Carnival Valor to Eastern Caribbean
I recently had the opportunity to sail to the Eastern Caribbean on the Carnival Valor. Our Ports of Call were Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten or St. Martin (there are 2 sides of the island: one Dutch and the other French).
Of course, cruising is about the ship, just as much as it is about the ports of call. We booked a balcony cabin, which is such a nice touch. It gives you a little more space and the opportunity to get away from it all on your own balcony. Valor and many of Carnival’s other new ships have so many balconies that the price becomes very affordable. Not much more, and sometimes less, than an oceanview cabin. So don’t automatically think you can’t afford the balcony! You will probably be pleasantly surprised! I was!
Our assigned dining room was Washington, for early dining. We had a table for 4, which was wonderful since we were traveling with our best friends. Each evening when we arrived for dinner my diet coke, my husband’s “water with no ice” and my friend’s iced tea were always waiting for us! Our waiters were so much fun. Every evening several new choices for appetizers, salads, and entrées were available. It was fun to see what we had to choose from each evening! The desserts were amazing! If you get the chance, try the Chocolate Melting Cake. You will think you have died and gone to heaven! Valor has several meal venues: of course the traditional dining rooms which are open for all 3 meals; the buffet on the Lido Deck is also available for all 3 meals and snacks in between (we wouldn’t want to get hungry); a pool grill with hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza. 24 hour room service is also available to everyone, at no extra charge!
Entertainment is offered in the theater each evening, which is included in your cruise at no extra charge. Our cruise featured Las Vegas style singing and dancing reviews, a passenger and crew talent show, a hilarious comedian, and a magician. The cruise director and his staff also like to get the audience involved so don’t be surprised if you’re invited to participate on stage!
If you are a casino nut, never fear. Carnival Valor has a large casino with table games and slots. They also offer several slot tournaments. The casino is usually pretty busy during “at sea” days. We could usually find a slot machine in which to make our donation, however.
Throughout the ship there are many little lounges. In the evening, there is always some type of entertainment: a jazz band, a singing duo or a piano bar musician taking requests. Of course, Karaoke is also available for those would-be stars!
We had so much fun trying our luck at the trivia contests! I actually won at one of them and garnered a “plastic gold ship on a stick”! You’d be surprised what you know. Bingo is another big hit on board. My friend won 2 days in a row and ended up with $800!! In St. Thomas, she bought a beautiful tanzanite pendant with those winnings!
One thing about cruising is that you are never bored even during the “at sea” days. The cruise director and his staff are constantly busy making sure everyone is having fun.
For the kids there is Camp Carnival. The kids are divided into age groups to participate in age appropriate activities. The teens have a “mocktail” party one evening; the pre-teens might be searching the ship to fulfill their scavenger hunt list. The little ones may be doing crafts or watching cartoons, or swimming in the kids’ pool. Camp Carnival is included in your cruise for no extra fee.
If a Carnival cruise sounds like your kind of vacation: unpack once, visit new places, and having fun; please give me a call.