7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 25, 2008 Ship: Carnival Valor Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Singles/Friends Reviewed: 10 years ago
For a first time cruiser this was a very good ship to be aboard. The staff was friendly and tried to accomodate the traveler at all times if possible. Didn't have to worry about planning to get exercise in as you had to walk nearly the length of the ship to get to one event to another. The ship layout is not bad but a portion of two main floor for shops and bars are not accessible because of the large main galley. People with limited walking abilities have to plan on how to get about. I utilize a cane and on the first day the elevators were mainly utilized for the luggage delivery.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Always a choice for the vegetarian, fish or meat eater. Dinner menus always had something new and remarkable available. The galley and dining room personnel made special effort to have Indian dishes available for three of my fellow table guests. They had a strict vegetarian diet.
3 out of 5
As this was kind of like the end of the winter/spring cruising period, the level of activities seemed to be less. Or maybe I just expected more to be available as I am not a sun bather and I was traveling alone..
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Staff always trying to keep the dining areas impecable. Had towels for bathing and for pool or beach activities.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Inside cabin with the two twin beds was spacious. I utilized a handicapped room for additional support in the bathroom which was very spacious.
As this is a newly, to be developed port of call, the downtown streets are a mixture of rundown and brand new. They are in the process of building a small shopping district next to the landing. The wooden carved items were beautiful and seemed to be a good price. I didn't stay long as the car pollution is notable if you stay on the main road and don't take part in any activity away from the port area.
Crazy exit from pier and ship. You walk down the pier, walk past security gate but then forced to take escalator up to next level and cross over the street to a shopping mall. You must reverse this to return to the ship. You can't just cross the street.
Pros: Great food and helpful staff
Cons: Had to do some crazy walks to get around the 2 story main galley kitchen
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