The ship is large( more than 3,000 passengers and a crew of 1,200). It is laid out very well-- but you should have a stateroom mid-ship because dining and casinos and showroom can be at different ends. We saved alot of walking. The showroom is BIG and modern, but on nights when there is only one show, you need to get there early for a good seat. Scarletts, the specialty steakhouse, was excellent, but the $30 per person cover charge was too pricey. Other cruise lines have better specialty restaurants for $10 and $15.but the food was excellent and the staff was very attentive. Ship has a good buffet with some good action stations like the deli, burritos, and fish-and-chips. Biggest downside were the pools. They are very small with no chance to swim. Staterooms were bigger than most, well- kept and well- equipped. It's a great vacation value for $439 per person for 7 days-- it's not easy to complain about much when you pay so little. We visited 4 ports: Grand Cayman, Rohatan, Belize and Cozumel, with only two days at sea!! Shore excursions were diversified, but pricey. Casino was larger than most, with poker, blackjack, craps, lots of slots and an assortment of other table games. The upside to the casino was that ALL tables had a $5 minimum, so you could gamble on a small budget and not lose too much.
A Great 60 th Birthday Celebration!!
Sail Date: September 01, 2009
Pros: Imagine, 4 ports in 6 days!!
Cons: Ships staff placed too much emphasis on drinking, gambling and shopping cause you to run up a BIG bill.
Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!