Just got back to the Great White North from Valor's western swing . The ship and crew just blew me away . I'll try to find time to post a review. In the mean time I'll be happy to answer your questions.
Valor will be our first cruise in July. We are traveling eastern car. What can we expect as far as the accommodations, entertainment, food quality? Any info would be great as we normally reside on land and don't have any idea what to expect!
I am so glad to hear you liked the ship. I am leaving on Valor in 6 days. Did you go to the supper club? If you did which night did you go? I don't want to miss something nice in the dining room if we are eating at the supper club. Which night had the "worst" menu in the dining room. I am kinda of a meat and potatoes girl as well as pasta dishes. From previous cruises we have taken usually on captains dinner there is lobster (yummy). and some nights definitely have a better selection than others. I know everyone has specific tastes but if you remember or have anything (carnival caper???) that might have menus could you please post
Hi LisaV...frito girl...
Tender from Belize was 20 minutes. We tendered 6 miles out. From Roatan...just walk off the ship.
I liked the food in the main dining room. Wait staff was great. Some of the food was a little to exotic for me so I would just order steak. I am kind of a picky eater but they were good about that. Our table mates at dinner went to Scarlets one night and said that it was not worth it. They thought the main dining was better. I had few food complaints. The chocolate thing on the last day...blah..blah..blah. Not to impressive.
Enjoy your cruise! We sure did.
Lisa...our pic's turned out great! You will love the one where you are table dancing...
Lisa,all aspects of the cruise were first rate.The cabin is large and well equipped with a good size window. The food was excellant in the dining room or the buffet. Be sure to book a reservation in Scarlet's for one night .Well worth the extra $25.00. As for the entertainment ,it was outstanding in my opinion.Skip the midnight comedy shows if you're easily offended, otherwise have a ball.
Gator, the tenders in Belize worked well. The particular boat we used held about 30 people and were powered by 3 200HP outboards .The run in took about 20 min. I think. The cruise director (Josh) said it was 5 miles but it didn,t seem that far. At G.C. the tenders were much larger (200-250) double deckers and took less than 10 min as the ship was much closer to shore.
Sclmkl, we went to Scarlets on Wed .because we left Roatan at 3:30 and had lots of time to get ready for our 6:00 reservation. We didnt worry about what they serving in the dining room that night because we werent eating there. The capers dont list specific menus and I dont remember each night .At Scarletts I had a great Porterhouse and DW had sea bass. Some of the other choices were Lobster tail (huge) lamb and salmon .Sat night in the Washington I had a very good prime rib. You cant go wrong no matter where you eat even the buffet.
erpride, we took the ship tour to Tulum and reported top the theatre at 11:00. At about 11:15 we walked of the ship, down the dock and on to thr ferry to Playa del Carmen. Everyone wanted off the ship in Cozumel and in our case at least the line moved smoothly.
We are cruising the Valor in April (Eastern Caribbean) and have a few questions. The
pictures of the Lido deck show that it has differents tiers. How does this work out
verses the pool area/lido deck on one level? Also, what are the blue chairs all about?
They look like little recliners? odd?? We wonder if you found getting around on the
ship difficult? We understand that only 2 floors go straight from the back to the front
of the ship. This is the largest ship we have ever sailed on. Also, another cruisemate
commented that the elevators were too small, too slow, and to few. Any comments,
suggestions, or advise is appreciated. Thank you in advance for your reply.
Karyn - got my pics last night, I'll try to email you some tonight. Ooooh the things you and Rick were doing!!!
Cruisingbears - there were several "tiers" on the lido deck, with the lowest (main) having a pool and 2 hot tubs and 3rd or 4th having same. They had one tier with light blue plastic chairs that rocked a little, one tier or part of tier had large white plastic chairs, the rest had really nice lounge chairs.
Getting around the ship was easy once you remembered a few things - deck 3 main dining room entrances, deck 4 picture gallery & upper dinning room entrance, deck 5 shops, bars, casino, library (this went front to back), 9 Lido deck & Rosie's buffet (front to back), 11 Spa. 3,4 & 5 had entrances to Ivanhoe lounge. I didn't find it hard to get around at all. I think Karyn's husband told me their children had it down in a few hours.
I tried not to take the elevators, this was my way of working out (though I did use the gym once, it's really nice for something so small!), but when I did take them, they seemed timely.
I agree with Karyn on the chocolate thing, no big deal. Though if you do check it out, the chocolate pistachio fudge was quite tasty.
The best way to sum this cruise up is that I will probably do this ship, same itinerary again. Loved it!
Hello all! Just returned from Valor this weekend, !/30...My 21 year old daughter and I had a wonderful time...no negative comments! We agree the food was great everywhere on the ship. Sorry to say we missed Scarletts but did hear great comments from others. It takes a few days to acclamate to the deck layouts. Basically you have to go up and then back down to get to 3 and 4...Deck 5 is great for that. The grand staircase was beautiful and didn't have too many delays due to the elevators. Josh and his crew were outstanding. The show are not to be missed on tuesday and thursday nights. I can take or leave the midnight comedians. Tuesdays was the better of the two. It's amazing to me how well 2000 people can all find a place and have fun on one ship. I would sail the same trip again no problem. In Belize, if you are up to a challenge, the cave tubing is spectacular...not to be be missed. The bus trip was informative but very very bumpy the last six miles in and back out. The walk thru the jungle was beautiful...but tough, wear sturdy shoes and change to water shoes before you go in. The tubing itself is no free ride, again challenging but well worth the work! The grottos are gorgeous. I have a great tour to recommend, contact me for more on that. Tuesday was dolphin encounter day. It was good but in hindsight would have spent a bit more to actually swim with them at Chankanaub in Coz. We watched and it looked amazing. G.C.- We took a private tour, small, to Coral Gardens snorkeling and off to Stingray City. NOT to be missed...contact me for more on that, I will be happy to share info. In Coz. we took a taxi, $5 a piece,to Chank park and found a guide to take us out snorkeling. You pay him at the end according to how much you liked the trip. He was informative and very willing to make sure you saw everything out there. Morey eel, octopus, lots of fish, up close...lobsters, my fav was the rainbow parrot fish...gorgeous! Email me for more info on this trip too. Highly recommended. Relaxing day....You can rent equipt there very reasonable..lockers are free near the bathrooms. Food was good there, but a bit pricey. The shopping in the village was fun, lots of dickering to be done...start at half and go up a bit for a fair price...Lots to do in a short time, the week flys by...can't wait to go again. i am thinking The Liberty next january...anyone else??? These boards were great in meeting people before the trip. A group of us met at the slide after the drill and we found smiling faces after that all over the ship! take advantage of this, it made the trip even better. There is a lot more to tell of course, later...Robin
Hey Robin!! Glad to see you & Jess made it home ok - aren't you NY?!?
I was thinking same thing - either do same cruise again do Liberty, I talked to my Carnival PVP and it's going to have some nice ports (like all day in PR). I have to give myself a few months of vacation down time before I start planning again.
I hope this attachment works, it's the stairway Robin was talking about.
Hi Robin, I am going on the valor this weekend (can't wait) we are planning on going cave tubing in belize. I bought hard soled (like sneakers) water shoes..They are made by land's end and seem to be really sturdy. Do you think these are good for the hike. Are you going through jungle? Lots of bugs? Is there a place to change after the tubing? and how was the restuarant? I hope this isn't too many questions but this is the one exursion that I really really want to do! Thanks
Hi Landlubber, Glad you made the cruise. Was worried about the East-Coasters with all the snow/terrible weather before the cruise.
Since we don't eat much chocolate stuff, we thought the choc.buffet was quite good. We were there quite early. Loved the little swans made out of ?puff pastry and icecream. Also the choc.fudge was very good. Kind of OD'd on sweet stuff that day though. Oldest daughter could not even eat dessert that evening in the dining room!
Sorry gquest-I can't answer your question. Did find the band a bit too loud though when we were right in the pool close to them-had to move to the further-back pool!
Nice new ship!! No major complaints at all.
NCL Jewel March 14/08(Southern Caribb.)VALOR Jan. 7 /07(Western Caribb. again!)
VALOR Jan/05-our first family cruise was great!
Hi Sue, the shoes you describe should be fine. You walk a bit thru the jungle and cross a river and more thru the jungle til you come to the water entry point. You can take a jump or climb down in with a rope. Three brave or crazies in our group actually jumped! There were no bugs in january, saw some birds and lizards and some fruit bats up in the ceilings of the caves, they were nice and stayed up there...The trip was very cool in deed, not to be missed. Anyone with sure footing and strong arms should do fine on this trip. We booked with Reggie tours for this and had a great guide. They picked us up outside the gate in Belize and dropped us off in plenty of time to board the ship. Look them up on the net. After the trip is over, you can change in the bathrooms at the start point for the walk. We opted for a third cave instead of lunch so I don't know about the restaurant they use. Let me know if you need anymore info, glad to talk up this one! Water cameras really didn't have enough lens for the caves, some of the tubing gets rough. I really wouldn't bring a good camera with me. I got a few shots to come out but overall not as impressive as what we saw that day, you'll never forget! The vans are locked and there are people around the area so your things will be safe while you tube. Have a great time, Robin
Our first day at sea was rather chilly, so no problem getting a chair (I sat right by the upper pool). The last day however was another story. I went to breakfast around 8 and then tried to get a chair. Luckily I was by myself and found one. There were a ton of people who were up between 6-8 and putting cabin towels, tshirts, etc on the chairs. Most sat down around 10. There were quite a few, however, who were quite rude and didn't come to their chairs even after 3 or 4+ hours. People started taking the towels off and using the chairs, which is a method I would recommend in this case. Most of these rude ones weren't holding just 2 or 3, they were holding entire rows. If you are an early bird, just bring your stuff to breakfast with you and you should be fine. If not, send someone who is.