Fantastic Cruise on the Carnival Valor: Carnival Valor Cruise Review by erinlee0727

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Fantastic Cruise on the Carnival Valor

Sail Date: August 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We sailed on the Carnival Valor on August 22-29, 2010, and had a great time. We were previously NCL only cruisers, but went with Carnival because of the price. Carnival was hands down, the best cruise we have ever been on.

At time of embarkation we waited in line for about 20 minutes, and were on the ship before we knew it. We waited about an hour for our room, and were impressed with all the space and storage available. The ship is absolutely beautiful and very clean, well maintained. Our room steward introduced himself and remembered our names, by that first night, we couldn't believe it.
The food was very tasty, and the steakhouse that carnival offers for a fee of $30 was well worth every penny. Out server at dinner made us look forward to getting dressed up and head down to the dining room, and there were short "performances" put on by the dining staff nearly every night. We were unsure about the dining because we had only ever done freestyle dining, but More carnival placed us at a table for four, as requested and dinner was great.

There is always something going on at the pool deck and I found that carnival had more than ample places to sit n the deck, which does get crowded by noon. If you like to sit in the sun, the sooner you fond a place to sit out, the better. The prices on the ship for souvenirs was good too, but they have a very limited shop on the ship. I did get a 240 piece scrapbook kit for $13 on the ship,so if you like to scrapbook keep your eyes peeled!

The cruise staff, cruise director, everything was great. The comedians at night were really funny (go to the R rated shows though). We didn't get to see the shows, but I heard good things from fellow guests.
Carnival offers at the end of the cruise, putting $100 down on your next cruise, and they will give you up to 200 dollars onboard credit for the next cruise. You have 4 years to book,and it takes $100 off the deposit, so we definitely went for it! It is refundable if you choose not to cruise. I would totally recommend Carnival to anyone, and already started planning my next cruise. Less

Published 09/08/10

Cabin review: 8C7365 Balcony

Good location, quiet, you can hear people in the hall. The balcony was good for 2 people but no more. Best storage space I have ever seen on a ship and the loghts made it very bright, which as nice. Bed was comfy, felt right at home.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Belize, I would not recommend getting off the ship and doing something on your own, unless you have a large group. Just use common sense there, It can be a little sketchy. We went cave tubing and LOVED IT! It was really cool. We drove about 2 hours out into the jungle, it was truly breathtaking. The water was a little chilly, but since you have to hike a little beforehand, it feels good. They have water shoes that are sanitized that you can rent for three bucks, and lockers available for your things.

Our last port of call was Cozumel, very nice. We did a beach break that included food and unlimited drinks, rental of all beach equipment. I will say that the beach itself was rocky, but once you got out a little in the water, it wasn't so bad. The marketplace off the pier is pretty and the prices are reasonable.

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Grand Cayman was beautiful, I recommend the snorkeling

Mohogany Bay which is also known as Roatan was pretty, the beach gets very crowded, so getting there early is key. We rented a private beach cabana for $200 but split it between the 4 people in our group. This included a air conditioned cabana, waiter service, which actually is faster if you walk to the bar, chaise lounges and a hammock. There is security to keep people off the beach chairs, but is limited, so we spent some of the day letting people know they couldn't stay there.

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