Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

A Terrific Cruise

Sail Date: May 16, 2010

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We sailed on the Celebrity Valor. Our stateroom was an Oceanview on the lowest deck, so I was worried before we left. Boy, was I wrong to worry about it at all. It was very roomy and space used well by design. We cannot wait to go on another cruise. We found that going after Spring Break and before school is out keeps the ship at a more quiet level. I love children, but it was nice to have a more adult atmosphere. We made friends with our table mates at dinner. We enjoyed evey part of our trip -- except having to return home and back to work.

Pros: Our stateroom was very roomy and had lots of closet and drawer space.

Cons: The Magic act one night of the shows.

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!

Ship Quality
The ship was clean and spotless. The decor of the Valor is an American theme. I cannot think of one bad thing to say about the ship.
Food and Dining
We really were quite happy with the food and it's presentation. Some people say rather negative things about the ship food, but it was better than most restaurants that cost a lot of money. We had two terrific servers, and we really enjoyed the dancing and singing that the waitstaff did each night. We felt connected to the staff, our table mates and loved dinner time.
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Big Tex, the Cruise Director is very proud of having lost about 80 pounds. He is full of energy and was just one of many great staff on the ship.
We played some games, and won two medals in some events. It felt like an Olympic medal for us. We were so happy to win and have fun. The shows each evening were terrific. The one we least enjoyed was the Magic Night. The Magician was not funny when he tried to be, and came across as a bit aloof. He also did not do many tricks overall. The casino is too tight to be any fun. They would have gotten more of our money if they would let things play just a bit more before one's loss. Let's face it, we all know the odds are stacked in the favor of the House, but this was a bit much.
George Town, Grand Cayman
We had been to this port of call in the past and visited the Turtle Farm, Hell, and went out with the Sting Rays. Once you have done those things, there isn't that much new.
Belize City, Belize
Again, we took a tour of the city and had a great time. Again, it is a very poor Country. The Cruise Director told folks to stay on the main tours and not venture out on their own. One couple did not take this advice, and their taxi driver told them "to come up with money or he would get lost with them in the taxi." It was a great history lesson and overall, I wouldn't care to visit again. But, I wouldn't give back the one time learning experience of our visit.
Don't Miss: If you snorkel or dive, this is a place to do that activity.
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
The Country is very poor, and the ships are helping them to pave roads, improve their incomes, etc. We took a tour of the island, shopped, and had a good time. We bought a few "memories" from the island. We saw how cashews grow, which I didn't know before. It is the top of a fruit. They make wine and vinegar out of the fruit.
Cozumel, Mexico
Again, we had been here before. Shopping is the draw to get off the ship. The exchange rate is in your favor.

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