Carnival Valor

Carnival Valor might not have all the bells and whistles of its fleetmates, but it's still a fun ship to spend a week on. There's plenty to do and lots to eat on this 2,984 passenger vessel; feel free to do as much or as little as you want. Need some suggestions to get your planning started? We've got five cruise tips to help you make the most of your Carnival Valor vacation.

Carnival Valor - Waterslide

Tip 1: Lighten Up on the Water Slide

Sure, you might end up competing with a gaggle of school-age kids to get to the top of it, but what's more fun than slip-sliding down a 214-foot twisty water slide? Leave being an adult on the dock and get ready to splash down.

Carnival Valor - Taste Bar

Tip 2: Get a Taste of the Carnival Fleet

As a medium-sized ship, Carnival Valor is unable to host the full array of the more than 25 dining experiences that Carnival offers across its fleet. But that doesn't mean Valor passengers have to miss out entirely. Most evenings at the Taste Bar on Deck 5, you can try out small bites of items available at Carnival eateries that are not on Valor, including the roast pork and chicken lime tortilla soup from BlueIguana Cantina or the pepper pot soup and fried sweet potatoes from the RedFrog Pub.

Carnival Valor - Seuss

Tip 3: Catch a Parade

Whether you've got kids or not, the Seuss-a-Palooza parade is a fun time for all. Usually held once per sailing on a sea day, the parade gives kids (and adults) permission to dress up, act silly and interact with Dr. Seuss' most beloved characters, including the Cat in the Hat, Sam I Am, Thing 1 and Thing 2. Don't have kids? Not a problem -- you'll have almost as much fun watching as the parade goes by. We bet you won't be able to resist smiling.

Carnival Valor - Pirate Pizza

Tip 4: Indulge in a Slice of Pizza

Pizza Pirate is a popular eatery, often mentioned in Carnival Valor reviews on Cruise Critic. Open 24 hours, this venue is where you'll find pizza bakers tossing dough during the day to create a variety of pies that are provided free of charge to passengers. Five types of pizza are available: margherita, Funghi (mushroom), prosciutto, pepperoni and Quattro Formaggi (four cheese). Gluten-free pizza is available upon request.

Carnival Valor - Serenity Retreat

Tip 5: Take a Late-Day Nap in Serenity

The two-deck adults-only Serenity is a great place to take a load off in relative peace and quiet. But it can get pretty crowded, and the prime clamshell loungers and hammocks are pretty much fully occupied by 9 a.m. But if you can wait until the late afternoon, when many people are returning to their cabins to get ready for an early dinner or meet up with friends at the bar for drinks, you'll be able to snag a comfy spot for an afternoon dip in the pool, followed by a snooze.