Great time, even without the ports we booked: Carnival Valor Cruise Review by spiritweevil

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Great time, even without the ports we booked

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
My husband and I had a great time on the Valor. We were supposed to have 4 ports of call: Grand Cayman, Belize, Cozumel and Roatan; however there was this little thing called hurricane Paula that changed our plans. We made it to Grand Cayman but were rerouted after that. Ended up in Ocho Rios and Nassau instead.

We really enjoyed our time on the ship. The food was awesome. A lot of people said it was not comparable to the food on Royal Caribbean, but we found it to be the opposite. We had some really stand out meals in the dining room and at the buffet. There was always something going on somewhere. Saw some really funny things while lounging at the pool and saw some great shows in the theatre. The entertainment staff was great. The comedians were hilarious.

The ship was a little hard to navigate, like others have said, but after a couple days we had it down. Also this was an older ship than what we went on last time and it was showing some age, may need some More refurbishment.

Over all we loved it and have no complaints. Still want to go to the ports we missed. Will just have to go again, but maybe not during hurricane season. Less

Published 11/02/10

Cabin review: 4J7344 Interior with Picture Window (obstructed views)

Our cabin was fine. We heard people in the hall every once in awhile, but other than that it was quiet. Had a lot of closet space. Bed was comfortable.

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Port and Shore Excursions

In Grand Cayman we did the Reef n Rays snorkel tour thru Carnival. This was an amazing time. They took us out to a reef area where we were able to snorkel around for about 30-45 minutes. Saw some really great coral and lots of fish and sting rays. Then we went to sting ray city and swam with the rays for about another 30-45 minutes. I got to hold a sting ray and pet a bunch of the others. They will swim right up to you and rub themselves on you like a dog.

We attempted to purchase a snorkel tour thru Carnival, however by the time we got around to it they were sold out. Carnival offered a 2 1/2 hour tour for $60. So decided to take our chances and find something in port. Found a tour desk right off the end of the pier. Found a 3 1/2 hour snorkel tour for $30. And to make it even better we talked them down to $25 a person. The snorkeling was outstanding. We had a blast! Tons of beautiful fish. After that we wanted to go have lunch. Went with a couple of people we met snorkeling to have local fried fish. Walked a couple miles from the pier to this cool fish market and went to a place called Andros. Had an amazing meal of conch and a whole fried snapper that is served with the head on. Really enjoyed this port.

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I had been to Ocho Rios before and had done all the touristy things then and since my husband doesn't like that stuff we just decided to spend the time at the beach. Coming out of the ship area you are mobbed by pushy people trying to sell you things and take you places. Just got in a cab and he took us to Mahogany Beach. The beach was OK. Got pretty crowded as the day went on. Stopped and bought Blue Mountain coffee and Sangsters Rum Cream to take home. As far as I'm concerned these are the only 2 reasons to go to Jamaica.

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