Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Carribean Cruise

Sail Date: October 19, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We loved the decor of the ship and It was very clean. It is definitely a ship for young people and young families. They did have an "adult " pool area which was nice for those of us who were older and without children because the other pool areas were always full of boisterous and excited children which is ok for awhile but we liked the option of being able to go somewhere quieter. I can't say enough good things about the staff- they were always so friendly, upbeat and obliging as well as very efficient. A word of advice about the offshore excursions. They are very expensive. We found that if you get off the ship there are always lots of companies willing to offer the same experience for about half the price. Another good idea is to go to the Visitor's information bureau and they always have tips about where to go and what to see. For instance on St. Thomas the visitor's bureau warned us that Magen's Bay was not suitable because of the recent hurricane - the water was smelly and contaminated and suggested we go to "Secret Harbour" on the other side of the island. We did and it was wonderful -uncrowded and the water was clear with good snorkelling. When we compared notes with our shipmates we found they had seen no fish because of the turbidity of the water where they had been taken and they were very disappointed.

Pros: the staff

Cons: felt a bit crowded

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!

Ship Quality
Felt crowded. Small deck area for the number of people aboard. Other than that the layout was good, the decor was interesting and it was very clean. The "hot" tubs were not hot. Two were barely warm and the other two were almost cool.
Food and Dining
I was a little disappointed in the food. The filet was tough and the food was just average. The soups were always great though.
Cabin / Stateroom
The bed and bedding were extremely comfortable. Size was adequate. Our room was right under the bridge at the bow of the ship so we experienced a lot of motion which was fine with us but probably would not have been good for anyone prone to seasickness.
I would have enjoyed some crafts or educational lectures on the ship days. The evening shows were always entertaining. Some were excellent ; the ships orchestra, singers and dancers were fabulous. The comedians were good and the ventriloquist was hilarious. Lots of variety. One ,the magician was just ok.
Children's Programs
We had no children with us. They did have a children's club and a teens club but some of the parents let their children run around unsupervised. I felt sorry for the security personnel who tried to keep them safe and under control.
Service and Staff
Our room stewards were so helpful and friendly even when one of them was seasick he still managed to smile and do his job. There was a running joke on board and it was" If you get up to go to the bathroom when you come back your bed is made." The service was that good. The waiters got together a couple of times and sang Italian songs for us.
Anything you asked for at table was done without hesitation.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Snorkeling at "Secret Harbour" was the highlight here for us.
Don't Miss: Take a taxi for some views of the island from the top.
Nassau, Bahamas
Not enough time here. We had to be back on the ship at 2pm and so didn't have time to really explore. I'm glad we took a taxi tour and at least had an overview. Didn't have time to eat on shore. The Bahamian shops right at the port were very good with lots of "made in Bahamas" crafts. Atlantis was amazing.
Don't Miss: Atlantis on Paradise Island
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
The best thing to do is take a taxi to the French side - Marigot. A taxi is $15.00 for two. Walk up to the old fort remnants for great views then stroll away from the harbour into the inner part of town for the feel of a French Mediterranean village. Eat lunch at a sidewalk cafe. After go to Divi Resort for great swimming and beach.
Don't Miss: Marigot.

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