Carnival Valor July 26, 2009: Carnival Valor Cruise Review by hoopszm

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Carnival Valor July 26, 2009

Sail Date: July 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
This was the fourth cruise for my wife and me. Three were with Carnival and one with Royal Caribbean. This was the first for our children (ages 18, 16, and 13). Embarkation- We got to the port around noon and were on board by 1:00. We had to wait some, but things moved along fairly well.

Our interior staterooms(4F) on aft Deck 8(8391 and 8407)were in an excellent location. They were located very close to Rosie's and the outer decks. We had no issues at all. Our stewardess (Signa) was friendly and efficient. Please remember to bring a power strip or extension cord. That is one thing we forgot. One outlet is not enough. We always bring lanyards and a hole punch to keep track of our sign and sail cards. It is so much easier than hunting through your pockets. Also, remember to bring hair conditioner as that is not provided.

Overall the quality of our food during the week was very good. We ate dinner (main seating)in the Washington Lower Dining Room. I More realize they are not offering as many courses as on our past cruises, but I was really impressed at how quickly things were served. We were usually done with dessert after an hour and 15 minutes. I was concerned that our children would be bored at dinner, but that was definitely not the case. They made sure that we did not miss dinner in the dining room on any night of the cruise. They enjoyed the dining experience. We ate at Rosie's for breakfast and lunch each day. The second floor is usually a good place to eat away from the crowd. It was typical buffet food, some very good -some not so much. We enjoyed the ice cream and 24-hour pizza as well.

I can honestly say that this was our best Carnival cruise ever. All crew members we came into contact with were so helpful and friendly. They were genuine and concerned about making our cruise as good as it could be. I've read in some prior reviews that some Carnival crew members seem to be put out when helping and not very friendly. All these crew members must have had the week off because our family never ran into even one of them. The crew seemed to enjoy their jobs and spending time with passengers.

Our teenage children(and their parents)loved their time on the Fun Ship. We all enjoyed the shows during the week. Things are always going on and it is a fun, upbeat place for teenagers to experience. Our kids are already looking forward to their next cruise.

As you can see with our port reviews, we did not book our shore excursions through the ship. We enjoyed them greatly, and saved a ton of money in the process. Disembarkation- Again it was a relatively painless experience. No long lines to wait in.

Our next cruise will once again be with Carnival. Less

Published 08/06/09

Cabin review: 4F8407 Interior

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Port and Shore Excursions

After checking things out on-line and talking with some crew members, we decided to not take an excursion in Belize. The water there is brown in color. The tender to and from the ship takes quite awhile. Once in port we looked around and did a little shopping. We did not leave the area around the port. I'm sure Belize is quite beautiful, but we didn't see much of it.

We left the ship at 9:00 a.m. and took a taxi to Paradise beach ($19 for the five of us). This beach is very nice. We were one of the first people there. There is no entry fee to the beach. It costs $10 for a person to use the climbing towers/slides, kayak, and snorkel. The snorkeling is a good place for beginners to practice, but there is nothing to see. The waiters who come around let people know that if they are going to be there for while they are expected to order some food or beverage. The highlight was our kids going para-sailing. It was $150 for the three of them, but well worth it. We left about 12:30 p.m. and took a taxi back to the ship. We showered, ate lunch, and then took a taxi($9)downtown to do some shopping, which there is a lot of in Cozumel.
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