We were just on the Valor and can report that yes the Captain's Cocktail Party is $1 off any drink, yes there was Past Passenger party that had free drinks with hor derves (sp) and that yes the farewell cocktail party on the last night had free drinks.
The passenger load on our cruise was a very good mix with a lot of non Americans. With the changes for foreigners entering the US customs/immigration was terrible. I hope that it was the way CBP in Miami handled it, there were no set lines for Americans so if the family in front of you was from another country it took a while for all of them to be photod and finger printed.
On the Valor smoking was allowed on the starboard side of open decks except for the sports deck. And as far as I could see allowed anywhere in the casino, we did not spend much time there.
Caribbean Trip Reports
Star Princess 2005, Sun Princess 2005
Caribbean Princess 2006, MSC Lirica 2006 , NCL Pearl 2007, Majesty of the Seas 2008, Carnival Destiny 2008, MSC Lirica 2009, Carnival Valor 2009,Carnival Legend 2010, Carnival Liberty 2010,Carnival Fantsay 2011,Carnival Valor Feb 2012, MSC Poesia Dec 2012, MSC Poesia April 2013, Carnival Legend Nov 2013, MSC DIVINA Jan 2014, MSC Divina Oct 2014