I had a GREAT time on the Carnival Valor. I am a grandmother of a 12 month old and mother of a 12 year old. My daughter and her husband are professionals, as are my husband and I. Carnival is for the hippies, the bikers, the tattooed, the LGBTQ, artist, writers, poets and free thinkers. The people who hear steel drums and dance like nobody is watching. The people who TRULY leave their troubles on the shore. Carnival is for the family reunions, the girls night out, the college breakers and for grandmothers who refuse to be defined by the years they have lived but by the years they feel in their heart. If you are not among this tribe then move on to another review, if you are, keep reading!
The Carnival Valor is an old ship. I knew that when I booked her. So I intended to enjoy the Americana theme. I found it to be very whimsical. The Valor does take a moment to get used to as it cuts off in the middle so you have to know what floors to get off on, you'll figure this out by the second day. I LOVED the promenade, with all it's energy, the two floors offered easy access to the Casino and the Boulevard. The Casino was smoky, and loud just as a casino should be!
Carnival offers a talent show that guest can audition for! So if you are a musician, dancer, or love to sing this is a great opportunity for you to show off! Talent shows are not my thing and I'd like to see improvement of better quality performances. I think I'll try to book one of their Carnival Live performers for the quality I'm looking for. Classy Cassie the cruise director was FUN and kept things moving. Dj Ransom was great as reported by my adult daughter and her hubby.
Our cabin was 2303. I was a bit under the galley. I only heard noise three times. It seemed like they were moving something. The noise was not enough for me to complain at all. Hubby and I had our beds pushed together and I kept falling in the middle! LOL, so next time we will have them separated. The cabin was just the size I expected, with a pull down bed for our tween.
Park N Cruise was great! Their staff really know you're going on vacation. They are friendly and fun!
Due to weather we could not stop here. Please keep in mind that there is NOTHING anyone can do when nature wants her way and I'm glad the captain chose safety! I drank my disappointment away with the port fees they returned and enjoyed my extra day at sea, and the extra 2 hours in Puerto Rico!
Took a cab to Coki beach. $10.00 per person. Beach was a bit cramped as it is a very small space and there were 5 ships docked. It emptied about 12noon and we enjoyed the drinks and food!
We enjoyed the Forts (5.00 pp), ate lunch at El Jibarito, and shopped. This was an amazing port!
Go to Jacks Shack! Get off of your cruise ship. Walk towards your left. Keep going, you'll hear the laughter, and the island music, you've arrived. Jacks Shack is where all the cool kids go to have fun. Drinks, music and WiFi. You'll only be on the WiFi long enough to post a pic and make everyone jealous before you join in a game of volley ball with other cruisers and local residents. After volleyball grab a beer and some Jerk Chicken. YOU MUST HAVE THE JERK CHICKEN or you would have waisted an entire trip! Side Note: If anyone watches the show Death In Paradise, this restaurant will make you feel a bit like you are at Catherine's Bar :)