cincypix

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Carnival Valor

July 2015 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Eastern

Valor okay for rookie cruisers, YMMV.

Carnival Valor is a safe choice for most first time cruisers. I put detailed information in each subsection below. Most of the problems I encountered with the cruise were not with Carnival, but with other contractors and service providers.

Embarkation at Port Canaveral is a mess. The safety briefing is not much better.

Be careful on alcohol purchases in port. If you buy a miniature bottle for yourself or the room, that's not a problem. However, if you buy a fifth or larger, expect to hand it over and not see it again until you disembark.

A couple should expect to spend $300-500 on board for a week cruise (tips, drinks, Internet, on board shopping).

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cincypix's Tips

Grand Turk Island - Grand Turk Cruise Center has plenty of beach chairs for free ... no need to pay for separate beach excursion here. Skip Margaritaville; service is beyond slow.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Make like "where's Waldo" and find the free trolley. El Morro fort is excellent.
Port Canaveral, Florida - Embarkation is a cluster, especially when it's hot. Port employees will gladly let you know how much of an inconvenience you are. Wait outside to pass liquids screening point in hot weather; the only option is a pop bottle machine at the door to the screening point. You may not break line to use the machine, nor may you carry the bottle through screening. Chug it, quick!
Carnival Valor Carnival Valor - Book through an agent for best value, not the cruise line.

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