Our voyage on the VALOR: Carnival Valor Cruise Review by idahocruisers

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Our voyage on the VALOR

Sail Date: January 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
This was our first cruise in several years and our very first cruise with Carnival. We really enjoyed our trip! Here are a few specifics:

Ship- The ship was clean, beautifully decorated and easy to navigate. We were in a room with a balcony and were suprised by the amount of room. We'll never cruise without a balcony. Breakfast there in the morning and sunsets in the evening were spectacular.

Food- Dinner was fantastic with excellent choices. We purchased the least expensive wine package and were suprised by the quality. We only had two days sea but weren't terribly impressed by the breakfast or lunch buffet, but really enjoyed the sushi and fish and chips options.

Entertainment- The comedians were pretty good, the other entertainment was marginal. The last couple of nights we decided to sit on the deck and listen to music which we enjoyed far more than the shows.

Service- The service was excellent. The entertainment staff was great, the cruise More director was approachable and informative and the entire staff went out of their way. I've heard less than favorable reviews of the Carnival staff, but if our experience was nothing but positive. Less

Published 01/26/10

Cabin review: 8A6267 Balcony

Great location right in the middle of the ship. No balconies below us which was nice. Very spacious.

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Port and Shore Excursions

I have a difficult time rating this port because we didn't spend much time there. We purchased the Canopy Tour through Carnival and had an AMAZING time. The bus ride was long (1:20 minutes each way), but well worth it. We were able to see much of Belize which is a beautiful country.

We are both pretty athletic and thought there would be quite a hike but the hike was only about 10-15 minutes and was very easy. Our only complaint was that there wasn't more ziplines or repels. This was a great excursion and the guides and tour company were fabulous!

Cozumel was great. My husband wanted to scuba dive and I wanted to lay on the beach and drink daquiris. We didn't book an excursion through the ship. Instead we took a cab to Paradise Beach ($15 each way). The beach was wonderful! Good drinks and food, not a lot of people of kids, although they had plenty of activities for children with a water trampoline and iceberg to climb. My husband was able to go out with a diving company for a one tank dive. It was only him and the dive master for $65.00. My husband is a Rescue Diver and has dove all over the world. He said this dive, right off the beach exceeded his expectations and I was able to lay on the beach while he dove. A few couples we met went to Playa Mia and said it was terrible. Far to many people and tons of kids.

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We didn't purchase an excursion so we took a cab to 7 mile beach. From there, we hooked up with a company offering parasailing right off the beach. We did a tandom ride for $60 each which was FAR less expensive than Carnival offered. Later, as recommended by the guide, we walked to Sunshine Suites and had the best fish tacos I've ever tried. The drinks were excellent to and all well priced.

What an AMAZING location. This was our favorite port! You must go to Tabyana beach. Amazing snorkeling 15 feet off the beach, great live music, great food and drinks and the beaches were exquisite. This place was truly paradise!!

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