I booked myself on the 9/26/10 Valor (Western Caribbean) as a solo cruiser to celebrate my 50th birthday. I had sailed on the Destiny the year before and absolutely loved it. I was hoping for the same with the longer trip.
First things first. The ship, sailing crew, guest services, and entertainment staff are top notch. As you'll see, we had some challenges that pushed these folks to the max. I never saw any of them lose their cool, act unprofessional, or otherwise fail to do their job. Kudos all the way around.
Checking in, getting on, and all the rest went very smoothly. No delays or problems getting on or off the ship in Miami. Again, a job well done.