the new family friendly comedy in the Eagles Lounge/Punchliner comedy club. The comedians were hilarious, especially Percy Crews, LOVED him, our sides hurt from laughing so hard. 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
Our third stop is Belize City, and we have a Belize City and Altun Ha Ruins tour booked thru Carnival. Off on a long bus tour thru a very poor section of town and an hour drive to the ruins. It is very interesting to see the ruins and hear about there history. You can even climb up the ruins if you like and look out over the grounds to the various other temples and courtyards. And the view of the countryside was beautiful, you could see for miles. There are several flea market booths to browse carvings, sculptures and jewelry. Soon we are on the ride back to Belize City. When er arrive back we decide not to leave the port area ( WE just don't feel all that safe here) so we shop a briefly and tender back to the ship.
Our fourth port stop was Cozumel a very Beautiful Island & Port. With 8 ships in port and three piers I was amazed it wasn't crowded at all. We really enjoyed the Puerta Maya pier shopping area. It's a newer pier and very pretty with stores, fountains, floral gardens, native dancers, restaurants, bars and areas under palm trees to lay out on loungers sip n a nice cold Pina colada and Chillin' awhile. We spent the day shopping (found some awesome jewelry buys at Touch of Gold/Diamonds and Milanos) and we had lunch at the Three Amigos Cantina. After a great lunch and a few margaritas we were having an awesome day. Everywhere we went people were so friendly. We Love, Love, Love Cozumel can't wait to go back.
Our first stop on our cruise was Grand Cayman and what a Beautiful Island it is. Grand Cayman is very clean, pretty island and the people are so friendly and welcoming I can't wait to visit again. There are lots of activities and things to do here- swim, snorkel, dive, beach time, Island tour, boating, swim with dolphins,sting rays, see turtles, shopping, restaurants and go to Hell, literally (the town). On our day in Grand Cayman we took a taxi tour up past the Governor's Mansion, The old Home stead and Seven mile beach to the Dolphin Discovery. Where we watched people swim with the dolphins,and trainers by other pools feeding and working with dolphins. The dolphins seemed very happy, playful and energetic jumping and flipping. The Turtle farm is just across the street. To soon we were off to our next stop the Tortuga Rum cake store. Here we tasted some awesome rums and rum cakes love,love,love the Rum Cakes YUMMMY!! I just had to buy some. Then we went straight to HELL, literally the town of Hell. Not much to see here, but we happened to have our daughters passport with us and got it stamped at the port office/store. This was very cool. After his stop we were on our way back to town, we could choose to be dropped off at Seven mile beach and catch a ride back later or ride our taxi van on to town. So we rode back to town and dd some window shopping in town. It is a bit on the pricey side to shop and eat here, we just looked. I would love to come back to Grand Cayman I and do a full Island tour next time. This is and Awesome Island!!
Our second stop was Roatan with a pretty new port (Mohagany Bay)with shops and a beach area. We have an Island tour/Cameo Factory and West Bay beach planned with Victor Bodden Tours. So off we go walking over the hill to Bodden tour buses. If you take a taxi there ( be SURE the driver SPEAKS YOUR LANGUAGE/ENGLISH and understands you want to get dropped off at Bodden Tours) or like some of our group they might keep on driving with you. Once at the buses we take off our first stop is a East side of Island scenic Island overlook, called the View, where we shop and take photos. We had a nice bus driver and Anna a lovely lady who was our tour guide.They were wonderfully informative about the Island culture and animals anything we had questions about they were happy to answer. Then back past the Harbor to the West side of the Island, passing some beautiful ocean views along the way, where we spend some time at West Bay beach/Tabayana. There's plenty to do at the beach walking, swim,layout,snorkel or para sail. There's a nice bar & grill, Thirsty Turtle good food and prices & you can rent snorkel gear just next door by the Bananarama. We enjoy watching a pod of dolphins playing just off the beach for a half hour or so. Then we're off to the Cameo Factory were they carve shells into cameos, amazing to watch. Soon we're back thru town to the port of Mohagany Bay. We had a good tour and would recommend Bodden Tours the driver and guide were wonderful and really informative and just want you to have a great day on there island. Where we shop a bit and then board the ship.