Last month I went on my second cruise on the Carnival Valor with my mother. Overall it was a great getaway, full of relaxation!
Carnival Valor tenderd in Grand Cayman
It’s a good ship, nicely laid out, especially if your cabin is midship (like our cabin was). It was a 6-night cruise from Miami stopping in Key West, Grand Cayman and Montego Bay. Instead of doing a detailed recap of the cruise, I figured that it would be better to just list my top 3 favorite moments of the cruise.
1. Montego Bay – this is our second time at Montego Bay – we went years ago on an all-inclusive vacation and it was awesome. My mother was itching to go back and poof there we were. We did an excursion through the cruise ship since I just didn’t want to be harassed getting off the ship. Even the vendors by the pier were aggressive, so I just didn’t even look around. I went straight to my tour bus and then straight to beach. We were whisked to a beach club and were greeted with an open bar and buffet lunch + 3 hours of beaching and fun games. Definitely one of the best beach excursions I’ve done through a cruise line. Much worth it!
My mother posing on beach in Montego Bay
2. People watching on formal night – I am not a big fan of formal night. If I was on a special occasion cruise maybe I would get excited about it but I really like to cruise to relax and feeling like I should dress up more than once on a 6 day cruise is quite annoying. On the second formal night, my mother and I boycotted the activities and instead sat near the casino bar at the promenade deck – the Latin band was playing there that night and we sat and sipped drinks while we listened to music and watched as ppl walked from the dining room to the theatre. We were amazed by the variety of outfits. It was definitely great people watching.
3. Sleeping like there’s no tomorrow. I realized on this cruise that the oceanview/balcony cabins that I’ve been sailing on in the past may have been overrated (and of course overpriced). We booked a last minute deal that was of course for an inside cabin. Out of 10 cruises that I’ve taken, this was my 4th in an inside cabin. I usually do inside cabins on short cruises with my friends and this was the longest that I’ve cruised in an inside cabin. I must say that I slept like a baby, with no light coming through the room from anywhere. Before I wouldn’t even consider an inside cabin on long cruises 5+ nights but now I will need to run the numbers for both to determine whether the price differential is significant. I’d rather have the extra cash to spend in the casino!
My mother and I came back from the cruise feeling very relaxed and ready to get back to work and real life!