7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 02, 2010 Ship: Carnival Valor Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
The ship was a lot of fun. Lawrence went out of his way to ensure all guests had a lot of fun and that there was something new and exciting for everyone to try. We had planned to try the miniature golf course, but never quite made it because there was always something else to do that was more fun than a round of mini-golf! Our balcony was on the top level (spa deck) and always had sun. We got some wonderful pictures from there and really enjoyed sitting out on our balcony in the evenings with friends. Our Room steward kept our room spotless and the adorable towel critters left on our bed every night were just so cute!
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The food was superb! We felt a little bad about the main dining room though. We aren't desert people and I think we just about broke our waiter's heart when we refused desert every night.
5 out of 5
There were so many activities to do! I was not impressed by the magic show, but the rest of the shows we went to were fun and energetic. Even when there was no show in the theater, there were musicians and comedians in other lounges, always doing their best to entertain you. Laurie in the Lindy Hop is just amazing and so much fun. If she's still on the Valor when you go, be sure to stop in and see her!
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Everyone was so cheerful and happy to help us with anything we wanted! We've never experienced service like that! When you consider how many hours those people work and how few days they have off, it's absolutely amazing that they can remain so happy to help!
5 out of 5
The ship was remarkably easy to get around and there are maps everywhere to help if you forget where something is. The Lindy Hop had to be our favorite, mostly because of Laurie and how fun she made it with her music and personal greetings! She knew almost everyone of the regular's names by the second night! The restaurants were all nice and we were guaranteed to find something good to eat at any time of day or night. The only cleanliness problem we found was on the last day when guests were being VERY careless about where they left things like ice cream cones. I don't think you can expect the staff to think to look behind a giant gold eagle five feet in the air for an ice cream cone.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Our room was lovely and the balcony was beautiful! The only thing to know is that if two staterooms have a connecting door in the room it's because the balconies can't be joined into one because of an I beam. So if you want two rooms together, skip the door and have your balconies joined. The beds were some of the most comfortable I've ever been in!
An excursion here is a must. The ruins are fantastic, and the shopping is good in the port inside the tourist area. Our party split up here, with some going to the ruins and some staying to shop. Don't go outside of the tourist area unless you want to be mobbed by people trying to get you in their cars or women trying to braid your hair. We felt very unsafe and retreated to the gated and guarded area quickly. The deals inside the gates are the same as those outside from what we saw.
Don't Miss: The Mayan Ruins
If you leave the port area, head up the main road. Across from an empty lot is a little corner restaurant that has fish hanging on the wall including a Marlin. THIS is the best place to eat! We had authentic Cevichi here as well as tacos. The cook makes a homemade hot sauce that is to die for! The food was fantastic! In port, be sure to hit the Three Amigos. And yes, they DO have a plethora of pinatas! The only thing to be careful of here is some of the jewelry vendors. They'll try and get you to try on any jewelry you show the least interest in. Think about how long that silver has sat in the sun before you let them get it on you! I have a burn on my wrist from one over eager salesman. They thought it was hilarious. I bought a similar bracelet from a vendor smart enough to set up in the shade!
Don't Miss: Watch a glass artist on the beach or hit the corner resteraunt for amazing food!
We shopped and found some absolutely beautiful mahogany woodwork and then wandered across the bridge to the beach. It's so lovely there! If you're snorkeling, look along the rope line, about 20 feet in from the pier for a clump of rocks and coral for the widest variety of fish and plants. Also, the bar there is fantastic!
Don't Miss: The beach is GORGEOUS!
We really enjoyed Grand Cayman! We snorkeled at the shipwreck of the Cali, the only ship ever to be sunk by rice. The tour guide will give you the whole story if you take this excursion. It's fantastic! We also got our passports stamped in Hell!
Don't Miss: Hell
Pros: There was always something to do, and no pressure if you just want to relax.
Cons: The watch sale on the last night got a little violent.
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