Thanks again for the info. I am really looking forward to this cruise with my family. This willl be our 6th cruise on Carnival. We have always enjoyed our cruises with them but had noticed on the Valor that the food had declined a lot in the dining room. We can always find something good at the buffets, no problem. We have done the specialty restaurant and the food was excellent.
Yes, air is really a gamble. Our cruise this past April (with Princess) was really hard looking for air. This cruise was under 3 months also. We were going to use air miles but by the time I called my husband to tell him about the cruise, Delta had increased the air miles by so much. So we decided not to use them at all. I know they are so up and down with their prices. Guess we'll just keep looking until something reasonable comed up.