7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 15, 2011 Ship: Carnival Valor Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 6 years ago
One of the cleanest ships we have sailed. Our first time with Carnival. Staff was wonderful, especially the cruise director and entertainment staff. Lots of activities, shows were great, onshore excursions were outstanding, Food was unremarkable, not bad, just not great, except in the extra cost Scarlett's Steakhouse. Although there were over 5000 people, including crew on board, it never seemed crowded.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
With the exception of Scarlett's Steakhouse, which was worth the $30/person, the food was average. Had better on NCL and Royal Caribbean. It wasn't bad, it was just average.
5 out of 5
The productions shows were excellent. The "game" shows and audience participation activities were a riot. We laughed til we cried at the "Marriage Game". Great comedians, oustanding singers, wonderful dancers, they made the cruise a great time for us.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Can't say enough about the staff! Goose, Squishy, Olivia, Everson and all the rest made us feel like family. With so many on board, they always knew us by name, maybe because we joined in a lot of the activities. It was like leaving friends when we had to disembark.
5 out of 5
The ship was clean, but the decor is eclectic. Need someone from Vegas to show them how to pull together a theme. Moving about was confusing at first, but if you stick to the 5th and 9th decks, you can get most places.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Plenty of storage and room for all our suitcases under the bed. The view from the 11th deck balcony was fabulous! Our steward kept the room perfectly.
We went to Goff's Cay for snorkeling on the barrier reef. Big group of 91 people. Too many flippers in your face. It was an organized snorkel and you had to work to keep up. Food and beverage was not included. Although they cleaned the freshly caught red snapper right there on the dock, they should have cleaned the grill. Went back to the ship to eat.
We went on the Dolphin Snorkel and Swim @ Anthony's Key. AMAZING!! Not only did we get to see the dolphins up close, touch them, watch their tricks and get our photos taken with them, we got to swim and snorkel in the lagoon with 24 Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Words can't describe the feeling of having those magnificent creatures swim right up to you or race past you. Worth every penny.
Don't Miss: Anthony's Key Dolphin Snorkel and Swim
Isla Pasion by Twister was a hoot. The boat ride over and back was wet and wild. The island was beautiful. When we commented on how much it looked like the beach in a famous beer commercial, we found out it really was where it was filmed! Food and drink were included and it was pretty good. We pulled our chairs under the coconut palms and watched the surf. Beautiful sand, crystal clear water and clean bathrooms. Would do this again in a heartbeat.
Don't Miss: Isla Pasion by Twister
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