Carnival Valor Cruise Review
February 10-17, 2013
Just The Facts
Ship: Carnival Valor
Captain: Ettore Bovo
Cruise Director: Felipe Vultaggio
Ports: San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Martin
This is my 36th Carnival cruise, 80th cruise overall, and my 1st time on the Carnival Valor. I am cruising with DW (dear wife) and my regular and close group of cruise friends: the Snoozemates. I am recovering from some major oral surgery so that will influence my menu selections this trip.
|Caribe Hilton - San Juan|
Day One--Embarkation--San Juan
|Rosie's - Lido deck buffet - Carnival Valor|
Day Two--Monday— St.Thomas, USVI
|Snoozemates - Mountain Top - St. Thomas USVI|
Day Three--Tuesday--at Sea
|Washington Dining Room - Carnival Valor|
|Happy Anniversary in Barbados!|
|Drinking a Banks Beer with Turtles|
Day Five--Thursday--St. Lucia
|Saman Tree - Town Square - St. Lucia|
Day Six--Friday--St. Kitts
|Nevis from ShipWreck Bar - St. Kitts|
Day Seven--Saturday--St. Martin
|Courthouse - Phillipsburg - St. Martin|
|Old San Juan Cruise Terminal|
Having spent so much cruising time on the new Carnival Magic and even newer Carnival Breeze sailing on the Carnival Valor is in a way stepping back in time in my cruising experience. The Valor is a Conquest class ship that has yet to get the new Carnival 2.0 upgrade so there are a lot of features I certainly missed. The itinerary from San Juan is very good, for me it’s a rare opportunity to sail the southern Caribbean. I liked the “Heroes’ theme of the ship and the unique architecture of the public rooms.
The crew as on all Carnival ships are very good. I do believe the Guest Services Department was somewhat lacking in answering my queries though, but as soon as GS Manager Ari became involved it was straightened out immediately. All the Bartenders and Bar Servers were very friendly. The bar server Ionuts from Romania was fantastic, I hope to have him serve me again on a future cruise. He never failed to bring me a diet coke at dinner or breakfast.
We had cabin 8427 a category 8C balcony on Empress deck aft, but nearer the elevators than our aft facing friends. It had a double bed, standard Carnival 3-section closet unit, mini fridge bar, card slide-open safe, couch, table, and standard balcony. Overall a nice cabin although there was more noise than usual or expected from above. I believe it was too close to the automatic door between the lido aft pool and Rosie’s. You could hear carts rolling through at odd hours.
As mentioned I had had oral surgery the week prior so that influenced my eating choices. There were plenty of options from the standard MDR menus for me to choose from and even test my situation. Lot’s more pasta and fish this week. Carnival always has a good selections of soft desserts and I had all of them this week.
The Paris Hot Bar is beautiful and I hate seeing it wasted as a smoking lounge, I believe more could enjoy it if it didn’t have that heavy smell, but this is just my personal opinion, if it functions for them, fine. The Barbados catamaran excursion by Cool Runnings was very special, the best shore/excursion day of the cruise although St. Thomas was very good too. The best part of the week is the group of regular cruise friends who sail together twice a year. Woo Hoo Snoozemates!
Another Fantastic Fun Cruise!!
FTTF = Fastest to the Fun, a service that allows you to board early for a fee.