7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 16, 2010 Ship: Carnival Valor Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
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.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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.
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.
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.
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