Carnival Valor Review – November 2016

Right after our trip to Disney we boarded the Carnival Valor.  We were just on this ship last October/November.  Many new bars and restaurants were added during a May 2016 refurbishment.   Some of my favorites are the Guy’s Burger Joint, Bluelguana Cantina, Bluelguana Tequila bar, Redfrog Rum Bar and Alchemy bar.

There is so much to do on this ship and fun for all ages.  You can hang out by the pools and relax during the day and then watch an outdoor movie at night.   The Ivanhoe Theater is where you can see Broadway-style entertainment, we enjoyed their show titled “Far from Over” it was a tribute to 80’s music.   This cruise had an awesome cruise direct name, Classy Cassie.  Also, part of the entertainment team was these two break-dancers.We always enjoy the two comedians on select nights in the Punchliner Comedy Club stage.  We were extra excited to see one of our favorite past cruise comedian, Lester Bibbs.

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I love the decor of this ship, it pays tribute to American history in a fun and creative way.

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We had two ports of call on this cruise – Freeport and Nassau Bahamas.  This was the first-time Freeport had opened back up since Hurricane Matthew.   I did not see any damage but a few places like Senior Frogs had not reopened yet.  We like to try the local food when visiting other places.  Our favorite in Freeport is the Conch Fritters.

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We have been to Nassau, Bahamas at least 5 or more times and we always find it to be a relaxing port of call.  Some of our favorite places are Margaritaville over on Paradise Island and Junkanoo beach which is about a mile from the Ship dock.  Of course, you can enjoy plenty of shopping and other tourist attractions such as Senior Frogs.

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My husband surprise me with an extra treat this cruise.  We enjoyed the Chef’s table – This was an experience of a lifetime.  I felt like royalty with this multi course dinner hosted by the Master Executive Chef.  This experience starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the kitchen followed by a tour of the galley operation.  After the tour, we enjoy a full – service dinner of amazing appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on any other menu on the ship.  As they place each plate in front of us the Chef explains to us exactly what is on our plates and how it was prepared.   This is a MUST DO!

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I will admit I did not partake in any fitness activity on this cruise except the hour-long Deck Party that included non-stop line dance songs.  This was so much fun and physical that my fitness watch came on and told to keep it up. *lol*

The ship does have a fitness center that is located at the ship’s nose, filling the space with light and gorgeous views through a wall of windows and skylights.  The gym equipment is standard, treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and weights.  There is even a separate room that the cruise dancers are found practicing routines on some days.  This room is also used for classes such as group cycling, Pilates and yoga for an additional fee.  To access the fitness center, you must walk through the spa and locker rooms. This is also where you’ll find a roomy sauna with a view, which is free of charge and does not require a spa treatment purchase.  The outdoor sports complex is located on the other side of the ship, on Deck 11. It includes a basketball and volleyball court and is surrounded by a wide jogging track (nine laps equals a mile).  I love that Carnival Cruise ships give you some healthy options to while your on vacation.  Keeping up with those fitness goals!!

Hope you enjoyed our cruise adventure!!  A cruise has always been a relaxing vacation for me and we have been on over 10 cruises.  If you should need any advice on booking or deciding to go on a cruise, please send me a message.

Next blog – Focusing on fitness goals.

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