Best Vacation Ever!
Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Review SummaryI sailed 4/12/09-4/19/09, the weather was perfect every day. All the ship's personnel were friendly and accomidating. The ship was very clean, although I would prefer an all non-smoking ship. Walking past the casino you encountered a rush of cigerate smoke.
We were lucky to be seated with interesting and fun people in the dining room. The food was first class, the lobster was sweet and the beef cooked to order. There was always a good sampling of menu choices,from beef-chicken-pasta- and even vegitarian. The breakfast buffet was always hot and fresh, and although at times the line seemed long it moved quickly. If you went to the back dining room where Roseie's picture was done in tile the lines moved much faster.
I found out about the fish/chips place from this site prior to our sailing date and the critics were right!!! Few people knew where it was and the food was delicious.
There were 1300 children on board and I hardly ever saw one-thank you camp Carnival workers!!!
Our ports of call were great and we booked excursions through Carnival. I highly recommend the Pirates, Birds and Monkey excursion on the Isle of Roatan. Young and old will love it and our tour guide gave us sooooo much great info about life on the island.
I would also highly recommend the turtle farm and swimming with the sting rays on Grand Cayman. This was my favorite excursion. Four miles out from shore is a white sand, sand-bar with beautiful teal blue water. The sting rays were soft like velvet and holding them was wonderful. The water was warm and only came up to my chest, so great for children also. The friend I sailed with couldn't swim and she felt very safe participating in this activity. This tour also included a stop they called 'hell'. I would by-pass this wasn't really worth it. More of a tourist trap than anything else. Our last excursion was to Tulum, to see the archilogical site of the Mayan ruins. This was also fantastic. Might not be something very young children would like, as it is very hot due to very little shade there. However, the ruins are amazing and the beach and teal water offered a cooling off spot.This was a 7 hour trip because you had to go to the main land of Mexico to take this excursion so transportation took longer. BUT well worth it!!!
Food and Dining
Night time shows- the best was the last night and the second night. We skipped one altogether-was more for children. The illusionist was very good!
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Ship was clean, our cabin was always taken care of 100% by our room cabin stewart Emil. Ports of call were fantasic, food was wonderful, although too much to eat and choose from!
Cons: Carnival made our arifare arrangements and we arrived as the muster drill was beginning. So we missed a lot of cruise ship time with such a late flight.