Glory or Valor and why?
We took our first cruise on 1/31 aboard the Splendor. We were in a balcony suite that was wonderful. EVERYTHING on our cruise was above expectation except disembarktation when we arrived to home port.
We decided 4 days into our 7 day cruise that we would buy a next cruise certificate and was looking to do the Hawaiian cruise. Soon we found out that we would need to buy 1 way airline tickets as they dont begin and end in the same port. So...we are looking at maybe the western cruise to Belize, Isla Roatan, Cozumel, and Grand Caymens. They offer two ships, one just out of refurbishment and the other close to it or already done.
I'm wondering if anyone has any tips or suggestions on which ship is better, and about ports.
You can't go wrong with either one. Glory is a year older than Valor, but as you mentioned she just came out of drydock so has many of the features you enjoyed on Splendor.
If a ship has different embarkation/debarkation ports you can fly what they call an open-jaw flight. Check out multi-city options when booking airfare. It should be much cheaper than booking two one-way tickets.
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; John Masefield
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014, 2016
Sail Windjammer: Mandalay 2017
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015
Just FYI airfares for Hawaiian cruises isn't as problematic as you might think. For "open jaw flights" (the terminology for the type of air you'd need) the cruise lines often have better pricing than you can find on your own. (which is unlike cruise line air within the US ).