7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: July 16, 2006 Ship: Carnival Valor Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 10 years ago
The Valor kept you constantly entertained if you so wished or relaxed if you desired less activity. It was a "fun ship". The stewards/stewardesses were awesome at there job! They were very kind and personable. Our stewardess always said "hi" in the morning and chatted with us when we saw her. We liked that. The food was great and ALWAYS available. Our waitress in the Lincoln dining hall was superb. The beds were incredibly comfortable and the ship was very clean.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The main dining hall was fabulous. I had everything from steak to quail to lobster tails, cold strawberry soups to chowders. The buffet restaurants had the same food for dinners as the main hall, just in buffet style. The deli was OK, they has a different nation highlighted in Rosie Restaurant every day-Oriental, American, Indian, and even Chocolate lovers main courses! The coffee out of the tap wasn't that great but the coffee houses on the ship were much better...great coconut latte.
5 out of 5
Excellent orchestra, very diverse and talented deck band "Total Eclipse from reggae, rock, and top 40. The pianist at the Lindy Hop piano bar was amazing. Great skills and great soul. We were there most nights from 10-2. The classical trio (piano, violin, and viola) in the main lobby was incredible. We also saw two comedians, a ventriloquist, and a few Las Vegas style shows.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Excellent staff all the way around from stewards to chief.
5 out of 5
Only issue we had was that some of the hot tubes were more room temp. than hot. But, it was no biggie.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We had a porthole room which had two 14" portholes that could be closed if you wanted. We never did. The bed was phenomenally comfortable. Plenty of storage/dresser/closet space.
We took a circle tour of the whole island from Philipsburg to Simpson Lagoon to the French capital or Marigot were we went to a great outdoor flee market. I found some great percussion instrument made in the islands as well as some hot sauces and other products from St. Martin. Oriental beach is a must for beach lovers. Then we came back around to Philipsburg. We learned a lot about the island and the two countries that own it the Dutch and France. We got a great feel for what the place is like. We spent some time in downtown exploring the Dutch flee markets and we had a great lunch at a truly local restaurant at the beach. I had stewed conch and my wife had a goat meat dish. Yum!
Don't Miss: Marigot, Oriental Beach, Philipsburg, local food.
Here we took an island excursion that consisted of a driving tour with stops at a few overlook points that were breathtaking. One spot overlooked the bay at Charlotte Amalie and another was overlooking Megan's Bay. After the small driving tour they dropped us off for a historic walking tour that consisted of a Danish lookout fort called Skysborg (US renamed it Blackbeard's Castle), Danish homes of the early 1800's, history on the islands famous pirates (no Blackbeard), and a taste of the islands finest rum as part of the tour. The walking tour was a couple hours and ended us right back in downtown where just about every store is a jewelry store who wants to tell you that they have the best price. Yea right. We then took a cab to the north side of the island to Megan's Bay. What a beautiful beach! It is rated in the top 10 beaches in the world. Go there!
Don't Miss: Megan's Bay and the historic tour was the "Colonial Williamsburg of St. Thomas"
We didn't spend much time in Nassau, actually. We took an excursion to a private island called Blackbeard's Cay. It was a 25 minute boat ride out of the port. There we snorkel with stingray and skate, we got to feed them. We brought some disposable underwater cameras and took some great pictures of the rays, sea anemones, and fish that were there. This excursion provided lunch while on the island and we had some time to relax and digest on the beach before heading back to Nassau. While in Nassau we perused the straw market the liquor stores for that hard-to-get rum in the States, and the have a pretty cool pirate museum a couple blocks in from the main drag.
Don't Miss: The Blackbeard Stingray excursion.
Pros: The Lindy Hop piano bar and pianist Ron Pass. We had a blast there.
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