We just returned from a trip on the Valor. We had two side by side rooms on the Valor's Verandah deck (8) port side. The partitions can be opened and it does make for a nice big balcony, although we asked the steward to lock ours since it kept flapping back and forth during the night. There may be a way to secure it once it is open, did not check on that. The CD was Ryan Fitzgerald, he was just promoted to CD and this was his first cruise in that role. He did a good job and was very knowledgable and funny.