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We are booked on the Carnival Valor in August. Anything we should be aware of before hand?
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We are booked on the Carnival Valor in August. Anything we should be aware of before hand?
The biggest thing you should be aware of is that the chances of having a good time are extremely high.

Things you may want to know:
The steakhouse is worth the extra money.
The bars and clubs are usually more lively than other cruise ships.
The cabins are spacious and well laid out.
The regular dining room food is about the same as you would find on Royal Caribbean.
The pool areas are nice.
The kids club and Camp Carnival are one of the best at sea.
If so inclined, you can pre-order liquor from Bon Voyage Department so no smuggling needed.
Overall the staff are friendly, efficient and helpful.

The negatives:
The ship may seem a bit over the top in decor.
Pool music can be a bit loud.
Like most lines, the cabins aren't ready until around 1:30 p.m. but you can purchase their Faster To The Fun for $50/cabin and be onboard and in your cabin much earlier.

Have a good attitude and you will most surely have a great cruise.

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(Wish I could post as Mike N to keep the streak going.)

We sailed Valor last fall and enjoyed her quite a bit. We felt the decor was actually a little less "over the top" than other ships in its class, though probably more than your other cruises. The dining rooms are supposedly Federal Style, our hostess (assistant maitre d'?) described it as Barbie House pink - she was not impressed.
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Thanks Mike...we are looking forward to it.
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You don't have to participate in or buy any of the photos they try to take.

Do the formal night pics and maybe the gangway pics if you want to tag where you were.

You can eat in the main dining room for breakfast and dinner---at no cost. Some new folks have the impression it is not included or its costs.

Do try to dress for formal night. You can always change after dinner...its only 2 hours!

Faster to the fun has been getting mixed reviews lately. Seems some ships have not been able to have the cvabins ready early, so Carnival is making the monery w/o delivering.
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Valor was our first cruise back in 2006 and was the ship that hooked us. Have fun!

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