My friends and I have always booked side by side rooms w/balcony and the room steward will open the partitions for you. Just ask when you see him on embarkation. It is fabulous to have a large balcony to share with friends!
I have not sailed on the Valor - but I am learning that the Cruise Director changes often. I answered a question about the CD on the Triumph - New Years Eve and someone corrected me - so apparently they have changed at least twice since the first of the year.