7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: June 27, 2010 Ship: Carnival Valor Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Family (young children) Reviewed: 7 years ago
We went on an exotic Western Caribbean cruise in June 2010 aboard the Carnival Valor. What an amazing cruise that was!
The ports of call were both relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time from the white sand beaches in Roatan to the hustle and bustle of shopping in Cozumel. The Carnival Valor staff were very courteous never forgetting to greet us in the morning and providing us with inside scoop on the must see places and must do activities in the days port of call. While we were enjoying our excursions, the staff was busy tidying our staterooms making those beloved animal towels, preparing the nights dinner including oh so delicous desserts like the Melted Chocolate cake. During sea days, the on-board activities were both educational and entertaining with educational Trivia contests to the comical Hair Chest contest. We even had an animal towel folding lesson, now we can make the towel rabbit!
If you are looking for a Caribbean cruise, consider the Exotic Western Caribbean curies onboard the Carnival Valor.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Best sandwiches ever! If you like corned beef sandwiches, you will love Carnival Valor sandwiches. They slice the corned beef as you order the sandwich. The corned beef was so juicy, warm and oh so fresh. No joke, I ate one every night and this is after that night's dinner and dessert!
3 out of 5
Hairy Chest Contest was so hillarious. Who Wants to be a Millionaire was educational. Comedian so funny even my 11 year old son was cracking up!
5 out of 5
We have been on many cruises before but never has my 11 year old son been willing to stay at the ship's kid's camp. There were many activites from scavenger hunts to ice cream eating contests to water games. And when the activity was not interesting to him, he was allowed to sign himself out of the camp to come find us. He even became good friends with 2 of the other kids at camp, calling each other in our cabins just to hang out . One night he even stayed until mid-night for their special kids only party. If we allowed him, he would have even stayed until 3am which was when the party would have normally ended!
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Very professional, very courteous, always say "Hi" or "Good Night". Some even provided us tips on the best places to eat and shop at each port. We spoke to at least 3 staff members who served us in the dinning room who told us they have been with Carnival for over 10 years. Wow! They must be liking their jobs then!
3 out of 5
Super clean, you can see the staff cleaning the ship day in and day out, with sanitizers, wipes, etc. No joke, this cleaning seemed non-stop and not just in our staterooms but in public areas like the stairways, elevators. The ship even smelled clean!
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Just the right size, we had a balcony room on the 8th floor. There were 3 of us including my husband and our son. The balcony came in handy so we can see the port of call as we arrived and departed, well worth the few extra dollars especially in the Caribbean with such beautiful ports of call. If we did not have a balcony, we would have to get out of our staterooms and go to the Lido deck just to take these beautiful panoramic photos of the dock and terminals.
Went on the Shipwreck Snorkle Tour. We barely could see the Shipwreck because of bad weather due to the hurricane Alex. But our tour and snorkle guide was terrific. He pointed out lobsters (langosta), fish, conches that we might not have seen on our own because the water visibility was not great.
Went on the Cayman Pirate Ship Encounter. My 11 year old son enjoyed it because he is into pirates. But if your child is not into pirates, I would say do something else. The pirate reinactments were mostly geared for younger children, like when the kids were doused with a bit of water to clean them because they were "dirty"
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