rose, we went on the eastern. i ate at the fish & chips, which was never very busy. it was excellent, but since it was upstairs, a lot of people did not know it was there. we
did not eat in the supper club. we did walk into scarlett's and it was beautiful.
the excursions we took were on our own. in the bahamas, we took the #10 jittney
to cable beach and had a great time. in st. thomas, we rented a car and went all over the island. we spent two hours at coki beach, drove to moutain top, blackbeard's castle, had a great view of meagan's beach, shopped at havensight. in st. maarteen, we also rented a car and drove around a lot of the island. spent the bulk of our time at orient beach. beautiful beach. we like renting cars, because we get to see more and can come and go as we please.
melnhd, i'm not really sure as to which menu was weakest. i assume you would like to know so you can go to scarlett's on that night. that would probably your taste and preference. we ate in the dining room all but one night because of a late day in port and were never disappointed. the night we missed was a night that they served a great filet mignon. i found nothing good in rosies that night, which depressed me. is resorted to a hot pastrami sandwich that night, since the buffet was not too good. not comparable to the filet mignon i heard about.
It's funny you should mention that. On my 3-20 Valor cruise the night they served the filet, was the night we were in Cozumel till 11 pm. We ate on the island that night and missed the dinner. But I did have it previously at Scarlett's and it was awesome there.
About how long did it take to get your luggage after you boarded the ship and how terrible
was embarkation? Any out of the way areas of the ship that most people don't seem to
find? Was the Cruise Director good or annoying? I read where you rented a car in
St. Thomas. How was that? Any problems finding your way around? Price? Company?
Thank you so much for your reply. We cruise the Valor in just 6 short busy days and
we can't wait to see her.!!!!!!!!!!
cruising bears, here are the answers
1. we were in the first group of 100 to board. they started letting people board about
12:15. we got our luggage at about 2:00.
2. the best out of the way place is the topless deck. i read on cruisemates that this was
a great place to find a chair to lay out. my wife complained the firs 3 days about the
chair hogs. i told her to go to the topless deck. she does not lay out topless, never
will. she went there and always found plenty of chairs. she only saw one person
sunbathing topless in 4 days on the deck.
3.cruise director (josh riffe) is kind of annoying. not the best (john heald) we've had, but
not the worst. shows were very good.
4.renting a car in st. thomas is a breeze. budget and avis are right by the pier, across
from havensight. this island is very small, so you can't get lost for long. get a map
and you will be ok. the roads are numbered. they do drive on the wrong side, so stay
to your left. the steering wheel is on the same side as u.s. cars. rented a mid-size
car for $64.
in st. martin, we rented a corolla from dollar for $40. they drive on the same side as
we do in the u.s. but, their roads aren't numbered. we got lost a lot, but enjoyed
seeing nice sights as we were lost.
5.another out of the way place people don't find is the fish and chips place above
rosie's. they were never crowded.
have a great time lisa,
when you get off the valor in st. martin, go to your right as you leave the pier. you will see a large sign that says car rentals. six men standing behind a line they could not cross began bargaining with my wife and i over prices. 3 with her and 3 with me. we stepped back behind the line, walked toward the ship, conversed, and arrived at the best price. $40. they will start out at $50 or $55. don't pay that, bargain with them.
we had a 2004 corolla with 9000 km on it. we really enjoyed riding around and discovering things at our pace.
Steve, thank you so much for all the good information. Did you gamble in the casino? Was it big? How about alcoholic drink prices? same as other Carnival ships? Did you happen to go into the video game room? Supposedly, they have a cafe in there now. Did you have a balcony, OV or interior room? Which dining room did you eat in for dinner? late or early seating? how was the service?
How long did it take to disembark in Miami? We will be flying out of Ft. Lauderdale and want to make a resonable flight reservation home, not to early but don't want to sit around the airport longer then necessary. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
I think a flight around 1pm would be ok. Some people disembark quicker than others since it all depends on which color luggage tag you have. The last few cruises, we always seem to be one of the last groups called and end up waiting in the showlounge for an hour before getting off. (we didn't get called until 9:45 last year!) There are also always some people that either haven't settled up their account or have green cards and are not us citizens that they keep paging to come to the pursers desk and holds everyone up from getting off...very annoying. Once you get off, you will need to find your bags in a sea of suitcases in the dock terminal. At least now they have signs with each bunch of suitcases telling you what deck/color so they are easier to find. It will take about a 1/2 hour depending on traffic to get to Ft lauderdale airport. Just make sure you have your filled out immigration forms and ID in hand after you find your bags to speed things up. Nothing more stressful than trying dig out these forms and ID from your bag/purse with 1,000 people waiting behind you. Getting a porter to help will also speed things up since they wiz you right to the front of the immigration desk. Hope this helps!
rose, here you go
1.we usually gamble in the casino. this time we did not. it is a beautiful casino and
was never real crowded. it is very large and has a japanese theme (shogun casino).
2.alcohol prices are the same as other carnival ships. standard on all ships i think.
3.walked throught the video game room once in order to exit immigration after going
the bahamas an into st. thomas. there is a sushi place and a pastry shop in in front
of the video game room.
4.we had an interior room for 3 people (me, wife, & daughter). plenty of space. we don't
stay in the room much.
5.we ate in the washington dining room during early seating. they put us at a table for
two and we had three people. so, they moved a new table in for three. we were the
first table as you walk in on the right on deck four. we were almost out of the dining
room. we hated this at first, but adjusted. waiter (arnel) was excellent. asst. was
very slow to get us tea. had to be reminded every night. overall, excellent service and
this was the quickest i've been off of a carnival ship in our five carnival cruises. we did the self debarkation and off of the ship at 9:00 A.M. self debarking is not for everyone. we were probably some of the last to self-debark. so, the others probably got off pretty
soon after we did. like cheryl said, a 1:00 P.M. flight should be no problem.
Steve, we're headed for the Valor in 20 days, no, maybe 19 now! What was your over-all impression? Clean? Crowded? Good service? Food? Activities?
We will be sailing with 1 teen, and 2 young adults. Will there be lots for them to enjoy?
overall impression of the valor was that it was a fantastic trip. this is a very new ship, so it is still very clean. there is plenty for teens and young adults. i would go on the valor again if my schedule permitted. crowds? yes. the ship was full. the chair hogs
were out in full force. yes, it is rude to reserve chairs. when we want to leave our chairs, we take our things with us. kids? i have two. took one (16) with me. i don't allow her to run aroungd till 3 or 4 in the morning. the excuse by parents is that they are
on vacation. i also saw some pretty romantic things going on with 14 and 15 year olds
in the spa hot tub. when i asked the staff about ages allowed in the spa, she said 16
without parents and down to 12 with parents.
this was a spring break cruise. i knew there would be a lot of kids. but, parents should
check on them occasionally.
that's what i did with my 16 year old daughter. things were fine. i don't allow her to run around on the ship on her own till 3 or 4. as a matter of fact, she usually wanted to go to bed early after being out in the sun all day.
donna, i just read on another message board that there were 7 cases of date rape on the 3/20 sailing of the valor. don't know if it's true or not. but, if i were sailing soon, i would keep an even more watchful eye out for my 16 year old daughter.