This cruise was a whim of a moment, for myself and my friend, no kids. I had called Vacations To Go, and got a very nice price for a balcony cabin, on the 4 night cruise out of New Orleans to Cozumel and back. I was also familiar with ... Read More
This cruise was a whim of a moment, for myself and my friend, no kids. I had called Vacations To Go, and got a very nice price for a balcony cabin, on the 4 night cruise out of New Orleans to Cozumel and back. I was also familiar with Carnival and their port there, since my only other cruise was based there.
My friend had not been on any cruise; it was my 2nd one. We both enjoyed it ~overall. She had a bit of a time first sea day, with sea sickness, but recovered soon.
We had spent the night in Biloxi, then drove 1.5 hrs to the port the next morning, not taking any time to explore New Orleans, not really wanting to.
Embarkation was quite a chore. We parked at the Fulton Place Garage, a few blocks and a shuttle ride away from the port. We arrived a bit after our set time, due to a large load of other people getting on the shuttle. Our checked luggage was taken by porters, and we went to join the Masses ~
However, we were processed, walking back and back and forth through the queue with the rest of the large crowd, we NOT being the most OverPacked !
It was rather tedious, and very hot, with the weather out being very warm. I determined that on next crusie I MIGHT buy the "Faster to the Fun" perk, and get through swifter.
Security was not awful, pleasant personnel, and we were quickly processed, carry on items scanned, bottles shaken for alcohol content, etc. We did carry a small cooler with canned drinks and 2 bottles of wine.
On board, we were quickly verified, and wandered on the 3rd deck into the assembled masses. Soon, Finding way to our room, we were pleased to find our Sail & Sign passes in our mailbox, and entered the room. Great sigh of Relief !!
The cabin on deck 8, somewhat amidships, was just as seen online. The beds were properly set up, with a luggage pad on one of them. Plenty of linens & supplies were in the bath area. The temperature in our cabin was good the whole trip.
Everything was good - EXCEPT the Refrigerator - it was about dead. I mentioned it to our steward, and he just shrugged, said -Sorry, most of them are no good. That was a large disappointment !
The balcony was perfect with two chairs and a table. The view was wonderful ~except for the stormy day.
Our steward Suphol was unobtrusive, reliable, throrough, and very willing to get ice for us every day, replacing the "Dead Fridge". I have zero complaints for him.
My friend tried the Comedy club. She said it was very entertaining and fun. I did not go, preferring to rest up in the cabin. She also tried a few drinks, finding them well made.
We had late dining every night, and had very good meals. Our waiters were great, friendly, informative, and *could dance* !! LOL !
Of course I had Melting cake every night! Cruise Calories do NOT COUNT!
MY Only disappointment was an extra charge for ordering a Filet Migon; Santika, our waiter let me know that if I liked Filet - to go to Seaday Brunch and they were Included ! YEA ! I did! Twice !
We LOVED the Guys Burgers restaurant ! Oh those were GREAT ! I was craving one when I got HOME !
We really kept things simple, not dining in any specialty restaurants nor going to any big shows. I was tired a lot, (Old person!) and my friend was a bit awed by all the things available. LOL
We took a privately booked excursion on Cozumel to Nachi Cocum beach club. It was very nice, and easily accessed via taxi. All Inclusive meant lots of food and Drinks, and beach, which was Perfect!
Be warned, though - Do your Cozumel Market Shopping BEFORE you head to whatever excursion ! The Crowds AFTER are Insane ! I cut my buying short to be sure I got BACK to the Ship before it left! There were some people that were videoed being amusing "dock runners" before we left port - but they MADE it !
The Valor was quite clean in all areas, with the floors shining brightly everywhere. It was a good size ship, not too long from bow to stern. We made the trip several times, going from one venue to another (maybe one reason I was Tired ??).
We shopped the Fun Shop sales, and had fun with the sales persons. We collected a few nice FREE items too!
Most of my "fun activity" was in the casino. Of course I didn't WIN a lot, but I had a pretty good time. One of our fellow cruisers organized a "group slot pull" where we pooled our money and shared win/loss proceeds. All participants enjoyed it a lot.
Debarkation was a rather non-event. We had our to-be-checked luggage outside by 10 PM, the previous night, and it was swiftly collected
Getting out of our room by 8:30 AM was more of an EVENT ! We then had a liesurely breakfast in the Buffet, and roamed around a bit until our lot was called. We had the usual long walk, with our carry-on items, then found our baggage easily. No back & forth maze nor scanning, as we had "nothing to declare". Non-Event, as mentioned.
Our parking shuttle arrived in good time, luggage loaded by the driver and a helper. When we got to Fulton Place Parking, we were requested to take our bags across the street to load our car, since there were so many people going OUT, as well as a whole new crew of passengers coming IN.
That worked out fine, when my friend brought the car around. We were swiftly OUT of New Orleans, again not dipping into the city at all. We had both been there many times. Read Less