Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

One of the best vacations we have taken!

Sail Date: December 17, 2006

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

The Carnival Valor is a beautiful, spotless and shiny ship. This is our first cruise and we had heard many comments about how small the bathrooms and staterooms are on ships. We had an awesome stateroom that accomodated the four of us and still plenty of room to walk around. The rooms are quiet; the other areas of the ship are easy to get to. The cruise director and staff are very entertaining and funny. We got to meet the captian and he is a very friendly. We enjoyed dining every night, but our first,in the Washington Dining room. We felt we were at a fancy restaurant every night. The buffets at Rosie's Restaurant are clean and well-stocked. There are several pools and hot tubs to soak in, and even a waterslide. The kids played shuffleboard on deck as we walked around on the track. A basketball and volleyball court are on deck, also. Spa Carnival is very state-of-the-art. The locker rooms are very clean. The Ivanhoe theater felt like a real theater. A good view of the stage from almost any seat. Rosie's Restaurant has several buffets set up and many, many foods to choose from. Our younger child enjoyed the endless icecream, too. The Carnival Valor exceeded our expectations!

Pros: If you ask the kids, it's the food! We loved the hospitality!

Cons: We had a couple "rocky-and-rolly" nights at sea.

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!

Ship Quality
Everything was clean and shiny-just like it was all new.
Food and Dining
There was so many different foods to choose from. The buffets were available all throughout the day, along with a grill, deli, pizzaria and ice cream! Our dining experience was awesome. The food was first-class, and our dining time at 5:45 pm was perfect for us. We had a great time at our two formal dinners. Getting all dressed up was fun for everyone.
Cabin / Stateroom
The size of our stateroom was totally unexpected. We assumed we would have a tiny room, but it was just like a hotel room. The room was kept clean by our awesome steward. A cute "towel animal" greeted us nightly, sitting next to chocolates and the Carnival Capers newsletter informing us of the next day's events and schedule.
Service and Staff
Every staff member greeted us in a friendly manner. However our dining staff was the best! Our waitstaff called us by name, even when seeing us outside of the dining room. Every night the dining staff and M'aitre D did a song and dance routine. Very fun and entertaining!
Entertainment
Lots to do on the ship. There was something for everyone.
Nassau, Bahamas
Not much to do in Nassau. We did visit the Straw Market and took a water taxi to Paradise Island. Didn't get to do a lot because our stop was short. We had to be onboard at 1:30.
Don't Miss: Go to Paradise Island to see the Atlantis.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Beautiful island. We toured on our own, and had a wonderful tour guide. He showed us a lot of points of interest, played music on our tour, let us stop to take many photos. He took us to Coki Beach for snorkeling and swimming. The water was crystal clear and oh, so blue!
Don't Miss: Tour the whole island. Stop at any beach, they all looked beautiful!
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Prefered the Dutch side of St. Maarten. We did a tour of the island, however only stopped at a few places. The French capital seemed a little strange to us; we felt more comfortable in Philipsburg. The beaches are clean, however the water was not as clear as St. Thomas.
Don't Miss: Explorer cruise was fun-rum punch and lots of fun entertainment from a local singer!


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