Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4-6 cruises

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5 out of 5

Thanksgiving week Bliss!

Sail Date: November 01, 2007

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Ship is clean and HUGE..be patient when getting around, it will get easier..dont be surprised to find a place you never seen even on the last day!
Getting on board is a breeze and a buffet will be awaiting you..let the eating begin.! Rosies has 24 hour food choices at all times!! Room service can take 30- 40 minutes so order BEFORE you get hungry!
My kids 18, 15 & 13 werent thrilled with the Carnival program but the other kids looked like they were having a great time. We packed wine (you can now pack one bottle per guest, we packed 2!) a min priced bottle for dinner is 28.00! We brought our own glass down to dinner! Fruit punch, lemonaide, water, tea and coffee are free at Rosies. We packed Vodka & Rum in water bottles and saved a bundle! Shows were great, Casino is huge! No big winners though.. order your "lunch" first thing in the morning when arriving at the Islands. One hamburger is 10.00! I dont mean to sound so cheap but we were traveling with 4 children! We would grab fruit from Rosies that morning and order sandwhichs (bring zipper bags) and have lunch on the Islands for free!
We never planned ahead for a single excursion..In Nassau just past the straw Market are buses (#10) will take you for 1.00 to any beach you want to go. We got off at Crystal Palace walked through casino and enjoyed the whole afternoon on the beach..(they rent jet skis there too)
St. Thomas we love coco beach but it was sooo crowded..I would check into going to Saphire beach next time it looked GLORIOUS! Again just take any taxi off the ship (they are linned up everywhere
St. Maarteen Orient Beach has any imaginable water activity you want! A little topless but not enough to notice (and we had kids) Here's a few tips that will help..bring singles, 5.00 and 10.00 for tipping..
there is a laundry room on every floor 2.00 per load (quarters only)..but one iron, so pack a travel iron there was always a long wait to use one iron! By Tuesday they have a sale on sending out a "bag" of laundry for 15.00 so wait for that! Otherwise you pay by the piece! It's great for your formal shirts, dresses and pants.
Bring a clock for the room (there is none) . Buy only one soda card and share it with family..Take all the pictures you want especially on formal night. You only purchase the ones you want. We have some of the best photos ever! We only found one electrical outlet in room so a outlet extender would be helpful!
Get a balcony whenever possible and dont sweat the small stuff. Staff works hard 24/7 and are happy to serve you!

Pros: 3,000 people on board and you never knew it! Always a spot on board to

Cons: obstructed views to the shows on the Lido (hairy chest, ice carving, etc)

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!



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