Carnival Valor - better than we anticipated: Carnival Valor Cruise Review by adventuresome

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Carnival Valor - better than we anticipated

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We sailed on the Valor to the ports of Half Moon Cay, Charlotte Amalie, San Juan and Grand Turk. My husband's parents were celebrating 66 years of wedded bliss, and I had won six cruises (thank you Fisher Boy!), so we took them and his brother and partner with us. Generally we do adventure travel, booking our own out of the way destinations and hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, cycling and snorkeling in remote areas such as Raja Empat, the Moskitia Coast or the Keralan highlands.

Our cruise was a pleasant surprise. Our stateroom was spotless, adequately sized and the service was impeccable. We spent some time scouting out the ship and settled on eating on the upper deck by the fish and chips when we used the buffet - great view and quiet, recommended elsewhere on these boards. Got a little more crowded as the week went by and other folks discovered it. Note - there is no easy elevator access, you have to climb a flight of stairs, so when we ate at the buffet with the parents of More 85 and 90, we stayed on the 9th deck. Dinners we ate in the Washington room at a table with a great sea view. Service and food were wonderful. Two tables next to us had children who were quite well-behaved and the waiters went out of their way to entertain them with little magic and dancing bits. The magician even dropped by one dinner for them. We attended his magic demo and he was quite good, especially with the kids.

The shows were good - nothing like Broadway, but fun to watch. Both singers and dancers were of good quality. The one "headliner" was Marcus Anthony - we went to see him both shows - a thorough pro though we had not heard of him before. Comedians were OK for a club night, though Leighann Lord was quite good.

My biggest complaint: They need to replace the awful "art" that hangs in the stairwells - Scarlett, Armstrong, etc. Looks like someone's untalented relation got that gig - uniformly awful.

Don't see a listing for the Half Moon Cay stop. Just want to mention that there are ruins at the highest part of the Cay. If you are tired of the crowds, take the trail to these and wander around under the sea grape. In places we even escaped the music. We saw a bittern on one of the ruin walls - quite bold. Lots of bananaquits and Bahama mocking birds. The ruins themselves are not worth much, and no explanation other than 17th century buildings. Less

Published 07/27/11

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We went with Henry's EEE tours. He is nice and knows the island pretty well, but gave, perhaps too much information. I had emailed a list of things we were interested in but he took us to his regular stops - top of the mountain and Magens Bay, and several little side stops for little lectures. He did, however, graciously take us to Sapphire Beach after he dropped the other people off at Magens, and that was quite nice. In case you don't already know, there is a charge for beach chairs at most beaches, here it was $7. Food and drink was available from two waitresses who were hiking up and down the beach - good but pricey.

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