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Carnival Valor Cruise Review
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Carnival Valor Cruise Review by Carolinakeepsakes

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2016
  • Destination: the Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

My sister and I chose this cruise because of the value and the great itinerary. We found the ship to be clean and well attended, our room was also clean with comfy bedding, and the food was good in both the buffet and dining, with varied selections. We particularly enjoyed Guy's Burgers, The Wok, and Fish 'n Chips. We ate in the dining room every evening. We found the desserts to be somewhat lacking, no real cheesecake but a jello/mousse like substance, although the Chocolate Melting Cake is still yummy and the pies and "lite" desserts were surprisingly good.

We attended both song/dance shows (only two on this eight night cruise) and found them to be very good. The juggler/comedian was entertaining, and we attended one PG show in the comedy club.

We attended 3 craft times, making a paper flower at one, receiving handouts at the second (no real craft time spent), and making a braided bracelet at the third.

The pools were clean and the waterslide pretty fast! We found the best time to swim is after sunset if you really want to have room to swim. :)

There was a short program in the lobby on 9-11 with a pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives 15 years ago. Also someone read the meaning of the 13 folds in the flag-fold commonly used. Very nice program.

We parasailed at St Maarten and then enjoyed lunch on our own at Orient Beach at an open air, beach side restaurant. We took a van-tour of St Kitts. At San Juan we walked to San Cristobal and rode the trolley to see a bit more, and at Grand Turk we enjoyed the beach and pool, then did a Segway tour which was quite fun.

This was our 10th "sister cruise" and probably one of the best we've had. It WAS hot, but we were prepared with cooling neck towels and neck fans!

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Cabin Review

Ocean View
Cabin 6B 1316

We found our cabin to be very comfortable, with two twin beds, three closets, a mini fridge, and a couch with small table. All the usual comforts you'd expect, hairdryer in the top drawer, shampoo and body wash in the shower. We asked for a bucket of ice and our room steward, Randy, made sure we had ice all the time. It was nice to have a window to see where we were, and so the sunrise could help wake us. There was a bit of noise from the stabilizers, I think, as we were mid ship, but it did not keep us from sleeping.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

St. Maarten

After a short taxi ride to Orient Bay, we rode a jet ski to the boat where we parasailed for about 15 minutes, tandem. Great views and an easy, fun, excursion. Afterward we found a geocache nearby, then ate at a wonderful beach front restaurant.

Island tour

This tour was in an air conditioned van, although the a/c wasn't as cold as we are used to. We saw much of the island, many locals, homes, churches, and schools. We stopped at Brimstone Fort, the Batik factory, rode by Timothy Hill, and stopped at an area with local vendors and a local grilling BBQ chicken. One stop included a young man offering for us to have our photo made with his little pet monkey, only we didn't realize he expected a $10 tip. :( The tour did not include lunch, but the driver did stop at a local food hut, there was (expensive) food at the fort, but the BBQ chicken won out in the end. There was a beach break at the end, but we opted to head back to the ship instead. The tour was a bit long, but was interesting to be sure.

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San Juan

The last time we were in San Juan we began a self guided walking tour, but did not finish it. This time we walked to San Cristobal, the fort closest to the cruise port. It's beautiful there with lovely views. Afterward we rode the free trolley to the El Morro Fort and then back to the ship. We bought a lovely hand-painted hat from a local artist. We also bought a pretty umbrella from one of the cruise port shops, and a few more canned sodas to take back to the ship. :)

Segway Tour

Since our Segway tour was in the early afternoon, we started by snagging a couple of free chairs at the beach only to have a rather pushy vendor try to charge us $20 for the umbrella he'd stuck in the sand. We should've negotiated a lower price, but since we only intended to be there for a short time, and because he implied that the $20 included the chairs (no, they were GTCC chairs, clearly marked) we asked him to kindly take his umbrella elsewhere. We swam in the pool at Margaritaville, then went back to the ship for lunch, changed, and returned for our Segway tour. We'd had an intro class back home, which was a good thing, because the training on site is pretty quick and there is not much room to practice. But the other four (family) did well and everyone seemed to enjoy the tour. It was very informative, we stopped at a beautiful local church, and were given a cold bottle of water for the ride. We also stopped by the beach for photos.

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