dartha
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Carnival Valor

April 2015 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Southern

Nice ports, smelly ship

We liked the ports on this cruise but wished there would have been one more stop for the price and length of the cruise.  It was a smelly ship for some reason.  Our balcony staterooms would smell like cigarette or cigar smoke intermittenly, the pool area had wafts of sewage smell and our dining room smelled like sour milk at the entry.  When the main pool started shooting brown stuff out of the jets and they had to evacuate I did not want my family back in it the rest of the cruise.  

This was our least favorite out of 5 cruises our family has taken.  We were not able to get the flexible dining time so our 8:15 dinner cut into the entertainiment time.   The food in the dining room was not as good as our last Carnival cruise and they cut out being able to order espresso with breakfast in the dining room (you have to pay extra now).

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Mariner of the Seas

March 2013 - Mariner of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Great Ship!

This was our first RC cruise and I love the interior promenade layout! There are not as many dining options that are complimentary as on the larger Carnival ships, but there was room at the pool, so there is give an take I guess! They hold out amenities (such as robes in the staterooms) for "members", which was a little frustrating, I guess I will not be as concerned about it if I become a "member" and get to use the special reserved lounges by the pool too! The service was great, my kids really miss our waitress Yen! The food was good, but not the knock out experience I was expecting from RC (past lude Carnival, Costa, Princess) The art on the ship was great and the decor was fantastic.

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dartha's Tips

Oranjestad, Aruba - Wish we would have done something other than the palm island excursion. Not worth the $.
Bonaire, Netherlands Special Municipality - Took quick drive around Southern end, beautiful water and crazy to see the salt harvest. The "S" beach at the end was awesome but the food and bathroom facilities were not ready for the crowd
Grand Turk Island - Didn't make it past the beach right at the port. Beautiful but crowded with 2 ships. Free wifi at smoothie store in the port shops!

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