Wonderful cruise especially being first timers. The Carnival Valor recently went through its dry dock upgrades and it was definitely noticeable. The crew and staff were helpful in every regard even with what seemed to be like simple questions. The weather was perfect the entire cruise and the port stops were nothing short of gorgeous. The ship did seem to rock more than expected and after speaking to other people who have been on several cruises, it wasn't considered normal. The Valor provided many accommodations but it was noticed that during port at Grand Turk when another Carnival ship approached that the Valor still has some room to improve.
The Staff was excellent!! Friendly, helpful, professional...all in one
The only thing I would change is the food menu. One meal should focus on the culture of the country/island we visited. The food was good but it could have been better were introduced to some of the native foods and recipes.
I must say, we thoroughly enjoyed our vacation. We sailed on 5/15/16. My wife and I had a blast!!! The staff went out of their way to make us feel appreciated and special. From the decorating of our cabin, to the gifts we received to our experience in the specialty restaurant, everything was great. We enjoyed the ports (although we thought we were going to have a better experience in Grand Turk) the island is small and the tour was not really impressive. The water was great though and the area around the port was beautiful. Our best experience was in Amber Cove D.R. My wife can't stop talking about it and she wants to go back. The views there are amazing and the waters and mountains are breathtaking. The top 10 tour was great as well.
Everything was fabulous! The wait in the restaurant (Winston early) was longer than usual but everything was really good! I would like to tell you of an incident with our waiter, Igor. We recently returned from our cruise where an incident occurred that literally brought tears to my eyes and blessed my heart beyond belief. Ordinarily I would not have noticed this but working at ASAP has brought a new awareness to the needs of people. There was an elderly couple at dinner at the table behind us every evening and she was in a wheelchair. Her husband rolled her in the first evening and was going to move her chair and roll her to the table. Our waiter (Igor) saw the situation and jumped to go to them. He grabbed the handles of her chair and rolled her back a little, locked her wheels and helped her stand. He pivoted and offered her his arm. He tucked her arm in his and escorted her to the table and graciously and gently seated her. Her head held high now, her esteem and worthiness boosted she immensely enjoyed her meal with her husband. He was smiling and enjoying the difference in his wife. This considerate and kind gesture from this young man made a huge difference in many people that night and others to follow. Let all of us become more aware of the needs of those around us and be the one to their aid
Amber Cove port was excellent. They did a beautiful job, the pool and beach area are amazing. The tour we booked thru Carnival Museums, Arts and Fort San Felipe was excellent well worth the money. Our guide on the bus was really informative and the guide we had at the Brugal Rum factory was also excellent. The title on tour is misleading some people may shy away from it thinking it is more Museum then anything but it definitely was only a small portion of the tour. You really were able to get a good tour of the area. Also we had excellent room steward on ship and enjoy the staff in the dining rooms. Benyapha was excellent as was Prayudi and Uriel the bartender.
I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE!!! CAN'T WAIT TO GO AGAIN!!! FRIENDLY STAFF, FRIENDLY PEOPLE MADE THE TRIP MORE ENJOYABLE! I WASN'T EXPECTING ALL THE BAHAMIANS APPROACHING ME FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF SERVICES (UNEASY & UNCOMFORTABLE) BUT WE LIKED THE BEACH! THE POOL AND THE IMAX THEATER WAS A HIT! AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF FOOD WAS NICE!
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