Carnival Valor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Excellent honeymoon Cruise

Sail Date: September 18, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Ship was not the largest or most immaculate, but very clean and lots of features.

Pros: food, service

Cons: schedule / itinerary

Recommends Carnival Valor? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
Very clean, with some nice details like Flat-screen TV and roomy shower stall. A bit dated, though.
Food and Dining
Fantastic food! Lots of variety, always fresh!
Service and Staff
Very friendly and prompt service at all times.
Ship Quality
Layout was a bit inconvenient at times, occasionally requires going up or down a floor or two to traverse the ship front to back. Overall a nice ship, though.
Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Don't waste your money on the "flying beach chair" - you can walk to the beach way faster, and it doesn't really get very high for great views or anything. The cruise terminal is the epitome of a "tourist trap." I heard from other travelers that did excursions away from the port had a great time. Probably the way to go if you want to actually see Roatan, otherwise just hang at the beautiful and free Mahogony Beach.
Belize City, Belize
Snorkeling was pretty good, but I expected better considering it's the second largest reef in the world. We did Goff's Caye snorkeling excursion. Convenient cuz it picks you up right from the ship and returns you with enough time to still catch a tender to the Mainland. The tenders drop you off at yet another expansive tourist trap, but at least they keep the locals out of there because they hound you to buy junk from them once you leave the terminal. Belize City is ROUGH and we felt uncomfortable and left immediately. Best to just hang at one of the bars by the tenders.
Cozumel, Mexico
The ruins are thoroughly unimpressive and dissapointing. Complete tourist trap. Don't waste your time or money. We rented a car for $50 and had a blast exploring the island ourselves. Head to the east side of the island (only about 5 miles across) and just hang out at one of the bars along the coast. Beautiful coastline and clearest water I've ever seen. There's also a Margaritaville near the cruise terminals, a bit too far to walk, so get a taxi.
Don't Miss: McDonalds - They don't have the same health regulations as the states, so everything is extra greasy and delicious
George Town, Grand Cayman
There's lots of good snorkeling shops all over, just take a short walk from the port and you'll find them for WAY less than the excursions purchased through Carnival. We took about a mile walk from the port on Church street and found a gorgeous secluded public beach called Smiths Cove that was a great place to lay out. Hardly anyone else around and absolutely gorgeous. There's lots of beaches like that all over the island. Margaritaville is also a good time. A little pricey, but excellent food and margaritas, plus they have a waterslide!
Don't Miss: Snorkeling

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